There’s a New Species of Badger in the Canyon:  Blow Outs, Big Rocks, and Mojo Nixon

There are road trips and then there are Epic road trips.  In my 48 years on Earth, I’ve never experienced an Epic road trip until the past weekend.  Months in planning, a group of six Team Honey Badger Irregulars set out in a wagon train of two to the great plains of the Texas Panhandle. Destination: Palo Duro Canyon State Park.  The reason: run trails. The trip started out smoothly enough … [Read more...]

Arkansas Traveller – Whatever Gets You Through The Night

The night was young, the dark of the woods was new as music blared from the speaker and laser lights strobed up into the trees leading runners on the Arkansas Traveller 100 Miler to the aid station at mile 87.2. Most of the food had been put away for safe keeping after the morning shift when runners passed the station at mile 28.6 of the course. We knew the first place runner would be coming in … [Read more...]

One Long Night in the Woods – RunLOViT 2015

First female. Top 10. Course record. These are not words that apply to me. They almost didn’t happen. I signed up on a sudden adrenaline surge that made the decision seem rational. After checking the registrants list, I immediately began to reconsider...there were only 7 other people that thought this might be a good idea. And I was the only female. Great. Jim Sweatt joked at Lovit … [Read more...]

Ice and Slush a Syllamore Trail Run Tradition

Thirteen miles into a sixteen mile run on icy, slushy, muddy, sloggy trail I proclaimed to my running partner Tina, "this trail has given us everything but dry". She responded with "yes, everything... especially beauty." That shut down the need to wallow in my misery, if only for a few moments. She was absolutely right. The weather forecast the week prior to the race may have fluctuated … [Read more...]

Where is Chicken Boy?

The darkness had settled in, the race was going into its fifteenth hour, and the radio operators were busy calling out race numbers as runners came in to and left out of the thirteen aid stations that stretch over the one hundred mile course. Passing ten of them twice, runners have a chance to get food and drink or whatever else they might need twenty-three times, about every 4.3 miles. We were … [Read more...]

Bonk, DNF, Success! – The Road to Leadman – Part 10

 “Missed it by that much.” Maxwell Smart Well, it did not end well.  It was catastrophically beautiful, I ran like an ultra-runner, barfed, continued, went pale, stumbled, and bonked.  Let me share it with you in detail…. The Leadville 100 mile run started early on August 16th, 2014.  This was the last of 5 events to achieve Leadman status and followed the 100 mile bike race the previous … [Read more...]

Zombies Don’t Wear Headlamps

Ashley: What's that up ahead? Is it a person? Is it coming toward us or away from us? Mindy: It's a zombie. Ashley: Shut up! Me: It's okay Ashley, zombies don't wear headlamps, it can't be a zombie. Zombies don't wear headlamps. Unless you count the blank zombie like stare and faltering perambulation of an endurance runner doing an overnight long run. The swaying, lumbering form in … [Read more...]

A Little Taste of Home

What does it feel like to hit a rocky trail, to climb and descend over and over again for 31 miles? What does it feel like to get up the very next day and do it again, for 50 miles? And what would it feel like after all that, to get up again and run for 12? I will probably never know but the strong, resilient, incredible endurance athletes who run the 3 Days of Syllamo stage race … [Read more...]

First Loves

The Sylamore trail holds very special memories for me and the annual Sylamore 25/50K race has been on my races I want to do radar for a couple of years. I was a little disappointed when the race sold out in less than 20 minutes and I hadn't gotten a spot. Luckily, as sometimes happens with races, spots started opening as registered racers found they couldn't attend and had to give up their bibs. … [Read more...]

First 100 Mile Race In The Books!

“I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.” – Mike Fanelli The course for the Cajun Coyote naturally helped plan how you would run the event.  Five laps on a 20 mile single track loop trail around the lake at Chicot State Park in Ville Platte, Louisiana.  A beautiful venue with … [Read more...]