Stone Cat 50 Miler Done, And Wow, Trail Running’s Hard, Man!

First 50 mile run. First real trail race of any distance; Stone Cat. First time back at that total raw, scraped-out, edge-space of the soul since my very first marathon. Finished the 50 miles in 8:52:55. Beautiful weather, perfect conditions – shorts and T-shirt from the 6:15 start. Comforting to meet…

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Ultra Midlife Crisis: Reach the Beach, the Stone Cat 50 and Philosophizing

This post is about an Ultra Midlife Crisis. No, I didn’t hit 43 back in June and decide to buy a sports car, start dressing in hip clothes, have an affair, or begin pushing my children to excel in sports and academics to make up for my own shortcomings. No…

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Pacing Curt at the Stone Cat 50 Mile: My Intro to Ultramarathons

I do not run on trails very often.  Primary reason?  I’m not good at it. I roll my ankles left and right (literally), I trip, I sprawl in the leaves and dirt.  Some of the worst running injuries I’ve ever had have come as the result of trail running. So…