2018 Race Schedule, Or This is What 58 Looks Like

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I’m turning 58 (58!) in a few short weeks. I don’t feel that age (does anybody, ever?!) except for a few things I’ve noticed:  it takes longer to recover from a hard workout.  The days of scarfing an entire medium pizza without gaining an ounce? Yeah, gone (dang).  And I’m hearing those whispers from the Universe more frequently, subtly &…

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MdS Peru: Contaminated Water, Inept Race Management + Grace, Kindness and the Magic of New & Good Friends

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Part I: The Race There are well-known risks in signing up for a first-year race: 1) race director could cancel the race and run off with your registration fees, or 2) the race organization could make “first-timer” mistakes that screw up the event. I’ve experienced both (ugh!) — but as MdS Peru was marketed as part of the long-running, well-established…

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Javelina Jundred (K) – or, Elton & I Run the Sonora

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  I’ve had Javelina Jundred on my radar list for several years .  Twice I’ve registered, then had to defer (injuries, recovery from stage racing) – so when end-of-season schedule shifted & cleared part of October, I was delighted! and signed up right away. That’s the good part.  The not-so-good? My decision to add a heavy-pack beach marathon 2 weeks…

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Habanero & Harvey: Sand, Sand, Sand, Hurricane!

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I signed up for Habanero 50K for the heat training –  the race starts at noon (!) in South Texas, so pretty much guaranteed to be scorching.  Also for the sandy conditions, as prep for upcoming Marathon des Sables Peru.  The race delivered extra on both counts. Temp for the noon start was 105* F with ridiculously high humidity. Carefully…

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