November 7, 2019

To paraphrase a famous quote, it takes a village to get an ultra runner to the finish line. In preparation for my first 100-mile race, the Rio Del Lago in California, I increased the population of my village.

My base, of course, starts with my family — my wife, Manju, s...

October 4, 2019

Editor's note: This summer I wrote about Jason Atnip and his quest to run his first 100-miler. Earlier this week, he finished 78 miles before dropping at the Yeti 100. I invited him to write about his adventure and what he learned. He graciously agreed and his essay fo...

September 20, 2019

It had been three months since my previous race and I was ready. The anticipation in returning to the North Face Endurance Challenge Series in Wisconsin had been a motivating factor in my training and would serve as a good test leading up to my first 100-miler just sev...

June 23, 2019

I put the tumble in the Rough and Tumble 18K in Sinks Canyon National Park, just outside Lander, Wyo. 

At Mile 8.3 of the 11-mile race on June 22, my left foot caught a small rock or root — I didn’t see it, it wasn’t one of the hundreds of larger ones that I navigated...

April 16, 2019

Soon after I could put the title “marathoner,” after my name, I became curious about the Boston Marathon. It seemed like a long shot at the time. My first two marathons were just over the four-hour mark, 4:08 for my first and then a 4:07 on my second one.

Still, I set r...

April 12, 2019

Editor's note: This is a guest column, written by my friend, co-worker and running client Cameran Richardson. I trained Cameran for a half marathon in November 2018, followed by a 16-week training program for her first marathon in March 2019. This is her unedited story...

March 31, 2019

My third Hot Chocolate race was a return to the Indianapolis version, which last year race directors cut short to a 5K for everyone due to an impending ice storm.

There would be no ice storm this year since the morning began with temperatures in the mid-50s. Instead of...

December 5, 2018

A few days ago I closed the 2018 racing season at the Chattanooga 50-miler, a beautiful but highly technical course made even more difficult by constant rain before and during the start of the race.

In fact, when the shuttle dropped us off at the start of the point-to-p...

October 10, 2018

On my way back home from the Chicago Marathon Sunday, I stopped at a red light at a nondescript intersection a few miles from home. Nondescript, that is, except for the large hospital at one corner.

As I gazed toward the fifth floor, I thought back to almost exactly —...

September 17, 2018

My training plan included a 20-miler as a final long run before my first Chicago Marathon. As I started scanning race options close to home, I found the Fox Valley 20-miler, which was an option along with the race’s marathon and half marathon offerings.

It’s brilliant f...

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December 23, 2019

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Evolving from injured runner to BQer

Marathon Training Academy podcast hosts Trevor and Angie Spencer discuss how Angie's training has helped me improve my marathon PR by 28 minutes, earn a BQ and conquer ultras.


Trails, coaching, diet  
and a whole lot more

Ryan Clayton welcomes me to his podcast where we cover topics from road and trail running to coaching to nutrition/diet to ambassadorships.


'Keep moving the goal line so you always have goals to work toward.'

Breaking the Barrier podcast host Andrew Lorenzo and I talked about goal setting and achieving.


'I am able to recover better from through an almost entirely plant-based diet.'

PlantTrainers hosts Adam and Shoshana Chaim discuss my evolving diet, endurance running and offer tips on how to become 100 percent plant-based.

My First Ultra host Scott Jones and I discuss my debut and lessons learned at the Buckeye 50K in Ohio.

'My fifth-grade teacher called me  molasses.'


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