Monthly Archives: November 2007


Chat with top Ultrarunner Karl Meltzer 4

On Thursday, November 29th at 8:00 PM EST, Karl Meltzer, one of the country’s top ultramarathon athletes, will be speaking in the live chat room on my website, offering advice and answering your questions. The chat is free. All you have to do to join the discussion is log-in at www.teampr.info/chatroom.htm and type in the password “teampr”.
Other than that I need to get back in the saddle and run off the 3 quarts of eggnog I consumed over Thanksgiving. I just finished my annual month of rest, unlike Karl I am human require a little healing time.


Turkey hangover sale at Backcountry.com 1

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Ultracentric 24hr 11

105’……….Lets do the math! Ultracentric 24hr Over the course of 24 hours Connie Gardiner could not muster up 53″ an hour to capture the US women’s 24 hour record. Man was that close! Nonetheless a stellar effort racking up 145.26 miles and taking home a whopping $4000 first prize*. Akos Konya stayed few inches per hour ahead, outdistancing Connie by less than a mile at 146.33. Good Stuff!

Next up, the North Face Challenge in San Fran! Thought $4000 was a solid winning prize? $10,000 is on the line for the winner here. Second takes home nadda (in terms of cash). I pick Carpenter to finish off his money winning season!

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Wasatch Running Center

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JFK race weekend, Mackey tears up the big hole! 9

Mac Daddy tears across the big hole!

Dave Mackey has recently re-written the Grand Canyon Doublecross recordbook flying across the ditch in 6:59 and change. Kyle Skaggs ran 7:37 last year to throw in another chapter, but Mackey just chiseled it in stone at the South Kaibab Trailhead. Running the classic route from S. Kaibab and back, the 41.6 mile route climbs over 11,000′ all on technical trail with the mighty mule train to even slow him down a bit!

JFK 50 this weekend

The race with many mystery men and women has the largest field ever with 1300 runners chasing Eric Clifton’s record. Keep an eye on it. Greg Crowther, with a win here could take home the ultimate Speedgoat Trophy with a stellar year behind him. Pete Breckenridge, Mark Lundblad, Mark Godale, and Kwijboo himself should contest for the win. Or could it be the ultimate Husband-Wife victory as Mark Lundblad and wife Anne have an outside chance of doing just that. It’ll be a speedy one. We’ll have results as soon as possible.

Leland Barker Squaw Peak 50 2007

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Speed Goat cross training-Winter

Here is what you do in Utah for a upper body workout, high altitude snowboarding with an engine. This will keep the upper body working~
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High Uinta’s behind the Speed Goat Lodge

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100 Mile races and stomach issues 10

The stomach seems to be one of the toughest challenges during a 100 mile run. Runners generally have stomach issues during the longer races, this takes practice to keep the proper balance of water and salt in the system. Runners tend to intake in to much sugar from those energy drinks and  eat to many different foods.

I was pacing John Maack from the Wasatch Running Center for the 2007 Wasatch 100, John called me after about 30 miles complaining about stomach, I thought I would never see him at mile 75 if he was already having problems. I told John to start drinking a lot of water to rinse his stomach of the acid build up. In addition I told him to take one e-cap every half hour to hour until he started to get some relief. John was concerned about food and I told him to eat one or two gu’s an hour with water. In addition I told John to limit what he eats and stick to the boiled potatoes and stay away from the acidly foods! John was full of concerns at this point of the race, he stuck with my recommendations and showed up at mile 75 to finish the race!
John contacted Endurance Planet for some further coaching on his stomach, check out the response on this video!

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Any advice please leave a comment!

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Utah Ultrarunning Camp ~ Speedgoat Country 9

Utah Ultrarunning Camp coming to Speedgoat Country July 9th-13th

Hosted by the Wasatch Speedgoat himself, 30 fortunate Ultrarunners will get into the brain of Karl Meltzer and learn a few secrets of how to perform at one’s own top level, especially at Ultra distances.

Alongside the PEAK academy (the clinical entity of the Dept. of Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Utah) topics of training principles, nutrition, psychology of racing, injury avoidance, minimal impact practices while on trails, and how to recover quickly, will be discussed.

We will run classic routes along the Wasatch Range, some tough and technical, some smooth and cushy. A run into the sunset and darkness will also be held to help runners learn how to cover ground quickly during the nighttime hours.

Learn how to levitate on rocky trails and perform at you’re best all in 4 days! All accomodations and most meals are covered for this special Ultra Running camp. At the end we will enjoy a stellar dinner and social with the WasatchSpeedGoats Karl Meltzer and Scott Mason. Signups will begin early next year in February for the 30 lucky individuals.

Learn to run like a goat!!!!!

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New York Marathoners hide headphones under hat !

OK, folks. The most classic line I just heard on the NBC Today show. The CEO of the USATF was just interviewed on live television saying he listens to music while running. I turned on the TV to see if the NYC Marathon was coming on and low and behold the “Karl Rule” was brought up. The race Director was more interested in people having fun running the “ultimate distance”, than policing people wearing headphones, we like the RD. The women interviewing the CEO of the USATF said, “lots of runners will be wearing hats so they can hide the earphones”. Perhaps she has encouraged people to just break the rules. We can go on and on about this. Classic how the USATF contradicts themselves, eh? Crank it up people!!!!!!!!! 10 scrapes for tunes!!!!!!!

Our thoughts reach out to Ryan Shay’s family and friends!

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Meb Keflezighi

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Enjoying his tunes!


Trail Running and Headphones 29

This subject continues to be an issue with the USATF and certain race directors. I had a guy e-mail us questions about headphones and why won’t the Napa Valley Marathon let him run with headphones? The Napa Valley Marathon is sanctioned by the USATF and they do not allow headphones. In fact my team mate and long time running partner Karl Meltzer was 2006 USATF trail runner of the year and they would not post his picture because he had headphones on. What is the awnser? Run the headphone cord under your shirt and use a single earbud and run like the wind! Do not worry about a cougar, they will get you with or with out the head phones!

Leave a comment with your thoughts on headphones and trail running, na-ya?

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