DNF – Palo Duro Trail Run 50-Miler

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Palo Duro Canyon, Texas
19 October 2013
37.5 miles finished in 9:02

This was my goal race for 2013 and I trained long and hard and traveled a long way to get to the starting line. Unfortunately, the finish line didn’t materialize for me.  After running three 50k races in the past 18 months, I was anxious to step up to another distance and I chose the Palo Duro Trail Run for a couple of reasons. One, it felt nostalgic and comforting to try something big and new “at home.” Two, I have hiked hundreds of miles in the canyon and I wanted to run somewhere familiar for a change.

Packet pick up took place on the night before the run at WTAMU, my alma mater. We were treated to a pasta dinner and a course overview. There was also a man there known as “The Ancient Brit” who is 86 years old and a friend of the race founder. He came to give a speech of encouragement to the runners and to present a proclamation to the park service from his home city of Westminster, England. It was pretty cool to hear about his experiences and the dinner gave me time to hang out with local runner friends and meet some new people. (more…)

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A Weird Injury Thing Happened

The New York Road Runners have a long training run* each July and another each August. I generally do the one in August, because it’s closer to my goal race, but this year my goal race is a lot earlier so I headed off to Central Park last weekend for LTR #1.

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I do not run in Central Park very often. I go there for random races and whenever I need a change of pace from my regular routes. When I do run there, I almost never run the entire six-mile loop. I generally only run the lower loops or around the reservoir. Something you might not realize if you don’t live and run in NYC is that the entire city is pretty hilly. Central Park, in my opinion, is very hilly. There are few flat places to run in the whole park and if you do a succession of road loops, you will encounter constant rolling hills. (more…)

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