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Don't Skip Leg Day!

Don't Skip Leg Day! Now, I can almost hear some of you thinking, "Come on, David! Every day I hit the pavement, it's leg day!" And hey, I get it – but hear me out. I'm talking about those crucial lower-body strength workouts that can take your running game to the next level! If you're like me, prepping for mountain races while stuck on flat roads presents a challenge. That's where the leg work comes in! Currently, I'm gearing up for the High Lonesome 100 in Colorado, I've got altitude and...

4 days ago • 1 min read

Conquering the Mind: Train Your Brain Ultrarunning isn't just a physical test; it's a mental odyssey. While your body carries you mile after mile, it's your mind that pushes you through doubts, fatigue, and the whispers of "give up." So, if you're gearing up for an ultra, consider this your guide to building mental fortitude, the secret weapon in your arsenal. Facing the Mental Monsters: Ultras bring unique mental challenges. You can encounter self-doubt, exhaustion-induced hallucinations,...

20 days ago • 2 min read

Hey there! Guess what time it is? Yep, it's "Do the Speed Work" o'clock! So, I'm diving into my 20-week build for the summer races, and after the thrilling "lottery" season (I was 1 for 2), it feels amazing to slap some races on the calendar and get down to some serious training. Now, my training looks like what I give the runners I coach; it starts with a fitness-building block, and you know what that means... INTERVALS! I totally get it – when intervals show up on the schedule, there's this...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hey there, my friends! I hope you are doing well and enjoying life and running! I was thinking this weekend about the coping mechanisms we use when things get tough during a race. One I’ve used often when the darkness overtakes me is a mantra. A mantra is “a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation” or “a statement or slogan repeated frequently.” During one of my races where I was struggling deep into the race, a mantra I heard came to mind. Now, don’t make fun of me because...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hey there, my friends! Since Moab, I’ve been taking some significant time to let my body and mind recover. I’ve been active, but my running has been scaled back. As ultrarunners, we often find ourselves caught up in the thrill of racing, pushing our physical and mental limits in pursuit of new challenges. However, the importance of taking an off-season should not be underestimated. In this week’s newsletter, we'll explore the benefits of embracing a well-deserved break from racing and...

3 months ago • 2 min read

Greetings, my friends!I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with food and good times with those you love. I was told that the calories don’t count on holidays, so we’ll just go with that and not worry about all the food we ate! Things have been busy so on this week’s newsletter I just wanted to share a couple of quick things with you. First, I mentioned that I was a guest on another podcast a few weeks ago. It’s been released and I think you’ll really enjoy it. It’s the...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader, I hope you are doing well and enjoying some cooler weather! I had the chance to be a guest on another podcast recently, and I can't wait to share it with you once it's live! The conversation revolved around mindset, a topic close to my heart. Unsurprisingly, we spend some time delving deep into the power of gratitude – a theme that resonates strongly with me. As we approach Thanksgiving week, it feels fitting to reflect on this. I genuinely believe that running with a heart full...

3 months ago • 2 min read

One Month Post-Moab 240: Time to Recover and Reflect Hey Reader! Wow, it's hard to believe that a month has already passed since the Moab 240! My blisters are finally healing, and my body is getting back to its happy state. After the race, we had a much-needed afternoon and night of rest before embarking on the 14.5-hour drive back home. A massive shoutout to Jennifer, who drove the entire way while I sat in the passenger seat, a bit too tired to sleep. My legs were sore, my feet hurt, and my...

4 months ago • 2 min read

In the 1986 Eddie Murphy, The Golden Child, Murphy’s character has to go through this ancient obstacle course to get a sacred weapon. He’s told by the old Guru dude to “Stay on the Path.” Halfway through his journey to the weapon he deviates and the path he was supposed to be on bursts into flames. He said, “I thought you said I was supposed to stay on the path!!” The guru replied, “YES, but you must know when to break the rules!” Before the Moab 240, I shared my fueling plan with you in the...

4 months ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! “Ultramarathons are eating and drinking contests with a little exercise and scenery thrown in” - Chris McDougall To run far, you’ve got to keep your body fueled. Many of you know the struggle of keeping food down during an ultra. I thought I’d share some of what is working for me now for fueling and what I plan on using for the Moab 240. The plan is to consume around 60g of carbs and 200-250 calories an hour mostly from the nutrition below. However, I will be eating a lot of real...

5 months ago • 1 min read
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