I received an education in dunes today. Completed Dunes 101, 102, & am cramming hard for my 201 final tomorrow. When the difference between running fast or slow in a race is at issue, you learn quickly. Long story short, another temperate day. I felt that I gave an honest effort – actually a bit […]
Bryon Powell – 869; Ted Archer – 868; Michael Wardian – 870Team Dreamchasers USA on the morning before the first stage.Bon Voyage!
I’m excited to share that the 2009 Marathon des Sables will start at 9 tomorrow morning. I’ve not shared how real the possibility of race cancellation has been. While the rain may make for “interesting” running, it makes driving large trucks to remote bivouacs and control points even more tenuous. Regardless, game on! Today’s focus […]
Here’s some proof of the rain in the Sahara. Check out the drops in the pool. It’s raining steadily again and there have been a few peals of thunder.
While we have not been told the specifics as to why, yesterday’s rain has already affected this year’s Marathon des Sables. Today’s Admin Day at the bivouac has been canceled. More important, tomorrow’s first stage has been canceled and will not be made up. The race will lose 30 km (18.6 miles) to total “only” […]
iRunFar fans, friends, and family, on Wednesday I arrived safe and sound (and, more importantly, with all my gear) in Morocco. In the past three days, I’ve had enough adventures to satisfy me for quite awhile and we’re not even started yet. There was Wednesday’s impromptu tour de cafes in Casablanca with Meghan, four fellow […]
…..But I would run 100 miles and I would run 100 more, just to be the man who runs 100 miles to fall down at your door….Ok, ok, it was walking 500 miles, and 500 more to get to some door 1,000 miles away in The Proclaimers hit song of 1988 “I’m Gonna Be (500 […]
A sample nutritional plan for running the Marathon des Sables.
In little over a week, I’ll be toeing the line for the first stage of the Marathon des Sables, an event that will be the most difficult challenge of my running career. Set south of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, the Marathon des Sables is a 7-day, 6-stage footrace across the Sahara Desert in which competitors carry […]
Back we are again for another edition of This Week In Running, all set to give you a sneak peak at some of the races/events scheduled to take place on the weekend of March 21 & March 22. Forty-six years ago this Saturday (March 21, 1963), the federal penitentiary known as Alcatraz, a/k/a “The Rock”, […]
A review of the Montrail Mountain Masochist trail running shoe.
While some Marathon des Sables competitors spend months agonizing over their gear choices, none is more important than one’s choice of shoes. Sure, finding the right pack is important, but the shoe is the foundation of every step… whether your racing or walking across the desert. This post is not intended to instruct an MdS […]
What good are trail running photography tips without a camera? Not much at all. With the dizzying array of digital cameras on the market, how is a trail runner to choose a camera? (yes, we’re completely ignoring film cameras – film. is. dead.) While we won’t tell you which camera to choose, we’ll lay out […]
We’re back with yet another edition of This Week In Running, and this week we preview just a few of the many events on tap for the weekend of March 14 and 15, 2009. We have scoured through the race schedule and have picked a small, select group of races to fill our readers in […]
Tom Sperduto should need no introduction, after all, we introduced him yesterday. Anyway, Tom is an award winning portrait photographer and ultramarathoner, who has kindly agreed to share 10 trail running photography tips with us. What’s more, Tom has agreed to answer some iRunFar reader trail photography questions. Therefore, if after reading Tom’s tips you […]