March 20, 2009 by Bryon Powell · 8 Comments
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 […]
March 17, 2009 by Bryon Powell · 18 Comments
A review of the Montrail Mountain Masochist trail running shoe.
March 16, 2009 by Bryon Powell · 8 Comments
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 […]
March 2, 2009 by Bryon Powell · 7 Comments
A summary of training for the Marathon des Sables.
February 26, 2009 by Bryon Powell · 18 Comments
Trail runners and ultramarathoners are groups that like to take on challenges. The tougher, the better, right? In a quest for new and tougher challenges we go longer, higher, hillier, and sometimes hotter. If we choose to face the heat, it may be appropriate to apply various degrees of heat acclimation. The type and degree […]
December 21, 2008 by Bryon Powell · 45 Comments
An in-depth comparison of energy gels.
November 23, 2008 by Bryon Powell · 9 Comments
Long time iRunFar readers may recall that I (Bryon/Trail Goat) used to regularly post training updates. As the focus of iRunFar has shifted from me to trail and ultrarunning more generally, I’ve practically eliminated these training updates. However, as I noted in my Marathon des Sables entry announcement, I’ll be posting a few training updates […]
September 29, 2008 by Bryon Powell · 16 Comments
Today, was kind of a big day for me – I verbally committed to running the Marathon des Sables in Morocco next March and April! I’m so very excited for so many reasons – the challenge, the training, the people, the planning, the experience – just to name a few. Over the next half a […]