Three Years of Living iRunFar

Two weeks ago, I hit my three-year anniversary of making iRunFar my full-time job. As with all anniversaries, this provided a natural place to look back on the journey that has been and to look forward to what may come before future anniversaries.

The Past Three Years
All journeys contain the unexpected. Perhaps I’ve not always been the best at dealing with the unexpected in my life, but I left Washington, DC embracing the unexpected more than ever before. I had to. I was doing something that no one else had, which meant I had no path to follow, no model to emulate. I had brainstormed a list of projects that, when combined, /might/ just allow me to cobble together a living. I accepted that I’d try some of those projects, ignore others, and jump into just as many I’d never imagined. I gave myself two years to “make things work” and, since iRunFar is still here, it’s clear that I have.

Still, my life is far from that which I expected.

Professionally, I’m shocked both by how quickly and how large iRunFar has grown. What was a good month’s traffic when I was considering going all in with iRunFar would now only rank as a normal weekday. No longer does a well-received article get half a dozen comments  mostly from folks I know. Instead, dozens or hundreds of runners from around the world might chime in with their thoughts. The growth of the iRunFar community is one of the biggest shocks I’ve experienced over the past three years and the considerate discussions that follow are one of the things I enjoy the most and am the most proud of about iRunFar.

In leaving the legal profession and moving out West, I fully intended to live a much more relaxed, tranquil life. Ha! Even before I was jetting around globe covering races, I worked longer hours on iRunFar than I did as an attorney. By the time I moved to Utah a year and a half later, I was working from before breakfast until near midnight nearly every day, including the weekends. Over the past half year, we’ve added many more writers to the iRunFar team. Even though that’s helped take the pen from my own hand, the greatly increased publishing frequency on iRunFar – we went to five days per week at the start of the year and quickly started publishing more than one article many weekdays – has yielded no easing of my work schedule. iRunFar isn’t a 9-5 job, it’s a 16/7 job. Nearly any task – and, particularly, a business – can take up as much time as one allows it to, but I’m surprised that (1) iRunFar could fill every minute of all my days and (2) that I’ve let that happen.

Without a doubt, I expected to train more and be in better shape that I ever had been before in my new life. That’s not happened. If anything, I’ve routinely been in the worst shape since shortly after I started running 20 years ago. That’s been a major disappointment. I did deal with one injury setback – 6 months with moderate plantar fasciitis – in the past 3 years, but there’s no good reason I’ve not trained more or taken the time to do the other things I’d love to do to supplement training (sleep more, eat better, stretch, cross train, etc)… unless working on iRunFar is a good reason. There have been times where I’d consistently skip runs to work more, like when writing Relentless Forward Progress, and even though I now run everyday, I routinely cut runs short to fit in more work. My non-commitment to training means I’m painfully out of shape at the moment; enough so that I will not be running the Leadville 100 this year. I have no interest in running the race this year unless I could run very well and that’s an impossibility with less than three months left to train. As a result, my calendar is bare of any serious race commitments.

The Future
Back to the positive! Despite the negative consequences /I/ have chosen to accept as part of my work, I couldn’t be more excited to continue to make iRunFar even better in the coming months and years. I’ve got great ideas regarding future content, structure, and partnerships. The implementation of my dreams is only limited by time and finances.

Part of growth is learning to recognize and overcome one’s shortcomings. One of my major shortcomings is giving up control. That’s normal enough, but it’s a major problem once what you’re taking on is literally impossible for one person to do. That’s where iRunFar is right now. I’m proud to have grown comfortable welcoming many authors onto iRunFar, but, ultimately, I’ve still acted as a gatekeeper with full control before those authors’ thoughts hit your computer. To create a better iRunFar… and a better life for myself I will need to pass along many other tasks to others with full faith in them. In other words, I will have to let go. That will not be easy.

iRunFar sprung from my own love for running. This August, I’ll hit 20 years as a runner. In April, I passed my tenth anniversary as an ultrarunner. Five years into my running, I had a runner tattooed onto my leg. I knew that even if I never ran another step that running had added so much to my life that I’d never regret that tattoo. I feel confident that I could say the same thing about getting an “iRunFar” tattoo. That’s not going to happen, because, even if it wouldn’t be completely lame (it would be), that runner on my leg just as readily embodies iRunFar.

If I look forward for iRunFar, I need to look forward with my own running in mind. I am determined to recommit to my running. At the moment, that means NOT racing and NOT seriously training. I want to run without pressure, without plans. I want to run for the simple joy of it, because I want to. That’s not to say there’s not an alterior motive to this plan. There is. I DO want to be back in shape. In fact, I think I can be in better trail running shape and far better ultrarunning shape than I’ve ever been in before. However, 4 or 6 or 8 months of falling back in love with running will put me in a position to train with passion… and with a training base.

Just as important as rebuilding my endurance base over the coming months is restructuring my unsustainable life. During law school, I learned I could work without end. I could work my 9-5 job, go to night school, and study after that before sneaking in a midnight run before more studying. I could do that for weeks and months on end without any diversion. Weeks on end with four or five hours of sleep were within bounds. Working through the day after an all-nighter is little challenge. I learned of these awesome powers ten years ago and I’m still using them for iRunFar. However, power is nothing without control. It’s time to put the genie back in the bottle.

There are 94 comments

  1. thomas

    Hi Bryon,

    keep on going your live, you have my highest respect, for what you did and what you will do. Thanks for this projekt "irunfar", you make so many people get in to this great sport trailrunning an ultra running. Again respekt, and good luck for the future, for your projects, and for your running.

    take care Thomas

  2. David

    This site is fantastic and has served as my "go to" resource for all things trail running. An old college professor once told me to "do what I love to do…and the money will follow", hopefully this is precisely what is happening to you.

  3. Moogy

    Thanx for doing what you do Bryon, AND Meghan.

    irunfar.com is the first page I go to when I wake up when I am at work on the ship, my little connection to the real world.

    Cheers! Moogy

  4. Bartman

    What a 3 year adventure this has been for you! Thanks Bryon, and thanks to the iRunFar team. The entire page reflects the upbeat, positive perspective of the founder and I find myself consistently coming away freshed and recharged.

  5. Patrick Cawley

    Bryon,your passion for running and for the running community in the New Media is inspiring. iRunFar has succeeded because you and your contributors offer such helpful, thought-provoking, amusing, and inspiring content. You really are making a positive difference in the world. Keep up the good work.

    Pat

  6. AJW

    Dear Bryon,

    Thanks for writing this great column. As you know, I am honored to call you my friend and it has been a great joy for me to be a little part of the irunfar team for the past few months. What you have done for the sport and for all of us is truly remarkable and I wish there was an easier way for you to make it work in a more balanced way. That said, your desire to get back to running with no pressure and no focus is wonderful. And, with Memorial Day weekend just around the corner (the psychological beginning of summer!), there is no time like the present to get out there and just run. So, this weekend, you and Meghan should pack the Prius with gear, fill the cooler with beer, and head out to the mountains to just be. You've more than earned it!

    Your friend,

    AJW

    PS — You can count on me to fill your Friday content slot for as long as you'll let me:)

  7. Charlie

    Hi Bryon, I don't submit comments very often but I read the site almost every day with enthusiasm! I sure hope you are able to arrive at a sustainable lifestyle that permits you to keep up the fantastic product at iRunFar but also tend to those important other needs like running, home life, health, etc. Our ultrarunning community benefits greatly from your devotion to the site. I hope in turn we, through our expressed support, can ensure the profitablilty of this venture and therefore the opportunity to enjoy future posts and other informative information.

    Many thanks, I hope to see you at a race this summer.

  8. Forrest

    Thank you for doing what you do. irunfar has become an important meeting place for the ultra/trail running community. Where I live, it is not always easy to find others with the same passion, but on your website, I always find kindred spirits. Thank you.

  9. Charlie Mercer

    Change is life. Trite but right. This morning I was commuting by bus into D.C. and I looked out the bus window and saw Wardian running along the W&OD bike path, and it reminded me of the early morning runs during which you first started brainstorming about iRunFar. I was too busy getting adapted to my finger shoes at that time to give you much advice, but as it turns out, I think you had it figured out pretty good. As AJW said, you've done something remarkable with this site. And now that you've "made it", I can honestly say I didn't think you had a chance in hell to make a living at this. Unbelievable!

  10. Joel

    Bryon, I read daily, but rarely comment. Thanks for doing what you do. This is one of my favorite websites. Motivating and inspiring features and comments. In fact, I'll be running my first trail ultra in a about a week and-a-half, and there's no doubt this site has fed into my decision to do that.

    Keep it up!

  11. Jim

    Bryon, I too can echo the rest of the loyal followers comments above in that this is a site I go often to check the race coverage, hear stories, and just "hang" out with other trail junkies. Keep up the great work but as long as it doesn't sacrifice sanity! One foot in front of the other with forward progress and a smile!

  12. Clint

    Like a few other commenters on this post, I visit iRunFar daily (sometimes several times a day) but rarely comment. I'm not surprised iRunFar has consumed virtually all of your life during the previous three years and cannibalized your training — what you've created is remarkable both in its breadth and depth. I remember meeting you about four years ago at a WUS run in DC (I was a sporadic attendee to WUS and when I did go, I was bringing up the rear) and during that run, I queried you (and whoever would listen) for any advice on my first 100 mile race. You seemed to have a wealth of knowledge and experience (even then) that you were more than happy to share. Mad props to you for parlaying your knowledge, experience, and passion into something truly extraordinary!

  13. Johnnyroyale

    I felt a little sad when I read that your upkeep of this frankly awesome site is keeping you from running. Sad because the fact this site exists motivates me in a very direct way to run further and more often – as well as reinforces the reaasons why I like running in the first place.

    In fact every time I read an article or watch an interview on iRunFar (almost daily), invariably within 20 minutes of logging on I have put my shoes on and am ready to head out the door on another (mini) adventure.

    Hope you will allow yourself some time to run, I am sure the readers won't begrudge a slightly reduced output if it means you are getting your fix for the day.

    And by the way, thanks for producing such an essential part of my online consumption.

  14. Dean

    Bryon-

    You just described my life…just replace "iRunFar" with two "little kids" and a teaching job. But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

    I'm a sort of new ultrarunner and this site has proven invaluable. It's funny, deep, and information filled. I laugh, I've cried and it's the first site I hit everyday.

    Take care of yourself and the 3 year old that is iRunFar. Good luck to us both on parenting. Now, let's go running…

    Peace-

    Dean

  15. Sam Winebaum

    iRunFar is a great resource not only the great reporting and writing but also because of the store with those hard to find, carefully chosen goodies. Please support iRunFar through the store.

    Readers, I can report I occasionally run with Bryon in Park City despite his crazy schedule and it is always run for fun and highly conversational with, if he has time, a brew afterwards at my place. A most fine gent and site. Keep up the great work!

  16. Jeremy

    Hey Bryon,

    Just wanted to say thanks for all that you do for the ultrarunning community. I, like many others, have gained so much knowledge from this site, and really do appreciate the sacrifices you have made to make it what it is today. Best wishes on finding a work/life balance that is a bit more sustainable (and involves more running).

    -Jeremy

  17. Chris

    Bryon,

    Great job on an awesome site! Thanks for all your and Meghan's work.

    Best of luck on letting go of responsibilities, it gets easier once you see it work…

    -Chris

  18. Tom Caughlan

    Bryon,

    Great article. Your work ethic is inspiring to say the least. I feel very lucky and proud to be a part of the iRF team and this community. Looking forward to seeing you in Leadville and helping with coverage!

    -Tom

  19. Harper

    Thank you for making this site, Bryon. I've signed up for my first Ultra this fall here in Norway and it is very much inspired by your good work. Tusen takk!

  20. FFM

    Keep living the dream and inspiring the rest of us!!!

    I personally consider irunfar the best trail running site on the web.

    many thanks to the irunfar team for the great info/coverage.

    fernando.

  21. Dean G

    Bryon,

    You went ahead and built your own 'Field of Dreams' — and look at how many people have come and are still coming…

    As one of your relatively new fans, who is only a few years into his own personal ultra running journey, I see a wonderful symmetry between you and the elite runners who feature on the top steps of the podiums. All of you embrace what is most positive about this sport. And you do it in a way that allows people like myself and countless others to relate and connect to YOU.

    I come to iRunFar everyday, looking to stay connected to that feeling. The "I just ran a lot and then I won" and the "We are all family in the mountains" ideals. And I always find it here, because that is the spirit of you and Meghan and all of your great regular contributors.

    We are so fortunate that you chose to follow your dream. This place would simply not have become what it has if any less steady, dedicated, or loving hand were at the wheel.

  22. Phil Jeremy

    I began my quest to run ultra's one year ago. I have now done 5 in my first year and I can honestly say that this site is my lifeblood of knowledge and enthusiasm. Your passion is infectious …….and your interviews are inexplicably brilliant. Keep going and thank you.

  23. Andrew Reiff

    Awesome work, Bryon! irunfar.com is the first site I bookmark on a new computer.

    Sorry to hear that you won't be running the local race this year, but hopefully I'll still bump into you in Leadville this August.

  24. Erik Bahnsen

    Im wondering what beer you would suggest they take on the trip? You can't get Yuenling Lager in Utah, I know your pretty hot for that lately.

  25. Sara

    Thank you Bryon and all irunfar contributors for making this community even better. Congratulations on three years!

  26. Kevin S.

    Thanks, Bryon! iRunFar is fantastic and without a doubt the best resource for trail runners. Keep up the good work!

  27. Win Bassett

    Bryon,

    Please keep up the incredible work, and I know where you're coming from. I left a legal career to protect and promote small craft breweries in North Carolina and to write online and in print for a national beer publication. I work more hours in my life now that I ever did, but it's not "work." I have a feeling you feel the same way.

    Cheers, brother!

    Win

  28. Michael

    One foot in front of the other…you have done a remarkable job that brings support and encourages joy and community…you can't really ask for more than that. Honored to be a wee tiny part of it. Forward….

    Michael …"the longrunpictures guy at races in the American West" ( did I mention how much I liked that as a description?)

  29. Dominic

    I feel like you and Kilian have a bit in common, writing the future of MUT running (while having no one to tell you what really works) with the simple empirical method of hypothesis, trial, and results measurement. Things have consistently improved on IRF year month after month; I'm glad to see the sport's media is in good hands ;)

  30. Sophie Speidel

    Goat…

    I had a conversation with the hubz (a social media marketing guy) the first year IrunFar was alive. It went like this: "Remember that guy from the VHTRC who you (hubz) met at the 2006 WS finish line, the young one with the red hair who won his age group? Well, this guy was a lawyer in DC and then he became an ultrarunner, and he decided to bail on law to follow his dream and create iRunFar for ultrarunners, and he lives out west now, writing, (running), researching, interviewing, tweeting, and posting about ultrarunning." Hubz said, "Jealous." Yup.

    Happy Anniversary IRunFar! Come back east and run with us this fall :-)

  31. Jen

    Bryon,

    Congratulations on creating and driving what is hands down gold standard in ultrarunning social media. We appreciate what you do. I've always been told when you do what you love and you do it right, it won't feel like work. So, yes, the training gives a little, but in the end you do this because its not work anyway.

  32. Tonya

    iRunFar is appreciated by newbies and old pros alike. I fall into the newbie category and can tell you that I am consistently inspired by your site. Thank you for what you are doing. I appreciate your efforts and am happy to hear that you are taking to the time to regenerate your love of running! That's what it's all about really. Thank you!

  33. Eric Schramm

    Bryon,

    Stumbling upon iRunFar has been one of the best things I've ever done! I've yet to run an ultra (I plan to this year), but have become increasingly intrigued by the ultra/trail running community almost entirely due to this site and the amazing articles, interviews, race coverage, etc. that you crank out on a daily basis.

    Your tireless efforts and sacrifices do not go to waste — they inspire people like me (and everyone else who has commented) to pursue their passions. Also, I recall Dakota stating that he and other ultra runners have become "pseudo-celebrities," but are unworthy of the title as they just "run hard in the mountains." What Dakota, you, and every other ultra runner do is far beyond just "running hard in the mountains." You make otherwise impossible-seeming accomplishments (e.g., my dream race — UTMB) much more realistic to average people who love to run, but may have never thought accomplishing such a goal was possible with a full-time job, a family, etc. You also do an amazing job of exposing us to the ultra/trail community as well as runners and races we might have never discovered.

    iRunFar is an invaluable resource for runners who are new to ultrarunning as well as those who know it inside out and have run ultras for decades. You've created something amazing, and I wish you the best of luck going forward!

    P.S. I am fully confident that you'll be able to successfully re-focus on running/training (at your own pace). I'm a rising 3L in law school and could never imagine working FT, going to law school at night, and training for 100's all at once. If you did that, you can literally do ANYTHING.

  34. Martin Stacy

    Bryon,

    Thank you for maintaining iRF to such a high standard. You, Meghan and all the contributors should feel rightly proud of what this site has become.

    However, I feel kind of bummed out that you aren't getting to run as much as you want to. I'd be happy with less content if it meant you got to go running as much as you wanted to or needed to. I hope you manage to balance it all out.

    In the meantime, keep up the sterling work. Zegama last weekend had me glued to my monitor. Where else can you get such awesome coverage and even (sort of) feel a part of it to? Brilliant.

  35. Yahu

    Congratulation in your anniversary with IRunFar!!!! I wish you many years of success and happiness, and hopefully finding the perfect balance that works beat for you do you improve in those areas you wish to, and not to work so hard! But from a fan! Thank you for all you do!!! We really appreciate it!!

  36. jenn

    Happy Anniversary Bryon/iRunFar! All the best for a Year 4 with more of the balance you're looking for! Happy trails,

    jenn

  37. Clive

    At the registration in Zegama I was pleased i spotted you so i could personally pass on my thanks for providing such an informative website … it really is a useful link for ultra/trail running. Hope you manage to find time to keep up the good work and get your running into gear!!

  38. Cristobal

    You do a great job Bryon, one year ago one article fron irun far was my begening as a ultrarunner, a couple of weeks ago i was on the same plane than you reading your book in my ipad on the way to la Palma where I have done with success my first ultra the Transvulcania, thanks to be there with all this usefull information about this our pasion

  39. Kristin Z

    Great Job, Bryon and Meghan!! I, too, would be happy with less content if it meant greater longevity to each of you as fulfilled individuals, runners, and iRunFar creators… You two and this site ROCK! :)

    kz

  40. Brett Rivers

    to most runners, the thought of running 100 miles seems crazy and extremely risky. to most employees at companies, the thought of quitting to start a business seems crazy and extremely risky. you have done both (very well!) and are an inspiration both to those who have crossed the finish of a 100 or taken the leap and started a business, and you are even more of an inspiration to those who mentally believe that ultras and entrepreneurship are crazy activities that do not justify the risk. way to keep at it, you are continuing to build something great!

  41. Becca LaFond

    I still remember 3 years ago when you told me you were quitting your fancy law career to…what? move out West and blog?!?! Ok, so I may have thought you were a bit nuts but if anyone I know can make it happen it's you. And look what you've accomplished. While the rest of us take the secure and known path through life, you've been the risk taker, working hard and throwing aside things that just aren't that important to follow your dreams. Yeah, it sounds a little hokey, but as someone who's known you since before you became a runner (which was the last time I could actually keep up with you, sadly) I want you to know how proud I am that you've not only taken this path but that you've been successful in doing so. I am extremely proud to know you and, alright, a little bit jealous, too.

  42. Mike W.

    Bryon,

    Thank you so much for your honesty and vulnerability in this post. You exemplify the authenticity which is characteristic of the trail/ultra community.

    I can only echo the sentiments of others that your tireless efforts have not been in vain. In fact, more than any resource, iRunFar has served as the hub for information, reviews, and race reports for our sport. We are all indebted to you. Try to let that sink in, amidst all of the hustle and bustle: You have made an enormous difference our lives and invested your time in something that you are passionate about. Freaking awesome bro.

    Glad to see you've got balance on the horizon, though. A running Bryon is a happy Bryon, I would imagine. :)

    Best to you and Meghan as you take iRunFar into its next year of greatness.

  43. Ivars

    Bryon, I greatly appreciate your efforts of filling this site with quality content. Similar to others this is the site I check every single day just to see what's new. I like all the other people that you have brought in to help with the articles.

    The effort you expanded on the book is well worth it. That was one of the best value books I ever had read. I still re-read it several times a year and find new aspects that I missed last time.

    Keep up the good effort!

    P.S. Being a good runner for long period puts your expectations at level most of us don't even consider. However, you should try stepping into the shoes of chronic back of the packers and see the joy they have. Upcoming Leadville is a good way to do that. Try connecting to the nature and running within your current limits rather than chasing some higher level goals.

  44. Mike vooris

    This is a hard decision but the right one Bryon. I am making a job change this summer to clear time in my schedule for more family time and more running. I'm leaving a job I truly love but in the big picture my family and my running is the priority.

  45. Matt Smith

    Major props for iRF (Bryon, Meghan, AJW and all the content creators on the site!)

    Your sacrifice is our gain.

    Once your devise a way to leverage the readership of the site to bring in some more cash, you can hire an editor or part time help to free you up to pursue your own running aspirations. You deserve it!

    Cheers!!

  46. ScottD

    Wow, three years already? But at the same time, it feels like you've always been there for the community. I'm hoping it remains as fun and exciting as it has ever been.

  47. Ben Nephew

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

    In case you need a guilt trip, or some tough love to get back to running, I'll give it to you. You know tons of people who have jobs not related to running that make time to run. Considering your job, you have no excuse. You are also setting a back example for all your readers, shame on you! If your productivity does not increase by fitting in an hour of running a day, I'd be very surprised. Even if your productivity does not increase, the quality of your work will. Good writing requires time to think, and that would be away from the computer. There were plenty of other students who put in more hours than me in grad school, but I was just as productive or more productive, and graduated before most of them. On the faculty side of things, the professors that put in insane hours year after year often end up single or divorced. In terms of health, your schedule seems pretty stressful. You might want to get Robert Sapolsky's "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers." It's a great book on the effects of stress on animals and humans.

    Make running a priority for your work, your health, your significant other, and yourself. I'm sure this wasn't really necessary, but I just wanted to make sure I wasn't being too subtle.

    1. Bryon Powell

      Ben,
      Fortunately, I've made some strides in the past half year. Aside from one week that I purposefully took off after an ab injury lingered, I've run ever day since early last December. I've never run anywhere near that consistently in my life. During that period, the majority of days I have found the time to run as much as I want. However, I want to make sure that I continue to improve this trend in the future, so when I am finally training … or just looking to spend more time enjoying putting one foot in front of the other, I have made the necessary changes to make this possible. To put it another way, I've made some positive strides, but I realize that this is a process. I intend to keep working to improve.

      In the mean time, there have definitely been other issues that have affected my running during that half year (i.e., downward spiral with not hitting training marks/pressure to be in shape for a race). I've corrected that, in part, by freeing myself to run simply for the fun of it. Being in great shape or whatever is a minimal factor in my running. It'd be fun to explore at some point, but I mostly run for fun. :-) I suppose that fact is part of why I've let seriously running slip. I've run most days for every stretch in the past three years and that's often enough. That said, I do recognize that both (1) being in somewhat better shape and (2) having more time to make use of it would add happiness to my life.

        1. Ben Nephew

          There you go!

          Do you think your goal races require more training than you are willing to commit to at this point, and so you never really feel like you are doing enough, triggering the downward spiral? If you just aren't interested in racing anymore, then changing distances probably won't matter, but it does seem easier to lower the priority of running when you are not racing. If the goal of both racing are running are happiness, though, I guess our running should be consistent whether or not we are racing.

  48. CJ

    Bryon,

    I've really enjoyed this site over the last couple years. Thanks so much for all your hard work and the sweat you've invested. I do agree with you regarding power and control. Balance is so crucial in life. When things are out of balance, it sometimes takes a breaking point to get our attention. Take care of yourself…good nutrition, sleep, exercise, enjoying reading for the fun of it (not just for this site), etc will allow you to maintain quality without going overboard on quantity (i.e. time spent).

    Enjoy the run

  49. Marjorie

    Thank you for all you have sacrificed to bring such an amazing thing to life. Such dedication does not go unnoticed the wide spread running world. You have brought community to myself and others who so often find ourselves solo on the trails we love. Business is just like running: to achieve great things sometimes you have to get a little fanatic, a little tunnel visioned and then push through all the walls. You've been running a buiness-ultra for the last three years. Congrats.

  50. Jon Allen

    Bryon- we really appreciate all you do. I think many of us never miss an article or a race twitter-cast on iRF. Thanks.

    If you're not in great shape and are skipping Leadville, maybe you could try some of the shorter races in the area- Mid Mountain marathon, some of the NUTS races, Logan Peak, Squaw, etc- run for fun!

  51. Bill

    Congrats on achieving your three year anniversary! Your site is a great resource for enriching my love of running and for that I'm truly thankful. I wish you all the best.

  52. Nathan

    Bryon let me also add my appreciation for all your efforts here. I've just really got into trail running the past few months and irunfar has played a big role in aiding my own running and falling in love with the sport in general. I've turned into a daily reader and look forward to each new post. I've especially enjoyed the two recent live coverages of Transvulcania and Zegama. My wife thinks I'm crazy as I've woken up around 3:30am to follow both races. You've really helped to grow my enthusiasm for the sport. I've just ran my first trail marathon this past Saturday and will be training for my first 50k soon. I can't wait to get a hold of Relentless Forward Progress to help me along the way. Thanks for all you do!

  53. j.xander

    Congratulations on your success in the realm of your passion! Also, an Ultra sized "Thank You" for sharing the love and logistics of the sport. It is greatly appreciated!

  54. mushmouph

    i am glad you put in the effort to make this happen. i have read rfp many times. it gets me through the time when the coffee is in my body but not my blood.

  55. Jared F

    Bryon, here I am, yet again, spending my lunch break in front of my computer reading the latest articles from Irunfar. I have only ran 1 ultra (2 more planned for this year), and already I am trying to find ways to get into WS, Hardrock, and UTMB. Why? I have no idea, I like to run I guess, not sure why I like the pain. That aside, your website is awesome! I have to stop myself from checking multiple times a day to see what the ultra world is up to, I mean even my wife now knows about Dakota and his recent results, and she hates running!

    Thanks for all you do, and like others, I am sad to hear you can't run as much as you want to, but I am sure soon you will find the proper balance.

  56. Drew

    I'd also like to add my thanks to Bryon and all the contributors to iRunFar. I've decided over the last year or so that I'm going to move to ultra distance rather than the conventional sub marathon stuff (mostly due to lack of speed) and this website, along with many blogs that are linked to from here, has been invaluable.

    Long may it continue, and if you ever want articles from a noob point of view let me know. My first ultra is fast approaching in August!

  57. Ian Scott

    Cheers to 3 years Bryon! Keep the great articles coming, I have been loving the new writing additions you have brought on.

    Enjoy the journey.

  58. DCraig

    Keep it going Bryon, thanks for the hard work and motivation. In the year since finding RFP and irunfar, along with the motivation of many other trail hounds, I've rolled up 5 ultras and will be hitting the San Diego 100 in a few days. Prior to that I thought runners were crazy; still do, but count me in, thanks to irf! Keep going…

  59. Jack

    Kudo's and thank you for your blog.

    Not running ? Get your butt out the door for one hour a day and do something like run , hike , walk , swim, bike , ski , no excuses. What seems to be important can wait for an hour , we can wait for an hour.

  60. Morgan Williams

    An ex-lawyer is a happier human being. You and I both know that.

    Not a day passes without me checking in with iRF.

    And I'm quietly proud to have made a couple of very small contributions along the way.

    Keep up the fantastic work Bryon, and Meghan too.

    Morgan

  61. Aaron

    Very cool site! I discovered it about 6 months ago and have become a regular reader. I have really enjoyed your race coverage articles and the glimpse it provides into the ultra events. Also the candor we get from the runners is awesome!

    Congrats on your success and keep up the great work!

    Aaron

  62. David Keating

    Bryon

    Congrats on taking the risk, and achieving success. It all goes to show what hard work, self discipline & an engaging writing style will take you.. What most impresses me is how Irunfar.com has fostered & solidified a community of folks who do these ultra runs. They get inspiration & guidance from this site You have created what Durkheim called a "collective consciousness" in this world of distance runners. (Bryon I figure that as a fellow alum, you will understand references to obscure 19th century intellectuals)

    If y'all ever come up to New England, you have a place to sleep,shower, run & blog

    Be Valiant & Run Far

    -Dave K

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