Friday, December 12, 2014

Top 20 Colorado Running Performances of 2014 - Colorado Runner, 12/12/14.

Promise to return this blog back to a more proper mix of posts, with more regular JM updates.  In the meantime though, my first post for Colorado Runner went up today.  I like these lists.  I think the most controversial ranking is Jenny Simpson's top two 1500s above Emma Coburn's new American record in the steeple.  Simpson was the world's best and Coburn wasn't, and the steeple is a newer event.  That was my thought process.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Whether by Road, Mountain, Track, or Trail - Running Times, 12/11/14

Sage Canaday won last weekend's The North Face 50.  Kimber Mattox won last weekend's XTERRA trail running world championship.  I was surprised by both, and talked to the two race winners for this article.

Sage won Speedgoat earlier this year and he's on the podium of nearly every ultra he races, but most often he's not at the top of the podium, at least in the biggest races - Lake Sonoma, for example.  TNF 50 was certainly his biggest win then.  I wouldn't expect much from him at UTMB, assume most won't expect much success there as a 100-mile debut, but I'm looking forward to seeing what he (and King and Flaherty) do at Comrades next year.  It'd be great to see an American win that race (again), and I think he could do it.

And at XTERRA, Allie McLaughlin and Megan Roche had been unbeatable most of the year.  That Kimber Mattox beat both was really surprising then.  Mattox has already committed to next year's U.S. mountain running championships.  With the race being in Bend (vs. the traditional East Coast site), I wonder how many new names we'll see.  It would be exciting to see some of the Bend, Eugene, and Portland non-mountain elites on the starting line.   

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The North Face 50: "Like a National Championship" - Running Times, 12/4/14

The North Face 50 preview that went up today.  I expect Boulet to win the women's race, but the men's could surprise.  Obviously Krar is the favorite, but how many races in a row can he win?

Separately, last week I talked with Max King post-100k world championship win and then further back I talked with Anita Ortiz's family for an article that went into the print mag.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Around the World (Twice) in 21 Days - Running Times, 11/20/14.

Caught up with world trophy 50k champion Emily Harrison in advance of Friday night's 100k world championship.  Kind of discounted this race in previous years, but really looking forward to following it on Friday night.  I think the presence of the UK's Steve Way elevated it for me this year maybe.  I'm thinking we'll see at least one American individual medal, and probably two team medals.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Grand Teton + Yellowstone video

Most of our summer travel all happened so quickly that I fell behind on video making.  I don't have to make videos from every trip, but I think it's nice to have as an accompaniment to pictures.  Grand Teton and Yellowstone here then, and further below another video of play time with Elly.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Doubling the 100 Mile Distance - Running Times, 11/13/14.

A month or so ago, like many of you, I started seeing promos for the new Bigfoot 200.  I was intrigued, maybe just because of the name and my history with Bigfoot.  I wanted to find out more though and wrote this short article because of it.

Doubling the 100 Mile Distance

Saturday, October 25, 2014