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The Barkley Marathons: Everything I Feared and More

In the worlds of academia and industry, students and professionals are asked to prove competence through rigorous exams. SAT's, ACT's, GRE's, LSATs, MCATs, and the list of acronyms goes on. One could argue that if such a thing as a mountain-ultra-trail running aptitude exam exists, then that test is the Barkley Marathons. If Barkley is the test, then the finishers, a mere 15 in the race's 32 year history, are members of…

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Posted on April 9, 2017 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Unpacking Lessons from the DuDe Part 3: The End!

     Finishing the recap of my 2016 journey on the Colorado Trail has taken a very long time. Much too long. This has largely come from a place of laziness or distraction, sometimes masquerading under the guise of "busyness." Still, there's also a sense of reluctant finality once the last punctuation has been committed. Fortunately, I wrote a lot of notes down immediately following the adventure, perhaps anticipating some of these inefficiencies.  …

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Posted on March 28, 2017 at 9:59am

Unpacking Lessons from the DuDe, Part 2: Miles on my Legs, Voices in my Head

   In part 1 of Unpacking The DuDe, I covered the more technical details about the gear and the systems that I used to travel as light as possible. In subsequent posts, I'll give insight into the decisions I made and offer a day to day run down of the trip. Surprisingly, recapping the journey has led to a larger than expected volume of details. Rather than packaging this into one cumbersome and unwieldy novel that you're unlikely to read, I'll break it down into two episodes which will…

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Posted on August 12, 2016 at 9:30am

Unpacking Lessons from The DuDe. Part 1: The Pack, the Sleeping, and the Eating

     A week of binging on naps, Netflix, and ice cream have passed since tagging the Waterton Canyon terminus of the Colorado Trail. During this time of intense recovery and in between slumbers, I've summoned as many details of the experience as I can, realizing the limitations that come with attempting to encapsulate a 485 mile trip by tapping keys on a computer. Words, pictures, and video can do a lot but ultimately, they are only representations of the experience. Still, these…

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Posted on July 23, 2016 at 5:30pm

Races

2012

January 14th Ponderous Posterior 50k

March 10th Salida Marathon

May 12th Quadrock 50 Mile

June 23rd San Juan Solstice 50 Mile

July 21st Idaho Springs Burro Race (if I can find a burro)

August 18th Leadville 100

 

2011

January 8th Winter Series I Long Course 7 Mile (47:54, 5th)

January 22nd Winter Series II 8 Mile (49:49, 4th)

February 12th Winter Series III 10 Mile (1:07:24, 6th)

February 26th Winter Series IV 20k (1:20:34, 6th)

April 23rd Cheyenne Mounain 50k Trail Race (4:31:18, 5th)

June 12 Garden of the Gods 10 Mile (1:03:35, 17th)

June 18th San Juan Solstice 50 Mile (9:59:53, 9th)

July 10th Summer Roundup 12k (51:01, 11th)

August 21 Pikes Peak Marathon (4:36:31, 7th)

September 18th Pony Express 15 Mile (1:52:55, 6th)

October 1st Devil Mountain Ultra 50 mile (9:51:09, 1st)

December 3rd Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k (18:12, 1st)

 

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At 3:40pm on June 26, 2011, Jill Suarez said…
Yes it is and I noticed 3 of you crud running buddies on the peak and when I ran down .. They were at the bottom but I hit the incline down ... 
At 7:30am on June 20, 2011, Jill Suarez said…
That's one great picture gallery from San Juan Solstice Brandon!! I'm thinking it was more like a sweet vacation for you than a grueling 50 mile stud stacked ultra !!nice cabin !
At 12:51pm on May 16, 2011, Jill Suarez said…
Sounds like a good blog ... CRUD runners always looking for the longest challenging routes... Even in may!!
 
 
 

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