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PORTRAITS FROM A PRIMAL TRAIL RUNNER

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Wandering and Wondering

     *You have to understand that I had to do it. That I had no choice. Of course it was risky, foolish even. I knew the stakes involved and that I could have been seriously injured or worse. But after laying on the couch for one too many days in a row, just staring at the door and waiting for something to happen, I was growing bored. In this boredom, I jumped on the anxiety bus and rode it all the way to maddening desperation. I couldn't take it anymore. Now, to this day, I'm not proud of…

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Posted on March 22, 2016 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

The Brewers' Cup Movie

    Do you remember when your childhood t-ball team was sponsored by a local pizza place? They'd provide money for team uniforms and, in turn, you'd have the end-of-year party at their establishment. They'd support you. You'd support them. It was win-win and everybody loved it.

     Well, the Brewers' Cup is kind of like that, just with running and alcohol. After 2 months and 18 different events, this …

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Posted on February 28, 2016 at 9:09pm

Hit Pause

     2015 ended rather roughly in a "first world problem" sense. After spending some quality time with family in North Carolina and Virginia over the holidays, I found myself emotionally rejuvenated but also filled with nostalgia. Though sentimental, this of course wasn't the bad part. The bad part came during my return trip to Colorado.…

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Posted on January 20, 2016 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

This Is (Not Quite) Sparta!

     It's 7:00 in the morning and I'm standing at the footsteps of the Acropolis, tethered to another person, a friend, Jason Romero and we're surrounded by a crowd of 400 others. Jason is double fisting a couple bottles of Ensure and I'm tinkering with a GoPro camera with a dead battery. Reality is sinking in. We wonder aloud how we're going to run 153 miles from Athens to Sparta in under 36 hours. But the answer doesn't matter…

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Posted on November 8, 2015 at 6:30pm

On Ambition

     I'm a a sucker for displays of ambition. For people who seek out and take on big challenges. With time, I've learned that the flavor of the particular challenge is irrelevant. It's the struggle, the hint of uncertainty, and the underlying quiet confidence, fueled by determination that matters. It's found on the faces of the starting line of the Pikes Peak Marathon. It's within a toddler taking his first staggering steps, falling frequently but unrelenting because he seeks mastery of the…

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Posted on August 24, 2015 at 9:30pm

Gratitude and Pain: 2015 Hardrock 100 Race Report

     "That's one gnarly course, but the pierogies were delicious!" Those words were for Dale Garland, race director and greeter of every single Hardrock 100 finisher making the journey back to Silverton. Apparently, after kissing the painted slab of mining stone and effectively stopping my race time, I thought Dale needed to hear not only that his race called Hardrock was indeed "hard" but that the starchy sustenance was pleasing. Don't…

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Posted on July 19, 2015 at 9:16pm

Flow

     We've all heard stories of athletes being "in the zone." It's that mystical place where things become effortless and you can do no wrong. You may have even experienced glimpses of this yourself. Time seemingly slows, your performance elevates inexplicably to a level of mastery that was previously inaccessible. It's in this state that you discover untapped potential, yet you're not sure how you got there or when it will fade. And like those elusive autostereograms, once you think too…

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Posted on July 8, 2015 at 4:30pm

Sometimes Running

     Sometimes running is just running. It's a task to be checked off on the list of daily "have to's." Maybe it's chronicled and simplified into some combination of numbers on our log. Maybe it isn't.  It's a part of our routine. Nothing more, but certainly nothing less. Something as natural as breathing.

     Sometimes running is a struggle. It's the last thing we want to do. Something we don't have time for. Something we don't have energy for. Something we despise.…

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Posted on March 24, 2015 at 10:00pm

Nolan's 14

     It's been over a week and I'm still trying to find a way to put the Nolan's 14 experience into words. What's easier to appreciate is the abundance of gratitude I have for the gobs of good fortune and kindness we encountered along the way. Over the past couple of days, deep fatigue has gradually given way to deeper satisfaction. And while I initially thought that 60 hours in the Sawatch would be a test of stubbornness,…

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Posted on September 9, 2014 at 8:00pm

2014 UltraInclinathon: Means to an End of a Decade

     It seemed like a brilliant idea at times, but mostly, the thought of 24 hours on the Incline scared me. A lot. More than the Inclinathon, more than the Stank, and more than any race I've done. But once a notion like this tickles my brain, there's some deep rooted, personal obligation that requires me…

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Posted on July 12, 2014 at 8:55am — 2 Comments

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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