Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 2/12 – 2/18, 2018

Weekly Activity  Long Run This weekend was the long-awaited Akamas 50k race! All went to plan and it was a great event. Spoiler alert: I didn’t come close to the podium. Instead, I took it nice and easy to avoid any risk of injury and enjoyed the views. There was a great turnout and the …

Cyprus, Trekking, Ultras

FKT Attempt: The Beşparmak Trail

Last week, I wrote an article introducing the concept of Fastest Known Time records (FKTs) and how their popularity has skyrocketed. While that post was intended to be informational, the truth is that I have for some time been planning an FKT of my own and needed to do all that research anyway. Two weeks …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 2/5 – 2/11, 2018

Weekly Activity  Long Run My long run this week (yes, only one) took place on my favorite section of the Besparmak Trail in the North of Cyprus. This area has spiderweb-like trails that go in nearly every direction with seemingly endless routes of varying difficulty. Because I am preparing for the Akamas 50k race …

Appalachian Trail, Training, Ultras

Looking for Endurance and Speed? An FKT Primer

Fastest Known Time attempts (also known as FKTs) are, in the simplest terms, speed records for trails and established routes. Instead of a typical race with formal organization, aid stations, and spectators, FKTs are usually performed with little recognition and support.  They have become quite popular among endurance athletes in recent years as competition increases …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 1/29 – 2/4, 2018

Weekly Activity  Long Run This weekend’s long run(s) was a nice “two-fer”. I took the day off from work on Friday and went to explore this village called Mitsero, which is known for having a huge pyrite mine and a “red lake” that has been stained by all the runoff and chemicals. Truth be …

Appalachian Trail, Trekking

5 Ultrarunning Skills I’ll Bring on The AT

I’ve hiked more miles in my life than I’ve run, but a couple of years ago I picked up ultrarunning and have been borderline obsessed since. For me, it’s the perfect blend of a high-intensity workout and all the best parts of hiking (scenery, trails, nice people, etc.) without the big packs and slow pace. …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 1/22 – 1/28, 2018

Weekly Activity  Long Run This week I scouted another section of the Besparmak Trail in Northern Cyprus, one which was included as part of the Two Castles 50K I won last May. This section is scenic, rugged, and a bit overgrown, but it was a lot of fun nevertheless. I began at Tatlisu Pass, which …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 1/15 – 1/21, 2018

   Long Run I was back in the thick this weekend with my longest run for quite some time. I decided to do a section of the Besparmak Trail in Northern Cyprus that I hadn’t yet run, but I had to drive an hour to get there. The starting point was the village of Koruçam, …

Appalachian Trail, Trekking

How To Get to Springer Mountain & Home from Katahdin for (almost) Free!

This article first appeared on TheTrek. Introduction This article is going to tell you how to get to the start of your thru-hike and home again for almost free by “travel hacking”. More specifically, I will explain how to use airline reward programs to fly to/from Atlanta, GA and to/from Bangor, ME  and pay only …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 1/8 – 1/14, 2018

   Long Run I had a good week of runs and nice long run this weekend. I tried to keep it consistent and put some miles on the legs every day, which really helped boost the volume. On Sunday I went up to Northern Cyprus and did a stretch of the Besparmak Trail that …

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