Swiss Alpine Race Report – 78 km Mountain Marathon

Race details Location: Davos, Swiss Alps Distance: 78 km Altitude: +/- 2650 m Highest point: 2739 m Time limit: 14 hours Western States 100 Qualifying time: under 11 hours Gear list Shoes: Salomon Senses Mantra: “Light weight training shoe for midfoot strikers who want natural motion, protection and neutral cushioning for high mileage training.” Clothes: Mizuno top, Salomon Exo Women’s ¾ […]

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Ultrarunning in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan. No matter how many times I practice spelling it, I still don’t feel like I’m getting it right. Something seems to be missing – a vowel or maybe two – or perhaps the letters are in the wrong order. But spell check repeatedly tells me it’s right, so I shrug my shoulders and move on. That’s kind […]

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UTMB TDS: Race Report, Part 3

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled program… Right, so I was seriously doubting my sanity going up these hills. I mean, sure, the scenery is great and the tougher the race, the better the bragging rights…. but when you’re gasping for air and your face is practically up the derriere of the person climbing the hill ahead of you (keeping […]

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UTMB TDS Race Report (Part One)

Now that I’m starting to mentally recover from this race I feel like I can start to put the experience into words. Had I tried to write this two days ago, my blog would have consisted of only profanities!! The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) race is thought by many to be the hardest footrace in Europe. Crossing three countries (France, Italy, Switzerland), it covers 166 km with positive altitude change of 9500 m, which is over twice the altitude change of Everest from base camp. Yikes. Luckily for me, by the time I signed up for the race, the UTMB was full and so I registered for a new event as part of the Mont Blanc races: Sur Les Traces Des Ducs de Savoie (TDS). At only 106 km with 6700 m of altitude change, it seemed like I was taking the easy route…. …Or so I thought. Post-race accounts have been reporting that although the UTMB is the longest run in the series of races, “TDS has been designed to be the most technical”. It has also been described as one of the hardest.  I’d like to think that were the case (y’know, to make me look more hard core), but I have a hard time believing that’s true. I did talk to one guy, however, who did both and said that the TDS was harder…but anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s how the race was […]

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