Crewing Badwater: The Toughest Race You’ve Never Run

There’s a common acronym for the word “crew” in the ultrarunning world:  Cranky Runner, Endless Waiting.  Well, I’m going to be doing my very best not to be cranky (it’s quite rude to the person who’s literally serving you), but the waiting can indeed be endless, especially at Badwater.  So what exactly does a Badwater crew do, and how is it different from “regular” crewing?  All the answers here for more » Read more

Clove’s Badwater Training Log: 6.27.2015

As I write this post, I am a mere five working days from taper, with only two key workouts left.  It’s true.  I can’t believe I’m this close to the taper (and race day) – but then again, it’s been such a long, hot road that I believe every bit of it.  And then some.  The idea that I’m going to get up on Saturday morning and have nothing more more » Read more

How to Train for Badwater: Extra Everything

It’s been no surprise to me that people are curious about Badwater – and even more curious about how one even begins to train for it.  There’s certainly not the wealth of “couch to Badwater” training programs that there are for the 5K, 10K, and half marathon distances; even my non-runner friends who are able to get their heads around 100-milers have been stymied anew by this latest adventure of mine.  Extra more » Read more

Badwater and Cystic Fibrosis: Why I’m Breaking my Rule and Running for Charity

I’m running Badwater for charity, and it’s not an entirely easy decision.  I’ve long struggled with fundraising and running for charities, and here’s why: A number of years ago, DB and I asked my mother to stop getting us “things” for birthdays and Christmas.  In truth, being that we are in that reversed financial position where we are better off than our respective parents, we didn’t want gifts at all, more » Read more

Clove’s Badwater Training Log – 6.26.2015

It is strange, a bit, to post training logs in arrears.  Since I am feeling the present (rainy, again) day, I will start by speaking of today.  I am exhausted.  Just completely worn out.  Still not overtraining, which is almost disappointing, because then I’d get to back off before the taper.  But I’ve come this far, and with only 12 working days before the taper starts, I can finally see more » Read more

Less Running, More Biking and Swimming: Will I Still Be 100-mile Ready?

As I alluded to when I posted about having to defer my Run Across America dreams, I have been cleared to run and train for my upcoming 100-mile race at Burning River (also my very first 100M race, although not my first ultramarathon, I have done two 50-milers and one 50k). However, even though the doctors say I can run as long as I feel up to it, based on more » Read more

Oregano’s Race Recap: Trail Factor 50k

Race morning dawned cool and overcast. I took a hot shower to loosen up and put on my race clothes, which were set in an orderly pile the night before. I filled my camelbak water bladder with Nuun (tri-berry flavor), and double checked the other stuff I had in my pack “just in case”: a band-aid, eight gu gels (in a variety of non-fruit flavors), a map, my ID, $10, an more » Read more

Badwater 135 Primer: Everything You Always Wanted to Know (or Maybe Not)

So, Clove I’ve been reading your crazy training logs and I’ve seen you drop Badwater like a hot potato over and over and over again, but there’s just one thing … Uh, what exactly is this Badwater thing, anyway? With a broad swath of readers here on Salty Running, I’m guessing that some of you know what it is; some of you have heard of it; and some of you, more » Read more

Clove’s Badwater Training Log: 6.5.2015

Back to the nitty-gritty of the training posts, so Salty figured we should put this on the front page and catch everyone up on my shenanigans. And yes when I say nitty-gritty, I mean it: things are most definitely getting gritty.  This was week three of a heavy push, but I knew I just had to make it through this third week to get to my step-back week.  Continuing to more » Read more

A Big Dream Deferred: Some Things Really Are More Important Than Running

Hi. It’s Cilantro. I know you must be wondering where I’ve been. My answer to you is where do you want me to start? While grad school has actually been kicking my butt, that’s not my main excuse. No, something much bigger has been standing in my way. The last you knew, I was ramping up to run across America for sexual violence awareness and prevention. While money and sponsors hadn’t more » Read more

In Praise of Course Maps

Trail races are absolutely a different beast than your traditional road race. As a city dweller, I don’t get many opportunities to commune with nature in the great outdoors, so the chance to run a trail half marathon in a state park about 2 hours north of New York City seemed like something I should try at least once. I will always love New York and Central Park, but I’ve more » Read more

Clove’s Badwater Training Log: 4.11.2015 – 4.17.2015

This entry shall otherwise be titled “My Twisted Spine.” My twisted spine put a dent in things this week.  Some people would say, “Star.  It was the very low mileage first week of a 15-week training plan, coming off of the training that got you to a PR 100-miler.”  Those people would be correct, but I would remind them that I am a super Type-A perfectionist, and that even though more » Read more

Clove’s Recovery/Badwater Prep Training Log: 4.4.2015 – 4.10.2015

This week was still a no-running/recovery week from Umstead, but it involved more active recovery and less sheer gluttony and laziness.  The biggest news is that I began my sauna sessions; I’ll be going on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and working my way up to a full hour between 180 and 200 degrees.  I also started my uphill walking workouts in preparation for Badwater’s longest and steepest hills, combining a relatively more » Read more

How to PR a 100 Miler: The Good, the Bad and the Bloody

They always say you can’t control the weather, but you can control your attitude.  Challenging as it was at times, the weather could have been much worse.  Mother Nature, however, still had some fun plans for me, and decided to inform me of said plans at about 4 pm the evening before the race.  I was resolute – after all, I’ve been doing this thing for some 25 years now more » Read more

Death Valley Days = Badwater Training Gut Check

This past weekend was the LA Marathon, and since the Clif Bar Pace Team handles the pacing chores, DB and I were out west.  What better opportunity, we thought, to add in a visit to Death Valley, and re-visit the course we’ve now played on six different times. I’ve written before about what it’s like to run in Death Valley, specifically about the time that DB and I created our more » Read more