The Virtual Swiss Alps 800: Running Motivation During a Pandemic

I am not necessarily a highly self-motivated distance runner. I love running for hours on the trails. I love being outdoors. I also love to do lots of other things outdoors. Without races to motivate me I tend to do… lots of other things that aren’t running. I had a decent slate of trail racesContinue reading “The Virtual Swiss Alps 800: Running Motivation During a Pandemic”

On Distance Running and Goal Setting: Making the Infinite Finite

[Featured image: my wife Emily and I during the Shadow of the Giants 50K] There has been a “Ten Year Challenge” thing floating around Facebook of late. I decided to participate, which got me thinking in the larger sense about the concept of a challenge in and of itself. The “Ten Year Challenge” focuses onContinue reading “On Distance Running and Goal Setting: Making the Infinite Finite”

On Becoming Intimate with Mount Hillyer

This was supposed to be my year. Until it wasn’t. Angeles Crest 100: 4 / Marcus England: 0. I came into this year’s Angeles Crest 100 feeling confident. I had completed the extremely difficult Chimera 100, the secretly challenging Javelina Jundred, then – this June – the Mohican 100 in extremely difficult conditions. Sure, IContinue reading “On Becoming Intimate with Mount Hillyer”

Mud, Sweat, and Tears: An Annotated Social Media Accounting of my 2019 Mohican 100

June 15 and 16, 2019 were the dates of the 30th running of the Mohican 100 at Mohican State Park in Loudonville, Ohio. I chose to run this race as I was born and raised in Ohio and Mohican was an important part of my upbringing. I also DNF’d this race at around mile 55 in 2015 due to the effects of heavy rain.

Turning the Page

I’ve never fully endorsed new year’s resolutions, opting instead to try for continuous self improvement. I’m not saying I always achieve that, but I do try. That being said (er, written), the start of a new year is a good time to review what has been accomplished and to set goals that have a timeContinue reading “Turning the Page”

That Jurt Like Jell: My Javelina Jundred Story

[Featured image: Overwhelmed with emotion at the finish line of the Javelina Jundred. Photo by the incomparable Howie Stern.] A 100 mile trail race is much more than just the event itself. It’s a journey. It’s the decision to enter the event. It’s the long training process. It’s life that happens along the way. It’sContinue reading “That Jurt Like Jell: My Javelina Jundred Story”

The Fine Art of Voluntary Adversity

[Featured image: The runner I am pacing finds a second wind at mile 92 of the Kodiak 100.] Every one of us that toes the line at an ultramarathon gets asked at some point why we do what we do. We all have our own reasons, but there is a seemingly common thread: this sport,Continue reading “The Fine Art of Voluntary Adversity”

Three Points to Pacifico Mountain Via the Pacific Crest Trail

It’s been nearly a year since I’ve added a new chapter to the San Gabriel Trails Project. You can ask me why that is, but I would not have an answer for you. There are many miles of high country trails that I have not yet covered, and I haven’t spent much time in theContinue reading “Three Points to Pacifico Mountain Via the Pacific Crest Trail”

Faces of Death – The Angeles National Forest Trail Race

Sometimes you have great races. Sometimes you have bad races. Often, they are somewhere in between. This is the tale of one that was incredibly challenging because of what Mother Nature decided to throw at us. Commemorating the event is why I decided to reawaken my blog after a period of silence. I am notContinue reading “Faces of Death – The Angeles National Forest Trail Race”