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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on September 11, 2012 at 10:46pm — 2 Comments

A New Sport is Born

Apparently this happens when one gets rid of cable:

 

Added by Brandon Stapanowich on August 26, 2012 at 11:04pm — 2 Comments

2012 Leadville Trail 100 Run Report

     Last weekend was a huge weekend for area trail runners. In fact, I'm almost certain that every person I've met in the running community was involved in either the Pikes Peak races in Manitou, TransRockies, the Leadville Trail 100, or some combination thereof. For myself, after testing the 50 mile waters in 2011 at Lake City and then Pagosa Springs, Leadville was beckoning me to the "hundy" distance.

 

     For some, having an intricate calorie and hydration plan complete…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on August 21, 2012 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Personifying Pain

     In my circle of friends, it's a common occurence for inanimate, yet cherished objects to warrant a name. And before you start judging, this phenomemon is apparently fairly rampant in our culture. Ships have been named for presidents from the U.S.S. Washington to the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush. Herby and Kitt were both beloved automobiles. Even a healthy dose of the entertainment I enjoyed as a kid including The Brave Little Toaster, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Winnie the Pooh were all…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on July 26, 2012 at 7:43pm — 2 Comments

Pikes in July and a Fancy Training Algorithm

     Sometime during a 6.5 hour Leadville scouting run Saturday, I convinced myself that taking care of the monthly Pikes trip the following day was a good idea. With the goal of more time on feet and Charlie Brown by my side, in actuality, it wasn't bad at all.  There were a handful of moments early on though that I began thinking about my training plans (or lack thereof) that got me into situations like this, oftentimes with little forewarning or…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on July 15, 2012 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Embracing the Wall: The Art of Bonking

     As a guy who has had his fair share of bonks, including this one which has earned me the moniker "Zombie," I can tell you that hitting the wall is no laughing matter. Your body fails, your mind soon follows, and your race is almost certainly over. You become overwhelmed with an incredibly helpless feeling and curse yourself for an inadequate, or poorly executed calorie intake plan.

     But what if bonking…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on June 11, 2012 at 9:22pm — No Comments

A Pikes Peak Fairy Tale

     Once upon a time, in a place not so far away from here, there lived Tres Passer and Giant Killer, two elder adventurers. Now there was nothing inherently special about these characters. In fact, they were really just ordinary folk. They had no magic powers. They could not fly, or become invisible, or converse with animals, and they were not rich. They did however, love the mountains where they lived and had a reputation for long, and oftentimes ridiculous journeys.   

      One…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on June 3, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Rhythm for the Blues: Pikes in May

     Ask any runner and they'll tell you that they're much better company when they are able to do what they love. Miss a training run here and there and they may get a little edgy. Miss weeks of training or, heaven forbid, a race, and it becomes a potentially volatile situation. You see, running for runners is the consummate anti-depressant and mood stabilizer. When this is taken…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on May 21, 2012 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Fools on the Hill: The INCLINATHON Run-down

     I like to think of myself as a dreamer. An ideas man. Sometimes these grand visions fail to come to fruition and remain just thoughts. Other times, they are attempted but for one reason or another, they fall apart. Such was the case when a buddy of mine in NC decided to hike from Mt. Mitchell to Mt. Pisgah. Things went smoothly except we spent the first day hiking in the wrong direction and wound up in Busick, NC (never heard of it? neither had we) only to call his parents to bail us…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on April 16, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Charlie and Me

     Many weekends as of late have been dedicated to some pretty serious Inclinathon training. But last weekend, despite having less than 2 weeks to go before the big day, I had a hard time stomaching more 30+ minute/mile repeats. So while I probably should have pushed beyond the 1/2 Inclinathon distance, I convinced myself that some actual running was much needed.

 

     A bout of allergy/upper respiratory gunk had me feeling puny all week so I decided to take Charlie Brown…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on March 25, 2012 at 7:26pm — 2 Comments

Salida Run Through Time Marathon: The Latest Weekend War

     My Monday through Friday gig is incredibly rewarding.  In fact, I still have a hard time believing I get paid to laugh and play with kids while helping them function more independently. Nevertheless, job related stress or perhaps the unwelcoming darkness and cold of the season has contributed to some pretty inconsistent weekday training sessions as of late. But, as one of my professors advised, "you are not your job." So no matter how many pre-work runs I miss, the desire to fill…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on March 13, 2012 at 7:11am — No Comments

Pikes Pikes Baby

     Thankfully last week's snow and wind gave way to forecasted city temperatures in the upper 50's and copious amounts of sunshine. So, as I looked out the window Sunday morning, there was very little doubt in my mind that it was going to be a great day to get the monthly Pikes run in. But while I'd convinced myself of summiting, selection of attire loomed as the big question of the day. How does one embark on a 6-7 hour run with fickle winds and temperatures ranging from 50 to -5…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on March 4, 2012 at 6:28pm — No Comments

A Slice of Pi(e)kes to Ease the Belly Blues

           We all have our own share of demons and closet skeletons. My demons live in my digestive tract, my skeletons reside in my colon. So around this time last year I began…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on February 12, 2012 at 8:49pm — No Comments

The Inclinathon

     Well, I originally planned to sit on this idea for a while, thinking perhaps that the infinite wisdom of time would convince me of my absurdity and foolishness so that I may once again live in peace.  But Thursday morning, after a relatively sleepless night, I awoke with a vision that continues to haunt me.  And so, with no other choice now but to share what I have to share, I sincerely hope that doing so will relieve some of my angst.

 

     Let me preface what I'm about…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on January 21, 2012 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Ponderous Posterior: The Fat Ass 50k Finale

     Saturday was the 2nd annual Ponderous Posterior: the culminating event of Colorado's Fat Ass 50k Series (three off-season trail runs with earlier gatherings in Boulder and Fort Collins). The defining (and best) feature of these "races" is the absence of entry fees, age group categories, formal awards, or any semblance of a race lottery. Instead, just an abundance of great trails and an opportunity for some friendly competition with some of the best runners in…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on January 15, 2012 at 5:35pm — 3 Comments

Pikes Peak in January

     January 7th 2012: one down, eleven to go. After nearly 6 hours of time on feet, I discovered that running Pikes every month may be more difficult than I initially thought. While it's clear I left my 14,000 ft legs and lungs in 2011 and my pace left much to be desired (especially after last August's performance), it's not the conditioning that worries me. No, I think…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on January 8, 2012 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Resolutions

     Last year will be tough to beat. I'm sure I've said that before but 2011, marked by meeting an amazing collection of running friends, some real solid races with even more memorable training runs, and ousting JT as the unofficial Cherry Picker of the Year, has been unforgettable. But the generous period of…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on January 1, 2012 at 12:26pm — 3 Comments

Tally-Ho: The Movie (Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim)

The lastest epic run: a Grand Canyon double crossing.

Added by Brandon Stapanowich on November 8, 2011 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Video account of CRUD taking on the KRISPY KREME CHALLENGE

Added by Brandon Stapanowich on October 16, 2011 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Runnin' With The Devil: Devil Mountain Ultra 50 Mile Race Report

     With a low mileage, metatarsalgia-ridden month that somehow led up to a 9 hour birthday run the week before, to say I felt a bit ill prepared heading into the Devil Mountain 50 miler is an understatement. But after surprising myself at the Pikes Peak Marathon, the thought of doing one last 50 miler before the year was out seemed like a good opportunity to squeeze a bit more suffering to satisfy my masochistic cravings until 2012. As an added bonus, a strong representation of local…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on October 4, 2011 at 7:23am — 3 Comments

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