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Poo and Palo Duro

Who would have thunk it. Running for 40 miles is easier than 17 miles. Over the weekend I decided to go for a 17-ish urban out-and-back run on a rolling sidewalk path. The run started out good but when I reached the turnaround  spot I was completely baked and felt like a big pile of…


What? Eight-ish miles into a run and hurting?

Mentally I was gasping for air as I thought about the return trip back. It felt like an insurmountable distance with the rollers waiting and snickering for my return. So for the next five miles I went to work. I focused, put my head down, and put one foot in front of the other. With three-ish miles to go I rebounded and was able to pick up the pace for the homestretch. Entering my neighborhood never looked so good.

Although less than pleasant, I think this was a subtle reminded of the fall and winter ahead and the importance of having a mind ready for the challenge. I felt rusty between the ears.


Palo Duro trail run is this weekend! I will be jumping into the 50 km race and am looking forward to the amazing day in store for everyone. A couple running friends are joining in on the adventure so it will be fun to enjoy the experience together.

It appears some exceptional weather is planned for us which is always an added bonus.

Current weather forecast: 44 F (night lows) – 68 F (daytime high) and Sunny

Race strategy:

  • Take it comfortably easy for the first 12 mile and 6 mile loop.
  • The final 12-ish mile loop will be open for a bit of push if any push is waiting to be expressed.
  • Enjoy the amazing beauty surrounding us for the entire run.
  • Not get stung by an aid-station bee.

Good luck to everyone playing on the 20 km/ 50 km / 50 mile course.



Sorta-kinda taper time.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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