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10 Things I Learned Running 100 Miles

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There is an opportunity to learn something in everything we do. Here are a few things I learned in the 26 hours it took me to run my first 100 mile trail race at the Cajun Coyote 100 this past December in Louisiana.

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1. The Moon Makes a Wonderful Companion – Twice

The Cajun Coyote trail race started on Saturday at 6:30am just as the spectacularly haunting “Full Cold Moon” (official name) was setting behind the long, skinny arms of craggy oak trees overhead. Being partial to trail running at night I was looking forward to seeing the moon again later that day. The moonlight, and my husband Leary as my pacer, would keep me company the entire following night until we were greeted by the sunrise and the finish line.

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EB32: Weekend Buzz: Results – Bandera Trail Run – Village Creek Trail Run

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Welcome to the Weekend Buzz, where we showcase and provide result summaries for our TALON (TX, AR, LA, OK, NM) races from the past weekend.

What happened last weekend?

There were two trail/ultra adventures in the region, the Bandera Trail Run in Texas and the Village Creek Trail Run (FB Page) in Arkansas.

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Bandera Trail Run (Courtesy JoAnna Brand) 

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2015 Foothills 50k FA Results: Crunchy Trails, Ghost Sightings, and Fire Pit Stories

[Enjoy the guest results article by Perky Garcia of New Mexico.]
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The 4th Annual Foothills 50k FA race was held on January 1, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 42 souls headed out in the snow on New Year’s Day to greet the New Year. This year we introduced a 10k course so participants could still make it to the Egg Nog Jog at noon.

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EB30: Bandera 100k: 3 Qs Pre-Race Chat with Paul Terranova

Paul Terranova of Texas raced throughout the state and country in 2014 putting together some inspiring efforts and having a heck of a lot of fun, that included a 17:26 13th place finish at the uber-competitive Western States 100. Paul will be looking to finish his 500th Bandera kilometer this weekend, so the guy knows this course.

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Enjoy our 3 Qs pre-race chat about the following goodies:

  • Hawaii memories after recently supporting his wife, Meredith, at the Ultraman World Championships
  • strongest memories from 2014 running around the country and Canada
  • favorite post-race beer of 2014
  • the one thing Paul must do to set himself up for a great day on the Bandera trails
  • proper loop one pacing at Bandera, why it’s so important

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EB28: Bandera 100k: 3 Qs Pre-Race Chat with Nicole Studer

Nicole Studer of Texas has continued to raise her bar of running excellence throughout state of Texas earning a number of wins and course records throughout 2014. While familiar with the local terrain, this will be Nicole’s first Bandera adventure.

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Enjoy our 3 Qs pre-race chat about the following goodies:

  • Nicole’s recent sub-3 marathon scamper
  • thoughts on her most memorable race of 2014
  • why she shares such positive energy on the trails
  • motivation
  • tips to managing those low moments during an ultra
  • Nicole’s non-techie approach to pacing any distance from the marathon to 100 miles
  • is she hungry for a Western States 100 spot

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EB27: Race Director Joe Prusaitis Talks Bandera Trail Run

Texan Joe Prusaitis of Tejas Trails race directs one of the biggest trail races in the country, the Bandera Trail Run, located outside the cowboy town of Bandera, Texas in south central Texas. Nearly 1000 runners from around the world will get dirty at this 13th annual event that includes a 100km, 50km, or 25km adventure within a natural playground of rugged Texas Hill Country goodness.

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Enjoy as Joe and I chat about the following Bandera goodies:

  • how the Bandera Trail Run came to be and how it almost never happened
  • the course design process
  • Joe’s enjoyment of rugged terrain
  • what to expect at Bandera based on weather conditions
  • reflections of that first Bandera race in 2003
  • involvement with USATF and the Montrail Ultra Cup
  • the Bandera flame
  • a couple Bandera newbie tips

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2015 Bandera 100k: Women’s Preview

[If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our main 2015 Bandera Preview Article which contains many more Texas Hill Country musings and additional useful and insightful goodies. Plus info on live streaming race coverage throughout the day!]

2015 is the fifth year that Bandera hosts the USATF 100k Trail National Championships & Montrail Ultra Cup. Each year, runners from across the country (and world) come to mix it up with the best that Texas has to offer.

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What’s at Stake?

  • USATF 100k National Championship
  • Montrail Ultra Cup
  • $2000 in Prize Money
  • 2 Entries into Western States 100

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