Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
"Under a desert sky, an unlikely challenger fights to stave off one of the greatest ultra runners on the planet. 'The distance of Truth' is a human-interest story, a celebration of nature, and a philosophical examination of motivation that explores the unyileding determination of Canadian runner Ferg Hawke as he competes against the world's best in the harsh but beautiful Death Valley while attempting to master the toughest footrace on earth, the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon. Follow in the footsteps of those who have wandered into the valley of death to tempt its inhospitable nature - never to return. Journey from the Badwater Basin, lowest point in North America, to Mt. Whitney, highest point in the contiguous United States. Share in the emotional highs and lows of Hawke's four-year pilgrimage, a quest that ultimately questions the tendency to accept personal limitations over its alternative...the full realization of human potential."
Watch the trailer:
Buy the DVD here.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Dean Karnazes' Ultramarathon man : confessions of an all-night runner (New York : J.P. Tarcher/Penguin, c2005).
Dean Karnazes' 50/50 : secrets I learned running 50 marathons in 50 days-- and how you too can achieve super endurance! (with Matt Fitzgerald: New York : Wellness Central, 2008).
Pam Reed's The extra mile : one woman's personal journey to ultrarunning greatness (Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, c2006).
Kirk Johnson's To the Edge: A Man, Death Valley, and the Mystery of Endurance (New York, NY: Warner Books, Inc. 2001).
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
In March 2008, to celebrate my 42nd birthday, I attempted a winter ascent of Mount Washington, NH (6,288 feet). Unfortunately, we were stopped at the Lakes of the Clouds Hut by brutal weather: strong winds (85+ mph) and COLD (-49 degrees F); it was worse up top!
The day before, we had summited both Mount Welch (2,605 feet) and Mount Dickey (2,734 feet)to warm up, learn skills, and gel as a group.
I have to give the highest recommendation to Mooney Mountain Guides, who educated us and led us up the mountain, and were brave enough to turn us around before the summit due to the dangerous conditions, even though we all wanted to make the attempt.
Earlier this month, I went to the Nike Store and purchased the Nike + Armband V5, 2 pairs of running shoes (Nike Air Pegasus+ 2007 Men's Running Shoe and another that slips my mind at the moment)and the Nike + iPod Sports Kit. The armband is totally useless unless you have twigs for arms. The next day I went out for my first run using the new system and I am hooked! It's a great motivator, especially for a returning out-of-shape runner like msyelf. Highly recommended.