How to Remove Sand Spurs Easily: My Experiment

Today I ran at Jonathan Dickinson State Park and decided to try a little experiment as I knew the sand spurs would be epic on the Dunes of Hell. I took commercial grade paper towels and attached them to my laces and most of the spurs stuck to them. Then I removed the paper towels and hence, most of the Spurs, and removed the rest with a micro fiber cloth. Then I removed the spurs from the cloth with my teeth. Yes, I said “my teeth”. This may sound gross but it works! Voila-no spurs anywhere!


Th cloth, one minute after the video was taken:


Hope these tips work for you!

Race Report: Riverbend 50K Ultra

First and foremost, yes, I met all three of my goals yesterday, at my first 50K ultra race! I finished, which was a feat in and of itself; I did it in less than 8 hours (I believe my official time is somewhere around 7 hours and 15 minutes), and not only did I sprint in for the last few hundred yards, I WAS able to walk around for several hours following the race. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Race Report

Now for the official race report!

I arrived at the park around 6:30 for a 7 AM start. It was still dark when I got there and I spent the first 15-20 minutes getting prepared-applying bug spray, organizing my food, water, water bottles, extra shoes, socks, etc. I then spent the next ten minutes carrying everything to the pavilion so I could ensure my aid station transition times were as short as possible (Thanks, Malika, for that suggestion!). Continue reading “Race Report: Riverbend 50K Ultra”

My Three “First 50K” Goals

Tomorrow I will be running my first 50K ultra trail race. It won’t be much of a “race” for me as I am not planning on running fast. However, I do have some goals. Here they are:

  1. Do not DNF. Or, said another way, finish the race! Run the entire 32-ish miles.
  2. Do it in less than 8 hours.
  3. Ensure I can still walk afterwards. I am not joking with this one. I want to make sure I race smart and still have a little something left to at least be able to strut around the park proudly!

I will post again soon to let everyone know how I did. Wish me luck!

Riverbend Park
The gorgeous Riverbend Park!

The “Best” Running Tip Ever!

The Long Run

Yesterday, I ventured out of my comfort zone to meet up with a group of friends to run a portion of the Grassy Waters Preserve trail system in West Palm Beach, FL. I typically prefer to run in the Jupiter area, but decided it was time I explored something new and I’m so glad I did! Since I wanted to run at least 15 miles this weekend, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so and not have to run alone! So I met up with the group at 7 AM and planned to run two 8-mile loops around a portion of the trail system known as the Owahee Trail.

Trio of Runners
Trail running phenoms!

The 16-mile Challenge

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