Bandera Recap (Part 1)

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This is a recap of my year in as much as it is about a single day. One simply does not find yourself on the start line of a 100km race hoping to race for a golden ticket without a story: and what a story it’s been! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chris Thoburn (@runspired) 11 months ago I didn’t imagine I’d be racing for a golden ticket. About to undergo lung surgery and with an uncertain recovery timeline for regaining full lung functionality, I determined to work as smart as I could. Even if it took years I thought, even if I couldn’t ever race competitively…

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FKT | East Bay Skyline National Trail (Supported)

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32mi 6K ft of gain. The first runner to break 4 hours. I should have been overjoyed but in the moment I was deep, battling the negative thoughts that threatened to end my day there. The first picture here is me, getting back up for more.…

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FKT | East Bay Skyline National Trail (Unsupported)

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After just missing the FKT two months ago on fairly low volume and only a couple of months post-lung surgery, I knew I needed to give this another go. I figured I'd probably try in either August or September if the weather cooperated and look to next fall if it did not. A few weeks ago I started feeling like I was ready to give it another shot. Based on how much fitter I felt compared with my last attempt I figured I could take 20-25min off my previous time. I gave the course a lot of practice and worked out a pace chart which if executed would take me under four hours. View this post…

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The Week That Time Stood Still

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The passage of time is enigmatic: even when seemingly bubbling past a slow happy brook it is truly a river surging quickly towards the ocean. These past few months, an idea for a new blog post has been filtering in and out of the forefront of my mind, slowly being massaged by my subconsious into something more worth sharing. Like a slow happy brook, bubbling quietly towards a larger stream. Here, these months later, having found that much time has passed with scarce a blink, I suddenly find myself adrift in an ocean. How did I get here? Step into this boat, dear reader, and allow me to revi…

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Death Valley Trail - Post Mortem

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Some people call these race reports. I call them post-mortems. Why? Cause usually I end up writing one when I didn't achieve a goal and I want to diagnose "why". This year's goal for DVT was aggressive: run a 2:45:00 and set the course record (currently the course record is ~ a 2:56, the faster times on ultra-signup are from the DV road marathon). DVT is a course that I believe takes a solid 20min off of whatever shape you are in, so right off the bat this goal meant that I was targeting 2:25:00 marathon conditioning. My final time was a 3:05:00. Not a course record and a solid 20…

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