Media Diet – What I Read Series

Someone who doesn’t read gets about the same education as someone who can’t. Where you get your information seems of vital importance to how you see the world. We are bombarded with information, and misinformation all day long. I’m fascinated by how people wade through the deluge, when and where they consume, and how they structure their work life around it. TheAtlanticWire has this wonderful series called Media Diet, that I read religiously. They focus on the reading habits of “prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts, and the literary world”. I’m going to steal this idea from them, however my focus will be on prominent figures in athletics, nutrition, and health.

My first contributor will be sports nutritionist Amy Kubal (she’s almost done with her essay). Although decidedly not prominent, I suppose it’s only fair to start with myself.

My biggest issue will be getting these famous people to respond to my emails, so if you have any pull with the powerful, please help a brotha out. Also, if you have some favorites you’d love to read about, please let me know.

Others from the Media Diet: What I Read Series

Alex Hutchinson
Runner’s World Sweat Science, National Magazine Award recipient for Science Journalism

Matt Hart
Endurance Coach, Athlete and Writer

Dr. Ben Lewis
UltraRunner, Doctor and Banjo Player

Limits and the Central Governor

There are few things as dangerous as an intelligent skeptic. I’ve worked with Dr. Tim Noakes a few times for my Trail Running Magazine coaching column. He stands out in my mind as the preeminent skeptical sports scientist.

It’s pretty clear to me that the more we know about how the body works — or just about anything for that matter — the more we realize how little we actually know.

Why is it that at the end of an ultra-marathon a runner can run 7min/miles for the last five miles, when, at mile 70 in the race they were void of this energy and walking? Nobel Prize winning physiologist Archibald Hill was the first to propose, in 1924, the idea that the heart was protected by a “governor”. This went largely ignored until Dr. Noakes’s research¹ in 2001 caused the idea to reemerge.

When we race, our body have no idea we are doing a competitive event. They perceives the stress of the race as a threat to it’s existence. In an effort to save ourselves from death, our brains cause us to feel pain, and/or fatigue; which will slow or stop us, and save our lives. I find this topic fascinating, and I think it becomes even more applicable to ultra-runners. The longer an endurance event goes, the more it shifts from a physiological challenge to a mental one. How much are you being slowed by your central governor? Are there ways to overcome this, or is that what we already call determination?

Radiolab podcast on limits:

Has anyone out there have any good central governor stories? If so please post in the comments.

I’ll leave you with Julie Moss in 1982, during just the 4th ever Ironman Triathlon,  crawling the last 10 feet of the race. “I felt my life changing.”

Also check out Dr. Noakes’s recent book debunking the nonsense rhetoric we’ve been fed by the sports drink companies. It’s called Waterlogged.

Suunto AMBIT Review

by Chad Brackelsberg

I have been a huge fan of GPS running watches since I purchased a Garmin Forerunner 201 over five years ago.  Since then, I have upgraded to the Garmin Forerunner 205 and eventually a Garmin Forerunner 310XT.  I was never happy with the Garmin heart rate monitors so ever since I started using a GPS watch, I also wore a Polar hear rate monitor (C210 and RS400 models).  I felt that Polar had a superior heart rate monitor with several functions that I liked (OwnZone, pretty accurate calorie counting, max heart rate, average heart rate, etc.).  I always found it a pain to wear 2 separate watches, but I did like the ability to see 7 screens of data at a glance to both wrists.  I also wanted a device that I could use while backcountry skiing.  I wanted the ability to track my vertical (I have a Suunto Vector and Suunto Core I used for this for this), but I also wanted to be able to set a waypoint for things like snowpits, great lines to ski, etc. or track my route.  I didn’t want to carry a handheld GPS while skiing so I never had this opportunity.  When the Suunto Ambit was announced last winter, I was excited to try it out.  I felt this would be my opportunity to have a single device for all of my activities and to free 1 of my wrists.

I purchased my Ambit in May not sure if it was the right device for me or not.

Setup:  I setup the displays for all of the information I might want to see for various activities. Activities I configured it for are: Road Running, Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Backcountry Skiing, Resort Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Indoor Training (treadmills, weight lifting, etc), and Recovery (used to measure my heart rate for a period of time immediately after a workout).  For each activity, I tried to create a primary screen with the main information I would want to see (for example for trail running, time, distance, and pace for a run), then select 2-4 more pieces of information I might want to quickly look at (for trail running, this is heart rate, calories, and average pace).  I then created additional views that I may want (I have specific views for heart rate information, lap information, vertical gain/loss, altitude graph, and heart rate graph).  Initial setup of the device takes some time and I found that as I used the device I had to modify these views to get them perfected.  Being able to configure the device from the website is a huge benefit (and time saver) over the Garmin watches I have used.

Satellite Acquisition: I had read on several reviews that satellite acquisition can take some time.  On my first use, I was happy that the unit acquired satellites very quickly.  I have found that when I move to a new location (more than 100 or so miles from my last use), the device can take 3-5 minutes to acquire satellites.  I have also found that on random occasions the device will take 3-5 minutes to acquire satellites even though I am using it at the same location as the previous usage.  I expect that as new firmware updates are released by Suunto that this is an area that will be improved upon.

Using the Watch: My first few uses of the watch, I used both my Garmin Forerunner 310XT and the Ambit.  On these side by side comparisons, I have found that there can be up to 10% variation in the distance readings of the Ambit and 310XT.  On several known distance trails, it appeared that the Ambit was off compared to the 310XT.  Here is a comparison of the 310XT and Ambit on a recent hike on Mt Mansfield, Vt.  The Anbit ready 0.48 miles less than the 310XT, a difference of around 5%.

I immediately liked the look and feel of the watch.  I did find that with my small wrists, I needed a wrist band to take up some extra space as I couldn’t get the watch to fit correctly so that it wouldn’t rotate on my wrist.  I also found that I missed having 4 screens of data.  I had grown very accustomed to being able to see my time, distance, pace, and average pace all at a single glance at my 310XT.  Even after close to 6 months of use, I miss this feature.  

The calorie counting also appeared to be low.  On a 10K trail run of 48 minutes with around 1,000’ of climbing, it would read only around 400 calories.  This seems low for my perceived exertion and average heart rate.  On the long hike on Mt Mansfield, the device registered 1555 calories over the 5:22 of hiking.  To me it seems low to only have burned an average of 290 calories/hour while hiking steep terrain.

As expected from Suunto, the vertical gain/loss is very accurate.  It is nice to be able to see this information real time and not have to wait to upload the data and go to the Garmin Connect website to get accurate data (the 310XT uses GPS altitude and when the data is uploaded to Garmin Connect an elevation correction is applied).  The photo below is an example of the discrepancy between the 310XT and Ambit on vertical gain during the Mt Mansfield hike.  When downloaded to Garmin Connect, the Garmin vertical gain was adjusted to 4,696’, which more closely matches the Ambit’s reading.

Navigation: I have not tested the new navigation features included in the latest firmware release.  The previous ability to navigate to waypoints or routes was limited and difficult to use.  You could get a directional arrow to a waypoint or import a route to follow, but you could not import a route, then try to start following the route mid-way through the route, you had to start at the beginning.  With the new advanced navigation, I am hoping this is resolved.  Regardless, with the small screen your navigation abilities are limited and if you need to navigate, I am much more likely to rely on a map and compass or handheld GPS unit.

Battery Life: The Ambit has been praised for the 15 hour battery life.  As an ultra-runner, I find this is a little bit low.  I had grown accustomed to the 20+ hours of battery life from the 310XT.  It was nice to be able to finish almost a complete 100 mile race with the 310XT.  There are settings in the Ambit to decrease the recording interval in order to increase the battery life, but this setting comes at the cost of accuracy for distance, pace, and average pace while running.

Summary: I am very happy with all aspects of the watch.  As summarized below in pros and cons, there are things from the Polar and 310XT that I miss, but so far, the pros out-weigh the cons.  While the cost of the Ambit is high, this is a highly functional, highly customizable device that meets 95% of my requirements and would likely meet 100% of most people’s requirements.


  • Up to 10 sports specific, highly customizable displays
8 different screens per display
5 options for bottoms view on each display
  • Accurate altimeter based on barometric pressure 
  • Accurate elevation gain/loss tracking 
  • Can be worn as a regular watch 
  • Watch can be fully configured from website. 
  • Suunto has released 2 firmware updates since I purchased the watch each adding additional functionality.  I expect this to continue which will likely increase my satisfaction with the watch.


  • Only has the ability to view 3 display fields at a time
  • Routes are limited to 100 waypoints 
  • Only 15 hours of battery life (as opposed to Garmin 310XT which is 20 hours) 
  • Heart rate monitor lacks some of the features of Polar heart rate monitors I have previously used. 
  • Device does not wirelessly transmit data (Garmin Forerunner 310XT uses wireless ANT technology to sync data so as soon as I walk into my house the watch syncs). 
  • Can’t create custom workouts and upload to device.  This is a great feature of the Garmin watches as you can create custom workouts for intervals, Tabata sprints, and other workouts that I frequently use. 
  • Cost: the Ambit is twice the cost of many of the other GPS units.

Nolan’s 14 Success – Photos

Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.” ~ William Faulkner

Well we did it. Jared Campbell and I managed to cover the Nolan’s 14 route in 58 hours and 58 minutes. In that time we climbed 14 peaks over fourteen thousand feet in elevation. Our route, which ended up being over 105 miles, climbed 45,331 feet. Leaving the Leadville Fish Hatchery just after 9am on Friday, August 17th, we climbed up and ran down Mount Massive, Mount Elbert, La Plata, Huron, Missouri, Belford, Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Antero, Tabeguache, and Shavano. Look for my piece in the upcoming issue #85 of Trail Runner Magazine, adventure section. For now enjoy Jared’s write up, Dakota’s write up or what my iPhone captured below…

My Gear:
Montrail Bajada and the discontinued Montrail Rockridge
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Wind Jacket
UltrAspire Surge Race Vest
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp and Z-poles
DryMax Trail Socks

Thank you Mindy Campbell, Jared’s wife, you were amazing crew.. and without you this would not have happened. Pro photog Fred Marmsater was also on hand to shoot photos and remind us that he thinks we’re “bad asses”. In my experience, that never hurts – thanks Fred. Last but not least, thanks to Fred Vance and Jim Nolan who came up with the route, and the four men that pioneered it, legends all ~ Blake Wood, Mike Tilden, Jim Nelson and John Robinson.

Jared Campbell approaching Bull Hill off Mount Elbert (14,440 ft)

Deep in self-hate dialog in my head.

Beautiful bushwhacking on the way up to Mount Yale (14,199 ft)

Princeton ridge descent

Mere minutes after puking up a gel Jared charges summit #13 – Tabeguache Peak (14,163 ft)

Jared making his way over the 15+ false summits on the last peak of our adventure.

Mount Shavano (14,229 ft) the last of our 14 summits. We arrived hear in 57 hours 30 minutes.

Suunto says 45,331 feet of uphill climb – Not a bad day in the mountains

Nolan’s 14

UPDATE: Well, I’m elated to report that we did it. Jared Campbell and I became the fifth and sixth people to complete the Nolan’s 14 route. More to come, for now check out the photos I tweeted: from the top of the most intimidating climb, Mount Harvard (peak #8), Jared throwing up on our way up Yale, and from the last of the 14 fourteeners – Mount Shavano

The summit of Mount Elbert. 14,440 feet above sea level.

The next adventure starts in less than 23 hours! Tomorrow, Friday at 9am Jared Campbell and I are going to start Nolan’s 14. The route bags 14x “fourteeners” – peaks that top out higher than 14,000 feet in elevation – in one shot. With no real “set course” there are quite a few available route options. Jared has had his eye on this one for a while and what he’s planned ended up being about ~90 miles with 45,000 feet of vert. We’re starting at the Leadville Fish Hatchery and going South.

For a couple years Nolan’s was run as a race, before the Forest Service shut it down. To be considered a finisher, you have to complete the route in under 60 hours. The fastest it’s been completed 56 hours. In it’s 13 year existence only four people can claim to be Nolan’s 14 finishers: Mike Tilden, Blake Wood, Jim Nelson and John Robinson – legends all.

Considering that we will spend most of our time above 13,000 ft it’s an intimidating proposition, but one I’m very very excited about. This adventure will more akin to my Adventure Racing days than my UltraRunning days. This means a fair bit of wrestling with sleep monsters and other unmentionables. We’ve got Jared’s wife Mindy and pro photog Fred Marmsater as crew, so we won’t likely have much in the way of excuses on that end.

If you wanna follow along, Jared setup a sweet Tracker Page Here –

Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Miler Race Report 2012

The coolest belt buckle I’ve earned thus far

The short version: I finally won a 100 miler.

The long version: When a monkey climbs down off your back he leaves a mark.

In learning about the race it was obvious the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Miler is a race with top notch organization behind it. The only gripe I have is trying to figure out how much vertical gain there was before-hand. Most people in the know landed on 20,000 – 24,000 feet of uphill. I haven’t run a 100 miler with this little vertical gain yet, and all accounts of the trail was that it was buttery smooth single-track. To be completely honest – this scared me. I don’t see myself as much of a leg speed guy and the proposition of actually running 100 miles was daunting.

Although I really tried not to, I did peruse the start list. I figured one time Montrail Ultra Cup winner Victor Ballesteros was the likely favorite, having obvious talent and having run the race before. Canadian, and 2009 Chuckanut 50km Champ Aaron Heidt – who has short distance speed I can only dream about – also made my short list. The week before the race my buddy Justin txt’s me to “Watch out for my buddy Jon Robinson. I’ve been running with him lately and he’s strong. He’ll be in the mix for sure”. And it’s always good measure to add a random four or five mental spots for California runners you’ve never heard.

The Start Line at Spooner Lake – Photo: Travis Liles

Saturday, July 21st we lined up in the dark at Sooner lake and were off. The course is a beautiful 50 mile route, that you run twice. It has three lollipop loops from the stem, which is the Tahoe Rim Trail. Although I had no idea who it was at the time, Seattle’s Jon Robinson shot off the front and quickly disappeared. I mean gone. I have learned a few things in my days of endurance racing, and one of them is to simply run your own race. I just put him out of my mind and figured if he has that kind of day, more power to him – I’d heartily congratulate him at the finish.

The front pack was a quick one, we introduced ourselves, chatted and moved at a good sustainable pace. I was surprised Aaron was missing from our numbers. I figured he was really trying to play it smart. Through the first aid station at mile six, Hobart, I was in 3rd having pulled a bit ahead of the pack on the climb up to it. At this point everything felt easy, I was climbing well, and my torn labrum was behaving. I had agravated this long standing hip injury on my last big week of training (120 miles of Wasatch-awesome). It was my biggest concern going into the race.

My last two 100 milers have been disasters, with cratering lows of epic proportions. So this race I was game to try a few new tactics. Chief among them was LESS caffeine.. yes, less. Can you believe it? I am genetically very sensitive to caffeine, and it’s something I just have to respect. It was a key factor in my suffering adrenal fatigue through the fall and winter. It’s taken a lot of research and working with some very smart people to figure it all out. I won’t lie, it’s been a long and disappointing road, but this race shows I’ve made some marked improvement.

Aaron caught up to me on the first climb out of the Red House loop. He said, “I couldn’t have run any slower.” I could have. We then ran out to the Diamond Peak loop together. Chatting like school girls made the 10 mile loop fly by, it felt so effortless and easy. To finish the loop the course goes straight up some sandy, loose black diamond slopes. Aaron pulled ahead as I stopped to take care of some business. As I caught him near the top of the steep 1,800 foot climb we could see Jon. I didn’t feel over taxed so this was all very promising.

Aaron Heidt and I running into Diamond Peak the 1st time. Photo Travis Liles

On our way back to the start/finish from Diamond Peak we passed back through the Tunnel Creek aid station for our third time of the race. With the time of day change and entering the aid station fast and from a new direction I was so confused as to where I was. I just completely didn’t recognize the aid station until I was a few miles out. Leaving that aid station I yelled, “let’s go Aaron!”. I wanted company for this climb, but he didn’t respond. I figured he might have already left, so I picked up the pace a bit to catch him. I was feeling very good and climbing well. I soon caught Seattle’s best, Jon Robinson. We ran together for a few minutes then he dropped back to run his own pace and let his stomach settle. This was probably mile 37 or so. I caught a glimpse of Aaron behind me in the switch backs and realized I was in first place.

Now I had to run with a bit of concern that I might get caught. I played head games to prepare for this. I just figured at some point it would happen, and I didn’t want it to mentally deflate me when it did. But, I was up for the challenge of seeing if I could stay in front for the next 63 miles. I finished the first 50 mile loop in 8hours 38 minutes. The winner of the 50 mile race came up to me and told me that I had run just two minutes slower than his winning time.

It was nice to see Ellen and her boyfriend Matt had come out to cheer and help crew. There was just so much good energy oozing out of that place I didn’t want to leave. I sat for a couple minutes and made sure I had everything I needed before departure.

The one disadvantage to this course being run twice, with 50km and 50 milers on course as well, is the dust factor. I have a bit of asthma, and as I headed out on loop two I started to notice the wheeze. I think I’ll spare you the blow by blow and say I ran paranoid the rest of the race. I was able to avoid the depths of an energy crash, but my pace and motivation waned a bit more than I should have allowed. For the last 20 miles from Diamond Peak I employed 2004 Hardrock Champion Paul Sweeney to “safety run” me home. Paul’s perspective was great as I closed in on my first 100 mile victory. It was basically “soak it in, and enjoy it”. The unspoken understanding that winning a 100 miler is special, and they don’t come easy, or often (for most of us).

I was on course record pace through 50 miles, but with my lead growing I let off the gas a bit here and there. Something I’ll try to fix for my next 100. We are lucky to get to run these races. I mean, seriously – we run 100 miles in one shot. So my attitude from here on out has to be – leave the best damn time you can, every time.

Thank you Miriam, Darryl, Paul, Ellen and Matt for all your amazing support out there. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Getting the coolest belt buckle ever. Photo: Travis Liles

My Gear:
Montrail Rogue Fly Shoes
Mountain Hardwear Way2Cool Tshirt
UltrAspire Isomeric Race Handheld
Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp

Speedgoat 50km 2012 Photos

My buddy Karl Meltzer puts on one hell of a race. This year he managed to get this 12,000+ foot of gain, 50km race added to the SkyRunning series and he upped the cash prizes to $10,000. This brought in a few of the fastest mountain runners in the world to charge up and down the slopes of Snowbird. After volunteering this morning I was free to roam. Brett Gosney and I ran around the course taking pictures and video… enjoy.

What everyone is racing for – the 2012 Speedgoat Awards (the Cankle Awards)

Fellow Montrail Runner Max King – Bend, OR (In 3rd on this climb, in 3rd at the finish)
Anton Kripicka – Boulder, CO (he finished 4th)
Anna Frost – New Zealand (1st Woman)
Two of my favorites Montrail Athlete Gary Robbins –  Vacncouver, BC (dropped) & Eric Storheim – Salt Lake, UT (20th)
Jason Loutitt – Squamish, BC (9th)
Emily Sullivan – Salt Lake, UT (4th woman)
Sean Miessner – Durango, CO (22nd)

Silverton Concentrated

Silverton, CO with Kendall Mountain as the backdrop

Last year I had the amazing opportunity to spend a significant amount of time in Silverton, Colorado. I was racing the Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run, which begins and ends in Silverton at 9,300 above sea level. My buddy Dakota and I spent a month before the race in town to acclimate, train and become familiar with the race course. We rented pink house.

Although I finished, for me the race didn’t go very well, but the Silverton experience was amazing and one I’ll always look back on fondly.

I’m eager to redeem myself at the HardWalk 100, but it will have to wait. I didn’t get into the race this year. I didn’t even get on the wait list! “How is that even possible Brett Gosney?!” Dakota did however, and he’s the likely pick for the win, having finished 2nd last year and showing amazing form in the early part of 2012. I spent a week visiting with him, running, bbq’ing, reading at the library, acclimating, running the Hardrock course, and simply enjoying the San Juan Mountains. They are in top form (as is Dakota by the way).

Hardrock 100 Course: the trail up to Grant Swamp Pass from KT going clockwise
The view from Grant Swamp Pass – Clockwise mile 15, Counter-Clockwise mile 75 on Hardrock 100 Course

The Hardrock course is amazingly dry right now due to the low snow year. At this point last season we were spending most of our runs post-holing. This year, both sides of Grant Swamp Pass are free of snow and playfully loose (as you can see in the video below). If you are racing this year you might wanna practice your scree-surfing.

At some point last year I had heard Roger (who owns the Wyman Hotel) would often run to Molas Pass from Silverton along the Colorado Trail. I have a thing for the Colorado Trail so I managed to sneak this gem into my week as well. Getting a ride to Molas Pass from Justin “Vegan Guns” Lutick, I ran back to his camp in Cunningham Gultch. This run includes some flat miles on the Continental Divide Trail at around 12,700 feet. It was fun to try and turn over some fast miles at such a high altitude.

Colorado Trail looking back towards Molas Pass
Looking back down what I ran up: Elk Creek from the Continental Divide & Colorado Trail at 12,700 feet.

Another day I got out early with Pearl Izumi ultrarunner Scott Jaime to hit the high point of the Hardrock course, Handies Peak (14,048 ft). I was worried about keeping up with him so I left both cameras at home.

I then took a couple days off to plan the SoftRock, which is running the entire Hardrock 100 course in multiple days. We did it in three and it was amazing… blog with some shiny video on that coming up next – stay tuned! In all it was a concentrated experience with lots of good people, good trail miles, good vert, and good laughs, but a week and a half is just not enough time.

Montrail Rogue Fly Review by Jay Aldous

My Shoe Quiver Comprised of Mostly Montrails

Let me start with a disclaimer. I’m a Montrail guy. I’ve been trail running for about four years and have tried many different shoes – La Sportiva, Inov-8, and New Balance. But, with the exception of some Hokas, my current quiver is exclusively Montrail. And, more than half of the quiver is comprised of Rogue Racers and Rogue Flys.

I first experienced the Rogue Racer when I borrowed a test pair from my friend Christian in early 2011. One run in the Rogue Racers and I knew this was my shoe. I ran eight races in 2011, ranging from 50K to 100 miles, technical mountain terrain to running tracks – all in the Rogue Racers. In each of the races I was able to place in the top three. I partly credit my good year to shoes that fit well, were extremely nimble and responsive, never caused a blister, and were light. I often referred to my Rogue Racers as my “happy shoes.”

When I heard that Montrail was bringing out a shoe (Rogue Fly) that was essentially the Rogue Racer with a new upper and was more than an ounce lighter (7.6 oz vs. 8.8 oz), I couldn’t wait to give them a try. The Rogue Flys did not disappoint.

Men’s Rogue Fly Available in Grey or Red

The Outsole: The bottom is comprised of sets of three-point lugs. The lug height provides reasonably good traction in loose dirt, snow, and on loose surfaces. The lugs are short enough that the shoe feels great on pavement or on a track. Montrail uses its patented “Gryptonite” rubber that is fairly grippy on everything EXCEPT anything that is wet.  On a wet surface the “Gryptonite” turns into “slyptonite.”  Runner beware! I find that I wear down the lugs between 400-500 miles.

Rogue Fly Lugged Bottom

The Midsole: I find the Flys super responsive and they provide me with just the right amount of trail feel. I feel connected to the surface and love how I they make me feel like I am a part of the trail – not removed and distant like beefier shoes. That said, there is not a lot of protection and you do have to watch foot placement. Step on a sharp rock and you will feel it! For a minimalist shoe, they offer a surprising amount of cushion for bombing downhill. Hokas they are not, but you can still descend full throttle in them. I also like that they have a 9mm drop. My feet and legs are used to some drop and are happiest in shoes with 6-10MM drop. I’m glad Montrail didn’t feel the pressure to go with less drop in their minimalist shoe.

The Uppers: Montrail got the uppers right! The all mesh upper with only a seam at the toe and heel is EXTREMELY comfortable, even more so than the Rogue Racer. There is almost no slop or movement in the upper for me. And, they are cool and shed water well. They are more durable than the Rogue Racers uppers which blow out for me at about 300 miles at the hinge point, particularly when they are wet. Here’s what has me so stoked about the uppers on the Fly – they are more comfortable, more durable, better looking, AND lighter than the Rogue Racers! Which – begs the question as to whether there is even a role/purpose for the Rogue Racers in Montrail’s current line???

Durability: The Flys are not Hardrocks that will last a 1000+ miles. That said, I have been able to get between 400-600 miles out of  a pair before the lugs are worn to nothing and the midsoles collapse. Unlike the Rogue Racers where the uppers wear out first, the uppers are the most durable part of the Rogue Flys. While I certainly would like the shoes to last longer, I completely get that one of the tradeoffs for a superlight shoe is durability.

A Mighty Fine Looking Shoe

Place & Purpose: So what’s the role of the Rogue Fly in my current quiver? It’s my go to shoe for racing. I’ve raced two 100 milers this year in them with good results and happy feet. They are also my preferred shoe for speed work and shorter runs. For longer runs on more technical terrain I’m trying to wear out several pairs of Masochists, Badrocks and Rogue Racers. If I didn’t feel a compulsiveness to wear these shoes out, I would probably pretty much run exclusively in the Flys, keeping a couple of pair of Hokas in the quiver for technical terrain and runs with lots of vertical.  I think I have found my new “happy shoes” in the Rogue Fly.

Jay is an amazing diverse athlete, having once held the World Record for riding a bike around the Earth (not a typo). Now a days he focuses on blazing 100 mile races and has won four of them in the last year. He is literally the fastest 50 year old you will ever meet, having set the World Record for the 100 mile distance at the Desert Solstice last year. To read more from Jay, visit his team’s website MRC, where he is a frequent contributor.

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