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  • Tensions

    There are inherent tensions that naturally exist within any organization. Identifying these tensions ...

  • Random or Ordered Selection

    Go to the store and you stand in line to checkout. Go to the bank or post office and you take a numb ...

  • Dec 2012
  • 2012 Waldo 100K Report

    My Waldo 100k report which appeared in the October issue of UltraRunning Magazine August 18, 2012 ...

  • Apr 2012
  • 10 Things Craig Probably Didn't Say in His Interview

    Guest Post by White Trash (Alan Abbs) By now everyone knows that Craig is the RD in Waiting for Wes ...

  • The Ten Years Dream

    The Western States 1000 Miles/Ten Days buckle has been a dream of many ultrarunners even before Doug ...

  • Mar 2012
  • 5h47m

    Five hours and forty seven minutes.  That's how long registration for the eleventh Waldo 100K was op ...

  • Feb 2012
  • Zooming In and Zooming Out

    I wrote an article for a ski patrol newsletter recently.  It was specific to patrolling but I think ...

  • Jan 2012
  • Thankful

    With the announcement this week that I will be the next race director of Western States 100 starting ...

  • Why Oregon?

    AJW has a poll on his new Keep It Simple AJW blog: What state is America's Ultrarunning capital? ...

  • Dec 2010
  • AJW - My Year In Review

    Guest Post by AJW It's time once again to reflect on my year of ultrarunning. 2010 was one of my b ...

  • A WS Memory (2005)

    At this time of year when the days are short, the rain is plentiful, the trails are muddy, and getti ...

  • A Cool Refresh

    I've been told many times that I should try different races.  That I'm in a rut.  I agree that there ...

  • Nov 2010
  • Some Random Observations about Ultrarunning

    1. run100s.com now lists 83 100 mile races in North America.  Yeah, that includes the Canucks but do ...

  • Match Play

    You ever seen a bald Jizzle Wizzle?  Well, you're going to on June 25 next year.   I imagine most re ...

  • To The Track

    The venerable A Jizzle Wizzle is coming to Oregon next week.  One of the things he'll be doing, in a ...

  • Wrong Turns

    Guest Post by White Trash (Alan Abbs) I just received the latest issues of Trailrunner and Ultrarun ...

  • The Queen

    If you haven't noticed, the Queen, a.k.a. Meghan Arbogast, is having one hell of a year at 49 years ...

  • Oct 2010
  • Top Ten Reasons Why AJW Should Slam

    Guest Post by The Seed (Jeff Kozak) Top 10 Reasons Why Andy Jones-Wilkins Should Take His Shot At Th ...

  • Sep 2010
  • North Coast 24-hour National Championship

    Guest Post by John Ticer Yes, besides marrying my practice wife this was the most insane thing I ha ...

  • Ten Excuses AJW Can Use

    Here are ten excuses AJW can use when he doesn't break 5 minutes for the mile on November 23. "I'm ...

  • Top Ten Indicators You're Washed Up

    Have you been running ultras for a long time?  Wondering if maybe your best days are behind you?  He ...

  • Friendly Wagers

    If you're a regular reader of this blog you probably have figured out that I enjoy the friendly wage ...

  • WS Raises Fee

    With the opening of registration for the last of the two-time losers today, can't help but notice so ...

  • Aug 2010
  • What Would Bill Bowerman Say?

    With the cancellation of Ultra Trail Du Mt Blanc (UTMB) just this past weekend, that makes at least ...

  • Why finish line cutoffs?

    Finish line cutoffs are something I've never understood.  Most races have them, including Western St ...

  • 2010 Waldo 100K Brief Recap

    The 2010 Where's Waldo 100k, the first race in the 2010-2011 Montrail Ultra Cup, had a record number ...

  • 2010 Live Waldo Updates

    This is Alan Abbs, a.k.a. White Trash. I'll be doing updates on this page all day.  Refresh the page ...

  • Answers to Waldo Trivia

    Apparently the Waldo trivia was harder than I thought.  Here are the answers.  Why don't each of you ...

  • Waldo Trivia

    The ninth Where's Waldo 100km trail run is this Saturday, August 21, 2010.  This is the first race o ...

  • Show Us Your Waldo

    Are you running Waldo next weekend?  Do you want a free entry into the 2011 race?  Do you want to we ...

  • Brian Arbogast 1945-2010

    Brian Arbogast, 65, passed away tonight, August 9, 2010 after a multi-year battle with brain tumor ...

  • How Do You Want To Register For Ultras?

    I received an unsolicited email today from an online registration company.  The email started off wi ...

  • Jul 2010
  • I Enjoy Race Directing

    I really enjoy race directing.   I think as much as running Western States.  Maybe as much as traini ...

  • 2010 Cascade Cream Puff

    How hard can riding 100 miles with upwards of 15,000 feet of climbing and descending on a mountain b ...

  • Some 2010 Western States Splits Analysis

    What an incredible race last weekend at the 2010 WS 100 miler.  There were lots of pre-race predicti ...

  • Jun 2010
  • 2010 Western States 100 Race Report

    "No IV," I told the medical volunteers at highway 49 as I stumbled into the 93 mile aid station wi ...

  • The Final Countdown!

    Guest Post by White Trash (Alan Abbs) It’s getting to be that time. For some, that means “Western St ...

  • Ask An Ultrarunner #5

    Here we are only 11 days away from WS and it's time for our final WS synchroblog series for 2010, As ...

  • WS Historical Temperature and Snow Data

    Updated June 27, 2012 Here are some numbers for you to geek out on while you work and re-work you ...

  • Snowy WS Trail

    While the smart people (a.k.a. the campers) ran from N44 to Foresthill on Saturday of the last weeke ...

  • May 2010
  • Ask An Ultrarunner #4

    After the fallout from the last synchroblog, I think it prudent that we stay away from relationship ...

  • Western States Widows

    My answer to Western States Widow in the last Ask An Ultrarunner synchroblog didn't sit well with at ...

  • I'd really like to be a Californian except...

    After spending a week in Michigan Bluff I am reminded how much I love the California foothills.  Sin ...

  • Apr 2010
  • Ask An Ultrarunner #3

    Time for the third installment of the Ask An Ultrarunner synchroblog leading up to the 2010 Western ...

  • 29 Day Solo Journey Through Grand Canyon

    Guest Post by Balloon Knot (Chris Thornley) On January 12, 2010 I faced one of the most difficult me ...

  • White Trash Does the Virgins Proud at the 2010 Barkley

    Guest Post by White Trash (Alan Abbs) Twenty three hours into the 2010 Barkley Marathons, I shuffle ...

  • Mar 2010
  • Ask An Ultrarunner #2

    Time for the second installment of the Ask An Ultrarunner synchroblog series leading up to the 2010 ...

  • Geeking Out On WS Splits

    Are you a WS splits geek?  Have you tried studying all the splits for different years from the WS we ...

  • Wanna Be A More Useful Trail Worker?

    While this is a regional post and might only be applicable to Oregonians, you might find something s ...

  • Ask An Ultrarunner #1

    Time for a little WS synchroblogging fun again.  This year, AJW (five straight WS top ten finishes, ...

  • Feb 2010
  • Old School Waldo Apps Available March 1

    We will start accepting applications for the 9th annual Where's Waldo 100K on March 1, 2010.  Race d ...

  • The Ten Best WS Races

    Updated June 14, 2012 This post was originally published in February 2010. Are the elite trail ...

  • Jan 2010
  • P2P No Volunteerism Fee?

    If you haven't heard, the sexy cougar collector from the Rogue River Valley is directing a new 100 m ...

  • BK's Grand Canyon Trip

    On January 12, 2010, my brother Chris (a.k.a. BK), will begin a 29-day rafting trip from Lees Ferry ...

  • Dec 2009
  • A Year of Conducting The Juices

    It was just over one year ago that I decided to jump into the blogging world, and what a year it has ...

  • Lottery Season

    Nov 15, 2012 - This was originally published in December 2009, but I think it is still an interestin ...

  • Chimera 100 Blown Away

    Guest Post by Robert Blair Robert Blair is a "two time loser" when it comes to 100 mile races.  He e ...

  • 2010 Western Pickle Puff

    Guest Post by White Trash (Alan Abbs) Nothing motivates one to get in shape like a good goal, and I ...

  • WS Lottery Emotions

    The mixed emotions experienced and observed at the WS lottery were draining today.  When someone fro ...

  • Are You Obsessed?

    How many times have you refreshed ultrasignup to see the current count of applicants?  A week ago th ...

  • Nov 2009
  • The Jizzle Wizzle Mile

    Today, November 23, 2009, at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon (a.k.a. Tracktown USA), Andy J ...

  • What are you gonna do?

    If you haven't seen, WS RD Greg Soderlund has posted an explanation of the WS lottery process to be ...

  • 1687

    With only 18 days to go before the WS lottery on December 5, there are 1687 applicants.  1687!  With ...

  • Lord Balls Hits Bottom?

    Guest Post by SLF (Rob Cain) When I suggested this topic to Mr. Balls, he turned it around and offer ...

  • Oct 2009
  • Top Ten Indicators You Might Be From Ashland

    After spending another great weekend in this southern Oregon town, I made a few observations.  Here ...

  • Feel Like Giving?

    Are you in a giving mood?  Do you have extra cash burning a hole in your checkbook just waiting for ...

  • Confidential Business Proposal (Craig's entry to WS)

    Guest Post by White Trash LAGOS, NIGERIA. ATTENTION: GOOD AND HONORABLE CRAIG THORNLEY DEAR SIR, ...

  • Sportsmanship

    A couple of months ago we had some kids over at our house. One of the kids, a 6 year old who we'll ...

  • Not Not Nervous (lc's 2009 WS 100 race report)

    Guest Post By lowercase Craig's note: While this report was written some time ago, I thought it woul ...

  • Sep 2009
  • Top Ten Things My Wife Loves About Me

    This post has little to do with running, but, with my wife in Hawaii soaking up the sun and hanging ...

  • Dave Terry 1961-2009

    The Pacific Northwest has lost an ultrarunning legend this past weekend.  Below is the email Steve S ...

  • Sub-5-Minute Mile

    There is something magical about running the mile.  How many of us ran the mile in high school?  OK, ...

  • Champion athlete from Ashland hit with hefty medical bills

    John Darling article in the 9/02/2009 Mail Tribune: An Ashland ultra-marathoner who fell gravely il ...

  • Aug 2009
  • Running on the Edge

    Daniel Newberry story in the 8/29/09 Mail Tribune: When an athlete pushes himself to the limit, he ...

  • Where's Waldo Flyover

    Here is a cool flyover of the Where's Waldo 100km course.  Jim Vernon at The Run Scout created it wi ...

  • 2009 Waldo By The Numbers

    Here are some stats about the 2009 Where's Waldo 100km held this past weekend at Willamette Pass Ski ...

  • Where's Waldo Updates

    Lynno here, Craig's friend from Boise, Idaho.  I'll be doing race updates from Willamette Pass all d ...

  • Waldo A Week Away

    Where's Waldo 100km is less than a week away. What's it like for a race director in the final days ...

  • The Maiden

    “Early on in the race the prospect of climbing the Maiden is like a far off dentist appointment to h ...

  • Jul 2009
  • The Epic Trail Work Day

    The objective: Log 9.3 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area and hik ...

  • Those Damn Females

    Female mosquitoes that is. What a pathetic life a mosquito lives.  Eggs lie dormant all winter wait ...

  • Western States 2009 or Bust!

    Guest Post by Alan Abbs The White Trash Diaries, Vol 2 My Western States 2009 race report begins b ...

  • The longest mile and then some

    George Schroeder article in the 7/10/2009 Register-Guard newspaper: He has run a marathon in 2 hou ...

  • 2009 Western States 100 Race Report

    “When you see grown men crying at the finish, you know you’re doing something that is important,” sa ...

  • Jun 2009
  • WS 2009 Highlights

    Before I get to writing my full race report, I thought I'd share some of the highlights from Western ...

  • Competition at Western States

    One of the things I love about running Western States is the depth of the competition.  There isn't ...

  • On the Origin of Pacers

    by Means of Western States 100, or the Preservation of Safety in the Struggle for a Finish This pos ...

  • Ten WS Predictions

    Instead of all this talk about who's gonna be in the top five or top ten, I thought us taper-wonked ...

  • Crewing a Western States Runner

    Guest Post By Laurie Thornley So, you’ve volunteered to crew for Western States. Now what? Don’t pa ...

  • May 2009
  • Taper Schmaper

    Are tapers over-rated?  When I've been training at a high level and then suddenly I reduce the load, ...

  • WS Training Secrets Revealed

    I'm sure you'd rather read about the training secrets of guys like Hal and Graham who've actually wo ...

  • Answers to Michigan Bluff Trivia Contest

    Here are the answers to the Michigan Bluff Trivia Contest.  Not sure of the exact score but I'm go ...

  • Dealing With Injury Setbacks

    Seems like everybody at some point in their running career will get injured before an important even ...

  • Michigan Bluff Trivia Contest

    At mile 55.7 of the Western States Endurance Run course you enter the quaint little town of Michigan ...

  • The River Crossing

    Do you remember where you got drunk for the first time?  At a party?  A friend's house?  The prom? ...

  • MB Camp Wrap-up

    Michigan Bluff Training Camp version 2009 ended with some lovely California weather.  It probably ...

  • Days 6-7: April 30-May 1

    Guest Post by Lewis (lowercase) Taylor Editor’s note: This post is part of a series on the Michigan ...

  • Apr 2009
  • Cinco de Training Camp: April 29 -- Cal St. Tempo

    Guest Post by Lewis (lowercase) Taylor Editor’s note: This post is part of a series on the Michigan ...

  • Day IV: Tuesday, April 28

    Guest Post by Lewis (lowercase) Taylor Editor's note: This post is part of a series on the Michigan ...

  • Day Tres

    Day 3: Monday, April 27 Guest Post by Lewis (lowercase) Taylor The boys will be headed back into Vol ...

  • Greetings from camp!

    Guest Post by Lewis (lowercase) Taylor Hi. lc, here. I’ll be conducting the juices in Thornley’ ...

  • The Dream

    Open Letter to AJW, Since you asked, in the comments in my last post, how or why I use you as motiv ...

  • Rooster Rock

    All you WS runners, tell me you're as tired as I am.  I am one old cooked goose.  Actually, it's bee ...

  • A Weekend in the Rogue River Valley

    I went down to Ashland this past weekend to run the Pear Blossom 10 miler in Medford.  These are som ...

  • The-Max-Factor, Why Many First Time Elite Runners Fail at 10 ...

    Guest Post by Greg (Cougarbait) Eyerly Problems are part of the plan. “If you plan to have problems ...

  • Mr Wizzle Wins

    Finally!  My friend, Mr Wizzle, after completely botching the WSER 1980s video trivia contest, getti ...

  • The Haggin Cup

    As one might expect, since the Western States Endurance Run (WSER) evolved from the Western States T ...

  • Mar 2009
  • AJizzleWizzle Trivia Contest

    I feel like giving away a Conduct the Juices hoodie so here is a trivia contest about my friend AJ ...

  • Out Kicking a Candy Bar

    Guest Post by Greg (Cougarbait) Eyerly Passing the final guy at the 1 mile to go sign on the road b ...

  • Thanks for the course change feedback - here's something els ...

    Guest Post by Tim Twietmeyer Hey folks, thanks for the insights on the course change question. The r ...

  • Course changes - good or bad?

    Guest Post by Tim Twietmeyer Hey, Craig says all the really smart ultrarunners read his blog (he nee ...

  • Answers to Way Too Cool Trivia

    Meghan Arbogast picks up an infant-sized Conduct the Juices shirt for her quick answers to the WTC T ...

  • Who Is The Most Underrated Ultrarunner?

    Guest Post by Greg (Cougarbait) Eyerly In my mind I have a list of most over looked, underrated ultr ...

  • Way Too Cool Trivia Contest

    Since Way Too Cool 50K is coming up in a week, how about a WTC trivia contest?  Rules are simple.  A ...

  • Huntin' In The Hoodies

    I heard a rumor that somebody on the east side of the cascades doesn't think there really are Conduc ...

  • Feb 2009
  • Soderlund Schools AJizzleWizzle

    Answers to WSER Course Trivia Contest Who would have thought the second WS trivia contest would be o ...

  • The Western States Family

    Last year, before I had my own blog, I wrote a guest post on AJW's site about my obsession with the ...

  • WSER Course Trivia Contest

    Are you jonesing for a little time on the WS trail like I am?  Can't wait to smell the dust and the ...

  • Top Ten Things You Might Hear At RVR

    Rogue Valley Runners in Ashland, Oregon is arguably the capitol of ultrarunning in the US these da ...

  • The Western States 100 Synchroblog Project

    Soon after starting Conduct the Juices in December 2008, I had this idea.  It might be fun, entertai ...

  • Jan 2009
  • Top Ten Reasons Why Twietmeyer Retired

    You ever wonder why Tim Twietmeyer, the five-time champion with 25 sub-24-hour finishes, including a ...

  • Oregon Naming Conventions

    Years ago I heard my buddy Ed Willson's hash name was Mr Ed Sucks.  If you know Ed you should realiz ...

  • Answers to WS100 1980s Video Trivia Contest

    We got a lot of responses to the 1980s WS video trivia contest. Here are the results and the answers ...

  • The Ten Year Bet

    In the spring of 2007 there's a group of us Western States runners hanging out in Michigan Bluff tal ...

  • WS Board: Reconsider Mandatory Volunteerism

    In politics, they say Social Security is like the electrified third rail on the subway. Nobody wants ...

  • Top Ten Reasons Why You Ran Slow at States

    10. Your crew replaced your Aleve with the other blue pills, and, while it worked as a cooling mecha ...

  • WS 100 1980s Video Trivia Contest

    Are you a 1980s Western States 100 video junkie?  Have you watched all the videos so many times that ...

  • Motivational Readings & Videos

    Here are a few things to help get you motivated and out the door to train. My favorite race report ...

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