All posts tagged: nickademus

Rabbit Peak 2017

A few years ago, when I ran Rabbit Peak for the first time, I called it the most challenging run or hike I’ve ever done. At 22 miles, it’s not big compared to most ultramarathons, yet it’s incredibly challenging with roughly 8,000 feet of elevation ascent (and an equal amount of descent), technical terrain, jumping cholla cactus, and a route that is determined more by sheer cliffs than by an navigable trail. Joe and Nicole Decker of Gut Check Fitness have held Rabbit Peak almost every year since 2012, but because the race isn’t hard enough on its own, they decided to up the ante for the 2017 edition. This year, rather than start the race at 6 a.m., Nicole yelled “go” just before sundown at 6 p.m. The race would take place overnight.  Running at night can be beneficial: there’s less heat, to start…and that’s about it. Temperatures that day hovered near 90°F, but by 5:30 p.m. they had cooled down just enough that I figured I should bring a sweater. Who knew what …

The (Actual) Life of an Ultrarunner: Household Chores

The last time I wrote about trail running and relationships (see Trail Runner’s “Married to Ultrarunning” here), I didn’t understand how a couple, whether married and living together or not, could manage the balance between training and racing. But, that was almost two years ago, and since that time I’ve run a few ultras and crewed for bigger races (and equally impressive wins and places for Nick). I think I understand what it takes. That, and I now live with Nick. In those two years, I’ve heard every cliched response possible, from “I don’t even drive that far!” to “I can’t even run to my fridge.” Of the possible options, “You have amazing endurance” is one of the few positive replies–but not entirely true. This post will aim to prove that endurance on the trail doesn’t always correspond to endurance at home…specifically when we’re talking household chores. Nick is an amazing athlete (and the love of my life), but that doesn’t mean that his skills on the trail translate to daily chores. Like, at all. Without further …