Book Review – Eat and Run by Scott Jurek

by vince August 4, 2012 Book Reviews

“Do you wanna be somebody, Jerker?  Do you wanna BE somebody?” — Dusty Olson, Scott’s friend and pacer extraordinaire “Sometimes you just do things” is a mantra that Scott Jurek learned from his often strict and unrelenting father at a very young age.  It is repeated throughout his recently released book Eat & Run – My […]

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MERT Day 53-73: 100 Miles or Bust

by Bill June 13, 2012 Monumental Efforts

I haven’t posted an update in a few weeks.  I really wanted to track Charlotte’s Bruce Trail run closely, so we turned the blog over to that coverage.  But I haven’t been completely idle, so it’s time to get back to it. A few weeks ago I paced Vince (the other guy who authors this […]

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April Showers & 50-Milers

by vince May 1, 2011 Monumental Efforts

« When your mind starts to wander, just return your focus to your breath. » André Grandbois, yoga instructor. Exactly one year after doing the Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim double-crossing of the Grand Canyon, two-thirds of the team reunited in Snoqualmie, Washington to run the Mt. Si Ultra. Due to injury, Wade was unable to join us, but […]

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Bartram 100’s

by vince December 19, 2010 Places

«You know, some people are just crazy! »  Custom’s officer at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge upon hearing my reasons for travelling to the U.S. In a year during which Monica Scholz made running 100-milers look easy, I failed to complete a race of this daunting distance.  Back in the spring I entered the Jerseyville 100.  I honestly […]

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The Bunion Derby – Part One

by vince November 13, 2010 Book Reviews

“It winds from Chicago to LA, more than two thousand miles all the way.  Get your kicks on Route 66” – Nat King Cole On November 13th and 14th, Monica Scholz will run in the third edition of the Mother Road 100-Miler in Oklahoma, and in the process she will eclipse her World Record of […]

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Trail Runner: One Dirty Magazine

by vince October 27, 2010 Book Reviews

“Trail running is a unique sport…that transcends the mere act of running and embodies the essence of being in the outdoors.” – Brian Metzler, Founding Editor of Trail Runner Over the course of our first year of blogging, Monumental Effort has reviewed nearly a dozen (what we thought were) inspirational books on running.  From memoirs […]

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – A Memoir

by Bill April 5, 2010 Book Reviews

It is becoming more and more common to read about celebrities who are runners. In many cases, they have taken to the road for a cause of some sort; are running along side other celebrities to promote something, be it a new film or a political cause; or are training for a role in an […]

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To Bib or Not To Bib?

by vince March 14, 2010 My 2 Cents

“Pinned you again.” – Nala in The Lion King There’s no more space on my basement wall!  Although these numbered, multi-coloured chest coverings help decorate my otherwise drab and dark laundry room, what real purpose do race bibs serve, specifically in ultra running?  As I perused the photos in the latest edition of the Ultra Running magazine this thought struck […]

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Running Through the Wall

by vince February 12, 2010 Book Reviews

Running Through the Wall – Personal Encounters With the Ultramarathon By: Neal Jamison “Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.“ — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   Chock-full of Monumental Effort stories, Running Through The Wall – Personal Encounters With the Ultramarathon […]

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