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The Pain Scale: New and Improved

The Pain Scale

The pain scale is a funny thing to me. Sure, pain is subjective, but the generic pain scales just don’t cut it for me. I’m sure that you have gone to the doctor and you are asked to rate your pain on a scale of 1 through 10. Or shown a pain scale with smile faces that goes from: 1 – a super smiley face = no pain; to 10 – a pouty face = worst pain imaginable. Come on! Really? These scales are ridiculously easy set so low for the hypochondriac’s of the world. The pain

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Ultra Trail Running: My Story of Becoming an Ultra Trail Runner

Running in Pain for almost Two Decades

Ultra trail running is something I never imagined doing. Over a decade of running with shin splits to ultra trail running pain free. I have shared parts of my story with fellow runners, but I would like to take the opportunity to tell a more complete story about how I became a pain-free ultra trail runner.

It is a story of my experiences of putting on my first pair of running shoes, the pain and misery that I suffered along the way, to become a pain-free ultra trail runner. I have made many

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100,000 Visitors to my Web Site!

THANK YOU!

In less than a year over 100,000 people have visted my web site.

Thank you everyone who has supported me and my web site www.HawaiianShirtRay.com

There have been a lot of friends and family who for years told me that I should start a website. With their prodding I finally took their challenge last May 2010 and started Hawaiian Shirt Ray, LLC.

I am looking forward to continuing bringing you articles and stories about fitness, health, racing, etc.

Sincerely,

Ray (a.k.a. Hawaiian Shirt Ray)

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An Evening out with Tony Kupricka, Scott Jurek, Geoff Roes, and Dave Mackey

An Evening out with Tony Kupricka, Scott Jurek, Geoff Roes, and Dave Mackey

Tony Kupricka, Geoff Roes, Dave Mackey, and Scott Jurek

Four Premier Ultra Trail Runners Talk

Just the other night the Boulder Trail Runners invited four of ultra trail running’s premier runners for dinner and an open forum, interaction discussion at Sherpa’s restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. The guests of honor were: Geoff Roes, Dave Mackey, Tony Kupricka, and Scott Jurek. This was a great opportunity to hear them speak and to ask questions of these world class ultra trail runners. Although the evenings events lasted

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What is Your Favorite Race Format: Poll Results are in!

What is Your Favorite Race Format: Poll Results are in!

The results for my first poll on “What is your favorite race format” have been tallied and here are the results:

One Big Loop at the Golden Gate Dirty Thirty 50k Ultra Trail Race

One Big Loop: Is the winner with 37%

There is a tie for second favorite with:

Point to Point: receiving 22% of the votes, and

Out and Back: also receiving 22% of the votes.

Multiple Laps in the Same Direction: captured 7% of the votes.

And the surprise to me was:

Multiple Laps

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Running Urban Mini Ultras 5 Days a Week for a Month

Running Urban Mini Ultras 5 Days a Week for a Month

UPS frowned upon me wearing a Hawaiian Shirt while delivering packages

Over the last four weeks I have had a temporary part-time job as a driver-helper with UPS. What a driver-helper does is basically takes packages from the UPS truck (as my brother keeps telling me, “It is not a truck, it is a Package Car.”), walks “briskly” to the front door and returns to the UPS truck. This is repeated over and over all day long and into the night. Okay, I sort of interpreted

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Why Athletes like to Celebrate Birthdays that End in Zero or Five

Why Athletes like to Celebrate Birthdays that End in Zero or Five

Yesterday I hit one of those “milestone” birthdays that end in a five. Yes, Hawaiian Shirt Ray turned 45 and I was reborn! I know what you are thinking, I am not reborn in a religious way though. I will share the secret of why athletes like to celebrate birthdays that end in zero or five.

Hawaiian Shirt Ray turned 45!

The Mental Anguish of Getting Older

A lot of people that I know have a hard time mentally accepting hitting a milestone birthday. With

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How Ultra Running is like a Chess Tournament

How Ultra Running is like a Chess Tournament

The 61st Colorado Chess Open

Here I am at the 61st Colorado Chess Open in Greenwood Village (September 4-5, 2010). This is the first chess tournament that I have ever entered and it was interesting to experience the similarities between ultra trail running and the chess tournament. Let me explain.

My Introduction into the Ultra Trail Running Scene

My First Marathon: Expanding my Comfort Zone

Back in 1999 my friend Jeff talked me into running my first marathon. At that time I was a category 4 road bike racer,

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Running Training Hours 2008 through December 2011

Running Training Hours 2008 through December 2011

Running Training Weekly Hours

Briefly, the chart is based on how many minutes per week I run. I do not base my training on running specific distances.

Because of foot surgery that had went bad, I have been unable to run for the last three months. As of 12/5/2011 I am getting closure to being able to run again. I have been given the green-light to start biking as long as I take it easy.