ShareThe 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
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ShareRunning 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
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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.
Ray (a.k.a. Hawaiian Shirt Ray)
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ShareAn 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.
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ShareWhat 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
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ShareRunning 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.
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ShareHawaiian Shirt Ray Embroidered Logo Running Hats
Custom Embroidery by The Thread Shed
The Hawaiian Shirt Ray logo running hats are here! I have to give my friend Joni of The Thread Shed all the credit for making the embroidered image on my pineapple logo look so great. I provided Joni with a low-res digital file and she worked wonders on making my logo look fantastic as embroidered artwork that I am proud to wear.
My new hats will help identify me while I am out
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ShareWhy 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
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ShareHow 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
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ShareRunning 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.