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Mark Barnhart
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New Motivations
Just two days ago I started writing this post and once the words stopped flowing I saved it and closed my computer to finish another day. The post started as follows: The last few months since The Bear 100 my normal routine has seen a few changes. Instead o...

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Year of the Mud - My 2014 Bear 100 Report
It's 5:50 a.m., the sky is still dark with the night and the air is warm. I've had my breakfast of waffle tacos and checked in at the start. Then, it finally hits me, I'm about to start The Bear 100. Months of training come down to the next 100 miles. Even ...

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Washed Away
The evening is cool, wet and quiet. My legs are heavy and tired as I move over the soft wet single track. I tell myself to just run the first few switchbacks then I can be reduced to a walk. As I climb my legs loosen and liven up, my mind begins to let go a...

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If There's a River Cross It, and If There's a Mountain Climb It - My Hardrock 100 Pacing Report
A new Patagonia hat, free stickers, and not one but two, yes TWO, trips to Baked in Telluride to start my day, how could it get it much better? By pacing a big section of Hardrock 100 is how! I took off out of town Thursday afternoon after work so I could g...

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Soaking it in
I wrote this early Saturday morning while I watched the sun come up over the mountains. After a fantastic weekend in the San Juans and a couple of busy days at work I'm finally getting around to actually posting. This morning as I sit at our campsite in the...

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"Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go" - T.S. Elliot I'm making the trip to Sheridan, Wyoming later this week to pace a fried in her first 100 mile attempt, and the above T.S. Elliot quote comes to mind. Whether you are ...

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Twenty Seconds!!!
It's been a few weeks since my last post, not for lack of adventures to write about, but honesty from lack of energy! My recent weekends have been filled with some big days in the mountains that I still have trouble believing I am able to do on a regular ba...

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Battles
Not all runs are created equal, and not all runs go anywhere near according to plan. I have again realized this week that this also goes for life in general. Things have been going well since the 100 and I am getting more and more settled in everyday. I am ...

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Praire Spirit Trail 100
The alarm went off well before dawn Thursday morning. I drug myself out of bed at 4 a.m. took a shower to wake me up, loaded the car and was on the road to Boulder to pick up Chris so we could head to Kansas. By 7 we were loaded and on our way to Ottawa to ...
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