Ozark Foothills trail 50K: A Great Start To My 2019 Running Season

by Jesse Mendoza

On the weekend of April 6th, 2019, I took a trip down to Wildwood, Missouri to run the Ozark Foothills 50k trail race put on by the Terrain Trail Runners, who are based in St. Louis, MO. It’s a beautiful course run on the fast and challenging trails at Greensfelder Park in Wildwood, MO., located about 45 minutes southwest of St. Louis, MO. The course is mostly single track, and…

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My Thoughts On Getting Into the Superior Trail 100 Mile Lottery. Again.

by Jesse Mendoza

I still remember that weekend clearly. I remember the Adrenaline. The Excitement. The Energy. I remember the beautiful weather. I remember thinking how lucky I was to be there. Then I remember the severe cramping less than 20 miles in. That it was way too soon to hurt. I remember thinking if I’d made a mistake. Then I remember friends helping. The starry nights. The house-sized boulders. Oh my god,…

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My Top 7 Running and Fitness Blog Picks For January

by Jesse Mendoza

I’m a sucker for a good running or fitness blog. When things get a little tough, I enjoy reading stories about runners going through the same struggles. Race reports are fun too when an author does a great job of making you feel like you’re right there running with them. Here are a few running and fitness blogs I’ve been checking out this month (in no order): 1. Believe In…

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My Running Year In Review 2018

by Jesse Mendoza

My 2018 year of running was a great one. It consisted of five ultra marathons, four of which I finished, and an attempt at my first 100 mile ultra. It’s the most ultras I’ve completed in one year. I also completed my 8th full road marathon this year, along with a smattering of smaller road races from the 10 mile up to a half marathon. All of them just as…

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My Favorite Amazon Gift Picks For Runners – 2018 Edition

by Jesse Mendoza

The holiday’s are here! For the runner that seems to have everything, there is always something that’s missing. If you’re struggling to find that last minute gift idea, hopefully I can help. I had a pretty big year of training and running in 2018 with some rather lofty goals. I’ve accumulated all kinds of gear. A lot of this gear was junk, but there are a few select items I’ll…

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My Top 7 Mental Tricks To Run An Ultra Marathon

by Jesse Mendoza

Orcas Island 50K, Feb. 4 2017 (Orcas Island, WA) My first and only trail ultra in the pacific northwest to date. I was untrained for all of the climbing that was involved being a flatlander from the midwest. Not to mention the trail was like nothing I’d seen before. I didn’t really know what to expect. Still, I went into it with a positive attitude hoping I’d finish, but a wrong…

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