Respect the Distance
A speedster dives into Moab's Red Hot 33K and learns some valuable lessons
I come from a speed background. ...
Photo by Chris Hunter
Pete Stevenson running a slickrock section of the Moab Red Hot 55K en-route to a fourth place finish.
I come from a speed background. My high-school and college years consisted of a dedicated focus on a four-lap lactic acid burn: the mile. Practice enforced preparation and taught strategies. I knew everything there was to know about staying on heels, countering moves and taking the lead when least expected. I concluded my college career with an NCAA Division III 1500-meter championship title.
Recently, though, inspired by my housemates (successful ultrarunners), I decided to venture to the ”dark side” and register for a longer race distance (in my mind, anything over a 20K). My debut death march would be the Moab’s Red Hot 33K in Utah.