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Gina Lucrezi Monday, 12 March 2012 13:03 TWEET COMMENTS 2

Respect the Distance

A speedster dives into Moab's Red Hot 33K and learns some valuable lessons

I come from a speed background. ...

 

 

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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.



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