James Walsh

i like riding, running, and beer.

Bailey Hundo Pre-Race Report

This Saturday I’ll be lining up for the Bailey Hundo. It’s not  going to be 100 miles this year as they’ve made some course changes in the last few weeks, which are changes for the better I think, so the race will now be 90 miles with 10k of climbing. Still a hard day at the office. I’ve always like to write a pre-race blog and kind of sum up my training for whatever event it is. It’s good for me too look back on whether the race goes well or goes sideways. No matter what happens Saturday the past… Read more →

Battle the Bear Race Report

The first race of 2017 is in the books and it was a fun one. The first race I was supposed to do the last weekend of April got snowed out. It’s so different than living in SoCal when you can really race year round. Here there isn’t very much going on race-wise from November to April unless you are going to race cyclocross or road running races. So for me, when it comes time to race I’m amping out and can’t wait to get on the starting line. I’ve been having so much fun riding and training this year… Read more →

The Twenty Seventeen Plan

2017 is well underway and our plan for racing is slowly coming together. I also turned 39 years old a couple of weeks… damn time is flying but I am loving every day. After ending the year with a good race at The North Face 50 I took it pretty easy for a few weeks and that was a bit easier because my calf, or something in my lower leg, was kind of jacked. So I started riding a bit and got back to lifting weights… both things did not aggravate it. After a year with a lot of running… Read more →

The 2016 North Face 50 Mile Championships

  Better late than never… i guess. I started writing this the week after the race and then maggie and I got hit with a nasty virus, work got nuts, and then the holidays were here and family was in town. I’ve been enjoying some down time getting soft and getting stoked for next year… here’s my race report from The North Face 50 Mile Championships. On December 3rd I toed the line of The North Face 50 Mile champs for the third time and had my best race there… by far. I put it out there before the race… Read more →

another chance

on Saturday i’ll be toeing the line of The North Face 50 Mile Championships in San Francisco for the third time. I ran it in 2012 as my first 50 miler and again in 2014 with a bit more experience and fitness in my legs. Both years the course had to be changed due to gnarly rain in the days preceding the race. In 2012 is was shortened to 46 miles and in 2014 it was a mile longer. this year it looks like i may finally be able to run the course in dry conditions. i’m super stoked to… Read more →

Fall Fun… and Some Racing.

My last post was about dropping out of Run Rabbit Run 100. At no point did I ever question my decision to drop out and it never really affected me on any level. The only frustrating part was not using the fitness I worked hard to obtain over the summer… but on the upside I didn’t need to recover and could enjoy my favorite season, Fall, out on the trails. My motivation to run has been at an all time high since then. My training for RRR was pretty conservative on the running front and I never felt like I was… Read more →

Run Rabbit Run Race (quitting) Report

I’ll get straight to it and post a more detailed report down below if you want to know the details. I dropped out of Run Rabbit Run 100 at mile 43… Far from my goals or what I envisioned. I don’t necessarily like the use “DNF” (did not finish). I made a conscious decision to  quit… I’m good with that. It’s for sure a bummer, especially when I worked so hard, but life will go on and I’m not dwelling on it. I have too much good going on in my life to worry about a bad race. I’ll live to fight… Read more →

Goals for Run Rabbit Run 100

Well it’s race week! After 4 years I finally made it here and Friday I’ll be toeing the line at my first 100 miler. I’m 100% healthy and haven’t even had a little niggle or anything all summer which is a great feeling. I believe that’s 100% due to my more balanced approach to training. I definitely don’t feel over cooked. Before I get into my goals I have to say thank you to my amazing wife, Maggie. None of this would be possible without her support and encouragement of me chasing these goals. We both work hard to train… Read more →

Training for Run Rabbit Run 100

I’ve touched a bit on my training this summer in my post before the Leadville Silver Rush Races in “Summer Racing”. That build up lead to some really good races for me. Like I wrote about in my last post my goal for my 100 mile training was to stay healthy and just get to the start line… with that said I also wanted to show up fit and be able to run well. So my training wasn’t over the top… or too conservative… at least in my opinion. I for sure could have picked and easier 100 to make… Read more →

Getting to the Start Line

Two weeks from today I’ll be on the starting line of the Run Rabbit Run 100 miler and I couldn’t be more stoked. Getting to the start line of a 100 miler has been 4+ years in the making for me. The seed was planted in me back in May of 2012 when I paced one of my best friends, Slater, at the inaugural Zion 100. It was for sure a life changing experience and came at a time in my life when I needed something to light a fire in me. That was a huge turning point in my life.… Read more →