Thursday, October 9, 2014

Goeff Roes on Recovery

Some here at RP blog may know the name Goeff Roes.  He is an ultramarathoner, a sometime Alaskan, twice voted ultrarunner of the year, who has won a good number of the major US ultras and set a number of course records along the way.  It may still be the case that Roes has won every 100-miler he has finished; I recall one year, when he was first breaking into the scene in a huge way, that he won -- and set records in -- four 100-milers throughout the year.  (Maybe not all four of them were records, but at least two were.)  He proceeded to break the record in the famous Western States 100 the following year.

Goeff Roes hasn't been racing much recently and I had wondered what happened.  This short column in Ultrarunning Magazine answers that question in a way that is not irrelevant to many of us here at RP.  Goeff Roes is working his way back, slowly, step-by-step.  Here's looking forward to seeing the man who I consider the greatest ever in US ultrarunning back on the leaderboard.


  1. This reminds me that there is a fine and indeterminate line between exercise that makes us stronger and pushing ourselves into the red zone . . . I'm not sure there's a better way to figure it out than trial and error.

  2. Well said. Makes me feel better about sitting out the year for the most part.