Third from last was the title of my first race blog. I was truly third from last. Since then, I have moved upward in the finishing ranks of races but remain a "back of packer." But, as one of my students told me, "at least you are a contender." Racing mountain and ultra events is not actually about finishing place - though it matters. Rather it is a journey into the wilderness. The wilderness is a place as well as a part of our psyche. When you toe the line at an ultra event, you do not know the outcome, nor the resources you will have to call upon to finish. This site is dedicated to telling those stories through the voice and experiences of a middle-aged runner.