Articles by Amy Rusiecki

Why Run Ultras?

I sit in my backyard, completely comfortable in the old camp chair. My shower and bed (and kitty cats) are mere feet away inside my house, and the temptation to give into these creature comforts is intense. I have run 10...

A Virtual Run Across Massachusetts

In this crazy year, I’ve found it hard to find inspiration. I think that I just wasn’t invested in anything enough to capture my imagination. Particularly, there was the struggle of trying to navigate the immense work st...

Put on a Happy Face

I’ll admit it. My mental game can be weak. Of all the muscles in my body that I train to prepare for an ultra, my brain is the most neglected and undertrained. And, in those late miles of an ultra, it’s a critical compon...

A Recipe for Lemonade

On Monday, April 20, I ran 26.2 miles around my community. I was supposed to be running from Hopkinton to Boston, but COVID-19 changed that. Still, I couldn’t allow Marathon Monday to pass without celebrating the best wa...

The Fellowship of the Ring

Just 90 minutes outside of Washington, DC, hides a gem of a trail in the George Washington Forest – a perfect ring of mountains just begging to be run. The Massanutten Mountain Trail circumnavigates this 71-mile mountain...

Engineer by Day, Ultrarunner by Night

For 40-50 hours per week, I work as an environmental engineer organizing the logistics and operations of a municipal public works department. My entire involvement with running, including training, coaching and race dire...

Ice And Mud Seasons

Somewhere between winter and spring, lies the frustration of ice and mud season in the Northeast. This time of treacherous running can last anywhere from a week to a month, but the most challenging conditions are when bo...

Snowshoe Running

Years ago, someone once told me that “snowshoeing made the winter bearable.” I would go farther than that and say snowshoeing makes the winter fun. I actually think it’s the secret training weapon of those ultrarunners w...

Athletes with Disabilities

Over the past few years, runners like Kyle Robidoux have made the ultrarunning news for their participation in races. Kyle is a well-known fixture in the New England running scene, having completed races such as the Verm...

How We Identify as Ultrarunners

There has been a lot of discussion recently regarding the wide categorization of gender in ultrarunning. Conversations, policies and debates have centered around male versus female topics including where transgender athl...

Adventures in Race Directing

Anyone who’s directed a race likely has some crazy stories of the unexpected, humorous and stressful things that can happen behind the scenes. And anyone who’s directed an ultra has many more stories – as things only get...

Backyard Adventures

Like many in the ultrarunning community, I crave adventure. This has pushed me to enter 100-mile races and run a few epic routes “just because.” However, I don’t always have time to travel to a race, or even carve out a...

Engineering a 100-Mile Success

I’m an engineer with a Type A personality. If there was such a thing as being Type A+ that would be me. I like organization and anyone who has done one of my races has received race announcements that include bullet poin...

Presidential Traverse

While most of us will never hold an FKT, simply perusing the list of FKT routes will fill up any ultrarunner’s bucket list. The Beast Coast offers plenty of such routes – one of the most popular being the Presidential Tr...

Vegan-Powered Running

A small ultrarunning community in Western Massachusetts has been doing amazing things under the radar. Their name says it all – the BURCS (Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service). These awesome ultrarunners focus...

Even Coaches Need a Coach

Over the past 20 years, I have coached numerous high school and college teams. For the past five years, I have provided personal coaching for ultrarunners working towards their next races. While I am embarrassed to admit...

Pleasure or Pain?

When I first started running ultras I remember reading about the Hellgate 100K, and was immediately intrigued. The race is in mid-December, starts one minute past midnight, and is a challenging mountain race (it’s also a...

The Best Beast Coast Season

I don’t think I am alone in favoring the fall as my favorite season for running. The temperature drops, the humidity decreases and the foliage pops. Each year, my passion for running is renewed as I simply enjoy the weat...

Bucket List Run – Pemi Loop

While most of us will never hold an FKT, simply perusing the list of FKT routes will fill up any ultrarunner’s bucket list. The Beast Coast offers plenty of such routes – one of my personal favorites is the Pemi Loop. Th...

A State of Adventure

One of the random facts about the East Coast is that many of the states are smaller so you can run across an entire state in one fell-swoop. That has an awesome sound of badassery to it, which can be the icing on adventu...