Articles by Dean Karnazes

Why?

Running a marathon takes crazy; running an ultramarathon takes a special kind of crazy. Few things in life require such commitment and sacrifice, and those are the easy days. There’s no way to finish an ultramarathon wit...

Technology Overload

There’s no denying that technology has changed the way we run. When once we “guesstimated” the distances we were running, or used a car’s odometer for measurement, we now know down to the precise footstep how far we’ve g...

Race Strategy: Avoid Crying

During my tenure as an endurance athlete and ultramarathoner I’ve raced and competed across the globe, in some of the most remote, extreme and exotic places on Earth. I’ve traveled to all seven continents of Earth, twice...

Do Try This at Home

We are told that having good core strength will benefit our running and overall fitness. Easier said than done, right? But don’t give in to the notion that it can’t be done. In fact, you’ve probably got all of the tools...

Ancient Ultrafoods

The desire of humans to consume foods that aid performance is not a new phenomenon. Ancient Greek athletes were known to eat figs and other nutrient-dense fruits, olives, seeds and nuts and a particular concoction compos...

Cross-Training

The call I made was quick. “Topher, put your running gear on, it’s time to try yoga.” “Yoga? Isn’t that for old people?” “I’ll be there in five.” “Wait, here, at my house? You’re coming here…” I interrupted, “Ge...

The Best Things in Life Are Not Things

A dramatic shift is occurring in the way people choose to spend their disposable income. Who dies with the most toys no longer wins. Memories matter most. And the best way to create memories is through experiences. Rathe...

That’s Not a Light…

Man came out of darkness and into the light, and that was my experience during the 2003 Angles Crest 100. Not a lot of planning went into the race. The prior couple weeks had been a hectic whirlwind of travel and there w...

Ultrarunning Then and Now

If history is any indication, the sport of ultrarunning is doing just fine. In fact, it may surprise you to learn that people first started making a career out of our sport over 2,500 years ago. That’s right, the ancient...

Travel Hacks

Having recently returned to California from a rather punishing ultra in Portugal, I can attest firsthand that travel and running don’t always make compatible bedfellows. Still, there’s something magical about seeking uni...

Young Guns

There’s no question that a new crop of runners is emerging on the ultramarathoning scene, a fresh breed with wicked leg speed and laser focus. If you puruse the race results of ultramarathons across the country it’s not...

How to Run in an Inferno

Heat is the runner’s enemy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to mitigate the ill effects of hot weather and maintain consistent performances even as temperatures rise. Think of running in hot conditi...

Find Your Pace

Long distance runners are getting faster – and slower. For instance, in 1969 the world record for the marathon stood at 2:08:33. Today it’s down to 2:02:57. But the average marathon finishing time in 1969 was 3:29, while...

You Ate What?

For better or worse, I’ll probably always best be known as that guy who ordered a pizza while out running. For some reason that particular story seems to resonate with casual runners and non-runners, alike. When I did it...

Lime in the Coconut

Many endurance athletes and nutritional scientists have searched for the Holy Grail of electrolyte replacement to help stave off dehydration during periods of prolonged exertion. It’s an important pursuit. After all, we’...

Numbers Lie

The popularity of ultrarunning is growing. That much we know. Just read this issue and you’ll see that fact reflected in the numbers. There were more finishers of ultras in 2016 than in any prior year. We have good stats...

Winter Western States

Traditionally the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is held on the last weekend of June, summertime in the Northern Hemisphere. The race is notorious for its brutally hot canyons at the midpoint and the dry dusty con...

Changed by the Journey

Over 2,000 years ago, Alexander the Great pioneered a trade route through Central Asia that became known as the Silk Road. Being of Greek descent, I had long dreamed of seeing the terrain and landscape he traveled – and...

She Beast

When I first heard the term “getting chicked,” I thought it was fairly comical, albeit somewhat sexist. The expression succinctly explains the phenomena of a female ultrarunner passing and beating her male counterpart. I...

Footscape

Our feet take a pounding during an ultramarathon. Like the wheels of a car, they’re the point where machine meets earth, those feet of ours. For many of us, finding relief post-ultra is a never-ending pursuit. I’ve tried...