Articles by Ellie Greenwood

Unplugging Your Run

Running is a simple and joyful sport, but my-oh-my how complicated we can make it. It’s not that we mean to, but with good intentions of becoming a faster runner, it’s easy to get bogged down with the details and not see...

Baby It’s Cold Outside

I’m not a big fan of Strava crowns or FKT’s, but when runners start to proclaim how cold it is outside I somehow manage to weave into conversations the fact that I once ran when it was minus 38 degrees. Whether in Celsiu...

Reigniting Your Passion

I have often said that one of the main criteria to be an ultrarunner is to really enjoy running. This might seem amusing but if you think about it, it’s really essential given doing anything “ultra” implies that you’ll b...

Run an Aid Station Like a Pro

Each year I try to volunteer at a few races – something I feel that we should all do in order to give back to the running community that gives us so much. It’s surprising how rewarding volunteering at a race can be – you...

How to Be a Better Person on the Trails

With the influence of the Internet, and social media in particular, more and more folks are getting out to explore our trails. We’re presented daily with beautiful images on Instagram and Facebook, and inspired to trail...

Your First 100-Miler

Taking on your first ever ultra might have been a daunting prospect – sure, a 50k is “just” five miles more than a marathon but as we all know, with the uneven terrain and all too often hilly course profiles, a 50k is of...

Race Month Preparation

The final month of preparation for a key ultra is not always as straight forward as you might think. When you sit down to plan out your training months in advance it can be easy to just think of the final month as time t...

Racing to Recover

I am sure many readers are now kicking off their 2018 racing season. Sure, maybe not too many of you have run a 100-miler yet this year but by now 50ks are happening every weekend and many 50-milers or 100ks are looming....

Shift Your Mindset, Shift Your Happiness

Being competitive, driven and hardworking are admirable, and one could even argue, desirable traits in a long-distance runner. Set the bar high and you’ll often put in the work to achieve those lofty goals – be they a ne...

Keep the Fitness Up and the Fire Stoked!

Many runners casually throw around the word “cross-training” in conversation – we talk about speed intervals, special diets, the latest gear and… cross-training – it’s like it can almost be a bragging point that someone...

Choosing Your First 100-Mile Race

Have you strung together a good number of 50k and 50-mile finishes? Do you feel like you are a reasonably capable ultrarunner? Sure you may not be fast and you might not post podium results, but you’re confident running...

The Power of the Pack

Some ultrarunners like to think of themselves as in tune with nature, at one with their natural surroundings. We get to disconnect from technology, escape the stresses of modern life and embrace wilderness spaces that ca...

Rebuilding a Ruin

If some of you follow my running you might have noticed a slight absence of race results in the past 14 months or so. What was initially a slight niggling annoyance in my left leg in April 2016 soon led to full blown hob...

ULTRA-LIFE BALANCE Pace Perfect

Pacing a perfect ultra or trail race is as much an art as it is a science. It’s a craft that needs to be learned; a craft that comes more naturally to some but for most has to be learned through trial and error. But just...

Take Your Running to the Next Level

One question I get asked a lot by folks in my local running community here in Vancouver, BC, is how I went from a semi-reasonable but not exceptional runner, to a runner who has competed and placed well at several big ul...

The Joy of the Ultra Community

Sometimes it’s worth sitting back and reflecting on what a wonderful community we are lucky to be a part of. If you’ve already been running trails and ultras for many years then you might be easily nodding your head in a...

How to Tackle the Big Dance

For more experienced veterans of our sport a local 50k might seem like a walk in the park and something they could knock off without much prior planning and specific training, but for the majority of us taking part in an...

Voluntary Community

There are many aspects of the ultrarunning community that I love, and one of the most important is the fact that at 99% of races 99% of the folks out there helping the runners are volunteers. It’s easy to take this for g...

Your Racing Gear List

As a kid I remember by mum having a packing list for our annual camping vacations to Europe. This was a seemingly huge list of all the essentials from tents to clothes to food that we would bring in our trailer for a fun...

What Not to Say to an Injured Ultrarunner

I’ve had my fair share of running injuries. I (un)fortunately feel rather like an expert on the subject – in fact, when a local run club asked me to come talk to their members, and I asked what they’d like me to talk abo...