Articles by Ellie Greenwood

Rockwall Traverse

Experience true mountain grandeur and majesty by visiting the Rockwall Traverse in Canada’s Kootenay National Park. I ran this 34-mile (55k) route 10 years ago, and it still ranks as one of my favorite days of mountai...

Where Are They Now?

As humans, I fear we often have rather short memories. In the racing scene, if we’ve not heard from someone for 12 months, we’re prone to forgetting their former podium dominance. It’s too easy to get caught up in...

Banff by Moonlight

It’s 4:30 p.m. and I’ve been at work since 8 a.m. There are still emails to reply to and admin tasks to complete, but those don’t matter now – it’s time to quickly tidy my desk and head out the door. A brisk walk home...

Embracing the Spirit of Adventure

It’s been a weird year. January and February were pretty standard for most of us, but by the end of March it truly seemed like the world had been turned on its head and nothing was anywhere near normal — whatever normal...

How to Finish Western States

When you think of Western States (WSER), who do you think of? Maybe it’s Jim Walmsley and his outstanding course record from 2019? Or Ann Trason and her mind-boggling 14 wins? As with any race, elite competitors at Weste...

Vancouver Island's North Coast Trail

The North Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, BC, is a true backcountry experience. Don’t be deceived by the lack of elevation – it’s remote, wild and rugged. When I backpacked the trail last summer with three girlfriends,...

Ultrarunning The Numbers

Ultrarunning as a sport has technically been around for over 100 years, but the format that most of us know as “ultrarunning” today (trail and road races, typically 50k to 100 miles) is barely 50 years old and evolving r...

Time to Treadmill

Love them or hate them, treadmills are an excellent training tool and can be a lifesaver in winter. I’m impressed if you continue running outside when the temperature is hovering around zero – that’s dedication for sure....

Band of Runners

Ultrarunning can seem like a selfish pursuit – heading out onto the trails for hours on end, we often leave family at home or defer social engagements with friends because we need to get our long run in. And all for what...

Breaking Down the Numbers

While I have my own thoughts on gender and its impact in ultrarunning, they are based on personal experiences. So, a short online survey seemed like the best way to see the bigger picture. Thank you to the 1,040 of you w...

Finding Gratitude in Slower Times

At some point, maybe long ago or not so long ago, we all signed up for our first ultra. Maybe you chose a race because you thought it would be a challenge, or you wanted to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. I d...

Be Smart and Stay Safe

Minimalism seems to be a continuing trend in the outdoor scene, and for good reason. After all, who wants to lug around a ton of heavy stuff that slows you down and makes trail adventures even harder? But (and this is a...

Racing on Uncertain Terms

Most of us have been there – we make grand plans for running in the months ahead and visualize optimistic ideals of both our time and motivation for training. Then, before we know it, our New Year’s resolutions are fadin...

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...