Articles by Ellie Greenwood

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...

Standing Up for Success

I’m willing to bet that many of you spend far more hours at a desk in front of a computer screen than you do on the trails. We rarely stop to think what effect all that sitting in a fixed position might have on our healt...

Dropping the Distance to Crank Up the Speed

“Uh, excuse me, I thought that this was UltraRunning?” Well, that might be your initial reaction as you read this piece as I extoll the virtues of running sub-ultra-distance races. Now, don’t get me wrong: I am a diehard...

Gender in Ultrarunning

In this issue, I wanted to write about gender and its impact on ultrarunning. While I had my own thoughts, I knew they were very much based on personal experience, so a quick online survey would be a good way to see if m...

Prioritizing Those Miles

When signing up for a race that’s quite a few months ahead, it’s easy to be overly optimistic about what sort of training and preparation we will be able to do. Whether this is due to simply having an enthusiastic nature...

Reassessing Goals After a Did Not Start

As ultrarunners, we are often forced to plan out our race calendar many months, and sometimes a year or more, in advance. This can be because we are trying to get into races which require qualifiers or enter races which...

It’s the Journey

“What’s your next race?” “What are you training for?” “Sorry your race didn’t go as planned.” “Are you happy with your result?” So often in our sport, it’s racing – performing at our best on one particular day – that is...

Learning to Listen

For me, and I know I am far from alone, one of the big lures of trail and ultrarunning is escaping the busyness of daily life. We live in cities where traffic roars through our streets, where we never really see a starre...

Mementos and Memories

I distinctly remember the finisher shirt I got at my very first marathon in Victoria, British Columbia. I remember it because it was a bit of a dilemma – I’d just run a marathon, a whole 26.2 miles, so I sure as anything...

Where’s Ellie?

What do you mean, “Where’s Ellie?” Surely a good guess would be that I’m on a North Vancouver trail somewhere, or maybe run-commuting to downtown Vancouver or hitting up the treadmill. But with the World Anti-Doping Asso...

Run Faster to Run Further

Ultrarunning is, by definition, running or racing for a distance further than 26.2 miles. There are a myriad of reasons why many of us gravitate towards a sport that celebrates endurance and being out on the trail for th...

Training Talisman

It’s an odd thing, but there have been occasions when I have spent many months training with single-minded focus for a goal race, and yet in the middle of the actual race, I have struggled to remember all the hard work t...

Patience and Planning

The 100-mile distance holds a huge allure for many an ultrarunner. Whilst I’m not saying that 50k or 50 miles are easy distances, without a doubt, covering 100 miles is rightly still seen as the ultimate challenge for ma...

Fun or Fast?

If you ask ultrarunners why they got into the sport in the first place, you will hear a range of answers—for health, for a love for the outdoors, for a personal challenge, for an escape from the stresses of work. But I c...

Racing While Injured

Injury is a dreaded condition that every runner fears, but there is a certain inevitability about it: the more we run, the more likely we are to suffer some sort of running-related injury. Depending on its severity, we m...

Working Your Mental Edge

If you train with a group of friends or a running club, you likely know runners whose physical fitness you can compare to yours on a regular basis. I know where I sit in the pack with my running club teammates—who is fas...

Taper Time

During the months of hard training for your big race, sometimes all you want to do is NOT run. There are the days when it is so very tempting to hit snooze on your alarm clock and go back to sleep rather than crawl out o...

Training for an Ultra on a Busy Schedule

Time… wouldn’t we all love to have more of it? This can be particularly true when we have a full time job, family and social commitments and we decide to sign up for an ultra. We can start questioning whether signing up...

With a Little Help from My Friends

With summer race season just a few months away, I am sure that many of you are steadily training for that big race, especially if you were lucky enough to make it through an anticipated lottery. And maybe once your name...

The Emergence of the Ultra Coach

Ten years ago, if you’d asked a middle-of-the-pack ultrarunner if they had a coach, you’d have likely been met with a blank stare or maybe a laugh. A coach? Aren’t coaches for high school cross country athletes or intern...