Articles by Gary Dudney

Don't Drop Out of a Workout

I follow a few basic rules in running that have served me well over the years. One of my rules is: don’t think about it. It’s a rule I follow each day, right when I’m about to make that decision whether to run or not. I’...

Dealing with the Pain

I’m going to go a little grim here. Everything about your first 100-mile race is going to be over-the-top, out-sized and epic compared to the shorter ultras you’ve done. The sheer distance, the time it takes, the highs a...

The Train Depot in Garnett, Kansas

The Prairie Spirit Trail Ultra 100 Mile in eastern Kansas is a rails-to-trails course that follows an old route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad through the small town of Garnett. A brick depot building, bui...

Your First 100-Miler

24 Hours of Adrenalin was a popular mountain bike race that consisted of riding a technical course all day and night until 24 hours had elapsed. I’ll never forget a biker grinding to a halt near the timing table in the m...

IMTUF

Welcome to the wilds of central Idaho. Race director Jeremy Humphrey doesn’t sugarcoat his remarks at the race orientation. “Every big animal you’re scared of will be out there,” he said, “bears, cougars, wolves and snak...

We Are Trekkies

Granted, we’re not all dressing up in Starfleet uniforms or going gaga over Spock lookalikes at Star Trek conventions, but I think all ultrarunners are Trekkies in a deeper sense. We embrace the starship Enterprise’s mis...

Burning River

A thick mist hangs in the air above Chagrin River Road. It is very early and still dark as we pass through an idyllic pastoral farmscape of stone walls, duck ponds, rail fences, shade trees and brown horses. The hundred...

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The first time you run an ultra you’re probably going to get a whole new perspective on what it means to suffer. Getting way out beyond your training at speeds and distances and numbers of hours you’ve never experienced...

Staying Positive on Race Day

Don’t let race day be a negative experience for you. Concerns about how well you will perform and worries about not meeting the goals you’ve set will detract from enjoying the race experience and can actually undermine y...

Lake Martin

It doesn’t matter which distance you pick, the 100-mile, the 50-mile, or the 27-mile “fun run,” at the Lake Martin Trail Races. You’ll use the Russell Forest Trail System on Lake Martin in east central Alabama near Alexa...

The Spice of Life

Once I realized I could make it to the finish line of a 100-mile race, my first impulse was to do all the big, classic hundred mile runs. I put in for Western States over and over again, ran Leadville, Superior, Angeles...

Enjoy the Training

When you first signed up to be an ultrarunner, you know, at your local ultrarunning recruitment center at the mall, I hope you paid attention to the fine print on the contract. It said in no uncertain terms, “You are now...

Cascade Crest 100

A surprise email arrived the Wednesday before the Saturday start of the 19th Cascade Crest Classic 100 held in the heart of the Central Cascades area of Washington State. Bad news: The Jolly Mountain fire was threatening...

Be Mindful Out There

Many runners have picked up on the close connection between running and mindfulness. When you practice mindfulness, you get a definite reduction in your levels of stress and anxiety. You also feel a lift in your self-est...

Burning River

Talk about a race that showcases a particular area of the country and its running community…and you’re talking about the Burning River 100/50 Mile in Northeast Ohio in the Cleveland, Akron and Cuyahoga Falls area. The...

Mark That Course!

A well-marked course is a prerequisite for staging a successful ultra. It’s something runners have a right to expect when they pony up their registration fees. It’s also a safety issue. You don’t want runners overnightin...

Cruel Jewel

Just eight miles into the 106-mile Cruel Jewel 100, runners pass the White Oak Stomp aid station and encounter the longest unbroken segment of the race, a 7.6-mile stretch of the Duncan Ridge Trail known as the Dragon’s...

Dress for Success: The Basics

When you dress for success in business, it is all about appearance and image. Looking the part is half the battle. When you dress for success in ultrarunning, image and appearance mean virtually squat. Clothes do not mak...

FOURmidable

I’m always leery of races that have words like “sky,” “hell and back,” “cloud’s rest,” “death,” or in this case, “FOURmidable” in their names. It’s like saying, “This race is going to be so hard we want to scare you away...

RUNNING WISE Back of the Pack Is Still in the Pack

Running at the back of the pack in an ultra is like being way behind in a yacht race. You may not be winning the race, but hey, you’re still sailing around in a yacht. If you’re healthy enough and lucky enough to be doin...