Articles by Pete Kostelnick

Overcoming Mental Hurdles

Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra said it best, “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.” In ultrarunning, we know it takes much more than physical fitness to do well in races. Rooted even deeper than critica...

The Science (or Art) of Ultrarunning

Art can be defined as the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature and dance. Meanwhile, science is defined as a systematically organized body of knowledge on a particular subject. Given...

Loopy Recollections

“Excuse me, can you tell me what this event is?”  I’ve been asked this question a few times by innocent but curious people who’ve stopped briefly along courses with a few extra minutes to spare. “We’re basicall...

The Transcon Itch

Multi-week journeys are all about the itch. You have two options: scratch it with little thought for temporary relief or think intentionally about addressing it. I’m convinced that short of a NASA rocket launch, maki...

Tell Me Why

“My goodness, why?” It’s probably the question I’ve been asked the most over the 10 years I’ve been running ultramarathons. I’ve offered up a number of sarcastic responses as to why I partake in ultramarathons, such a...

Reflections From Our Time Away

I don’t have to remind anyone that 2020 was a complete disaster. If the year 2020 was a race, it would find a way to show up as both a DNS and a DNF in our online results. Luckily, we have a second chance to get it ri...