Articles by Sarah Lavender Smith

Ultra Lessons for Real Life

When my son, Kyle, proudly grasped his diploma and pumped his fist in triumph during his high school graduation this past June, I cheered loudly while infused with feelings of relief, happiness and love. As odd as it mig...

A Marathon Can Rev Up Your Ultrarunning

My husband and I have an ongoing argument about whose car is better. He drives a sleek BMW 4-series convertible, which I honestly don’t like to drive because it’s too low to the ground and attracts attention. My vehicle...

Falling Back in Love with Ultrarunning

Lying in bed unable to sleep one night, I thought about running goals for the upcoming year and struggled with feelings of self-doubt and ambivalence. I’d blown my long-run plan for the weekend but didn’t really want to...

You Don’t Have to Super-Size Your Ultras

During the final miles of the challenging Telluride Mountain Run, while descending a rain-slicked ski slope and trying to prevent wiping out in the mud, I reveled in the prospect of finishing this extreme course when sev...

When a Search-and- Rescue Hits Close to Home

The sound of a helicopter circling over our property near Telluride, Colorado, filled my ears for several days straight. The sight of teams of volunteers dressed in hiking gear, fanning out in the aspen groves and bushwh...

Get Over the Guilt of Leaving Your Kids to Run

Recently I shared advice online about how mothers can and should fit running into their stretched-thin lives. The message resonated with runner-mom Amy Kline of Indianapolis, Indiana, who works as a registered nurse whil...

Bake the Cake

A woman contacted me in early January seeking advice for her first 50k in April. She had already registered for it and brimmed with excitement about going the distance and crossing the finish. She had about 14 weeks to t...

The Beauty of the Buddy System

Barely past the halfway point of Run Rabbit Run 100 last September, my legs and feet rebelled. Stiff muscles, achy joints and soles so tender that I winced with each step conspired to abort yet another attempt to run. De...