Articles by Sean Meissner

Winter Running Gear

There’s an old saying that goes, “There’s no bad weather, only bad gear.” Well, I’m here to tell you that saying is wrong. There is bad weather, and often times it’s in the winter when the temperature is minus 20 degrees...

A Running Hero: Gunhild Swanson

Ultrarunning has had a major impact on my life for almost two decades, and there are a few people who have been part of my journey from the beginning. I remember training for my first ultra in the summer of 2001. I was l...

Tough and Determined Women

The sport of ultrarunning is pretty cool for many reasons. For me, people are at the top of that list. I’ve met amazing people and made great friends over my almost two decades of running ultras. Here are stories about t...

Ultrarunning for a Living

Making a living as an ultrarunner can be challenging and fun and with some hard work, it can be done. I’ve been fortunate to make a living as a sponsored runner, race director and running coach – three things that I neve...

Canyons and Wonderlands

Adventure runs are the heart of my running. Sure, I love being competitive, training hard and lining up for races. What I get most excited about, though, is playing outside in the mountains or desert with my wife and dog...

100-Mile Race Strategy

Racing 100 miles is hard. There, we got that out of the way and now we can focus on the nuts and bolts of how to navigate a 100-mile race. There are numerous parts that go into a successful 100-miler, and finishing is a...

Tackling Longer Trails

For the last 20 years, I’ve had the pleasure of living within 15 miles of some of the longest trails in North America. While I haven’t actively sought them out, living near these iconic trails has been a huge perk. In ad...

Eating Whole Foods

Ultrarunners are typically healthy eaters. By healthy, I mean, we eat a lot. And we run a lot. Running and eating go well together.When it comes to being a healthy eater, there are different definitions. Diets or types o...

Mud Running

March is a time of the year when the snow is melting, birds are tweeting (old-school style) and the sun is shining a bit brighter. A combination of warm sun and melting snow creates one of our furry running buddies favor...

Longevity in Ultrarunning

Some people can run ultramarathons for years, even decades, and never get a serious injury. Others are very injury-prone, forced into taking extended breaks often. Surely, some runner’s bodies are better suited to the de...

Lake Tahoe 72 Mile

The Lake Tahoe 72 Mile is a classic road ultra that has been held most years since the late 1970s. There have been some great races and performances over the decades, including Rae Clark’s all-time record of 9:06....