Features

Listen to Your Gut

At a recent 50k, I was reminded how important it is to listen to your body. More specifically, your gut.If you’re lucky, identifying pangs of hunger comes easily, which allows you to fuel regularly throughout an ultra. B...

Crewing for 100 Miles

Dear Ann,A friend has asked me to crew for a 100-mile race this summer. I’ve run shorter ultras, but I’ve never crewed for a hundred. What’s the best way to prepare and what should I expect?  —AndreaDear Andrea,Congratul...

Be a Smart Runner

Whether coming back after an injury, an off season or a break from training, most runners have a tendency to try to do too much, too soon. I recently had a chance to contemplate this while coping with the worst injury I’...

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

This is the time of the year when most people have shaken off the winter cobwebs and are starting to get into the thick of training. Not many people become an ultrarunner if they don’t like running, and as such, I think...

Overcoming Nutrition Challenges

One of the things I love about coaching ultrarunners is adapting the standard recommendations and best practices from the running industry into an ultra-specific context. All too often, the recommendations we see aren’t...

Unplugging Your Run

Running is a simple and joyful sport, but my-oh-my how complicated we can make it. It’s not that we mean to, but with good intentions of becoming a faster runner, it’s easy to get bogged down with the details and not see...

New Fuel for 2019

Every year, runners search the shelves of their local running stores for the latest nutrition products to help their performance and recovery. Here is a recap of what’s new on the market, along with the innovation behind...

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...

The Role of Protein During Exercise

During exercise, we typically think of carbohydrates and fats as our main sources of fuel, while protein is associated with recovery. Today, many sports nutrition bars, gels and drinks contain branched-chain amino acids...

Vegan-Powered Running

A small ultrarunning community in Western Massachusetts has been doing amazing things under the radar. Their name says it all – the BURCS (Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service). These awesome ultrarunners focus...

Obstacles or Opportunities?

I knew there were problems. I could see whispered conversations taking place just out of earshot. Awkward silences would ensue when I reached my crew members. The handy schedules of upcoming crews had stopped appearing o...

Giving Life to the Bighorn

It was close to 100 degrees as we neared the bottom of the Tongue River Canyon. Tongue River Road led us toward Scott Park and the finish line in Dayton, Wyoming. It was a long, flat stretch of dirt road surrounded by fi...

Fat Adaptation, Strategic Carbs and Ketones

As I left Paradise aid station on loop three of the 2016 HURT 100, I yelled over my shoulder to my crew, Jesse Haynes, “It’s working, man, it’s working!” I’d moved into the lead over course-record-holder Gary Robbins and...

Spring Shoe Review

Altra Superior 4.0MSRP: $110Weight (oz): 7.9 men’s, 6.3 women’sHeel/forefoot heights (mm): 21/21Best for: Moving fast and light without compromising protection; tempo runs or races up to 50KOne of the lowest profile shoe...

Dear Mile 68

Dear Mile 68, Hey it’s me, Cory. I’m writing this letter because I have such a hard time communicating with you in person. We’ve had a pretty rocky relationship over the years. I’m always excited to sign up for a race be...

The Post-Race Blues

In his new book, The Inflamed Mind, Edward Bullmore advances the theory that depression may be caused by inflammation. He observes that patients who have undergone painful surgeries resulting in inflammation often experi...

DESTINATION UNKNOWN Liquid Magic

When Pikes Peak Marathon record-holder and high altitude running phenom, Matt Carpenter, roared across the finish line of the Leadville 100 in 2005 to set the course record of 15:42:59, he took 282 sips of a uniquely con...

I am an Ultrarunner: Kristi Mayo

Age: 39Where do you live? Kearney, MissouriWhere did you grow up? Kearney, MissouriOccupation: I’m a creative. During the week, I publish magazines and work on other writing, marketing and design projects. On weekends, I...

Feature Races

HURT 100

HURT hasn’t had course conditions like this since 2011, when rain poured on race weekend. Back then, the finish rate was only 29%. It’s gotten as high as 60%, so we were wondering if people might stop thinking of the HUR...

The Franklins 200

A flood of emotions circled through me as we boarded the 7 a.m. flight from West Virginia to Texas. That evening, Rob Goyen, the mischievously amusing race director, eagerly faced a crowd of ultrarunners. It was the eve...

Black Canyon 100k

You don’t normally find starfish 400 miles from the Pacific Ocean, but within a matter of minutes and just over 10 miles into the 2019 Black Canyon 100K, I found two.The first one happened to be myself, as I tripped head...

Tarawera

The Tarawera Ultramarathon 100-miler was remarkable for its potential as a metaphor framing what is currently happening more broadly in the sport of ultrarunning. With Camille Herron, Comrades winner and multiple World R...

Race Reports

Mountain Mist

It’s hard to believe another Mountain Mist trail run has come and gone. As the race director for all 25 years, I am not sure where the time went, but it will certainly continue to be one of the Southeast’s premier trail...

Long Haul 100

Finish Line AheadWhen the rain broke slightly after daybreak on Sunday morning at Cypress Creek Preserve, the temperature was plummeting. I arrived at Aid Station 3 and bathed in good cheer from my favorite volunteers as...

Tsali Frosty Foot

Trail races can have several obstacles – steep hills, wet crossings and fallen trees – but the 2019 Tsali Frosty Foot 50k was met with its own unique hurdle – 
the partial federal government shut-down. Entrants were assu...

Hong Kong 100

Hong Kong is one of the most amazing cities in the world. It’s vibrant, modern, eccentric, loud and charming as hell. The Vibram® Hong Kong 100, its most famous footrace, is hard but memorable, and terribly hot. In other...

April 2019

Kaci Lickteig runs for the win at the Black Canyon 100K and secures a Golden Ticket for the 2019 Western States Endurance Run. Photo: Howie Stern