April 2021

Features

Year of Opportunity

With a full year of race cancellations, COVID infections, restrictions and lockdowns moving ever so slowly into the rearview mirror, it’s hard to reflect on the past and not see a future full of opportunities. The...

Be an Ultrarealist

In Matt Fitzgerald’s new book, The Comeback Quotient, he delves into the psychological side of sports performance. He articulates multiple core concepts needed for success in both training and racing, and I spend much...

Integrate Running into Everyday Life

Let’s face it, as everyday runners we love the prospect of living like an elite athlete. They have all day to train and endless amounts of time to explore the outdoors. With seemingly no responsibilities other than ru...

Change is Coming

As you begin to wade into the unknown waters of the ultrarunning world, you may wonder how this new activity will change your current lifestyle. Will it affect your family life? Your relationships? Your food budget? I...

Rolling Deep for Release

Foam rolling takes me back to the track. At UC Davis post-practice sessions, I was typically rolling around wincing in pain because of a chronically tight IT band, and it was causing knee pain. I started foam rolling...

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...

Where Do We Go from Here?

As we have watched the story of the COVID-19 vaccine development unfold these last few months, I think it would be a fair assessment to say that what we are witnessing is nothing short of a miracle. We now have three...

Coping with Climate Anxiety

From a young age, I’ve worried about the fate of humanity and planet Earth. Often, I feel hopeless and inconsequential as a mere individual, unable to help save our home planet without the collective action of governm...

Fake It till You Make It

Faking it until you make it doesn’t seem like it would work in the sport of ultrarunning. After all, what could be more impervious to fakery or trickery, than slamming down a gnarly trail for hours on end? How do you...

Cody Lind: In the Footsteps of Family

Cody Lind has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Dr. Robert Lind and his father, Paul Lind, for almost his entire life. When Cody was boy, he would join his grandfather in the family’s camper parked at th...

Hashtag VanLife

For my wife and I, the dream was simple: move into a 27-foot fifth wheel trailer and travel the country. She’d be free to work from anywhere and I’d hit the pinnacle of an ultrarunning lifestyle: coaching from the...

Pride in Performance

Sometimes it feels as though ultrarunners have a particularly perverse way of viewing the sport. For some reason, we seem to take pride in our incompetence. I guess that sounds rather harsh, but think about it, how ma...

Spring Shoe Review

Topo Athletic Ultraventure 2 MSRP: $135 10.4 oz M 8.3 oz W Heel/forefoot heights: 30/25 mm Best for long comfortable miles, distances up to 100M on mild to modera...

It’s an Ultramarathon, Not a Sprint

On the first day of class, my high school history teacher declared, “AP classes are marathons, not sprints.” I grinned, knowing I had a secret. That teacher, a young man with a beard and cranky attitude that aged him...

The Domino Effect

A few days ago, my friend Chris told me a story that was equal parts hilarious and captivating. Chris works as a teacher at a youth crisis center. Last January, he was shopping at Target, when he passed a discount bin...

Ultra Safari

Besides being an ultrarunner, I’m also a surfer. Even though I don’t get in the water nearly as much as I once did, I still identify as a surfer. And that’s because surfing is more than just a...

Bust A Move

There was a period of time, several years ago, when Weird Al Yankovic would join me on most of my easy runs. Okay – not literally – but his characteristic long curly hair, porn star mustache and Coke bottle glasses we...

You Do You

Curiosity is the word I use to describe how I live my life. I chase answers to questions, I chase new experiences, and I’m willing to try – succeed or fail. I’m incredibly lucky to have had so many opportunities, but...

Gear Bag Overkill

High on my closet shelf sits a couple of gear bags along with some assorted accessories. As I climb a stepping stool to access and organize this ultra gear shelf in advance of a 100-mile race, I ponder what an anthrop...

I Am an Ultrarunner Scott Mills

Age: 69 Where do you live currently? Oceanside, CA Where did you grow up? Portland, OR, and northern New Jersey Occupation: Retired US Air Force Colonel Family (kids, spouse, pets)? My soulmate of 42 years, Jean M...

Feature Races

Outlaw 100

The Outlaw 100 took place the weekend of February 13 at beautiful Robbers Cave State Park in Wilburton, Oklahoma. Is there any better way to spend Valentine’s Day weekend with that special someone? This event, the c...

Grandmaster Ultras

Charging down the hill, I crossed the road and headed into the finish line. I saw a few people milling about and as I finished, I yelled, “Done!” just to make sure they knew I was, well, done. This was my second year...

Black Canyon

The weekend at Black Canyon Ultras wasfor many, a much anticipated return to racing in the pandemic era. After nearly a full year since the start of it all, racing opportunities for most have been relatively few and...

Mountain Mist

After directing this race for 27 years, I have seen just about everything there is to see. We have had runners break bones, snow on the course and ice storms during the race. The race was delayed 24 hours once due to...

Brittany Peterson runs for the win at the Black Canyon 100K in Arizona. Peterson would have received a Golden Ticket to Western States but is already entered in the race due to her second-place finish in 2019. Photo: Howie Stern