Features

One Hundred Miles and the Marathon

Running Times published an article earlier this year entitled “Is 100 Miles The New Marathon?” That made me smile—so the rest of the running world has finally found our crazy little corner of the running world? Then I co...

Rapid Race Recovery

Dear Ann, Back in the day you were able to recover from racing long ultras and then come back quickly and strong, like in those years that you won Comrades and then flew around the globe to win Western States only a han...

Racing in the Heat

As we get into the middle of summer, many races involve running in severely hot weather. The most experienced runners use several tricks to deal with this, which are most evident at two Californian races renowned for the...

Working Your Mental Edge

If you train with a group of friends or a running club, you likely know runners whose physical fitness you can compare to yours on a regular basis. I know where I sit in the pack with my running club teammates—who is fas...

New Trends in Sports Nutrition

Just as your training sometimes gets sluggish, sometimes your fueling does too. Luckily, lots of new options are available in the sports nutrition market—as well as new and updated nutrition theories. Gels, chews, bar...

Sleep, Run, Repeat

We live in a rhythmic world. Night follows day. Day follows night. The stars have annual patterns. Some flowers close at night and open in the day. Some birds migrate annually. And in most parts of the world, there are f...

Summer Running Apparel Review

For ultrarunners, summertime doesn’t just bring warm temperatures—it also typically ushers in longer training days than we’re accustomed to in winter or spring. Whether we’re preparing for an upcoming A-race or planning...

Recess

When I turned 30, my mother took me aside and, with a very serious face, asked me: “When are you going to grow up, and stop this running thing?” I had to think about it. Recess was for kids. We were supposed to run an...

The Best Doping Disinfectant Is a Strong Community

Yet again, the competitive endurance community is embroiled in controversy. New allegations have surfaced involving the Nike Oregon Project, the flagship of American distance running excellence. The man at the helm, Albe...

Give It a Rest

As hard charging, fiercely driven, superhero ultrarunners, we love to pile up the miles, train until we drop and skimp on rest days. But one of the great ironies about long-distance running is that the resting done betwe...

Ultrarunning News from Around the Globe

This month we have news from all corners of the globe, including the legendary Comrades ultra road marathon in South Africa. The North Face 100 – Australia A strong field of International and southern hemisphere runn...

Seconds Matter

Ultramarathon races take hours, days. What’s a few lost seconds, right? Wrong. Seconds really do matter. Let me share with you a little story that illustrates this point. The race wasn’t a traditional ultramarathon, b...

I Didn’t Think I Would Like It

I didn’t think I would like it: in fact, I tried just about every excuse in the book to avoid it. I gave reason after reason not to do it, and for a long time I got away with it. It was smooth sailing; I was in the clear...

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

I'm not an avid reader of poetry, but the words in this Dylan Thomas poem have always resonated with me, and I think they express what I've done and what I continue to attempt to do in my ultrarunning. At various...

Feature Races

Keys Ultra

The competition was excellent and the views spectacular--as always! The 8th Annual KEYS100 race across the islands of the Florida Keys was held on May 16-17. For the first time, a 50k competition from Big Pine Key to Key...

Flatrock 101k

In a state known for its wide-open prairies and mind-numbing miles of wheat fields, the FlatRock 101K course presents itself as a Kansas anomaly. The 15-mile single-track trail is situated at the edge of the Chautauqua H...

Western States

A defiant growl… A sigh, tinged with momentary and fleeting disappointment… A piece of paper that had taken months to write upon… A little boy’s love of his mother… A pair of flip-flops that took their owner...

Race Reports

3 Days at the Fair

For any veteran of 3 Days at the Fair, hosted by NJ Trail Series at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ, the path of the one-mile course loop is burnt into memory as the source of many personal triumphs and reco...

The Canyons

The second running of The Canyons Endurance Runs 50K and the inaugural 100k event (a 3-point UTMB qualifying race) took place on May 2, 2015, in the tiny Sierra Foothills town of Foresthill, CA. The event travels along s...

Jemez Mountain Trail Run

The 2014 Jemez Mountain Trail Run (JTR) was cut short by snow and ensuing hypothermia. Not an RD’s happy place. Leading up to 2015, the Jemez Mountains were getting snow every weekend in May. Uh oh, not again…Well, there...

Quicksilver

Our motto is: “Pay for the BBQ, and race for free.” For 32 years, overindulgence in sumptuous food, delicious beverages and trails surrounded by mountain lions have kept the ultra community coming back for more. Howev...

Rock-On, Lake Perry!

In the Kansas City area, it rained 27 out of 31 days in May. The clay-based trails in this part of the world do not usually drain well, so wet weather means mindful trail users must find other surfaces on which to train...

San Diego 100

California has been in a severe drought over the last four years, but San Diego witnessed atypical rainfall for May that resulted in the SD 100 trails teeming with wildflowers and tall grasses. Dust and dry trail conditi...

Silver State

In recent years, The Silver State 50/50 Endurance Runs have earned a reputation for being warm, if not downright hot, experiences. The mid-May temperatures in Reno often rise into the mid 80s, which can lead to a soul...

Superior Spring Trail Race

Ever been to Arizona? I spend time there each year with family and get out daily to run with local friends. I have learned that they have two types of weather down there; warm and dry or hot and dry. I have to admit, I l...

The North Face Endurance Challenge: New York & Washington DC

The North Face Endurance Challenge kicked off the 2015 season with The North Face Endurance Challenge Washington DC on April 18-19. The race began at Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, VA and ran through Great Falls Pa...

August 2015

Oldest and youngest female finishers Gunhild Swanson and Katie Trent basking in the glory and adoration that greeted them at the finish line of Western States 100. Photo: Ted Knudsen, Courtesy of Western States 100