Features

December and January: A Special Time

This issue of UltraRunning is a new one – it is a “double issue” that combines both December and January. Previously we had a December issue that was followed by our big blast double issue – January/February with Ultraru...

Coming Back to Ultrarunning in Later Years

Hi Ann: I sure admire you and consider you very inspiring and a great role model for women. I have been an endurance athlete most of my adult life. I’m now 53 and want to run a 50-mile trail race. (I’ve been doing trail...

Heart Rate Variability

As a coach I spend a large proportion of my time discussing recovery to avoid over-training and maximize adaptation from harder workouts. Historically this has been a more subjective concept, since any individual’s idea...

Choosing Your First 100-Mile Race

Have you strung together a good number of 50k and 50-mile finishes? Do you feel like you are a reasonably capable ultrarunner? Sure you may not be fast and you might not post podium results, but you’re confident running...

The Spice of Life

Once I realized I could make it to the finish line of a 100-mile race, my first impulse was to do all the big, classic hundred mile runs. I put in for Western States over and over again, ran Leadville, Superior, Angeles...

The Science on Injury Prevention

Why do some people get injured and others don’t? It seems like this simple enough question would be solved by sports scientists, especially when it comes to new runners. However, injury prevention for novice runners is a...

Dreams of the Transcon

It is seven months from today that I plan to start my six and a half million steps across North America. I have this dream of standing on the beach in Newport and watching the sun rise out of the Atlantic Ocean, befor...

Rx for Post-Race Blues

Last month we examined the causes of post-race blues (also known as postrace letdown), defined roughly as a short or long period of mental and/or physical “low” after a big event. That article ended with a rather dreary...

A Reminder

The young woman was in last place at the Kokanee Trail Runs. She walked into our aid station that morning with her pink long-sleeve shirt tied tightly around her waist. Like many others this particular Sunday morning,...

Finding Gobi

The story of Finding Gobi is likely one you’re familiar with. A little dog, later christened with the name “Gobi,” appears in the middle of the 155-mile Gobi Desert stage race, picks ultrarunner Dion Leonard out of the c...

Our Favorite Things

Some runners spend the end of the year looking back fondly on their race experiences… but gear nerds also spend time reflecting on the most dependable accessories that helped carry us through our races. As in years past,...

The Skinny on Skimo

“Skimo” – the word is now part of the ultrarunning lexicon. Kilian Jornet has always done it. Many ultrarunners have taken it up, and Mike Foote and Rob Krar are on their National Teams. It’s the coolest new thing…should...

Self-Supported Long Runs

Last winter, while the rain was coming down around me and the snow was piling up in the high country, I was scouring the internet for a nearby 50-mile summer trail race. The Mt Hood 50 looked ideal, and I applied, but li...

Destination Hitchhiking

There’s something about standing on the side of the highway in Iceland hitchhiking with your wife that has a way of bringing you together. We stood there in the kind of storm where at any moment it will literally start r...

The Best Things in Life Are Not Things

A dramatic shift is occurring in the way people choose to spend their disposable income. Who dies with the most toys no longer wins. Memories matter most. And the best way to create memories is through experiences. Rathe...

This is Not Your Worth

In a conference room, huddled around a series of projects, a friend and colleague sensed my disquiet. “This is not your worth,” she said. I nodded in agreement, acted unsurprised. “Seriously,” she insisted. “Thi...

Feature Races

Superior Fall Trail Races

The world has felt unmoored lately... loosed from its tethers, drifting, unrecognizable at times. We seek to understand events we cannot fathom, to find the meaning behind natural and man-made chaos, to go through the cl...

The Georgia Jewel

Nineteen-year-old Garrett Claunch from Gainesville, Florida, was the last to finish. Our sweepers met him at mile 84 and were convinced he wouldn’t make it. So were we. I told the sweepers to stick with him until he drop...

Run Rabbit Run

Yup, our resident Pooka Harvey was smiling down on this year’s Run Rabbit Run again, as the air, previously a haze of smoke from the forest fires that had plagued the West, miraculously cleared, so that by race day morni...

Yeti 100 Mile Endurance Run

The fourth annual Yeti 50/100 Mile Endurance Run proved to be one of our best races yet, with runners conquering new distances, both the M/F course records being broken, and an overall female win/course record in the 50-...

Race Reports

The Hennepin Hundred

We’ve all heard the old idiom, “The third time’s the charm.” I’ve been trying to run the Hennepin Hundred since it debuted along the historic Hennepin Canal in 2015. That first year (2015), I was a DNS because of injury....

Mogollon Monster

In 2012 my older brother, Jeremy, and I started the Mogollon Monster 100 Mile Endurance Race. This beast of a race never would have made it beyond a grand idea without Jeremy’s incredible determination and grit. The firs...

Wasatch Front

The 38th annual Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run started 313 runners with 201 runners successfully finishing. Three course changes removed four miles of asphalt, which was a welcome change. THE WOMEN’S RACE The f...

The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning

The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning award ceremony is held after the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run. The Grand Slam consists of completing three of the following races: Old Dominion, Western States, Vermont, Leadville;...

Mighty Quail Trail 100K

“Well, that was tough!” exclaimed yet another runner before collapsing into a chair at the finish line of the inaugural Mighty Quail Trail 100K in Penticton, BC, Canada. To which we would raise our eyebrows and share a s...

Hungerford

What could beat a run through the woods on a beautiful fall day? The air is crisp and cool, the trails wind their way through tunnels of fall foliage, and the air is redolent with arboreal awesomeness. Not much can be...

Stagecoach

On a crisp and clear morning, with the iconic Humphreys Peak as a backdrop, runners congregated in a golden meadow adjacent to the Flagstaff Hotshots Ranch, just off the road that winds up to the Arizona Snowbowl. On thi...

Ultra Tour Monte Rosa

Grächen – a fairytale. The mountain village is situated on a broad sun terrace, high above the Zermatt valley, at an altitude of 5,315 feet. This is the headline on a website for a small Swiss village in the Alps and is...

Dec 2017 / Jan 2018

Sarah Kemp navigates the boreal roots at Superior Fall Trail Races in Minnesota. Photo: Zach Pierce