Features

Diving in Head First

While running the McDonald Forest 50K, my first ultra, I met a guy named Michael. We exchanged stories as I talked about my young twins and he told me how he’d run this particular race several times in the past. His trai...

The Ultra Family Steps Up

Dear Ann, I’m pretty new to ultrarunning. My family knows that things can happen whether in a marathon or on a trail race. What they worry about is if I travel alone to an ultra and something happens, will strangers step...

Improve Your Habits Without Going Overboard

There are many ways to measure elements of training and health that it can become confusing at times. I’m a strong proponent for learning how to make judgments based on the signals your body gives you, especially when ma...

Baby It’s Cold Outside

I’m not a big fan of Strava crowns or FKT’s, but when runners start to proclaim how cold it is outside I somehow manage to weave into conversations the fact that I once ran when it was minus 38 degrees. Whether in Celsiu...

Fueling a Tri Across America

Former Major League Baseball player and endurance athlete, Eric Byrnes, began his journey on July 22nd to complete a Triathlon Across America by jumping into McCovey Cove beyond the right field wall at AT&T Park in San F...

Should You Run While Injured?

I’m sitting here writing with my right butt cheek propped up on an ice pack. It’s been three days since I last ran, and I am itching to get back at it. It doesn’t help that last week I finally decided to commit to two ra...

Pleasure or Pain?

When I first started running ultras I remember reading about the Hellgate 100K, and was immediately intrigued. The race is in mid-December, starts one minute past midnight, and is a challenging mountain race (it’s also a...

When Things Get Cold and Dark

Let’s cut right to the chase. I asked experienced ultrarunners for their advice on winter running, and here’s what they said.MOTIVATIONBuzz Burrell (Ultimate Direction Brand Director, running pioneer): Exercise is fun an...

Can Heart Rate Variability Help You Train Better?

What is heart rate variability (HRV) and does science support it as a practical measure of training adaptation?1 HRV is controlled by the autonomic branch of our nervous system (responsible for breathing, digestion, etc....

Diana Fitzpatrick: Breaking 24 at Western States

Diana Fitzpatrick has run many races, including qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials three times, finishing among the top 10 women twice at the Western States Endurance Run, and outright winning the le...

Our Favorite Things

FOOD AND SUPPLEMENTSEnergy waffles are practically mainstream now, with many races offering them right alongside gels and blocks at aid stations. One company starting to get noticed is Untapped, a Vermont-based family bu...

Unusual Gifts for Ultrarunners

The holidays are upon us, as I’m sure you’re aware. With the daily onslaught of flashy ads and catchy jingles, you’d have to live on a desert island not to notice (one without wifi, of course). The constant bombardment o...

The Punch of Patience

Mike Tyson once stated, “Everybody has a plan until they get hit.” The question becomes what’s our response when and if it happens to you, because the likelihood of getting hit in a fight is about 99.9%. In ultrarunning,...

Feature Races

IMTUF

Welcome to the wilds of central Idaho. Race director Jeremy Humphrey doesn’t sugarcoat his remarks at the race orientation. “Every big animal you’re scared of will be out there,” he said, “bears, cougars, wolves and snak...

Mountain Lakes 100

“Don’t worry dear, this is the hardest time for everyone,” a volunteer consoled me. “It is?” I fought back tears. The same delicious hot food I’d devoured earlier at Red Wolf aid station now turned my stomach 25 miles la...

Run Rabbit Run 100

Historically, people have journeyed to the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in search of gold; many others go there in search of powder. Those of us gathered at the base of Mount Werner on a hot Septemb...

Hennepin Hundred

On New Year’s Day, I opened my runner’s log to October 6 and penciled in the Hennepin 100. This flat and non-technical race along the historic Hennepin Canal in northwest Illinois topped my bucket list. And at 72, my sel...

Race Reports

The Georgia Jewel

The call came late Saturday afternoon. The voice on the other end of the phone told me she’d been peeing blood for the past three hours and felt sick. I listened to the feeble voice and told her to go back to the last ai...

Lost Soul Ultra

The Lost Soul Ultra (LSU) is an enigma – it is the only Western States qualifier in Canada, but remains one of the smallest events of its kind. Known as the toughest (and nicest) race on the prairies, the LSU usually sel...

Yeti 100

The aid station volunteer at the Yeti 100 was clearly mistaken. Fourth female? There was no way. I stuffed the refilled bottle into my pack and headed toward the Virginia Creeper Trail, high-fiving a unicorn man with a g...

Stagecoach Line

Eight weeks. That is all the time I had before the start of the Stagecoach 100-mile race on September 22. At 45 years old, I’m dragging around years of self-induced running injuries and at the point where I am getting ti...

Dec 2018 / Jan 2019

Brianna Tidd flies through the aspen trees during the Run Rabbit Run 100-miler in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Photo: Paul Nelson Photography