Dec 2021 / Jan 2022

Features

From All of Us, Thank You.

UltraRunning was originally created for ultrarunners, by ultrarunners. Over 40 years later, it remains exactly that – inspired by you, our readers. The survey we conducted in September included over 1,000 subscribers and...

News and Notes

Golden Tickets at Javelina Securing a lead early in the race, Ohio’s Arlen Glick finished first overall in 13:14:51, closing in on Patrick Reagan’s course record of 13:01:14. Glick’s is the third-fastest time  on the...

Patience, Discipline & Confidence

As a coach, I’ve found three words that provide a useful, practical mantra for distance running: patience, discipline and confidence. Ultra success involves putting in the work day-by-day for a payoff that could be mo...

Three Principles of Creating a Long-Range Plan

When I look back at a year’s worth of training and racing for any athlete, inevitably, one common theme emerges. The athletes who reaped the most success during the year were also the athletes that planned out their t...

Mark Your Race Calendar

How is another year drawing to a close so soon? It feels like we’ve been living in a time warp over the last 18 months, with the traditional annual markers missing. It throws me for a loop when anyone asks me the date....

Gear Up for Winter Training

Ultramarathon training in the winter months brings on different challenges that can deter the bravest of runners. Having lived in Oregon for most of my life, I am often asked, “Do you run in the rain?” to which I resp...

Winter Multi-Sport Racing

Before diving head-first into the wonderful world of ultrarunning, I was seriously involved in winter multi-sport racing in the small mountain communities of Moran/Jackson, WY, and Steamboat Springs, CO. In the summer...

Think Like a Researcher

When I was asked to start writing this column in 2015, I had just started as an assistant professor at The College of Idaho after moving from the Bay Area. I had just injured myself and was struggling to regain the pea...

Goals for the Year Ahead

Just like that, a new year is upon us. Hopefully, for the first time since leaving 2019, we have a full year of certainty to look forward to in both running and everyday life. We’ve been going with the flow that 2021...

Knees: Understanding Risks and Overcoming Injury

In any given year, it is estimated that approximately 1 out of every 4 active ultramarathon runners will suffer from knee pain or a knee-related injury (Hoffman, 2104). What most people don’t know is that running, more...

Adaptation Over Fear

This summer, instead of dreading forest fire season, I tried to roll with the punches. I made plans. I adapted my plans when the AQI was horrible. But I tried to not avoid making plans in fear of bad air quality. In a...

Misery

“Why is it that everything you enjoy doing seems to involve an extended period of misery?” At first, the question really made no sense. What misery? Sure, it was about 110-degree heat index and we hadn’t slept in 36 h...

Our Favorite Things

It’s that time of year. Whether it’s for the ultrarunner in your life or a gift for yourself, the team at UltraRunning has once again pulled together their favorite gear for the holiday (and racing) season. FOOD & SU...

Timing is Everything

Looking back now, Rachel Spaulding realizes that over the past few years, there have been brief conversational moments, chance occurrences during races and the sheer centrifugal force of a pandemic—all of which have al...

Go Big’s or Go Home - Interview with Harvey Lewis

Congratulations on your win at Big’s and for setting the Backyard record running an incredible 354 miles in 85 hours. We know this has been a dream of yours. First off, how is your recovery going? Right now, it's ki...

Thanks for a Great Run

I don’t know how to start this article. So, I suppose I’ll just start by saying that I don’t know how to start this article. I am incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to write a monthly column for UltraRu...

How to Get Fit in the Off Season

I imagine many of us have been in the situation where our doctor, physical therapist or a Google search told us to not run for a few days or week in order to recover. Not running and taking a break is usually smart af...

1000 Miles Down Under

Shan Riggs’ 5K run was abruptly interrupted by the sight of an enormous lizard scurrying up a nearby tree, a creature unlike anything he’d seen in Connecticut. It was as long as a park bench, muscular and thick – lik...

Winter Mindset

Before talking about winter, I want to mention that I am an Australian who has lived her life avoiding  the cold by continent-hopping, chasing dry, warm and sunny trails where I can roam around rocking a sports bra,...

Run Long During Cold Months

There came a day in early 2020 when I wondered if, perhaps, I had taken this winter running thing too far. My eyelashes froze into icy triangles, and my lips numbed as they touched the frigid crust of fabric wrapped...

Lori Leonard

Age: 60 Where do you live currently? Dannebrog, Nebraska  Where did you grow up? Mostly around Nebraska  Occupation? Press break operator at a combine factory  Family (kids, spouse, pets)? Two daughters, Kaci and J...

Race Reports

Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra

The anticipated international fan fair was a bit subdued with some travel restrictions for this year’s Big’s Backyard Ultra in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, but there was still plenty of excitement as a previous, two-time,...

The Warriors UltraRun

At 1 a.m., over 90 ultrarunners converged on an abandoned lot in the South Bronx, the starting line for one of the world’s most unusual, underground ultraruns, thethird annualThe Warriors UltraRun in New York City.Dre...

Hennepin Hundred

I woke up alone in the hotel room on race day and asked myself, “Why am I running 100 miles without a crew or pacers?” Hennepin is a point-to-point race, so I asked (begged) total strangers in a Facebook group for a r...

Sawatch 50/50

On the last weekend in September, more than 300 runners and volunteers convened in Buena Vista, Colorado, for the inaugural West Line Winder and Sawatch Ascent 50Ks. The West Line Winder started Saturday in the heart...

Terumichi Morishita and Harvey Lewis goad each other on by sprinting as if it were a 5k after 73-plus hours into Big’s Backyard. Photo: Howie Stern