Features

The Clock Is Ticking

Time stops for none of us, and that is especially true in the sport of ultrarunning. Whether it is Wally Hesseltine trying to finish the last 300 yards of Western States in under one minute so he could become the oldest...

Trail Etiquette

I was at the finish line of Lake Sonoma 50 chatting with my friend Scotty Mills. He asked me “How about doing an Ask Ann about trail etiquette?” If you don’t know Scotty, you should. He not only is a great runner, he is...

Race Month Preparation

The final month of preparation for a key ultra is not always as straight forward as you might think. When you sit down to plan out your training months in advance it can be easy to just think of the final month as time t...

Minimizing Injuries

I always begin coaching my runners by going through the core philosophies for the coming months. One of the most fundamental concepts is that consistent, regular running is vital for improving. Yet there are three main i...

Bladders vs. Bottles

As the temperatures rise through the summer months, so does the ultrarunner’s needs for fluid replacement. Figuring out how much you need to drink requires a bit of research, some educated guesses and a lot of experiment...

Fueling on Beets, Beer and Tang

In his 50th year with more 100-mile wins than many will ever even attempt to run, Karl Meltzer’s nutrition plan is one to take note of. From the outside, folks probably think he spends his days sipping on Speedgoat Blend...

What You Can Do in The Next Four Weeks

It’s four weeks out from your ultramarathon and you realize: “I’m not ready.” Despite our best efforts, this scenario happens frequently to even the best, most seasoned runners. Now what? Well, there are two likely sc...

Oh, the Humidity!

As I stand on the starting line of the Massanutten 100 (in VA), I am slightly chilled, wanting to keep my puffy jacket on until the last minute. I start the race with a long sleeve shirt…and immediately regret that decis...

Be Like the Cool Kids

It’s summer and the competition and temperature on the trails is heating up. Summer ultras have the added benefit(?) of being long enough that athletes often need to run during the peak heat of the day. Most of us know,...

The Case for "Walking"

We’re off to the races for July and that means many in the ultrarunning tribe will soon be tackling long training runs and races in the mountains. One strategy that’s often overlooked and misunderstood in mountain runnin...

Roland Martin: What He Greatly Thought, He Nobly Dared

Every ultra community has its leader, and ours was Roland Martin. If you look up Roland’s name on Ultrasignup, you will see results that reach back to the early 1980s. You will see a Western States Endurance Run finis...

Staying Positive on Race Day

Don’t let race day be a negative experience for you. Concerns about how well you will perform and worries about not meeting the goals you’ve set will detract from enjoying the race experience and can actually undermine y...

The Mental Approach of Elite Endurance Athletes

This past year, I was fortunate enough to use graduate school to explore the psychology of high performance in elite ultra-endurance athletes. This included kayakers, skiers, cyclists, open-water swimmers and ultramarath...

Finding Peace in Ultrarunning

I’m another alcoholic ultrarunner. Many of us have well-known stories about ascending from the proverbial bottle’s bottom to literal snow-peaked summits. As for me, I’ve played guitar in heavy metal bands since the early...

Summer Running Apparel Review

When the sun heats up, lightweight and breathable fabrics can keep you comfortable and prevent you from overheating. We’ve tested an assortment of summer running options for both men and women that help you stay cool und...

Prairie Spirit

Let me preface this with a statement: The Prairie Spirit Trail is deceptively challenging. You may be driving from the high country of Colorado whilst dreaming of a new PR, or flying out from the Beast Coast with plans t...

An Ultrarunner’s Guide to Sea Sickness

I have run ultras in the mountains. I have run ultras in the deserts. I have run looped-course ultras. I have run an ultra across Death Valley. I have run solo ultras. But there was one glaring omission from my previous...

Race Strategy: Avoid Crying

During my tenure as an endurance athlete and ultramarathoner I’ve raced and competed across the globe, in some of the most remote, extreme and exotic places on Earth. I’ve traveled to all seven continents of Earth, twice...

Get Over the Guilt of Leaving Your Kids to Run

Recently I shared advice online about how mothers can and should fit running into their stretched-thin lives. The message resonated with runner-mom Amy Kline of Indianapolis, Indiana, who works as a registered nurse whil...

Feature Races

Barkley Marathons

WE WAITED. I waited. The race staff waited. Crews, defeated runners and the media, everyone waited. We stood there staring at the woods, and the woods stared back. In this day of GPS, spot trackers, cell phones and...

Lake Sonoma

THE LAKE SONOMA 50-MILER is an out-and-back on gorgeous but torturous single-track trails around Lake Sonoma, which is in the heart of California wine country at the head of the Dry Creek Valley. The race’s slogan is sim...

The Canyons

The day before Canyons 100K I found myself standing at Robie Point with my parents and brother-in-law, reliving my dad’s run up the trail on his way to the Western States finish line many years earlier. My dad ran ultras...

Umstead

AS I TOED THE LINE AT THE 2018 UMSTEAD 100 MILE ENDURANCE RUN, rain had been falling for two hours. The forecast promised at least 21 hours more along with falling temperatures. Looking around at the other 265 starters,...

Zumbro

Just a few minutes before, we’d been on muddy, rocky single-track. It was far from perfect; in fact, it was not even a trail as we know the meaning of the word. But the prior path had nonetheless offered the basic compon...

The Georgia Death Race

The Georgia Death race starts in Vogel State Park and traverses 74 (ish) miles through the mountains of Northern Georgia to Amicalola State Park. Along the way, the course offers 30,000 feet of elevation change. The r...

Race Reports

Zane Grey

Like many trail runners, I have an affinity for single-track point-to-point races, but due to some fire damage on the Highline Trail in summer 2017, the 2018 Zane Grey 50 was announced as an out-and-back course. This cha...

Lake Martin

It doesn’t matter which distance you pick, the 100-mile, the 50-mile, or the 27-mile “fun run,” at the Lake Martin Trail Races. You’ll use the Russell Forest Trail System on Lake Martin in east central Alabama near Alexa...

Marathon Des Sables

As long as Patrick Bauer lives, the Marathon Des Sables in Morocco will never change. Its six stages and approximately 250k (156 miles) will never become a random race and lose its roughness, its bizarreness and, above a...

July 2018

An incredibly stoked Eric Senseman at the finish of Lake Sonoma. He snagged a Golden Ticket to Western States 100 to join the rest of the Coconino Cowboys (read his report at ultrarunning.com). Photo: Howie Stern