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The Next Generation

Right now, our children are experiencing the world from a different perspective. With the inability to attend school, see friends or play team sports, they are also hearing us talk about pandemics, protests, riots and in...

How Stress Affects Running

Something recently happened that made me wonder how a sharp rise in stress affects running. I almost ended up in a high-speed car crash on the way to a race start, and with the pandemic causing overwhelming stress for ma...

Training Without A Race

Let’s face it, most of us have zero clue what will happen on the racing front over the next several months. Some races are kicking their cans down the road, hoping for a celestial epiphany when the stars of physical dist...

How to Finish Western States

When you think of Western States (WSER), who do you think of? Maybe it’s Jim Walmsley and his outstanding course record from 2019? Or Ann Trason and her mind-boggling 14 wins? As with any race, elite competitors at Weste...

Coaching Amid COVID

I don’t have a single coaching client who hasn’t expressed frustration about the hard work they’ve put in, not knowing when their next “official” race will be. This is definitely a very common thought amongst runners. To...

Maintaining Fitness During Detraining

The stress and anxiety associated with the COVID-19 pandemic reaches every part of our lives, including our exercise habits. Initially, I was going to write about how being a fit runner is beneficial for the immune syste...

A Recipe for Lemonade

On Monday, April 20, I ran 26.2 miles around my community. I was supposed to be running from Hopkinton to Boston, but COVID-19 changed that. Still, I couldn’t allow Marathon Monday to pass without celebrating the best wa...

The Immune System And Covid-19

Near the beginning of the COVID outbreak, a physician stated in a discussion forum that she believed “ultra-endurance athletes would be expected to have more severe disease because of their baseline high level of inflamm...

Western States: A Ritual to Remember

My routine hasn’t varied much over the past few years. Once another Western States has been put to bed and those who have worked so hard in putting on the race have all hugged one last time, I take one final look over my...

The Great Race

I have to admit that I hesitated when Dave Proctor approached me about holding a virtual Backyard Ultra. Backyard Ultras are not that difficult to stage however, they are not well suited for a virtual venue. On top of th...

The Future of Trail Running

These times are unprecedented for the world and our trail running community. We have indeed been led off trail into uncharted territory. The uncertainly of our future fosters dread and even the most grit-possessed amongs...

Blazing Trails in Summertime

Lightweight, moisture-wicking apparel has been a longtime staple of summer running. We’ve noticed an increased comfort factor that many of these high-performance fabrics now offer. Sunny weather is here, and it’s time to...

A French Girl Named Katie Schide

Many might know the name Katie Schide from her rank as #9 UltraRunner of the Year in 2018. Back then, she was living in Switzerland while pursuing her PhD, and placed second at UTMB CCC. In 2019, she went on to finish se...

Dewayne Satterfield: The Rare Heart of The South

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, the ultra-trail scene quietly lost a piece of its bedrock. Friends and family were led into an ordinary hospital room to say goodbye to a very unordinary man. Angiosarcoma of the...

Following in The Footsteps of Latimer

Darkness had barely laid its full cloak upon the Quarry Road aid station (mile 90.7 of the Western States 100 course) and Hal Koerner was chatting, almost casually, with a runner that had just arrived. The guy looked lik...

When It’s Cold and Dark Inside

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, I watched the news in terror. I saw the number of positive cases growing exponentially and after a few nights, it all became too much. I broke. I laid down in bed and felt hot...

Miwok Memories

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Miwok 100K. I’ve run the race on several occasions over the years and it remains one of my local favorites, with the course being set in my backyard in Marin County. Wanting t...

Both Feet on The Ground By Marshall Ulrich

Elite athlete Marshall Ulrich has run more than 130 ultramarathons, competed in 17 expedition-length adventure races, and climbed the Seven Summits all on his first attempt. In July 2020, pandemic permitting, Ulrich inte...

Running on Emotion

“Tough times build tough people.” That’s what I keep telling myself and those around me. Let me preface this with that whatever you are feeling during this time of uncertainty, if your races are being canceled, if life h...

I Am an Ultrarunner: Shaheen Sattar

Age: 35Where do you live currently? Dallas, TXWhere did you grow up? Dallas, TXOccupation: FinanceFamily (kids, spouse, pets)? Engaged to my best friend, Steve Henderson, and we have two adorable vizslas – Skittles and L...

Race Reports

Racing Through A Quarantine

As I circled my neighborhood block for the five hundredth time, I felt absolutely no motivation to keep running the 0.4 miles per lap in order to finish my loop of 4.1667 miles every hour on the hour. I had been running...

July/August 2020

Kelly Norton (#1401) of Murray, KY, gets a hand from Alphonso Starling (#1446) of Manhattan, KS, at a rainy Land Between the Lakes Trail Run in Grand Rivers, KY. Craig Gentry