Features

The Long View: Create Your Own Adventure

Most ultrarunners are fueled by a desire to push their limits and explore the boundaries of what is possible. They are drawn to training for and completing ultras because they want to challenge themselves and achieve big...

Individualize Your Training

Dear Ann, I’ve been ramping up my ultrarunning for the past few years in terms of getting faster and doing more races, and this year I’m hoping to continue that trend with some even faster 50ks and 50-milers over the...

Power Meters and Fitness Trackers

In the January edition of UltraRunning we discussed GPS watches and Heart Rate Monitors (HRMs), two established, older forms of tech used by runners. Now we move on to Power Meters (PMs) and Fitness Trackers (FTs). Do th...

Your Racing Gear List

As a kid I remember by mum having a packing list for our annual camping vacations to Europe. This was a seemingly huge list of all the essentials from tents to clothes to food that we would bring in our trailer for a fun...

Sweat Science

Sweating and running go hand in hand. Many factors affect how much you sweat such as weather, temperature, body composition, altitude, exercise intensity, duration and more. Sweating – and then evaporation – helps mainta...

Training for Life

As an enthusiast for both sports and education, I find that many people who value education have a distorted view of sports. They feel that sports are a negative, that they are overemphasized, and the time spent on prepa...

Mind Over Matter

We prepare ourselves for the physical challenge of an ultra with long runs, hill training, intervals, fartlek, weight lifting, cross training, tempo runs, and back-to-back workouts, all done with capital “I” Intensity. W...

Strategic Carbohydrate Restriction and Performance

In this column over the last several issues I have written about specific studies that focus on dietary manipulations to improve performance. “Metabolic characteristics of keto-adapted ultra-endurance runners,” published...

Overtraining Syndrome: In Search of Answers

Last issue we explored symptoms sometimes experienced by runners that may be related to overtraining, including irritability, low mood, lack of motivation, poor performance, and low/fluctuating hormones. This article see...

Glorious Grand Slams

Nearly four years later, the two of them are bound together, by history, and through the memory of a special, shared summer in 2013. And, when asked, both Ian Sharman and Nick Clark admit that there are times when the...

The Road to Sparta

In his newest book, The Road to Sparta, Dean Karnazes takes a deeply personal and engaging look back into Greek history. With the help of two modern-day Greek scholars he explores the well-worn tale of Pheidippedes and t...

Training for Your First Ultra

Moving in to a new year there is a common theme among humans to set goals and start with fire to achieve them. Gyms are usually packed, yoga classes overflow with students and the trails feel busier those first couple of...

Anti-Chafing Products Review

There’s almost nothing that makes a long run more miserable than the tell-tale burning sensation of friction in your most sensitive areas. Chafing is a year-round adversary for distance runners: in the winter, extra clot...

Racing Long in the Smallest State

Rhode Island has the least square mileage of any US state, however, what it lacks in space and terrain, it makes up for with some pretty wonderful race directors. What these directors from the Ocean State all seem to hav...

2016 Most Notable FKTs

Outside Magazine recently headlined, “FKT is the new Podium,” noting the trend of “…world-class ultrarunners prioritizing racking up new FKTs instead of a podium” at a traditional ultramarathon. While many marathon runne...

FKT

Feed the Fire

In a span of about three years I took my running to a level it had never been before. I accomplished things I never dreamed possible. The ultrarunning fire was burning hotter than a nuclear reactor. But something happene...

Lime in the Coconut

Many endurance athletes and nutritional scientists have searched for the Holy Grail of electrolyte replacement to help stave off dehydration during periods of prolonged exertion. It’s an important pursuit. After all, we’...

Not Almost There

“I think I might throw up,” I heard Shacky mutter during the steep climb. My friends Vanessa and Shacky and I managed to make it to the top of Gooseberry Mesa without anyone throwing up (or dying). The climb to the top o...

Pearls of Wisdom

It’s time to start climbing out of the funk of winter and get back to the basics of training and preparing for those upcoming races. It’s time to get busy, getting busy. There’s work to be done. But remember, there wi...

Feature Races

Brazos Bend

Take a journey about 40 miles south of the hustle and bustle of Houston, Texas and you will find Brazos Bend State Park. It is a beautiful oasis of nature nestled along the Brazos River as it meanders its way across the...

JFK 50 Miler

Heading into Saturday’s 54th annual JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon, two-time defending champ Jim Walmsley talked a big game about blowing away the field and smashing the course record. As it turned out, his actions were ev...

JFK

Quad Dipsea

When I think of myself as a runner, I think of someone who is built for power rather than speed. That mindset resulted in my shying away from 50Ks for many years. Then, in 2015 I decided that I didn’t want that type of t...

The Back 40

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Arkansas, The Back 40 trails in Bella Vista have generated a buzz in the outdoor community this year. After breaking ground in January 2016, the 40-mile system was completed in Nove...

Cloudland Canyon

I was on the toilet at 3:45 a.m. on race morning reading Facebook, no less, when I saw the news. The race that I was about to run, the Cloudland Canyon 50-mile race in northwest Georgia, was being downgraded to a 35-mile...

Race Reports

Blood Rock

Southeastern Trail Runs held its most exciting race ever, the aptly-named Blood Rock 50 Mile which dished out almost 20,000 feet of elevation change on wild and remote trails. And next year it will be twice as exciting w...

Bandera

Perhaps one of the best parts of trail running is all of the unknowns... So many things can happen in one weekend, and the Bandera Endurance Run 2017 proved that adage once again. What else would you expect in the Cowboy...

Hellgate

In 2015, the Hellgate 100K had its hottest year ever, reaching a high of 78 degrees. The 2016 Hellgate reached its lowest ever at 8 degrees. Which year did I like best? This year was more like the Hellgate weather that y...

Devil Dog Ultras

Redemption ain’t easy – especially for ultrarunners. I was having a tough time forgiving myself for an unfortunate DNF at Pine to Palm in September and knew that nothing short of a 100-mile finish before the end of 2016...

Frozen Gnome

The Frozen Gnome 50K and its designation as a “Double Black Diamond” really doesn’t do this race justice. As I’m sure most ultra runners would agree, a description like that just makes you want to run the race even more....

IAU 100K World Championships

In November, I had the honor of representing the U.S. in international competition for the third time. It was my third consecutive trip to the IAU 100K World Championships, and this edition was hosted in the Mediterranea...

March 2017

Pete Kostelnick dodging obstacles in New York City as he raced the final few miles of his FKT across the US. He averaged over 72 miles per day for just over 42 days straight. Photo: Zandy Mangold