November 2021

Features

I Love you, Man

Relationships need to be nurtured. That’s never been more apparent. After being separated from so many over the past year, I decided to pack a lot of running into the fall months, and the one thing I’ve come to realize i...

News & Notes

New 24-Hour Record Lithuanian Aleksandr Sorokin ran 192 miles at Poland’s UltraPark Weekend 24 Hour race on August 28-29. Sorokin beat Yiannis Kouros’s long-standing 24-hour record of 188 miles set in 1997. Weather Pr...

Improve Your Next Performance

One of the most enjoyable aspects in any pursuit is the satisfaction from learning and improving. This is a core part of ultrarunning, but it’s not easy – just think of friends who’ve had a repetitive issue ruin race aft...

An Interview with Bruce Fordyce

The word “legend” is often overused, but in the world of ultra-distance running, the 65-year-old South African Bruce Fordyce is truly a legend. He is the nine-time winner of the 89k Comrades Ma...

Karl Meltzer’s Training

One of the inherent problems of being a coach to both normal and elite athletes is that the former group always wants to copy the latter. Particularly in today’s world of Strava and publicly available training informa...

Becoming Legendary

Legends exist in pretty much every facet of life, and the sport of ultrarunning is no exception. To help separate the latest and greatest visitor to the scene from the lasting heroes of our sport, here is a short list...

Montrail: The Original Trail Brand & Team

This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first ultrarunning team in the US (and probably the world). One Sport’s origins go back to the early 80s in Europe as an off-shoot brand that specialized in boots, incl...

Guidelines for Reading & Interpreting Sports Science Research

The goal of this column when I started five years ago was to take existing research in the world of ultrarunning and endurance sports and make it translatable. It’s a lot of fun and I always learn something new. Howev...

Where is Your Mind?

Both of the times I ran across the US, I got asked a lot of the typical questions. “How much do you eat?”and “How many pairs of shoes have you gone through?” These are questions you might expect. These are all straigh...

The Number 100

I love the idea of doing a 100-mile race on the anniversary of 9/11. It will give me a chance to do something special and positive on that day, and it will also give me a wonderful backdrop for reflecting on these las...

The Silent Pandemic of Unhealthy Air

The West Coast saw another bad fire season in 2021, and we can only expect this to increase in the future. Summer wildfire frequency in the United States has escalated 18-fold between 1972 and 2018, with a five-fold a...

Closing a Race

One of the most underrated aspects of an athlete’s performance is closing. Whether the sport is golf or ultrarunning, all the training in the world, the best pacing, the best nutrition—none of that matters if the athl...

Run Commute Gear Review

Run commuting is one of those things that everyone says they would like to do, but relatively few of us actually do it. However, the advantages are enormous. It’s a consistent and relatively easy way to build base mil...

Practical Considerations for Run Commuting

Even with a perfect gear setup, run commuting requires an advanced level of planning and logistical considerations compared to your regular weekly mileage. Here are some tips to help your transition to run commuting g...

Al Howie: The Man Who Could Run Forever

Al Howie was on the lam from Interpol and living as an illegal alien in Canada when he became one of the most stupefying runners in history. From 24-hour runs to six-day races to 1,300-milers, Howie ran on pavement in...

Grand Slam of a Year

We had made a pact, my youngest daughter and I, not long after Katie finished the Wasatch Front 100-Mile Endurance Run in September 2019. Watching the finishers of that year’s Grand Slam of Ultrarunning honored durin...

Lake Sonoma

“Well. That was sadistic.” Those were the first words out of Kristian Howell’s mouth after he finished second in the inaugural Lake Sonoma 100K. The race series postponement to Labor Day weekend brought out mid-summer...

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is

“Diversity is not a marketing campaign,” says Alison Désir, black endurance athlete, activist and mental health advocate. There is an influx of participants in the sport of ultrarunning and, consequently, diversity i...

The Original Ultramarathoner

It might surprise you to learn that the first marathon was actually an ultramarathon. And the first marathoner was actually an ultramarathoner. Many are familiar with the legendary tale of a Greek runner setting off a...

When You Can’t Outrun Depression

Not only am I a Springsteen fan, cinnamon roll addict and owner of a Great Dane named Little Debbie, I am also a licensed clinical social worker. After nearly 20 years in practice, I thought I had a solid understandin...

Time Passages

The text arrived, immediately conjuring up an ultra career’s worth of nostalgia: “Hey Jeff! I saw you at States! I was running in with a client in the Golden Hour. I’m going to be in Bishop Wed-Friday. You around?” Th...

Anna Frost: From Podiums to Parenting

While running the 40-mile Telluride Mountain Run in late August—an extremely tough high-altitude ultra that circumnavigates the town and crosses four mountain passes—I felt a bit glum that I didn’t recognize any of th...

What Makes a Legend?

The Oxford dictionary defines “legend” as “an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field.” In Australia, we throw the world legend around, particularly if we can’t quite remember a  person’...

Jakob Hermann

Age: 50 Where do you live currently? Yorba Linda, California Where did you grow up? Brig, Switzerland Occupation: Web developer (self-employed) and race director Family (kids, spouse, pets)? Wife, Linda, of 22 ye...

Race Reports

Barkley Fall Classic

I am alone, and everything hurts. Hurt is an understatement. I don’t know how far I’ve run, or how long I’ve been out here. I don’t know where “here” is. My hands are crammed under my hydration pack to keep the weigh...

Georgia Jewel

It was Saturday afternoon, somewhere around 25-27 hours after the start of the 100-miler. The finish line was full of energy and Levi, my 8-year-old, had gone missing. Again. This time, rather than scour the parking lo...

Leaky Hourglass

I love the Last Person Standing format. There is little to no margin for error. In a standard 100-mile race, you can bank time for slowing down or go through rough spells and still go sub-24. A Last Person Standing eve...

Dena Carr makes her second ascent up Rat Jaw, a 0.9-mile climb with roughly 2,000 feet of gain, at the Barkley Fall Classic 50K. Photo: Jenny Thorsen