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Race Reports

The race is over. It was an epic day (and possibly night) after months and months of training, planning and preparation. It’s all you can think about and everyone wants to know how it went. Now it’s time for your next ul...

Pushing Hard in Races

Hi Ann, I know this is a bit cheeky, but I wanted to ask your advice about racing. Your success in ultrarunning is legendary, and I have found it really interesting reading how you approach racing. I appreciate that...

Superfoods for the Ultrarunner

If you didn’t catch “Superfoods for the Ultrarunner: Part I” in the September 2015 issue, definitely check it out. This month’s Part II article discusses more “exotic” superfoods. These are foods that have been around fo...

Fun or Fast?

If you ask ultrarunners why they got into the sport in the first place, you will hear a range of answers—for health, for a love for the outdoors, for a personal challenge, for an escape from the stresses of work. But I c...

Piles of Miles

One common question almost every new coaching client asks me is what mileage they should run. It’s a good question, and the simple answer is that targeting mileage is generally a bad idea unless that mileage is very low...

Going Pro

In June, I celebrated six years as a licensed physical therapist. In “dog years”, I’m near retirement age. And dog years and “PT years” have something in common, because of this stark statistic: the average physical ther...

When to Dump Your Shoes

Buying just the right running shoes can be tricky. Figuring out when to get rid of them can be difficult as well. Sometimes a running slump and loss of motivation can be cured by getting out of tired and flat shoes. I...

2015 Fall Shoe Review

Altra Lone Peak 2.5, $120. Polartec Neoshell (waterproof version), $150 The Lone Peak continues to be Altra’s do-everything trail shoe. The new 2.5 version greatly improves the midfoot fit and lacing, reducing the exces...

Trail Running Sock Review

As a companion piece to our fall shoe review, we’re spotlighting a handful of our favorite trail running socks to partner with your new shoes. After all, on any list of “natural companions,” shoes and socks are right up...

Ashley Erba Q&A

UR: You ran a smart and impressive race at the Power of Four 50K, taking the women’s win in 5:53:25. How did the race progress for you? What were your high and low points? Ashley Erba: Thank you! The race came togethe...

Ultrarunning News from Around the Globe

In this month’s column, we bring you news from Europe from the Eiger Ultra; the UK’s classic mountain race Ultra Trail Lake District; Norway’s latest SkyRace, Tromso; and an exciting UK trail race along an ancient pilgri...

Funnest Known Time

First, let me say that I hope my mother isn’t reading this story. She’s an English teacher and would be quick to point out the fact that there’s no such word as “funnest.” But perhaps it’s just as well, since the purpose...

Ultra-Lessons Learned

This piece is inspired by a presentation given by Dr. David Horton—yes, that David Horton—the night before the 2014 Epic Ultras Prairie Spirit 100 in Ottawa, Kansas. His presentation was “Lessons Learned from 100,000 Mil...

Aid Station Etiquette

Little is more deflating to the spirit of a suffering runner who has struggled to get to what he or she thought would be an oasis, only to find that what they craved most—ice and cold drinks—is not there, or has been adu...

Feature Races

Angeles Crest

Races have a beginning and an end. And when it comes to this year’s running of the 2015 Angeles Crest 100, I can describe both, and everything in between, in great detail. But when your relationship to the race has becom...

Badwater

Held annually since 1987, the Nutrimatix Badwater 135 is one of the most classic and oldest races in the ultrarunning world. It is a race that is always described in superlatives: “world’s toughest,” “hottest,” “hardest...

The Great New York 100

When I arrived in home, sweet home—NYC—my mind and emotions were not interested in racing a 100 miler. I felt ill—sore throat, exhaustion and chills. Not to mention, I had to re-acclimate from the scorching climate of De...

Santa Barbara 100

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the greatest night of his life, either. Delirious and disoriented, he couldn’t keep food down and was going the wrong way—away from the next aid station, away from the finish line. We were...

Vol State

The Vol State has had an unexpected surge in popularity, probably due to our human drive to explore. Some inexplicable hunger compels us to see what is just over the next hill, or just around the next bend. In a world th...

Race Reports

Burning River

The Burning River Endurance Run and Relay is a point-to-point course that offers the option of running 100 miles or 50 miles. You can do it solo or as part of a 4- or 8-person relay team. This was the second year for the...

Finger Lakes 50s

I’ve been associated with the Finger Lakes 50s Trail Races for about 10 years, either running, volunteering or directing, and I thought the 2014 race was the muddiest year ever. So muddy that I didn’t think it could get...

The Allegheny Front Trail Run

In central Pennsylvania’s Moshannon State Forest, temperatures eased into the upper 50s as runners lined up at Mid-State Regional Airport for the fourth annual Allegheny Front Trail Run 50K. This year’s race featured a t...

Mohican

The downpour that drenched Loudonville, OH, on June 20 was not enough to keep nearly 700 runners from toeing the line at the 26th annual Mohican Trail 100 Mile run. The 100-, 50- and 26.2-mile races drew runners from as...

Sheep Mountain

Fresh off the heels of the success of The Human Potential Running Series’ (HPRS) first offering of the season (South Park Trail Marathon & Half), we stepped it up and hosted our first ultra of the year: The Sheep Mountai...

Speedgoat

“This climb sucks,” I heard behind me, as two runners slowly trudged up the increasingly rocky, steep and harrowing jeep trail flanked by groves of towering Aspen trees. “Hey, I actually like this section,” responded...

Tahoe Rim Trail

Last year, the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs were nearly washed away by savage thunderstorms. This year, the gods smiled and gave us perfect weather for great races in all three distances: 100-mile, 50-mile and 55k....

White River 50

Although an unprecedented heat wave had been affecting the region, typical Pacific Northwest weather asserted itself on the weekend of the White River 50 Mile Endurance Run. Unfortunately, this caused the race’s view of...

October 2015

Ashley Erba cruising to a win on a very challenging course at Power of Four 50K in Aspen, CO. Check out our Q&A with Ashley on page 27. Photo: Ian Sharman