Features

Love Your Gear

The act of running is as simple as it gets, but as distances grow longer, so does the list of necessary gear. After a few years of carrying handhelds on long runs and suffering from numb fingers, loose straps and a gener...

Power-Hiking with a Weight Vest

Odds are that for the really long distances, like 100 miles, almost everyone will need to power-hike at some point during a race. To put it in context, each time I won the Leadville Trail 100, I typically power-hiked aro...

Tools to Track Your Training

When I first started coaching in 2001, I killed a lot of trees. Throughout the course of a workday, I received numerous faxes and e-mail attachments of training files from my athletes. I printed out every single one of t...

Packs & Physiology: How Extra Gear Alters Running

Big days on the trails can require a lot of gear, nutrition, hydration and extra layers. While necessary, all that weight does not always feel great when you are 10, 20, 80 miles into a long race or run. In addition to t...

Put on a Happy Face

I’ll admit it. My mental game can be weak. Of all the muscles in my body that I train to prepare for an ultra, my brain is the most neglected and undertrained. And, in those late miles of an ultra, it’s a critical compon...

Bone Health & Ultrarunning

Bone injuries may not get as much attention as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and various causes of knee pain. However, stress fractures, or bone stress injuries (BSI), are not only common, but associated with os...

How Far and How Long?

We all come to realize, eventually, that the only constant in life is change. And we all know that if you cannot adapt to change, you will become obsolete. Still, it is hard to imagine that some concepts are not immutabl...

Question Your Equipment Choices

There is a dynamic that runs through an ultrarunning career: the process of searching for the perfect clothes, equipment, food/drink and other products to use for racing. This includes things like ideal running shoes, ju...

Bighorn 100: A Difficult Decision

The Bighorn Trail Run is in Michelle Maneval’s blood. There are few things in her life, other than her family, that she’s had a longer or more intimate association with than the endurance races which have been held witho...

Ultra Gear 101: Everything You Need

How do you know what gear you’ll need to run 100 miles? Experience helps, but course terrain varies and weather can change at the drop of a hat. That said, we put together a complete list of our favorite pieces of gear f...

An FKT on Western States Weekend

Brittany Peterson and Cody Lind had hoped to be running Western States Endurance Run this year. When the iconic race was canceled, they set their sights on a new goal: establishing an FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the Supe...

Woltering Battles for the Ice Age FKT

Approaching the halfway point of last year’s Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji (UTMF) the temperatures dropped into the high 30s and it started raining – hard. As the weather worsened and the winds picked up it, became bitterly col...

Adventure Running and “Stuff”

George Carlin did this outrageous stand-up bit in the mid-80s about the dilemma of deciding what to bring when packing for small situational snippets of our lives: from home to vacation rental, from rental to quick weeke...

What I Know Now (That I Didn’t Know Then)

I pulled into the parking lot, an asphalt oasis surrounded by the scorching Arizona desert, and walked over to a line of people where I waited to check in and receive my bib number. Everyone around me looked confident an...

Endurance Comes from Enduring

We’ve all read the clichés in the headlines: the COVID crisis is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. As the weeks and months go by, it now seems more like an ultramarathon. As such, I’ve found myself drawing upon some of thos...

Listen to Your Mom: Be Prepared

“Anything can happen in the mountains,” I tell my 19-year-old son, Kyle, as I show him how to use the SOS button on my GPS tracking device. When I hand him a windbreaker, he looks at me as if I’m insane, because we’re li...

Making Rookie Mistakes

I have been in the sport of long distance running for eight years and I can reassure you that I am still learning, re-learning and then frustratingly, learning again. And I’m not the only one. That’s the beauty of this s...

Jay Friedman

Age: 44Where do you live currently? New Paltz, NYWhere did you grow up? 
New City, NYOccupation: Emergency physician, exercise physiologist, coachFamily (kids, spouse, pets)? Wife (Jodi, married 17 years), two girls (Ale...

Feature Races

Canal Corridor 100

Back on June 9, my friend and I took off on a casual 36-mile training run through Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. She was training for her first ultra, the Canal Corridor 100. It has both its origin and terminus in the...

Mt. Shasta Trail Runs

Leading up to the Mount Shasta 50K, my first socially-distanced race, I was flooded with emotion. I just flat out missed racing and all the aspects of an ultra – the training, the challenge, the deep valleys I have to ba...

Elkhorn Crest

From the small mining town of Sumpter, Oregon, we were shuttled to the start of the Elkhorn Crest 50K in the more remote mining town of Bourne. The ride was quiet and pre-race nerves felt stronger than normal. Mandatory...

September 2020

Coree Woltering runs through Wisconsin on his way to an FKT on the Ice Age Trail which spans over 1,000 miles across the state. Photo: Kevin Youngblood