Tag: Training

Don’t Get Greedy

We’ve all been there. You are in the last two weeks leading up to a race and just thinking about it makes your palms sweat. Suddenly, all the weeks and months of training – countless hours on the trail – are all but forg...

Training on the Flats

It’s no mystery that ultramarathons in North America are heavily skewed towards the trails. After all, there is something powerful about being out in nature, away from asphalt and concrete. However, that doesn’t mean tha...

Can Heart Rate Variability Help You Train Better?

What is heart rate variability (HRV) and does science support it as a practical measure of training adaptation?1 HRV is controlled by the autonomic branch of our nervous system (responsible for breathing, digestion, etc....

Downhill Running

Ultrarunners inherently understand there’s a difference between the mechanics of running uphill and running downhill. When you look deeper into the biomechanics of ultrarunning, it is apparent there are really four disti...

Will Glycogen-depleted Runs Improve Your Performance?

If you spend any amount of time talking about ultrarunning nutrition, you are almost certain to hear the term “fat adapted.” The general idea is that a “fat adapted” athlete will be very efficient at burning fat and thus...

Why You Should Practice Racing

If you’re like me, you’ll probably head out on your long run this weekend thinking something like, “Alright, I’m going to use this run to practice for my next ultra. I’ll imitate key aspects of my next event like hydrati...

Keep the Fitness Up and the Fire Stoked!

Many runners casually throw around the word “cross-training” in conversation – we talk about speed intervals, special diets, the latest gear and… cross-training – it’s like it can almost be a bragging point that someone...

Training with Purpose: Periodization

The stress of any given training is due to the intensity and duration of the types of running that occurs. The idea of periodization of training is that during some periods you may train at a low intensity for a long dur...

Heart Rate Variability

As a coach I spend a large proportion of my time discussing recovery to avoid over-training and maximize adaptation from harder workouts. Historically this has been a more subjective concept, since any individual’s idea...

Enjoy the Training

When you first signed up to be an ultrarunner, you know, at your local ultrarunning recruitment center at the mall, I hope you paid attention to the fine print on the contract. It said in no uncertain terms, “You are now...

Euro-Style Mountain Races

Major ultras have become increasingly international, with more than 200 Americans heading to UTMB this year. Euro races are typically steeper, more rugged, can include off-trail sections and can have thousands of runners...

Travel Hacks

Having recently returned to California from a rather punishing ultra in Portugal, I can attest firsthand that travel and running don’t always make compatible bedfellows. Still, there’s something magical about seeking uni...

How to Tap Into Your Potential

Many factors contribute to successful ultra finishes aside from pure physical fitness. Very often the weakest link in a race is the mind, not the body, so there are big potential gains for many runners. Below I’ll examin...

Hill Training for Flatlanders

Some topics are covered often in ultra literature because they’re particularly relevant, and this is one of them: “How do I prepare for a mountainous ultra if I don’t live in the mountains? Is that even possible?” It’s o...

How to Run in an Inferno

Heat is the runner’s enemy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to mitigate the ill effects of hot weather and maintain consistent performances even as temperatures rise. Think of running in hot conditi...

Training on the Course

An old adage at Western States 100 is that familiarity with the course can shave off hours from your finish time. There are many reasons why this can help you to prepare better, both physically and mentally, thanks to kn...

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...

Winter Training

Dear Ann, I have a huge 100-mile race this summer, but it’s only January. What should I do this month – and in February and March, for that matter? It’s the dead of winter. I want to be doing the right things, but lot...

Too Much Tech?

Running is essentially a simple activity with a very low barrier to entry – a pair of running shoes and some athletic gear are all that’s required. However, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to improve, avoid injuries or get t...

Progressing for Next Season

At the end of the year, most of us back off training and allow for a little downtime and reflection, plus, family commitments are especially time consuming (and fun) during the holidays. It’s also lottery season for many...