While tapering for my own (relatively short) ultra marathon last month I had plenty of time to spare, a lot of which I spent reading. One tome in particular stood out: Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon, by Neal Jamison.
The Western States 100 which takes runners from Squaw Valley California to Auburn, over the Western States trail takes place on June 28-29. I will have the privilege this year to man the aid station at mile 85 with my race club Forward Motion Race Club .
Next week, from July 23th to July 25th, 90 people—including 18 women—will start a race in Death Valley, Calif., that will end 135 miles later high up on Mt. Whitney. This is the Kiehl’s Badwater Ultramarathon. If you have never rented the movie “Running on the Sun,” I can’t recommend it enough. It is a [...]
Website Review Tired of boring and dull race reports? Then you need to make your way over to The Run Down. This growing site with talented writers puts a whole new spin on race reporting. Currently the site recaps ultra-marathons (and only in California so far), but as the audience grows so to will the [...]
This week we bring you something different—Adventure Racing! Adventure Racing has it all—Trail Running, Mountain Biking and Kayaking in this Collegiate Championship. No matter what your discipline, life is an adventure—go race!
Apologies to those of you in the colder climates for last week’s “Spring has sprung” comment. I know some of you had to run in 30°F weather or slog your way through slush. It is warming up, though and it’s time to really start working on those training plans for the summer’s big events, little [...]
Today I give you a video of my bud Dean Karnazes. Dean is by no means the only guy in the country who suffers from a certain version of lunacy that compels him to run in 100+ mile increments but he’s the only one I’ve met personally. For 2006 his shtick was to run 50 [...]
In a follow-up to Mark’s list of Elite or Famous Distance Runner Web Sites, I decided to add a list of famous/elite ultra/trail runner websites. Again, these are all either run by the athlete or sanctioned by them as an official site. Extreme Ultrarunning is David’s Horton’s site. He is legendary in the world of [...]
I recently attended a running club meeting where the guest speaker talked about his experiences during the Kiehl’s Badwater Ultramarathon. This is a 135 mile race that starts at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at 280’ (85m) below sea level. Following 135 miles of paved roads, the race [...]
Eyes intently focused, a black wool cap pulled down over his head, Mike Pierce jogged in a steady rhythm. His rituals were typical for a distance runner—until he passed pallets of frozen unbaked pies and sweet red pepper pesto and a thermometer whose red hand pointed to minus-2 degrees. This story in today’s Los Angeles [...]
Something different is happening in the world of ultra running. In most sports, dare I say, all active sports, it is difficult or impossible for women to compete head-to-head with men. Do you think women will ever beat men in a cycling road race? Or maybe in the 200-meter dash? Differences surrounding lung capacity, muscle [...]