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UltraRunning May/June 2017

  • My First Attempt at 100 Miles by Heather Borsellino
  • FOURmidable by Gary Dudney
  • Hydration Packs Review by Donald Buraglio
  • How to Tackle the Big Dance by Ellie Greenwood
  • The Views Have to Be Earned by Cory Reese
  • Destin Beach Ultra Runs

Revellion Short Sleeve Wool Base Layer
An exquisitely comfortable, buttery soft form-fitting wool base layer from Revellion, an artisanal wool company who produce top end products in low batches. This base layer is part of Revellion’s limited spring collection released in May 2017.
In Your Time(s) of Need
In an April 2009 issue of the magazine Runners World, there was an article titled “Flight of the Bumble Bee” where I was referenced in the story and deemed the “Patron Saint of Pacers.” I’d given some advice to a woman who I’d find out later was a columnist for the sports rag.
Handling Ultra “Firsts”
It’s not hard to draw upon those cherished memories of “firsts” – first kiss, first love or the birth of your first child. Endorphins likely flooded your system as the thrill and excitement of each moment became palatable. Now, forget all of those. In the sport of ultrarunning, there’s another set of firsts you’re likely to experience and want to forget (but won’t be able to), all for the desperate pursuit of capturing some more coveted endorphins. Here’s a list of few firsts that come with running an ultra, and how to take them in stride.
Second Skin Men’s 2-in-1 Stretch Woven Shorts
A combination compression garment and traditional shell shorts from Second Skin, a new performance apparel line from Dick’s Sporting Goods. They feature supportive and dynamic compression that allows full range of motion, but these shorts don’t cool or ventilate as effectively as most ultrarunners will like for extended efforts.
The Second Time Around
As Bend, Oregon sat under 37 inches of snow this past winter, Ryan Kaiser was at home putting in miles on the treadmill. He’s now convinced that low impact running helped him reach the highest level of fitness he’s ever seen. And it shows. With recent wins last month at the Tillamook Burn 50-mile and Gorge Waterfalls 50K, along with earning his golden ticket at Sean O’Brien 100K, he’s looking forward to heading back to Squaw for the big dance in June.
My Second Attempt at The Canyons 100K
After leaving Cal 2 and reaching the river with what I thought might be food-poisoning-like nausea, something loud came barreling down the mountain through the understory – headed my direction.
Clare Gallagher and Brian Rusiecki win the 2016-2017 UltraRunning Race Series
Clare Gallagher and Brian Rusiecki have won the UltraRunning Race Series Overall Ranking for the 2016-2017. The Series applied a formula to score every ultra finisher at every ultra race in the 12 months ending April 30, 2017. Top scores for four races – one at each classic ultra distance – were added to tabulate every ultrarunner’s score. The talented and experienced Rusiecki and Gallagher took different paths to the top of the rankings.
Brooks PureGrit 6 first look
This summer Brooks updates its popular PureGrit series, which combines natural biomechanics with protective features to help you push the pace. The PureGrit 6 features an extensive redesign of the upper, and maintains the underfoot structure that proved successful on the previous version.
Every Little Bit of Everything
We’re all trying our best in life. We set personal goals, we work, we have careers and we care for others. It’s ok if we don’t reach perfection in every little bit of everything.
Quick & Dirty: Hayden Hawks, Zion Traverse Fastest Known Time
In this edition of Quick & Dirty, I chat with Hayden Hawks, who recently shaved more than a half hour off the Zion Traverse FKT. Hawks completed the 48-mile crossing of Zion National Park in 6:50:49, beating the previous record of 7:22:08, held by Mike Foote and Justin Yates.
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