You never forget your first ultramarathon. On April 29, at 20 years old, I completed the 50-mile North Face Endurance Challenge in Washington D.C. It was by far the most humbling, mind-breaking, and physically challenging 11 hours and 54 minutes of my life.
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.
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.
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.
One inevitable side effect of ramping up your training load is the development of increasingly persistent aches and soreness in your key muscle groups. We’ve tested a few massage devices this spring, each of which has a slightly different method of application, but all have a similar purpose of working your problem areas before they become limitations.
I once heard someone say that two horses pulling together can pull more than the sum of the two horses pulling separately. I found the idea intriguing and went to the internet to see if this was true (because of course everything on the Internet is true). It turns out that this is a real thing!
For this edition of Quick & Dirty, I chatted with John Kelly, the fifteenth ever finisher of the Barkley Marathons. To match the massive undertaking that is a Barkley finish, this chat is a bit longer than typical for the column, but Kelly’s approach and insight are fascinating.
Get out the door and smile at the thought of the foolish mistakes that are waiting for you.
What a great headline! Unfortunately for me (the math professor) the “calculus” here refers to a kidney stone, not a study of speed and acceleration. Many runners have suffered from kidney stones.
There are many aspects of the ultrarunning community that I love, and one of the most important is the fact that at 99% of races 99% of the folks out there helping the runners are volunteers. It’s easy to take this for granted and just assume that races are volunteer run. But have you considered how a race might differ in atmosphere if the folks handing you water or issuing your bib number were paid employees?