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UltraRunning April 2020

  • Diagnosing Overtraining Syndrome
  • Buy Gear Responsibly
  • Black Canyon
  • 100 Miles And A Cancer Diagnosis
  • Arrowhead 135
  • Top 10 Ultrarunning Movie Lines
  • Ultramarathon-Induced Corneal Edema
Message from the Peebles High School Track Coach

The coronavirus is becoming a big factor in all our lives and apparently, our spring running season as well. School and track practices are canceled, most races, potentially the Olympics, professional sports and more are either canceled or at risk. But the world is not ending. I think that this time has a lot of potential depending on how we handle it.

Blue Collar Runners: Chad Prichard

When Chad Prichard reflects on sobriety, running and life, he pauses, “I wouldn’t want it any other way. I call it, “life without crutches” and the ability to feel everything. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but the ability to see life in a new light is a gift. I have been able to attack the traumas in my life from combat and other areas, and face my demons.”

Hellcat 50K: A Run Through History

The unseasonable heat was gone in mid-January and subsequently, over 50 runners toed the line for the sixth annual Hellcat 50K race at the Military Museum of North Florida in Green Cove Springs.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail Shoe Review

Although the Nike Pegasus 36 Trail isn’t a brand new release (it debuted in summer 2019), it’s new for our testers. The shoe also represents a new design approach for a model that has been around since before some of you were born.

Winter Running Glove and Mitten Roundup

There’s almost nothing that makes a long winter run more miserable than having freezing cold fingers. We’ve tested a variety of styles of mittens and gloves designed for the cold weather runner that will keep your hands comfortable so your feet can keep moving.

Blue Collar Runners: Ruthie Loffi

Ruthie Loffi hung up her bib at mile 50 of the Rocky Raccoon 100 in 2018. Amid tears and disappointment, Ruthie had an epiphany about a nagging worry that had consumed her most of her life. It took this DNF (which Ruthie loves to refer to as Did Not Fail) to realize that not trying was far worse than failure itself.

Doing Hard Things – Daytona 100

In a world of conveniences, why take on hard challenges? Perhaps because in the pain, misery and torture that we face in these abbreviated and self-imposed adventures, we grow empathetic and remember that we are all in it together, from the first person to the last person crossing the finish line.

Tips to Avoid a Mid-Race Divorce

I’ve had some personal experiences running an ultramarathon with a spouse. I ran every step of a 100-miler with my wife, Mel. I also DNF’d a 100-miler with her. During both experiences, the miles tried to kill us. And at some point (okay, multiple points) during each race, we wanted to kill each other.

Sanders Saunter: Healing Hearts

In November 2019, the Lawrence Trail Hawks dedicated Sanders Saunter, their annual charity event, to 22BuddyCheck, a veteran suicide awareness organization, in honor of Colonel Christopher J. Wilson, USAR retired, who collapsed from a heart attack 2.6 miles from the 2018 Hawk Marathon finish line.

“Like Harvey Like Son” Film

In the summer of 2018, ultrarunner Harvey Lewis attempted to run the Appalachian Trail faster than anyone in history. With his 78-year-old father as crew chief, Lewis raced across 14 different states and more than 2,100 miles in his quest to reach a new record. He fell short of the FKT, but what developed was a father-son story for the ages.

First Look: HOKA ONE ONE Elevon 2 and Mach 3

Spring 2020 offers a fresh take on two established road models in the HOKA ONE ONE lineup: the Elevon 2 and Mach 3. Both pairs are road and track models that have similar geometry, but otherwise are significantly different in their build and the athletes they will likely appeal to.

Look out for Lookout Mountain 50 Miler

This race tested me like no other. A perfect storm of being undertrained, recovering from an injury, my own ignorance of the course and a little too much confidence in my abilities, left me a complete mess as I finally crossed the finish line 21 minutes before the cutoff.

20 Years of Pain in Plain

The Plain Endurance Runs require that participants be self-sufficient for their chosen distance (100-mile or 100k)—there are no aid stations. The event is held on standard mountain trails with typical trail junction signs, but the course is not marked, requiring the runner to simply follow a map and associated directions.

Merrell Ridgevent Thermo Jacket Review

This product is a new take on the traditional puffy jacket, using hybrid insulating material in a body-mapped approach, with large ventilation channels in the back. It’s suitable as an outer layer for a cold winter run or hike, but equally as capable for everyday use.

Write Your Story in 2020

We all face villains in both life and running, and we all have those climatic moments when it would be easier to quit than to keep moving forward. But we all have the ability to be heroes if we work hard, believe in ourselves and help out others along the way. So in 2020, be sure to write your own story and help someone else write theirs.

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