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UltraRunning December 2017 /January 2018

  • Heart Rate Variability
  • The Skinny on Skimo
  • Coming Back to Ultrarunning in Later Years
  • Rx for Post-Race Blues
  • Self-Supported Long Runs
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Hawk Hundred: Photographer Communications
My husband and photography partner Rick Mayo and I went our separate ways after the start of the Hawk Hundred, a 100- and 50-mile trail race hosted by the Lawrence Trail Hawks, to capture photographs of the runners in various states of suffering and euphoria.
Burning Man Ultra
Are you the kind of runner seeking races that run past flaming pieces of art, kissing booths, tutus, epic sunrises, dust storms, costumed dancers and people offering you champagne, rum, cigarettes and whiskey? If you answered YES, you belong at the Burning Man Ultramarathon.
Sandra Villines’ North American Transcontinental World Record
Confucius say: “Man who moves mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” The mountain Sandra Villines moved was the female world record for the North American transcontinental run. That record had been immovably standing since 1978, when South African Mavis Hutchinson ran from Los Angeles to New York City in 69 days.
December and January: a Special Time
This issue of UltraRunning is a new one –  it is a “double issue” that combines both December and January. Previously we had a December issue that was followed by our big blast double issue – January/February with Ultrarunner of the Year (UROY) and Year-end statistics. But timing and logistics made it extremely difficult to complete the UROY voting process, tally all the year’s races and prepare an entertaining magazine by the January deadline.
Altra Wasatch Jacket
Altra’s entry in the waterproof/breathable jacket category, the Wasatch is a lightweight shell that combines soft interior lining with a strong weatherproof exterior and mild stretch capacity for full range of motion.
Hixon 50K: In the Heart of the Forest
With its third running in 2017, Hixon 50K is a relatively new event set in a region that’s made for trail running. The dense forests and craggy limestone rock faces that make up the unglaciated terrain of western Wisconsin’s Coulee Region beg for a foot race.
Going Too Long: My First 100-Miler
The idea of running non-stop for 100 miles would cause most folks to contemplate a rather long list of difficulties they might encounter. Instead, a clear narrative unfolds in my head of happily gliding through the woods basked in sunlight, merrily bantering with fellow runners while singing birds guide us along. What could possibly go wrong?
Success at My Third Habanero Hundred
Two months before my third Habanero 100 attempt, I started waking up at 3:30 a.m. to run 10 miles to work. It was quite the sacrifice but it helped my mental stamina for doing something that isn’t fun or easy.
Learning To Say Yes
Early in my career, I attended a workshop with advertising creative director, Jelly Helm, who worked for Weiden + Kennedy…
Uwharrie 100 Mile/100K: Now Entering the Land that Time Forgot
At the start of the Uwharrie 100, you depart Wood Run Trail Head and are swallowed up immediately by a thick, dark, mysterious forest. Underfoot are protruding rocks and a snake pit of tangled roots, all camouflaged by a layering of dead leaves. The 20.5 mile trail, which follows a figure eight route, will prove to be an almost unbroken minefield of trip hazards.
Finger Lakes 50s: Wetter than Ever
Now in its 29th year, the Finger Lakes 50s Trail Races is one of the oldest ultramarathons in New York State. The course loops around the Finger Lakes National Forest, winding through lush beds of pines, exposed cow pastures with expansive countryside views, shaded equestrian trails, and some rolling hills through the woods.
Stumbling through Rocksylvania at Eastern States 100
Somewhere I’ve seen Eastern States referred to as a “Massanutten 100 on Steroids.” The course is a work of art: one giant loop through the Tiadaghton State Forest with a scenic lakeside finish area in Little Pine State Park. Pine Creek Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania,” cuts through the center.
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