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UltraRunning August 2017

  • Trekking Pole Review
  • Western States
  • A Primer on Performance Enhancing Drugs
  • Old Dominion 100
  • Preventing Runner’s Trots
  • McDonald Forest
  • Running Far, Living Out Youth

Mark Twain Endurance Runs: After the Rain
The rain had finally cleared for the start of the 5th Annual Mark Twain Endurance Runs. The 28 athletes attempting the 100-mile trek, and the 44 gearing up for the 50-mile run, knew, as race director Gary Fuerst cautioned at the pre-race briefing on Friday night, that “taking care of your feet” would be paramount for a safe and successful run.
Damn, Son! Interview with Transcon Record Holder, Pete Kostelnick
Editor’s note: I was recently chatting with my teenage daughter about how our days were going – I told her that I was interviewing an ultrarunner who had recently broken a 26-year-old epic record. “Oh really, what race?” she asked. “A 3,000-miler starting in San Francisco and ending in New York City. He ran across the country, doing over 70 miles a day, every day, breaking the record by four days.” Her reply: “Damn, son!” There really are no words to describe the enormity of Pete Kostelnick’s accomplishment, but these two seem to resonate.
Ask Ann: Beer as an anti-inflammatory?
I need an expert opinion on this running/beer question. I’ve heard that beer acts as an anti-inflammatory. Have you ever had a “cold one” after a hard run? Do you think it aids in your recovery?
Hydration Gear Review – Part 1: Handheld And Waist-Mounted Systems
Over the past several years, innovations in hydration science have evolved at a somewhat steady rate; it seems like every summer there are advanced formulations, newly discovered ingredients, or enhanced electrolyte blends that promise to improve our performance. For the containers that hold those drinks, however, it was a different story.
Run The Rann 101KM – Dholviria, India
Traveling overseas as an “elite athlete” comes with romantic aire of catered this, escorted that. A plane ticket arrives in your email inbox with an itinerary you may have had some input on. This particular trip, I was thankful to see the direct flights, minimal connections each way and with a carrier I fly frequently.
Race Preview Miwok 100K
The Miwok 100K is a longstanding ultrarunning classic for good reason. It draws a big field (450 entrants) and it’s competitive (past winners include Scott Jurek, Nikki Kimball, Hal Koerner, Anton Kupicka, Dave Mackey, Kami Semick, and Ann Trason). It’s also challenging with 12,000 feet of elevation change packed into its 61 miles and unpredictable weather.
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