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UltraRunning October 2018

  • Fall Shoe Review
  • Coree Woltering Helps Re-Define the Sport
  • Caffeine and Endurance
  • Run an Aid Station Like a Pro
  • Am I an Ultrarunner?
  • Issues Facing the Sport: Some Interesting Questions
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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.

Ask Ann: Ideal Race Weight?

Don’t worry about weight, waistline, watching (others) or the web (browsing for the latest miracle diet). Focus on being the right weight, not just lightweight.

International Trail Running Association Holds First General Assembly

The International Trail Running Association (ITRA) held its first-ever General Assembly on March 22 2015 in Paris. ITRA aims to be the international spokesperson for the sport of trail-running and expects to get the IAAF to recognize trail running as a separate discipline at its next meeting in August 2015.

Ultra Coaching : why and how to select one

If you ask most ultra runners about their training, many will acknowledge working with a coach at one point in time. Why? Well, the obvious reason is to have someone else help prepare you for a given distance or race.

Everybody Knows

A recent Wall Street Journal article looked at the use of marijuana to mitigate the challenges of ultrarunning and enhance performance. The point was that THC is a banned performance-enhancing drug, so to use it during competition is cheating. Of course it is. Thank you, Rupert Murdoch.

Modeling Values in the Ultrarunning Community

Ultrarunning is growing. Growth is good, but growth can be painful. With the rapid growth of trail ultrarunning, there is a confluence of forces: on the lands that support us; on race directors who balance the needs of the trails, the volunteers and the runner; and on the runners themselves to commit, train, prepare for and ultimately execute what everyone tells them will be a Zen-like, transformational experience.

Whiners and Winners

As the years fly by, I’m increasingly appreciative of what I was once capable of, especially compared to what I’m…

An Interview with Frank Bozanich (1981)

Frank Bozanich. No other name in modern American ultradistance running conjures up such a perception of perseverance and toughness. At 36, the former Marine Captain and Viet Nam veteran continues to demonstrate his prodigious talent at these grueling distances.

A sense of home

Matt Maynard explores how running can be grounding, in his new unfamiliar surround-ings of South America

What it Takes to…Outrun the Sun

The sun is barely up as fifty-odd runners gather for the Fort Ordnance 100K in Monterey, CA. The gun fires and they patter off, mentally setting their sights on the finish line 62 miles away. For one runner this race from dawn to dusk, literally outrunning the sun, is one she’s been on her whole life.

What Counts: Distance, Climbing, and Naismith

What’s the most overworked piece in your ultra kit? In mine, it’s the elevation profile – marked up with notes, folded in a baggie, and stuffed it in a pocket. During long ultras, I pull it out too often and see how far and how much climbing till the next aid station. By the finish, it looks like an ancient scroll, as beat up as my toes.

Techpocalypse Now

I just returned from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where I glimpsed into the future. And there ain’t nothin’ left to hide.

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