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When I saw that Lance Armstrong was planning to run the WS100 training run in February and pace someone at Western States my mind started to spin. That’s so cool; no wait, will that mean there will now be a media circus to follow? If Lance starts trail running does that mean more people will know about the races and then they’ll get sold out even earlier, or have to go to lottery, or get even harder to get into the lotteries?

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The inspiration to write this piece comes from a lifetime of loving dogs and living in their love. I have watched throughout my life, some of the happiest moments occur between humans and their wet nosed soil-sniffing companions. I’d argue - that some of the strongest bonds of love found on this planet have been forged between the two and four-legged.

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Think back to your first ultra. For most of us, there was a lot of pain and struggle to continue those last few miles before crossing the finish line. Now, imagine carrying a video camera throughout the entire race and filming yourself during that raw, emotional journey. Jesse Weber did it and became an overnight YouTube sensation

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Ultra News for Wed, Feb 24: Short ultra news day. Hopefully you caught our latest podcast with Jim Walmsley. Maybe not a household name for some ultra runners, but after his fifth place at Lake Sonoma last year, he hasn’t lost a trail race since.  Now he’s heading to Western States …

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The “Did someone get paid to say that?” question runs through my mind a lot. Often, I have trouble finding the answer. For example, when a guest on MtnMeister gives a gear recommendation, does he/she get paid by that company? If he/she does, can we trust that the recommendation is authentic? How do these sponsorships work? What do the brands get from the athletes and what do the athletes get from the brands? How does this impact us as outdoors consumers? In this episode, we hear from a couple of professional athletes, a large outdoors brand, and a talent manager. If you have questions or comments, leave them in the discussion forum on our website mtnmeister.com or send me an email (ben at mtnmeister.com).

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If Gooseberry Mesa were a food, it would be a cinnamon roll. If Gooseberry Mesa were a musician, it would be Bruce Springsteen. If Gooseberry Mesa were a television show, it would be Seinfeld. (A few nights ago we watched the Bizarro Jerry episode and howled with laughter.) Gooseberry is the best of the best.

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Jim Walmsley Interview Jim Walmsley joined us right before Lake Sonoma 50 last year and we were impressed with his talent, attitude, and low key outlook on the ultra scene.   He finished fifth in the hyper-competitive field, and since then, has won every single trail race he’s entered, despite …

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I enjoyed last year’s Ventana (single) Cone Adventure so much that I came back to explore a new ascent route up Ventana Cone and a new descent route from Lion Rock. I climbed both peaks on the Ventana Triple Crown …

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Ultra Trail Daily News Good stuff: Michael toys with the idea of what an ultra trail 100 miler in the Olympics would look like. Ten things this guy learned about ultras, carrying your wife, wine on the trails, and more. If Dr. Seuss had won a Golden Ticket… Awesome: Gu …

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"When you get stuck on the plan and say, 'Oh my gosh this isn't the plan,' that's when the wheels start to fall off and things start to fall apart. Where if you are able to flex and morph with the plan, that's where I think success comes in." I am so humbled to have Krissy Moehl on for this episode. She has always been an inspiration and to be able to talk with her is a privilege. One thing that is especially important to me in my life is the John Muir Trail and the Sierra Nevada. Krissy set the FKT on the Tahoe Rim Trail this past year in 2015 and attempted an FKT on the JMT in 2014. So it was very enlightening to discuss those to exploits with her, for my own edification and for yours. So I truly hope you enjoy this episode as we discuss training, nutrition, the mountains, failure, and of course success. Thank you, be better. Krissy's wonderful new book Running Your First Ultra available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Running-Your-First-Ultra-Customizable/dp/1624141420  

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Cresting the climb at mile 30, was a real defining moment. I had been out of water for about 2 miles and the sun was feeling a bit warm. I looked at my watch and realized, had I stuck to my plan of running the 50k, I would be done by now, maybe a cold […]

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Ultramarathon News for Monday No ultramarathon content, but well worth two minutes: Twenty five things about life I wish I would’ve known ten years ago. This week in science: Post-workout ice baths bad. Warm baths good. (LINK FIXED) Haha, exactly.  “I’m going to run this ultramarathon for charity”, says the guy who spent all …

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Two things that are significant factors in my life are the fact that I am vegan and that I trail run. As you know if you listen to the podcast or read this blog they have changed my life and specifically I have been vegan for almost 3 years and I have been running for almost a year and a half. Through the adventures and exploits that I have had in running it is vital that I fuel myself efficiently. So my day is filled with hard training, optimal body upkeep (yoga, rolling, meditation, and functional exercises) and eating clean and whole meals. To some these regimens may seem fanatical or obsessive, but to me it is simply life. 

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Ultramarathon News Didya hear out latest podcast with OCR champ Amelia Boone?  She won her first ultramarathon at last years Georgia Death Race, then just earned herself a Golden Ticket at Sean O’Brien 100k.  What are the differences between OCR and ultramarathon running? What can our industry learn from OCR?  This …

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Melissa Cramton lives in Sturgis, Michigan. On December 19, 2015 she completed the Huff 50k race in Albion, Indiana and became an ultramarathon finisher. Congratulations Melissa! Fun fact: Melissa kept fueled throughout the race by using food and drink from the race's aid stations. She actually did bring some of her own food - but the temperatures were so low that day, it froze! The Ultrafinishers podcast is 100% listener supported. If you like the show, you are welcome to become a patron at ultrafinishers.com/support.

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Join Scotty, Amy, Aaron and Tony for a Ten Mile run with special guest, guitar legend, trail yoda and Tshirt ninja Jake Burkhart!

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Amelia Boone – Obstacle Course Racing Ultrarunner Extraordinaire! In the world of Obstacle Course Racing, Amelia Boone stands tall. She’s been named the World’s Toughest Mudder, she’s graced the covers of magazines, and enjoys a lucrative contract with Reebok.  So what’s she doing on an ultramarathon podcast? Turns out, she’s …

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Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, blogger, author, and motivational speaker. He has ridden a bike 46,000 miles around the entire world, rowed the Atlantic Ocean, and walked across India, but it’s the smaller adventures which have had the biggest impact. Alastair has created a concept called "microadventures", which encourages you to get outside, get outside of your comfort zone, and get to somewhere you have never been before.

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