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We can learn a lot from our children if we simply take the time to listen. This past weekend, I was blown away by something my daughter said briefly after...

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Meet Jared Burdick.   We went into this interview knowing very, very little about Jared, other than that he’d just finished 2nd place at Cayuga Trails 50M championship in New York. We’d heard that it was his first ultra, and that he had some decent times on the road. But …

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If you’re going to read one race report today, read this one. A tall white ultra marathoner and a short Ethiopian elite female share some incredible moments in a marathon that aren’t fully understood until the race is over. Why Max, Sage, and Mike also train on the roads. Did you …

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Laura Fiske lives in Shetland Islands, UK. On March 14, 2015, she finished the Deeside Way 33 mile ultramarathon and became an ultrafinisher. Congratulations Laura! Fun fact: Before running her first ultra, Laura got on a serious weight loss program and lost 63 pounds!

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I was recently contacted by SLS3 Compression gear to review some compression socks. I try to only review items that I actually use and like and this was definitely the case with these socks. The ALLROUNDER COMPRESSION SOCKS are awesome! I love compression socks not really for running in (unless I have a minor injury) but for recovery, travel and when I know i'll be sitting or standing for

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Montrail Ultra Cup 2015 Recap The culminating race of the Montrail Ultra Cup is going to be epic! There are so many scenarios that could play out that would affect the final standings and grand champions of the 2015 Montrail Ultra Cup (MUC) you could almost get dizzy going around …

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In case you missed the huge news, the BBC aired a show accusing Nike coach Alberto Salazar of doping his athletes. The show was/is unavailable for US viewers, but here’s the link.…anyone have a link to a copy we can view?  Here are the two articles the piece was based …

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The average person walks 110,000 miles in a lifetime. Andrew Skurka has probably covered that in a 10-year span. He is the only person in the world to have done the Great Western Loop, which is a series of trails that total 6,875 miles. He has also completed the 7,778-mile Sea to Sea Route, which connects the Atlantic to the Pacific through Canada and the northern part of the US. He is the author of The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools & Tips to Hit the Trail, a National Geographic adventurer of the year, and now, a MTNmeister.

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"Since when is running 40 miles in under 6 hours the mark of a failure?" my wife asked me — for about the fifth time. I didn't respond. I was sitting in our hotel room in a sort of depressed fog, the product of cramped hamstrings, blistered feet, mild heat exhaustion and a strong case of self-commiseration. "When the race is 50 miles," I finally answered.

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It’s universally understood that there’s nothing easy about running and racing ultra distances. The mastery the headspace is more important to cultivate than the training miles that we put in in pursuit of ultra glory. If we come up short, we sometimes think that had we trained more, or harder, then maybe our outcome might have been better, when what really mattered was our mental and psychological approach to the task.

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Long-time RD and Texas ultrarunning insititution Joe Prusaitis recently announced the sale of his well-known and highly regarded ultra races, including the Rocky Raccoon 100 miler and the Bandera 100k to new owners Chris and Krissy McWatters. We asked Joe if he would be willing to share a bit of his story with us.

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Here’s Sarah’s Trailrunner article about Western States co-founder Mo Livermore. I didn’t know she was working an aid station at Tevis Cup in ’74 when Gordy ran through for the first time! Here’s an interesting (and sad) story about the couple who built hiker heaven on the PCT, and why …

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Well, after months of training, the taper for the Bighorn 100 is here.

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Tim Olson’s Transvulcnia report and what’s next on his plate. Reflections on a recent DNF. Good stuff in there. Sometimes you can’t outrun depression. Sad story about a collegiate runner. The seven best gear offices in the world. How about thru hiking the AT–with one leg.  Read this woman’s great …

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Parker Liautaud is an environmental campaigner and a polar explorer. At the ripe age of 15, he and his expedition partner Doug Stoup attempted to reach the North Pole but fell 15 miles short. The following year at 16 they made it, and again at 17. At the age of 19, Parker and Doug completed the fastest coast to south pole expedition of Antarctica - 350 miles in a little more than 18 days.

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One of the most important things I've learned from ultrarunning is sustainability. The sport is far from a sport of tough guys slamming their muscles against the dirt (at least for me). Though there are a lot of people out there that come into the sport for 1-5 years and grind out finishes until they get nothing more out of the sport, there also are calculated, smart, talented, and sustainable runners that avoid unnecessary knuckle dragging. I've definitely made a change in the past couple years from the former to the later.

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Great discussion about runner/RD responsibilities at a trail race: Who’s ultimately responsible when a runner gets lost and what can be done to prevent that?  My thoughts: Nothing can be done to prevent no one from getting lost. And here’s a great video from TNF Australia. Looks like my type …

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