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I’ve alway considered my lack of flexibility to be a hindrance to my running. Here’s a different way of looking at it. New interview dropping today.  I released a Patreon-exclusive edition of the URP Daily News Briefing yesterday. Sometimes heroes wear really shi*ty bunny suits. (And for what it’s worth, …

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Wow. Heather “Anish” Anderson becomes the first woman to hike the “Calendar Year Triple Crown.” That’s the AT (2190 miles), PCT (2660 miles) and Continental Divide Trail (3100 miles) in one calendar year. That’s 7,950 miles hiked in 251 days…works out to a convenient 50k per day or a mere …

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First, a huge thanks to our Veterans for their service. Trail and ultramarathon running is made up of people from all walks of life, and I’m proud to share the trail with those who’ve worn the uniform. And let’s not forget those who never came home and gave the ultimate …

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Keely Henninger has had a great year with wins at Chuckanut 50k and Lake Sonoma 50 miler, podiums at other big races, and a monster win at Tussey Mountainback championships. Next up? She’ll toe the line with the fastest ultra trail runners in the country at The North Face Championships …

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Hey struggling runner, read this. Padded sports bras are apparently a very contentious thing. Can you run while pregnant? Hell yes. Whoo. A totally self supported (including carrying his kayak) crossing of Tasmania. I knew I was in good shape after my last track workout: 400m×15, recovering 1 min, all …

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An excellent piece in the BBC about the pshychology and physiology of ultramarathon distance runners. Happy Diwali everyone! Two years I was in New Delhi during the celebrations and have still never seen anything like it.  May your lives be as vibrant, colorful, and magical as the lights of Diwali. …

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What type of personality and planning does it take to run fifty 100 mile races in one year? Meticulous, fit, and passionate. A mind bending interview with a guy taking on an audacious goal.

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Ultramarathon and Trail results from this past weekend, courtesy of Justin’s excellent sleuthing at IRF. Standout performance: Bronco Billy’s win at Pinhoti. Jeff’s having one hell of a year and will likely land on the UROY top three list. And add Rachel Drake to the list of women I’ll be …

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C’mon, Runner’s World.  If you “must” bandit a race? This is irresponsible and shows your disconnect with the established running community. Go back to writing garbage about the “best lipstick for runners“, and maybe consider an article about how to steal products from your advertisers and see how they like …

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North Face Endurance Championship is coming up. Here’s the elite entrants list. Who’ll be on the podium? Sad: Wanna guess what percentage of 9-10 year olds plays hard for 60 minutes each day? Depressing. Put the screens down and get the kids outside. Do you stretch before your run? You …

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Courtney Dauwalter joins Sarah and I to talk about the finer points of Big's Backyard Ultra, her plans for 2018, the partnership with her husband Kevin, and more.

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Excellent essay about sustaining a major injury on a run, surgeries, and the mental fortitude of recovery.  There are inherent risks in trail and ultramarathon running and he’s been there and back. Great read. Holy cow, if this is the future of running (and hell, society), we’re in a good …

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Ultramarathon and trail running results from this weekend, courtesy of Justin’s great work at IRF. Here’s what stood out to me:–I hadn’t realized what a standout year Darcy Piceu was having–especially on varied terrain. How many people are capable of winning HURT (technical), AC (hilly), and Javelina (flat and hot)?–Speaking …

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Compelling essay from the head of Salomon in Asia: Ultramarathon events and 100 milers are not the future of trail running…the future is in shorter, more attainable distances.  I certainly see his angle and have seen the data that shows the number of people who run one 100 miler, punch …

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Awesome! Hoka re-releases the Clifton, sans any “updates.” Yep, I’ll be grabbing a pair. Yo Brooks, didya see this? Interesting: How “marathon managers’ (managers who run marathons or ultramarathons) use their athletic and training discipline to better their workplace, effectiveness, and leadership. Ultrarunning Magazine has made some big (positive) changes …

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Big’s is over with Johan Steene walking away with 283 miles. Courtney held on for second with 279 miles and Gavin Woody with 270. I’m guessing next year we see someone break 300. Final results here. Ever wondered what it’s like to crew a race like that? Ultramarathon runner and …

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 As of this writing, Guillaume Calmettes, Courtney Dauwalter (interview), Gavin Woody (interview), Johan Steene (interview), and Greg Salvesen are still winning Big’s Backyard Ultra with just over 200 miles each. (Last year’s race ended at ~245 miles.) Big props to Maggie Guterl for hanging on to 183, right beside the …

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Ellie Fox is living the life many of us envy. She grew up in an MUT family and now lives in a tricked-out van with her husband and their pets, traveling from trailhead to trail race whenever they want.  Ellie recently won Cloudsplitter 100k and we talk about what she …

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This is what integrity looks like. Excellent point: Hunters/anglers and hikers/runners need to work together to conserve what we’ve got. Kilian hasn’t run in a month. Think he’ll win the Golden Trails final in RSA tomorrow? He’s run more sub-2:10 marathons since 2011 than the entire running population of the …

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If you read one thing today, read this piece by Brad Stulberg about accepting your reality and working to be good rather obsessing on great. Take six minutes and watch this awesome film/ad that shows Rory, Fernanda, and Martina all frolicking in the Alps. First few minutes has some ridge …

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Walmsley and Krar going head to head at a 100k in Hong Kong in February, then Jim’s prepping for marathon trials. Jim gets the nod for leg speed, but not many people can grind up hills like Rob.  This should be good. (edited: It’s a 100k, not a 100 miler.) …

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Weekend results from the trail and ultramarathon races around the world. With some extra focus on the New England ultra scene from MassUltra. What if HOKA and Altra got together, put on some music, and did whatever it is shoes do to procreate? Nine months later, the Topo Ultraventure would …

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Derrick Lytle joins me to talk about his role in the MUT scene, the overall media landscape, and his recent FKT attempt on the 800 mile Arizona Trail.

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Leor Pantilat has been taking some incredible pictures of colorful lakes in the Sierra Nevada and writing how the change in climate affects them. Derrick Lytle and I discussed an issue similar to this one in our conversation yesterday: Where are all the MUT female photographers and filmmakers? I hope …

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Stuck in a rut with low motivation? Shad’s got some good advice. What this author talks about when he talks about running is freedom, not fitness — and his idealistic vision touches only briefly on the fact that not every runner is as free as a young white man to …

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Good advice: Five things ultramarathon runners should do in the fall. No mention of fall beers? Come on, AJW! It’s a big day for URP! Gear Editor Ben has been working hard reviewing products while simultaneously figuring out the finer points of video editing and it all comes together now. …

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Justin and IRF bring most of the Ultramarathon and trail running results from this past weekend. My first thought when I read about the naturalist 50k was…ouch.  What happens when you wear a HRM into a PhD comprehensive exam and annotate the results?  Annie Weiss’ purple jacket. Great attitude and …

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Annie Weiss ran her first ultramarathon on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin and won the 50k division. Since then, she’s gone on to run Kettle Moraine, North Face (Wisconsin and San Francisco), Black Canyon, Gorge Waterfalls, and Leadville three times. Annie Weiss Ice Age Trail In 2017, Annie set …

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I interviewed Annie Weiss yesterday at 6am and couldn’t squeeze the Daily News in between my morning run and the interview. Sorry about that. I’ll release it today. “Sorry, but I won the Boston Marathon,” Yuki Kawauchi told his boss. “Is it possible to have another day off?” –NYT goes …

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Sabrina Stanley (Altra) joins us to talk about Hardrock, racing in Italy, living with Avery, her unrelenting competitive spirit, and more.

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Another excellent post about one of the toughest ultramarathons out there: Tor des Geants. In this report, Stephanie toes the line for her fourth start and experiences wild hallucinations, beautiful valleys and climbs, an astute crew, rude cougher, and more. She’s got a way of making 205 tough miles sound …

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JamJam takes on all the ultramarathon news in the latest Mountain Outhouse News: Fast Elvis, Kara Goucher, Jane Benfer unmasked, Russian and domestic cheaters, and more. Holy cow. Take a few minutes and check out this edition of Free Solo shot with a 360 degree camera. Holy cow, part two: …

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When Stephanie Case (interview here) tells me that someone she met has a good and compelling story, my ears perk up and I pay attention. In this episode, Kiwi Doug Strachan tells a story about a life changing experience ten years ago that set him up for the extraordinary training …

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Yes, it’s gimmicky, but it’s also a pretty cool test of the human mind: Running on a treadmill in a pitch black shipping container for twenty four hours. Has the ultramarathon world jumped the shark? I’ve tried to close my eyes on the treadmill before and the results have not …

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Since I failed to produce the regular URP Daily News this morning, I’m making this episode available to everyone. This is a show format that’s been exclusive to the Patreon crowd for the last few months, and one that I’ve received positive comments about. It’s a rundown of the top …

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Amy’s lessons from CCC. Number three is most important to remember: Ride the highs and survive the lows. The herd is being thinned. Nine year old finishes the Triple Crown. Seems like a balanced kid who just wants some damn Chinese food and to get off his feet for awhile. …

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In a discussion about the MUT GOAT on Twitter yesterday, I mentioned these excellent posts by Ian Sharman: The Greatest Ultramarathon Performances of All Time (mens here and women here.) They were written 2.5 years ago…would you update them? Be sure to check out Sarah’s latest review of the Skecher’s …

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Justin/IRF’s rundown of most of the trail and ultramarathon results from this weekend. What stood out to me? Sabrina Stanley’s race in Italy. Sounds like a brutal course and she toughed it out with a smart run. Sabrina is having a hell of a year but still seems overlooked by …

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I’m on one side of the mic with Tina Muir in this podcast about raising adventurous kids and the struggle many of us have with controlling our enthusiasm, and the growth of ultramarathons and URP. …and on the other side of the mic in this new URP episode where we …

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Josh Ritter lined up at Pine to Palm 100 three times in five years, each ending in a DNF. This year he finally got it right. What did he learn?

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A good–and tough–reminder about staying safe on the trails. A trick that’ll help ensure you run easy on your easy days. Only works for fellas, though I assume a braless approach would work for the ladies too. Oh, just go ahead and read it. Cheating to beat your colleagues and …

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Ahoy! Add this to the list of things that top ultramarathon and trail runners do differently than the rests of us: Take time to get ready and prepare for a workout. Woman breaks overall speed record on a bike (184mph!) on the Utah salt flats. I’m not sure what I …

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Justin/IRF cover the weekend ultramarathon and trail results. Lots of European events, plus a few domestic races. What caught my interest: Schlarb at Run Rabbit Run. Don’t ever count this dude out. Jason is a tough and patient runner who’ll mix it up with the best.And speaking of RRR, Michele …

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Christopher Hammes was the first American to finish UTMB this year. So who is this guy and why does he like to suffer so much? (Keep an eye on this dude!)

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Run Rabbit Run Ultramarathon starts today in Colorado and the list of rules is reasonable and pretty damn funny.  Live tracking will be right here. Michele Yates, Charlie Ware, Seth Swanson, Alissa St Laurent, Bob Shebest, Jenn Shelton, Brandon Stapanowich, Schlarb, Emma Roca, Rivers Puzey, Kyle Pietari, Anita Ortiz, Nikki …

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Try to match your workout to your personality type. I don’t know, some of the fiercest ultramarathon competitors I know are pretty chill, passive people. Does it matter? Everything coaches, parents, and girls need to know about running and puberty. Step two: How different birth controls affect the endurance athlete. …

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After 17 years, it still feels strange typing that date, doesn’t it? Whew, where was I back then? I’d recently moved to Sacramento from LA, had begun dating Sam, and I was living in an attic and had my own urinal. I was working as a legislative analyst healthcare trade …

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Just enough ultramarathon and trail running news to start your week off right.

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When Katie Arnold crossed the finish line at the Leadville 100 last month, many in the ultrarunning world recognized her name from her Outside Magazine column Raising Rippers. Katie Arnold at Mile 76 of Leadville. But there’s a lot more to Katie’s incredible story. It starts with a nasty rafting …

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An economics blog put out a list of the ten toughest ultramarathons in the world and you know what? It’s a pretty good list. Add a new 150 mile FKT to Mike Wardian’s resume. Nice work dude! We really need to get the Fruitarian and the Carnivorian in a buffet …

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