All Posts by Joe Petty

Some of us are probably getting that first taste of warm weather right?!  At any rate, spring is starting to make an appearance and you’re feeling ready to make the switch between your winter training and spring/summer training. There are a few things you should consider when making this adjustment to help with an easier […]

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We live in a world where there are underlying norms for every activity we do. There are those who follow those norms, and then there is Becky Rogers. Becky proudly marches to the beat of her own drum utilizing well rounded (and some unorthodox) training methods to develop herself into a very well rounded athlete. […]

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Stephanie Weigel is an ultrarunner, gym owner, and personal trainer. She currently lives in Mt. Charleston, Nevada where she can focus her time on mountain running. Stephanie owns 2 gyms and has continued her career as a runner into the mountain & ultra distances. She has a variety of wins and top ten finishes under […]

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Jacky Hunt-Broersma is a very self motivated and inspirational runner. Born and raised in South Africa she moved and traveled often until she ended up in the United States 3 years ago in North Carolina. She has been actively seeking her limits and not finding them as she continues to take her distances farther and […]

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As 2018 came to a close we went through our Immortal applicant process and team updates. One of the bigger changes was the decision to add some new Elite Immortals to the team if at all possible. Kyle Pietari was someone we have had our eye on for a long time and as our conversation […]

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Among the stories, gear guides, and longer tip posts that we do I think sometimes it is nice to grab a really useful quick tip from one of the sports best, Karl Meltzer. Today the quick tip is talking speed work and the importance of having some time dedicated to it, regardless of your preferred […]

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As time goes on, limits are broken and boundaries are rewritten. In our world of endurance sports going above and beyond what we feel is possible to achieve new heights is the bottom line for why we do what we do. For Bryce and UltrAspire the next step in athlete growth has been a topic […]

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As the sport of running & trail running grow more popular we are seeing an introduction of new options for races each year. With so many choices it can get tough  to pick the right race that align with your goals. Of course it is all very exciting, you are feeling confident in your training […]

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While there are so many options available on the market for a Race Vest, how do you choose which is best for you? There is no reason to settle for something that doesn’t fit right or that you don’t totally love when you have options at your disposal so today we are going to talk […]

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Since the introduction of the Lumen Collection and UltrAspire 3D Lighting™, adventurers have found ways to mix and match their UltrAspire lighting products to suit their adventure needs. This is encouraged, and part of the beauty that comes with having options is to come equipped with the right piece of gear for any situation. To […]

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At times I know many of us have felt the desire to start something new but are weary of doing so for many reasons, maybe it’s your available time, or you think it’s too late to start a new endeavor, or maybe one of a million other reasons we can get in our own head […]

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Over the past couple of weeks for most of us the weather has gotten colder and the days fade to night quicker.  We have touched on how to run effectively, safely, and what tools you can use to help you run more effectively at night or low light situations, but another thing that is important […]

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For UltrAspire CEO Bryce Thatcher it has always been about the athlete. In the early days many of the things he built were to improve his own athletic performance and since has met and helped many elite level athletes in the span of his career. Through watching him interact with these athletes, develop product, and […]

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What is a good way to test what you are made of? Maybe a 7 day, 6 stage, 170 mile, fully self-supported race called the Grand to Grand would be a good option to do so right? Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt, Johnny Oh, and Bill Heyborne took on this exact scenario for a […]

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We are rapidly approaching that time where it will be dark before we even leave work leaving us with no options to train in the daylight. With National Running Safety Month coming up, it is important to talk about runners safety and things you can do to remain safe and train effectively in the darker […]

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There are those who wake up in the morning easy and ready to go, then there are those who need a steamboat horn to get them out of bed. I would dare to say that for most  anyone, hearing an alarm go off in the morning isn’t their favorite thing to do. You might have […]

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Running is on the rise. We are seeing an increase of runners from the road to the trail and that number is going up every year. We’ve talked about so many physical and mental aspects running can benefit throughout our blogs but one thing we haven’t touched on is how it relates to mental health, […]

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The things that people can accomplish are truly amazing. When you meet a person who’s passionate and has been that way for their entire life, you can’t help but just feel motivated towards the thing you are passionate about after associating with them. It’s a contagious feeling, and that is how my interview with Gunhild […]

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It’s that time, you notice it still being warm outside.. for now.. but the daylight is getting shorter and shorter The night time seems to be finding us faster with each passing day as the season turns. For some that might cause a problem due to your schedule, for others the night time training is […]

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In our world of endurance sports, the earth is our playground. When we train and prepare for our big races, or just train to better ourselves the scenery provided is our responsibility, as a population.  A shocking fact is that since the 1950’s over 9.1 billion tons of plastic has been produced, and in 1 […]

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So in the past we have discussed temperature regulation, and the importance of staying hydrated and how to maintain a comfortable body setting to make sure you are running at peak performance. One thing we have yet to touch is how to run in a cooler or even winter snow type of setting. With UTMB […]

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As runners, training ourselves on any terrain is critically important, you never know what the course could throw at you and it is your job to be prepared for any scenario. Many runners have a system for uphill & downhill running and if so that is amazing, if you don’t, today we will be looking […]

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When thinking about A list races you probably have a few notable ones that come to mind, one of those top tier renowned races in the ultrarunning community is Leadville. Part of the grand slam of Ultrarunning, the Leadville 100 takes place across the high-altitude, extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies. The course itself is […]

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“I realized that having the ability to get at your things on the go was so powerful, because it allowed you to just keep going” -Bryce Thatcher    Have you ever had an idea, something that came to you that would solve a problem you are having in the moment, only to realize something like […]

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What is the most defining quality present in those who push their limits to the extreme? When we look at the greats throughout history many of them exemplify similar traits that we describe as winners, successful or elite. In our world of running, especially when you get into ultra distance running I am convinced that […]

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“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old…” – George Burns  As endurance athletes we all share a few things in common like loving human powered sports, finding time in our lives to prepare for our events and the list can go on. One thing however that everybody shares is what […]

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“We want this race to be a challenge and we want people to continue to set goals and get here and crush them, but just know this race is tough.” – Karl Meltzer   If you are a runner, you probably have a race and training agenda that is determined by what you consider A […]

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Trekking poles, these amazing little tools are something you might not know about, but will be glad you learned about them after finishing this. Many athletes and adventurers are turning to these things for aid during long hikes, trail runs, ultramarathons, etc. But why? While at first glance these hand-occupying sticks might seem cumbersome, in […]

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“Western States is unlike any race I have ever run before” -Cory Reese Cory Reese, Ultramarathoner and author of books Nowhere Near First, and Into The Furnace: How a 135 mile run across Death Valley set my soul on fire has recently put a new accomplishment on his belt, quite literally. Cory finished the Western States […]

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Currently as I write this, it is 108 degrees outside at 3 p.m. (yuck). Now if you are someone like me who lives in a place that gets incredibly hot you may often times find it difficult to get your training in, for obvious reasons of course. For those who don’t live in this type […]

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So imagine this, race day is approaching and you’ve been training hard and so far you feel great about your condition coming into the race. Then you hear a buddy mention that it is now time for the “carbo-loading” phase and because you have stuck to your diet like glue you are now fantasizing about […]

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As race season has gotten started we have focused heavily on making sure you have all the tips and information you need to get started if you are new to the world of running, or to provide knowledge to add to your already existing arsenal. We have covered hydration, nutrition, mental strength, proper training techniques […]

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It is proven that the power of the mind is immeasurable. Many top athletes ranging from a wide variety of sports utilize the practice of pre-race visualization and the creation of mantras as a main point in their training program. So the question is why? Below I have listed some benefits and how to utilize […]

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It’s that time of the year, the days get longer and the weather gets warmer. Springtime is in full effect and with that brings about a very special time, race season! This is the time where many runners new and seasoned will be eager to chase their goals and compete in a variety of races […]

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Why do you run? Inside each and every one of us there is something that keeps us yearning for progress in our lives. Each of us has a story that has brought us to this place, the present. For someone like Amanda Basham, her goal is to let her story be an inspiration to others […]

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What drives you? What is it thing that sets your soul on fire each and every day? I began asking myself this lately. During my short time working and growing this blog I have met and spoke with so many people who do great things in the running world and it made me think, like […]

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In the world of racing efficiency is everything, the most efficient gear, the best shoes, a plan for how things need to go. Right? But efficiency can only take you as far as your body allows you to go. We’ve recently discussed the many benefits of proper hydration and the positive performance boost you can […]

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“Strengthen your willpower in one area and it will spill over into other areas of your life” – Bryce Thatcher   Every day you are faced with choices, going on that run instead of watching television, choosing not to eat that extra piece of cake after dinner, or waking up early for work instead of […]

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“I always put myself in positions outside of my comfort zone, it helps me to appreciate life in general because there is NO achievement that is possible without discomfort.   Magdalena Boulet, also known as Magda is a runner from Oakland, California. She was born in Poland but became a citizen of the United States […]

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Drinking water, something we have done since birth right? So yeah, we all know when we are doing something physical we get thirsty and pound water, or naturally when we feel the urge to get a drink we typically need water to quench that thirst. Did you know there is a very right and very […]

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“It doesn’t matter if you are an elite runner or not, or how fast you are, it is about enjoying the experience.” -Cory Reese   Cory Reese is an author, ultra marathoner, photographer, race director, and proud glazed donut connoisseur (my personal favorite title). Cory has accomplished many things that anyone would be proud of, […]

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  Ian has been racing around the world in all styles of event since 2005 and coaching since 2010, having run around 200 ultras and marathons (PR: 2:21) in every type of weather and on all terrain. Ian has won around 50 multi-day races, road marathons, trail ultras and adventure races with experience of running in […]

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  Ian Sharman has been racing around the world in all styles of event since 2005 and coaching since 2010, having run around 200 ultras and marathons (PR: 2:21) in every type of weather and on all terrain. Ian has won around 50 multi-day races, road marathons, trail ultras and adventure races with experience of running […]

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“You have to be willing to allow someone else to peel back the layers” -Bree Lambert Achieving personal milestones of accomplishment and ascending to the next level is a thrill, and we have all felt it. Someone who understands this feeling as much as anyone I have ever spoke with is Bree Lambert, during our […]

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“He who isn’t flexible gets bent out of shape”   Ty Draney is an Ultra Athlete who has more than a few things on his plate. Being a full time teacher, part time coach, full time father and husband while training for a race is no easy task. We all have lives that can get […]

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“Live your own life. Yesterday I was 10 years old, blink and you’re gonna be there.” -Karl Meltzer   Karl Meltzer, the winningest 100 mile runner on the planet, ultra marathoner, aka the Speedgoat; does what he does yet again. Karl is famously known for being the first human to run the Red Bull Human […]

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“Be Informed- Knowledge is Power” -Matt Bevin   In any type of activity there are techniques used to improve performance, and to prevent injury. Have you ever picked up a tip here and there that changed the game for you? I know for a face that I have. As an endurance athlete, these tips I […]

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“Find the Love in Running.” Have you ever wanted to start something new? That familiar feeling of excitement and eagerness to just get started, until it comes to actually doing so and you realize that you are unsure of where to begin? Well you’re definitely not alone because anything that is everything to do on this […]

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