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Five early season workouts for runners training for long summer ultramarathons.

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Three steps for pain management in orthopedic issues and ultramarathon racing.

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Joe Uhan writes about the role of chemical stress in running injuries.

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Joe Uhan writes about the role of chemical stress in running injuries.

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Joe Uhan writes about the role of chemical stress in running injuries.

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Author's Note: I haven't published a formal race report in close to three years. Why? Maybe the "ultra blog" is dead; or, the demand (/attention span) of the public no longer values them.

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Joe Uhan writes about psychologically healthy approaches to trail and ultrarunning.

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An introduction to the Diagonal Chop, an exercise intended to activate the deep abdominal muscles.

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Joe Uhan's seven cues for increasing your trail and ultra running efficiency.

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Joe Uhan writes about nerve pain as a running injury.

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Joe Uhan discusses trunk-extension mobility for endurance running.

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Joe Uhan writes a letter to runners of the Western States 100.

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Joe Uhan discusses knee mobility for endurance running.

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Joe Uhan discusses foot and ankle mobility for endurance running.

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How to train for ultramarathons if you have a limited amount of time.

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Joe Uhan discusses trunk mobility for endurance running.

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Joe Uhan introduces a performance-mobility series and discusses hip mobility for endurance running.

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Joe Uhan's tips for getting happy, healthy, strong, and fit during your off-season.

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Joe Uhan writes about using quick cadence as a way to increase running efficiency.

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Joe Uhan explains process-oriented strategies for race day.

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Joe Uhan explains process-oriented training.

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Joe Uhan writes about process-oriented goal setting for trail and ultrarunning.

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People get into the sport of ultrarunning for various reasons. Some to escape: the roads, the crowds, the noise and the stresses of everyday life. Others, to explore: nature, new places and the limits of both body and mind. To our delight, what we find out is those limits lie far beyond our wildest dreams. “I went somewhere I never thought possible” is a common refrain of any 100-mile finisher.

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Joe Uhan talks about the quality of Jim Walmsley's running stride during the 2016 Western States 100.

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Joe Uhan writes about the importance of heart-rate training.

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When I began this column two years ago, the intent was to bring the historic roots of ultras to today’s newest ultrarunning readers. Driven by the value of sustainability, the notion was to help new runners avoid re-inventing the wheel: to learn the lessons without having to experience, first-hand, the painful mistakes that befell our predecessors.

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Today’s aid stations, especially at majors like Western States, are staffed by folks who are often veteran ultrarunners, have decades of experience and are as skilled as they come at meeting runners’ needs.

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I get a variety of reaction - ranging from eye-rolls to outright derision - from friends and the running community for my passionate advocacy of low-carb, high-fat nutrition: that it's "too extreme", "not normal", and otherwise relegated for similarly extremist-ultrarunners who are only interested in "running all day on a stick of butter".

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Sure, runners can get snarky in the heat of the moment—at race officials or at their own crew and pacers when things don’t go their way. But this has more to do with the stress of the event, and having their needs (however illogical or self-entitled they may be) properly met.

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With all the social media pictures, memes and click-bait out there, who has time to read an entire, content-laden weblog post?  A reality in modern fitness and self-help media is that people will read content only if in list-form.  That said, I'll do what I can with a bulleted, micro-report:

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It's nearly dark. Adam shuffles through the opening in the trees. I follow. Then, without warning, he stops abruptly and doubles over.

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The beauty of ultramarathon running is the juxtaposition -- and swift vacillation -- of community and solitude: utter aloneness for minutes or hours, then the clamor of spectators and aid, and then - just as quickly, aloneness once again.  And that was the

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How I spent my New Year's Eve.  An omen of things to come. 

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