Will Fisher, 47, of Basalt, Colorado is thrilled to be training for this year’s Western States 100 Endurance Run. Fisher is a pastor in the Episcopal Church, a family man and “a serial dog petter.”
If race organizers were to hold the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run right now, in the second week of June, only three aid stations—Telluride, Ouray and Sherman—would be accessible. The rest remain buried under feet of snow and avalanche debris.
“Do you want company?” my friend half-heartedly asks. I don’t want to hurt her feelings, but when I say a tentative, “No?”, I see relief on her face. I’m relieved too that my planned run doesn’t include a social chit-chat.
While most of the scenic beauty is located along the many miles of the course, a different kind of beauty emerges at the finish line. It’s that place where emotions flow freely like the water in a mountain stream. Where friends, family and the running community gather to celebrate, embrace, comfort and swap stories, forever cementing all that has been experienced.
Megan Kimmel keeps on impressing. Despite being somewhat disappointed with her 10th-place finish at last weekend’s Zegama-Aizkorri (still… crushing), Kimmel finished 3rd for women in the 2019 Transvulcania, broke the women’s record at the Pikes Peak Marathon in 2018 and dominated the 2018 Broken Arrow Skyrace. As a mountain athlete who can excel at 17 miles (women’s winner of the 2016 Run the Rut) or 50 miles (women’s 3rd in the 2017 North Face 50), Kimmel is nimble and knows how to dial her training.
One of the toughest things for new trail runners to learn is that moving fast downhill requires two different types of running form. Let’s call them the angry hippo and the dancing mountain goat.
<h2>I first met Joe sitting in a cubicle in Portland, Oregon.</h2> We were both recent college graduates, both hired by a nonprofit for a seasonal student exchange organization, and both sagging next to each other under the din of fluorescent lights. Our duties were simple: call thousands of students and persuade them to study abroad. Eight hours a day. Every day.
Olympian Kara Goucher, 40 years old, recently announced that she plans to take her career to the trails. Living and coaching in Boulder, Colorado, Goucher has a decorated history as a competitive track and field, cross-country and road runner, including placing first for women at the 2008 Olympic trials in the 5,000 meter (15:01:02), women’s third in the New York City Marathon in 2008 (2:25:53), women’s third in the 2009 Boston Marathon (2:32:25) and women’s winner of the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in 2012 (1:09:26).
Camille Herron is a coach and the women’s world-record holder for the 50 mile, 100 mile, 12-hour and 24-hour. We asked her if she’d share some secrets with us and she graciously complied.
The air is sweet and dry in the late-afternoon light of Truckee, California. It has the smell and feel of the West: the beacon of new beginnings and also the jagged and seismically volatile edge of the nation. A place that symbolizes prosperity while holding the promise of one day tearing itself completely apart.
Living in Flagstaff, Arizona, and training with some of the best trail runners in the nation, Stephen Kersh hit the trail-running scene hard in 2018. Kersh runs with his buddies, the Coconino Cowboys: Jim Walmsley, Jared Hazen, Tim Freriks, Cody Reed and Eric Senseman, among others.
Whether attending one of the many group runs he helps organize or watching him perform his rap parody about trail running (“That’s So Trail”), you cannot help but be drawn to Miguel Moreno, 39, of Phoenix, Arizona. Perhaps it is his laugh, his stoke or maybe it is his genuine interest in integrating people into his life—Moreno is a leader and a go-to homie when you need a place to crash for the night.
The heat was on at last weekend’s Transvulcania 74K ultramarathon. Megan Kimmel, Colorado-based ultrarunner and winner (and record-holder) of the 2018 Pike’s Peak Marathon, took third on the women’s podium. Here are the details, as reported by Transvulcania.
Does the thought of running a 5K take you back to high school and make you immediately want to stop reading this? Here’s a chance to redefine your relationship with your speed. As race season comes into full swing, exploring your 5K effort will improve your running economy and it will boost your mental chops knowing you’ve got some fire in those feet.
Like many of the trail running epicenters in the Unites States, the Seattle area has access to miles of awesome singletrack. Due to scheduling and weather constraints though, many Seattleites find themselves running the same routes time and time again over the years. As a busy psychotherapist and father, I’m no exception to this and have come to know my local trails very well over the decade that I’ve been trail running.
“Isn’t this cool?” he said, marveling at a series of new mountain-bike trails in Theodore Wirth Park, a preserve nestled in the middle of northeast Minneapolis. “You can be on a trail here, completely unaware that downtown is, like, five minutes away.”
Sixteen years ago, registration opened up for the first edition of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. “People in Chamonix looked at us like we were crazy,” says Event Director Michel Poletti. That first year, registration was handled by mail. “We wanted 300 runners,” says Poletti, who with his wife, Catherine, co-founded the race. 711 runners toed the starting line that year. “It was a great success,” he says. “It was just amazing.”
Whether you’re in the middle of a robust training cycle or just getting off the couch, here’s a workout that can be modified to your liking. It’s a doozy, hence the “mayday.” See modifications below.
From coast to coast, the U.S. exhibits an array of ecosystems and wonders that make up a trail-runner’s paradise. Trail systems travel through wild places and provide access to soul-nourishing experiences for runners and hikers alike. Here’s one to add to your list, even if you don’t hail from the Lone Star state.
Whether you’re in the middle of a robust training cycle or just getting off the couch, here’s a workout that can be modified to your liking. It will keep your run active, reinforce your goals and help with some of the candy-binge lethargy. Brought to you by the coaching braintrust at Trail Runner mag.
Trail races have made major strides since the days when women’s courses were shorter than men’s and winnings stacked higher for male athletes. Advocacy, new voices in the sport and a growing population of women trail racers are helping to make these changes.
The 2019 Barkley Marathons seemed promising at first: a late start time, good weather, veteran runners back on the course. True to Barkley style, things went south quickly. As with 2018, there were no finishers in this year’s edition.
<strong>“Remind me not to do this again next year,”</strong> Dave Mackey said with an uncharacteristic hint of despair as he neared the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.
The thoracic spine, or t-spine, consists of 12 bones. It sits below the seven bones of the cervical spine that make up the neck and above the five bones of the lumbar spine that comprise the low-back. A runner’s spine should have three-dimensional movement: the capacity to flex forward, extend backward, flex right and left, and rotate.
The cruel brainchild of its race director, Gary “Lazarus Lake (aka Laz)” Cantrell, the Barkley Marathons takes place each spring in the punishing mountains of Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. Now garnering even mainstream notoriety for its near impossibility, the once-obscure 100-mile event, fondly referred to as The Race That Eats Its Young, began in 1986 and, in the ensuing 32 years, has seen a grand total of … drum roll, please … 18 finishes!
Protein bars have their purpose in an athlete’s healthy diet. While whole-food sources tend to be the gold standard for nutrition, protein bars pack a lot of punch for their size and ease. Because they contain carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals in a small treat, they can be used as convenient workout fuel or as a recovery tool. However, knowing what kind of bar is best for your needs and workouts is key.