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.”
On March 17, during Washington’s iconic Chuckanut 50K, Twitter was abuzz (as Twitter has a tendency to be). Who was leading the women’s race? I saw posts that said it was “Anne” or “Kate” or my favorite, “Unknown runner.” It was actually Kathryn Drew, and she’d go on to win Chuckanut, tromping through the snow that covered parts of the course. She is Canadian, after all.
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.
When I was a kid, there was a notorious Nike commercial starring baseball legends Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. In the ad, they see Mark McGwire hit a towering home run, and the camera pans to Heather Locklear, who seems mightily impressed. The diminutive Maddux and Glavine realize their finesse pitching won’t cut it, so the next 45 seconds is a training montage of them getting jacked and practicing hitting. At the end, they both hit home runs, and the camera pans to Locklear gazing on admiringly. They bump arms and say the famous catchphrase: “Chicks dig the long ball.”
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.
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Late in races, ultramarathon champion Camille Herron is known to drink a beer or two. She usually goes on to incredible performances, reshaping what we think is possible.
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!
First, a disclaimer (starting the article with some sexy talk for all the lawyers in the house). There is no single way to train for a longer ultramarathon. Each person can succeed through a bunch of different approaches, and this one may not be right for you.
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.
The race director greeted me as I walked up to the two orange cones that marked a starting line in Telluride Town Park. His event would begin in 15 minutes, but only a small number of runners were hanging out. I recognized no one, thank goodness. I didn’t want anyone I know to witness my potential blowup.
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Last week, I opened an athlete’s training log to a harrowing entry. It was bad, with two of the most scary symptoms for an athlete: persistent tiredness on uphills and a heavy, foggy brain. What was it? Gosh, hopefully not the start of overtraining syndrome, or mono, or some severe illness. We couldn’t just hope it would pass any longer.
Morgan Sjogren, aka “The Running Bum,” spends most of her time running around in wild places. A lover of public lands, literature and trail running, she dedicates her life to increasing awareness about public spaces in the U.S. she feels need protecting, reading, writing, running and living out of her Jeep. To master this nomadic lifestyle, she’s had to get creative with her cooking. Here are our favorite excerpts from her new book, Outlandish.