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This is a book about the therapeutic power of running and becoming a top ultrarunner. But it’s the backstory about her family, and her personal development, that drew me in, even when chapters served as a sometimes-painful mirror of self-reflection.

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OK, so maybe I’m all by myself in a high-desert forest running 56 miles in a giant circle for no better reason than to order a pizza at the end, but at times out there, it feels purposeful and connected to something larger, like …. like … oh Christ I don’t know. Are you there, […]

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I’m doing this race again less as an endurance competition, more as an opportunity to revisit and revere this region up close, and ultimately do what I can to help protect it.

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Why I’m thinking about parties, ropes and chainsaws—and what they have to do with procrastination, running, parenting and aging.

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Are you the type of runner that loves the climbs? You are part mountain goat. You can power hike the heck out of a hill. Or are you a downhiller? You take full advantage of gravity and fly down the trail. Quads be damned! The elevation profile of a race shows you where the course […]

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The 2019 The Coastal Challenge today came to an end on the stunning beaches of Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. Pere Aurell and Ida Nilsson are the champions after a masterclass of multi-day running. The duo ran amazing races …

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I made a mental list of circumstances that make a long training run extra challenging. What happens when all these things conspire on the same run? Let me tell you.

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It is hard to describe the feeling of crossing the finish line on Sunday. It is hard to explain how far away I felt from the person I was when I ran the Olympic Trials in 2012. When I was running amazing in 2012, I never wanted to let that feeling, that rush go. I wanted to stay at that fitness level and see what I was capable of. And I had a great stretch there in 2012. But as any athlete knows, the highs and the lows last only so long. That time was over in the flash of an eye after a freak fall during a routine trail run in my new, at the time, neighborhood. Then came the bakery. And frustration, trying to run when my life of 100 hour work weeks wouldn’t allow. I stopped beating my head against the wall finally and realized that trying to do the same thing over and over again was unproductive. So I flew to South Africa and ran a marathon and then two weeks later, Ultra Trail Cape Town. It was the hardest 100km I have ever done, but I finished, proud in 3rd place. A few weeks later, I ran Javelina 100 and set the third fastest trail time ever (at the time). I enjoyed immensely the reinvigoration of my ultra running career that had taken a backseat to the life of a small business owner. 2016 brought golden tickets instead of OTQ’s as a realized my head and heart just weren’t into the quest. The fast marathon had become something overly complicated in my mind and I found myself self-sabatoging my races and really not enjoying myself. And so, I raced WS and finished 3rd. My satisfaction immense, my love for ultra running true.

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This is the first year that Mountain Lakes 100 is using a lottery for registration. It sold out in less than 30 minutes last year. We know how frustrating lotteries (and quick sell-outs) can be when friends are trying to all get into a race together. So, we have decided to offer our Friend Refund […]

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Since Mt. Hood 50 began using a lottery for the 50-miler in 2015, we’ve offered the Friend Refund option. We will continue this program for the 2019 lottery. The Friend Refund gives you an out if you had planned to run the race with friends or family, and they didn’t get selected in the drawing. […]

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Running is a uniquely objective sport because at its most fundamental, it’s all about the numbers: mileage, workout splits, and race finish times.

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To breathe deeply, to see the horizon clearly, to talk to old friends, to move your legs up and down a mountain—how marvelous and precious this life on earth is, the more imperiled it becomes.

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We know some of you have big dreams and goals. Sometimes those are our races, and sometimes they are bigger international events. We pay to get our races evaluated by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) so that they can be UTMB qualifiers. For those wanting to race around Mont Blanc, we are happy to […]

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It is getting more and more difficult to get into races. Lotteries, lightning-quick sell outs, and restricted capacities mean that advanced planning and just plain ol’ good luck are often required to run the races you want. Many of our events have multiple distances; the Wy’east Wonder is a 50-miler and a 50K, Smith Rock […]

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No, our dog is not part of this gear/gift guide, but something in that photo is! This time of year, I like to share recommendations for worthwhile running- and outdoor-related stuff I discovered over the past 12 months.

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I wanna run and feel like I did in that photo from 2015. I can’t recall a time I felt this degree of ambivalence about running, which is supposed to be my passion. Perhaps I’m fitting the profile of burnout, but burnout usually follows overtraining, and since September I’ve been undertraining.

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New for the 2019 Mountain Lakes 100 race, is a requirement that each runner contributes eight hours of volunteer trail work. We feel that more runners need to spend time building and improving the trails we all enjoy. By making it a requirement to race, there will be 1,200 hours of trail work done in […]

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EVEREST TRAIL RACE, Nepal “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade …

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This was the sixth year for the Mountain Lakes 100 race, and the most popular. The race sold out in just 24 minutes, and that was with the registration server getting slammed from all the would-be entrants trying to sign up as soon as it opened. This is not a big race. The field is just […]

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Because I face the move back to California and some big decisions about our home, I am mulling, “What next? What will I do after I turn 50?” To plan ahead, first I look back and reflect. I reminisce about life one decade ago…

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When I started running regularly after graduating from college, the marathon sounded impossibly far. I’ll never do that, I thought. I’d heard horror stories of lost toenails and cripplingly sore quads…

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I don’t know if it is the slightly cooler air temperatures, or maybe it’s the fading joy of the warmer weather… or maybe it is just the winding down of one’s racing season, but we get a lot of requests for our next year’s race dates before this year is barely half-way done. So, for […]

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I decided to turn my sour grapes into fortified grape juice and attempt an upstart, scrappy race the weekend after Hardrock 100, on the same mountain range, that’s arguably even more difficult—a race so miserable in its first year on the current route that the RD admits, “I don’t think it was a good experience […]

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“For these three days,” I told the group gathered for our inaugural San Juan Mountain Running Camp, “I want you to encounter and experience challenges on the trail that you don’t expect, and that perhaps intimidate you, because you’ll discover that you can get through and handle more than you think you can. And you’ll […]

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#SheMovesMountains I think the most impressive story line of Western States this year was the strength of the women. I mean, I know Walmsley absolutely crushed it and totally stole the spotlight (as he should!). But, as Walmsely was HE-MANing it, the women were doing something epic behind the scenes. If you look at the...

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To me, an ideal getaway is not an island resort or a spa weekend. It’s a running camp in a mountain environment. These totally worthwhile experiences at trail-running camps heighten my excitement to launch a new mountain-running camp just one month from now.

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Go Beyond Racing is always looking for ways to make our races more environmentally friendly. We are cupless at our aid stations; we use compostable flatware, silverware, and napkins; we recycle and compost a lot of garbage from our events; we donate to organizations that work to improve forests and trails; we are members of […]

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I’m writing this partly as a reminder never to take exultant, elevated, healthy highs for granted, because you just may fall on your ass.

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The Boston Marathon has captured the imagination of runners for over a hundred years. And for good reason: it’s considered the “world’s most prestigious marathon.”

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The Mile: it’s captured the hearts of track fans for generations. And it requires the speed of a sprinter with the endurance of a distance specialist.

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When I feel overwhelmed, or try to help my kids deal with their stress, I draw on lessons learned and strategies developed through ultras.

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You signed up for a race and it was already full by the time you got to check out and now you are on the wait list. What does that mean? Will you get into the race? When and how will you know? With the rising popularity of trail and ultra running, races are filling […]

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I need to sort out thoughts about the coming year and beyond, and that’s another reason I’m looking forward to this 24-hour hamster-wheel ultra on new year’s eve—it’ll be a retreat of sorts.

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Again for the 2018 race, Go Beyond Racing is offering the Friend Refund for the Mt. Hood 50 Mile. Lotteries are brutal. You plan your racing calendar for the year and then your name isn’t selected in the lottery and your plan B races are now already full. Or, you get in, but the friend […]

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Like the “super moon,” the course seemed unusually brilliant and exaggerated in its beauty. Little did I know on that blissful, escapist day that disaster would strike 36 hours later.

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I wrote this post four years ago, in the fall of 2013, and am updating it since I revisited this cool urban run last week. Now that the entrance to Yerba Buena Island is open and links to Treasure Island, you can loop around there for a longer run!

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At the end of August, we announced our 2018 race schedule and alluded to some new races we were developing. We are excited to now share details about those events here. First, the sad news. We were working on a new race in the Columbia River Gorge this past summer, when the forest fires broke […]

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I need to let go of longing for a supposedly better version of myself from years ago. Remember and celebrate all the things that this 2017 version of me did that the 2007 person couldn’t fathom.

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Most of our 2018 trail ultra races are 2019 UTMB qualifiers! This is the third year in a row we’ve paid for the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) to evaluate our courses so we could submit them to UTMB as a qualifier for all of their races. Those trails in Europe are pretty amazing and […]

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The summer, I read about the West to deepen my understanding of Colorado, California and states in between—their history, culture, politics and myriad pressures. Rest assured, these books are good reads.

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I spent ten months coaching two clients for the Grand to Grand Ultra and the Atacama Crossing. Here’s the outline of their training plans, and their stories of what the events were like, to show how to meet the myriad challenges of an ultra-long stage race—and, perhaps, to inspire your new year’s goals.

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