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At last! I’ve found the most repulsive aid station food imaginable: Tempura Clam Chowder. Won’t be served at any races officially, but maybe a fun gag at your next race? (NO. DON’T DO THIS. I’M KIDDING PEOPLE!) Tempura Clam Chowder Mile anyone?
ULTRARUNNING magazine recently conducted a survey of its readers and here are the results. I should probably do one for URP to find out what you all like/dislike about the site.
If it’s not the shoes, then will this drink help propel runners to go sub2?
Update: Mackey interview fell through, but I’m still giving away an entry into a cool running camp next month. Bounce over to the Patreon page for more info.
And yes, of course the UTMB lineup this year. Not much to say that hasn’t been said already, but I certainly hope Zach joins the line up. Remember, we’ve all pleasured ourselves to entrant list pr0n in the past, only to hear about the DNS list the day before. Let’s hope everyone gets to the starting line in shape this year.
Speaking of the Grand Slam, here’s more on the Athletes With Disabilities division at Vermont 100. No extra time or accommodations, but the ability compete on equal ground. Awesome.
Speaking of AWDs and 100 milers, I’m speaking with Dave Mackey tonight for an upcoming podcast. Plan your weekend run now, this’ll be a good one.
In that podcast, I’ll be talking about an upcoming trail camp I’m going to and offering up a free spot. Want to run with Magda, Zach Bitter, Megan Arbogast, and Hayden Hawks on the Western States trail? Details will be on the Patreon page and contest open exclusively to URP supporters.
“Africans won’t do well in ultras.” Actually, they do really well. Check out these results from the Om Die Dam 50k (a traditional tune up for Comrades) in South Africa.
Did you hear our latest podcast with Suzanna Bon. She’s got an incredible resume of ultramarathon wins across all distances and terrains and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Definitely a fun interview with lots of lessons.
That episode was sponsored by the guys (and gals!) at TrailsAndTarmac coaching. From roads to trails of all distances, they’ll help you get faster and stronger by crafting custom workout plans with a small client/coach ratio. Check them out here.
Interesting addition to the Run Rabbit Run 100 Hares list is Olympian Anthony Famigletti. I’m curious to know more about is entry into the MUT scene (his ultrasignup shows no results, but that might be inaccurate) and how he chose this race for his debut. I’ve asked him to come on the show to chat, but he’s currently playing hard to get.
If Suzanna Bon’s name isn’t familiar to you, clear an hour of your schedule and listen to this episode. If you’re an aging runner and feeling sorry for yourself, do the same and listen to how she’s taking on her 50s with focus, perseverance, and a sense of humor.
Suzanna Bon’s ultramarathon results include a top ten at Western, wins at HURT, Cascade Crest 100, San Diego 100, Lake Sonoma, Tahoe 200, a podium finish at IAU 24 hour, and recent wins (2016) at Castle Peak 100k and Kodiak 100 miler. At 52 years old, she’s not slowing down.
Suzanna started really running in her 30s and has taken on every surface out there, from trail to tarmac to track in nearly every distance past a marathon. What feeds her interest in different terrains? Curiosity. Fitness. Passion.
From 50k to 50 miles to 100k, 100 miles, 24 hours, and 200 miles, Suzanna Bon has podium finishes and stories behind them. What does she remember about her first hundred? Why’d she sign up for a 200 miler and what did she learn about her attitude and mindset during the race? Does she have interest in running shorter distances faster?
We also cover family and what to do when your kids don’t share your passion and how having a supportive spouse/partner is paramount to success. What advice does she have for women starting to get competitive in their 30s and 40s? Smart answer by a woman who’s been there.
Lots to talk about…let’s get on with it!
Suzanna Bon Episode Sponsor: Trails and Tarmac Coaching
Suzanna’s next race is The Canyons 100k, presented by HOKA. It’s sold out (lots of top athletes going after Krar’s record), but the 10k and 25k options are still open, and all of those proceeds go to support Foresthill Schools and the Western States trail.
Looks like samples are available again for S-Fuels–you guys and gals blew through their last run in less than a week. Click the link in the right sidebar (or right here) to check out some healthy fueling options that will help you avoid the sugar spike and bonk.
Mario’s Morning Shakeout from yesterday (I stopped getting mine for some reason…had to re-subscribe) is a good one. I’m with Mario on the technology front: Where is the line that determines how much technology should influence performance? Tough one to answer. Ideas?