Justin/IRF run down the weekend's top ultramarathon and trail results from around the world. Quick thoughts: I'd missed the news that Ironman had acquired Ultra Trail Australia. Certainly an interesting move that's hopefully not a harbinger of more to ...
Racing to run a certain time is the equivalent of trying to play a game of H-O-R-S-E during a 5 vs 5 basketball game. You can do it, but most likely will lose the day’s contest even though you won your “game.”
Having set goals that I knew were in my control made the difference between failure and success and how I felt about the outcome. I nailed the nutrition, I had fun, and sometimes I had fast feet. I finished with gratitude, and had a wonderful afternoon hanging out with friends and cheering on the next finishers.
Sending out some special packages to Patrons this week. You know when you find something that’s strange, but it works for you on the trails? That’s what led me to buy a bunch of these for you folks who make this all possible. Stay tuned.
For anyone who’s been watching this sport for more than a few years, Mike Morton’s incredible ultramarathon performances from a decade ago, subsequent disappearance from the racing scene, then rise again in 2013-14 was incredible. Mike’s a solider, a runner, an artist, and this morning he posted a brutally honest message about his struggle with PTSD, alcoholism, and suicide. I’ll be honest, his post chilled me to the bone. We chatted with him in this podcast, apparently in the throes of one of his worst episodes and now I feel I need to go back and listen for any clues. Get better Mike. Fight hard and get through this. The crazy and diverse ultramarathon and trail communities are on your side.
Nah, this won’t be exciting at all. Zach Miller, an Olympic XC skier, David Laney, a Mt Marathon Champion, and Tim Tollefson all battling on some wicked trail in Alaska. Great write up and analysis right this way.
I make fun of sports and pop “science” a lot on these pages. Here’s an excellent analysis of why so much of it is flawed–and how it’s gone mainstream.
Simple request to PE teachers, coaches, and some parents: PLEASE do not use running as a punishment. It’s incredible how often this still occurs and it needs to end. Thanks.
OG URP host Scotty and I interviewed Rich Hunter five years ago this week. Rich introduced me to the incredible performances and struggles that the blind/VI community deals with and is instrumental in connecting runners and sighted guides around the country. He’s also got the first (and I believe one of a few) running guide dogs in the country. Klinger is up for a “heroic dog” award and voting is right over here. Let’s shine some extra light and accolades on an awesome team of runners.
Once you’re done here, head on over to semi-rad for Brendan’s Friday Inspiration.
The North Face Endurance Championships is going cupless. More right this way. And hey, if you’re signing up for Mass or Wisc, use URP20 for a nice discount…just remember to bring your damn cup.
As I hit the beach, I knew at this point if I had already made it 42 heinous miles, I could make it three more steep ones into the finishing town of Los Llanos. Rounding the final turn, was quite the sign of relief, as I was greeted by the warmest welcome I’ve ever experienced finishing a race
Behind this paywall is most likely an interesting discussion about the culpability and liability of race directors when someone dies while competing.
Can CBD oil help triathletes? Could it also trigger PED tests? Consider.
Honest review: Sunny and I went to see The Snowman Trek last night and my wife asked me this morning how the movie was. While I liked seeing the incredible trails, environment, and people of Bhutan, the movie left me frustrated. While Tim and Frosty were there to run hard and set an FKT, the Bhutanese people were not ready (or warned?) for that type of expedition, and that’s not the athlete’s fault. The film came across as largely critical of their guides and porters, when it seemed that the organizer (and narrator) should have had the timeline set before they set off.
Site news: I’m in the process of updating the look and the feel of the site, with one main emphasis being this page. My goal (working with a web designer) is to make the Daily News page more interactive with the ability to comment on each link separately. What other changes to the overall site would you like to see?
Read this: Excellent analysis of the Jurek’s book North while also weaving in the lessons and message from Hutchinson’s Endure. What exactly is it that drives us forward, despite all logic and self preservation?
Did anyone else watch parts of the Diamond League meet from Shanghai? Was that smog?
The Broken Arrow Skyrace is once again getting some top level entrants...Olson, Sandes, Koerner, Albertson-Junkans, Ghelfi, Shay, Allen, Keyes, Leedham, Boone, Vaught, Bosio, King, Vargo, Trumer, Schlarb, Pollman, Smith, Foote, Maravilla, Calmettes…Holy cow this is going to be a fun weekend!
It only took me 14 months and an injury to finally take the bands out of their original packaging! I had good intent when I bought them, but poor follow through. Don’t you make the same mistake. All those articles we see regarding cross training, stretching, strength and core work outs are there for a reason. They benefit us in becoming better runners and staying injury free.
What it takes to run across California…the “short” way. I remember years ago when Sarah Spelt did this…it’s something that’s always been on my list of things to do. Anyone want to make a push next year?
And Ann herself was very clear, “I was racing for the overall win that year and every year. It’s just what I did back then.”
I like to run through the biggest puddles and tackle the muddiest terrain when testing shoes, and the MT2s proved to be stable through all of it. I was able to descend a mile long hill that was a mix of snow and mud with almost no slippage and I felt comfortable the entire way. You can definitely feel confident on a mix of terrains in the MT2.
–Check out Sarah’s new review of the TOPO Athletics MT2.
We’re having lunch with my wife and my MIL this weekend, while my mom is running and riding through rural Austria with my dad (while apparently visiting every brewery they can find.) Happy Mother’s Day…we wouldn’t be here without you.