Ultramarathon Daily News|Thursday, July 18
Oh boy, are you guys in for it. Eric lined up a bunch of great people to help fill in with the Daily News while he’s away. And also me. Sorry.
My name is Jay Friedman, coming to you from the beautiful trails of the Shawangunk Mountains in New Paltz, NY. You can check out some of my nonsense at my blog, but also poke around my website, Gunksrunner.com. You can find info on my exercise testing and coaching services, links to some of the goofy fat-ass events I like to host, and you can even quench your ultra-related podcast fix while Eric is on vacation at The Pain Cave (please subscribe!).
Sabrina Little is just the best. She’s a record-setting champion, one of the nicest folks you’ll ever meet, and a hell of a writer. Her latest essay is about finding deeper meaning in running, beyond just races or results.
Defending world 24-hour champions Ishikawa Yoshihiko and Patyrcycja Bereznowska went 1-2 overall in winning their respective races at the famed Badwater 135 yesterday. Both also set new course records. Yoshihiko did one better by getting engaged at the finish line.
You should have a mantra.
Don’t believe me? The power of positive self-talk.
A little local flavor: nice profile of former MMTR champ Sheryl Wheeler.
Mario’s got some good stuff on his Morning Shakeout, including a nice interview of Olympian Jared Ward by Andy Burfoot.
Here’s your Laz-related fix: US 24-hour team member Greg Armstrong won the Vol State 500, setting a new CR for “screwed” (i.e. un-crewed) runners. He now holds the records for both the supported and unsupported version.
“What makes trail running so sexy?” The sporting goods industry continues to see growth in the trail running space.
The most important thing you’ll watch today: how to ship beer.
I used to host an adult running camp, and one year we had Tim Broe come as our guest speaker. What an awesome guy. Psyched to see what he’s up to now.
The great Sarah Lavender Smith talks about aging as a runner and accepting her new normal.
This kid is a genius.
What’d you do yesterday? Eric got to watch this.
“Chinese people don’t run”: the rise of trail running star Nancy Jiang.
Kristian Morgan has fallen off record pace on his AT FKT attempt, but he’s still moving pretty well. By the time you read this, he’s probably crossed into Virginia. Here’s the podcast I recorded with him shortly before he started. Take a listen, he’s an interesting guy.
I’m not sure that this headline/article matches what this study purports to show: “No Amount of Running is Too Hard on Your Heart.” The study seems to confirm what we already know: that the elevated levels of certain cardiac biomarkers following extreme exercise probably aren’t clinically significant/important. There’s plenty of research (including by yours truly) demonstrating that marathon and ultramarathon runners do have higher risk of premature coronary calcification, which may be clinically significant. If you want a more detailed discussion, I did a series of blog posts on this topic last year.
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Ultramarathon Daily News | Wednesday, July 17
Happy Wednesday, everyone! My name is Clint McKnight and I live and run around the trails and roads in central Oklahoma. If you are curious and want to learn more about a few of my misadventures, I post some over on my blog. I am helping compile some news for you a couple of times in the next few weeks while Eric works on his tan.
This is unfortunate. A UK man runs his first ultra and finishes in first place, but a wrong turn at mile 57 of a 100K race adds a mile to his effort and results in a DQ. I know that rules are rules but the added twist to this one is it seems he was told he would still be fine after asking specifically if his wrong turn would DQ him. Thoughts?
A tragic story and I certainly don’t want to cause more pain for folks but I think it is important to have conversations around nutrition, food regulations, self-image, and just what you are putting into your body. This mom says her daughter’s protein-packed diet contributed to unexpected death.
Speaking from experience from my last race that involved lost of heat, humidity, and a healthy dose of humility, I learned the value of staying cool while racing. Here is an iRunFar article on some cooling techniques.
I can’t get enough of Western States! Tim Lambert (previous URP podcast guest) did a great job of talking about his States experience. His report has everything – trains, germaphobia moments, Gordy, Scott Jurek, and Craig Thornley fanboy fun, nosebleeds, and oh yeah he talks about running a really long way and battling through pain while fighting cutoffs. Look do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes reading it here. Just a little taste from the report: “it has become increasingly clear to me that this isn’t about the race, its about the place”. Seriously get clicking and read it! Also if you haven’t listened to Tim’s podcast episode you should give that a listen too. Check that out here.
Keep your bear spray handy! Officials explain approval of controversial Whitefish ultra marathon.
Uh…Keto and animal rights proponents rejoice?
See Outside Magazine, trail runners are sexy, not lazy parasites!
Hey Colorado runners, here are some trail races one author thinks should be on your bucket list. Any others you would recommend?
This may have been posted before and if so I apologize but even so it may be worth a re-read. Talking about running and training for your first ultra in your 60’s.
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Ultramarathon Daily News Tuesday, July 16
Mornin’ y’all. I’m Laura Parson, an ultrarunner and professor HQ’ed in Auburn, Alabama, where I replace altitude training training with summer mid-day humidity training. You can read my writing at Salty Running where I mostly write race reports and talk about my FKT attempts to raise money for Girls on the Run. I’ll be taking over the news here a few times while Eric is on vacation.
Let’s do this.
In case you missed it, the Fast Women newsletter has updates from across the running world. This week’s edition includes updates on Katie Arnold’s New York Times article on her Leadville win last year and directs attention to the updated “geeks only” section of the Leadville website with updated splits from the 2019 event.
Promoting a healthy body image – In light of Amelia’s post about her struggles with an eating disorder, and the prevalence of EDs across genders in running, Blair talks about how (not) to promote a healthy body image in response to a reader question. It’s a tough issue for sure, but we can start by disconnecting appearance from performance (and value). In that same theme, TrainingPeaks posted an article about how to prevent Relative Energy Deficiency In Sport (RED-S) from a coaching perspective. I find the conflation of sex and gender in the article problematic and suggest that isolating and targeting women athletes contributes to the stigma, but there are some good tips and thoughts.
Keep it slow: More goodness from David Roche on the importance of keeping your easy days easy. Seriously, though, stop comparing easy day stats on Strava (unless you’re competing for slowest pace while still maintaining forward motion).
Need some summer reads? Check out the list of Adventure books (most published since 2000). What books are missing from the list?
Teen is running 130k to raise awareness of murdered and missing indigenous women – and this isn’t his first run. 15 now, he has does this run every year since he was 11. At fifteen, I had yet to run a single loop of a track without being quite positive this was the end, before the end. Pretty amazing kid.
Need a new trail (or destination inspiration)? The Outbound Collective has a list of the best trails in every state. What did they leave off of the list?
IRunFar: The science of staying cool – Extensive review of how to stay cool during and after a long run (or race). Good review of the basics and some next level shade for your next run.
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Ultramarathon Daily News | Mon, July 15
Eric is off gallivanting across the globe for the next month, and today is the first of a series of guest authors.
I’m Brad Bishop, from Fort Collins, CO. I’m co-Race Director for Gnar Runners, Hardrock’s Aid Station Director, and on a personal quest for 10 lifetime Grand Slams (2 down, 8 to go).
IRF/Mock: Results from the ultramarathon and trail racing scene.
With the summer racing season fully underway, results are coming in by the bucketload. A few thoughts:
-Nice to see solid national and international representation at this weekend’s pair of Silverton races – Kendall Mountain and Silverton Alpine. Even with the cancellation of Hardrock, there’s a good sized crowd in town.
-Coming in after Justin’s publication deadline, Greg Armstrong won his fourth King of the Road at the Last Annual Vol State Road Race, and now holds both the Crewed and Screwed course records. (And if you haven’t been reading the entrancing prose of laz’s twice-daily race updates – BOOM – there goes your next hour.)
-Badwater starts tonight, continuing the recent move to a night start after the 2014 debacle when new park management denied it and several other Death Valley races permits while they conducted an abrupt “safety assessment”
One of the longest-standing track world records (23 years) was broken this weekend, with Sifon Hassan setting a new women’s mile record in 4:12.33.
In a must-read for ALL
women runners, former URP Podcast interviewee Amelia Boone shares about her ongoing struggle with an eating disorder, how it has impacted her life and running, and what we each can learn.
I haven’t seen it mentioned elsewhere, but one race into the 2019 Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, Gediminas Grinius sits over a half hour ahead of the record pace set by Ian Sharman in his epic 2013 battle with Nick Clark. Leg 2 (for Grinius) is this coming weekend at Vermont.
Davy Crockett of Ultrarunning History has been on a Tarahumara kick recently, with his usual well-researched stories about a 100 mile trail race in 1867 (more than century before Western States was founded) and women marathoners in 1927 (well before Kathrine Switzer’s heroic Boston run in 1967).
New York Times profiles Leadville 100 Champ Katie Arnold and really brings her every(wo)man-ness to the forefront. Motherhood as training FTW – literally.
A 21:15 100miler is impressive regardless of context. Doing it as a W70 competitor? Daaaannnng. Yes, that was a new world record – by over two hours.
US Life Expectancy drops for 3rd year in a row, longest continuous drop since WWI.
Tempting to write this off as pop-science, but Freakeconomics reliably does their research. The Zero-Minute Workout – can a pill mimic the effects of exercise?
Scientific monitoring of team members’ menstrual cycle helped optimize the USWNT’s performance in their World Cup championship.
Despite the lack of its main event, Camp Hardrock is in full swing, with over 20 events in Silverton, CO this week. I’m organizing Thursday afternoon’s softball game – come on by!
Speaking of Hardrock, fantastic profile by Garrett Graubins of some of the
veterans legends of the run – Kirk Apt, the Betsys, Roch Horton, Blake Wood, Billy Simpson and many more. If you want a terrific sense of the Hardrock community but can’t make it to Silverton this year, read this.
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