I'm on one side of the mic with Tina Muir in this podcast about raising adventurous kids and the struggle many of us have with controlling our enthusiasm, and the growth of ultramarathons and URP. …and on the other side of the mic in this new URP ...


Ultramarathon Daily News | Friday, Sep 21 and more...

Ultramarathon Daily News | Friday, Sep 21

I’m on one side of the mic with Tina Muir in this podcast about raising adventurous kids and the struggle many of us have with controlling our enthusiasm, and the growth of ultramarathons and URP.

…and on the other side of the mic in this new URP episode where we talk with Josh Ritter about why he DNFed the same hundred miler three times…and what he did to get it right the fourth. 

“I chased her for 181 miles,” Curtin said. “I was super amped up. I took a ton of energy drinks, but I think it was more the thrill of the chase and being neck-and-neck for two days into a race that really had me going. I didn’t mean to catch her that quickly. It was way easier to chase than to constantly look back to see how far ahead I was.

Excellent write up of the battle at Tahoe 200. Seriously, what other sports have story lines like this?

The clunky ‘this is really what you want to see’ algorithm by Twitter makes following anything that depends on chronology (like, say, a race) frustrating and impossible. Apparently we can switch back to the old version now. Woohoo!

ultramarathon study

Hips and knees, hips and knees. Gotta keep them healthy or your time on the trails is over.

Kipchoge’s ‘drink guy’ gets some media love. I agree with Gault’s analysis of why so many people connected with him: We’ve all worked aid stations and have felt that little piece of pride that we helped someone do something awesome….no matter how tiny our part was, we were there and did it well.

Running is just one foot in front of the other, right? Well, now let’s look at arm mechanics, angles, and swing, and learn how the slightest changes make a huge impact.

I downed a full pack of ramen, a quesadilla, oreos, all totaling 500+ calories, in 7 minutes, and then I was gone into the evening light across an angrily frothing White River… 

–This type of sentence makes no sense to 99.9% of the population, but it made sense to Ghelfi on his FKT of the Wonderland Trail and many of us will relate. Great read and lessons about pacing…check it out here.

DCRainmaker has long been the standard by which all product reviewers measure themselves, but he outdid even himself with this latest review of the new GoPro. I can’t begin to imagine the amount of time it took to write and produce that piece.

Put a little smile on your face and watch these 70-74yo men race to the finish of a 1500m on the track.

Gabi talks to Stephanie about food and come to a reasonable conclusion: Don’t be crazy, but eat healthy and have fun.


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Josh Ritter | The 4th Time’s a Charm

Josh Ritter started running ultramarathons in 2012 and in that first year lined up at Hal Koerner’s Pine to Palm 100. He wouldn’t finish the race, taking a DNF around mile 70.

This is an episode that follows Josh’s journey from 2012 through three DNFs on the same course and multiple wild fires, until he eventually earned his buckle just two weeks ago.  What was the magic secret, and what did he do to balance family commitments with his running goals? If you’re someone who’s struggled with cutoffs or persistent, you’ll want to pay attention to this episode.

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Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter Episode Notes

Josh mentioned Shasta Trail Runs. (NFI for me.)

This is the olive oil place we were talking about.

Outro music by David Rosales.

Josh started Pine to Palm 100 miler three times in five years, each ending with a DNF. This year, he got it right. Please join us on our talk about what went right.

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Ultramarathon Daily News | Thursday, Sep 20

A good–and tough–reminder about staying safe on the trails.

A trick that’ll help ensure you run easy on your easy days. Only works for fellas, though I assume a braless approach would work for the ladies too. Oh, just go ahead and read it.

Cheating to beat your colleagues and competitors is one thing. Cheating your way into the Paralympics is a whole different level of sh*tbag.

GoogleMaps now shows vert. Cool.

Guy sets a new FKTWBL on the 310 mile Superior Trail.

Come on Gary, no need to reroute the course. Just get a bunch of these.

Beer science: If you’re dry hopping your IPA, here’s why it might explode.

Short news day. What did I miss? (New episode dropping soon. Stay tuned.)

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Ultramarathon Daily News | Wed, Sep 19

Ahoy! Add this to the list of things that top ultramarathon and trail runners do differently than the rests of us: Take time to get ready and prepare for a workout.

Woman breaks overall speed record on a bike (184mph!) on the Utah salt flats. I’m not sure what I expected the bike to look like, but it was more high-tech and aerodynamic than what she rode. 

Dude. You’re running for public office and call yourself as a military veteran…don’t be a hornswaggle and cheat your way into Boston.

As the crew, as a spectator, as a pacer, our job is to support. That’s it. It’s not our race. It’s the runner’s. There is definitely a line to walk in pushing your runner when the mental barriers are too strong, to keep them going when we know they can. But there is also a time when we must let the runner decide what’s best for them, for that day and their future and in that decision, to still be their biggest fan. How do we strike that balance?

How to be a good crew/pacer and support your runner. Read this, folks.

I may not always catch her literary and philosophical references, but Sabrina Little is my favorite writer/runner out there and this piece about the individual self vs the running community is no exception. Great read and so true. 

You can’t always make lemonade from lemons: How ultramarathon running is not a cure all for mental health issues.

Pirate ultramarathon

New interview coming soon: Josh toed the line at Pine to Palm four times over the past six years and DNFed each attempt. Then two weeks ago, he lined up and made it to the finish line. We’ll find out how he did it. Stay tuned for an inspiring episode.

Avast ye! If you’re running trails in the PNW and see helicopters carrying mountain goats off hilltops, fear not. It’s not your fatigue or your eyes or your edibles. It’s this.

So how do we get more kids, more women, more people involved in this stupid sport? Forcing them in (either by overly-enthusiastic parents or by quotas) is not the answer, and I find the divisiveness popular with some millennials to be counterproductive at best. I’m not going to mention her name out of respect for privacy–and primarily because she did this completely under the radar–but Sunny received a wholly unexpected letter from someone (an uber-elite woman) Monday congratulating on her running and encouraging her love for adventure. Sunny beamed and told all of her friends about the letter and now more of her friends want to hit the trails with us this weekend. It’s a tiny gesture that creates small waves, but those turn into bigger waves, right? These are the things that stick with kids (and hell, adults!) for the long run. Real life super heroes (and pirates) exist and have incredible powers for real change.

Discussing an issue that has no real answer: Who is the GOAT? Toni Reavis argues that it’s not Kipchoge.

While Mario argues that it is Kipchoge and Michael Joyner posits that the new WR serves as harbinger for even faster times in the near future.

Blimey, the Irish Dean Karnazes runs 32 marathons in 16 days in each of Ireland’s sixteen counties.

More endurance madness: Ashley Horner was giving it the ol heave ho and attempting to complete 50 Ironman-distance triathlons in fifty days, but she’s called it quits after a medical scare and decided to walk the plank. Here’s the story, and be sure to pay attention to the detail that many of you/us likely skipped over:

She received intravenous fluids for six hours, then left the ER, sent Viada the results of her blood test, ate a pizza, and got a full night of sleep.

And now that my search for my favorite beer has ended, perhaps finding the best pizza is the next logical challenge. Fine, the West Coast may get the majority of the MUT media, but we’re apparently wallowing in sh*tty, subpar pizza.

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Ultramarathon Daily News | Monday, Sep 17

Justin/IRF cover the weekend ultramarathon and trail results. Lots of European events, plus a few domestic races. What caught my interest:

In case ya missed it, Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record yesterday in Berlin. His training has been fantastic, his build up predictable,  but I’ve been watching this sport long enough to not look at every new record with a skeptical eye. Hope it’s all clean and legit.

It’s not the sedentary video gaming or the crap you’re feeing your kids…it’s the bleach wipes that are making adolescents fat.

How do you get your miles in? 

I hope you caught our interview with #1 American at UTMB Chris Hammes. We had a free-flowing conversation about his love of vert, how he handles pain and discomfort, and what he wants out of this silly sport of ours. Super nice guy, and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on him whenever he toes the line at tough races.

“I just kept going longer and at one point I wanted to run across the country,” McCarthy said.

Well, you know, we understand.

I always appreciate it when Sage pops into the LetsRun forums and offers his perspective. His latest post about SkyRunning and multi-surface runners is no exception.

Competitor lists the best road and trail shoes for F’18. While not a traditional Altra fan (they’ve just never felt right for me), I’m loving the Lone Peak 4s. 

An aging midwesterner’s first attempt (and finish!) at a hundred miler.

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