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Month: October 2018

10 Things You Definitely Shouldn’t Do Before Running an Ultramarathon

10 Things You Definitely Shouldn’t Do Before Running an Ultramarathon

Running an ultramarathon is actually pretty simple. Once you figure out your nutrition and hydration requirements, all you really need to do is run from one point to another while stopping as few times as possible. Simple doesn’t mean easy. Anything can happen in the course of an ultramarathon. You could break a bone, get assailed by bears, go hypothermic and get lost, break a nail… While the race itself can be quite trepidatious, sometimes what happens during the race…

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How to Conquer Fear

How to Conquer Fear

There was one car parked in the roadside lot as I drove up. I thought I saw a figure sleeping inside, so I figured nobody else was on the trail. Rain sluiced through the dense forest overhead and the clouds guaranteed no moonshine that night. It was my first night run alone and as I launched down a wet and rutted trail, my world was nothing but a rushing sphere of light. To my left, I heard a rustling. I jumped and…

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How to Set Goals in Your Ultramarathon Running Career

How to Set Goals in Your Ultramarathon Running Career

“Screw it, I’m just going to finish,” I said as I began my ascent out of the 30-mile aid station. It was over 90 degrees Fahrenheit and just below me was an inviting mountain stream. I chose to cool myself off before heading off on the rest of my adventure. As I lay there, letting the stream roll over my shoulders and into my lap, a couple of runners who weren’t in the race came up and stared. I soon got…

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Do You Really Need Strength Training for Ultrarunning?

Do You Really Need Strength Training for Ultrarunning?

The battle was won. I’d completed the longest, toughest, and hottest race of my life so far. And everything hurt. I was following Coach Koop’s training method at the time and expected my body to be ready to train again in three to five days. I was absolutely wrong. Dead wrong. Once most of the pain in my body subsided, I jumped on the trails. I was slow, but I was determined. And then my left leg flared up. The…

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Discipline is Freedom: How to Balance a Freelance Career and Ultrarunning

Discipline is Freedom: How to Balance a Freelance Career and Ultrarunning

It seems the digital world is hell-bent on destroying our productivity. As much as silicon valley execs sell their products as productivity enhancers, our digital devices are an unhealthy addiction. Thinking back to the era before the smartphone, I don’t know if life was better or worse. The device became mainstream as I left college. And I did not adopt the technology until four years later. But I can tell you that there is some merit in boredom. When you…

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