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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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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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How to Accomplish Impossible Tasks: One Step at a Time

How to Accomplish Impossible Tasks: One Step at a Time

A friend of mine once asked how to accomplish a seemingly impossible task. I replied, “Well, just like running a marathon, one step at a time.” She replied, “well, that’s big coming from you. You’ve actually run a marathon.” While her praise felt good, I still put on The Mask of False Humility and mildly deflected the praise. But in retrospect, I think she’s kind of right and it took a month of injury and forced indoor training for me to…

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Training Update #3: Tailwind Nutrition, Spring Energy, and Failure

Training Update #3: Tailwind Nutrition, Spring Energy, and Failure

You could say that to fail is human. We break. We bend. We get distracted by our desires or our pains. But failure isn’t exactly a bad thing. Killian Jornet says, “fail early, fail often.” And he’s right.  If we were perfect, there would be nothing left to achieve. Consider a child learning to walk. They stand up, wobble, and then fall. What did they learn? Falling isn’t so bad. So, they get back up and keep trying. Soon, they…

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Training Update #2: Trail Nutrition, Frustrating Blood Blisters, and Why I Suck at Swimming

Training Update #2: Trail Nutrition, Frustrating Blood Blisters, and Why I Suck at Swimming

It’s been one week since the Wenatchee Half Marathon and I’ve barely hit the trails. Why? The dreaded blood blister. You’re probably tired of hearing about this, so I’ll make it brief. Screw blood blisters. You’re not supposed to lance them. If you do, you might introduce bacteria directly into your bloodstream. And if they’re big enough, they sit there on your toe for ages throbbing and threatening to open if you run on them. I’m only 13 weeks out from…

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Five Things I’ve Learned About Elite Runners Through Strava

Five Things I’ve Learned About Elite Runners Through Strava

Paul the Apostle once said, “Run in such a way as to take the prize.” And while I’ve not always done this, I see value and worth in the attempt. Not everyone can achieve the prize. There are elite runners and there are average runners. And it’s ok to be average. Average people do wonder sometimes, “what does it take to be an elite runner?” Sometimes the answer is “you can’t be an elite runner.” But that’s only due to…

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How to Have Fun While Training and Avoid Training Dread

How to Have Fun While Training and Avoid Training Dread

There are people out there that dread training. I don’t think most ultra runners feel this way, but maybe some do. If you’re a runner, and you loathe training, maybe you should find a different sport. I don’t know. So far, the little training I’ve been able to do since I started (my trail training has been cut short due to an Achilles injury) has actually been awesome and fun. Sure, when I’m in the middle of an interval, suffering and…

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Why a Rest Day is Important Not Only in Ultrarunning but in Life Too

Why a Rest Day is Important Not Only in Ultrarunning but in Life Too

Running addiction is real. People who can’t seem to stop. Ever. They exist. But they aren’t healthy. Yes, they might be fit…ish. But they aren’t giving their bodies a rest. Runners of all types are guilty of this sin. They reason that their activity is good for them. But what they’re really saying is that they can’t live without that runner’s high. At this point, you might be saying “Ack!” I hope you haven’t bounced away yet in disgust. But…

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