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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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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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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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