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Ask Ann: Guilty about using a pacer?

Ann Trason

Dear Ann, Some of my friends make me feel guilty about using a pacer. What do you think?  Paul Dear Paul, There’s no easy answer. They’ve been controversial since the early days of ultra running. Ultimately they are there for safety, but their role has

UltraRunning October 2014

  • The Quotable Ultrarunner by Gary Dudney
  • Eight Things Your RD Won’t Tell You by Gary Cantrell
  • Buy Local by Ann Trason
  • Wanting In! by Errol Jones
  • Crawl if you Must by Dean Karnazes
  • Speedgoat by Galen Burrell
  • Badwater 135 by Judy Jennings
  • Racing, Race, Race by Ellie Greenwood
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North Face – Wisconsin: A mental exercise

by Shannon Featherstone My husband runs ultras. I never did. Like many people, when asked if I would ever consider doing one, I would respond with a breezy I could never run that far. What I really meant to say was that I could never spend that kind of

Jumpstart Your Recovery

There’s no shortage of products that promise to accelerate recovery. Sure, they might work, but first you have to buy them, which means (a) spending money and (b) either going all the way to the store or waiting days for your order to arrive. But did you know there are plenty of strategies to speed up and improve recovery that are absolutely free and don’t require any equipment?

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Hard Lessons for a Leadville Trail 100 Rookie

I’ve always told our kids that our true character comes through in how you deal with life’s setbacks, rather than how you respond when things are going great. I, unfortunately, had the opportunity to “practice what I preach” in Leadville this past August. I learned in no uncertain terms that the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. On a beautiful sunny day in the Colorado Rockies the Leadville Trail 100 chewed me up and spit me out. Period.

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Kevin Skiles 2014 UTMB Race Report

So here I am, six thousand feet up on a French mountain beginning to hallucinate hard. The sun went down six hours ago while I was on a different mountain peak. That was the second sunset I had seen in this race and it was sixteen miles behind me, twenty kilometers behind me, six hours behind me, several thousand feet of climbing behind me –several thousand feet of climbing ahead and many miles/km to go.

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When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?

Don’t know why I’m struggling with this one. I need to get a grip. Remind myself. It’s not like I’m putting the family cat down. And how would I know what that’s like anyway? We don’t even have a cat. I’m talking about a pair of shoes here. And wondering, when is it time to say goodbye?

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Working My Way Back

By Geoff Roes It’s been two years since I last felt “normal” for any length of time. In August of 2012 I began to experience severe symptoms affecting nearly every system of my body. I spent 8 months searching every possible resource for an answer to w

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Race Preview: Brazos Bend 100

The Brazos Bend 100 is on the fast track to becoming the fastest trail in Texas and is located just 25 miles south of Houston on Brazos Bend State Park. The Brazos Bend 100 will offer a variety of distances including a 100 miler, 50 miler, 26.2 marathon, 13.1 half marathon and 100 miler 4 person relay as well.

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What A Mother!

Over the years there have been an increasing number of families attending the Western States Endurance Run. I thought it might be enlightening – and perhaps a bit entertaining – to hear the perspective of a family member, so I solicited the help of dear ol’ mom. What you’re about to read is her take on the inaugural Western States “experience.”

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Leadville Trail 100 moving to lottery

Press Release Entrance to the Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance will be lottery-based. Cost is $15 to enter the lottery, which will open on December 1, 2014. Winners will be notified in mid-January and automatically charged the $315 regi