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Ask Ann: Blisters

Ann Trason

It’s always tragic when a BIG run gets taken down by a LITTLE culprit! Such is the case with blisters. While blisters can feel like a mystery, there are four solid basics to avoiding blisters that you should know about.

UltraRunning September 2014

  • Ten Keys to Ensure a DNF in Your First 100 Miler by Zach Adams
  • Compression by Donald Buraglio
  • Why the Marathon? by Ellie Greenwood
  • Do Not Make Your DNF a DNL! by Ann Trason
  • Recovery Nutrition by Sunny Blende
  • Working My Way Back by Geoff Roes
  • Thru-Hiking the PCT by Amy Nangle
  • Why You Do It by Errol Jones
  • How to Avoid Injuries by Ian Sharman
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Recent Features

Ellie Greenwood

A Marathon Speed Session

You know those times when you innocently say something and are met by a really odd look, and then you realize that you’re not talking to an ultrarunner? Well, that was the case when I was talking to a local newspaper journalist recently and referred to running the Vancouver marathon as “a good, middle distance effort.” Well what else do we ultrarunners call a mere 26.2-mile jaunt other than “middle distance”?

Gary Cantrell

For The Challenge

It is the number one answer to the number one question we get as ultrarunners… “Why do you do it?” “For the challenge!” The answer sounds so glib that it might come across as a throwaway line. But the truth is, there are many nuances to the challenge of running ultras.

Joe Uhan

Cutting-Edge Research

A novel new addition to race week at this year’s Western States Endurance Run was the first-ever Medicine & Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports Conference. Medical research is one of the three pillars of the Western States Foundation Mission, and the formulation of a research conference in conjunction with the race has been in the works for several years.

O24 2014—A Perfect Combination of Wild and Mild

By Keith Flint What a difference a day makes. Only 24 hours before this year’s Outrun 24-Hour Trail Run, it was turning cold and steadily pouring rain on the race director and crew as they prepared for this annual event. The Chapin Forest Preserve in K

Karl Hoagland

On Injuries And Aging

If we avoid injury for many years, at some point, time and age catch up to us, and a decade later, something gives out. For me, this was my left ankle, and the real culprit was excessive abuse in my teens and 20s at other sports. But ultimately after a few DNFs and pain with every step I opted for surgery on April 23, 2013, a day I’ll never forget.

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Race Preview: Big Cedar Endurance Run

Located at the highest point in Dallas, Prayer Mountain, the Big Cedar Wilderness offers runners a 100% single track running experience. 100 milers will run four 25 mile loops, 50 milers run two loops, and 50k runners run one 25 mile loop and a shorter 6 mile loop.

Criss-Cross: Lying on your back draw the right knee in and extend the left leg forward. Gently place the fingertips on the back of the head and lift the head and shoulders off the mat. Inhale as you switch the legs and exhale as you extend the right leg. Keep the elbows open to the sides and lift the chest towards the opposite knee. Make this exercise about the abs. Repeat 10 times on each side.

Pilates For Runners

I have many clients who are runners and they come to me with similar stories: my lower back hurts, I tire easily, I’ve hit a wall in my training, my endurance isn’t what it used to be. Whatever the reason, I can’t wait to get them on the Pilates program to discover what their bodies are truly capable of when pounding the pavement and beyond.

myles smythe

New Media Enhances Coverage Of Ultrarunning

Live coverage of major ultramarathons has evolved and grown substantially in the past 15 years, and this year Western States 100 brought the most comprehensive and reliable coverage yet of a North American ultramarathon. It was back in 2000 under the v

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Introducing The Ultra Medical Team

Race Directors Chances are you feel pretty good about your aid stations and course markings, but how prepared are you to address the following potential medical needs at your event? Are you ready for a runner who seizes due to hyponatremia? Does your m