Author Archives: John Medinger

John Medinger

I Love Runnin’

If you pull out the DVD from the 1986 Western States 100, there’s a shot of winner Chuck Jones descending toward the Rucky Chucky river crossing. He looks straight into the camera and says, “I love runnin’.”

Training for the Western States 100

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana In developing a training program for Western States, it is instructive to look first at the reasons why runners do not make it to the finish line. The most common reasons are: • heat and dehydration • “my quads are shot” •


Unbreakable: The Western States 100

Unbreakable: The Western States 100, a film released in December by JourneyFilm, tells the story of the 2010 Western States, which featured a highly anticipated battle between four of the best ultrarunners in the world. The main characters are Kilian Jornet, of Spain, who had never been beaten in an ultra, Anton Krupicka, of Colorado,

A Primer for the Beginning Ultra Runner: Keep it Simple

We’ve received much positive feedback for Gary Dudney’s “Beginner’s Corner” series over the past few months. Several new runners have asked for an even more basic introduction, some seemingly overwhelmed by the many choices when it comes to gear, food, and drink. So, we thought we’d back up a step and offer a primer for