Author Archives: Karl Hoagland

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Goals for 2015

It’s the time of year for making resolutions and setting big goals, an especially important time for ultrarunners. When we share our goals with others sometimes it makes them ‘more real’ and helps generate support (pressure?) for us on our quests. So here goes—my goal is to race and have a PR at Western States

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Update From The Running Event

Last week Cory and I were in Austin, Texas for The Running Event, a tradeshow geared for running specialty retailers. A focal part of the show is the exhibition hall which featured over 100 different running products, services and brands catering to the running market.

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On Change

Other than death and taxes, change is one of life’s big, dark inevitabilities. But unlike the other two, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, even though it is almost always hard at first, it’s something we are best off embracing as a positive, as a catalyst for things to improve. One

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On Giving Thanks

The world is roiling. Whether it’s conflict and atrocities in the war-torn areas of the Middle East, struggles for control of the Ukraine, human suffering at the hands of the Ebola virus, our own violence between us here domestically, or the heating up of our planet itself, there is plenty of bad stuff going on

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The Limits Of Human Potential…

Recent accomplishments by ultrarunners are re-setting the bar at levels never before imagined. Every week it seems there are more audacious headlines – the PCT record smashed by 6 days; a new FKT on the John Muir Trail; 13-year-old Double Badwater record eclipsed; two intrepid ultrarunners complete six 100-mile races in 13 weeks; new American

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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.