Commentary

Karl Hoagland

It’s Training Time!

Training is the real litmus test for ultrarunners, because you simply can’t do this sport without putting in tons of miles over several months. Progress is measured in slow increments, and you won’t really know if all the effort is paying off until months later at the finish line of a big race. Real ultrarunners

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Marijuana and Ultrarunning? Just Keep Digging

The Wall Street Journal published an article this week stoking a debate within the ultra-running community, about using Marijuana. On the surface it’s an easy question to answer: THC is a performance enhancing drug and is illegal over specified levels in competition, so using it is cheating. Cheating is unethical. Case closed.

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The Stereotypical Ultrarunner

I have noticed non-runners beginning to lump all ultrarunners into one homogenous group – a new stereotype of sorts. There are a few traits that are commonly attributed to ALL ultrarunners that I really feel are inaccurate. To set the record straight, here are some of the most egregious ones.

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In Memoriam: Blake Norwood

Blake Norwood, 68 of Raleigh, NC unexpectedly died on October 29. After bringing flowers to his wife that day, Norwood took an afternoon hike on the Mountain-to-Sea trail along Falls Lake near Raleigh, NC. Norwood stopped while his dog swam on the shore of the lake, where he then passed away of natural causes. Norwood

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East Coast, Represent!!: There Must Be Something In The Water…

Florida (and the East Coast) are increasingly-becoming known for something else. I know it’s gone largely-unnoticed: While all of you West Siders in Tupac-Land have been eagerly awaiting Twitter updates from Rob Krar’s beard, Katalin Nagy, Traci Falbo, Maggie Guterl, and Aly Venti have been setting the ultrarunning world on fire this year, both here and abroad.

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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