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.
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
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.
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
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.
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