First Time Ultra Runners

Gary Dudney

How To Mess Up A Race

Ultras don’t always go as planned; in fact, they seldom go as planned. Overcoming the unexpected hurdles during an ultra is half the fun and a lion’s share of the satisfaction. Like they say, if it was easy, anybody could do it. It’s the sudden downpour, the record heat, the steeper than expected climbs, the

Your First Ultra – You Can Do It

By David Horton So, you’re thinking about doing an ultra or looking for a new challenge? Completing an ultra may be the perfect goal for you. You may be thinking, “but I haven’t even completed a half marathon or a marathon.” Most folks believe you should do a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, or marathon before even

Ian Sharman

Preparation To Finish Your First 100-Miler

At the end of the year most runners think about their plans for the following year, including their target races. This early planning is exacerbated by the number of lotteries for major races, something that’s becoming more common all the time. Due to the limits on participant numbers and the fame of events like Western

Negotiating Rough Trails

Like anything, practice makes perfect, and perfecting your rough trail running skills will lead to better racing and might just save you an unpleasant trip to the hospital.

Lori Wetzel being paced by her brother at
Vermont 100 (Photo Randy Wetzel)

Ultrapacing For Rookies

The request of a new ultrarunner for a crew often falls on the innocently willing shoulders of friends or family who may have little experience in ultras. Sheryl offers some advice for new pacers.

Pick Your Battles: How to Design Your 2014 Racing Schedule

2014 is almost here. It’s the time of year to reflect back on the past one and look forward to next. And it’s time to do it quickly.