First Time Ultra Runners
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.
My seatmate asked what was bringing me to Chicago. “I’m going to run the marathon,” I informed him. “Wow,” he proclaimed, “Is that far?” Perhaps the noise of the plane’s engine had garbled his words. “Are you asking me the distance of a marathon?” I inquired, not sure if I had heard him correctly. He
There seems to be a consistent demand for how-to articles on ultrarunning. Newcomers to our joyous sport eagerly seek advice on how to minimize the time spent as novices so that they can play the game without learning many lessons through painful experience. So, in answer to that call, I will offer you the tips
by Shawn McDonald Based on reader feedback, there seems to be substantial interest in how to mix walking into training and racing, as well as how to become a more efficient, faster walker. As with running, practice and proper form are keys to improvement. Even the fastest ultrarunners will walk a little during races, particularly
January is always a good time to figure out your running goals for the coming year. One thing to think about while you’re fiddling with your New Year’s resolutions and sitting next to a warm fire under a down comforter is whether to add this entry to the list: Finish my first ultra. If you
By Lisa S. Bliss, MD Maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance during the Western States Run seems to come naturally to many runners. They just eat and drink and run and are merry. For others, it’s not so easy. They eat and drink and slosh and puke and lose and gain weight and become sick and