It’s always tragic when a BIG run gets taken down by a LITTLE culprit! Such is the case with blisters. While blisters can feel like a mystery, there are four solid basics to avoiding blisters that you should know about.
You know those times when you innocently say something and are met by a really odd look, and then you realize that you’re not talking to an ultrarunner? Well, that was the case when I was talking to a local newspaper journalist recently and referred to running the Vancouver marathon as “a good, middle distance effort.” Well what else do we ultrarunners call a mere 26.2-mile jaunt other than “middle distance”?
by Richard Watson Water as salvation. Water as redemption. Water as…oh hell, somebody just give me some water. After leaving the Peachstone aid station (mile 28), all I could think about for the next ten miles was reaching the river crossing. There, for a few minutes, I would lie in its cool embrace – water
By Eric Ashley I started putting on sunscreen in the dark. It was 4:30 in the morning, the pitch-black dark pierced only by the headlamps of other runners and the headlights on the cars of occasional latecomers. The stars glittered above us, Cassiopeia in her chair, the Big Dipper pouring out its water, and Cygnus
by Andrew Cupino I have no race volunteer experience, but the Elkhorn Endurance Run was my first ultra, so it seemed appropriate to be my first volunteer experience as well. In the past two years I had run many a mile through the Elkhorns, so trekking into the Montana backcountry to pump creek water and
It is the number one answer to the number one question we get as ultrarunners… “Why do you do it?”
“For the challenge!”
The answer sounds so glib that it might come across as a throwaway line.
But the truth is, there are many nuances to the challenge of running ultras.