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Hill training can put you at the front of the pack on long climbs at ultra races. Photo: Gary Dudney

Hill Train to Make It Rain

There’s truly gold in them thar hills and it ain’t the shiny kind. It’s the super-efficient, multi-faceted, demanding workout kind that hills deliver. Lifting yourself up the slopes is strength training. Cycling through the hard climbs and descents is like interval training. Throw in some uphill sprints and you replicate speed and fartlek training as well. The trip up the hill puts a tremendous load on your hamstrings and calves. The trip down will strengthen your quads. Muscles, tendons and ligaments in the lower body are all strengthened in concert with one another.

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Love Hurts

Mother nature beat my swollen ego back into place and taught me that I am NOT, in fact, a superhuman. My body is breakable, although my spirit sure as hell ain’t.

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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

Pre-race mass warm up. Photo: Kavita Alva

India’s Growing Ultrarunning Scene

Two hundred and sixty runners shuffled nervously in the half-light of dawn before the start of the inaugural Javadhu Hills Ultra (JHU) in a forest in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. It’s a remote location. The nearest city is five hours’ drive. The nearest town with any form of accommodation is 90 minutes away. Many camped overnight at the start line.

The Burning Man Ultramarathon: Explosion of Runners

By Cherie Yanek The Burning Man Ultramarathon went from a blip with 32 finishers its first year to having 150 finishers its fifth year, 2014. As the news of an ultramarathon at one of the craziest, most awesome music/art/culture festivals spread, through videos, photos, and word of mouth, people from across the world signed up

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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.