Training and Racing

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“It’s Not About Taking The Easy Road”: The Essence Of UltraRunning

by Dr. Duncan Simpson, Barry University As a runner and a professor of sport, exercise and performance psychology, I am fascinated by individuals who push their physical, psychological and spiritual boundaries. This led me to the sport of ultrarunning, which has come a long way, from a novel fringe sport to a highly competitive global

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Running the Foothills Trail

By Charles Raffensperger On November 1, 2014, at precisely 2:55 p.m., after having run, hiked (and sometimes crawled) continuously for close to 31 hours, I added my name to the list of finishers of a Foothills Trail ultra-run. After four previous failed attempts over the last four years I had given it another shot and

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So How Do I Use A Foam Roller, Anyway?

Foam rollers work by placing the affected body part on top, and then using your body weight and gravity to apply pressure through the soft tissue. They are generally more effective for muscle groups on the back side of the legs, but can also be used on the quadriceps in the thigh or the small

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A Comprehensive Review of Recovery Products

by Sarah Koszyk, M.A., RDN, Registered Sports Dietitian/Nutritionist Success. Completion. Accomplishment. Congratulations, you’ve just finished running an ultramarathon, most likely about 31, 50 or 100 miles. The time it took you to run could have been 6 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours or even 6 days! You are elated, enlightened and extremely exhausted. But you

Rachel Nypaver chasing sunspots with a friend on the trail. Photo: Steve Hawthorne

Running: Just Another Addiction?

by Rachel Nypaver Running is often called an addiction – both by the running critics (aka wannabe runners) and by runners themselves. They say you can even get “high” from the pure act of running. So is running a drug? And should it be classified with addictions to sugar, crack, sex and alcohol? Then again,

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Ask Ann: Guilty about using a pacer?

Dear Ann, Some of my friends make me feel guilty about using a pacer. What do you think?  Paul Dear Paul, There’s no easy answer. They’ve been controversial since the early days of ultra running. Ultimately they are there for safety, but their role has evolved over time. They expose new people to the sport;