Training and Racing

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Fabulous Fatass: How to Organize a Fatass

by Cheryl Yanek Years ago, I was at a fatass 50k when ultra newbie said, “I’m not telling people I ran a fatass. I don’t like the name.” I probably responded with smacking my posterior, as I’m a big fan of the concept, and the word. Fatasses are fun. They’re easy (though not as easy

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Planning Your Race Season

Around the end of the year we all look forward to a little downtime from running. Then after about five minutes, we get itchy feet and want to get right back at it. This is the time, sometimes even during holiday gatherings, that other family members hear frequent squeals of delight as the runner in

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The Borg

As best I can tell, the GPS mile is somewhere between eight and nine tenths of a mile as measured by a steel tape, a wheel, a surveyor or even a laser beam. Even at a race held on a paved, certified, one-mile loop, the race director was accosted by runners during the event, swearing that the loop distance was far more than a mile… their GPS measurements proved it.

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The Emerging Science on Fat Adaptation

By Peter Defty, President VESPA Like the Bob Dylan song, there is a “change is coming on” in sports physiology and it is the ultrarunning community showing the way. A small but growing group of ultrarunners have been actively pursuing the fat-adapted approach with success, including some of the elite athletes, most notably Zach Bitter,

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Western States Memorial Weekend Training Runs: So Worth It!

The lottery for the 2015 running of the Western States 100 Mile, the granddaddy of this country’s 100-mile trail runs, will be held this month (12/6), but as most entrants in the lottery know, the chances of getting selected if you have just one ticket in the drawing is less than one in 10. Whether

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Strava Games

by Matthew Maynard When I was much younger, but still old enough to know better, we used to play a game involving bicycles and trespassing on private land. We would head out from my parents’ house to the top of a hill in Kent somewhere and pick a point on the horizon. We would then