Training and Racing

Criss-Cross: Lying on your back draw the right knee in and extend the left leg forward. Gently place the fingertips on the back of the head and lift the head and shoulders off the mat. Inhale as you switch the legs and exhale as you extend the right leg. Keep the elbows open to the sides and lift the chest towards the opposite knee. Make this exercise about the abs. Repeat 10 times on each side.

Pilates For Runners

I have many clients who are runners and they come to me with similar stories: my lower back hurts, I tire easily, I’ve hit a wall in my training, my endurance isn’t what it used to be. Whatever the reason, I can’t wait to get them on the Pilates program to discover what their bodies are truly capable of when pounding the pavement and beyond.

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Introducing The Ultra Medical Team

Race Directors Chances are you feel pretty good about your aid stations and course markings, but how prepared are you to address the following potential medical needs at your event? Are you ready for a runner who seizes due to hyponatremia? Does your medical staff have hypertonic saline on hand? Do they know how to

Ian Sharman

Training With Weight Vests

One thing I’m frequently asked about is how I incorporate weight vests into training, since it’s a tool I use for myself and for those I coach. It was especially key to my attempt at the 2013 Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, where I ran 100-milers close together and had to get the most out of training while focusing on recovery.

Ann Trason

Ask Ann: Other Little Things

Of all the ‘other things’ than just running to train and prepare for & racing ultras, what single thing should one add to one’s regimen?

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Got Hallucinations?

You’re in Virginia running through a dark forest on a ridge above the Shenandoah Valley. You’re exhausted. It’s about 24 hours into the race and the first hint of dawn is turning the black forest into a shadowy gray ghost world. Up ahead you spot a big horizontal shape and a vertical shape sticking up

Gary Dudney

Getting to Know YOU

Ultrarunning is an endurance sport and as such it requires you to push yourself up to your limits. As you approach these limits and work to overcome them, you will find yourself facing similar physical and mental challenges over and over. Ultrarunning is testing you to see if you are learning from your mistakes, if you are equipping yourself to better deal with these challenges.