Training and Racing

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.

Ellie Greenwood

Midyear Reassessments

As a reader of UltraRunning magazine for the past several years, one of my favorite issues has always been the January “Year in Review”; a look back at the past 12 months in our sport. It provides an in-depth analysis of who ran what and how fast, plus an overview of ultra stats and key

Gary Dudney

Music On The Run

Whoa, whoa, chill out. First, don’t be messin’ with my tunes. Second, don’t ever be messin’ with my tunes. Lots of ultrarunners plug into music while they’re training and while they’re out on a race course. My guess is that most of them are not overthinking the issue. They simply like to listen to music

Zach Bitter (photo by Kristin Steele)

Zach Bitter: Fastest 100-Miler In US History

Late last year Zach Bitter emerged as the fastest American in the history of long distance ultrarunning, setting an American record for 100 miles on a track in 11 hours and 47 minutes (roughly a 7 minute 4 second per mile pace) at Desert Solstice last December. He also set the world record for covering

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How To Increase Your Walking Efficiency

Mention race walking to a runner or ultramarathoner and they usually have one of two reactions: they laugh and mock the hip-wiggling, much-maligned Olympic event, or they speak of it with respect either from trying it themselves or because they were passed late in a race by a steady-paced heel-to-toer.

Ellie Greenwood

A Family Affair

In an effort to make the most of my limited vacation time from work, the opportunity to combine a family vacation with a destination race just seemed too perfect to pass up. It would be killing two birds with one stone – getting to spend time with my family and also getting to travel to