Training and Racing

Gary Cantrell

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

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 spend the rest

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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