Thursday, December 29, 2011

New site!

I'll no longer be using this site for the URP Daily News. Instead, head to the dedicated page on the new and improved URP site here.

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Thanks for following...see you on the new site!

Thurs, Dec 29

New running movie coming soon that I'm dying to see: Iten-The Town of Red Dust.

Across the Years is on! Check updates here. And please remind me to register for it next year, OK?

The 62 yo who ran the 100k on freakin' Antarctica this month has a very refreshing view on life.

Illinois sportswriter's list for 2012. Looks a bit like mine. Long, short, big, small, road, trail.

I'd love to run in New Zealand. One of the first guys I met on the trails was "Kiwi Paul" Charteris, who's now an RD there. Check out his race here.

Celebrities? Where?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wed, Dec 28

I guess I've never paid that much attention to my breathing.

Nick Clarke describes Fell Running in a race report.

Scott Dunlap disects the PCTR fiasco and his comment board blows up. I'll be looking forward to reliable, consistent, and fun events, whomever organizes them.

Ian Sharman lays out his plans for 2012 and offers some predictions.  I predict we'll talk to him before RR100.

If you're into tracking and sharing your ultra results, this might be a site you'll enjoy.

How do you pick a running partner? I generally look for friends who like to drink good beer afterwards and leave the math out of the (ironic) equation.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tues, Dec 27

Video: The Huff 50k had a bit of a water crossing this year. Wow!

This guy usually writes about running, but I tried his recipe for triple ginger cookies, and it was awesome.

Looks like Oregonians are set to dominate trail running's crazy cousin, cyclocross.

I want to have a beer with Dakota Jones. He's old enough, right?

Meet Kasie Enman, the World Mountain Running Champ.

Tackling two sports at once.

Video: I'd stress out running this, let alone riding it.

Life is different with 2 kids. I can already feel my schedule changing.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Mon, Dec 26

Your First 50 Miler

Bryon checks out a demo of the new New Balance MT1010 that Anton talked about.

Sarah Lavendar Smith's favorite posts from 2011.

I ordered two copies of this. Thanks to Scott for pointing it out. Hear Scott here.

Devon Crosby Helms: Is Strong the New Skinny?

How Japanese high schoolers race. Wow! Hat tip to Don's Diary.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Fri Dec 23

Blogger refutes this weeks NYT article on the fallibility of GPS watches.

Inside Trail Racing is live. Check out their calendar for California and start planning dates!

10 best moments in distance running for 2011. We'll be releasing our list soon, too.

Video: Downhill MTB.  Wouldn't  it be awesome to see downhill trail racing filmed like this?!? "Oh gawd, Danny, stay on your bike!"

Now this looks like a good time.  And check out the price!

Do you have a way point that guides your thinking and actions?

...and most importantly, have a very Merry Christmas. Now's a great time for winter brews, drive safe, run safe, and make sure you're healthy and ready for an awesome 2012.  Cheers!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thurs, Dec 22

Anton Krupicka talks about European trails compared to ours in the States.

Wow. Kenya had 37 different men break 2:08 in the marathon this year. Can't one of them jump into a 50M and realllllly make things interesting?

Want to go to running camp with Geoff Roes, Ian Sharman, and Devon Crosby Helms?  I do!

This guy is going to attempt a record Everest ascent in March with no oxygen and no sherpas. Karl would approve.

I'm sorry, did this article just recommend an REI product as a "budget gift?"  I must have a different budget.

I bet this question would be answered differently if asked of ultrarunners.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wed, Dec 21

Video: Have you seen the jogstrap?

Rae Clark (100M AR holder 12:12:19) becomes first person inducted into the Ultra Hall of Fame.

Ten things about Evan Hone when he races.

Something us trail folk generally don't have to deal with.

These guys take a serious look at what to do with your arms when running downhill.

This older runner from Iowa often races barefoot and in a loincloth.  He was also beat unconscious in a bar fight last month and his running community is trying to help out.

Karl Meltzer's Year in Review.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tues Dec 20

62 yo finished 4th overall in Antarctica 100k. Wow.

The bain of the RD's existence: Unreliable GPS watches.

Go in depth with running 26.2 negative splits.

Who are your nominees for the Science of Sport awards? We love that site.

Review of new Inov-8 Bare x-Lite 150 road shoes. Yes, we still want to try them. you hear us?

New baby on the URP Endurance Team. Short on time right now.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mon, Dec 19

Planning for 2012?  Sarah Lavender Smith talks about distance, difficulty, and destination.

AJW calls out some issues in Unbreakable and a sh!t storm errupts.

And there you have it. Nick Clark's Vertical Beer Mile.

City in India is hosting its first-ever ultra, replete with "rickshaws bedecked with balloons...full of family members."

Looks like Roes will compete for the $100k, but no, it's not for the money. Of course not.

Sounds like an ultra club series is forming in California. Interested?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fri, Dec 16

You heard our new podcast with Catra Corbett, right? She's running 47 hours for her 47th bday as we speak.

Here's AJW's 2011 list we were talking about from iRunFar.

Anyone want to try the Eggnog Mile? Yuck.

Some beautiful trail porn from a hiking/climbing/running/camping trip with Joe Grant and Yassine Diboun.

One of my favorite new apps: Untappd.  Something tells me that if we synched this up with ultras, the system would explode.

Rogue Valley Runners fielded a XC team at club finals. Awesome!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thurs, Dec 15

Three cheers for coffee!

You've got to check out AJW and Thornley's Year in Review and Year to Come.

Nick Pedatella is going to have quite a year

Mr. Roes posts some seriously cold trail porn. Is there even trail there or is that just a damn glacier?

Scott Dunlap got in to Way Too Cool. Did you?

Jenn Shelton's quest for legitimacy. I'd say she's pretty legit.

URP friend Eric Johnson is taking the Tough Mudder Championships very, very seriously.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wed, Dec 14

OK, I know this isn't running related, but check out this video of the best pole dancer in the world. Yes, it's safe for work.  Can pole dancing and ultrarunning be Olympic Events in the future?

11 ways to cheat in a marathon.

Kids are leading the pack while their parents sit at home.

AJW converts and gets healthy.

Triathletes can now take out insurance to cover injury-caused DNS. Next for ultras?

You want Killian's playlist? You have to watch this first.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tues, Dec 13

Some results from the Soochow Int'l Ultramarathon.

Are we Max King fanboys? Yeah.

Did you guess who sent me beer?  Check our Facebook page for a quickie contest to win an Ultimate Direction Hydration Pack.

Video: Salomon's footage from the TNF50.

Al DiMicco breaks down "mud runs."

Leor Pantilat's North Coast trail porn.

No baby yet, folks. Due on Xmas, but this little fella is anxious!

Monday, December 12, 2011

mon dec 12

Baby #2 coming sooner than later. Sorry no URP Daily News updates today.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fri, Dec 9

Advice for new runners.

I always thought running through the mountains was a good way to relieve stress, but I like the Aussies way better.

If you're at the WS lottery tomorrow, stop by and say hi. We'll be casting LIVE!

Warning: Marathons may damage wallets. What's that mean for us?

Wow, it looks like Steamboat Springs may be the place to be next September!

URP listener Sam debunks latest "marathons are dangerous for your health" madness. Well done!

100 miles. 24 hours. Minus 25 degrees. Brrrrrrrrrr.

These sound like fun runs. Boise is a great running city, and I love their name.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thurs, Dec 8

You saw our new SaltStick contest? It's about dang time someone invented a good way to carry salt! Check it out here. Oh, and bring your best haiku game!

Everyone knows about the movie Unbreakable. Now hear from JB Benna what it was like to make it in our brand new podcast.

OK, what the heck happened at the Las Vegas Marathon? Geez!

What are your plans for February? How about a trail run in the Cayman Islands? Check out the Cayman Islands 50k.  More info here.

Glen Redpath and Diane Finkle complete 24 hour event.  Hey RD's, put on more timed events! Please?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wed, Dec 7

Alaskan guy ate frozen beer for three days to stay alive. Yeah, uh, me too!

Hill training, demystified.

Ian Sharman's and Joe Uhan's TNF50 Race Reports.

Saucony takes their traditional shoes to a minimal drop formation. Interesting.

Wyatt Hornsby deals with achilles tendonitis.

Matt Carpenter's Gnarly Trails and Magic Rocks.

What's Devon Crosby Helms been up to?

Here we go again...Marathon training is *flips coin* BAD for you! Thanks Nathan.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tues, Dec 6

Al DiMicco wins URP's Name Your Tune contest with "Sinnerman" by Nina Simone.  Great song, Al!  See all the other GREAT entries in "Trail Tunes."

Max King wins the XTerra Trail Championships in Hawaii with a healthy margin.

This guy is going to run an ultra every weekend next year.

Geoff Roes' TNF50 Race Report.

Rickey Gates' TNF50 Race Report with a special request to the ultra elites. I hope they take him up on it!

Is Lucho crazy or what?

Video: This is what determination looks like.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mon, Dec 5

So there was a little race over the weekend in Marin. Bryon has the results here.  iRunFar's coverage was great, but how bad does TNF's site coverage SUCK?

Here's Ian Sharman's race report.

Did you get into Hardrock? I see Roes, Hal, Karl, Dom Grossman, Timmy Parr all did.

Uh-oh. Battle brewing over JFK50.

Top 10 running blogs?

When we interviewed Jenn Shelton last week, she said she wanted to run a 2:45 at Cal Int'l Marathon. Howabout a 2:44:58? Nice job Jenn!

...and there's Twietmeyer leading a pace group.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fri Dec 2

I'm off for a few days...headin down south to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my HS XC team winning national championships.

Karl has his money on "a foreigner" at TNF50.

Former URP'ers Don and Scott have launched their own site. Check them out and join the TrailRunnerNation.

Don't run in public wearing a gas mask and ballistic vest.

New study on how age effects your running economy.

If you've got 10 minutes to read a truly extraordinary story about a high school janitor, check this out. Hat tip to Don.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thurs, Dec 1

Ed Whitlock falls and busts his ribs. Get well soon, Ed!

You've heard our new interview with Anton Krupicka, right?

How Andy Jones Wilkins finds balance.

Gift ideas for the holidays from Scott Dunlap.

How does exercise benefit the brain?

"My minimalist shoes left me majorly injured. What now?"

Kate Gosselin Las Vegas Marathon prediction contest!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wed, Nov 30

Beer takes on a whole new meaning for runners.

Looks like Paul earned himself a Speights.

Geoff Roes goes off on the minimalist scene.  Then deletes it.

...and the Science of Sports guys hold a roundtable to discuss it.

Can Max King go 4 in a row at XTerra?

Want to really geek out with a running calculator?

Inside Trail gives us a solid Quad Dipsea wrapup.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tues, Nov 29

Bryon at iRunFar handicaps mens race and the womens race at The North Face 50 this weekend.

...and Geoff Roes weighs in with his (hilarious) thoughts.

Tylenol is verboten now, too?

Leor's race report from his Quad Dipsea record.

Here's a great race report from Javelina Jundred from a mid/back of the packer.

You've been dying to hear results from the Dubai endurance pentathlon, right? Here ya go.

In defense of Ann Trason.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mon, Nov 28

When was the last time you checked out the comparative finish times of ultras?

Can smoking cigarettes help your running?

Lizzie Hawker breaks (her own) record again, running a little 200 mile jaunt from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu.  And yes, we'd LOVE to get her on the show.

Ryan Sandes wins another crazy event.  When's he going to go for HR, LV, or WS?

This reminds me of Rocky 4.

Comrades entry deadline draws near. You're registered, right?

Big thanks to everyone who helped me get around that park yesterday! That was awesome.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

Support your local running stores.

Support your local running stores.

Support your local running stores.

And ale houses.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Thursday

Ten reasons runners should give thanks. I can think of ten more to add. Can you?

Are we wired to run?

Race report from Sri Chimnoy event in 1987. Good read.

From the "wish we had this in the US category": A new e-version of Nordic Ultra.

"The Study of One."

Finally, have a great Thanksgiving. Thanks for listening, reading, and helping out. We truly appreciate it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wed, Nov 23

Is XC a spectator sport? I know I'm not the only person who'll show up to watch people run 100s either.

Spare some change? We're having our first ever pledge drive and need your help. Check out the box over to the right or click here for more details. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

Has distance racing hit the wall? What's the incentive for mid-dist and marathoners to go pro? Hat tip to Don's Diary for the find.

Must Read:  An Ultra State of Mind.

An Ultra Onesie? Send us a pic of you in one of these, and it'll be on our homepage.

Might be slow for a few days with the holidays. We'll do our best. Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to everyone!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tues, Nov 22

Are you going to be good during the holidays?

The importance and excitement of NCAA XC.

Well, they found that Kenyan runner who'd been missing in Alaska.

Gretchen talks about lotteries, entries, and calendars.

Hal's race report from JJ100.  We're releasing his podcast this week. Stay tuned!

Andy Henshaw submits his race report from JFK50. It's nice to know we're not the only ones who drink beer at aid stations!

Two more runners die during a marathon.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mon, Nov 21

Quite a race at JFK! Results. Wardian now says he's considering running Western States. Could be an interesting summer!

Ed Ayres, who won JFK in '77 and who's been runnning competitively since the mid-damn-50's! turns in a race report from this years race.

Like free gear? How about music? Check out our new Sierra Designs jacket contest!  We love this gear!

Anyone interested in a multi-sport in UAE next week? Cath Todd maybe? It consists of an Emirati wooden boat race, pearl diving, palm tree climbing, archery and horse racing. 

How about a 250k in Nepal? Ryan Sandes is running it.

Scott Dunlap reminds us all of the lottery season. You in?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fri, Nov 18

You've heard our new podcast with Tim Waggoner? Check it out.

Oh dear. The bikini jogger has spawned a speedo imitator.

Ultracentric is this weekend. Let's hope it goes well.

To suffer well.  Hat tip to Don's Diary for the great find.

Liza Howard is no longer a sausage after her JJ100 performance. Stay tuned for a riveting interview early next week.

Tim is all settled in the Bay Area and ready to direct some of the most beautiful runs in the country.

JFK50 is tomorrow, with arguably the fastest 50 mile field in awhile. Check out Bryon's bets,  this analysis, and watch the finish line here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thurs, Nov 17

Bryon breaks down the competition at this weeks JFK50. My money's on Wardian.

Ever heard of a deca-Ironman? Oh. My. Gawd.

How intimidating would this race be? A marathon in the distance running capital of the world? Sure!

The Yukon Arctic Ultra. 430 miles in Northern Canada in the winter.

"Back when racing started, they didn't even time it. You hold a race, you run it from here to there, and whoever came in first, that's the winner." --Ken Young, co-founder of Assn of Road Running Statisticians

Just read this about an amazing John Muir Trail record. Wow! Oh, he also won Barkley.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wed, Nov 16

Mike Wardian comes in 2nd at Marine Corps Marathon with 2:26, then a week later runs a 2:22 at Santa Barbara, again a close bridesmaid.  He's running JFK50 this weekend, then look out TNF50!

Ugh, what drama. Thankfully ultrarunning hasn't gotten to this point.

'tis the season for winter brews.  What's your favorite?

Maybe this is why Tim Waggoner is so good on the hills. He's up before 4am running peaks like these.

Complete listing of screening for WS movie Unbreakable by JB Benna.  Looks like the screening at the WS Lottery might be a hot ticket!

Elusive bikini jogger fascinates San Francisco. Did Jenn Shelton move?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tues, Nov 15

Craaaazy how far science is coming in perfecting the athletic body.

Anton K just returned from a NB jaunt in Brazil. Read about it here and see the video here.

Want to really, really, REALLY geek out? Check out Marty Hoffman's medical study on finishing a hundo, published last year, but always worth a read.

Jean Pommier turns in a great race report from Last Chance 50. Hey! That's Scotty in the 4th pic (yellow shirt.)

Running advice?

The paleo diet and ultrarunning.

Here's another 16yo running a hundo.

Ah, the active single life in Boulder.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mon, Nov 14

Jean Pommier ran an awesome 5:43 at Last Chance 50 on Saturday with Victor "the closer" Ballesteros hot on his heels ten minutes back.

Hal Koerner turned in a blistering 13:47 at Javelina Jundred. Liza Howard broke the female record with a fast 15:47 at JJ100. Wow! Dirt Diva Catra Corbett finishes in 26:20 in a Lady Luck costume. Would you expect anything less???

URP friend Eric Johnson going to Tough Mudder championships in NJ in a month. Check out his training regimen and fundraising efforts here.  Best of luck!

Countdown is on until the new WS movie by JB Benna is released.  Can't wait!

So I heard something about Western States entries being open?  :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fri, Nov 11

Javelina Jundred and Last Chance are both this weekend. HAVE FUN OUT THERE!

The best autumn escapes.

Is it any surprise that the top academic schools are also fierce XC rivals?

What the diets of elite Kenyan runners teach us about optimal nutrition.

Ugh. I think we all have a love/hate relationship with these.

OK, Roes is starting to make sense again.

Here's another death race that sounds like fun.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thurs, Nov 10

Int'l Track and Field allows Paula Radcliffe to keep her marathon record. Good decision.

Nick Clark will be sitting out TNF50, but will be organizing a 25 and 50 miler of his own next year.

Dean K's cross training series. Situps? Check. Pushups? Check? But pull ups? Dangit, I can barely do one.

Karl Meltzer recaps his season and looks forward to getting into States.

See? Ultrarunners can do road marathons. Talk to Devon Crosby Helms and Scott Dunlap.  And hear Scott's URP episode here.

I wonder if his students appreciate how fast he is.

Search continues for missing Kenyan student in Alaska.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wed, Nov 9

Krissy Moehl had quite a month, and Leor Pantilat feeds us some snowy trail porn from the southern Sierras.

Matt Fitzgerald talks about compression socks.

In conjunction with our Vibram contest here, Kara Goucher offers up 26 pieces of advice on running a marathon.

The rising popularity of tri's and ultras in the UK.

Who knew the Virgin Islands had an active XC and ultra scene?

This gal ran NYC Marathon with a camera strapped to her head and took a pic every minute. Watch the video here. Anyone want to volunteer for their next trail run? This guy did the same thing driving across the US.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tues, Nov 8

Nick Clark has the chance to run TNF in Dec, but will only run if he thinks he can podium.  Roes is in for TNF, but officially out for Western States.

That's me (Eric) at M15 at Lithia Loop. Told ya it was cold!

A writers ultra virginity has been lost.

Still looking for some volunteers for aid stations for Last Chance 50 on Saturday.  Shoot me an email if interested. Thanks.

I'd heard stories, but never actually seen the footage of Brian Morrison's epic finish at 2006 Western States. Wow.

Here's a 50k with food more diverse than Sarah's pumpkin pie aid stations! They've got "lunch of pinikpikan, camote and boiled bananas."  Yum?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mon, Nov 7

Great weekend for cold weather racing! Lithia Loop results and pics here and NYC Marathon results here.

The NoMeatAthlete talks about iron.

Did you hear our new podcast with AJW?

Will the new $2,000 stipend to collegiate athletes ruin college sports?

I'm famous for finding shirts, gloves, hats, gloves, and money on my runs, but I've never, ever found one of these.

How to teach kids to love running.

Running 26.2 to be faster at 3.1.  Goes both ways.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fri, Nov 4

Runners World top 20 runs. Been on a few of them, have no interest in a few of them. What are they missing?

Do you have a mentor?

Cooking, running, and beer. Here's a blog I can get to. Hope he posts more.

"We went to hell and we stayed there a long time."

Do you care if your RD profits from a race? Lord Balls discusses all sides.

New York Marathon and Lithia Loop this weekend. Who's doing the double? Giddyup!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thurs, Nov 3

Chris McDougall on stalking barefoot runners.

There's been a lot of talk about young runners, but I think we all agree this is too young.

Krissy Moehl puts up some pretty nice trail porn. Next up for her? Lithia Loop this weekend.

If you need a qualifier, check out Last Chance 50 miler on Nov 12 in the Sacramento area.  The URP crew is hosting it and staffing the aid stations with our merry band of fools. See you there!

Some dietitians sound off about the new FDA dietary guidelines.

Appearance fees and running, and how pacers will not effect NY on Sunday.  So similar to ultras, yet so, so different.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wed, Nov 2

Sounds like Geoff Roes has lost interest in Western States.

Wardian, Meghan Arbogast, Max King, and others named in USATF's MUT Runners of the Year.

NY Marathon is this weekend.  You watching?

More on that wacky runners-in-light-outfits event in Scotland.

Max King, Erik Skaggs, and Jenn Shelton will all be racing Lithia on Saturday.  Yeah, I'm getting chicked.

Did you know Ryan Hall lives in Redding, California now? I'll be driving thru on my way to Ashland...maybe I'll pick him up and see what he can do on the trails.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Life is like a trail race. -- Devon Crosby Helms.

Lithia Loop Trail Marathon is this Saturday. Can you tell I'm excited? I'll hopefully get to meet two listeners who've never run the course. Yahoo!

Lizzy Hawker is at it again, hoping to set another record from Everest Basecamp to Kathmandu. Wow!

Two endurance riders suffer heart attackes in Kiwi MTB race.

Scottish listeners: Artist is looking for endurance runners to don light up suits and run in circles for part of an installation.  

And another fast 50 miler! Matt Flaherty turns in a 5:32 in Chicago.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween edition!

Tim (footfeathers) is headin out West to help Sarah run PCTR and some of the most beautiful runs in the country.  Welcome back to California Tim!

Wardian takes second at MCM on Sunday with a 2:23 and change. That's still scaaaaary fast.

Got buckle but no belt? This ultrarunner/leather artist is filling the void.

Scary: This runner had blisters during an 1,100km jaunt, they got infected, and as a result, had a leg and a foot amputated.

Colorado announces it's entry into the PAC12 conference by sweeping both mens and womens races at the xc champs.  What the heck are they drinking in that state?!?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fri, Oct 28

Tomorrow is the Sacramento Halloween Beer Mile. I'll be there, representing URP in all its glory. Next weekend is Lithia Loop Trail Marathon in Ashland. More running, but also more beer.

These elites have rigorous warm up routines. Mine has generally been get up, have some food and coffee, head to the start, and hang out until the RD says "go!"

Sorry we've been slow these past two weeks. Work is busy.

Dan Parr breaks the CR in a 250k Sahara run.

Thoughts on icebaths. More directed towards elite track, but still interesting.

Road running Jen Pfeifer turns to trail ultras and discusses the differences.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thurs, Oct 27

What do you think about this guys' opinion on course records?

Wondering where Kyle Skaggs went? Here he is, living quite the life.

Tim Long (footfeathers) turns in a RR from a DNF at Pony Express 100 with some great lessons.

Groundbreaking female runner (does that sound offensive?) marks an important 50th anniversary.

Disgusting: Guy tries to be heaviest person to finish a marathon.

So much for trail running being a cheap sport. That's an $860 outfit.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wed, Oct 26

Ian Sharman breaks down international road marathons alphabetically.

Last Chance 50 miler is coming up in Sacramento. If you're not running it but want to volunteer, shoot me an email.

Runner passed away during Tussey Mountain relay. Family and friends find consolation and say he died doing something he loved.

Is there an ultra-joggler yet? Pretty tricky on the trails, I'd presume.

Guy finishes a 50 miler, turns around, and makes it an even hundo.

Have you got your name into Comrades yet?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tues, Oct 25

Video: Wanna see Killian chasing Marco deGaspari down some stairs? Whew! Hat tip to GZ for the find.

Dan Rose (Run 192 guy) runs a fatass 100 miler across Cape Cod, with some beautiful pics.

Guinness wants the 100 yo marathoner to prove his age, despite India not issuing birth certificate when he was born. Come on, now.

I still haven't tried the new Brooks PureConnect, but this reviewer says they're too narrow. Sounds good to me!

Boys XC runner leads team to win 3 weeks after suffering a stroke. Wow.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mon, Oct 24

So they have jerks who move trail markers in Africa, too? Kevin Chen gets lost during 250k stage race across the Kalahari.

Endurance swimmer sums it up right: “My philosophy is, you have to have the right screw loose to be a good endurance athlete.  You look at the best ones, they’re crazy.”

Karl is talking about putting on a big $ hundo at Snowbird. 

Tim Englund wins Laz's crazy Backyard Ultra.  Zach Gingerich wins Des Plaines 50M with a 5:37 and Wardian takes USATF Champs Tussey Mountain 50Mwith a new CR 5:33.  Frank Bozanich, 67, turns in an 8:32.  Also, Seth Wold sets a new CR at Pony Express with a 7:17. 

List: "7 races to get you started in ultrarunning." Two of them are hundreds?

Blind HS XC runner runs with a guide dog. Not too long until I see that at an ultra, I'd imagine...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fri, Oct 21

The Onion: Kenyans just watching trail marathons for the crashes.

Is sitting ruining your running?

Toddler shows off perfect barefoot running form.

Kami Semick now lives in Hong Kong and keeps running into snakes.

"You can't shoot a cannon from a canoe" and other musings on long and slow Maffetone methods.

CorrectedTodd Braje, who's got a 5:30 50 miler to his name, will be attempting a second win at Tussey Mountain 50M this weekend. Wardian will also be there.  Should be a great race.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thurs, Oct 20

The 100 year old marathoner lets us in on his secrets to longevity.

"I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter."--Sir Winston Churchill

Should you run twice on your long days?

The geniuses over at letsrun discuss whether "ultrarunning is still a joke."

An inaugural 100k goes off without a hitch. Well done, RD!

Study: How quickly is water absorbed after you drink it?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wed, Oct 19

Many Oly Trials runners are passing on NY Marathon because 2 marathons in 2 months is too much. Mike Wardian says "huh?"

Geoff Roes opens up about his schedule.

USATF does something right.

Some of the dirtiest trail porn ever. Listen up photogs, this is how you take pictures.

Gretchen compares running to writing and ponders the question "is our inability to be satisfied our greatest talent?"

Scott Jaime competes in Krispy Kreme Challenge.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tues, Oct 18

Video: Lecture on fruit-based diet by the Fruitarian, Mike Arnstein.

Don't streak the Olympic Marathon or it'll cost you.  Yeah, I'm talking to you.

How do you qualify to be a running coach?

I don't know how triathletes find the time to train this much.

Hal K takes a first at TNF 50 in Atlanta this weekend, with Nicki Kimball coming in 5th overall. Nice!

The Philippines lose an inspirational ultrarunner.

If ultras seem too safe, you could always run with the bulls in Arizona.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mon, Oct 17

If you've got the time, check out this new mag on trail running from Australia and NZ. Here's a pdf of  volume 1 and here's vol 2. Warning: Big files.  Well done, mates!

Wardian takes a third on Saturday, then wins on Sunday. 2 marathons, 2 days.

A XC race on Pre's Trail. Sounds like fun.

Robbers steal Ironman triathlete's stuff after event. Wait, did they say six pairs of shoes? I know triathletes are gear whores, but six?

This article mentions a 39 mile race. What a great distance! Hello RDs?

Video: The ultra shuffle.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fri, Oct 14

Shorts....or skorts?

This runner had all the motivation he needed. Black IPA.

How a Japanese amateur road racer beat the system.

Brandon Fuller wrestles with hundo entries for next year. Haven't we all had this conversation with ourselves?

This list is pretty much right...except for most of it. Give me a pair of shoes and a nice trail, and I'm good to go.

Barefoot shoes are great, but they're not perfect.

What happens when protesters are "occupying" the finish line area?

New way to treat ITBF and PF.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thurs, Oct 13

Video: Inspirational comeback on the track.

This guy is raising money by running 50M so that kids can enjoy the outdoors. Seems like he found a way to do it for free.

Holy crap! Joe Grant's encounter with a mountain lion.

Marathoner pulls a Rosie Ruiz and duh, gets caught.

This elite coach makes it simple: Be honest with yourself.

How do energy drinks effect your running?

2 things I didn't know about Lizzie Hawker. She's a PhD Polar Oceanographer (!) and she's currently running 1,000 miles across the Great Himalayan Trail. Wow!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wed, Oct 12

What it takes to be elite.

Have you seen the ultrasignup app prototype? Pretty cool! Only for iPhones, and doesn't allow signups. Good thing! Have a few beers with your running buddies, next thing you know, you've signed up for every race in the damn country.

Video: A pro's guide to filming ultras.

The annual BeerMile in Sacramento is coming up. Check out the world records here.

PattySue Plumer signs on as Stanford XC coach.

Should pregnant moms take on endurance events?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tues, Oct 11

Ten things you didn't know about running.

Must read: Road to trail transitioning.

This race had some real highlights, not the least of which was the "full meal of puso, lechon, ngo hiong, cold the finishline."

Take a few minutes to answer some questions about your running for this scientific study. Might even win some shoes!

Woman gives birth right after finishing Chicago Marathon.  Wonder how many times she stopped to pee?

Jean Pommier turns in a great race report from Firetrails 50. How he travels so much and runs so well is amazing!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mon, Oct 10

Runner dies 500 yards from the finish line at Chicago Marathon.

Craig Alexander and Chrissie Wellington take firsts at Ironman Champs in Kona.

Neil Gorman wins Grindstone 100, and Mr. Mackey takes a win at Firetrails.

Trail porn: Adams Gulch Big Loop in Sun Valley, Idaho.

The Tevis Cup, rerouted from July because of snow, had to reroute again because guessed it, snow.

Could you run a 250k stage race across the Sahara, carrying a giant statue of Taoist deity Nalakuvara. Wait, what?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Here's a list of all the major ultras in the world. Broken down by country, with all past winners.  Time to geek out.

ESPN's The Body Issue is coming out with nude (but covered) pics of top athletes. Huh? No ultrarunners? No Gordy? No Jenn?

Grindstone 100 is tomorrow. AJW is running and will give us a race report next week.

Should the term "ultramarathon" refer to cycling events? I don't think so.

You need to find a way to work a combo workout into your schedule.

...meanwhile, this running event is called an ultra, even though it's shorter than 26.2.

I got stuck on "bacon and oreo sandwiches and jello shots."

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thurs, Oct 6, 2011

How much to drink during a marathon. Will this ever get solved?

Guess who's racing again?

Mr. Roes just can't help it. He's a binge runner.

The new Midwest Slam. But can I get sausage instead of bacon? Thanks.

"Run like hell and get the agony over with."
--Clarence DeMar

Fun weight and performance calculator that shows how fast you could be if you didn't drink so damn much beer.

More really young kids getting into endurance events.

Kiplagat backs out of the NYC Marathon. Booooo!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wed, October 5, 2011

Another story of a runner helping out another in a race. Hat tip to Dons Diary for the find. Do guys ever do this in competition, or is it only the fairer sex?

What was your mileage last week? Let us know and it may win you a free entry to the Lithia Loop Trail Marathon in Ashland next month.

Listen: Electroswing may just find its way onto my tempo run playlist.

Dakota Jones offers tips on winter running.

How to PR in an ultra with no extra training.  Yes please!

Do you suffer from Runners Face?

Hey Inov-8! We at URP would really love to try the new minimalist road shoe, the BareX-200. We promise to get it dirty reaaaaal quick.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tues, Oct 4, 2011

Can you make it to southern Oregon by Nov 5? Lithia Loop Trail Marathon is taking place in Ashland. We'll be there...will you? Check out our contest to win an entry!

Nick Symonds makes the case for the USATF and IAAF getting the hell outta the way of growth.

Ironman Kona is coming up this weekend.  We'll have Tim Waggoner on next week to talk about his tri/ultra crossover success.

Ultrarunning biochemists now showing up as characters in suspense novels.

Carnage in Catalonia as Miguel Heras bags another win. Will we see him at NF50 in December?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

I know it was last week, but up on Mike Morton's crazy 24 hour race.

Triathlon book causes controversy.  I've got his other books and think they're great.

Feel crazy? Enter this 12 hour downhill bike race.

Disc golfers and runners have a turf war near Prefontaine trail in Eugene.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg starts a commotion when he posts a pic of himself wearing these running shoes.

Interesting article on how PEDs work.