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.