Uphill running tips from a champ

For those of us who enjoy runs that often take us uphill, we know that such runs are not easy. I found this article from David Roche a two-time USATF trail national champion that has some great tips on how to do your uphill runs as smoothly and effortlessly as possible. He boils his tips down to 3 tips–lean in, relax, and hike with a purpose. Good tips for any ultra runner I think too. Enjoy the article here.


Photo credits to Joe Viger Photography.

Evolution of the Trails

I came across this one form  recently and loved the background it provided. The trails we run have years of history packed deep beneath the ground. Previous generations of trail users traveled great distances to pursue what they were passionate about–just as today’s ultra runners do. The evolution of these trails has a long and interesting history. Check out Amy’s rundown on how it all began here.

Ultra Goal-Setting

I loved this one I came across from  earlier this month on ultra goal setting. One of the classic strategies for goal setting is to set “S.M.A.R.T” goals. Chances are anyone who has taken any leadership or business classes has seen this before.  I am simply applying it to the world of ultrarunning.  SMART is an acronym referring to setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Check how Zach applies the classic strategy to ultra running goal setting here

Luke Puskedra appreciative of all the support


On February 13 in Los Angeles, Luke Puskedra finished one place—72 seconds away—from competing in the marathon at the 2016 Olympic Games. During the hours afterward, he was sure that his mood couldn’t sink any lower.

“I thought, ‘I don’t know what else could go wrong. This is tough,’” Puskedra said. “It’s kind of funny thinking about that now. That was the low. And then your expectations just change so much.”

What they soon discovered was more sobering and worrisome than they could have ever imagined.

Continue to read the full story here.

Ultra Adventures & going the extra mile

The race Director and Ultra Adventures founder, Matt Gunn, gravitated back to the Grand Circle after traveling the world. The Grand Circle is an area encompassing seven National Parks in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah and he and his team put on 7 races in the area each year…ultra races. UA have committed to an eco-friendly event practice that includes separating organics and compostable items beyond normal recyclables, and they have grown substantially since 2012. I love what they are doing and invite you to read the full story here.