I have dreamed of getting to represent my country as a runner my entire life, so this race marked my first opportunity to earn that right.
Whether you’ve raced double digits worth of ultras or are training for your first, nailing your race-day nutrition could be the difference between a DNF (Did Not Finish) and crossing the finish line, or missing an FKT (Fastest Known Time).
Trevor Fuchs’ life changed about a decade ago when he started running everyday, replacing his daily habit of drinking a six-pack of beer, smoking a pack of cigarettes, and eating a bag of chips. Once he shifted into the life of an ultrarunner, he became close friends with the podium, reaching a spot in nearly every race he ran. But Trevor’s racing and efforts aren’t always easy.
On September 21, Gnarly athlete and ultrarunner Mike McKnight set a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Colorado Trail, a 485-mile-long path from Denver to Durango.
Nolan’s 14 is a project in the Sawatch Range of the Colorado Rockies that strings together fourteen 14,000’ mountains in a single push.
The first book Tiare read in jail was Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes. She felt it was fitting, or even fate, since her life had recently turned around. She was used to running almost everyday by then, but there was no place for her to run during her three months being locked up. Instead, she […]
Cookie monster or trail runner? At her local bakery in Jackson, Wyoming, Kelly Hapin picked out two oversized chocolate-chip cookies. You know the ones I’m talking about … those irresistible cookies that are the size of your hand, outstretched like a seastar, the ones that weigh more than you ever imagined a cookie could weigh. […]
On a flat, paved surface, the average adult takes about 2,000 steps to walk one mile. In a race that spans 268 miles though mountains and varied terrain in the dead of winter in the United Kingdom, that amounts to something like 540,000 steps. And all it takes is one wrong step to take you […]
I love Strava and use it frequently, though I have to work really hard to not let my comparison-based thoughts sneak in when I am using the app. These little gremlins tell me I need to run a marathon because an ultra-runner I follow just did. If my friends are getting KOMs/QOMs, the gremlins will […]
Most runners don’t eat anything during a five-mile race. The distance and time spent pushing the body isn’t quite long enough to require mid-race nutrition. But on rare occasions, Rita Beard eats a dozen glazed donuts at the 2.5-mile marker. That’s 2,400 calories of carby, sugary goodness with half of the race still to go. […]
Benefits of protein for the endurance athlete What’s the buzz about protein? First of all, we are made of it, literally. Everything from our muscles, bones, neurotransmitters, and hormones, to tiny microscopic cellular machines, are made up of protein. Protein benefits: Helps with muscle repair Helps with muscle building Helps maintain fluid balance Makes up […]
Legend has it, the first known marathoner Pheidippides ran 25 miles from the Marathon battlefield to Athens. After completing the most amazing athletic feat of his time, he yelled “Victory!”, delivering news to the Athenians that they had claimed victory over the Persians. He then collapsed and died of exhaustion. If only he had […]
On a cold February day in 2012, Mike McKnight’s running career was almost snuffed out before it got started. Mike, then 21, and his friends were skiing at Beaver Mountain near Logan, Utah, and set up to hit a table-top jump in the terrain park, one Mike had hit multiple times in the past. But […]
We turn to Ultra-runner Mike McKnight to get his top 5 recovery tips. While Mike has completed a number of 100 mile trail races, his latest accomplishments might just blow your mind. Since 2017 Mike has completed the Triple Crown of 200s… twice.
Recovery is arguably the most overlooked aspect of any training program, and yet it is often the key to building functional strength, preventing injuries and breaking through performance plateaus. The quality of an athlete’s recovery or speed at which muscles recover from intense training can have a direct impact on an athlete’s ability to perform […]
There is a lot of speculation regarding proper race day hydration and fueling, and in truth, the optimal strategy for you is likely to be quite different than the runner next to you. Given that, there are some basic hydration and fueling strategies for before, during and after your run, that if you’re not already […]
“Don’t give up. Especially after you’ve finished.” Athletes often get caught up in the distracting excitement and satisfaction of reaching the finish line and consequently often neglect post-race nutrition. Refueling and rehydrating after a race can significantly decrease muscle soreness and reduce recovery time, leaving you stronger and ready to tackle your next run. To […]
“It’s amazing what your body can do when you give what it needs.” Proper nutrition mid-race, if your distance calls for it, is just a critical as pre- and post-run nutrition. As you gradually train to match the distance of your race, you should also train for how to fuel your body during that distance. […]
“The key to a strong finish is a strong start.” No matter the distance of your race, being properly fueled and hydrated at the starting line is integral to a successful race. There are some basic hydration and fueling strategies, that if you’re not already doing, will definitely help you in your preparation for race […]
When I tell people that I am a professional runner the first question I always get is, “Oh, so you run marathons?” They start scratching their heads a bit when I tell them I run the 5K on the track (like what’s the big deal, anyone can run 3.1 miles). It’s only when I explain […]