Running Coaching from David & Megan Roche
The Western States 100 is the Super Bowl of US trail running. It’s hard and hot, and it presents unique problems for all athletes. These 10 race-day tips are designed to help athletes solve those problems, and they may help you excel at any ultra.
For trans-youth athletes in particular, sports with or without age-appropriate transition steps goes beyond the playing field and into the type of society we want to have.
The Winter Olympics happen once every four years. But for the athletes, they happen every day, usually for decades.
Research shows that many women’s experiences can lead them to live with a certain amount of fear, and being outdoors is no exception.
Since it passed, only a couple species have gone extinct, while hundreds have been saved. As runners, if we value wild places, then the Endangered Species Act gives real-world life to our imagined values.
Ultramarathons lay bare every element of the human experience, and an aid station in one of the most famous 100-mile races shows that.
Even if you aren’t the fastest, consider jumping in the FKT game. Just make sure you bring an extra pair of socks in case the first gets blown off somewhere along the way.
Without the traditional role models of the running community, Woltering was making his own way from the get-go, and he’s not afraid to stand out.
In your training, remember the old rule: consistency over epicness, because epic is rarely consistent. Ellen was consistent, and in a few years, she transformed herself into superwoman on the trails.
A week or even a training cycle does not tell the story. Instead, training is like a massive wall—each day is a brick or two, and it takes months and years of building to make something special.
Through stubborn persistence, Cat Bradley shocked 99.9 percent of the trail-running world by winning the Western States 100, one of the greatest upsets in the history of the race on one of the most brutal days ever.
Despite his love for the 50K distance, he thinks it’s important to compete in the longer races, “because of the prestige. It can make or break you as an ultrarunner.”
He knows no negativity, just love. He’s always trying. He’s always happy. You can’t be mad at him for not listening when he’s just trying to play.
The first thing that jumps out about Kathryn Drew, an event manager from Vancouver, is her kindness. The next thing is her humor.
At the finish line of the 2019 Western States 100 Miler, I saw dozens of people cry illogical tears of joy.
They hadn’t even run 100-milers yet. It was like jumping into the deep end and learning how to swim when you hit the water. But that didn’t stop them.
Belief doesn’t mean thinking you will win the Tour de France, it means continuing to think you are capable of growth even when you’re handed evidence to the contrary.
Our country is facing a reckoning when it comes to its history of racism, and the trail running community isn't immune to that. Change will take relentless work, but that is one place where runners shine.
Addendum for 2020: never hesitate to use the power scoot.
She went on to win. She celebrated. She went to the ER to get her nose treated. Another day in the adventurous life of Katie Asmuth.
For the second time in a year, he reset what anyone thought was possible on the route.
Before jumping into a training plan that quantifies every little thing from heart rate to body weight, think about trying the simplest one of all: run more. That said, be cautious about building up too fast.
Cross-country skiers train lots, but often very easily, with minimal changes in aerobic principles based on distance raced in endurance events. What does it mean for runners?
Nani Beags is 15 years, 8 months old, and she still joyously runs a few miles most days. There are lessons for all of us, even if we have two legs and a butt that is adept at quitting.
Now comes the hard part: putting in the miles, logging workouts and setting yourself up for success, both this season and for years of running to come. Our 2018 wall calendar features 12 training and running tips from 12 athletes.
When people say, "anything is possible," they don't mean truly anything. But sometimes, people surprise you, and Alyssa Schmidt did just that.
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