January 21, 2020

They say necessity is the mother of invention. For John Ellis, needless chafing was the mother of invention.

During the 298-kilometer Hong Kong 4 Trails race, Ellis experienced chafing so severe he ran the last mountain (Lantau Peak) without undies.

“Any decent ultra tra...

January 16, 2020

At age 7, Liz Zaragoza Guerrini finished dead last in a race at her dad’s company picnic in San Francisco, where she was born and raised.

It would not be the last time she rebounded. Nor would it be the last time she saw finishing last as a negative thing. For her, it w...

January 11, 2020

In high school, Martin Hernandez had no intention of running unless a soccer ball was involved. His mom, however, had different plans.

“My mom signed me up for cross country,” Hernandez recalls. “The coach called me and I had no idea I was signed up. Once I went out the...

January 6, 2020

To say that my running rebounded in 2019 from the previous year is an understatement. It was a year of achieving firsts, overcoming challenges and growing as a runner, thanks to a new coach.

I started 2019 with a mix of uncertainty and excitement. Would I rebound from...

January 4, 2020

Growing up in Flagstaff, Ariz., Austin Horn was familiar with the running scene. He recalls knowing that people there enjoyed the sport “for some reason.” Horn, however, fell in love with soccer and played from age 4 through eighth grade, dreaming of playing for a prof...

December 29, 2019

Next time you are out on a trail run, imagine navigating an unfamiliar section by looking through a paper-towel roll without the ability to differentiate between roots, rocks and dirt.

That’s what ultra runner Kyle Robidoux faces each and every step. Robidoux was diagno...

December 23, 2019

Dave Shanahan wants to make one thing clear: He doesn’t want to do ultra marathons.

“I need to do ultras, they’ve just become a part of who I am,” says Shanahan, who in 2019 ran three 100-mile races, including one on a treadmill. 

“My ‘why’ is to maintain a sense of self...

December 19, 2019

In putting together this second annual Top 20 Most Inspirational Ultra Runners of the Year list, one thing really stood out.

This was way harder than last year for the first edition of the inspirational ultra runners.

Perhaps more ultra runners had inspiring performances...

December 17, 2019

As the holiday shopping season winds down, I have compiled 12 recommendations for Christmas presents for those special runners in your lives. I have tried and used all of these products. For the sake of transparency, I have noted which brands I represent as an ambassad...

December 9, 2019

That headline is the question. It’s a question that I have been pondering and debating for the past couple of months.

My running journey has taken me from a mildly active couch potato on a standard Western diet to an endurance athlete on a plant-based diet. It all start...

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Evolving from injured runner to BQer

Marathon Training Academy podcast hosts Trevor and Angie Spencer discuss how Angie's training has helped me improve my marathon PR by 28 minutes, earn a BQ and conquer ultras.


Trails, coaching, diet  
and a whole lot more

Ryan Clayton welcomes me to his podcast where we cover topics from road and trail running to coaching to nutrition/diet to ambassadorships.


'Keep moving the goal line so you always have goals to work toward.'

Breaking the Barrier podcast host Andrew Lorenzo and I talked about goal setting and achieving.


'I am able to recover better from through an almost entirely plant-based diet.'

PlantTrainers hosts Adam and Shoshana Chaim discuss my evolving diet, endurance running and offer tips on how to become 100 percent plant-based.

My First Ultra host Scott Jones and I discuss my debut and lessons learned at the Buckeye 50K in Ohio.

'My fifth-grade teacher called me  molasses.'


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