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 13, 2020

In November, I was fortunate enough to win a brand new Coros Apex 46mm in an online contest (thanks @Runspirited and @Coros)! I was thrilled with the opportunity to try this new watch. As an avid ultra runner, I’ve heard a bit about the brand, but mostly about the batt...

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...

September 15, 2019

When I went to Outdoor Retailer this past summer I was blown away by the sheer number of vendors promoting nutrition products, sports gear, hiking equipment, camping gadgets and virtually anything you might need for an adventure.

I picked up samples of protein bars, sun...

May 18, 2019

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
mm, I get high with a little help from my friends

I got by, for sure, and it was high up in the mountains of Virginia a week ago when I completed my first 100K at the Ultra Race of Champions (UROC). It was by far the most...

April 3, 2019

I’ve always been a hat guy. When I was a young boy, I wore hats so frequently, my mom recalls times when I would try to sleep with one on.

As I have gotten older, I have become more picky about my hats. I want a secure fit, especially when living in Indiana, which recei...

March 22, 2019

There is a lot to like about the UltrAspire Legacy Race Vest and 550 race handheld bottle.

While UltrAspire is a newish company on the endurance sports scene, its products evoke quality and provide what trail and ultra runners require.

Disclaimer: I was honored to be sel...

September 5, 2018

It’s finally time. After nearly 50 years on this planet, my eyes need some assistance.

My eye doctor confirmed the news during a recent appointment. Beyond the eyeglasses — just for reading now, thank you very much — she also suggested doing drops several times a day an...

March 31, 2018

My running is off to a slow start this year, due to a foot injury that has limited my training.

I have been using the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) method for plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis). The foot has healed slowly but recently got a boost wit...

March 4, 2018

For some athletes, wearing compression gear during or after a workout is nothing more than a placebo effect. They don’t believe that compression works to heal and repair injuries.

On the other hand, others fully believe in the power of compression socks, tights and othe...

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December 23, 2019

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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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