January 24, 2020

Saturday marks seven weeks to go until the Bel Monte Endurance Races in the Skylark Mountains of Virginia. There are three events for runners to choose from — a 50-miler, 50K and a 25K.

I will be doing the 50K on March 14, hoping to improve my time from three years ago...

November 1, 2019

The training miles are done. The preparations are pretty much set. The start — and finish line — to this weekend’s race awaits.

But it’s not just any start or finish line. This Saturday, I will line up in Folsom, Calif., for the Rio Del Lago 100-mile race, my first at t...

October 17, 2019

In March, I am returning to the Bel Monte Endurance Races 50K, held in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It will be my third event put on by Bad to the Bone, following the same race in 2017 and the Ultra Race of Champions 100K earlier this year.

The majori...

August 17, 2019

Four weeks from Saturday I will be returning to Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin for my third North Face Endurance Challenge Series race there. I am drawn to the race because of the great course, incredibly helpful volunteers and all the amenities for runners.


May 8, 2019

Jeff Ball is living, breathing and enjoying a life dedicated to running. His day job focuses on working with The North Face Endurance Challenge Series on promotions and social media. In his spare time, he trains and competes in ultra races, mainly in his home state of...

April 6, 2019

Nestled in the Wind River Mountains of western Wyoming, an old school trail race will hold its fifth annual event this June. Gabe Joyes, his wife, Jenny, and friend Emily Tilden serve as co-race directors for the Sinks Canyon Rough and Tumble, which features a 50K, 18K...

March 10, 2019

As a runner and running coach, I know the importance of being selective of races to target for maximum effort. Not every race can be an “A’ race, otherwise the athlete could easily burn out.

I recommend to my athletes — and myself — to pick out several races as “A” race...

March 2, 2019

(Photo by Chris Hunter) 

Katie Arnold is going home to run. Her destination is Virginia. Her race is the Ultra Race of Champions (UROC). On her mind, will be her late father.

After all, it was during a visit to her dad’s farm in Virginia that sparked Arnold’s lifelong ru...

January 12, 2019

As a frequent traveler and runner, I have had the pleasure of combining those two passions from time to time. Races have literally brought me from coast to coast — running races in California and North Carolina — and beyond, notably Hawaii.

While I don’t have any races...

December 24, 2018

In mid-January when much of the United States is shivering, thoughts often turn to warmer climates like Florida for a much-needed respite.

For runners who seek out destination races it’s a perfect time to jump into a half marathon or 5K, as training for spring marathons...

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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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