August 7, 2019

Hayden Hawks dreamed of playing under the lights at iconic Fenway Park. Instead, he gets to run in some of the most scenic places on the planet.

And he is more than OK with that.

“I am so glad that I went through this experience as it helped build a lot of confidence in...

July 24, 2019

Ask Jason Atnip why he’s working toward his first 100-mile race, and the answer is simple. “Why 100 miles? I guess, why not?”

It’s a question that I, too, may answer in the same way. Our outlook is similar, as is our ultra history to date. Mine consists of seven ultras,...

July 19, 2019

Jason Koop has coached ultra runners long before the niche sport grabbed the foothold it currently has. In those days, gear options were sparse, nutrition options were minimal and training was whatever the individual prescribed.

In time, however, Koop has developed a ni...

July 14, 2019

No one in history has run the historic Western States 100-mile race faster than Jared Hazen. Except, of course, for the guy sitting across from him at the breakfast table.

“I mean it's funny, for sure,” Hazen says a few days after he finished second to roommate Jim Walm...

July 5, 2019

As he is known for saying, Karl Meltzer once told me “100 miles is not that far.

In the context of our place in the universe, or planet Earth, or even the United States, he is right. But when pondering 100 miles on foot, it is a ridiculous number of miles. Estimates sh...

June 30, 2019

Frayah Wasmund has battled depression and anxiety since she was a young child. Wasmund’s self-worth was non-existent. She had no coping skills. Her thoughts were negative.

“I felt like I wasn’t good enough. No one loved me. I was gross. I was ugly,” she recalls. “I thou...

June 26, 2019

Drew Holmen grew up in Grand Marais, Minn., roughly halfway between Hayward Field and the Boston Marathon finish line. But that didn’t mean that running was popular in his hometown.

Running was a way that Holmen could get in shape for hockey season.

“My experience with r...

June 23, 2019

I put the tumble in the Rough and Tumble 18K in Sinks Canyon National Park, just outside Lander, Wyo. 

At Mile 8.3 of the 11-mile race on June 22, my left foot caught a small rock or root — I didn’t see it, it wasn’t one of the hundreds of larger ones that I navigated...

June 16, 2019

(Ian Sharman with his Western States buckles, as of the 2018 race. Photo credit: Amy Sharman)

To put Ian Sharman’s nine consecutive top 10 finishes at the Western States Endurance Run into context, consider this: During that time frame only Aliza Lapierre has as many as...

June 11, 2019

Some of Mario Mendoza’s earliest memories of his father relate to their mutual love of soccer. At the time, Mendoza excelled at soccer and would travel across California playing in games. His father loved watching him play. They also bonded over watching soccer on TV.


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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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