April 1, 2020

Ellie Pell found running about six years ago soon after moving to Ithaca, N.Y. She was in her early 20s, had little savings and did not know anyone in her new community. 

“I started because it was free fitness. I ended up winning a local half marathon,” she says, admitt...

March 29, 2020

Dear coronavirus,

I am thankful and glad that we have not met in person, as far as I know. You, sir or madam, are a menace to the world.

It’s been angering, sobering and disheartening to follow your path of destruction. First you wreaked havoc on China, then rapidly spre...

March 23, 2020

Amy Clark stood at the starting line of her first ultra, the McDonald Forest 50K in Corvallis, Ore., not knowing what to expect. She knew she would encounter about 10,000 feet of gain over the course. But she didn’t foresee such a welcoming ultra community.

“I didn't kn...

March 21, 2020

As I write this the ultra running community has paused with the rest of the world due to the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unknown when things will return to a semblance of normal, of course. And when they do, our world will have changed significantly from when news of th...

March 15, 2020

“Is your race still on?”

It was a question I was asked with increased frequency last week as the coronavirus shut down much of our way of life, including virtually the entire sports world.

Major sports leagues and races cancelled or postponed events to adhere to the new...

March 6, 2020

As his three mixed-breed dogs scampered about, Patrick Reagan cut up vegetables in his kitchen for dinner while doing this interview. While his dogs are all mutts — “the best kind of dogs” — Reagan himself is a rare breed: a professional ultra runner.

In the past year,...

February 20, 2020

Sarah McMahon joined her sixth-grade cross country team at the urging of a friend. The simplicity of the sport was a surprise.

“When I got to practice, all we had to do was run,” she recalls. “That's all it was. But I kind of just stumbled into something I was good at,...

February 12, 2020

The Angela Shartel of 2020 is a smiling, healthy, popular ambassador for the trail and ultra running community. Flip back the calendar to the early 2000s, and you will find an Angela Shartel that was a depressed, overweight and abused woman.

“At the peak of it all, I fe...

February 5, 2020

Zach and Nicole Bitter have another trail runner to thank for bringing them together. While they met at an Altra athlete summit, their relationship took off after another encounter.

“We actually have Liza Howard and the Team Red, White and Blue Trail Running Camp to tha...

February 4, 2020

At any start line, there may be as many runners as there are “whys.” Some may be chasing a lofty PR. Some may be out to prove to themselves that they can do hard things. Others may be there for the joy they find in the running community.

After the North Face Endurance C...

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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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