Interview with Darkling Thrush
Apr07

Interview with Darkling Thrush

It is endlessly fascinating to hear of the varied and interesting journeys each of us takes to become a trail runner. For some of us, it is a natural extension of simply loving nature and intending to spend every minute possible in it, to experience what the Germans call “Waldeinsamkeit”, or “solitude in the forest”; for others it began as the result of registering for a poorly advertised 10 miler only to find out upon arrival that it...

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Rethink Running
Apr02

Rethink Running

Hi, Craig here, head of daily operations at TrailAndUltraRunning.com (TAUR). For those of you who are on Twitter and follow me (@ultracraig) you’ve probably noticed a little project of mine I’ve been working on in 2014. Each day I post a tweet titled “Rethink Running:”. In each of these tweets I share some simple insight into our world of trail and ultra running and what makes it and running special. My...

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How to Be an Ultra Runner
Mar31

How to Be an Ultra Runner

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Redemption – Antelope Island Buffalo Run March 21 2014
Mar27

Redemption – Antelope Island Buffalo Run March 21 2014

By Matthew Van Horn On my first attempt to complete the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run 2012, I had decided to quit at mile 65. I was walking up the road to the next aid station, where I intended to sit in a chair, get warm, and call my wife to take me home. With the decision to quit, I was no longer moving with a purpose other than to get to where I needed to be to quit. Other racers and their pacers passed me, and I envied...

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Running Up For Air
Mar12

Running Up For Air

The world is littered with people who accomplish extraordinary things. Many, if not most, go unnoticed. They live out their lives subtly influencing the planet with no thought about getting anything in return. Their accomplishments make a statement and set a standard for the rest of us to live by. Rarer still are the people who can physically astound and inspire us, while at the same time set a higher standard of living. Jared...

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Women in Ultras: The Feminine Baddasses
Mar10

Women in Ultras: The Feminine Baddasses

When I recently signed up for the Bighorn 100 I took a minute to scan through the entrants. What I saw was a screen of utter disappointment: 10 pages of male entrants and barely one page of female entrants. For real? C’mon ladies! No, I don’t think ultra-running needs to be the #1 sport for women. Innately it is one of the least feminine sports out there. Let’s face it: it’s a sport filled with farting boys, bloody knees, and crusted...

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Ironman vs. Ultramarathon: Endurance Athletes Who Do Both
Mar03

Ironman vs. Ultramarathon: Endurance Athletes Who Do Both

In 2006, I finished my first Ironman triathlon. It took me over five years to take my body and mind from “normal guy” to Ironman. The 140.6 mile race was a life-long dream etched from an early age by ABC’s Wide World of Sports.  I remember seeing athletes struggle through the course on television. It was the most incredible thing I had ever seen. The pain, the suffering, the raw human emotion…it was unlike so many other things I...

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Interview with TAUR COO Craig Lloyd
Feb20

Interview with TAUR COO Craig Lloyd

On February 1st 2014, Craig Lloyd was appointed the new Chief Operating Officer for TrailAndUltraRunning.com. An author, competitive athlete, and a dear friend; Craig invests his time into the growth of trail running, assisting other athletes, and writing to share his passions. While he hides under a jovial laugh and his tag of “shameless self promoter,” Craig’s dedication to inspire and mentor other runners will take...

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