Colorado 14ers: Adventure Ultrarunning
Jun25

Colorado 14ers: Adventure Ultrarunning

Colorado. I love this place. In 2008,  I was fortunate to move here and bring my love of endurance sports with me. Life is different in Colorado. Who you are is what you do. Climber? Skier? Mountain biker? Ultrarunner? It’s not about what you have…it’s what you do. How do you live your life? What do you do with your precious time? I don’t take it for granted when I stop on the trail to let a deer, bear, or moose walk by. I just...

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Bighorn 100 Pre-Race Photo Reflections
Jun18

Bighorn 100 Pre-Race Photo Reflections

This morning I awoke before my 4:50am alarm. I drowsily stumbled around, threw on my favorite soft running clothes, tracked down a handheld and a pair of shoes and tossed them in the car. Scoping out the wildcat ridge It is fitting that my last taper run is where it all started: on Wire – a short, steep mountain climb overlooking Salt Lake City. I turned on my Wire playlist as I drove, realizing I was a few minutes behind. Yes,...

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Bryce 100 Pre Race Report
Jun12

Bryce 100 Pre Race Report

This weekend I will be toeing the line for the Bryce 100. Keeping with my 100 mile rituals, I’m typing this while enjoying a beverage at the town’s only coffee shop. I spend a couple days before the race camping out with my pacer mentally preparing for what’s about to take place. Convincing my body that it’s OK to run 100 miles and getting myself right mentally are just as important as the months of physical preparation that...

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Open Letter: Why A Commitment to Specialty RUN, BIKE and OUTDOOR Distribution?
May28

Open Letter: Why A Commitment to Specialty RUN, BIKE and OUTDOOR Distribution?

Editors Note: TrailandUltraRunning.com shares the passion and commitment to the many people and companies that foster innovation and originality, supporting us in our adventures. This letter from UltrAspire founder Bryce Thatcher, expresses his thoughts. Recently, while traveling, I found myself with extra time to visit some local specialty outdoor, run, and bike shops. Such visits are great for checking out color trends, new...

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Tips for Having a Non-Runner Partner
May06

Tips for Having a Non-Runner Partner

My fiance, John, and I have been together for 6.5+ years. For most of those years, he has been a non-runner. Last year, we did run the Philadelphia Marathon together, but before that – and since – he has not run. I’ve been lucky enough that he’s come to many of my races, including crewing me in my 100 miler finish in 2012. With all of this said, there are some issues that arise when you run marathons and...

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To Flirt with Dirt – a Cautionary Tale
May05

To Flirt with Dirt – a Cautionary Tale

By Professor on the Run Full disclosure – I am no ultra-runner. I have yet to run an ultra-marathon (or normal marathon) and don’t know if I ever will. But, trail-running in general is taking over my life. It dominates my daydreams, works its way into vacation plans, and surely drives my family nuts. Dirt is a dangerous mistress. Don’t believe me? Just talk to an ultra-runner and try to get them to talk about anything other than...

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When branches strike back….
Apr23

When branches strike back….

By Andreas Ever thought about how essential the right gear is? No – Not shoes or a pack or poles. I’m talking about another, important piece of equipment. You’ll never get it. Just a little hint – Put on your shoes, look for the nearest woods and run into them. When you come to a junction, always chose the narrower path (the road less traveled). The smaller the trails get, the faster you run. And all of a...

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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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