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Training to Run Uphill Faster

Ultrarunning combines a multiple skills and abilities, from knowing how to handle yourself in the elements in remote areas, to understanding how to fuel your body for many hours or days while in motion. Typically, ultrarunning includes substantial climbs and descents and a lot of cumulative elevation change. To become better at something, we must …

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Ultrarunning Injury Recovery Lessons from a Year-Long Comeback

By Corrine Malcolm, CTS Expert Coach, Ultrarunning Host for the Trainright Podcast I broke my pelvis 15 months ago but only found out about it a month later. Twelve months ago I was told the healing process was taking longer than expected. Eight months ago I was managing 3- to 4-mile runs but couldn’t run three …

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Blisters: Comprehensive Plan for Treating Running Blisters

Running can be hard on an athlete’s feet and blisters can happen to novice and experienced runners. Many runners rightfully focus on their footwear and making sure they have the right traction and support. However, it is also important to consider how your feet move in the shoes, the surface you’ll be running on, and …

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How to Stay Motivated to Train for Ultrarunning

We all had at least one compelling reason to begin our trail running journey. Perhaps it was the finisher’s belt buckle or t-shirt, the inherent challenge of ultramarathon events, or health benefits. For most people, motivation evolves over time. Some original motivations may become more intense, or initial motives may fade and be replaced with …

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The Effect of Heat on Ergogenic Aids and Supplements

Ergogenic aids, or performance-enhancing substances, include any substances that enhance performance or recovery. The term encompasses legal substances like caffeine and prohibited substances like anabolic steroids. Interestingly, the research that determined just how ‘sports enhancing’ they could be, was done in controlled laboratory settings rather than real-world scenarios. While controlled settings leave less room for …

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Impactful Traits for Ultramarathon Performance

For years I have wanted a fantasy football-style league for trail and ultrarunning (come on, you know you want one too). It would be fun, good for the sport, akin to the annual iRunFar Western States prediction contest that draws international acclaim and fun banter all at the same time. Along these lines I’ve used …

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Fartlek Training for Trail and Ultramarathon Runners

Fartlek runs are fun, challenging, and useful for ultramarathon runners. And, of course, ‘fartlek’ is just a fun word to throw into conversation. A Scandinavian term coined in the 1930s by Swedish coach Gosta Holmer, fartlek translates to ‘speed play’ in English. And ‘playing with speed’ is an apt way to describe this style of …