7 articles on running SMART, energy, injured tissue and a bit of pee

Last updated: 14-Mar-19

By Elsa Trujillo

As usual, and as promised, we’ve combed through the web in search of interesting articles on all things trail and ultra running so that you don’t have to. This is what we’ve found this week.

Ultra running secret weapons
You may think that ultra running is a pretty solitary undertaking but certain ultra achievements require great support. Read about how Fernanda Maciel (BRA) and Karl Egloff (ECU) met a very unique pacer/guide that was key to their ultra mountain records. Read the article.

A look at injured tissue
You might not really want to know what’s going on inside your injured knee and just prefer it to hurry up and get itself healed pronto. However, we recommend you read this article on how tissue heals itself to work on your patience and understanding at such a frustrating time. Here’s the full article.

Setting goals
Zach Adams talks about setting SMART goals in ultra running. That is: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely running objectives. Read the full article here.

Aerobic and anaerobic energy
What are these types of energy and what are they good for? A clue: it has to do with the intensity of your exercise. Marc Laithwaite, founder of Epic Events, explains.

Peeing on the run
Yes, we did say we had an article about pee and this is it.. Here’s how the real pros do it. Read on to improve your technique.

Is it possible to be glamorous when ultra running?
Here’s an article that digs into the less glamorous aspects of ultra running, such as fast food dining on your feet, dehydrated peeing (please read the above article also), the loss of a toenail (or two) and all-over chafing. This article is no longer available.

Desert ultra running iconic race coming up in April
If you’re one of the desert crazies that have been lucky enough to get a place at the 2016 MdS, your time is almost up. We bring you final advice from one of our expert coaches, Andy Mouncey. Read on.

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