"People think ultra is some kind of spaghetti eating contest for people
with no talent to do anything else. But there’s a lot going on. I break
it down into the physical, the mental and endurance. Physical is the
only gender-specific area; men have more muscle mass, the strongest man
is always going to be stronger than the strongest woman. But I think
physical is only a small percentage of ultra. The mental part includes
preparation, strategizing, problem solving. How do you deal with 22
miles through snow, then overheating? How do you avoid allowing someone
to lure you into running their race? You have to learn how to run over
rocks downhill without trashing your quads; it’s like skiing or dancing.
And then endurance. An ultra is not about pain - I think a marathon is
about pain, about intensity - but it’s about hanging in through
tiredness and about staying nutritionally fueled. There is some evidence
that women may use fat more efficiently. And you have to want it, you
have to have the passion, you have to be willing to take the risks. You
can never be sure you’ll finish."

The great Ann Transon
Anna Frost and company on an assault on summit records for Taranaki

Anna Frost and company on an assault on summit records for Taranaki

"The people that I have met are not foolish; they are aware of how
tired and cold and hungry and frightened and hurting and discouraged
and disoriented and how possibly injured they will become. They know
they will face great physical, mental, emotional, and possibly
spiritual challenges as they make their way to the finish. This is
what they are racing against. This is their challenge. This is what
I admire."

Carolyn Erdman

"In football, you might get your bell rung, but you go in with the expectation that you might get hurt, and you hope to win and come out unscathed. As a distance runner, you know you’re going to get your bell rung. Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear. You’re not coming away feeling good. It’s a matter of how much pain you can deal with on those days. It’s not a strategy. It’s just a callusing of the mind and body to deal with discomfort. Any serious runner bounces back. That’s the nature of their game. Taking pain"

Running with the Buffaloes

"Each time you run you will receive lessons. You have enrolled in
the school of ultrarunning. You may like the lessons or think them
irrelevant and stupid. What you think makes no difference; the
lessons will be presented until they are learned."

 Keith Pippin
The Legend of Olive Oil Joe
Click the link to read about his amazing story

The Legend of Olive Oil Joe

Click the link to read about his amazing story

"There is no satisfaction without a struggle first"

M. Liquori

"Excellence is a habit not an Act"

Aristotle

An inspirational run across the Sahara Desert. Ray Zahab is reppin for Canada!

This park is one of my Countries treasures, I urge anyone and everyone to please sign this petition!!!

The Top five from the Bandera 100km; Congrats to Olson for winning (Only ten minutes ahead of Mackey)
From L-R: Timothy Olson, Dave Mackey, Joe Uhan, Dylan Bowman, and Nick Clark.

Source: irunfar.com (B. Powell)

The Top five from the Bandera 100km; Congrats to Olson for winning (Only ten minutes ahead of Mackey)

From L-R: Timothy Olson, Dave Mackey, Joe Uhan, Dylan Bowman, and Nick Clark.

Source: irunfar.com (B. Powell)

At the top of Jumping Pound Mountain during the Iron Legs 50 miler

At the top of Jumping Pound Mountain during the Iron Legs 50 miler

Running a 100 miler on May 26th...I'm going to need a pacer....takers...

"The harsh and bitter winds harden the soul, test one’s will, and create the mentality that a runner is indestructible against all elements, conditions, and race situations."