Archive for June, 2012

Western States 100 – Preparing for the Dream Run Part 1: Physical Training

Western States 100 – Preparing for the Dream Run Part 1: Physical Training

I call it the “Dream Run” because I have been visualizing this classic route and event for years. It finally manifested itself in December 2011 when I was pulled randomly in the lottery gaining entry for the coveted 2012 race. Anyone involved in the sport of ultrarunning probably knows Western States 100. In fact even […]

San Diego 100 – Race Report

San Diego 100 – Race Report

Some people run 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons and marathons but for some reason unbeknown to me I have decided to run hundred mile races. I often find myself daydreaming during my long runs and I can’t ever seem to come up with a reason why I shouldn’t run hundreds except during the races themselves. I […]

Flagstaff Marathon

Flagstaff Marathon

The Flagstaff Marathon is 100% off-road with varying (single-track, cross-country, dirt roads) terrain. The course ranges from 8000 feet to 8600 feet above sea level and has been described as the most scenic and difficult marathon in the Southwest.

One On The Run

One On The Run

One…on…the…run…think about those words. They strike an image of one person running, which indeed paints the setting for this book. However, Helene Neville’s journey brings much more meaning to this seemingly simple phrase. The book One on the Run is the story of Helene’s trek running 2,520 miles in 93 days from the Pacific Coast […]

Stress and the Athlete -The Myth of “I can handle it”

Stress and the Athlete -The Myth of “I can handle it”

Stress is a fascinating subject area. People talk a lot about “all the stress” they are under or “how stressful” life is. Some people walk around in a perpetual state of being “stressed”. Stress itself has good and bad properties. Physically – without some stress on the body we become a blubbering piece of flab. […]

3 Foods Your Heart Will Love

3 Foods Your Heart Will Love

By Vanessa Runs Your heart deserves some pampering. For an organ that works so hard, here are three foods you can eat to boost its strength, ease its load, and show how much you really appreciate it. 1. Wild Salmon Your heart will fall for: Salmon’s anti-inflammatory qualities This perfect mix of hard-to-find qualities will […]

Ultras bad for your heart…who cares?

Ultras bad for your heart…who cares?

By now I’m sure you’ve read the article by Katherine Harmon in Scientific American titled “Ultra Marathons Might Be Ultra Bad for Your Heart“. My first reaction is “who cares”? That’s not my bravado talking, it’s a serious question. The author refers to some studies and medical experts as sources for her article. Today what […]