Ultramarathon Daily News, Fri, Apr 21

Ten hidden gems on the Appalachian Trail.

Lots of great Lake Sonoma footage from RSGH right here and here’s Ginger Runner’s video of Kim’s race.

Bob Graham Round? Check. UTMB? Check.  Nicky Spinks details her next big adventure right here and what it means to her at this point in her life.

I’m pretty sure Nike won’t be sending me samples any time soon, but this review of the new VaporFly makes it look pretty sweet.  Only thing…the “pointed heel” makes it more aerodynamic? Really?

Beer mile too tame for you? Tomorrow there’s a naked beer mile at a clothing-optional resort in Southern California. Flap. Flap. Barf.

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2012 Vertical Beer Mile. Your author on the left.

Science: Gut training.

But what if the evidence is flawed?

Friday Funny: How training for a marathon is like announcing to your friends that you’re pregnant.

Neither course changes nor anxiety would prevent Saul from finishing Gorge Waterfalls 100k.  Great mid-pack report with beautiful pictures.

And here’s a report from Southern California where front-of-the-pack banter includes Bronco Billy’s musings on Jim Walmsley and his longevity.  Then the writer learns a few lessons about himself.

Am I being tech-resistant when I say that I don’t see the need for “smart shoes”?  Here’s Altra’s foray into the new space.

There are approximately 927 bajillion plants blooming right now within a mile from my house.  All of them are full of pollen, and most of that pollen finds its way to my nose.  Here’s what runners need to know about springtime allergies. (Claritin works for me, whew.)

Hey you! Yeah, I’m talking to a few hundred of you right now.  If you’re injured and thinking it’s a good idea to race this weekend, take a few minutes and read Jimmy’s report from his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

“Isn’t trail running dangerous?!?” is something we’ve all heard.  Here are safety consideration to pay attention to while running in the most dangerous environment: City streets.

Another thing we’ve all heard: “Oh, a marathon must be so easy for you.”  Consider.

While out of competition testing may be integral to cleaning up the sport, asking athletes to file whereabout for three months into the future seems an undue burden.  Not sure what happened with this hurdler, but she’s suspended for a year now.

You're awfully quiet back there. Anything to say?