Ultramarathon Daily News | Thursday, March 21

Off season: What should athletes do in the ‘offseason’? Jason Schlarb writes about what his downtime looks like.

Books: Track and Field has a “best book” award that highlights words done by and about runners and running. With the increase in MUT books on the market, it’d be neat if we could do the same and draw more attention to this space. Anyone have ideas on how to get that started?

Old Guys Rule: Mr. Steinfeldt is 71 years old, just finished up his cancer treatment, and held a plant plank for 38 minutes.

And twenty five years his senior, Mr. Andrus just asked Mr. Seinfeldt to hold his beer as he takes off for his second transcon.

Coaching: OK, I can relate to this guy. Hard-headed with a funky schedule, he doesn’t want a coach telling him what he has to do each day…especially when he’s found running success on his own. (That second part is where we differ.)

New episode: Check out the conversation Sarah and I had with Kami Semick. Ten years after her UROY, how has her outlook on running, racing, and the MUT scene changed? Spoiler alert: It’s refreshing and healthy.

Oh hell yes: Mammoth Lakes close to completing a 50 mile route of beautiful single track that could be permitted for competitive events. Any Mammoth residents want to share more about the trail? Tim?

Lessons: Hilaree Nelson talks about how taking time off from climbing helped recenter her life and allowed her to tackle more big peaks. I hope this doesn’t mean she’ll stop running ultras!

Balance: Why the USATF made the right decision with the new Olympic standards.

An ode to running. Excellent!

And another ode to this silly sport from Trail Sister Kristine Chew.

And on that note, I ran for the first time in five weeks yesterday! Three and a half pain free miles. Slow, but I’ll take it. Now for the hard part…controlling myself for these next few weeks.

Advice: Although we don’t have a hard and fast answer, this is such an important question to consider…how much is too much? What is the threshold for which we still build fitness, but allow our bodies the time to recover?

Adaptability: This Kiwi guy bought all the gear and prepared for a 100 miler across a lake in frozen Mongolia. Unfortunately, his bad didn’t make it, but he completed the race in jeans and work shoes—and a lot of good will from his fellow competitors.

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