CTS/Koop: Three hot topics for the ultramarathon world: strength training, fat adaptation, and downhill repeats. Fair and objective look at these important subjects.
Poop science: We had Kyle Pietari on last year to talk about a range of issues, one being his involvement in a study that looks at the microbiomes of endurance athletes. Here’s a new study that shows there’s a very strong correlation between certain bacteria and elite performance. This is fascinating stuff. LINK FIXED
Bizness: Turns out a Lululemon men’s store wasn’t such a great idea, after all.
Beefrunner: Course confusion at a local race and some hard feelings about how markings and finish places were handled. I can’t speak to the markings, but do agree with the author that runners who drop down to lesser distances mid-race should not be eligible for any awards.
Making late summer plans yet? Check out the North Face Endurance Challenge in Wisconsin on Sept 14-15. Use URP20 at checkout for a nice discount!
Alright, I’m bothered by people with two earbuds in. Then there’s this guy.
Buuuuuurp: I never cracked eight minutes in a beer mile, as I couldn’t figure out how to get the beer down—and to stay down–fast enough. Here’s some advice from WR holder Lewis Kent.
Trailrunner/Roche: Making the case for shorter races and for attacking the distance and disciplines that give you joy.
Traci Falbo: Shortly after Sarah and chatted with Traci last year, she had an injury that’s caused her to completely readjust her life and her running. Surgeries, doctor visits, time off, PT, frustration, sadness, stubbornness. Give this a read.
There’s a Spartan Trail Championship race coming up in December with decent prize money.
Two thoughts: It’s easy to give away money when you charge families $20/person to watch their loved ones race.
Also, elites have a different start time than other runners? Come on guys, that’s not what this sport is about. Everyone starts on the same line, and they start together.
If you want to know more about the series and why I don’t support it, here’s an interview I recorded with my OCR counterpart Matt B. Davis.