Do women have a physiological advantage when it comes to ultramarathon running? It’s common for women to take an overall win in an ultra, right? Women’s bodies are better built for longer events because the longer the event, the better the women do, right?
Here’s Jason Koop’s post on the subject. In this post, Koop dissects some of the misconceptions and emphasizes that speculation isn’t science. From the post: “Debate all you want to about maximal fat oxidation rates or how phosphofructokinase is the rate limiting step in glycolysis; at the end of the day what matters the most in these analyses is who gets to the finish line first.“
And here’s Corrine Malcolm’s approach to the subject. She writes “Despite popular belief, women do not on average perform better than men at ultramarathon distances. Not even close, really. The fastest men ever were faster than the fastest women ever in 50-mile (17.5% faster), 100-mile (17.4%), 200-mile (9.7%), 1,000-mile (20.2%), and 3,100-mile (18.6%) events. For the 10-fastest finishers ever, men were faster than women in 50-mile (17.1% ± 1.9%), 100-mile (19.2% ± 1.5%), and 1,000-mile (16.7% ± 1.6%) events (Zingg, 2015).
I’m anxious to see how trans athlete activists interpret these posts and my guess is that Stephanie Millinger will be impressed with the contortions of logic.
Apply this to training, home projects, or professional growth: How to do the things you keep avoiding.
For whatever reason—maybe a lack of a vocabulary around suffering, a poor cultural imagination for what toughness can look like in a well-ordered life, or the fact that we rarely read Plato before cross-country practice—the boundaries of productive toughness are not often discussed in our sport.
—Sabrina Little takes the “no pain, no gain” slogan and examines it through the lens of Platonic ethics. I’d generally give that subject matter wide berth (ahem, by skipping it), but like many times before, Sabrina makes it interesting and relatable.
Fun look back at the 2014 Lake Sonoma 50 miler through the eyes of Billy Yang…Krar, Harrison, King, Howe, Varner, Lickteig, Miller…what a race!
Robert Rhodes’ is a SF Bay Area race director, itinerant volunteer, filmmaker, and all around good guy. Unfortunately he found out recently he’s fighting cancer, and with his company shut down due to La Rona, he can use all the help he can get. Robert has spent hundreds of hours volunteering for us, now it’s time to return the favor. Here’s his GoFundMe.
An interesting look at the trail running shoe market with a global perspective. The space is seeing massive growth in all markets and is expected to continue. North America dominates the space when it comes to retail sales, with Asia/China right behind.
Trailrunner Mag has gone full hyper woke. The loud ones on Twitter and Instagram will applaud this while the rest of the community rolls its collective eyes.
Hoping for the best to all those facing horrible weather right now. Stay safe. Stay warm.
Quick Listen: A few important words from his dying dad sent this guy down the trail and into the world of ultramarathons.
Preparing for your first hundred miler? Here’s a video of Adam’s first run at Leadville, complete with preparation, aid stations, and the misery walk at the end.
Mark your calendars: Speedgoat is happening on July 24th. See ya there.
Canadian Running: Aliphine Tuliamuk is the first recipient of USATF’s new maternity grant. Cool program for helping new parents!
Boston Globe: More about the #Gamestop guy’s running story and resume. (Article is paywalled, but some of you may have subs.)