“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Article by Michael Joyner on the Breaking2 event and the sub 2 hour marathon. Interesting how things go as Mike and I both went to High School in Tucson AZ, at different schools, but he was one year ahead. Then we both ran on the University of Arizona X-Country and Track Team when I was there.
Part 2 of Zach Bitter's post on Periodizing Nutrition: Peak Base. Here is Part 1 on Rest and Low Intensity
Quite the team Kenya picked for the for the marathon at Worlds on August 6th: Kipchoge, Kipsang & Wanjiru for the men and E. Kiplagat, Keitany and F. Kiplagat. It was tweeted, for what its worth, that none have actually accepted the invite yet and then not many days later Keitany and f. Kiplagat turn down their spots, so it will be interesting to see what will happen on the mens side. Not anywhere as strong an American team as it could be but that is what happens with so many races out there to choose from that pay well.
iRunFar.com's: This Week in Running: May 15, 2017
LetsRun.com's The Week That Was in Running: May 8-14, 2017
USATF Weekend Roundup - May 15, 2017
July 15th was the 52nd Anniversary of Jim Ryun's sub 4:00 mile at the Kansas State HS which was the first at a HS only race, and is still the fastest. See video at link as well as below.
Nice article on Anton (Tony) Krupicka. It is good to see him back out running, if you follow him on Strava you can see is getting some pretty good miles in, hope he stays healthy as it will be interesting to see what he can do with all the time away from Ultras.
Ian Corless writes on the 2017 Transvulcania
Report from the recent North Face Bear Mountain 50 Miler
Jamil Coury writes on his recent struggles in an article titled Life Stressors - there is also a video worth watching
Strong feet are important and here are 5 Foot Strengthening Tips
Trail Runner writes on What it Takes to be an Ultrarunner
Nice to see Nick Rose still running at 65, and running well. Having been born in England Nick was a runner I watched in HS and even thought of going to Western KY where he went to college.
Anthony Whiteman runs a World Age Group Record of 1:51.3 for 800m at 45
Steve Smythe (58) ran 2:56:16 in the Seville Marathon February 19th, 40 years 119 days from the first time he ran under 3:00 hours. Article does not list how many consecutive years he has gone sub 3:00 but Mark Cucuzzela (50) has gone sub 3:00 for 30 consecutive years, he did it at Boston this year, just behind the record of 33 consecutive years. (Update 5/19/17 - Thanks to Bryan for catching that this article may be a little behind as: "The "record" that Steve Smythe ran has now been listed as surpassed on the ARRS website. The new "record" is just over 41 years. However, I am almost certain that Dave Walters has run 43 years from his first sub-3:00 and is still going strong.")
Susan Hobson interview - Age is No Barrier
Joan Benoit Samuelson turned 60 and has a goal
If you have any master news (runners 40 and over) please send me the info via the contact link.
Races this Weekend
Ultra-Trail Australia, Blue Mtns Nat. Park - May 18 - 2, 2017
Keys 100, Key Largo, FL May 20 - 21, 2017
Born to Run Ultra, Los Olivos, CA -May 18 - 20, 2017
Past Weekend Race Results
Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) - May 13, 2017
Diamond League - Shangahai, China - May 13, 2017
Transvulcania Ultra Marathon, La Palma - May 13, 2017
The North Face Endurance Challenge, New York - May 13, 2017
Jim Ryan's sub 4:00 mile at the Kansas State HS championship May 15, 1965
And here is Ryan's breaking the world record in 1967
Review from Heartland Running on Carson Footwear shoes
Ultra-Trail Australia 2017 Promo - You can also see the highlights from 2016 here
Jeff Browning and Jesse Haynes: The Last Darkness: Running 170 miles through the Owyhee Canyonlands
Mountain Outhouse News
Transvulcania Ultramarathon 2017
Here is a Salomon video on Transvulcania