Friday, August 31, 2018

Weekly RunDown #103

"If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter. I am tired? That's besides the point. It's simply that I just have to."
Emil Zatopek

My last Interview Tuesday was with Steve Speirs - check it out's This Week in Running: August 27, 2018

A list of 13 UltraRunning myths 

Sadly, yet another Kenyan tested positive for drugs

And you thought kicking it in at the end was just a matter of going faster: The Science of the Finishing Kick

How about a running adventure in Iceland

While I like track and field to me there is not much better than X-Country.  XC is where I got my start running, very slowly but I was running- well most the time, Many - Many  - Many years ago.  Here is Kentucky X-Country news from this past weekend.  Look for news from your area ay MileSplitUSA

Megan Kimmel , who just won the Pikes Marathon and broke a 37 year old record, has been running for trails for 18 years and is not slowing down

Gwen Jorgensen has been added to the Chicago Marathon field to run against, among others, Amy Cragg, Jordan Hasay and Laura Thweatt

Story in Runner's World on Jamil Coury: How Ultrarunner Jamil Coury Gets High

Hmm, does this explain the popularity of endurance events, but for me it would mean I have been in a mid-life-crisis for many many years:)

With UTMB this week away here is a preview of the men's race and of the women's race - posted this last week but in case you missed it as well as to see any updates I posted it again

Speaking of UTMB iRunFar will be covering it live

A look at Ultra Running terms

Some good advice on training for uphills

Karel Sabbe breaks the supported AT FKT by 4 days and a post on the FKT by Ultimate Direction

Is Chamonix the trail running capital of the world?

An update from Michele Yates on what she's been doing recently - I am seeing a theme with all the people riding.

Timely read as I am looking to do a R2R2R with a friend or two and here is a look at the history of "Crossing the Grand Canyon."

We often look at them separately but there is a relationship between Muscle and Bone

The Parkrun runs are big in the UK but they are growing in Canada as well

A look at recovery for runners

How do you qualify for UTMB?  This article is from South Africa so the races listed are in SA but it explains the point system and such.

11 tips for beginning trail runners from Trail Sisters

Race Report on the 2018 Matterhorn Ultraks 50K Sky Race

Masters Running News
Masters Track and Field news at

Here is a list of those entered in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain September 4-16, 2018

Local, to Kentucky, Races and Events (In the future will also include races in nearby states)
(If you have a race in the area, including surrounding states, let me know and I will post about it)

Check out these Race Companies for local races: Good Times Even Services & Central Kentucky Race Management.  For trail and Ultra races in Kentucky and Virginia check out Next Opportunity Events

Want to do a fun event and help the Wayne County Cross Country team and the Wayne County FCA at the same time then the 36th Annual Lake Cumberland 5Miler/5K and 1 Mile Fun Run is for you - September 1st, 2018

Check out the Southeastern Trail Runner Podcast 12 Hour Challenge on September 2nd in Scottsville, KY

Need a trail race at the beginning of November then maybe the Jefferson Memorial Forest Trail Hillbilly Half in Louisville KY is for you on November 8th, 2018.  I have only run out in the area once but there are some great trails

If you want a shorter race maybe the Iron Horse 5k in New Haven, KY is for you.  The race benefits the Thomas Nelson High School Cross Country Team as well as Girls on the Run Program.

The Second Annual Harrods Creek Trail Bash 5K/10K is November 18, 2018 in Prospect KY

Also, check out the inaugural Falls 100 - also has a Half-Marathon, Marathon and 50 miler as well as the 100.

Want to run a great race then put the 2019 Yamacraw 50k (also a 20K and 10K ) on your schedule.  The race is April 6, 2019 and registration opens October 1st, 2018.  Either set your own reminder or have Ultrasignup send you one as I would not be surprised if this race does not sell out real fast as word is getting out about it.

Races this Coming Week
UTMB, Chamonix, FR - August 31, 2018
Grand Tour of Skiddaw, Dalston, UK - September 1, 2018
Southeastern Trail Runner Podcast 12 Hour Challenge, Scottsville, KY - September 2, 2018
The Run, Big Sky Resort, Montana  - September 2, 2018
Wildcat 50 and 100, Pensacola, FL - September 3, 2018
Mt. Baldy Run-To-The-Top, Mt. Baldy, CA - September 3, 2018

Past Weekend Race Results
Bulldog 50K, Calabasas, CA - August 25, 2018
Continental Divide Trail Run, Steamboat Springs, CO - August 25,2018
Castle Peak 100K, Truckee, CA - August 25, 2018
Cascade Crest Classic 100M, Easton, WA - August 25, 2018
Bluegrass Cellular FiveK, Elizabethtown, KY - August 25, 2018
Under Armour Mountain Running Series, Killington, VT - August 25, 2018

Trailer for new film by Billy Yang on Zach Miller

Pre-UTMB Interview with Jim Walmsley

2018 Trofeo Kima Highlights - Kilian's warmup a week before UTMB

2018 Matterhorn Ultraks Sky Highlights

Joe McConaughy goes for the Wicklow Round FKT

The Ben Nevis race from 1951

The Rut 50k is this week here is Part 1 of a look at the race from 2014 - here is Part 2

La Sportiva Strange Heroes: Anton Kupricka


  1. Louisville has started Parkruns too!

  2. Is there a website as would like to put that on the blog next week.

  3. They have a Facebook page: