Running the 2015 UTMB, Ryan Smith is an all around athlete. Here is an interview that UltraRunning Magazine did with him just after winning the Sean O'Brien 100M. A win that got him an entrance into Western States this year as well!
100 mile races are very hard. Everyone of them that I have done has taught me very powerful
lessons. I have been spending a lot of time reflecting on what happened during this race that
would have effected my feet the way that they were.
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The look in her eye told me that she knew I could do it and that I would very much regret not finishing. My friend Cody Lind had come to pace me the last 25 miles and I looked at him and asked if he would join me for a long, romantic moonlit walk through the woods. He smiled and agreed, so off we went into the night. The next 25 miles were some of the more physically painful miles I have covered on foot.
Sean Run Bum Blanton is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but he travels to the Canadian Rockies every summer to summit mountains with his own unique flair and style. "I've gotten to the point where it's somewhere in between rock climbing, mountaineering and trail running," he says. "No ropes, no axes - nothing like that. Just a pack with a can of bear spray and some food and water." This video is a sneak peak at Sean's adventures. A full-length documentary will come out in late Fall 2015.
Before trail and mountain running there was cross country. I love cross country. Strength, speed, agility and guts required over 5-8 (preferably muddy) kilometers. And the best part is that I don't have to worry about getting lost, eating and drinking while running, falling off a cliff or being eaten by bears. More...
It was truly an incredible expedition. There was a lot of great content posted at i2PGreece.com that I would encourage you to check out if you haven’t already. I had hoped to write a personal report from my role in the expedition as a coach and guide, but at this point with a lot of time passed by, I think that I’ll keep it short, and just include some of my favourite photos/memories and let them tell the story. More...
From a place of starting to get more excited about the direction my training is heading, it follows that lining up some races is next. It has been a quiet year in that regard, and I hope to make up for lost time now that my enthusiasm is back, and just in time for some cooler weather. More...
No matter where you are at in this sport, you have probably come a long way. Take pride in YOUR progress. This may mean making a screen on your garmin that tracks total gain for the day (hallelujah when that goes past 10.0k!) or maybe making note of the main climbs and giving yourself a hell-yea when you get to the top of one. Celebrate how far you have come already and you will see you don’t really have that far to go. You CAN do this!
La Sportiva and Honey Stinger athlete, Laura Haefeli has won 7 Mountain and Trail National Championship titles, made 5 World Mt. Running Teams, been named Mt. Runner of the Year 5 times, and was the first U.S. Woman ever to win a medal at a World Mt. Running Championship. She also married into a beekeeping family. Here is what she has to say about beekeeping and trail running.
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