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Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!To an outsider, the ultra marathon community appears to lean on motivation. To the outside world, motivation drives an ultra marathon runner to explore...

Let’s Cut Back On Tolerance

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Written By George CallahanThere are moments in a person’s life when he or she says, “Why am I tolerating this?” He knows he deserves better treatment at work; his skills are undervalued and underutilized. She sees her care and affection wasted in an emotionally absent...

Training and Expectations

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Most people running their first, or second, or third ultra marathon carry expectations into the race. They had training expectations; they planned the miles and...

My Top 3 Ultra Marathon Tips [Mental Hacks]

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!My Three Tips and Tricks for ultra marathoners The top three Tips and Tricks I used in the beginning of my ultra marathon running journey, the three Mind Hacks...

My First DNF: Umstead 100

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Umstead 100, My First DNF: Excuses I'm not one for dramatizing a DNF, let alone my first DNF, so I'll get right to it. My first DNF came at the Umstead 100 Mile...

You DNF Months Before Your Race

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Written By George CallahanWhen you toe the line for your first ultra marathon, or any race after, there will be someone running with you that no one else can see. His bib has no number. It simply reads "DNF." He's right there when you start the long journey down the...

Run 100 Miles With No Pain

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!If a person hasn't experienced physical pain in union with mental and emotional pain, an ultra marathon could be a worthwhile lesson in pain management. What is...

Bel Monte 50 Mile Race Report

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Written by George Callahan We didn't expect snow, and we didn't expect my sister's SUV to be front-wheel drive. Weather in the mountains of Virginia is fast-changing and not always perfect in prediction, just like an ultra marathon! My first mountain ultra marathon,...

5 Things Your First Ultra Will Teach You

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!You've signed up. You've decided the Wicked Trail is meant for you; you want to experience your first ultra marathon and all the joy that comes with conquering,...

Light 2 Light 50 Race Report

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Ultra marathon running isn't about winning, unless it is. Ultra marathon running is subjective; a person's journey through the darkness, down the Wicked Trail, is...

Light 2 Light 50: One Week Out

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!My third ultra marathon, in my home state of North Carolina, has nearly arrived. The Light 2 Light 50 Miler will take place one week from today; I haven't run...

3 Reasons To Practice Fasted Running

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Fasted Running: Welcome to the Wicked Trail For thirteen miles, I felt invincible. During the final three miles, I wasn't sure I'd finish. I felt like I did near...

The Best Ultra Marathons Aren’t What You Think

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!"What's the best ultra marathon?" Is it the most remote or adventurous like Marathon des Sables, the most challenging like Badwater or the H.U.R.T 100? Rather,...

Ultra Marathon DNF: Yes, You Failed [But It’s Ok]

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!MediocrityI was perusing some online ultra marathon running groups last weekend and came across a post about DNFs in ultra running. DNF stands for "Did Not...

Blame Yourself Blindly: Ultra Runner’s Mentality

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!There are people in this life that are walled in. They're stuck in the parking lot, but they don't realize it. Over the wall, this wall that surrounds the parking...

5 Ways to Be Your Own Culture

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!A Quick "Be Your Own Culture" Testimony"I decided to truly embrace this mantra, this mantra of the Wicked Trail, after I bought my husband one of your hats and...

How Ultra Marathon Runners Find Time to Train

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!"I'd love to sign up for an ultra marathon! I just can't find the time to train or be away from my responsibilities. It's just not for someone like me." Find...

Zero-Drop Shoe Transition

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!I ran my first marathon in Brooks Glycerin 15s. I ran my first ultra marathon in Brooks Glycerin 15s. I ran my first 100 mile race in Brooks Glycerin 15s. Each...

Patience: Why Ultra Marathon Runners Need It

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Ultra Marathon Patience, or lack thereof... You seek excellence and pursue challenge; your goals and passions breathe life into your days. Any bystander would...

Become An Ultra Runner: The First Step

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Get Your Why Straightened Out So you think you may want to run an ultra marathon, to become an ultra runner? You want to enter the ranks of the uncommon, the...

Why Run An Ultra Marathon? The Taller Peak…

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!I know what it's like to fall asleep while running. I've rested my hands on my knees as I trudged up a rugged trail, 90 miles from the starting line, wondering...

How to Run 100 Miles: Action

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!How to Run 100 Miles. Hint: It's Easier Than You Think "People don't do that," I thought. "Nobody can run 100 miles! How do you run 100 miles?" When I first...

Dismantle Your Wall

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!The Wall. You've Hit It. Fatigue is the ultimate mental battleground. Your body is pulling one way and your tapering will is pulling another. Feelings against...

“UltraRunners Are Crazy.” Or Maybe You Are…

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!"UltraRunners are crazy." He peers through the trees. "I don't see them." "They're out there, I saw them!" "Wait. Yes! I see them, too! Up that ridge; there!...

Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?   "Boy, That's a Long Distance" I remember the first time someone asked if I ever wanted to run a marathon. My longest run to...

5 Ultra Marathon Workouts You’re Not Doing

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FREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!5 Ultra Marathon Workouts to challenge your mindThe following 5 ultra marathon workouts are not for the faint of heart. They're not for people who are new to fitness (although, scale...

How NOT To Train: My First 100 Mile Run

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!I can do this, I thought. Four months is plenty of time to train adequately for my first 100 mile ultra marathon... When Planning Fails I signed up for my first...

Go Farther So You Can Go Further

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Opinion and Visual The mantra of the ultra marathon runner: Go Farther So You Can Go Further. This idea holds little value to most; physical exertion is understood...

You’ll Regret Not Running An Ultra Marathon

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Regret is a festering negativity, a self-blame for mistakes that have come and gone. Leave regret behind: run the ultra marathon. Do you fear the regrets that hide...

The Mind of an Ultra Runner

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!The Mind of an Ultra Runner Ultra marathons, these mythical beasts of endurance, are spoken of in hushed tones between crazy friends or coworkers, people who...

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latest articles

You DNF Months Before Your Race

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanWhen you toe the line for your first ultra marathon, or any race after, there will be someone running with you that no one else can see. His bib has no number. It simply reads "DNF." He's right there when you start the long journey down the...

Run 100 Miles With No Pain

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!If a person hasn't experienced physical pain in union with mental and emotional pain, an ultra marathon could be a worthwhile lesson in pain management. What is...

Bel Monte 50 Mile Race Report

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written by George Callahan We didn't expect snow, and we didn't expect my sister's SUV to be front-wheel drive. Weather in the mountains of Virginia is fast-changing and not always perfect in prediction, just like an ultra marathon! My first mountain ultra marathon,...

5 Things Your First Ultra Will Teach You

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!You've signed up. You've decided the Wicked Trail is meant for you; you want to experience your first ultra marathon and all the joy that comes with conquering,...

Light 2 Light 50 Race Report

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Ultra marathon running isn't about winning, unless it is. Ultra marathon running is subjective; a person's journey through the darkness, down the Wicked Trail, is...

Light 2 Light 50: One Week Out

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!My third ultra marathon, in my home state of North Carolina, has nearly arrived. The Light 2 Light 50 Miler will take place one week from today; I haven't run...

3 Reasons To Practice Fasted Running

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Fasted Running: Welcome to the Wicked Trail For thirteen miles, I felt invincible. During the final three miles, I wasn't sure I'd finish. I felt like I did near...

The Best Ultra Marathons Aren’t What You Think

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!"What's the best ultra marathon?" Is it the most remote or adventurous like Marathon des Sables, the most challenging like Badwater or the H.U.R.T 100? Rather,...

Ultra Marathon DNF: Yes, You Failed [But It’s Ok]

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!MediocrityI was perusing some online ultra marathon running groups last weekend and came across a post about DNFs in ultra running. DNF stands for "Did Not...

Blame Yourself Blindly: Ultra Runner’s Mentality

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!There are people in this life that are walled in. They're stuck in the parking lot, but they don't realize it. Over the wall, this wall that surrounds the parking...

5 Ways to Be Your Own Culture

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!A Quick "Be Your Own Culture" Testimony"I decided to truly embrace this mantra, this mantra of the Wicked Trail, after I bought my husband one of your hats and...

How Ultra Marathon Runners Find Time to Train

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!"I'd love to sign up for an ultra marathon! I just can't find the time to train or be away from my responsibilities. It's just not for someone like me." Find...

Zero-Drop Shoe Transition

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!I ran my first marathon in Brooks Glycerin 15s. I ran my first ultra marathon in Brooks Glycerin 15s. I ran my first 100 mile race in Brooks Glycerin 15s. Each...

Patience: Why Ultra Marathon Runners Need It

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Ultra Marathon Patience, or lack thereof... You seek excellence and pursue challenge; your goals and passions breathe life into your days. Any bystander would...

Become An Ultra Runner: The First Step

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Get Your Why Straightened Out So you think you may want to run an ultra marathon, to become an ultra runner? You want to enter the ranks of the uncommon, the...