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Burning River 100 Race Report: My Wicked Trail

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!***Note: This race report represents the Burning River 100 as a point-to-point course, before it was changed in 2019. HOWEVER, this race report is about...

Comfort Is A Lie

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!The man looks around at his life. Not much to worry about. Not a lot of sweat. No real adversity. "Perfect," he thinks. "I'm comfortable." Isn't life supposed to...

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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...

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 Races: Is Your Ultra On The List?

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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, or is it...

DNF: Yes, You Failed. Yes, It’s Okay.

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!I 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 Finish;" the...

You’re to Blame

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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 even realize it. Over the wall, this wall that surrounds the...

5 Ways to Be Your Own Culture

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!"I decided to truly embrace this mantra, this mantra of the Wicked Trail, after I bought my husband one of your hats and saw how much he loved it. I wanted to...

One Breath Of Air Is All You Need

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!People fear what is inside them. I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. You probably fear what is inside you. All of your hopes and dreams, your wildest ambitions...

It’s Not About “Finding Time”

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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...

Let Patience Take Over Your Training

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!An ultra marathon demands patience. An ultrarunner must abide by patience. Patience may be the secret weapon missing in your endurance-training arsenal. Welcome...

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. Your feelings...

“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!!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 to be punishment....

You Might 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...

You Have To Run An Ultra

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!"An Ultra Marathon? Why?" Ultra marathons are often spoken of in hushed tones between crazy people who find pleasure in pain and peace in hopelessness. I was...

Train Alone, Here’s Why

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!"I'm looking for a group to train for ultra marathons with!" I can’t train alone; I don’t want to! I want someone there to push me, to encourage me, and to...

Burning River 100 Race Report: My Wicked Trail

Reading Time: 14 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!***Note: This race report represents the Burning River 100 as a point-to-point course, before it was changed in 2019. HOWEVER, this race report is about...

Tapering Before My First 100 Mile Ultra Marathon

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!I’m tapering for my first 100-mile ultra marathon. Not only in the traditional sense… Tapering for an endurance race is expected. Moreover, tapering for an ultra...

Your First 100 Mile Race: You ARE Ready

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Your First 100 Mile Race always comes with a lot of questions... “What’s your weekly mileage?” “Are you ready? “It’s going to take how long?” “Why would you ever...

Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

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

Comfort Is A Lie

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!The man looks around at his life. Not much to worry about. Not a lot of sweat. No real adversity. "Perfect," he thinks. "I'm comfortable." Isn't life supposed to...

Cowards Are Realistic

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Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!Be realistic. Think of the consequences. Proceed with caution. Be like us. The common man wants you to live in a box, the box of culture and society. Stay...

Burning River 100 Race Report: My Wicked Trail

Reading Time: 14 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!***Note: This race report represents the Burning River 100 as a point-to-point course, before it was changed in 2019. HOWEVER, this race report is about...

Comfort Is A Lie

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!The man looks around at his life. Not much to worry about. Not a lot of sweat. No real adversity. "Perfect," he thinks. "I'm comfortable." Isn't life supposed to...

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You’re to Blame

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 even realize it. Over the wall, this wall that surrounds the...

5 Ways to Be Your Own Culture

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!"I decided to truly embrace this mantra, this mantra of the Wicked Trail, after I bought my husband one of your hats and saw how much he loved it. I wanted to...

One Breath Of Air Is All You Need

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!People fear what is inside them. I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. You probably fear what is inside you. All of your hopes and dreams, your wildest ambitions...

It’s Not About “Finding Time”

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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

Reading Time: 6 minutes

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...

Let Patience Take Over Your Training

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Be Your Own Culture" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!An ultra marathon demands patience. An ultrarunner must abide by patience. Patience may be the secret weapon missing in your endurance-training arsenal. Welcome...

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...

Why Run An Ultra Marathon? The Taller Peak…

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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

Reading Time: 8 minutes

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. Your feelings...

“UltraRunners Are Crazy.” Or Maybe You Are…

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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?

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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

Reading Time: 14 minutes

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

Reading Time: 6 minutes

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...