Mental Toughness

UltraRunning • Trail Running

Stranded on a Desert Island

Stranded on a Desert Island

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Written By George CallahanIt's a silly, simple question. No, it's more than that. It's a question that has tugged at my mind, manipulated my intentions, and directed my actions for a long time. I'm not here to crowd-please or coddle the spaces of others, but the...

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Comfort Is A Lie

Comfort Is A Lie

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanThe 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 be this way? Free of pain. Free from worry. Free from adversity. This must be...

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3 Lessons of a 100 Mile DNF

3 Lessons of a 100 Mile DNF

Reading Time: 9 minutes

Written By George CallahanI was 8 minutes shy of the 30-hour cut off. It was not how I imagined finishing my first 100 mile ultra marathon. I pictured gritting my teeth, conquering, and smiling across the finish line of that point-to-point race from Cleveland to...

read more
Bleed For It

Bleed For It

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Written By George Callahan It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and watch it all go by. I’ve done it. You’ve done it. People around you and I do it every single day. There it goes, right now, while you read this. What is it? What is all this going by? Opportunity. Not...

read more
Why Run An Ultra Marathon? The Taller Peak…

Why Run An Ultra Marathon? The Taller Peak…

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Written By George CallahanI 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 where the race had gone wrong. Stumbling over roots and rocks in the dark, I...

read more
White Knuckles

White Knuckles

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Written By George CallahanThe blue sky turned grey, the concrete turned to ice, and our wandering eyes, exploring the Virginia mountainsides, turned to the road. The snow fell in clumps and the temperature dropped; the higher our four wheels drove, the whiter my...

read more
The Timing of Chaos

The Timing of Chaos

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanHumans instinctually amass resources. It’s hammered into our ancient DNA to acquire and protect. It’s hunger and thirst, wealth and ease; it’s each of these with a propensity to the stimulation of our mind’s reward—pleasure—centers. We’re...

read more
Torture Your Faults

Torture Your Faults

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanMornings are hard. Cold weather is hard. Late nights are hard. Saying no to fun is hard. Nobody asked you to Be Your Own Culture, to chase something intangible and pursue an imagined ideal. You don't have to do whatever hard thing you're...

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Don’t Uber Through Life: An Ultrarunner’s Reflection

Don’t Uber Through Life: An Ultrarunner’s Reflection

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanAt mile 70, I said I'm done. I didn't want to go on. The race hadn't gone the way I wanted, and my torched hip was bleeding doubts into my mind. My crew didn't argue, there was no thinking; it was "I'm done" and we were walking away from the...

read more
Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanTo an outsider, the ultra marathon community appears to lean on motivation. To the outside world, motivation drives an ultra marathon runner to explore possibility, their own iron wills, and the limits of their bodies. Ultra marathon...

read more
Ask Yourself One Question

Ask Yourself One Question

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanMost people, even many hardened by the pursuit of the experience and sensation that is ultra marathon running, lack fulfillment. What is fulfillment, anyway? I’ll let you answer that yourself; most people have a decent idea of what their...

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So Long, And Thanks For The Suffering

So Long, And Thanks For The Suffering

Reading Time: 8 minutes

Written By Michael MoranI chose to do this. Nobody forced me to run 50 miles. Pouring sweat into a paper cup of Gatorade three quarters of the way through the race, I felt like I was about to cave inward. The weight of the last few months, the heat, my wet and muddy...

read more
Instinct For Meaning: My Journey to 100 Miles

Instinct For Meaning: My Journey to 100 Miles

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanMeaning is heavy. You’ve felt it. Haven’t you? It’s the highest good of your existence, that place where your passions and curiosities interact musically with the history and future of our world. A chill up your spine, tears in your eyes,...

read more
Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?

Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George Callahan "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 that point had probably been a lung-searing 5 miles. I set down the greasy pizza I was eating: "No way! Marathons are...

read more
Shawn Livingston: Be Somebody’s Pacer

Shawn Livingston: Be Somebody’s Pacer

Reading Time: 5 minutes

FREE "Be Somebody's Pacer " Sticker! No Credit Card Required!⬇️Read Below⬇️ about Be Somebody's Pacer  Written By George CallahanWoke The Monster “He’s a lazy, lying, lost, hopeless drug addict,” Shawn Livingston...

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Ultra Runner Candice Burt: Read the Fine Print

Ultra Runner Candice Burt: Read the Fine Print

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanMile 92 When I reached mile 92 (shortly before the above picture was taken) of my first 100 mile race, the Burning River 100, I was told I wouldn’t finish. I was almost hoping to miss cut-offs by this point in the race, for someone to pull me...

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Afraid to Run That Ultra Marathon?

Afraid to Run That Ultra Marathon?

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanWho Is Fear? Fear is a jester. He dances around the hall of greatness and mocks passersby, planting doubts and insecurities in the minds of those peeking in. He sings of their shortcomings; he jokes about their failures. His greatest trick is...

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Mental Toughness

UltraRunning • Trail Running

Stranded on a Desert Island

Stranded on a Desert Island

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Written By George CallahanIt's a silly, simple question. No, it's more than that. It's a question that has tugged at my mind, manipulated my intentions, and directed my actions for a long time. I'm not here to crowd-please or coddle the spaces of others, but the...

read more
Comfort Is A Lie

Comfort Is A Lie

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanThe 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 be this way? Free of pain. Free from worry. Free from adversity. This must be...

read more
3 Lessons of a 100 Mile DNF

3 Lessons of a 100 Mile DNF

Reading Time: 9 minutes

Written By George CallahanI was 8 minutes shy of the 30-hour cut off. It was not how I imagined finishing my first 100 mile ultra marathon. I pictured gritting my teeth, conquering, and smiling across the finish line of that point-to-point race from Cleveland to...

read more
Bleed For It

Bleed For It

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Written By George Callahan It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and watch it all go by. I’ve done it. You’ve done it. People around you and I do it every single day. There it goes, right now, while you read this. What is it? What is all this going by? Opportunity. Not...

read more
Why Run An Ultra Marathon? The Taller Peak…

Why Run An Ultra Marathon? The Taller Peak…

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Written By George CallahanI 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 where the race had gone wrong. Stumbling over roots and rocks in the dark, I...

read more
White Knuckles

White Knuckles

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Written By George CallahanThe blue sky turned grey, the concrete turned to ice, and our wandering eyes, exploring the Virginia mountainsides, turned to the road. The snow fell in clumps and the temperature dropped; the higher our four wheels drove, the whiter my...

read more
The Timing of Chaos

The Timing of Chaos

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanHumans instinctually amass resources. It’s hammered into our ancient DNA to acquire and protect. It’s hunger and thirst, wealth and ease; it’s each of these with a propensity to the stimulation of our mind’s reward—pleasure—centers. We’re...

read more
Torture Your Faults

Torture Your Faults

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanMornings are hard. Cold weather is hard. Late nights are hard. Saying no to fun is hard. Nobody asked you to Be Your Own Culture, to chase something intangible and pursue an imagined ideal. You don't have to do whatever hard thing you're...

read more
Don’t Uber Through Life: An Ultrarunner’s Reflection

Don’t Uber Through Life: An Ultrarunner’s Reflection

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanAt mile 70, I said I'm done. I didn't want to go on. The race hadn't gone the way I wanted, and my torched hip was bleeding doubts into my mind. My crew didn't argue, there was no thinking; it was "I'm done" and we were walking away from the...

read more
Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanTo an outsider, the ultra marathon community appears to lean on motivation. To the outside world, motivation drives an ultra marathon runner to explore possibility, their own iron wills, and the limits of their bodies. Ultra marathon...

read more
Ask Yourself One Question

Ask Yourself One Question

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanMost people, even many hardened by the pursuit of the experience and sensation that is ultra marathon running, lack fulfillment. What is fulfillment, anyway? I’ll let you answer that yourself; most people have a decent idea of what their...

read more
So Long, And Thanks For The Suffering

So Long, And Thanks For The Suffering

Reading Time: 8 minutes

Written By Michael MoranI chose to do this. Nobody forced me to run 50 miles. Pouring sweat into a paper cup of Gatorade three quarters of the way through the race, I felt like I was about to cave inward. The weight of the last few months, the heat, my wet and muddy...

read more
Instinct For Meaning: My Journey to 100 Miles

Instinct For Meaning: My Journey to 100 Miles

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanMeaning is heavy. You’ve felt it. Haven’t you? It’s the highest good of your existence, that place where your passions and curiosities interact musically with the history and future of our world. A chill up your spine, tears in your eyes,...

read more
Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?

Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George Callahan "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 that point had probably been a lung-searing 5 miles. I set down the greasy pizza I was eating: "No way! Marathons are...

read more
Shawn Livingston: Be Somebody’s Pacer

Shawn Livingston: Be Somebody’s Pacer

Reading Time: 5 minutes

FREE "Be Somebody's Pacer " Sticker! No Credit Card Required!⬇️Read Below⬇️ about Be Somebody's Pacer  Written By George CallahanWoke The Monster “He’s a lazy, lying, lost, hopeless drug addict,” Shawn Livingston...

read more
Ultra Runner Candice Burt: Read the Fine Print

Ultra Runner Candice Burt: Read the Fine Print

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanMile 92 When I reached mile 92 (shortly before the above picture was taken) of my first 100 mile race, the Burning River 100, I was told I wouldn’t finish. I was almost hoping to miss cut-offs by this point in the race, for someone to pull me...

read more
Afraid to Run That Ultra Marathon?

Afraid to Run That Ultra Marathon?

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanWho Is Fear? Fear is a jester. He dances around the hall of greatness and mocks passersby, planting doubts and insecurities in the minds of those peeking in. He sings of their shortcomings; he jokes about their failures. His greatest trick is...

read more