Mental Toughness

UltraRunning • Trail Running

Ultra Marathon Training: Crush Expectations

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 hours they'd have to train, running and strengthening and stretching their way to ultra endurance. When...

read more

Fasted Running Is Your Best Friend: 3 Reasons To Try It

For thirteen miles, I felt invincible. For the final three, I wasn't sure I'd finish. I felt like I did near the end of my first 100 mile race, although with much less lower body-body pain. It was an ultra marathon replication. I smiled during those long, arduous...

read more

Ultra Marathon DNF: Yes, You Failed. Yes, It’s Okay.

I was perusing some online ultramarathon running groups last weekend and came across a post about DNFs in ultrarunning. DNF stands for "Did Not Finish;" the participants name is not published and no belt buckle is awarded. The DNF is dreaded by many as hot-spots and...

read more

You’re to Blame

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 parking lot, they can see mountaintops covered in tall trees. They see trails winding through the forest....

read more

5 Ways to Be Your Own Culture

"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 be the inspiration for a renewal of his interest in fitness. Well, your hat beat me to it. Embracing his own...

read more

An UltraRunner’s Secret Weapon: One Breath Of Air

UltraRunners have secrets. At Wicked Trail Running, we have a series of posts related to these secrets: An UltraRunner’s Secret Weapon. These posts will occur over time as we (and you) uncover mindset alteration techniques related to UltraRunning, the...

read more

UltraMarathon Pain Management: The Pain Cave

What is your perspective on ultramarathon running? Adventurous and exhilarating? Calming and therapeutic? Full of pain and suffering? Pain management has much to do with your perspective on running an ultramarathon. What is your perspective? Why do you run an...

read more

“Find the Time” to Train for Your UltraMarathon

"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 the time.  Where are you looking for time? Early in the mornings and late at night? Around lunch? Anywhere you...

read more

An UltraRunner’s Secret Weapon: Patience

UltraRunners have secrets. At Wicked Trail Running, we're going to begin a series of posts related to these secrets: An UltraRunner's Secret Weapon. These posts will occur over time as we (and you) uncover mindset alteration techniques related to UltraRunning, the...

read more

Become An UltraRunner: The First Step

So you think you may want to run an ultra marathon, to become an ultra runner? You think you might want to enter the ranks of the uncommon, the men and women who live outside the lines, who reject the mediocrity and complacency mass-marketed by culture, those who live...

read more

Why Run An Ultramarathon? To Find A Taller Peak…

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 where the race had gone wrong. I've stumbled around roots and rocks in the dark, praying that the sun would...

read more

Hitting the Wall in Running

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 against your goals: which comes out on top? Mile 5, or Mile 20, or Mile 80. Exhaustion, or hunger, or mental...

read more

“UltraRunners are Crazy”

"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! They're climbing the mountain, into the trees..." Wiping the condensation from his glasses and adjusting his...

read more

Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?

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

read more

You Might Regret Not Running An Ultramarathon

Regret is a festering negativity, a self-blame for mistakes that have come and gone. Leave regret behind: run the ultramarathon. Do you fear the regrets that hide in the back of your mind? Do you refuse to look at them for fear the pain will become real again? It is...

read more

Why Run an Ultra Marathon? Because Seriously, You SHOULD…

"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 stopped recently by someone who works in the same company as myself. I wouldn’t call us ‘coworkers’ as we work...

read more

Ultra Marathon Groups and The Wicked Trail

"I'm looking for a group to train for ultramarathons with!"I can’t train alone; I don’t want to! I want someone there to push me, to encourage me, and to motivate me to keep moving.My training group, my training partner, supports me. I would never be where I am...

read more

Motivation Is Not Real

“Get Motivated” Stand at any aid station during an ultramarathon, or any race at all, and you'll hear all about 'motivation.' “I’m motivated.” “Where can I find motivation?” “You need some motivation!” “What motivates you?” Motivation has locked its grip not only on...

read more

Mental Toughness

UltraRunning • Trail Running

Ultra Marathon Training: Crush Expectations

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 hours they'd have to train, running and strengthening and stretching their way to ultra endurance. When...

read more

Fasted Running Is Your Best Friend: 3 Reasons To Try It

For thirteen miles, I felt invincible. For the final three, I wasn't sure I'd finish. I felt like I did near the end of my first 100 mile race, although with much less lower body-body pain. It was an ultra marathon replication. I smiled during those long, arduous...

read more

Ultra Marathon DNF: Yes, You Failed. Yes, It’s Okay.

I was perusing some online ultramarathon running groups last weekend and came across a post about DNFs in ultrarunning. DNF stands for "Did Not Finish;" the participants name is not published and no belt buckle is awarded. The DNF is dreaded by many as hot-spots and...

read more

You’re to Blame

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 parking lot, they can see mountaintops covered in tall trees. They see trails winding through the forest....

read more

5 Ways to Be Your Own Culture

"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 be the inspiration for a renewal of his interest in fitness. Well, your hat beat me to it. Embracing his own...

read more

An UltraRunner’s Secret Weapon: One Breath Of Air

UltraRunners have secrets. At Wicked Trail Running, we have a series of posts related to these secrets: An UltraRunner’s Secret Weapon. These posts will occur over time as we (and you) uncover mindset alteration techniques related to UltraRunning, the...

read more

UltraMarathon Pain Management: The Pain Cave

What is your perspective on ultramarathon running? Adventurous and exhilarating? Calming and therapeutic? Full of pain and suffering? Pain management has much to do with your perspective on running an ultramarathon. What is your perspective? Why do you run an...

read more

“Find the Time” to Train for Your UltraMarathon

"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 the time.  Where are you looking for time? Early in the mornings and late at night? Around lunch? Anywhere you...

read more

An UltraRunner’s Secret Weapon: Patience

UltraRunners have secrets. At Wicked Trail Running, we're going to begin a series of posts related to these secrets: An UltraRunner's Secret Weapon. These posts will occur over time as we (and you) uncover mindset alteration techniques related to UltraRunning, the...

read more

Become An UltraRunner: The First Step

So you think you may want to run an ultra marathon, to become an ultra runner? You think you might want to enter the ranks of the uncommon, the men and women who live outside the lines, who reject the mediocrity and complacency mass-marketed by culture, those who live...

read more

Why Run An Ultramarathon? To Find A Taller Peak…

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 where the race had gone wrong. I've stumbled around roots and rocks in the dark, praying that the sun would...

read more

Hitting the Wall in Running

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 against your goals: which comes out on top? Mile 5, or Mile 20, or Mile 80. Exhaustion, or hunger, or mental...

read more

“UltraRunners are Crazy”

"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! They're climbing the mountain, into the trees..." Wiping the condensation from his glasses and adjusting his...

read more

Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?

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

read more

You Might Regret Not Running An Ultramarathon

Regret is a festering negativity, a self-blame for mistakes that have come and gone. Leave regret behind: run the ultramarathon. Do you fear the regrets that hide in the back of your mind? Do you refuse to look at them for fear the pain will become real again? It is...

read more

Why Run an Ultra Marathon? Because Seriously, You SHOULD…

"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 stopped recently by someone who works in the same company as myself. I wouldn’t call us ‘coworkers’ as we work...

read more

Ultra Marathon Groups and The Wicked Trail

"I'm looking for a group to train for ultramarathons with!"I can’t train alone; I don’t want to! I want someone there to push me, to encourage me, and to motivate me to keep moving.My training group, my training partner, supports me. I would never be where I am...

read more

Motivation Is Not Real

“Get Motivated” Stand at any aid station during an ultramarathon, or any race at all, and you'll hear all about 'motivation.' “I’m motivated.” “Where can I find motivation?” “You need some motivation!” “What motivates you?” Motivation has locked its grip not only on...

read more