Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire

Reading Time: 23 minutes

Written By Scott WaldropScott is the Road Runner's Club of America's North Carolina State Representative, an RRCA and New Balance Raleigh Run Coach, and is one of 22 ambassadors for The Herren Project, an organization with the mission to support, inspire, and empower...

Grounded By Home Trails

Grounded By Home Trails

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By Michael MoranI’m not lost. I’m grinding to the top of a pine-lined logging road, only 2 miles from the trail head and I know exactly where I am. I’m not a thousand miles away, reading an upside down topo map tea stained with sweat, wondering if I have...

My Top 3 Ultra Marathon Tips [Mental Hacks]

My Top 3 Ultra Marathon Tips [Mental Hacks]

Reading Time: 10 minutes

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

My First DNF: Umstead 100

Reading Time: 7 minutes

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...

Let’s Cut Back On Tolerance

Let’s Cut Back On Tolerance

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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...

You DNF Months Before Your Race

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

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...

5 Things Your First Ultra Will Teach You

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,...

Training and Expectations

Training and Expectations

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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...

3 Reasons To Practice Fasted Running

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 Races: Is Your Ultra On The List?

The Best Races: Is Your Ultra On The List?

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, or is it...

DNF: Yes, You Failed. Yes, It’s Okay.

DNF: Yes, You Failed. Yes, It’s Okay.

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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

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

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

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”

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...

Let Patience Take Over Your Training

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

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…

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

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

Dismantle Your Wall

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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…

“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?

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...

Go Farther So You Can Go Further

Go Farther So You Can Go Further

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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

You Might Regret Not Running An Ultra Marathon

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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

You Have To Run An Ultra

Reading Time: 7 minutes

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

Train Alone, Here’s Why

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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...

Your First 100 Mile Race: You ARE Ready

Your First 100 Mile Race: You ARE Ready

Reading Time: 7 minutes

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

Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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...

Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire

Reading Time: 23 minutes

Written By Scott WaldropScott is the Road Runner's Club of America's North Carolina State Representative, an RRCA and New Balance Raleigh Run Coach, and is one of 22 ambassadors for The Herren Project, an organization with the mission to support, inspire, and empower...

Grounded By Home Trails

Grounded By Home Trails

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By Michael MoranI’m not lost. I’m grinding to the top of a pine-lined logging road, only 2 miles from the trail head and I know exactly where I am. I’m not a thousand miles away, reading an upside down topo map tea stained with sweat, wondering if I have...

My Top 3 Ultra Marathon Tips [Mental Hacks]

My Top 3 Ultra Marathon Tips [Mental Hacks]

Reading Time: 10 minutes

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

My First DNF: Umstead 100

Reading Time: 7 minutes

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...

Let’s Cut Back On Tolerance

Let’s Cut Back On Tolerance

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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...

You DNF Months Before Your Race

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

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...

5 Things Your First Ultra Will Teach You

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,...

Training and Expectations

Training and Expectations

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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...

3 Reasons To Practice Fasted Running

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 Races: Is Your Ultra On The List?

The Best Races: Is Your Ultra On The List?

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, or is it...

DNF: Yes, You Failed. Yes, It’s Okay.

DNF: Yes, You Failed. Yes, It’s Okay.

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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

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

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

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”

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...

Let Patience Take Over Your Training

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

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…

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

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

Dismantle Your Wall

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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…

“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?

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...

Go Farther So You Can Go Further

Go Farther So You Can Go Further

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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

You Might Regret Not Running An Ultra Marathon

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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

You Have To Run An Ultra

Reading Time: 7 minutes

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

Train Alone, Here’s Why

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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...

Your First 100 Mile Race: You ARE Ready

Your First 100 Mile Race: You ARE Ready

Reading Time: 7 minutes

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

Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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...

Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire

Reading Time: 23 minutes

Written By Scott WaldropScott is the Road Runner's Club of America's North Carolina State Representative, an RRCA and New Balance Raleigh Run Coach, and is one of 22 ambassadors for The Herren Project, an organization with the mission to support, inspire, and empower...

Grounded By Home Trails

Grounded By Home Trails

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By Michael MoranI’m not lost. I’m grinding to the top of a pine-lined logging road, only 2 miles from the trail head and I know exactly where I am. I’m not a thousand miles away, reading an upside down topo map tea stained with sweat, wondering if I have...

My Top 3 Ultra Marathon Tips [Mental Hacks]

My Top 3 Ultra Marathon Tips [Mental Hacks]

Reading Time: 10 minutes

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

My First DNF: Umstead 100

Reading Time: 7 minutes

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...

Let’s Cut Back On Tolerance

Let’s Cut Back On Tolerance

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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...

You DNF Months Before Your Race

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

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...

5 Things Your First Ultra Will Teach You

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,...

Training and Expectations

Training and Expectations

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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...

3 Reasons To Practice Fasted Running

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 Races: Is Your Ultra On The List?

The Best Races: Is Your Ultra On The List?

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, or is it...

DNF: Yes, You Failed. Yes, It’s Okay.

DNF: Yes, You Failed. Yes, It’s Okay.

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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

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

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

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”

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...

Let Patience Take Over Your Training

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

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…

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

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

Dismantle Your Wall

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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…

“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?

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...

Go Farther So You Can Go Further

Go Farther So You Can Go Further

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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

You Might Regret Not Running An Ultra Marathon

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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

You Have To Run An Ultra

Reading Time: 7 minutes

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

Train Alone, Here’s Why

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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...

Your First 100 Mile Race: You ARE Ready

Your First 100 Mile Race: You ARE Ready

Reading Time: 7 minutes

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

Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

Reading Time: 5 minutes

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...

3 Reasons To Practice Fasted Running

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...

Zero-Drop Shoe Transition

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...

5 Ultra Marathon Workouts You’re Not Doing

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

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...

Tapering Before My First 100 Mile Ultra Marathon

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...

3 Reasons To Practice Fasted Running

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...

Zero-Drop Shoe Transition

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...

5 Ultra Marathon Workouts You’re Not Doing

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

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...

Tapering Before My First 100 Mile Ultra Marathon

Tapering Before My First 100 Mile Ultra Marathon

Reading Time: 6 minutes

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...

3 Reasons To Practice Fasted Running

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...

Zero-Drop Shoe Transition

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...

5 Ultra Marathon Workouts You’re Not Doing

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

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...

Tapering Before My First 100 Mile Ultra Marathon

Tapering Before My First 100 Mile Ultra Marathon

Reading Time: 6 minutes

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...

My First DNF: Umstead 100

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...

Bel Monte 50 Mile Race Report

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,...

Light 2 Light 50 Race Report

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

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...

Burning River 100 Race Report: My Wicked Trail

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...

My First DNF: Umstead 100

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...

Bel Monte 50 Mile Race Report

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,...

Light 2 Light 50 Race Report

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

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...

Burning River 100 Race Report: My Wicked Trail

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...

My First DNF: Umstead 100

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...

Bel Monte 50 Mile Race Report

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,...

Light 2 Light 50 Race Report

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

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...

Burning River 100 Race Report: My Wicked Trail

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...

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