Mental Toughness

Ultra Marathon Blog

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...

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comfort is a lie

George’s Wicked Trail

Ultra Marathon Blog

Light 2 Light 50 Race Report: First Ultra Marathon Victory

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 driven by his or her own passions, fears, and desires. This journey into pain is driven by his or her own...

read more

One Week From The Light 2 Light 50 Mile Run

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 an ultra marathon since my 29-hour Burning River 100 nightmare in July, six whole months ago. What did I...

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
go farther so you can go further

Wicked Trail Running Core Tenets

Ultra Marathon Blog

Go Farther So You Can Go Further

"Go Farther So You Can Go Further" First time on our Ultramarathon Blog? Check out our Home Blog Page for other awesome articles about the Wicked Trail! The mantra of the ultramarathon runner: Go Farther So You Can Go Further. This idea holds little value to most;...

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...

Comfort Is A Lie

Comfort Is A Lie. The Executioner of Potential. 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 be this way? Free of pain. Free from worry. Free from...

Cowards Are Realistic

Cowards Are RealisticBe 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 inside the lines. No adversity, no pain, and no fear. Live like everyone else. Adversity?...

Be Your Own Culture

What does it mean to Be Your Own Culture? Is it your values and beliefs? Is it the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, and the food you eat? Does it pertain to the people you hang out with or the books you read? The above picture is not a happy one; there is no...

motivation is not real

Reader’s Picks

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

How NOT To Train For An Ultra Marathon

How NOT to Train for an Ultramarathon When Planning Fails I signed up for my first 100 mile ultra marathon riding the high of having just finished my first 50 mile race. I knew 16 weeks was plenty of time to prepare; I would capitalize on what I learned in training...

read more

Comfort Is A Lie

Comfort Is A Lie. The Executioner of Potential. 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 be this way? Free of pain. Free from worry. Free from...

read more
cowards are realistic

Guest Posts

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be your own culture

Mental Toughness

Ultra Marathon Blog

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
comfort is a lie

George’s Wicked Trail

Ultra Marathon Blog

Light 2 Light 50 Race Report: First Ultra Marathon Victory

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 driven by his or her own passions, fears, and desires. This journey into pain is driven by his or her own...

read more

One Week From The Light 2 Light 50 Mile Run

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 an ultra marathon since my 29-hour Burning River 100 nightmare in July, six whole months ago. What did I...

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
go farther so you can go further

Wicked Trail Running Core Tenets

Ultra Marathon Blog

Go Farther So You Can Go Further

"Go Farther So You Can Go Further" First time on our Ultramarathon Blog? Check out our Home Blog Page for other awesome articles about the Wicked Trail! The mantra of the ultramarathon runner: Go Farther So You Can Go Further. This idea holds little value to most;...

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

Comfort Is A Lie

Comfort Is A Lie. The Executioner of Potential. 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 be this way? Free of pain. Free from worry. Free from...

read more

Cowards Are Realistic

Cowards Are RealisticBe 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 inside the lines. No adversity, no pain, and no fear. Live like everyone else. Adversity?...

read more

Be Your Own Culture

What does it mean to Be Your Own Culture? Is it your values and beliefs? Is it the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, and the food you eat? Does it pertain to the people you hang out with or the books you read? The above picture is not a happy one; there is no...

read more
motivation is not real

Reader’s Picks

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

How NOT To Train For An Ultra Marathon

How NOT to Train for an Ultramarathon When Planning Fails I signed up for my first 100 mile ultra marathon riding the high of having just finished my first 50 mile race. I knew 16 weeks was plenty of time to prepare; I would capitalize on what I learned in training...

read more

Comfort Is A Lie

Comfort Is A Lie. The Executioner of Potential. 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 be this way? Free of pain. Free from worry. Free from...

read more
cowards are realistic

Guest Posts

Want to be a featured contributor? Email george@wickedtrailrunning.com to chat!
be your own culture