Mental Toughness

UltraRunning • Trail Running

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Mental Toughness

UltraRunning • Trail Running

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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,...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more