Happy Tuesday, trail friends. The snow might be piling up in the northern hemisphere, but for some of us so are the miles!
This week, our former EIC writes about riding a dragon over Italian peaks and valleys. And in the DFL, we go through Brent Manke’s 50 reasons to run a 50K this year.
– Matt Hart
THE WEEKEND COOL DOWN
At the Oman Desert Marathon, Switzerland’s Corina Sommer (📸:1) took home the woman’s win with a total finishing time of 19 hours 39 minutes, while Morocco’s Mohammed El Morabity (📸:3) came in first in the male category, with a time of 14 hours 13 min.
In Malibu, California (📸:2), Pennsylvanian Ben Eysenbach won the men’s Sean O’Brien 100K and Minnesotan, Lauren Mitchell, took home the victory for the women.
“Buddhism teaches that desire creates suffering,” writes Jenn Hughes. “It could be said then, that if we desire a challenge, we are going to suffer doubly.”
Tor Des Géants is well known for being one of the toughest events on earth. Distance estimates vary from 205 to 220 miles with approximately 100,000 feet of vertical ascent over the rugged Italian Alps. This one runs more like an expedition than your typical ultra race and therefore provides ample opportunity to plumb the depths of your mind.
Arlen Glick & Keep Trail Running Weird Award Winners
This week is a fun one! Buzz and Corrine discuss the best trail runners of 2022. Corrine interviews ultrarunning champion Arlen Glick about his fantastic race season and training in less than ideal conditions.
Then, Buzz interviews three of our Keep Trail Running Weird award winners:
Mike Smith—MOST MILES RACED Shannon Brandl—BEST RACE DAY FAIL Joel Gartenberg—FAVORITE TRAIL WEIRDO
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Your feet might be the most underappreciated part of your body when it comes to running. Make sure you take care of them! Hear how professional runner, Luke Nelson, takes care of his!
“I have been using the Sidas Custom insoles on every single run since September 2021. I put over 3000 miles on my first pair of Sidas Run Custom Insoles, and the insoles still had some life left when I replaced them a year later! For the first time in over a decade long running career I have run complete 100 mile races without changing shoes, with no foot pain and no blisters. Daily runs feel better, and my overall running has improved. I am not sure I can give the insoles 100% of the credit, but they are certainly making a big difference.” – Luke Nelson, Trail Runner Sponsored by Sidas, Patagonia, La Sportiva, Gu, Zeal, Petzl, and Corors
🏃 As If… you needed this many—here is 50 reasons to run a 50K in 2023 as written by Brent Manke. ⬆️
❓ Good Question: This strong, capable Hutterite runner takes on the trail and tradition. “Why is there a certain way we need to be dressed to be able to run?”
🤜🏽 Am I Doing This Right? Professional runner,Zach Miller, writes about whether he’s doing any of this right. From training to nutrition and almost anything in between, you will always be able to find someone who thinks you’re doing it wrong. And that’s okay.