Happy Tuesday, trail friends. In November 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to French scientist Jean-Baptiste Le Roy, updating him on these United States. In it, he wrote the now famous line “in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” He knew nothing of running phenom Courtney Dauwalter’s consistency. After her victory this weekend, Billy Yang suggested an update to the idiom: Death. Taxes. Courtney.
In our featured article we look at Emily Halnon’s piece on the importance of training your brain and how it can make or break your success when running ultras. And in the DFL, Laura Green takes umbrage with the idea that “You’ll never regret going on a run.”
– Matt Hart
THE WEEKEND COOL DOWN
Death. Taxes. Courtney.
This past weekend, Courtney Dauwalter set a new course record (?: 1) at the 2023 Transgrancanaria Classic 128K, running the 80-mile length of the Spanish island of Gran Canaria in 14 hours and 40 minutes (and prompting our Tweet of the Week below).
?? Tendon Support: Tendons and ligaments are mostly made up of collagen. But do collagen supplements actually help strengthen connective tissue? Outside magazine’s Alex Hutchinson takes a look.
DFL (DEAD FREAKIN’ LAST)
⬆️ Regrets, We Have a Few: People like to say, “You’ll never regret going on a run.” Laura Green lists some of the runs she deeply regrets.
?? Tweet of the Week: “Who is in Courtney Dauwalter’s competitive orbit in ultra-trail events? Who could give her a run for her money? Or is she totally and completely in a class of her own right now?” ~ Finn Melanson
? A New Long Trail: Construction on a new trail connecting Washington, D.C. to Washington State is underway by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy. When completed, the new multi-use route called the Great American Rail-Trail will run 3,700 miles across America.
? Rules for a Better Life: Though he left out trail running, Mark Manson put together a pretty good list of rules for a better life.