Trailhead: Camille Herron on Her World-RecordUltraSignup
Camille Herron sees endless possibilities, cotton’s comeback, pop-tarts, and spiderweb avoidance tactics
Happy Tuesday, trail friends. Hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. Today, we catch up with Camille Herron after her recent 48-hour world record run. And in the DFL, we try a unique approach to an age-old trail running problem.
– Matt Hart
THE WEEKEND COOL DOWN
Erin Clark (?: 1) and Drew Holmen won the Lake Sonoma 50 this past weekend and took home $2,000 cash and a spot on the 80k Team USA, which will head to the Trail Running World Championships in Austria this June.
Last week, Camille Herron started to run around a track in Australia. When she was done, she had covered 270.505 miles in 48 hours. Only two other people had ever covered more distance in that span of time, and no other American athlete, male or female, ever had.
“I think I’m finally proving that women can really do better at longer distances than men,” said Camille. “I’m fulfilling what I was born to do as a woman to be able to raise the bar on what’s possible and inspire more women to take on ultras.”
As we creep towards peak race season, Corrine and Buzz discuss how record snowfall this year could affect this summer’s events.
Then, Corrine interviews Hellah Sidibe, former professional soccer player turned professional runner. They talk about his journey to ultrarunning, his run across America, and how his run streak became bigger than himself. You can read the profile on Hellah at UltraSignup News.
Then, Buzz interviews two real runners, and gives insight into building up for a 50K and what it takes to mentally jump from marathons to ultras.
The Trailhead Podcast is a production from UltraSignup News. This episode is presented by Ultimate Direction. Use promo code “Trailhead25” for 25% off at Ultimate Direction.
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? Turn up the Volume: Coach Ian Torrence writes about the importance of overall run volume for ultrarunners and how it can lead to better utilization of glycogen, as well as an increase in the size and number of muscle capillaries and mitochondria.
⛺ The Great Cotton Comeback?: If you follow these things, you’ve likely noticed a recent spate of articles extolling natural fibers for outdoor pursuits. Here, Justin Housman at Adventure Journal asks, “Do You Really Need the Tech-iest, Most Advanced Gear on the Shelf When Camping?” This begs the obvious question: Do we need synthetic materials to run well or does that old-timer in the breezy button-up know something we don’t?
⬆️ We hired a data scientist to tackle some of the toughest problems known to trail runners… including the early morning spiderweb-to-face phenomenon plaguing many of our favorite routes. After doing some intense anatomical analysis, here are the five best gait adaptations to reduce your occurrence of face spiders. ?️