This past weekend, Brianna Pagan and Makai Clemons (?: 1) won the Leona Divide 50, in Lake Huges, California. And to celebrate Earth Day 2023, Reese Slobodianuk and Brianna Bower ran hard and claimed victories at the Earth Day 50k (?: 2) in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
?? UTMB implemented a new pregnancy policy across all UTMB World Series races. From now on if you become pregnant you will get a refund and have your entry guaranteed for five years (?: 3). ?
By signing up for a 100-kilometer race, you’re making a proclamation: you’re ready to go big. The 100K distance is often considered the “gateway” to the 100-miler. But even if you don’t intend to go farther, you’re still going to put in some work. For many runners, this will be the first time you’ve intentionally committed to running after dark, and it’s a big step.
We connected with a few of our favorite coaches and asked them to share their best 100K training advice to better prepare you for the big dance. Regardless of whether you’re a first-timer hoping for a happy finish or an experienced pro going for a shiny PR, we’re confident we’ve got some good tidbits to get you to that starting line healthy, happy, and ready to race.
Women Who FKT, Mandatory Gear, & Leaping From 100K to 100 Miles
On this episode of The Trailhead, Corrine and Buzz dive into safety and mandatory gear lists. They may seem overwhelming, especially depending on the country you’re racing in, but will you ever regret following them?
Then, Corrine talks to Jen Sotolongo and Marta Fisher about the Women Who FKT project, which has inspired and encouraged more runners to set out on their own fastest known time adventures. You can read Jen’s piece and some real FKT-er’s stories on UltraSignup News.
Then, Buzz speaks to Jacob about an upcoming journey run that John Muir would be proud of, and to Laura about making the leap from 100 kilometers to 100 miles.
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? Frozen Fast: Can you freeze the biological clock or do you have to get slower as you age? Alex Hutchinson writes about the curious case of coach Alan Couzens’s Immortality Quotient and whether the aging process is an inevitable slide into decrepitude or the result of not getting enough exercise.
✈️ Airport Segments: Despite sunglasses-inside-guy claiming a segment that he didn’t actually get the fastest time on, he did open our eyes to Strava segments at airports, because… who doesn’t want to be more sweaty on their next flight. ⬆️