Trailhead: Semi-Rad interprets trail speak, 100 milers, and a new episode of the Trailhead podUltraSignup
Brendan Leonard, Semi-Rad, interprets trail speak in his latest for UltraSignup, then entertains us on the pod, plus a weekend of 100 milers.
Happy Tuesday, runners!
This time of year seems to be full of 100 mile races, as runners test what they’ve built this summer. Whether you aspire to the 100 mile distance or you simply enjoy watching and supporting others in their antics, there are more 100+ mile races out there than ever and last weekend was full of them. Considering one for yourself? There are plenty to choose from and we rounded up several in last week’s social media post on Seven 100-mile Mountain Races. If you’re thinking about taking on the 100 mile distance next season, we recommend reading over “How to not DNF a 100-miler” by runner and writer Heather Balogh Rochfort.
In this week’s newsletter, we bring you some wisdom from our friend Semi-Rad, then Brendan Leonard himself joins Corrine Malcolm on this week’s episode of The Trailhead Podcast.
THE WEEKEND COOL DOWN
Running filmmaker Billy Yang fought jetlag to complete the Wasatch Front 100 (?:1) after a packed trip to Chamonix to complete the TMB and capturing athlete footage at UTMB.
Mogollon Monster 100 took place in Arizona over the weekend. Aravaipa Running team member Pete Mortimer (?:2) took first place and the men’s top 3 all went under 24 hours for the first time on this course.
Walmsley & Dauwalter Rule UTMB, Semi-Rad and Baked Beans
In this episode, Buzz and Corrine marvel over Jim Walmsley, Courtney Dauwalter, and Zach Miller’s performances at UTMB.
Then, Corrine talks with artist Brendan Leonard about his ultimate trail race. It includes Dropbag Jeff and all the French toast. You can see Brendan’s illustrations on UltraSignup.
Buzz chats with two callers. First, he speaks with Mark from Minnesota. They agree that baked beans are not ideal running fuel. Then Buzz and Laura from Portland talk about ultrarunning after cancer treatment.
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Whether you’re training for your next big challenge on the world stage or just getting into trail running for the first time, share your adventures with us in the UltraSignup Strava club and tag us on Instagram where we share the community’s posts every Monday.
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