Originally posted on jeremyhowlett.com I have now run a few ultra marathon events myself and they are not easy work. An ultra marathon is a race that is anything longer than a traditional 26.2 mile marathon. The most popular race distances for an ultra are 50k, 50m, 100k and 100 miles. There is a lot of planning, preparation and effort that goes into racing a successful ultra marathon. To accomplish this in a timely fashion you have aid stations every 5-8 miles, carry fuel in between and often have a crew and/or pacer to assist you with your gear and race.
I tend to get a bit of the winter blues, come March. In December and January (what little) snow and ice we get is fun! Even just a few inches shuts down this southern town. Kids and adults alike are out trying to sled on whatever they can get their hands on, but by early March we usually get glimpses of spring. Random warm days and a few daffodils get mixed in between the cold, rainy days.
By Altra Ambassador Ryan Eisberg Too often we get stuck in a hamster wheel of habit. We do things that aren’t good for us, remain where we shouldn’t and put ourselves through voluntary suffering all in the name of comfort. We don’t know these things are damaging, because unfortunately, too often, it’s become normal to us. The truth is we often avoid the ‘hard things’ because they are the easiest things to avoid.
Julian discusses his adventure with an injury, Everest, and a pair of Lone Peak 1.5’s. “A few weeks before a scheduled trip to Nepal, to trek 200km to the base camp of Everest and other 5000m peaks, I injured my heel and limped on my forefoot, aggravating my Morton’s neuroma. One week prior to the trip I could not walk. It was an incredible feeling to take it day by day (right up to the day of the trek) without knowing how far I would be able to push it.
Why the Lone Peaks are the most awesome hiking shoe ever. (Photo by Grant Sible) Everyone knows that Altra ZeroDrop shoes are fantastic for running, but did you know that minimalist shoes are great for hiking and backpacking, too? This year, Heather “Anish” Anderson broke the men and women’s unassisted record walking from Mexico to Canada on the 2,663 mile long Pacific Crest Trail wearing Lone Peaks. Fellow Altra ambassador, Lint—a long distance trekker with more than 20,000 miles on his feet and one of only a handful of people to have hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trail each twice—also rocks Altras on his backpacking adventures.
Last night at about 6:45pm Cholla Chicks finished their second all girl ultra! Can I just say, we were amazing!! The race was relatively stress free. We did have issues, but man are these girls good at overcoming obstacles. One team member cracked her head open 3 weeks ago, another raced on a foot with a stress fracture, 2 of them are mid iron man training and I have my first 50 mile ultra trail race next weekend.
We wish you all a happy Valentine’s Day. We hope that the only break up that occurs this Valentine’s Day will be similar to the one in the video below.
Question 1: When do you set you year’s running goals? Responses: @AJ_Wellman: Usually in the fall or winter. But I tend to always be thinking about what I want to do next. @budakidEric: I’ve been thinking about mine since early December, editing and rethinking about them all along. @wolfescw: I find I’m constantly adding things to the bucket list @RunInBoise: Um, 2011 was a new years resolution. My 2013 50K was planned a few months ago so I could train.
Every New Year brings reflection and foresight. We reflect on the successes and misfortunes of the prior year and look ahead to new adventures. These reasons are what make the New Year a great time to resolve and aspire to achieve more! This often includes new running adventures, races, training goals, weight loss or some other activity based goal. Question: What are some of your running goals for the new year?
As the clock strikes midnight across the world we leave behind the year 2012 and continue full speed ahead into 2013! As we look back at the past 12 months, we at Altra see a great progression that has taken place. We have grown substantially over this period of time.Below is a recap of 2012 achievements: Instinct & Intuition were awarded “Best Debut” from Runner’s World Magazine Lone Peak was awarded “Most Innovative” from Competitor Magazine Superior was awarded “Best Ride” from Competitor Magazine Released The Provision—the world’s first Zero Drop™ stability shoe Released The Torin—the world’s first max cushion Zero Drop™ shoe Developed a removable rock plate known as The StoneGuard™ for The Superior trail shoe Added four new shoes to our line Provision Samson Superior Torin Released our first shoe update with The Instinct 1.
Altra Footwear has a new commercial! Reasons not to watch it? ZERO. You can check it out here. Let us know what you think in the comments below or on the YouTube page!
On Saturday our great ALTRAMANIACS were out at The Dirty Dash up at the great Olympic venue of Soldier Hollow. There they had a chance to show everyone how great it is to play in the mud!! Check out the images from the weekend here. How do you like to get dirty while running?
The ALTRAMANIACS are back to discuss their love of Bacon and the great effects it can offer in your diet for proper nutrition during a long run. What are your nutrition regimens?
Check out The Altramaniacs coming soon…. Check out their Facebook page as well.
Releasing soon will be our new video mini-series around our two new awesome AltraManiacs, Zero & Drop! The will be guiding you to a fun and successful adventure in running. Be sure to jump on our YouTube channel and subscribe so that you know when the new episodes are up. We will also be creating a website where their adventures will be posted and hope that you will post yours as well!
Wow what a year it was in 2011! We are so excited by everything that has taken place over the course of the past 12 months. We are going to build on that momentum over the next 12 months. You all have been a huge support and have helped us to be able to establish a strong brand as well as grow the equity of the Altra name. We would like to thank each and every one of you for embracing The Altra story and becoming an AltraManiac.
As we look back at the events of the past year there has been a lot of progression in the running industry, but mostly in Altra. As we started 2011 we were a company with very little exposure, no product, and 3 guys working on an idea. We had a number of stores that were buying into our concept from a few prototype products that we had shown them at The Running Event back in November 2010.
ALTRA Zero Drop Footwear started up as a basement idea a few years back and now has produced three very well made products. Pioneering the way in the Zero Drop Footwear realm of running shoes we have succeeded in bringing out the worlds first ever fully cushioned, zero drop, foot shaped running shoe which has been selling really well. Now, as of last month, we have the world’s first fully protective zero drop, foot shaped trail running shoe.
The St. George Marathon, which is located in Southern Utah — about 90 minutes north of Las Vegas, is in it’s 35th year. For the 35th anniversary of the event they decided to do a 50 legends honoring. Among these 50 will be Altra founder K. Golden Harper, number 44. Golden ran the race 5 times between the ages of 10 and 14. I quote below from the race site.