Sage Canaday hasn’t always been an ultra runner.
In fact, for many years while running for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Projects Team, his specialty was half and full marathons.
Speedy half and full marathons.
But even with two Olympic Trials qualifications and a blistering fast 2:16:52 marathon PR, he doesn’t label himself a marathoner anymore.
Now his focus is on Mountain Ultra Trail Running (as he calls it, M.U.T. running). And a successful M.U.T. runner he is! With wins in every distance from 50k to 100k, he’s now one of the top ranked ultrarunners in the world.
What makes him so fast? I like to believe it’s that speedy road background and deep understanding of running mechanics that sets him apart from other ultra runners.
Last week I had the honor of chatting with Sage on a number of issues related to ultrarunning basics and beginner techniques. It’s a fun interview, which I’m excited to share with you today.
In the 35 minute interview we discuss:
- Sage’s journey from middle school track to pro mountain ultra runner
- How road running techniques can be applied to ultra distance running
- Training for mountain courses in the flat lands
- Proper uphill running/hiking technique
- Why speed work is important, even at the ultra distance
- How Sage stays on top of nutrition and hydration during an ultra
- Shoes, and how to decide which is right for you
- The best part about the ultra running community
Listen to the interview with Sage here:
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