Photo Credit: Robert Goyen
Photo Credit: Robert Goyen

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:

Or right click here to download and save the full interview.

Connect with Sage Canaday

Sage puts out a number of instructional videos and articles himself. Follow him on social media to stay connected:

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Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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