A lot has changed in trail and ultra running over the past 20 years.
For starters, trail running is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, and ultra running is not far behind. We have more races, better equipment, access to training plans and coaches, and hype from media coverage.
We have countless blogs dedicated the sport, and fan pages along with them.
So it’s easy to forget that not that long ago, most of us never considered running off the pavement, or had even heard of a foot race longer than 26.2 miles.
An Interview with Speedgoat Karl
But even with all the growth over the past 20 years, some things have stayed the same. For the most part races are still intimate and low key, the community is supportive and welcoming, and Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer is still lighting up the trails.
I’m absolutely thrilled today to share a recent interview with elite runner Speedgoat Karl. The guy has completed over 100 ultramarathons, and has more 100-mile wins than any other runner out there. He’s a HOKA ONE ONE athlete, former Ultrarunner of the year, coach, and the race director of the uber tough Speedgoat 50k.
Over two decades after his first ultra, Karl is still competing at the top of the field, and doing so as a perfect example of what the sport is all about.
Today I was lucky enough to chat with Karl and pick his brain on a number of trail and ultra running topics.
Here are a few topics we discussed:
- How Karl’s race day strategy has changed with improved nutrition and gear
- Newbie mistakes — Nutrition and pacing
- Strategy changes between flat and mountainous races
- The appeal of a tough ultramarathon
- What every Race Director wants you to know
- The appeal of a max cushioned shoe … and why Karl loved HOKA ONE ONEs when they were just a prototype
Interview with Karl Meltzer
Click here to download the audio version.
HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat Giveaway
If you just listened to the interview, you know how passionate Karl is about the new HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat trail shoes. While I haven’t tried them yet myself (a pair is in the mail as we speak!), this is the shoe I’ve been most excited to check out all year.
They’re built to be tough, comfortable, and the perfect shoe for long trail miles.
Weighing in a just 9.7 oz, and with a 5mm heal to toe drop, the Speedgoats have a light-weight ride with all the generous cushioning I’ve come to love with HOKAs.
And in honor of today’s interview with the Speedgoat himself, the good folks over at HOKA ONE ONE have offered to give away a free pair of Speedgoats to one lucky runner.
Enter to win a free pair here:
4 Chances to Win
Entering couldn’t be easier, just complete this form first. After that, you’ll have 3 additional ways to gain bonus entries:
- Leave a comment on this post about what you’ll do with a free pair of HOKAs
- Tweet the giveaway and tag Rock Creek Runner and HOKA ONE ONE
- Share on Facebook and tag Rock Creek Runner and HOKE ONE ONE
Simple as that. What are you waiting for? Enter to win a free pair of Speedgoat trail shoes here.
For international readers, I’m sorry to say that these can only be shipped within the United States.
Disclaimer: I am a HOKE ONE ONE Social Ambassador, and HOKA ONE ONE is donating the shoes for this giveaway.