A few months ago I published my first article round-up post in a very, very long time. It was an opportunity to share some of my favorite recent posts and stories from other blogs.

Round-ups are a good opportunity to discover new sites, articles you may have missed, and epic adventures you may have never heard of otherwise.

Today I want to do that again, and plan to keep this series up every few months moving forward. So what do you say? Here they are:

7 Running Articles Not to Miss

1) Your Body During a 100-Miler (Outside Magazine)

“Is that even good for you?” is a common question after you talk to someone about running an ultramarathon. The simple answer? Probably not. But Outside Magazine was determined to find out.

In this article the author breaks down what’s happening to your body during a 100-miler from your head to your toes.

2) What Runners Are Thinking (The Atlantic)

In a recent article about things I wish I knew before running endurance races, I brought up the fact that people will never quit asking you what you think about while running. Just a few days later this article pops up in my feed.

Maybe I can start forwarding this link instead of answering the question myself?

3) How to Breathe While Running (Strength Running)

Breath seems to be one of those things runners either never think about, or obsess over. I’ve done both.

For awhile I tried to use breathing patterns to enter a meditative state while out on easy runs, and just last year I interviewed Bob Coates, who created an entire training philosophy behind breathing patterns.

Jason over at Strength Running has an interesting (maybe even unexpected) take on the subject.

4) Controlled Chaos: Learn to be an Elite Hill Runner (iRunFar)

If you’ve ever watched a trail race and seen the elite field run down a hill, followed by the midpack runners coming down that same hill, you know there’s a big difference in the way they approach the terrain. Effective hill running, both up and down, is a skill set most of us need but few of us have mastered.

And having that hill strength will make all the difference come race day.

5) She May Be Small, but Kaci Lickteig (the Pixie Ninja) Is a Giant in Ultrarunning (New York Times)

I love this article for two reasons:

  1. Kaci Lickteig is an ultrarunning badass and this article shows it, and
  2. Ultrarunning in the New York Times?! And an article that takes it seriously?! Nice.

6) Scott Jurek Post-Appalachian Trail Speed Record Interview (iRunFar)

If you haven’t heard about Scott Jurek’s recent 46 day run up the Appalachian Trail, you’ve probably been out on a trail the past few months yourself. His adventure has received loads of news coverage. Mostly good, some bad, but almost all shallow.

This 55 minute interview with Scott by iRunFar’s Bryon Powell asks all the right questions us runners want to know. They talk about gear, nutrition, running with fans, and of course the Mt. Katahdin controversy. It’s long, but well worth the listen.

7) First Women Finish Nolan’s 14, Colorado’s Most Demanding, Obscure Mountain Challenge (National Geographic)

1 mountain range, 2 women, 14 peaks over 14,000 feet, 100 miles, in less than 60 hours. Just typing that makes my hands sweat. The Nolans 14 fastest known time has received a lot of hype in recent years, especially after Anton Krupicka went after it (he didn’t finish). But this time for a different reason.

This week Anna Frost and Missy Gosney became the first female finishers of the route, and crew member Dakota Jones shares the first interview with the duo. Not a ton of substance in the article, but it’s fun to read about their experience and journey, and learn more about the run. It is wild.

Bonus: Karl Meltzer Interview and Shoe Giveaway

8) Mountain Running, Nutrition, and Gear with Speedgoat Karl Meltzer (Plus a Shoe Giveaway)

Did you catch my recent interview with Karl Meltzer? If you don’t know Karl, he has won more 100-mile races that anyone else. No joke, he once won 6 in a single year. It’s a fun interview on gear, changes in the sport, and common newbie mistakes.

Plus, we’re giving away a pair of HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat trail shoes. I recently got a pair myself and absolutely love them. The giveaway is about to end, so don’t forget to put your name in the hat quickly!

Keep Reading, Keep Running

The internet is a never ending source of knowledge and inspiration. Take advantage of all the great sites out there.

Keep reading. Keep running. Keep growing.

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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One thought on “Running Articles You Need to Read: Part 2

  1. Karl sounds like such a normal guy. I’m glad there are so many ambassadors that give back by creating races and equipment!

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