Sarah Lavender Smith is a seasoned competitive trail runner, coach and contributor to Trail Runner magazine. She also co-hosts and blogs on
Jason Hardrath has been raging FKTs on routes all over the West Coast, with a focus on the PNW. Recently he realized he was in striking distance of catching the King of FKTs Ben Nephew and is loving the challenge of chasing big solo routes in the mountains. In straight numbers, Jason is currently at 51 FKTs versus Ben’s 56. For reference, the third place guy has 27. Anton has 23, Kilian has 21. Jason Hardrath In this episode, we talk about how and why Jason transitioned from a solid triathlete and marathoner to a guy going after solo pursuits in the mountains. We talk about some of the similarities and differences between races and FKTs and the added elements of the former. Gear choices, route setting and finding, and FKT confirmation are all extra quirks that the athlete must bring to the table and Jason explains how he handles each. Jason Hardrath Jason Hardrath Episode Notes Here’s the interview with Ben Nephew. I mentioned Leor Pantilat. Here’s our chat with Leor from a few years ago. I used this Adventure Sports podcast as a source for this episode. Here’s the current list on the FKT website. Here’s a video of the Kalaupapa Trail I referenced. And here’s a writeup I did a few years ago about running on Moloka’i. Here’s more on Athletic Brewery. Gear Chat with Ben Disclaimer: All of these products were supplied to URP for gear testing purposes. No money was exchanged and all words and thoughts are our own. The Altra Timp link is an Amazon affiliate link and will put a few nickels into the URP coffers should you decide to keep the shoes. rabbit EZ Tee Perf – $45 Ben says: “Light polyester with some spandex. Very breathable and light and it doesn’t cling to the skin when wet. Forty five bucks is a lot for a shirt, but it’s worth it.” (And here’s the tank I was referring to.) HOKA One One Torrent 2 | Summer 2020 release | $130 Ben says: “This is my Goldilocks shoe…it does everything well. It’s got a 23/18mm drop but feels like more cush.. Breathes much better and has better configured lugs than the first version.” Skechers Go Run 7+ | $130 Ben says: ” This plus version has a different upper and is a lightweight and neutral shoe. The Skechers Go Fun 7+ has a 29/25mm drop and I wear it for everything…from long and slow to speedwork. This is my go-to road shoe and I love it.” Altra Timp 2 | $140 Ben says: “This is an entirely different shoe than the original Timp. It’s much lighter, has a newer and tighter midsole and 29mm of cush front and back. But be weary, if you’re used to the original Timp, you’ll definitely want to try this one on first. It’s very different.” The post Jason Hardrath | The Art of FKTs | Gear Reviews with Ben appeared first on
If you heard our last episode with Meredith Edwards, you know that she lives for the mountains. Whether it’s running, scrambling or skiing, Meredith travels the world looking for the biggest peaks and races and takes them all hard. Meredith Edwards on the trails So naturally it was a surprise to many when she laid low from the competitive circuit last year while she was fighting an energy, iron, and GI issue that threatened to derail her career, livelihood, and main source of joy. View this post on Instagram Just getting ready and training for the zombie apocalypse. All you have to do is not give up. This is me finishing and winning the @montreuxtrailfestival 35k. 2 weeks prior I had just raced @eigerultratrail 100k which is a burly mountain course. Which seems to be theme in Europe because @montreuxtrailfestival was no different even for a short race. I was in 4th place most of the day till the final descent The last downhill was around 4000 ft and I just said screw it let’s see what I got. Well I found out. With 5k to go I fell and split my eyebrow open. Best scar of my life and good reminder you are always stronger than you think. Only 27 days left of #quarantine #ihope #letsgetthroughthis #coronavirus #happyweekend #zerolimits #altrarunning #springenergy #natureup #bestracephotoever #finishphoto #savage #bleedforspeed PC @outdoorandnews A post shared by Meredith June Edwards (@merejune) on Apr 3, 2020 at 7:07pm PDT In this episode, we learn about her symptoms, her multiple diagnoses from physicians, and ultimately, what finally worked for her. We also talk about the race where she nearly busted her orbital socket, her secret desire to run more track events, kombucha, the Covid shutdown, and more. Meredith Edwards and Jason Schlarb running around the world Gear chat with Ben Patagonia Endless Run Shorts Loose on the front, tight on the back. Big, tight pockets for essentials. $79 Tracksmith Session ShortsMens and womens info.Mens and women’s cuts and colors. Two pockets, one of them internal. $64 Womens Mens Patagonia Long Sleeve Capilene Cool Lightweight ShirtMens and women’s info.Super lightweight shirt that washes well. $55 Womens Mens Tracksmith Harrier Long SleeveMens and women’s info89% merino wool, 11% spandex. $78 Women’s Mens Tracksmith Twilight TeeWomen’s and mens info.Micromesh polyester $58 Womens Mens Meredith Edwards Episode Notes Here’s the Ultra Virus 12 hour race I’m doing this weekend. Here’s more on =Access, the product Mere used to help her absorb iron and feel better. Intro music used with permission from David Rosales Outro music used with permission from Matt Flaherty Connect with Mere June: Follow Mere June on Insta Follow Mere June on Facebook The post Meredith June Edwards | She’s back and stronger than ever. appeared first on
Ellie Pell played team sports in high school then really took up running when she accidentally won a half marathon a few years ago. Since then, she’s lowered her marathon PR to 2:41, finished third at the competitive JFK50, earned a ton of attention with an outright win at a trail 50k, and most recently–just last weekend–ran in the Olympic Trials for the marathon. Ellie’s stoke level is on HIGH and you’ll hear her smile through your headset. She met a ton of runners in Atlanta, ran with joy and no pressure, grabbed a free pair of shoes that might pay for her next vacation, and now has her sights set on Lake Sonoma 50 miler next month. And hey Saucony, you hearing this??? Anyone going to Lake Sonoma wanna go halfsies on my AirBnB? Retweet to save the planet — Ellie Pell (@gazzellie) March 4, 2020 Connect with Ellie Pell Ellie runs for Red Newt Racing through the Finger Lakes Running Company. Here’s her website. Here’s her podcast. Here’s her Instagram. And here she is on Twitter. Gear Reviews with Ben Socks: Runderwear Swiftwick Wigwam Rockay Shoes: Brooks Caldera 4 Saucony Peregrine 10 The post Ellie Pell | Trails and Trials appeared first on
For those who use Twitter to get their ultramarathon and trail news, you’re likely familiar with SteeltownRunner. He adds to conversations with civil, salient, and smart commentary about some of the obscure races, records, and athletes from our sport. Unmasked. Steeltown Runner Paul. Pic by Doug Freese. Behind the online moniker is Paul, a guy originally from Pennsylvania who now lives in New York City, and has become obsessed–in the true student of the sport sense–with ultramarathons from past and present. In this interview, we also discuss the future: Who are the true elites of today, where are they racing, and what kind of mark are they leaving on the sport. This is a different type of URP episode. Rather than digging into the guests’ own running, we talk primarily about Jim Walmsley, Camille Herron, Courtney Dauwalter, and a few other elite runners, as well as notable races from around the world. In short: We geek out about the top runners and put them in context. L-R: Phil McCarthy, Nick Marshall (photo caught him by surprise), SteeltownRunner Paul, and Alan Kirik at a Ted Corbitt memorial at New York Road Runners. Episode Notes: Follow Paul on the Twitter here. Want to hear the URP interview with the people we discussed? Here’s the interview with Courtney Dauwalter where she discussed finishing Run Rabbit Run after losing her vision at mile 88.Here’s Camille’s first podcast interview that we recorded as she’s first getting into trail scene five years ago.Here’s the URP interview with Jim Walmsley where he first opens up about the pivotal few years in the military that helped shape who he is today.And here’s the interview with Jim where he first dives into road events, half marathons, and more. That list of ultramarathon longevity Paul was talking about? Here it is. Set some time aside to really dig into it. Pretty good piece on Pedestrianims from the early part of the last century. Paul’s favorite soprano slash runner, Lisette Oropesa performs an aria from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Intro music used with permission from David Rosales Outro music used with permission from AJ LeGrand The post Steeltown Runner Interview appeared first on
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