Allie Ostrander has been my favorite female (overall?) runner for years. From Mt Marathon to steeplechase to HS and collegiate XC and indoor track, she does it all. Allie works hard, races hard, has a great attitude, and gives great interviews. Check out this clip from last week’s Millrose Games where she puts her guts on the line in the final lap of the 3k. If there’s ONE person I’d like to see get into Skyrunning type events, it’s Allie O. I can’t see any other women beating her.
Speaking of Mount Marathon, due to increased demand (sound familiar?), they’ve made some entry rule changes for 2020. Nice.
New trail system coming to Mt Shasta in Northern California. Sounds like a new FKT opportunity for Ghelfi.
Speaking of FKTs, Yassine Diboun and Xu Lin Ju attempt the 31 mile Loowit Trail around Mt. st. Helens. Great video!
In 2019, Nike-sponsored athletes dominated the World Marathon Majors, claiming 31 out of the 36 available podium positions. All of them were sporting some version of the Nike Vaporfly.
The other 5 podiums all went to athletes wearing Adidas shoes. During the last marathon of the season – the NYC Marathon – Albert Korir and Mary Keytany both placed second and both were wearing a pair of Adizero Pro.
Interesting. Good article on Adidas’ new carbon plated racing shoe hitting the shelves next month.
But the new Pixie Flyte from Adidas…you’ll have to wait a bit longer to experience the magic of flight.
I can see dipping in freezing water following a race, but otherwise, no thanks.
Reuters: A lot of lawsuits seem pretty silly, but this one seems legit. Essentially, and from my understanding, Brooks Brothers wants to start selling athletic wear—including shoes—using the shortened Brooks name. Brooks (think Green Silence) is saying no way. Just writing that is confusing, and I think that’s the point of the complaint.
Any patent folks or lawyers want to weigh in?
Speaking of shoes, here’s a cool story of the winner of the women’s 50k at Tarawera this week who’s made a career of custom artwork on cycling and running shoes. Very cool. Follow her IG here.
Sports Illustrated: Yesterday it was NYT covering Jim’s rise, now it’s Chris Chavez for SI who submits an excellent piece on what Mr. Walmsley means to the sport and where it (and he) is going.
Men’s Journal: How to be a good trail runner.
NPR: Beer. Is there anything it can’t do?
Gear: I received this pack from Janji last year and have been using it regularly since then, as the multiple clips and straps allow me to attach Jerome’s leash while running. I’ve also found that it doesn’t twist up on me.
While I’ve been wearing it as a fanny pack slash thong (figured the extra strap was meant to prevent the pack from twisting around…genius, right?!?), the extra strap was apparently meant to be worn across the chest. Well now I feel like a damn fool.
Trail and Kale: Here’s another five running belts…minus the thong option.
“In a lot of ways I feel like I’m bearing a torch for ultrarunners,” Walmsley told Runner’s World. “The stereotype of most trail or ultra races is that it’s all really slow and you can either take them on for fun or after you’re really done running. [Training for Trials] feels like a responsibility [to show] We work pretty hard and we can hold our own as well.”
And more from Jim in Runner’s World. Good article that dives a bit more into his training.
Trailrunner Mag/Roche: How to use crosstraining to benefit your trail running goals.