“First, love it; then focus on a race.” - Sally McRae
Professional athletes are very fortunate. They get paid to do what they love and to do it better than most. Professional Ultra Runner Sally McRae is in that elite club. Running up mountains, watching her footing in steep terrain, running the straight aways with burning legs that feel like they can’t go another step. Well hers can!...Step right across the finish line. Sally added another first place win at the Salmon Falls 50K in February. We talked to Sally about being a prof
Luna the four-legged ultrarunning best friend
We’ve heard it so many times: “a dog is a man’s best friend.” But what about “a dog is an ultra runner’s perfect running mate”? When you see Laurie Beyer pounding the dirt on a grueling run, you will also see Luna, a golden mix, right by her side. Laurie, a teacher at Twin Rivers elementary school, started running when she was 45-years-old. “I was out of shape and decided to join the running club, gO!,” says Laurie. “My first race was a marathon in Long Beach and I loved it.”
Kaia FIT and ultra-ready for the SF50k
I’ve been interviewing all types of runners over the past few months as we gear up for the Salmon Falls 50K. I’ve learned many things about how people train and why they like running ultras. For some runners, it’s something they never imagined doing. Alicia Andrews is a “newbie” to this intense sport with the Salmon Falls 50k being her first ultra-race. Her road to ultras started when she ran her first mile. “The first time I ran a full mile I loved how it made me feel and ho
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Lacing up your favorite pair of running shoes. Gathering with friends to stretch and watch the sun rise. Pinning on that number and wondering if this race will be a PR. Walking to the starting line anticipating what the next 50 kilometers will bring. This is what endurance running is all about. Getting ready for a race is different for everyone. How you react to your performance is also personal. One thing that is universal for most runners is the love of the sport and how de
It's never too late to start something new.
Many of us have heard this before: “It’s never too late to start something new.” Newcastle resident Bryan Wright, a Project Manager for HP, knows that from experience. As Bryan reached his mid-forties, he felt his health was failing and it was time to get fit. He started with bicycling and participated in several races and then decided to add running to the mix, which wasn’t so easy. Bryan says getting around the track was nearly impossible but he didn’t give up. Bryan knew s