It was a long time ago now, when I trained for my first 50K. One of my first group trail runs was 10-miles run mostly on a two-loop trail. A pretty decently-sized group showed up for that run, maybe 25 or so people, and we started out on that crisp fall morning at a comfortable jog. We left the parking lot, ran under a covered bridge, onto a trail next to the road, then crossed the street onto the two-loop trail. About five-minutes into the run, I found myself in the middle of a long, single-file line of runners walking up the hill.
My naive, road-runner self was confused. This was a run, which usually means, you know, running. Plus, we just started. Why were we walking?
At first I thought maybe this particular group was a little wussy, but it kept happening: every time I ran with ultra-runners and we hit some hills, they walked. When I realized that this was a widespread habit, I finally I had to ask: why do ultra-runners walk the hills? Read more >>