What to do this weekend: 8/2/13

Photo of the Vermont 100

Near mile 90 of the Vermont 100

Where to race

Saturday

Moosamaloo Ultra, Goshen, Vt.
Mostly singletrack. You may see a bear. You’ll definitely see (and run through) some stinging nettles.
Distances: about 15 miles and 36 miles
Start time: 8:00
Race-day registration: Yes, if there is still space available. You may want to check with the race director.

Watuppa 5, Fall River, Mass.
A mixture of fire lanes, single track, and roads.
Distance: 5 miles
Start time: 9:00
Race-day registration: Yes

People’s Forest Trail Run, Barkhamsted, Conn.
Distance: 7 miles
Start time: 9:00
Race-day registration: Yes

Also on Saturday is Burke Mountain’s Bike’n Brew festival in Burke, Vt. Spend the day biking at Kingdom Trails and then relax with a beer in the afternoon. There will be lots of local microbrews to sample.

What to read

Photo of Larisa Dannis

Dannis takes on one of many hills at the Vermont 100.

→Larisa Dannis, women’s winner at the Vermont 100, recaps her race, including confessing her former hatred of hills: “I used to detest uphill running. When out training together, on even the gentlest of inclines I’d break into a hike and state point-blank that I do not run hills. The memory made me smile, as I thought back on my odd progression as a runner. I will never quite understand how something I struggled with for years ultimately became my strength. How I savor those climbs now!”

→Adam Wilcox, who came in 10th overall, also writes about his experience: “Vermont 100 will always be a special race to me because it’s where I ran my first hundred miler. I have many fond memories of crewing, pacing, and camping out here. The decision to come back was an easy one to make on the spot for the usual reasons – to challenge myself, to enjoy 100 miles of Vermont scenery, to spend time with friends, and to relive old memories. But there was another reason: vengeance.”

→If you’d like to learn more about the men’s winner at the Vermont 100, Jason Lantz, check out this podcast from Elevation Trail. Lantz talks about his running background, his training, and what happened when he came upon leader Chad Ricklefs with just about a mile and a half to go.

→In news from other races, here’s an account of last Saturday’s Wakely Dam Ultra by the winner, Jan Wellford.

→The New York Times discusses a few recent studies on exercise and epigenetics. The bottom line is that the studies show how exercise can change the behavior of genes, which in some cases might have significant health consequences, such as making a person less susceptible to diabetes or other diseases.

→The Guardian looks at whether running while you’re dreaming can have actual, physical benefits: “New research from Heidelberg University suggests that practising sport in a lucid dream is not just a frivolous fantasy. As far as your mind is concerned, it’s for real.” I guess they do say that it’s good to dream big.

→Ultrarunners Mike Wolfe and Hal Koerner are teaming up to try to set an FKT on the John Muir trail, a long-distance trail that crosses some of the most beautiful stretches of the Sierra Nevadas.

→And Pam Smith, winner of the women’s race at Western States, has an incredibly detailed (and helpful) account of how she prepared for the race and what she wore and ate during the race.