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The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running and Ultramarathons: Expert Advice, and Some Humor, on Training, Competing, Gummy Bears, Snot Rockets, and More

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Jason Robillard has been doing ultramarathons for many years, and started advocating for barefoot running before it was cool and is considered an authority on it.

In this guide, he teaches trail-running newbies and experienced marathoners essential survival skills and tips for running long distances: how to run in snow, ice, and mud; how to cross large streams of water; wha
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Skyhorse (first published September 1st 2014)
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Kate
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: running, non-fiction
This book was great for some of the technical training advice, some parts of it were researched, some parts were anecdotal. Kind of floored to see a trail runner into the barefoot movement, it boggles my mind how one would not get seriously injured that way. But maybe the PNW trails are rockier and sharper than out east? I like less supportive shoes, because I like to build the stability of my own feet and leg muscles, but I would never run on the north shore without shoes.

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Trung Nguyen Dang
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun and enjoyable adventure and experiments of the author. The writing is quite funny and casual, like blog posts. He also shared a lot on private matters (eg sex).
I actually read it in kinda one-go, only take sleep or meal break.
It's mainly a book for newbie, not for seasoned ultra runners. There are some but not a lot of useful advices. Seasoned ultra runners can just read for fun, eg like race reports.
Andrew Luce
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun and inspiring look at ultramarathons. The author includes lots of personal stories along with strategies and tips for running long. Part of the fun is the amateurish writing style and oversharing of private subjects. The honesty of diificulties, waning interest and poor choices make the information come to life.
David
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shiraz
A most enjoyable if for some, irreverent read. Maybe because Robillard seems to be writing in hindsight he treats the subject more as an enjoyable pastime than a holy grail. Like most sport this is an activity that people make a choice to participate in for various reasons but not usually for the benefit of others let alone mankind in general. The contents are reasonably down to earth and fundamental, its easy to read and in a way the author is happy to admit to his hedonistic leanings. He is do ...more
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Jason is a writer, podcaster, semi-retired ultrarunner, recreational pro MMA fighter, occasional teacher, and running coach living in the San Diego area. Jason's goal in life is to seek out interesting adventures, push boundaries, and help others do the same. Jason is a serial hobbyist with a wide range of interests.

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