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“It’s Not About Taking The Easy Road”: The Essence Of UltraRunning

Photo: Cory Reese

by Dr. Duncan Simpson, Barry University As a runner and a professor of sport, exercise and performance psychology, I am fascinated by individuals who push their physical, psychological and spiritual boundaries. This led me to the sport of ultrarunning,

UltraRunning November 2014

  • Trail Running the Army Way, by Gary Dudney
  • Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning: A Review, by Joe Uhan
  • Aid Station Basics, by Sunny Blende
  • The Essence of Ultrarunning, by Dr. Duncan Simpson
  • Leadville, by Michael Aish
  • Cascade Crest, by Rick White
  • Running: Just Another Addiction?, by Rachel Nypaver
  • The Ultrarunner’s Off-season, by Ian Sharman


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