Endurance Library

There are many things I love about being an endurance addict, and there are many things I love about endurance sports and adventures. One thing that I think worth mentioning is the plethora of blogs that are available to runners, cyclists, swimmers, triathletes and hikers of long and arduous distances!

As much as I like writing my own blog and planning my own adventures and race calendars, I really enjoy reading about how other people go about their own racing and planning. There is a lot to be gained from reading about a race or and adventure from the perspective of somebody else – inspiration, guidance and entertainment being a few reasons to take the time to look around and see what’s out there.

Below is a list of blogs I read fairly regularly. Obviously there are the usual outlets for commentary and news – Trail Runner, iRunFarAltitude, IMTalk, OxygenAddict, Ultrarunnerpodcast.com, TalkUltra – but this list is a little more grassroots. There are a smattering of professionals, some semi-professionals and amateurs like myself but all have something different to offer – thanks to everybody on the list for putting their thoughts down and publishing, all of you have inspired or informed me in one way or another over the years!

John Burton (http://runningjohn.blogspot.co.uk/)

Hi, my name is John Burton. Software product manager by morning, ultra runner by mid-afternoon. If I’m not half-asleep on some conference call you can find me out on the trails tearing it up. Or slogging it out. Or just sitting on a comfortable rock in the sun catching my breath. It’s all good.

Andrew Skurka (https://andrewskurka.com/blog/)

An accomplished adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer. The 35-year-old is most well known for his solo long-distance backpacking trips, notably the 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile 7-month Great Western Loop, and the 7,775-mile 11-month Sea-to-Sea Route. In total, he has backpacked, skied, and packrafted 30,000+ miles through many of the world’s most prized backcountry and wilderness areas—the equivalent of traveling 1.2 times around Earth’s equator!

Dane Rauschenburg (http://danerunsalot.blogspot.co.uk/)

Both knowledge and experience, when not shared, are wasted.

Jon Fielden (https://www.jonfielden.com/)

I ran my first hundred mile race in 2014 (the Winter 100), my second one in 2015 (South Downs Way 100) and my third one in 2016 (Samphire 100). I loved and hated all of them in equal measure but for some reason I keep going back.

Jill Homer (http://www.jilloutside.com/)

Hello! I’m Jill, a freelance writer and editor living in the forested foothills above Boulder, Colorado. I’m an avid cyclist, hiker, and trail runner who tries to squeeze at least a small adventure into every day. Being outside and on the move is my passion.

John Kelly (http://www.randomforestrunner.com/)

I’m the husband to an incredible wife, the proud father0 of three kids (a son plus younger boy/girl twins), and have an English Shepherd named Dixie who’s too smart for her own good. I work as a data scientist at a startup in DC to support that family, and I run, bike, and hike to support my ability to do that day job with a clear mind. Oh, and I swim, but only because I like to race and challenge myself and triathlon was a natural extension from the running and biking.

Giles Thurston (http://ultrarun.in)

While I have raced in and enjoyed big races such as half marathons and triathlons over the years, I have found the high numbers of athletes involved make these events feel a little claustrophobic, taking the edge off the overall experience for me. Over time this, combined with my love of both mountains and running in general, has slowly drawn me towards trail running and ultra running.

Alice Morrison (http://www.alicemorrison.co.uk/blog/)

I blog about adventure, running, cycling, Morocco, travelling and the media.

2015 saw my first “world first” with the Atlas to Atlantic trek from the highest point of North Africa, straight across the Atlas Mountains to the sea. No-one had attempted it before.  In 2014, I took on the biggest challenge of my life and ran the  Marathon Des Sables. They call it “the toughest footrace on earth”.  In 2011 I completed the Tour D’Afrique, 12,000 kms on a bike from Cairo to Cape Town. We got shot at, chased by elephant, survived malaria and typhoid…. I loved every minute!

Wyatt Hornsby (https://nolimitsever.blogspot.co.uk/)

I started running “long distances” in 2004 after losing more than 50 pounds (now 60!). Since then, I’ve completed nearly 90 foot races–the majority of them marathons and ultramarathons. Among my proudest achievements:

  • Five-times earning the coveted silver buckle at the Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run, one of the toughest races on earth 
  • Winning the 2009 Mohican 100
  • Raising money for children’s health by running 131 miles non-stop (the equivalent of five full marathons) at the 2009 USA 24-hour national championship in Cleveland
  • Qualifying for and twice finishing the Boston Marathon

Stephanie Case (https://ultrarunnergirl.com/)

I’m a Canadian human rights lawyer who discovered ultrarunning nine years ago and now my closet is filled with running shoes, rather than high heels!  To steal from one of my favourite running novels, I run to ‘seek the void’.

Phil Collard (https://philcollard1290.wordpress.com/)

I could ramble on here about my potted history involving cancer, two occasions of being told that I may never walk again, a hip replacement and an unlikely Ironman finish in Sweden or…

Jade Belzberg (http://www.jadebelzberg.com)

Writer, trail runner and MFA candidate. A native of British Columbia but currently residing in San Diego, Jade has been writing since the age of five, when she began recording her family’s travels and RV trips in a collection of journals.

Cody Beals (http://www.codybeals.com)

The objective of this blog is to document the slow, often challenging process of transforming myself into a world class professional triathlete. Too often, we only hear about an athlete’s successes, while their struggles, insecurities and screw-ups don’t get the same billing. It’s all part of the learning process and I haven’t shied away from sharing my highs as well as my lows, like overcoming mental health issues, overtraining and insomnia. In being so open, I hope to demystify elite development and help athletes of all levels learn from my experience.

Sam Pearce (https://thefootpathlesstravelled.wordpress.com/)

I play the French Horn for a living. Weird, huh, but someone’s gotta do it. I’m British. I’m from the countryside, but live in the city. I love to run off road. And cycle, and play cricket, and golf. And yes, I love to play the French Horn too, which is pretty neat for me as I get to do it for my job. But mostly I love running.

Derek Cross (http://longtri.blogspot.co.uk/)

Why do I do this crazy thing called Triathlon? Well because I enjoy it of course. I love the training. Okay, sometimes not the running, but everything else. I love the challenge, pushing myself, getting better, pushing again. I guess you could say I am a little addicted to that side of it. And while it has taken me a while to accept it, I love the racing too. I still tie myself in knots with nerves, but once that gun goes, the mind focuses and I am in my element. Really it is as simple as that.

Zach Bitter (https://zachbitter.com)

Endurance athlete and coach. Driven to find his limitations in a variety of environments and help others find theirs. Loves the trials of the journey as much as the result.

Stephanie Jackson-Horner (https://sjacksonhorner.wordpress.com/)

Everything I do is due to pure 100% love of it and giving things ago, you never know what you can do until you try and you often surprise yourself.

 

Once in a while I might add to my endurance library and I like to hear about blogs I may not yet have come across so please feel free to contact me or comment below.