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Tough

Laying out the "toughest" trail races in the Northeast isn't intended to be a testosterone fest of who's tougher. In my experience, a mile race on the track, while flat and shorter in duration, is more painful than any ultra or mountain course I've run. I've drifted towards "tougher" races because they often entail mountainous and technical terrain which has fed my spirit, taken me

Although the Speedgoat's motto may be "100 miles is not that far", for nearly everyone else, it really is. Nearly all will experience significant mileage in the pain cave. Moments of doubt and darkness. Mental refrains where you question not just whether you're physically capable of going on (you're pretty certain you're not), but emotional anguish. When the glitz has faded, when you question what

Much of the mediasize and romance with trail running over the past decade + has circled around ultra. The press, the sponsorship dollars, where the bar is set for a sense of challenge and achievement. However, shorter distances don't require consumption of life in training and breakdown. In the lineup of Half'ish distance races below you'll find historic classics such as Pisgah, exposed mountain ridges

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