The Best of iRunFar in 2013

With all that’s happened in trail and ultrarunning this past year, it’s sure flown by, huh?! Along with racing coverage from around the world, we’re awfully proud of the content our ever-growing team of contributors has shared with you. Here are a few of our favorites.

…Okay, here are a LOT of our favorites. It wasn’t until we started compiling this (and after some of iRunFar’s editors and writers weighed in) that I realized the amazing wealth of articles iRunFar published this year and just how much the site has grown. If my math is correct, this is the 516th article we’ve published on iRunFar in 2013. Wow!

One last thing, thanks to all of you(!) who followed our race coverage, read our articles, and left great comments. It’s because of you–your running, your excitement about our sport, and this community–that we’re here. We’re excited about where 2014 will take us all!

General Editorial Content

Getting Heady

The Third Rails of Trail Running

  • Food – Clearly not afraid of any subject, Dakota Jones tackles the human diet.
  • Shoes and Minimalism – Dakota Jones leads a discussion on minimalist shoes, Born to Run, and trail ultrarunning. In 2014, we’re looking forward to his series on sex, politics, and religion.
  • Why Do You Have to Run So Much? – Leon Lutz wrote this touching letter to his children in response to their question.
  • Cupless Concerns – Geoff Roes raises the difficulty of balancing trail running, races, and environmental stewardship.

Real Good Writing

  • Matterhorn of the Gods – Vince Carter, Everest, Matterhorn, Kilian Jornet, Beowolf… all in Andrew Titus’s exquisitely written piece on the Matterhorn and its inspiration.
  • Things Done Changed – Willie McBride writes an excellent tale of (sorta’, but not really) a Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim run.


Resources on Running

Overtraining and Getting Over It

Injuries and Issues

On Training

On Racing

The Personal: Interviews, Profiles, and Race Reports

Race Reports

Interviews and Profiles





Call for Comments

  • What were your favorite iRunFar articles of 2013?
  • What were your favorite on-camera interviews?
  • Which races did you most enjoy following on iRunFar?

Bonus: Best On-Camera iRunFar Interviews

Ok, each of these interviews is informative… and also hilarious in its own way. So, take a look and end your year with a laugh!

There is one comment

  1. Ken_Z

    1. Anything written by Joe Uhan, as it is always well researched, well thought out, and generally supported by the literature. His articles are the ones that generally motivate me to donate a few $ (other than the obsessive link throughs supporting my addictive Amazon Prime habit).

    2. Pam Smith's Western States report. I found it very refreshing to see her (relatively) unconventional decisions, like a cotton shirt, no (added) electrolytes, etc. Good stuff to ponder.

    3. Good debates. I like a little conflict in the comments sections, as long as it's not abusive. Conflict can be a good thing. Agree with the level of moderation that is taken with iRF.

  2. rerorunner

    Pam Smith's race report was very interesting and inspirational as was her amazing wins. The emergence of the Krar barian ….what an amazing year of fkts going down.

  3. mariusbakken2

    Hi Bryon,

    I’m a Norwegian two-time Olympic runner (13.06 5k back in ’04) as well as an MD. I have been following iRunFar for a while and want you to know that I’ve added it to a list of the Top 100 Running Blogs for 2014!

    You are there, and deservedly so, in spot # 19 :

    My blog is quite new, but I try to share quality, inspirational posts with my readers. Here’s one of my latest posts for you to check out:


    If you like it, please feel free to share with your readers. ;)

    Keep up the wonderful work. If you ever want to get in touch to discuss running, do not hesitate to do so.

    Kind regards,
    Marius Bakken, MD

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