Exciting news!

The Ultra Race of Champions is the premier ultra running event in the U.S. We are excited to announce that Damian will be running in the elite field in the 100k. Come join him in and choose from the 100k, 50k or 25k with all races open to all levels of runners. Find more information and sign up at UltraRoc.comuroc_logo_2016.png

  • The goal of the Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) is to create the Championship Event for the sport of Ultra Distance Running.
  • UROC will bring together the best ultra runners in the World on one course on one day.
  • UROC is open to everyone. Runners of all abilities will share the course with the best in the world.
  • UROC will provide a substantial cash purse to attract the top ultra distance runners from around the World.

$21,500 Cash Purse for the Ultra Race of Champions 100K Champions Male/Female:

  • $5,000  Champion Male/Female:
  • $2,000  Second Place Male/Female:
  • $1,500  Third Place Male/Female:
  • $1,000  Fourth Place Male/Female:
  • $500     Fifth Place Male/Female
  • $500     Masters Male/Female

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Register at UltraRoc.com and use code ‘runuroc’ to get 10% off your entry.

North Face 50 miler race report

I went into this year’s North Face 50 miler in Park City, Utah wanting to improve on my performance from last year where I finished 3rd in 7:45:46. I felt fitter, stronger and faster this year. The day turned out to be very interesting to say the least. Continue reading “North Face 50 miler race report”

Run the Rann Race Report

The Run the Rann 100 miler in Dholavira, India proved to be the most unique and challenging ultra race I have ever done. The combination of GPS orienteering, desert heat, course terrain (including cliffs, 3″ thorns and salt flats) as well as the runners I befriended made for a one of a kind experience that I will never forget.

We ran off trail, up and down cliffs, through never ending thorns. Photo courtesy Uphill EMG.

The base area for the race was spectacular. I met runners from all around the world and the day before the race we explored ancient ruins which were awesome.

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Dholavira is a very remote village, home to one of the largest, most advanced metropolises of the 5000-year old Indus Valley Civilization.
We stayed in a tent village that proved to be comfortable and relaxing. I loved chatting with runners from around the world. Photo courtesy Uphill EMG.

The food prepared by the race was absolutely fantastic. It was some of the best food I’ve eaten in my life and I had to hold back and not eat too much new food before the race. I’d wait till after the race to pig out (and I did).

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Naan made in a traditional tandoor clay oven.
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We ran through and explored extremely remote villages in the area.

Race morning started out with temperatures in the 60’s. After less than 10 miles when 100 milers separated from the other race distances, we had to start using our GPS units to navigate the race course. This proved to be very tricky and slowed us down a lot. I ran with several other 100 milers for a while as we learned just how difficult orienteering in this desert terrain was going to be for the next day or two. We got lost a lot, had to backtrack and we all got very frustrated with having to run, walk and crawl through thickets with 2-3″ thorns.

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Running through 2-3″ thorns is mentally and physically brutal
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Winner Dan Lawson is an ultra phenom. He holds the world record for running 521 miles on a treadmill in 7 days.

I ran with Dan Lawson up until about mile 30. We had run over 3 hours without water (aid station 5 was non-existent, a terrible mistake that led to several runners not finishing) and I become very dehydrated with temperatures approaching 100 degrees. We made it to aid station #6 and I was 100% convinced I was going to quit. Dan continued on and I waited over an hour before other runners came in. Finally, Linda Doke motivated me to continue going and we ran the rest of the race together.

Running at night on the bright white salt flats was my favorite part of the race. Linda and I chatted underneath a nearly full moon and even turned off our headlamps several times and ran under just the moonlight. We were running so fast (or so it seemed).

Super star ultra runner Linda Doke and I ran much of the race together and finished together.
Super star ultra runner Linda Doke and I ran much of the race together and finished together.

Linda and I continued to run into the next day and watched the sunrise over the desert. After crawling through thorns, running through salt flats, scrambling up and down cliffs, we finally finished the 100 miles tied for 2nd place in over 32 hours with no sleep and very little stopping. I was incredibly happy to finish to say the least. The race was my most mentally challenging race to date. I’m grateful to Linda for helping me push on and finish together.

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Restocking at our drop bag with food, water and other goodies. Photo courtesy Uphill EMG.

After finishing, I almost immediately headed to the dining area and ate at least a couple thousand calories of amazing India food. I then took a cold shower and chatted with other runners about their races. I finally fell asleep later that night exhausted.

Over two weeks since finishing the Run the Rann 100 miler and I do not feel like I have yet processed the race. It was a very surreal experience and I have many vivid memories of the painful, challenging, exhausting yet wildly exciting race. I highly suggest this race if you are a person who seeks extreme challenges, adventure and does not mind a lot of pain. This is not your ordinary ultra marathon. It involves navigation, painful thorns, desert heat and never ending adventure and excitement.

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Khachenjunga, the world’s 3rd highest mountain. Viewed from the Singalila Ridge trail.

Two days after completing the Run the Rann 100 miler I headed to the Himalayas where I backpacked, camped and stayed with Nepalese families. I gazed at Everest, ate with Buddhist monks, meditated in remote monasteries and ate a lot of great food. I’m amazed I was able to hike 20+ mile days with a heavy backpack so close to a 100 miler. I will write about that adventure soon, stay tuned.

Damian Stoy is a coach, professional ultra runner, biomechanics specialist and nutritional consultant.

The North Face 50 miler Race Report

My excitement was sky high for The North Face 50 miler in Park City, Utah. And the race did not disappoint with its beautiful scenery, 25,000 ft of elevation change, fun trails and fast racing.

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Several of us in the front pack started the initial ascent at a comfortable pace. We were able to chat and run on the trails in the dark for about 2 hours. We reached the top of Guardsman Pass at almost 10,000 feet as the sun was rising which was gorgeous and an adrenaline rush. At this point, there were about 4 or 5 of us starting to push the pace and leap frogging positions. Somewhere after a couple hours I started having some pretty severe stomach cramping and even stopped alongside the trail to go to the bathroom. The cramping really slowed me down especially on the uphills. For about 10 miles I had to walk the uphills even though my muscles wanted to go faster. After consuming some water and several Endurolytes Extreme which contain ginger to sooth stomach issues., the stomach cramps went away and I could really start to pick up the pace.

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After mile 30 or so, I was in 3rd place with 4th and 5th close behind. I picked up the pace and finally was able to start cruising the uphills. The trail was rocky with tight switchbacks in some places which made it really fun and challenging running. With a long climb around mile 40, I was hoping to catch the 1st and 2nd place guys and really pushed myself physically to go faster. At the 45 mile aid station I heard they were over 7 minutes ahead which was a lot but I decided to IMG_2905try to catch them. The last 5 miles was a fast downhill that I went all out on. It’s amazing how fast the body can go when you relax, trust and go for it. I didn’t end up catching them but finished just 40 seconds behind 2nd place. Overall, I was happy with my race and finished in 7:45:46 for 3rd place.

I highly recommend this race for all runners. It’s gorgeous, fun and the volunteers and coordination were perfect. A big thanks to everyone who made this race possible for all of us runners. I planned on this being the last race of the season but just decided to race the US Trail Marathon Championships in Moab, UT this November. Running these spectacular courses is just too much fun.

My 2014 Bridger Ridge Run recap

First of all, I wanted to thank all the race coordinators and volunteers for helping us runners do what we love and congratulations to all the runners who ran this amazing race. Also, check out the trailer above for some great footage of the race and please support the film.

My goals for this year’s BRR was to have fun and run faster than my 2011 time of 3:40:56. I felt like I was in pretty good shape and knew the course a little better from running it that year and my barefoot attempt in 2012.

The night before the race I camped near Fairy Lake at 7500 feet.IMG_2639 I get excited the night before races so I like to camp and watch the stars. This year I was treated to 4 huge bucks hanging outside my tent at night.

I woke up at 5 am, ate and went to the start where I hiked around Fairy Lake and then warmed up running for about 30 minutes. I knew this year there would be about 6-8 runners who could run faster than me. Since the BRR is a relatively ‘short’ and fast race for me, I wanted to be adequately warmed up. Looking back, I wish I warmed up for an hour.

The race started and I immediately felt ‘off’. No big deal, I knew I just needed to get sufficiently warmed up. Going up Sacajawea Peak which tops off at 9839 feet, I felt sluggish and tired. For the first half of the race I ran with several runners, chatting and joking as I continually tried to get into my groove.

I didn’t get into my groove till Baldy peak which is over 15 miles into the 20 mile race. The middle section of the race was quite a struggle for me but I was having fun and pushing myself. It was great to run with other runners and cooperatively help each other out with encouragement and conversation. As I ran along, I was struggling with the uphills but I felt like I was faster this year on the downhills and rocky, technical sections of the race. I ate two Hammer gels and drank about 20 oz of water during the race.BRR

As I approached Baldy, I was finally feeling pretty good and started the 4-5 mile rocky descent knowing I had a lot left in my legs. I bombed down it which for me was just about all out. Running this section is always interesting for me because I feel totally out of control but completely in the present moment. Since I practice my running technique so much, I’m able to run pretty fast downhill with confidence and speed. As I approached the finish, I could hear the crowd below at the M and I was very happy to be finished.  I finished in 4th place with a time of 3:46:04.

Overall, I didn’t run as fast as I wanted but more importantly I had a ton of fun, ran with great friends and got to cheer a lot of people on. Running the BRR is so much more than finishing times and place. It’s about doing what we love, sharing our passion for running and enjoying this beautiful place we call home. Again, congratulations to everyone who ran. The BRR is a superb race with amazing volunteers and support, I highly suggest the race to any trail runners out there who want a unique, one of a kind experience.

Race Recovery Tips

I share some of my personal tips for optimal recovery:

1. A soak in a creek or a cold bath/pool will help flush your muscles of metabolic wastes.

2. Be sure to go for an easy walk, hike or run each of the next few days to help reduce soreness and tight muscles. Adequate sleep is also essential.

3. Instead of NSAIDS (aspirin, Ibuprofen) that may have harmful side effects, choose natural, food based anti-inflammatories. An all natural supplement that works really well is Tissue Rejuvenator (Get 15% OFF) from Hammer Nutrition.

4. Drink plenty of water and eat a clean, Wholicious Living diet with lots of natural antioxidants and anti-flammatories such as turmeric, ginger, berries, flax oil and wheatgrass.

5. Try to put your legs up a couple times a day. Compression socks or shorts may be beneficial as well. I wear Correct Toes after races which feel so good and keep my feet healthy.

6. Gentle massage after a race can really be beneficial. I sometimes use a foam roller.

The quicker you recover, the quicker you can get back to doing what you love!

Damian Stoy is a professional ultra runner who has been injury-free for over 10 years. He offers online services, workshops, private lessons and nutritional coaching.

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-Damian Stoy is the founder of Wholistic Running, respected coach, biomechanics specialist and certified running instructor. As a professional ultra runner he has been injury-free for over 9 years.  Read his bio and race results.

 

 

Damian offers Online Coaching and Online Running Technique Improvement Plans

 

Online Running Video Analysis

No matter where you live, you can run better, easier and pain-free with Damian’s expertise.  Online video analysis is easy for you and very effective!  You can run injury-free with increased performance with Damian’s expert advice.  As a running biomechanics specialist, respected coach, certified Chi Running instructor and elite runner, he has helped hundreds of runners reach their goals.  Every level of runner benefits from Damian’s online running analysis.

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What is Online Running Analysis?

  • Submit a 30 second – one minute video of you running.
  • Damian analyzes your running biomechanics using the latest athlete analysis software including super slow-motion, grids and postural alignment lines to see exactly how he can improve your running technique.
  • Damian then provides you a comprehensive technique improvement plan with easy to do lessons, tips and other suggestions that will greatly improve your running.
  • Damian provides in-depth answers to any questions you may have regarding running technique, injuries, nutrition, racing and performance.
  • Before and after video comparison is free of charge and recommended.

Cost:  $75      Pay here

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FAQ’s

Is it easy to send videos?  

Yes, it is very simple.  Send a video of you running using your phone or camera.  Video clips from both the side and the front are beneficial.  Run your normal pace.  Then email the file to Damian at wholisticrunning@gmail.com

What results does Damian get for runners?

Read some of his testimonials HERE

Can I see before and after comparisons of myself running?

Yes, this is included for free.

Do I video myself on a treadmill?

If you need to you can.  However, the reason why Damian is so effective is that he provides expert advice that stands out and actually works.  Video of you running on the ground is much more accurate than on a treadmill.

What technique tips does Damian give?

This depends on each individual and what will benefit you specifically.  The tips are easy to do but have tremendous benefits.

What are Damian’s qualifications and expertise?

Damian is a biomechanics specialist, respected coach, certified Chi Running instructor and accomplished runner.  Hundreds of runners have benefited from his expertise and many years of experience.

More questions?

Email Damian at wholisticrunning@gmail.com

“Run smarter” – Antelope Island 100K recap

People often tell me that I make running look easy.  And for most of the Antelope Island 100K I was relaxed, comfortable and having fun. I train and run smarter, not harder and rely on an efficient technique to get the results I desire which is to run injury-free, perform well and do what I love.  And it really paid off with a win and the 2nd fastest time ever.

I made the decision to do the race just the week before.  That week was spent doing hard, manual labor for my brother’s landscaping business including moving over 2.5 tons of rock in one day.  It wasn’t ideal right before a race and I went into Antelope a little fatigued and beat up.  No worries, I just had to focus on efficiency even more.

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The start of the race was glorious.  We ran underneath a huge full moon and the stars all overlooking the Great Salt Lake.  For nearly 1.5 hours we ran in the dark with the moonlight shimmering on the lake.  The sunrise and brilliant alpenglow on the Wasatch mountain range was also spectacular.  There were lots of bison and antelope out there as well.

The first 50K I ran with friends and was pretty conservative.  I was trailing behind Zac Marion who was in 1st and caught him at the halfway aid station. We took off together comfortably chatting and discussing the day so far.  We had a pretty fast first half and I decided that if I pushed it I might have a chance to go under 9 hours. So, I took off.  I ran miles 32-52 pretty fast.  I was all alone and was reminding myself to run smarter, not harder.  The course was fairly technical and hilly with some long, gradual climbs including one of over 1000 ft.  When my hamstrings were tired I focused on pelvic and spinal rotation.  When my quads were fatiguing I focused on engaging my core. Around mile 52 my left quad starting seizing up from a deep bruise I got when I pinched my leg between a large rock and wheel barrow a few days before.  This threw my technique off a bit but I was determined to keep moving.

I never carry a watch when I run so I actually had no idea how much time I had to break 9 hours.  I just decided to keep pushing it.  I repeated a mantra, “I am light, I am strong” thousands of times.  I finished fairly strong with a 1st place finish and the 2nd fastest time ever of 9:06:40.

I was happy about my race because I had fun, enjoyed being out with friends and took in the spectacular scenery.  My consistent work of practicing technique sure paid off.  The amazing thing is that I never really got sore after the race.  Even 4 days after, I literally feel like I didn’t do a race.  I attribute this to my efficient running technique, smarter way of training and plant-based diet.  Now it’s time to look into doing another ultra in a few weeks…

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I wanted to thank my friends and family for all their wonderful support.  Also, a thanks to my sponsors, Altra shoes, Hammer Nutition and Macrolife Naturals.  I am grateful to be able to do what I love, thank you!

Photos: Courtesy of Lori Burlison

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