Samples of Articles
As a contributing editor and columnist at Trail Runner, I write regularly for the magazine and blog. Here are a few articles showing the variety of my articles’ topics, format and style. (Scroll down for examples of UltraRunnerPodcast.com episodes I co-hosted and recommend.)
“I had the privilege of working with Sarah on many of her articles for Trail Runner magazine during my time as Associate Editor there. She is an exceptionally talented writer with a knack for generating wonderful, human-interest story ideas and seeing them through. Having met Sarah in person as well, I can say that her friendliness, warmth and ability to connect with others has no doubt helped establish her as an inspiring figure and knowledgeable authority in the trail-running community. Sarah’s work ethic, sense of responsibility and attention to detail are much appreciated, too!” – Yitka Winn
“Sarah Lavender Smith has long been one of trail running’s finest and most insightful writers, and her first book, The Trail Runner’s Companion, ties everything together for all trail runners, from newbies to veterans and all abilities in between. “ – John Trent, longtime ultrarunner, race director, Western States Endurance Run board member and award-winning sportswriter
“How to Know Mid-Ultra Whether to Tough It Out or Quit”: This article for the UK site RunUltra opens with first-person narrative and gives advice on whether to drop out or persist in an ultramarathon. (June 2017)
“Is Running a Threat to Your Relationship?” This in-depth feature combines first-person writing with interviews from couples and counselors to recognize and resolve conflict over one partner’s passion for running. (June 2015)
“What Makes a Trail Run”: First-person essay about persevering through a 24-hour event on a flat one-mile loop course while contemplating trail running and observing the day in the life of a place (Oct. 2015)
“The Journey of ‘Kiwi Paul'”: Profile of ultrarunner and race director Paul Charteris of New Zealand, who overcame many setbacks to finish his race, the Tarawera 100K, in 2015; published on iRunFar.com (June 2015)
“Sarah’s Mauna to Mauna Ultra Report”: Eric interviews me about training for and racing the inaugural self-supported, 155-mile Mauna to Mauna stage race in Hawaii, which featured extreme weather and terrain.
“Blake Wood Interview”: We talk to veteran ultramarathoner and 20-time Hardrock 100 finisher Blake Wood about the Hardrock lottery, his recent sub-3-hour marathon and how to achieve longevity in the sport.
“Liza Howard Interview”: We talk to the course-record-setter at the Umstead 100 about running through-and post-pregnancy, adapting to training with kids, wilderness survival, beer, coaching, and running camps.
“Hal Koerner Interview”: With a new book on the shelves, an infant at home, races to direct, and a running store, we pick his brain about training, being “Mr. Happy”, beer, obstacle courses, and the book.
“Skiing the Hardrock” Jason Schlarb interview: Ultrarunner Schlarb, along with two skimo champs and a filmmaker, took on Colorado’s Hard-rock 100-mile Endurance Run during wintertime. We talk to him about his harrowing adventure and banter about my memorable race.
“Stevie Kremer Interview”: We meet an up-and-coming mountain runner from Colorado and find out how she balances running with her profession (teaching) and her other hobby (skimo). We also talk about my win at my first 24-hour race.
“Michele Graglia Interview”: Take a charming Italian guy from the Riviera who happens to be a top underwear model, introduce him to ultrarunning, and see what happens, right? Meet Michele (Mickey) Graglia.
“Jen Benna Interview”: We talk to Jen about her comeback from 2014’s birth of her second child, breast pumping while running, training for ultras, epic fails on the trails, and how she’s dealing with caring for her very sick girl.
“2014 Year in Review”: Eric and I talk with guest Tropical John Medinger about the notable trends, performances and athletes on the mountain/ultra/trail scene in 2014 and make predications about the coming year. And, we laugh a lot!
“John Trent Interview”: We interview the president of the Western States Endurance Run board about his history as an ultrarunner, the future of the sport, as well as the history and future of the ultimate 100-miler.
“John Burton Interview”: Despite being freezing cold, shattering a finger, freaking out about passing one of his heroes and dropping his pacer, John came in at a very respectable 30 hours on the challenging course. How’d he do it?
“2015 Year in Review with Karl Hoagland”: Eric and I talk with guest Karl Hoagland, the publisher of UltraRunning Magazine, about the notable trends, performances and athletes on the mountain/ultra/trail scene in 2015.
“Matt Fitzgerald Interview”: Matt is a well-respected endurance athlete, author and sports nutritionist. His new book, How Bad Do You Want It, delves into sports psychology. This interview is full of advice on “mental fitness” as well as nutrition.
“Amelia Boone Interview”: A champion in the sport of obstacle course racing, Amelia Boone crossed over to ultrarunning in a big way with a second-place finish at the 2016 Sean O’Brien 100K that earned her entry to Western States 100. We talk to her about what it’s like to be such a bad-ass ultrarunning corporate attorney.