Ann has dominated long-distance running for nearly two decades. During her career which spanned over 20 years, she’s broken 20 world records in distances ranging from 40 to 100 miles, qualified three times in the marathon for the US Olympic trials, won the Western States 100 14 times, and set a course record at the Leadville 100 that has stood for more than 20 years.
Ann now lives a quieter life in the country, in this podcast we get to go back in time to learn more about Ann and how she first got into running, why she’s so passionate about the sport and why she ensures she’s having fun!
Ann introduces herself in her own words
How Ann first got her start into running
Running her first six minute mile!
Going back to high school when girls were not meant to run
Dealing with failure at a young age and how it motivated her to perform
Why hard work pays off
Why being able to solve problems can make you a better ultra runner
6 weeks to train for her first 50 mile race at 25 years old and getting to meet her running idol
Dealing with self doubt and how it motivates her to try harder
Messing up her training by doing too much and how it took failure at Western States for Ann to learn from all her mistakes
A brief history of Western States
The Leadville 100 and dealing with pain and tiredness
Why you need your own mantras when running
The Ps in ultra running - Positive, Planning, Preparing, Pacing, Problem solving, Progressing
Trying to stay in the moment and living in the now
Her race strategy and why pacing was key
Winning Comrades Marathon by 2 mins!
Dealing with the loss of her mum and being a mentor for the runners she coaches
Final words of advice for potential ultra runners
Links - Ann Trason - Website
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