The rules of ‘Fastest known time’ attempts

July 26th, 2013 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

The new thing among runners here in Canmore is going after something called “fastest known times” (FKT) for a number of the peaks in the area. The athletes chasing these are in the trail…


Sulphur Springs 100-Mile Trail Run: Humble pie and other lessons

June 22nd, 2013 by Simon Donato | Posted in Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

  A few weeks ago I jumped into my first running race of the season, a bit of a late start I suppose, but I had committed to this event several months ago and…


Lose yourself on your next run

May 21st, 2013 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs | No Comments »

Finding a constructive way of dealing with this stress is critically important however, as numerous studies correlate stress with illness. When I’m not training, my mind is usually racing, considering all the tasks that need to be done and constantly reshuffling my weekly seriatim. The longer these periods last, the less productive I become. What I’ve learned about myself is that when I recognize that I’m getting stressed, I need exercise to calm my mind and help me refocus.


The Lance Show

January 18th, 2013 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | 2 Comments »

Yes, I was one of the millions of viewers who watched (part 1 of 2) Oprah grill Lance Armstrong about his drug use, his culture of blatant denial, and his viciousness towards those who sought to spoke the truth. Before I ran, I rode a bike, and that was in large part due to the inspiration I gained from Lance and US Postal. To me, he made road riding cool.


the continuation of “A glance back, a look ahead”

January 10th, 2013 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

An experience like this is worth nothing without learning some life lessons along the way. Filming this show was the hardest challenge I have ever undertaken. The toll it took on my body, spirit, and mind cannot be summed in 600 words.


A glance back, a look ahead

January 9th, 2013 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

As we ease into 2013, I find it important to take some time to forecast what the next 12 months might look like for me, and reflect on the past year.


The Ultra Month – 4 Deserts and a Jungle

November 26th, 2012 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

In the past 30 days, I’ve pulled off a personal coup. I’ve finished two 7-day staged ultra-marathons, for a total of 450 kilometers.