By David Hanenburg on 24 Nov 2014
Welcome to Endurance Buzz!
My name is David Hanenburg and I created this trail and ultra running community resource to support, inspire, and entertain those interested in this sport.
While the site contains a wide range of goodies useful to trail and ultra runners throughout our world, we do put extra attention on the people, places, and races within the south midwest region of the United States – Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
If you are new to trail and ultra running, this page will help get you groovin’ down the trails and exploring our amazing and natural world…by foot.
Lingo – The Language
There are a few terms that maybe worth explaining if you are new to the sport or site.
Trail Running – Running predominately on a surface other than concrete or pavement. This could include dirt, rocks, gravel, grass, etc. Pretty much anything goes once off the concrete and pavement.
Ultra Running – Running a distance greater than a marathon (26.2 miles). This can occur on any surface and include concrete and pavement. Distance is the only qualifier.
TALON – This refers to the south midwest region of the United States – Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico. You may see myself or one of our dandy contributors using TALON within an article which simply references this region of the US.
Power Hiking – Walking/hiking with a purpose. Unless you are at the very front of the race, most everyone will power hike segments of their adventure. This also becomes a great time to look around and enjoy the surrounding views.
Handheld (water bottle) – A water bottle with strap material to attach to your hand. This allows you to focus more on running and less on holding the bottle. Some may also have a little storage pocket.
(Hydration) Pack – A pack you wear on your back that can hold up to 100 ounces of water and includes addition storage.
Roots, Rocks, Trees, Birds, Flowers, Armadillos, Bunnies, Snakes, Other Animals – Things you may see on the trails.
24 Hour Format – A type of race where you run as many “loops” as you want within the specified time (ex: 3 hour, 6 hour, 9 hour, 12 hour, 24 hour). Loops are generally 1/4 mile – 5 mile in length. Running surface can be a track, pavement/concrete or trails.
Digger – Ouch!
Getting Started on the Trails
While exploring our amazing natural environment by foot is a heck of a lot of fun, the people within the sport, the community, takes this sport and our experience to even deeper and meaningful places.
Trail and Ultra Running Gear
At some point you may need some new tread, a handheld bottle, headlamp or other running gear.
I have purchased from Running Warehouse for many years now. Their great selection, competitive pricing, excellent customer service, and free two-day shipping has been a great experience for myself and many others.
We also have a special partnership with Running Warehouse where you receive 10% off when purchasing through our site and using the below noted coupon code at checkout. We also receive a small commission (at no cost to you) for any purchases you make which help support the continued growth and development of Endurance Buzz.
Our Newsletter and TALON Race Calendar
If you haven’t already done so, you may enjoying signing up for our free email newsletter sent out ~2 times a month.
It will contain links to recent articles and access to our TALON race calendar which has over 170 regional adventures inside. I am continuously hunting the internets with my Endurance Buzz elves to have the most complete list of trail/ultra races in the region. I find the places to play so you don’t have to.
Our Tribe Rocks!
We really appreciate your involvement with Endurance Buzz and our trail running community.
Be Active! Feel the Buzz!