My name is Kubra. It is an Arabic word that means massive. I always wanted to achieve big things and do great things in my life. I like testing my strengths and taking on new challenges – running an ultra-marathon is one of them.
One of my most favourite running memories involves my Dad. It was on 18 October 2013, my Dad’s 59th birthday, and we were at our family cottage. I had come home from abroad just a few days prior, reeling from a breakup, and really wasn’t up for doing anything other than drink gin and tonics. But when I asked my Dad […]
Meet Baryalai, otherwise known as ‘Ba Ba Man’: Afghan ultrarunner, skyrunning pioneer, and massive Kilian Jornet fan. Baryalai is only one year older than me, but he has lived lifetimes more. From difficult beginnings growing up in a madrasa in Pakistan to his current efforts to start a skyrunning movement in Kabul, his life is nothing short of fascinating.
*Original interview posted on MadAthlete.com. Thanks for the interview, Zandy!* INTERVIEW WITH ULTRARUNNERGIRL, STEPHANIE CASE Zandy Mangold, MA Connects It is impossible to summarize the phenomenon that is Stephanie Case. Hollywood take note – this girl’s life is already worthy of a riveting memoir or feature documentary. We are interviewing Stephanie because she is not only an ultrarunning, stage-racing, Madathlete, but she is also a champion of human rights, a writer and an artist. I met Stephanie while sharing a tent at RacingThePlanet’s 2010, 250km Australia race. A volcanic eruption resulted in many flight cancellations thus causing several runners to miss the race, but not Stephanie Case. She took a train from London to Paris, chartered a taxi from Paris to Madrid, rerouted her flights to Australia through the Middle East and somehow made the start – allbeit sans gaiters. Undeterred, she painstakingly crafted a pair of gaiters out of her buffs, safety pins and spare needles and thread, ultimately finishing as 2nd woman and 8th overall. Her racing resume includes 1st and 2nd places in five 250km multi-day events, including most recently 1st place at the ICE Ultra in Swedish Lapland, which she completed on snowshoes. She has also excelled at single stage races, placing 1st at the Vermont 100 mile endurance race in 2009, 4th at the Ultra Race of Champions in 2011, and 11th female and 163rd overall at the formidable Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc in 2013. […]
Climbing Everest is a dangerous activity – no question about it. Climbers face the risk of hypothermia, cardiac arrest, cerebral swelling, pulmonary edema, getting crushed by rockfalls, trapped by avalanches, or getting caught at high altitude for many hours in raging storms. As one article simply put it, “to set foot on Mount Everest is to risk death.” But despite […]
An Ultra Race Against Hunger and Violence: Q&A with Ultrarunner Stephanie Case **Originally posted on The Runner’s Trip** By Sarah Lavender Smith Normally, I turn away from reports about Africa’s famine and atrocities that too frequently make headlines and overshadow the continent’s bright spots. The news always seems too terrible, far away, incomprehensible and intractable to try to follow and care—until […]
When Dylan Thomas wrote “Do not go gentle into that good night”, he wrote it with Lucy Rivers Bulkeley in mind. This is one girl that simply does not know the meaning of taking it easy. And thank goodness for that – the world would be a whole lot more boring if she did. Lucy accomplishes in one week what […]
You know those really annoying people in the theatre who are constantly talking through the film, adding their own commentary, laughing a little too loud and crying a little too dramatically? Er, unfortunately, when I saw the “Desert Runners” documentary at the Vancouver Film Festival recently, I turned into one of those dreaded theatre disturbers. I might as well have […]
Reposted from Outdoor Buzz, a new website for action and travel junkies with an eco edge. Thanks to Gareth for the chance to chat! An Inspiring ‘Case’ Stephanie Case began running ultras six years ago, completing the likes of six 250km self-supported footraces around the world (she came 1st in Vietnam and Nepal and 2nd in Australia and the Gobi) – and winning Vermont’s 100-mile endurance race for good measure. When she’s not running, she focuses on her other major passion – her Human Rights work. We caught up with her about her inspiring life. You once hated running – what changed? When I was training for my first marathon, running was a chore. It was a means to an end, and that end was simply crossing the finish line. However, once I completed that first marathon, I was still left with the question: “was that it?” I felt like I had missed out on something. In the weeks that followed, I started to go out on runs simply for pleasure rather than for training. I began to enjoy running for the sake of running. Once it no longer became a chore, I realized that running was an end in itself – this is what I had missed out on when training for the marathon. If you spend months treating your training as an evil necessity, then it will certainly start to feel evil! For me, now running is a necessity, […]
This afternoon I returned to my apartment in Bishkek after going for a fun run/hike in the Kashka Suu Valley, starting at the base of the ski hill. For the last two hours, it was pouring rain with a bit of hail and I was a freezing, shaking, goosebumped mess. I tried to make scrambled eggs to warm me up, […]