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Squirrel Wipe Trail and Ultra Book Hits the Virtual Shelves!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 | 6 Comments

NOTE: Since this post, I’ve released the final expanded edition of the book, which adds many new sections and MUCH better editing. It is also available in .mobi (Kindle) and .epub (pretty much everything else) formats for ebook readers. The previous version that was available here is no longer available, though you CAN download the free sample following the links below. If you bought the original, continue to share it freely.

I will include links to the newest version as soon as possible!

My newest book “Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel: A Trail and Ultramarathon Running Guide for Weird Folks” is now available as a pdf-based ebook!

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For those that don’t care about the details and cannot wait to order it, get it from e-Junkie here:

Link will be added soon.

For those that are a little more skeptical, here’s a few details. The book is being offered for $10. All of the proceeds help us pay our bills. Once you order the book via the link above, you’ll be given a download link to get the book immediately.

I’m experimenting with a new distribution method- once you download the book, I’m giving you permission to GIVE the pdf file away to anyone and everyone that may be interested. If they find it useful, they can then donate a dollar or more via this link (also found in the book):

Donate via PayPal

So why order it if you can get it for free?

Good question. I’m relying on at least a few of my readers’ support. After that, I’m confident most current or potential runners will find the book useful enough to feel compelled to chip in a few bucks.

My goal for the project isn’t to get rich. The goal is to spread the word about trail and ultrarunning to as many people as possible. The money I do earn will certainly help feed the kids, but idea-spreading is my priority.

Now are you convinced?

Link will be added soon.


Still skeptical? Want to know what the book covers? It’s a basic primer in trail running and ultramarathon running geared toward novices. I include A LOT of rather obscure tips, so even expert runners will find something useful. This is the table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • Why DO people run trails?
  • What is a trail?
  • Technical versus nontechnical trails
  • How does trail running compare to other activities?
  • Trail etiquette
  • Trailcraft
  • Elements of good running form
  • Run efficiently
  • Difference between road running gait and trail running gait
  • Uphill technique
  • Downhill technique
  • Pooping
  • What to drink
  • Food
  • Food before a run
  • Food during a run
  • Gear
  • Shoes
  • Carrying water
  • Know where to find water
  • Cell phones
  • Personal location beacons
  • Personal protection
  • Flashlights and headlamps
  • Familiarity with Local Weather Patterns
  • Check the weather forecast
  • Natural weather predictors
  • What to do in a severe thunderstorm
  • Stretching and rolling
  • Learning to fall
  • Prepare for trouble
  • First aid kit
  • Why you should run ultras
  • The different race options
  • Choosing your first ultramarathon
  • Elevation profiles
  • How much do ultramarathons cost?
  • What about fatass races?
  • The difference between road and trail ultras
  • Taking the leap and signing up for your first ultra
  • Learn all you can about the race
  • Finding the time to train for ultras
  • Balancing life commitments
  • Is there such thing as a perfect career for ultramarathons?
  • Picking a race
  • Learning about the race
  • Give me a training plan!
  • How do I choose a training plan?
  • Using heart rate as a training tool
  • Do I have to follow the plan religiously?
  • Listening to your body
  • Overtraining
  • Training partners
  • Training run conversations
  • How to get rid of that annoying training partner
  • The art of experimentation
  • Speedwork
  • Fartleks
  • Hill repeats
  • The long run
  • Crosstraining
  • Course specificity training
  • Periodization
  • Losing weight for race day
  • Race etiquette
  • Runner personalities
  • Race strategy
  • Run/walk strategy
  • So how do you get faster?
  • Walking technique?
  • Speeding up strategy
  • Fasting while training
  • Gluttony training
  • Thermoregulation
  • Electrolytes
  • Chafing
  • Shave the junk or rock the ‘fro?
  • Foot care
  • Popping blisters
  • Running with dogs
  • Training in various bodily states
  • Night running
  • Sleep deprivation training
  • Learning when shit’s about to go bad
  • Racing as training
  • Coaching and ultramarathons
  • Does body type matter
  • Pacers
  • Crew
  • Some additional ultrarunning tips
  • About us

The book is around 100 or so pages (40,000 words.) IT HAS NOT BEEN PROFESSIONALLY EDITED! As such, it’s a little rough around the edges. My regular blog readers can expect about the same standards as my blog posts. I wanted to get the ideas out there using this distribution method, and that took precedence over the time and expense of a professional book development crew. If you’re the literary snob type, it may be best to wait until a friend buys it then get it for free.

Last chance!

Link will be added soon.

Thanks to all my readers that order the copy! I really appreciate the support. Remember to share it with anyone and everyone.

If I could ask my regular readers for a favor- please share the link to this page on your favorite social media sites.





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  1. David Goulette
    March 15, 2013

    I just bought the book 🙂 I have a couple friends that will be interested. I have learned so much from you over the years a ten dollar contribution was the least I could do! I am currently in grad school and i cant fit in time to run as much as i would like but i still hope to finish an ultra someday. Thanks Jason.

  2. Ed
    March 11, 2013

    Hrm… PDF. Not sure about that. I’ve not had the best reading experiences with PDF files. Anyone with it know how it looks on an iPhone? I think iBooks will open it, but how does it flow on that smaller screen? Kindle stuff looks fantastic. I’ve seen PDF files though that were unreadable, either due to font size or just jumbled formatting.

    • Jason
      March 11, 2013

      Hey Ed, It’s a publishing-based financial decision at this point. PDFs are free. Converting the book to any of the native ebook reader formats is expensive… especially for hobos. It will get done using part of the proceeds from this version. I would anticipate the other versions being available around May 1st or so.

      • Ed
        March 12, 2013

        Thanks Jason, I understand that side of it. I’ll definitely be getting the book, just have to ensure it is in a medium I can enjoy at my leisure.

  3. Bob Nicol
    March 11, 2013


    I am on my second attempt to download the pdf of the book after purchase (really looking forward to reading this by the way). It crashed on me the first time and it appears to be stuck again on the second. If I cannot get this downloaded in the alloted 5 attempts what do I do.

    One of your faithful readers of your blog and books of awesomeness,


    • Bob Nicol
      March 11, 2013

      Got it, was getting worried there for a minute. Didn’t want to miss my opportunity to read this.