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Trail Running and Ultramarathon Book is Finished!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 | One Comment

I finished up the expanded and edited version of “Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel: A trail running, ultramarathon, and wilderness survival guide for weird folks.“I’ve accomplished my goal of producing the least-serious-but-still-exceedingly-useful trail and ultra book in existence!

I added significantly more content than the original version, and my editing team did a wonderful job of eliminating the grammar and other errors. New table of contents can be found at the bottom of this post.


Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel by Jason Robillard

“The Squirrel Wipe project is an unorthodox primer to the adventurous world of trail running and ultramarathons by barefoot runner Jason Robillard. The tips provided throughout the book range from practical to weird as Robillard sets out to teach others how to run ridiculously long distances through the wilderness based on his endless self-experimentation. This book goes where no other ultrarunning book dares by covering topics like testicle shaving and methods to get rid of annoying training partners. This book replicates a drunken conversation at a local pub versus the stuffy academic “how-to” tone of other similar titles. WARNING: THIS BOOK MAY OFFEND SENSITIVE OR OVERLY SERIOUS PEOPLE!”

Check out a free sample here (sample uses e-Junkie to distribute the .pdf file.) If you own a blog or website and would like to write a review, email me at robillardj “at” gmail “dot” com.

Buy the full version directly from me in pdf or epub form via e-Junkie:

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Or from Barnes and Noble (ePub format):

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Or from Amazon (Kindle format):

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 Table of Contents:

Why DO people run trails?
What is a trail?
Technical versus nontechnical trails
How does trail running compare to other activities?
Trail etiquette
Elements of good running form
Run efficiently
Difference between road running gait and trail running gait
Uphill technique
Downhill technique
Snow and ice
Water crossings
What to drink
Food before a run
Food during a run
Food after a run
Trekking poles
Carrying water
Knowing where to find water
Water from natural sources
Map and compass
Natural navigation aids
Cell phones
Personal location beacons
Personal protection
Flashlights and headlamps
Familiarity with local weather patterns
Checking the weather forecast
Natural weather predictors
What to do in a severe thunderstorm
Dangerous fauna
Stretching and rolling
Learning to fall
Falling off a cliff
Preparing for trouble
First aid kit
Survival stuff
Building a fire
Running with dogs
Running Naked


Why you should run ultras
What does it take to run ultras?
Do you have to be a good runner?
The different race options
Choosing your first ultramarathon
Learning about the race
Elevation profiles
How much do ultramarathons cost?
What about fatass races?
The difference between road and trail ultras
Taking the leap and signing up
Finding the time to train for ultras
Balancing life commitments
Is there such thing as a perfect career for ultramarathons?
Give me a training plan!
How do you choose a training plan?
Using heart rate as a training tool
Do you have to follow the plan religiously?
Listening to your body
Training partners
Training run conversations
How to get rid of that annoying training partner
The art of experimentation
Hill repeats
The long run
Course specificity training
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
Shave the junk or rock the ‘fro?
Foot care
Popping blisters
Night running
Sleep deprivation training
Learning when shit’s about to go bad
Racing as training
Coaching and ultramarathons
Does body type matter
Drop bags
After the race
Some additional ultrarunning tips
About us
Other writing projects

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1 Comment

  1. Barefoot Tyler
    March 29, 2013

    Can’t wait to finish reading and review. Very good so far.