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.
“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.
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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?
Elements of good running form
Difference between road running gait and trail running gait
Snow and ice
What to drink
Food before a run
Food during a run
Food after a run
Knowing where to find water
Water from natural sources
Map and compass
Natural navigation aids
Personal location beacons
Flashlights and headlamps
Familiarity with local weather patterns
Checking the weather forecast
Natural weather predictors
What to do in a severe thunderstorm
Stretching and rolling
Learning to fall
Falling off a cliff
Preparing for trouble
First aid kit
Building a fire
Running with dogs
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
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 run conversations
How to get rid of that annoying training partner
The art of experimentation
The long run
Course specificity training
Losing weight for race day
So how do you get faster?
Speeding up strategy
Fasting while training
Shave the junk or rock the ‘fro?
Sleep deprivation training
Learning when shit’s about to go bad
Racing as training
Coaching and ultramarathons
Does body type matter
After the race
Some additional ultrarunning tips
Other writing projects