Trail running is one of the best ways to stave off the effects of aging. It keeps our cardiovascular systems young, our brains healthy and it even keeps cartilage intact. And yet, according to the Arthritis Foundation, over half of us will experience some age-related joint degeneration, like osteoarthritis, during our lives.
Racing on technical trails is fundamentally different than racing on roads. Uneven footing, steep hills and tight turns are seldom seen in road races but are frequent challenges in trail races. The more you can practice these types of challenges, even if you don’t have adequate access to trails, the more equipped you’ll be on race day.
Winning mountain, ultra and trail runner Emelie Forsberg approaches every race with grit, grace and a smile. Considering her race results, including wins at The Rut 50K, Kendall Mountain Run, Transvulcania, Mount Marathon Race, Hamperokken Skyrace and Matterhorn Ultra to name a few, as well as setting impressive FKTs, including her recent on the Kungsleden Trail in Sweden, the approach seems to be working.
Within the first 24 hours of her 136-mile Annapurna Circuit mission, Suzanne “Sunny” Stroeer had to go to the well. She’d only started the Himalayan mountain loop 48 hours after the thought of running it first crossed her mind. To have a shot at the women’s Fastest-Known Time (FKT—the standing record was 4 days 14 hours 43 minutes), Stroeer knew she needed to cover more than 40 miles of the bone-chilling, quad-burning, high-altitude terrain by the end of her second day.
Jon Glaser, a comedian you may know from shows such as Parks and Recreation, Late Night With Conan O’Brien or Girls, has debuted a new show dedicated to the absurdity of the gear culture: Jon Glaser Loves Gear. The catch is, Glaser, 50, of Brooklyn, New York, is actually gear obsessed.
Montana’s mountains are, in a word, legendary. With nearly 3,000 peaks, 250 of which are over 10,000 feet, and over 27-million acres of public land, the state offers nearly endless adventures. But it’s equally easy to get lost and overwhelmed by the sheer number of options.
For 42 years, the Escarpment Run has been both a staple and a bit of an outlier in the trail-running scene in the Northeast. An 18-mile race over a very challenging course on a variety of surfaces, it requires speed, strength, the ability to run over technical terrain and skills for steep climbing and descending.
Technology makes it easier than ever to log a myriad of running metrics: weekly mileage, average pace per mile, mean heart rate, maximum heart rate and more. There’s no shortage of numbers to track and training targets to aim for. Given our unprecedented access to data, it stands to reason that you’d know your body better than ever. But do you really?
Bad form results from misalignments or imbalances that restrict joints, which can lead to discomfort and even injury. These misalignments are often rooted in everyday habits—hunching over your keyboard, shortening your hip flexors by sitting at a desk all day.
Once a small race that was conceived out of a long training loop among local runners, the Chuckanut 50K has grown in size and stature through the years to become one of the largest and most competitive races in the U.S. When Doug McKeever and Richard West started it in 1993, it was an extension of a training run known as The Big Loop.
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Mirna Valerio (aka “The Mirnavator”) has been writing her “Fat Girl Running” blog, about being an “active larger girl in a thinner world,” since 2011, but it wasn’t until recently that the popularity of her blog, and her voice, has skyrocketed. Valerio has been interviewed for Runner’s World, People, The Huffington Post, NBC Nightly News and National Geographic (just to name a few), and now writes for Women’s Health magazine. An ultrarunner, high-school Spanish teacher and cross-country coach, Valerio recently authored a book, A Beautiful Work in Progress.
Back in 1980, before trail running was really a thing, a bunch of hearty runners in Asheville were ahead of the curve. On December 13 of that year, 64 intrepid runners hoofed their way up the ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the top of 5,722-foot Mount Pisgah, following the same 17.8-mile route business tycoon George Vanderbilt used to take while going from his Asheville mansion, known as the Biltmore Estate, to his hunting lodge on top of the mountain.
People can get the wrong impression when you say you run ultras. They might say something like, “That’s incredible! I had no idea you were an Olympic-caliber athlete.”
Light up the season with these Trail Runner picks for the special runner in your life. Keep the cold out, the light on, the tunes up, the chafe away, the feet cozy and the calories up this season with these excellent items we’re especially pumped about.
Running requires much of one’s feet. While running, feet act as a shock absorber as they contact the ground, a solid base on which to momentarily stand and then a rigid lever as they push off and propel themselves forward. The 26 bones, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments deserve a little time and TLC. Giving them that love can help to decrease the chances of injury.
The treadmill is often a necessary evil, like road running or wearing pants. Sometimes, it’s about the conditions, with ice and cold outside or darkness that makes it unsafe to … Continue reading "Getting the Most from Your Treadmill Workout"
western states 100 The granddaddy of them all If you’re a trail runner, you probably have at least heard of the Western States 100. It’s considered the granddaddy of 100s, … Continue reading "Top Trail Race Bucket List Series – This Week, Old Pueblo Endurance Runs"
Founded in 1985, the Old Pueblo Endurance Runs were among the first generation of trail runs. The courses and distances have varied since their inception, but the races have always … Continue reading "Old Pueblo Endurance Runs"
How do you go about pacing a marathon? There are lots of possible answers to that question. You could approximate it based on perceived exertion and what feels sustainable for … Continue reading "Let Winter Be Your Season To Get Fast and Powerful"
As a trail runner and mountaineer, Kilian Jornet has set numerous records and fastest known times (FKTs) over the past 10 years. In recent years, he’s won the Western States … Continue reading "Getting the Dirt from Kilian Jornet"
Spartan events are known as obstacle-course races (OCRs) with advanced challenges, excellent logistics and burly participants. The races offer harrowing obstacles on adventurous courses from three miles to 60-hours long. … Continue reading "Spartan Goes on a New Course"
Spartan events are known as obstacle-course races (OCRs) with advanced challenges, excellent logistics and burly participants. The races offer harrowing obstacles on adventurous courses from three miles to 60-hours long. … Continue reading "Spartan Hits the Trails"
I do this thing where I impulsively sign up for races. A certain mania takes hold when a good work out day rolls around—the one out of 20 when everything … Continue reading "A Recipe for Success—The Paleo Guide to Entertaining (And Racing)"
The Happy Runner (available now at this link) is the story of what we’ve learned coaching pro trail runners, beginners and everyone in between. We don’t have the wisdom to … Continue reading "“The Happy Runner”—An Excerpt from David and Megan Roche’s New Book"
At 8am, Saturday morning, November 17, cars pulled into a gravel parking lot. They parked snugly between an aging railroad building and the access road for Sugar Bowl Ski Area … Continue reading "Striding On, Despite Devastation"
Photographer: Fred Marmsater Runners: Jeff Fisher, 34, and Jenn Love, 28, both of Portland, Oregon Beta: Nestled in the mossy, forested southwest foothills of Oregon’s iconic Mount Hood volcano, lies … Continue reading "Favorite Trail—Salmon River Trail"
Viper 2 Vibration Roller Features: Three Vibration frequency levels: 45, 68, 92 HZ Materials: Poly-propylene outer shell Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries / 2 hours of use per charge Extras: 1 … Continue reading "First Look: Vyper 2 Vibration Roller, by Hyperice"
22 hours 6 seconds after the starting gun went off, Canadian runner Chelsey Topping, 36, crossed the finish line of the Lost Soul Ultra in her hometown of Lethbridge, Alberta, … Continue reading "The 2018 Trail Runner Trophy Series Sees Unprecedented Action"
On Tuesday, November 13, the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler outside San Francisco, California was cancelled due to smoke from the devastating wildfires ravaging the state. The race organizers … Continue reading "Should You Run in Smoky Air? Probably Not."
The Hardrock 100 is not only one of the hardest (and most beautiful) races in world, it’s also one of the hardest to get into. The 100.5-mile loop course serves … Continue reading "Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run"
An average training day for Camille Herron might include eating a burger, dancing to Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” in the car and a run along a winding mountain trail, her … Continue reading "Camille Herron’s Comeback"
KT Recovery+ Ice/Heat Massage Ball Materials: Massage ball is steel, housing is plastic, gel inserts Price: $40 Best Features: Effective at releasing knots in large muscle groups with the hot … Continue reading "First Look: KT Recovery+ Ice/Heat Massage Ball"
Climbing well requires climbing a lot, right? That is a question that is at the heart of training for most trail runners. And I think a lot of runners come … Continue reading "One Way To Improve Your Climbing? Get Faster"
Dragonflies flitted above weary runners lying in the grass within the Placer High School track like forgotten rag dolls. Families braved the heat to support their broken-down kin, bringing water, … Continue reading "Wisdom"
Anti Chafe Balm by Territory Run Co. Weight: 2 ounces Price: $13 Best Features: All natural, moisturizing, good price Room for Improvement: Would be better in stick-form Territory Run Co. … Continue reading "First Look: Anti Chafe Balm by Territory Run Co."
Is it worthwhile to use the sauna? —Dylan, San Francisco, California The sauna is good for more than playing Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” as you disrobe to just a towel … Continue reading "Ask The Coach: How do You Know if You’re Ready to Run an Ultramarathon?"
Now in its 11th season, The North Face Endurance Challenge, Wisconsin, has established itself as one of the best trail-running events in the Midwest, if not the entire country. With … Continue reading "The North Face Endurance Challenge, Wisconsin"
The Gobi March is one of the races in the 4 Deserts Series. A stage race, it consists of 250 kilometers over six days in the Gobi Desert. Ho Chung … Continue reading "Watch: 4 Deserts Gobi March Highlights from 2018"
Utility Running Belt by Ultimate Direction Materials: Rugged Mesh Weight: 2.25oz/ 64 grams Price: $40 Best Features: Trekking pole holsters, very little bounce, impressive amount of storage capacity, no adjustability. … Continue reading "Trail Tested: Utility Belt by Ultimate Direction"
Pro photo tip 3/3. From Issue 129 of Trail Runner magazine, the Photo Issue. Randall Levensaler is the Art Director at Trail Runner magazine. Variety is the spice of life. When shooting for … Continue reading "Pro Photo Tip: By Randall Levensaler"
This is not an article about avoiding injury. There are methods to reduce injury risk, for sure. But the only way to truly avoid running-related injury is simple: don’t run. … Continue reading "Injuries are Inevitable, So Cut Yourself Some Slack"
Sponsored by Albatros Adventure Marathons While running on top of the Great Wall of China last spring, I suddenly feel as if I have been transported into a dream world, … Continue reading "The World’s Most Amazing Race"