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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"

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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"

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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."

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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"

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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"

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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"

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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"

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Spot Lite 160 Headlamp Weight: 1.9 ounces Price: $25 Lumens: 160 Best Features: Lightweight, inexpensive, dimming ability, red night vision, waterproof, battery powered (2 AAA), adjustable angle position Room for … Continue reading "First Look: Black Diamond Spot Lite 160 Headlamp"

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We like to assume that increased training translates to better health and, thus, more energy. However, when we increase training for a long race, we are sometimes left feeling lethargic, … Continue reading "Train Smart, Eat Right"

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Unquestionably one of the toughest 5K races in the world, Mount Marathon is as much of a local celebration of Alaskan heartiness as it is a hard-to-enter, bucket-list running spectacle. … Continue reading "Mount Marathon"

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Logan Polfuss embraced adventure and pushed boundaries day-in-and-day out. He preferred taking calculated risks to making empty excuses. But on October 18, 2018, Polfuss had his last earthly adventure. His … Continue reading "Following Skydiving Tragedy, Friends Remember Trail Runner Logan Polfuss"

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Everyone knew this year at Big’s Backyard Ultra was going to be, well, big. Since 2012, Lazarus Lake, the infamous race director who relishes in the pain of others, has … Continue reading "Big’s Backyard Ultra Gets Bigger and Bigger"

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Shola 230 Short Sleeve Crew by Kora Materials: 100% Yak Wool Price: $125.00 Best Features: Socially responsible, warm Room for Improvement: Pricey, slightly scratchy The Shola 230 SS Crew by … Continue reading "First Look: Shola 230 Short Sleeve Crew"

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Though he has since gone on to compete in legendary races like Western States and Hawaii’s HURT, as well as a month of self-supported running in Tasmania, 35-year-old ultrarunner and Arc’teryx … Continue reading "Punishment to Magic"

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Do you remember the Presidential Physical Fitness Test from grade school? If you’re reading this in the U.S., there’s a good chance it brings back memories of having to do … Continue reading "Is Stretching Good or Bad?"

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Switch Jacket by Mountain Equipment Material: Trunk: 20D RS Nylon outer fabric / Arms, shoulders, side panels: Pontetorto® Tecnopile 187 fleece / Insulation: POLARTEC® Alpha® Weight: 8.6 ounces Price: $77 Best Features: … Continue reading "First Look: Switch Jacket by Mountain Equipment"

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Under a gibbous moon in the dry desert of Kanab, Utah, Jax Mariash climbed, hand over hand, up a pink sand dune. Then another. Then another. She climbed up and … Continue reading "Jax Mariash Continues to Take the Stage"

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Jaybird X4 wireless headphones Weight: 0.5 ounces Charging: 10 minutes of charge = 1 hour playtime. 1.5 hours of charge = 6 hours playtime. Price: $130 Best Features: Great sound quality, lightweight, … Continue reading "First Look: Jaybird X4 Wireless Headphones"

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Halo V Sweatband Headband Material: 100% Dryline fabric with Velcro closure Price: $17 Best Features: Compact, doesn’t move, absorbs sweat from your brow so it doesn’t get in your eyes, comfortable. Room … Continue reading "First Look: Halo Sweatband Headband"

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Life isn’t easy with two perfect eyes. Wonder doesn’t have two perfect eyes. His left eye has no vision; his right is mostly blind–just enough for a sliver of shadows … Continue reading "4 Lessons from a Blind Superdog"

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Running uphill can be pretty darn horrible. The social-media accounts of professional runners (or even normal people with very short memories) may claim that running up steep grades is “awesome” … Continue reading "Tips for Uphill Running"

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Rekovr Shoes by Topo Athletic Weight: 7.5 oz Drop: 3mm Stack Height: 22mm (heel) / 19mm (forefoot) Sizing Accuracy: True to size Price: $100 Best Features: Comfortable, supportive Room for … Continue reading "First Look: Topo Athletic Rekovr Shoes"

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From Umm Qais, cloudless biblical views stretch out over the Sea of Galilee, Mount Hermon and the Golan Heights. One can see Syria, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and, on a good … Continue reading "Running Through History"

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This three-day course puts you in the field under the watchful eye of trail running’s top pro shooters. Learn the tricks of lighting, composition, getting in position, anticipating movement and … Continue reading "2018 Trail Runner Photo Camp"

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22 hours 6 seconds after the starting gun went off, the Canadian runner Chelsey Topping, 36, crossed the finish line of the Lost Soul Ultra in her hometown of Lethbridge, … Continue reading "477.78 Miles to the Alps"

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Drymax Hyper Thin Running Mini Material: 73% Drymax Olefin, 11% polyester, 11% nylon, 5% elastan Price: $13.00 Best Features: lightweight, breathable, nonslip, keep feet dry Room for Improvement: not for … Continue reading "Trail Tested: Drymax Hyper Thin Running Mini"

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Salomon S/Lab Ultra Set 5 Weight: 123 Grams/4.34 Ounces Price: $155 Fit: True to size Max Storage Volume: 5L Best Features: Excellent material stretch, tons of front pocket storage, every storage … Continue reading "Trail Tested: Salomon S/Lab Ultra Set 5"

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RM Extreme Contoured Roller Massager Price: $35 From Pro-Tec Athletics, the makers of the Orb massage ball, comes the Extreme Contoured Roller. Looking somewhat like a weapon from the middle … Continue reading "RM Extreme Contoured Roller Massager by Pro-Tec"

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“I didn’t like running at first, I really didn’t. I don’t know many people that actually do love it right from the get-go.”—Gina Lucrezi Lucrezi, founder of Trail Sisters, a … Continue reading "Watch: Gina Lucrezi, of Trail Sisters"

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  What makes a good trail-running photo? Bring a flexible mind and eye. Do your homework on locations and lighting, be ready to adapt to conditions, light and athletes and … Continue reading "Pro Photo Tip: By Fred Marmsater"

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Ultimate Direction Comfort Belt Weight: 1.13oz Materials: Shell: 81% polyester, 19% spandex, Lining: 85% nylon, 15% spandex Price: $35 Fit: True to size If you’re looking for a stretchy, barely-there-feeling fuel belt, … Continue reading "Ultimate Direction Comfort Belt"

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Let’s start with a thought exercise. Remember: the brain burns a lot of calories, so make sure you have some chocolate ice cream handy to replenish your glycogen stores afterward. … Continue reading "The Body Doesn’t Know Miles, It Knows Stress"

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Suunto 9 Baro Price: $600 ($650 with Heart Rate Belt) Weight: 81 grams/2.85 Ounces The following is an in-depth review of the Suunto 9 Baro. See below for the quick-and-dirty … Continue reading "Trail Tested: Suunto 9 Baro"

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