When Claudio Castillo started to plan a running event in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas, he knew it should honor the country’s deep history of long-distance running. “We wanted … Continue reading "Celebrating the Ultrarunning Ancients"
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"
We’ve all set goals for the year, be they new distances, PRs or big peaks. Now comes the hard part: putting in the miles, logging workouts and setting yourself up … Continue reading "Pro Tips for Your 2018 Training"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
To learn about foreign cultures, discover new trails and explore some of the world’s most stunning landscapes through running… this has always been the main excuse of the Aire Libre … Continue reading "Watch: Trail-Running Diaries—Bolivia x Aire Libre"
An hour east of Nashville, amid 24 state parks and designated natural areas, the tiny town of Cookeville is a natural fit for runners looking to seize some miles under … Continue reading "Six Leaf-Peeping Runs in the Southeast"
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"
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?"
If you’re a trail runner, you probably have at least heard of the Western States 100. It’s considered the granddaddy of 100s, and whether you have any interest in running … Continue reading "Western States 100"
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 – First Up, Western States"
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"
In nearly every issue of Trail Runner magazine, we hold a photography contest called Everyman’s Exposed. We receive submissions from all over the world featuring trails and athletes of every … Continue reading "Everyman’s Exposed Photography Contest Round Up"
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"
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"
Follow Bosio, Valmassoi and Maciel as they fly through the Alps of Chamonix. These woman know how to have a good time in the mountains: they don’t take things too … Continue reading "Watch: Run Wild with Rory Bosio, Martina Valmassoi and Fernanda Maciel"
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"
Who among us hasn’t looked at winners atop a podium with a twinge of envy? Here’s some good news: There’s a path to those hallowed steps that doesn’t involve months … Continue reading "Awards for the Rest of Us"
The adage goes that animals, for the most part, are more scared of humans than we are of them. That’s mostly true, and a fact that should lower your anxiety … Continue reading "Wildlife and Trail Running—From Our Comprehensive Guide, How to Trail Run"
myCharge UNPLUGGED 10K Fast Wireless Powerbank Weight: 0.4 lbs. Battery: 10,000mAh Lithium Ion Dimensions: 2.8 in x 0.8 in x 5.8 in Wireless Output: 10 Watts USB Port: 2.4A output … Continue reading "UNPLUGGED 10K Fast Wireless Powerbank by myCharge"
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"
Crowds flocked to the small town of Keswick in northern England Sunday, July 8, to watch Kilian Jornet break the most famous and arguably the toughest record in British fell … Continue reading "Kilian Smashes Bob Graham Record"
You’ve heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And I agree—it can make or break your day, and workout. Have you ever eaten the wrong … Continue reading "Nail Breakfast"
HEAT Run Tight by 2XU Weight: 8.6 oz Materials: 58% polyester, 32% viscose, 10% elastane Price: $90 Best Features: Warm, odor resistant, minimal look Room for Improvement: Small Pocket, bunching … Continue reading "First Look: 2XU HEAT Run Tight"
The allure of Hot Springs, Arkansas, is not just the hot springs. It’s that wherever you are, there’s a trail nearby. I was able to hop onto the Sunset Trail via … Continue reading "Trails, History and Hot Springs"
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"
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"
Let’s start this article with an assignment: open Instagram and click on the “Search” button. What do you see? To start, you probably see at least a few mostly naked … Continue reading "Running Sucks Sometimes—And That’s OK"
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"
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"
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"
Honey Stinger Cracker n’ Nut Butter Snack Bar Price: $26/box of 12 Flavors: Peanut butter, milk chocolate, sea salt / cashew butter, milk chocolate, sea salt / almond butter, dark … Continue reading "First Look: Honey Stinger Cracker n’ Nut Butter Snack Bar— Cashew Butter and Milk Chocolate"
TROUBLE SPOTS While there are a number of different injuries that can happen to runners, a few problem areas stand out. Know how to self diagnose each one, and you … Continue reading "Which Pains Are Worth Noticing?"
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