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When you’re out exploring the wintery trails [or even the chilly spring and fall trails] you’ll want to keep your hands warm and dry. Tucking your fingers up into your jacket sleeves does not cut it, so let’s take a look at the cold weather running gloves that are currently on the market.

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Gear Accessories

Every Fall, for the past six Falls, I have had the opportunity to run with a special group of people.  We convene at a summer camp in mountainous terrain, for three days of trails, talks, and other such fun, and although I am in attendance as a staff mentor, I am always the one left ... Read moreFemale Veterans Find a Place to Heal in the Trail Running Community

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Community Editors' Pick Equality Injury &amp recovery

A winter run is made possible once you make the laborious decision to exchange that pleasant, warm bed, car, office, or trailhead bathroom, for the cold. Given this, it is only natural that we often present ourselves to winter completely and hopelessly overdressed.

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Community Editors' Pick Racing &amp training

For the longest time I thought working with a coach was for “real” athletes, not a middle-of-the-pack runner like myself.

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Community Editors' Pick Education Racing &amp training

The last week of 2018 was a week of firsts. On Sunday, I went for a four and half mile run. It was the longest run in more than twice as many months.

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Community Editors' Pick Injury &amp recovery Inspiration

Modes of Ambulation Included in the category of ‘mountain running’ are skate skiing, cross country skiing, randonee (AKA alpine touring or AT skiing), trail running, speed mountaineering, and fell running. Trail and fell running are best executed on a runner-supportable surface of snow that is either fresh and shallow, old and icy, or possessing a ... Read moreRunning in the Snow

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Community Health &amp Fitness Racing &amp training

“So does everybody feel ready?” I looked around. All I could see was glaring headlamps and a whole lot of reflective gear. I wasn’t even sure exactly who each of the nervous laughs belonged to. Slowly we started walking up my driveway away from the soft lights of my house and towards the trails of […]

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Adventure

Are you finally prepped for the adventure you’ve been dreaming of? Before setting out, there is a final important thing to prep: your mind. Even with the best planning, gear, and safety precautions, things tend to go south if your mind isn’t on board. And, conversely, a go-with-the-flow mindset can overcome a variety of catastrophes […]

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Adventure Editors' Picks

A piece about running in New York City can certainly seem a touch lost among hundreds of tales of wild mountain adventures, wondrous trail runs and challenging traverses – but I’ll do my best to make sure it fits in (at least a little). While my idea of running will forever take place among tall […]

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When I talk to women about what prevents them from going for long adventures runs, I often hear about safety concerns. Some of us are scared of wild animals, of getting lost and most of us are scared of ill-intended humans. It’s okay (and normal) to be scared. An undertaking becomes an adventure when the […]

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Water? Check. Emergency blanket? Check. Headlamp? Check. Snacks? You bet. Tampax? Oh, heck yes. It all started at a campsite just outside Mt. Rainier.         “Tampons are good fire starters.” Said Jeff.         “That’s an expensive fire starter.” I replied. “Let’s use kindling.” The next day on the Wonderland Trail, a few of us got […]

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For months I’d been looking forward to this vacation.  After a long, cold, rainy spring the sun was finally shining, the trees had blossomed, and my in-laws would be joining us for five days of relaxation along the shores of Lake Lugano, which meant I would have consistent kid-coverage for the first time in months. […]

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Part Two: Equipment and Supplies With a destination in mind and thorough planning complete, it’s time to pack. As you prepare your equipment and supplies for a long day of adventure, keep in mind that to travel safely, you’ll carry more than in race. A self-supported adventure is just that, and there are no drop […]

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Adventure Editors' Picks

As winter rapidly approaches, and has already arrived in some areas, we wanted to provide you with a review of our favorite cold weather insulated jackets. It can be tough to find motivation to go outside in burly conditions, but these 10 pieces help to eliminate any need to motivate, and instead get you psyched […]

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Editors' Picks Gear

Weather, snowpack structure, terrain, season (fall vs. winter vs. spring) or more specifically date (sun angle), and time of day are factors in determining safety during the “snowy” season. Knowledge of these factors will help with reading avalanche terrain and conditions to increase safety in backcountry travel, whether it be on skis or on foot. […]

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Part One: Planning What grand adventure idea inspires you? Maybe you’ve seen a photo of an iconic trail and resolved to run there. Maybe a mountain range you’ve glimpsed on a road trip calls to you. Maybe you can’t get someone’s fastest known time on your favorite trail out of your head. My adventure ideas simmer […]

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“Was it fun?” asked race director Todd Hacker a few hours after I had completed my first 50 miler, Mountain Masochist Trail Run (MMTR). I paused, not quite sure how to respond.  During my three hour solo drive home, I had plenty of time to contemplate my response. The race was not what I would […]

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The universe seemed to be conspiring against me by repeatedly directing me towards our local trail running group. I had never been a runner, per se, although I wished many times I was. I read Born to Run, Eat and Run, and Finding Ultra. These stories had left me with visions of long-distance runs over […]

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By now, you have probably heard the news that the 2018 North Face Endurance Challenge San Francisco races were cancelled due to poor air quality related to the Camp wildfire that is burning in northern California. This wildfire is the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history, having already claimed the lives of 71 […]

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Conservation Editors' Picks

“She’s asking for it.” The statement was boldly exclaimed during a Trail Sisters presentation where the issue of safety was being covered, nonetheless. There we were in a safe space where women were given the platform of opportunity to openly discuss the impact of sisterhood in sport. To discuss the issues and challenges that are […]

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I wanted to be a runner for years (before I started calling myself one), but was never sure how to go about becoming a one. I grew up on a farm down a dirt road in rural Vermont and my alternative high school didn’t have any sports, thus my ideas of what it meant to […]

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As a runner, I love exploring a new city, a new beach or a new mountain by foot. It helps me with jet-lag, gives me energy and allows me to see a new place as I run past new smells, colors and people. All while taking it in at my own pace. Running while traveling, […]

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Adventure

I spend a lot of time doing many things, like pecking away on a keyboard, listening to Taylor Swift, trying to get cuddles from my independent pup and boyfriend and lifting heavy things at the gym. But two issues that stand paramount are: 1) dwelling on my insecurities and 2) re-inflating my confidence and ego. […]

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We are in the midst of a huge growth of popularity within the trail running community. New races are popping up every weekend with our regular go-to races filling up before we can even type out our credit card numbers. This is awesome — this means more people are getting outside + exploring the trails […]

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West Valley (Phoenix), Arizona When my family and I were looking to move, one of the things that drew me to the Phoenix area was the trails. There are a wide array of trail options in the greater Phoenix area, from flat desert loops, to climbs up steep rocky ascents. While we sit on a […]

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Where to Run

I’ve always felt that I was born anti-competitive. I never liked the idea of being compared, I never wanted to win when playing games, I never felt comfortable as the center of attention. I still don’t, most of the time. But sometimes, when I pin a bib to my chest and try to run as […]

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Community Editors' Picks

You step off the plane, the weather is perfect and your mind has already wandered to planning your next run. Your enthusiasm starts to falter, however, after ditching customs and the airport as you see are inundated by traffic, crowded sidewalks, or the complete absence of sidewalks at all. As a runner and an avid […]

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What can races do so they might be more inclusive of women and therefore attract more participation from women runners? This summer, in particular, there was an uproar on social media over races awarding more of their male top finishers than female top finishers (Vermont 100, Migu Skyrunner Olympus Marathon, MaXi-Race France & World, International […]

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Here’s the thing, for the last six years I’ve struggled with incontinence while running. This is thanks to the beautiful and traumatic experience called childbirth. And, truth be told, it kind of sucks. I’ve always loved flying down hills, my feet flailing underneath me, and yet somehow still finding confident footing. Now, when I let […]

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In the city of champions, it’s perhaps no surprise that there is a large running community here in Boston. Maybe you’ve heard of a little annual race here called the Boston Marathon? While a majority of folks are pounding the pavement throughout the city – and admittedly, one of my favorite trails to run and […]

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Where to Run

As I was looking through race photos from the Bear Chase 50k this week, I noticed that a photographer captured the finish line moment I’ve been trying to forget. Aside from my boyfriend Chris who witnessed what transpired first hand, I haven’t shared what happened because I didn’t want the sadness and anger from that […]

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Yesterday I completed the Tenmile Traverse. I’ve been eyeing this line in my backyard of Summit County, CO for several years. It looked like my favorite kind of adventure—hours above treeline, navigating off trail along a ridge. I knew I wanted to do it in fall after the monsoon season but before the snow. Two […]

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Last March, I flew halfway across the world to Ethiopia. I’d never been to Africa and frankly, was ignorant to the struggles that women and girls face in male-dominated cultures like in Ethiopia. Many of us runners know of Ethiopia as being home to some of the fastest distance runners ever, including Haile Gebrselassie, and […]

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We have all been there…you meticulously plan race day to the very last detail, only to wake up the day before, or even *gasp* the day of, to the warm greeting of your dreaded monthly visitor. It hits you like a slap in the face. Let’s face it, no matter how good we may be […]

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Community health

Editors Note: Tracy Ginn is one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour.   Of all the Trail Sisters adventures you will read about, this one is probably the least adventurous. We aren’t ultra running or going to an exotic place, not attempting daring feats or fastest known times. What […]

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“Okay, but can I do my long run there?” A phrase used often in conversations between my boyfriend and I. For the last four years, I’ve lived and traveled full time in an RV. Four years of training for races while waking up in a new place every few weeks, or sometimes every other day. […]

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The habit of love cuts through confusion and stumbles its way out of difficulty. It remembers the way even when it forgets, for a dumbfounded moment, its reason for being, and the path is the only thing that matters. – Eudora Welty “A Worn Path” I’m training for a hundred miler, which gives me lots of […]

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As a veterinarian, I often get asked for tips about being active with your dog. Currently, I don’t have a personal dog that I run with, but I do have some tips for the basic health of your dog on the trails and roads. Below are a few issues you might run into on the […]

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Editors Note: Terry Abrams is one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour.   The quote “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” hangs on a wall in my bedroom. I have read it every single day for the last two years. Little did I know […]

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 “Not everything that matters can be measured matters and not everything that can be measures matters.” –  Elliot Eisner I love data. We measure things because we want to improve them. Well-designed measures give us objective feedback about how close we are to our goals and help us correct our course by quickly telling us […]

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Sitka, Alaska: Where there are only 14 miles of roads but more than 14 miles of trails! Sitka is one of the bigger towns in southeast Alaska with a population of around 8,000. It’s a popular cruise ship destination in the summer time, with passengers delivered daily in town from multiple ships. Sitka is native […]

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Where to Run

Sitka, Alaska: Where there are only 14 miles of roads but more than 14 miles of trails! Sitka is one of the bigger towns in southeast Alaska with a population of around 8,000. It’s a popular cruise ship destination in the summer time, with passengers delivered daily in town from multiple ships. Sitka is native […]

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Where to Run

I love trail running. It is simple yet powerful, uniting and fulfilling, replete with never-ending challenge and endless beauty to discover. But there is also, as with any sport, pressure and expectation. In this age of social media, our “shared stories” often result in comparing one athlete/experience/human to another, with mounting pressure to perform on […]

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Community Crewing Race Day Race Prep

A military wife & mother of eight, a vegan ceramic artist, and an English teacher walk into a bar… Wait, no. A homeschool teacher, chihuahua mom, and cross-country coach walk into a bar… Nope, still not right. Three hot mamas strut into Satan’s Sandbox. It’s August in Texas, at high-noon, a time reserved for old […]

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Community How to Mother Runners Race Prep

If I were to look back through my credit card statements, they would show that every February I plan a vacation. It’s the month during which I update my resume and apply to dream jobs in places I’ve never visited, and are likely to have more sun. February in Buffalo, New York is grey. It […]

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