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Before reading on, open Instagram on your phone. If you don’t have Instagram, congrats, you have clearly made some good mental-health decisions.

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Late in races, ultramarathon champion Camille Herron is known to drink a beer or two. She usually goes on to incredible performances, reshaping what we think is possible.

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UD Ambassador Jason Schlarb lives near the San Juan mountains in Durango, Colorado. The San Juans are notoriously fickle with bouts of heavy snowfall and super cold temps. Even though Schlarb loves skiing in winter his primary focus is on summer trail and ultra races. So how do you manage to have a productive offseason […]

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You’re probably aware of the dreaded “gray area” of running training. Traditionally, the gray area is that spooky zone where you’re not going hard enough to elicit the desired adaptations, and not going easy enough to build aerobic endurance and recover. It’s where the crap hits the fan, the cats and dogs live together, the mass hysteria unfolds.

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The Happy Runner, by David and Megan Roche, MD. Human Kinetics, 2019. Reviewed by Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. David & Megan pictured above at the 2017 Trail World Championships. Every runner has the same finish line:... Read more »

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Love the Process, Get Faster, Run Longer Ultra Runners and Coaches David and Megan Roche join The Nation to talk about their new book, the Happy Runner. LIVING IN ALL CAPS Embrace the process Why talk about the bad stuff with running? “We don’t give a fudge about your result Chaotic unpredictability and futility of […]

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There’s often a debate in sports about what constitutes an “elite” athlete. In football, it’s a meme to talk about whether Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is elite. In running, there are hundreds of comment threads dedicated to elite versus sub-elite versus non-elite times. I imagine most coaches get tons of emails from athletes with a disclaimer at the start: “I am not an elite athlete.”

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If you’ve watched the Tour de France in the last decade, you’ve probably noticed some riders staring at their handlebars on the biggest climbs, looking at a little screen as if they are in the middle of a Netflix binge. Most of the time, they are looking at the readout on their power meters.

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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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Does cross training (like biking) help training? —Josh F., Charlestown, New Hampshire Cross training (like biking or swimming or playing aggressive tug of war with your dog) is surprisingly controversial … Continue reading "Ask the Coach: Cross Training"

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In the book Once A Runner, the protagonist Quenton Cassidy goes to the woods of Florida and trains like a freaking monster. Cassidy undergoes the “Trial of Miles,” the time … Continue reading "6 of the Biggest, Hardest Workouts"

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Pacing oneself is really, really hard. I think that difficulty stems from how different the psychological approach to pacing is from the rest of life. Usually, life rewards joyous enthusiasm, … Continue reading "The Art of Pacing Yourself"

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We hope you’ll join us at our inaugural trail-running camp with coaches David Roche, Megan Roche and Abby Levene. August 17 – 19 in beautiful Snowmass, Colorado. Here’s David Roche, … Continue reading "Watch: Why Is Coaching Important?"

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One of the hardest parts of mental-health challenges is feeling alone in your own struggle, as beautifully described in this May 2018 article in Nature. Yeah, on some level, you … Continue reading "Understanding the Post-Race Blues"

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When I started out as an endurance athlete many years ago, I used to overthink every little thing on race week. Food? FUEL. Sleep? RECOVERY. Dancing? A NON-SPECIFIC TRAINING STIMULUS. I must have been insufferable … Continue reading "What Matters (and What Doesn’t) Days Before a Race"

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On June 23, Courtney Dauwalter and Jim Walmsley ran two of the best races in history at the Western States 100 (on a year when temperatures exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit). How did they do it? … Continue reading "Positivity is a Performance Enhancer"

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There is a thin line between love and hate when it comes to running training. You can be out there, frolicking through meadows, thinking you are all about rainbows and unicorns. It might feel easy, … Continue reading "Heart Rate Training 101"

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Welcome to Part 4 of Zero to Trail Hero. Now you can start really racking up the miles– but not without taking steps to adapt to the added stress. GO THE DISTANCE After you build … Continue reading "From Zero to Trail Hero: Part 4"

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Snowmass Trail-Running Camp August 17-19, 2018 Snowmass, Colorado Come run with Trail Runner magazine and respected coaches David and Megan Roche in the spectacular Elk Mountains. In this three-day course, our coaches will focus on … Continue reading "2018 Camps with Trail Runner Magazine"

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If I could only give one tip to an athlete looking to make their daily run more enjoyable and productive, it’d be simple: start slower. Make your first mile your slowest mile. Get passed by … Continue reading "The Importance of Starting Slow"

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The list of things that are certain for a runner is not all that long. As Benjamin Franklin said, we have death and taxes. All year-long runners share another certainty, though—we spend a lot of … Continue reading "Why It’s Essential to Embrace the Heat"

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Welcome to Part 2 of Zero to Trail Hero. Now is when things ease onward gently. The most important part of this process is to not force it—as is often our natural inclination. PUT IT … Continue reading "From Zero to Trail Hero: Part 2"

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We have all been there. It’s that moment in the primordial ooze of being a non-runner when something happens, and suddenly you’re given life as a runner. No matter how that origin of runner-life transpires, it’s a long way to evolve to running long distances on trails. But through a few tips and tricks, you … Continue reading "From Zero to Trail Hero: Part 1"

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If you grew up running, there’s a solid chance that a track or road workout makes you have a nervous flashback, causing your bowels to plummet to your feet. If you started running on your own, maybe trail hill repeats make you want to stay in bed where it’s warm and cuddly and where gravity … Continue reading "Workouts for Trail Runners that Don’t Like Workouts"

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Starting out, most runners have a vision of the best training session. Think back to what you thought was good training. I know what I pictured. You’re pouring out sweat like a broken fire hydrant, with your hands on your knees, your vision blurry, and your mouth tasting like rusted pennies. Essentially, it’s every motivational … Continue reading "The Downside of Uphills, Heat and Altitude"

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In the second half of 2014, a then-33-year-old attorney from Los Angeles named Ellen Kenney started doing her first runs over five miles. She had run a bit in law school, but in the way that a lot of people start—haltingly and begrudgingly. At that pupae stage of her running development, it was a chore, … Continue reading "How Ellen Kenney Became an Ultrarunner From Scratch"

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In the movie, This Is Spinal Tap, there’s a scene where the lead guitarist of the band is showing off his amplifiers, when the camera zooms in on the knobs controlling volume. Only, there’s a twist. The knobs go to 11, instead of just 10. As the rocker says, “It’s one louder, isn’t it?” Similarly, turning … Continue reading "Increase Your Blood Volume, Get Faster"

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With running training, it’s essential not to let perfect be the enemy of good. That sounds like a fortune cookie delivering a TED talk, but it’s true. Because over months and years, lots of good training will get you as close to perfect an athlete as you can possibly be. Perfect training involves a meticulous … Continue reading "5 Workouts for Any Part of Your Training Cycle"

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Press release written by Mike Casper, Race Director, Tussey Mountainback.  Photo above from bouncingsoles.com.  Tussey Mountainback meets ATRA’s event standards.  STATE COLLEGE, PA — David Roche and Megan Roche, aka “the first couple of trail running,” will try to make their marks on the roads of Rothrock State Forest on Oct. 8 at the 18th annual edition... Read more »

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The USATF Mountain, Ultra Trail Council is proud to announce members of Team USA scheduled to compete at the 2017 IAU/ITRA Trail Championships June 10, in Badia Prataglia, Italy. The US team of 6 women and 6 men will tackle the technical 50 km loop course through Riserva Statale Badia Prataglia along the mountainous Tuscany... Read more »

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Running can be terrible if you’re just starting out or coming back after a hiatus. People don’t talk about that feeling often, but it’s true. At first, it can feel like you’re a penguin with an inner-ear problem, waddling slowly and clumsily. Over time, though, what was once impossible becomes commonplace, and what once was drudgery … Continue reading "New to trail running, or coming back after a hiatus? Not a problem!"

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