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A few weeks ago I received an Ask The Trail Sisters submission regarding: How do I correctly fit my hydration vest? This is a very good question, but one that is hard to answer. As I began to construct a response back, it occurred to me that I should create an informative and educational resource for everyone and anyone looking for help on successfully fitting their hydration vest.

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Community Gear Accessories beginner Editors' Pick Education

One thing I love about trail running, and especially ultrarunning, is the chance to talk in depth about a variety of topics for hours on the trail. On any given day these might include parenting issues, the next race on the calendar, training pitfalls, injury prevention, and female body systems.

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Community Education Health &amp Fitness

I love dogs. Well, let me clarify that, I love dogs that I know.  When I see strange dogs on the trails my reaction is mild panic. I know this is irrational since most dogs or their are friendly. It’s also counterproductive since dogs read emotions and my tension only makes them more likely to ... Read moreMixing Pups and People on Trails

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Community Editors' Pick Education Trail Dogs

Parts of this past week were total sh** and completely out of my control as what at first sounded like a bad possibility turned into reality. My sister was supposed to be on the homestretch of breast cancer treatment and we were all looking forward to her reconstruction surgery this summer to put an end ... Read moreWhat We Owe Each Other

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Community Education family

The only fresh air I inhaled for 72 hours was the puff of New Hampshire February chill when I opened and closed the slider on my sunroom to let my dogs in or out, followed by wheezing my way back to the couch.  I’d been sick for over a week, getting worse.  I could feel ... Read moreTime on Feet Training

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Community Editors' Pick Education Racing &amp training

Crosby, Stills and Nash sang “Teach your children well. Feed them on your dreams.” What fantastic words to live by!  As parents we strive to set a good example for our children with our words and actions. But sometimes, it’s what we do in our daily routine, passionately living life, chasing our dreams, that leaves a more ... Read moreTeach Your Children Well

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Community Editors' Pick Education Mothers &amp pregnancy

Last year, my friend Josh Sun told me he was rolling out a brand-spankin’ new 100 mile race in the beautiful trails of Mines of Spain, located in Dubuque, Iowa, right along the Mississippi River. The race is called Mines of Spain 100 and if you think Iowa is all flat, this race will prove ... Read moreWhat I Learned as a First-Time Aid Station Captain

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Community Editors' Pick Education Racing &amp training

As trail running continues to grow in popularity as both an invigorating and healthy transport from our everyday lives of routine and predictability into adventure and exploration, so do the many positive side effects of participating in this great sport.

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Community Conservation Editors' Pick Education

Trail Sisters is excited to announce our 2019 Celebration Tour, presented by Merrell! TS will travel the USA visiting various Trail Sisters Local Groups.

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Community beginner Editors' Pick Education Empowerment family Inspiration

A few months ago, I read a compelling article by Erin Strout (1) entitled “Why We Need More Female Coaches” in which she argues for the important role of women in elite running, particularly in the track and field and road racing scene. As a female coach in the Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) world, I ... Read moreSupporting Women in MUT Coaching

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Community Education Racing &amp training

I hope we can all agree on the importance of honesty or, in yogic terms, satya (truthfulness) in how we live our lives. As we usher in a new year, many of us may also be thinking about this in terms of living authentically with our truths: What does it look like to live exactly ... Read moreHonesty.

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Community Editors' Pick Education Racing &amp training

Today we are really excited to introduce a new addition to the site. It was spearheaded by TSer Sandi Nypaver, an avid trail runner and pursuer of change and betterment within our sport. Like TS, Sandi also noticed the lack of information, education and resources for women in trail running, so she wanted to help do ... Read moreFemale Running Coach Directory

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Community beginner Editors' Pick Education family 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

I remember the days when I used to hike and see trail runners. I remember thinking, “What are they crazy? They’re going to fall down and hurt themselves.” Then a few years ago I decided I wanted to try trail running… and I did… and the rest is history! As a running coach, one of […]

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Community beginner Education How to

I set out to do a trail run early one morning, just like I would any other morning. The air was especially cool and a low mist hung just above tree line. The stillness was palpable and mesmerizing. I had a quick thought of reaching for my earbuds to start a playlist that would be […]

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Community health Education

Imagine running a race along a stunning stretch of singletrack. Imagine this race without course markings or aid stations. There’s no banner across the start line, and no party awaits you at the finish line. You’re not wearing a bid number, no computer is timing you, and no one else is in the race. But […]

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Adventure Community Editors' Picks Education Inspiration

I crouch down to pick up my socks from the floor, and am paralyzed with pain so severe that I can’t breathe. I can’t stand up, and I let an involuntary gasp out into the darkness. I reach for the wall to hold onto as I start to panic, though I have been through this […]

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Community health Education Strength

This is not my first attempt at training for a 100-mile race. In the past two decades I’ve tackled this distance (or longer) more than 25 times. I’ve coached people to complete this distance and even wrote a book with a complete 48-week training plan to get people there. As I go through the experience […]

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Adventure Community Editors' Picks Education How to Mindfulness

Having been thoroughly satisfied with my running shoes for the last several years, I have not paid enough attention to the growing shoe trends. I was definitely out of the loop with the “hot” topic of heal-to-toe drop or offset.  In fact, I will admit that I really didn’t even know the definition of shoe […]

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Community Education How to

Running seems like easiest sport on the planet. You learned how to do it when you were about two years old and you’ve been practicing ever since. It burns more calories than almost any other form of exercise. You don’t need to sign up for a class or join a gym or even watch a […]

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Community Coaching Education How to

When you hold 3 Fastest Known Times (FKT’s) on long trails, most people seem to think you’re not only invincible, but that you know everything there is to know about setting records. The reality is that FKTs are no different than races, training runs, and climbing mountains. Each route is different. Your body is different. […]

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Adventure Community Education How to

I hate running on my period, it’s the worst. Do you have any tips on getting past the cramps or discomfort? Any mental games or physical exercises I can do to help me get through my runs? PC: Jeff Fisher   Krissy: For the last couple of years my period has decided to join me for...

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Ask the Trail Sisters health Ask TS Education

Right, left, right, left, cut (watch out for the tree root, oh and don’t miss that boulder!), leap up, right, left, right…wobble; snap; collapse. Your eyes open and suddenly you are flat on your back staring at the morning dew dripping off the pine that stands strong and steady adjacent to you. Your head spins....

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health Education How to Injury

By: Jill Puleo My eyes would pop open at the same time each night. I would turn over to grab my phone and check, but it was almost always 3:30. Laying there with the moonlight drowning the redwoods outside my window, I could feel the hunger begin stirring in my stomach. This was no belly...

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Guest Contributors health Body Issues Education Healing recovery

By Sandi Nypaver Together, we have the power to make all of the changes we want to see happen. That’s the thought I was left with after leading a panel discussion about women’s issues in the sport of MUT running with Cat Bradley, Clare Gallagher, Gina Lucrezi, Silke Koester, Ryan Smith, and Sage Canaday.  ...

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Ambassadors Community Education Empowerment Mindfulness

by Lisa Perky Today, (Today that I am writing, not Today that you are reading) DeVos was confirmed as our Secretary of Education. As a public school teacher in an area of generational poverty, I am concerned. We teachers sat at lunch today and, as we heard the news, we let out a collective sigh....

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Community Education Empowerment Mindfulness

School leaders and teachers across the country are seeing rates of teenage anxiety and depression skyrocket. The school where I work is not immune from these trends, and it's something that faculty and administrators alike are wrestling with -- and honestly without great answers. When we approach these problems, sometimes we forget to ask the question from the other side -- why is it that the very same experiences that used to prepare students for life now seem not to be effective anymore? Maybe it's not that we are creating more miseducational experience for students, but that something has happened that has made great education less effective.

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Anxiety Education

School leaders and teachers across the country are seeing rates of teenage anxiety and depression skyrocket. The school where I work is not immune from these trends, and it's something that faculty and administrators alike are wrestling with -- and honestly without great answers. When we approach these problems, sometimes we forget to ask the question from the other side -- why is it that the very same experiences that used to prepare students for life now seem not to be effective anymore? Maybe it's not that we are creating more miseducational experience for students, but that something has happened that has made great education less effective.

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Anxiety Education

"It is ... advisable that the teacher should understand, and even be able to criticize, the general principles upon which the whole educational system is formed and administered. He is not like a private soldier in an army, expected merely to obey, or like a cog in a wheel, expected merely to respond and transmit external energy; he must be an intelligent medium of action." -- John Dewey

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Education

An acquaintance told me a week ago that there is a deep connection between training for a marathon and good schooling and encouraged me to draw this connection.

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Education Marathon Schooling training

I've just finished Jessica Lahey's The Gift of Failure, and it inspired this post in a sideways sort of way. It's a great read for parents and educators, highly readable and very wise -- but what if the failure she writes about is really just a means to an end that looks more like play...

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Anxiety Education

The process of learning is call and response. It's back and forth. It is flow and rhythm. It's a method of measuring -- how much can I take in without being overwhelmed. You can't gulp the glass; you have to drink deeply but breathe while you are doing it. You have to digest.

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Education