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It was a night he’d never forget. 15-year old Jacob Puzey was eating dinner at Union Station in Washington, DC while on a business trip with his dad when the unthinkable happened. There was a shooting in a nearby movie … Read the rest

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Looking to step off road and into trail running? New to trail running and wanting advice? You’ve found the right blog post. We asked inov-8 ambassadors to reveal their best tips for trail running beginners. The following tips are also useful for experienced trail runners who may be seeking renewed motivation. 1 Build up slowly …

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James Lawrence, “The Iron Cowboy”, is constantly striving to “Redefine the impossible”.  From completing 50 Ironman distance events in 50 states in 50 days to competing in the toughest triathlons throughout the world, James has continually strived to live by … Read the rest

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This is a good reminder for my all-in, gung-ho personality. I’m either doing it or I’m doing something else. Does that resonate with anyone else here? A Recent article by Trail Sister Katelynn Wagner got me thinking about mileage defining a runner. I’ve had countless people tell me “I run, but not like you do.” […]

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Editors Note: Emma Murray is one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour.   When I close my eyes, I see myself picking a line down a steep gulley that I’ve never been through before. It’s chossy and loose and exhausting; it’s slow going, but I’m going nonetheless, careful to […]

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A 28-year-old dentist from Belgium just completed the Appalachian Trail in record time. Not only did he beat it, but he crushed it by four days, finishing the 2190 mile journey in 41 days, 7 hrs and 39 minutes. This … Read the rest

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Editors Note: Kelly Rappe is one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour.   Iceland has become a very popular destination for Americans. It is very much a hot spot because it’s so conveniently located in between the USA and Europe; in addition to how amazing it is. I noticed […]

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The Trans Rockies Run – 6 day race has been one of the major bucket list items for me for several years now. As luck would have it, an opportunity to run the team event presented itself this year, so … Read the rest

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inov-8 ambassador Damian Hall has completed Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) – the world’s biggest ultra-distance trail running race – in each of the last three years, steadily progressing his way up the field each time. In 2015 he placed 31st, improving that to 19th in 2016 and then last year finishing 12th (and first veteran …

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It was never about the racing. It was so much more than that. I was intrigued. Intrigued to explore more of nature, of cultures, to meet people and see new places. I wanted to see what was over that mountain, around that corner, or up that river and running was the perfect way to see […]

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My fingers gripped securely along the knife-edge of rock, and I took comfort in the firm stay of my shoe rubber on the two-inch ledge. I could smell the heat coming off the slab as the newly-risen sun began to … Read the rest

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Last year, my number one Trail Sister moved from Iowa City, Iowa to Fort Smith, Arkansas. Julie and I met while training for road marathons in 2012 and both became interested in running trails and ultramarathons at the same time. We were both at each other’s first ultras and supported each other at subsequent 50-milers […]

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Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is a sport that has witnessed a huge surge in popularity over the last decade. Attracting competitors of all abilities, OCR events are not only a test of running speed and endurance but also physical and mental strength. Courses vary in length and obstacles range in difficulty, but hills, thrills and …

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Once upon a time it was the aspiration of every long-distance runner to complete a marathon. Nowadays, it seems, 26.2 miles is just not far enough. The advent of ultra running as a sport in its own right has driven desire amongst runners of all abilities to push themselves further than ever before. Whether it’s …

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When living in New York City I knew precisely two people who had run an ultra marathon, and I thought both of them were crazy for doing it. Heck, I thought of myself as crazy for running marathons. And then I moved out west to Denver two years ago, got a new job where everyone […]

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Working at a conference this spring, I said to the man in the elevator at the swanky Vegas hotel, “You’ve got quite a physique.” He was so exquisitely sculpted and muscled in his skinny tank top, I felt compelled to comment. As one athlete to another, he replied without hesitation “it comes with a price”… […]

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The weather outside mirrored my mood, it was grey, gloomy and miserable, spring was no where in sight. I had just recently returned home from a multi stage race in Vietnam. Last week I had been running up and down mountains in Vietnam, feeling happy, strong and full of determination. Now less than seven days […]

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Recently, Tracee Ellis-Ross interviewed Michelle Obama, and there was a moment during the interview that gave me pause. More pause and more gratitude. I came back to it again and again because there was something she said that healed a piece of me. Mrs. Obama said she was “tired of watching men fail up.”   They […]

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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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Every book about running is a biography or a how-to. It seems inconceivable that someone could write a compelling book of fiction that would absolutely be worth reading. However, Charles Ricciardi, author, and filmmaker has found a gem of a … Read the rest

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I’ve been to large sporting events before, heard the roar of the crowds as the thumping music echos overhead and the commentator bellows metaphors to increase the noise of the crowd even more.

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I have one week to go before the start of the Old Dominion 100. Here in central Virginia, May is blooming all around us with the sweet scents of peonies and lilacs, and the temperatures are finally rising into the 80s. “Heat training” pops into my head every time I consider these final weeks of […]

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First, we’d like to say thank you to everyone who has submitted an application for the Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, Under Armour and CamelBak. We had a total of 271 submissions, and narrowing it down to 6 awardees was quite hard, to say the least. Each application had a unique mission […]

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The folks at Trail And Ultra Running aren’t a bunch of lazies. They aren’t stagnant businessmen who sit around all day trying to make money off of other people being fit. Like the members of this great community, TAUR co-owners, … Read the rest

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So you made it to Regionals… Kudos first. Every year making it to regionals becomes an increasingly impressive feat. The number of competitors in each region keeps rising year-on-year and the standard required to crack into those qualifying spots is always increasing. Regionals however are a different beast entirely compared to the Open; out of …

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It was a Saturday afternoon, and I was sitting on my couch scrolling through my Instagram news feed. I saw picture after picture of good friends and acquaintances crossing the finish line of the Buffalo Run held on Antelope Island … Read the rest

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After 5 grueling weeks, time has been called on the 2018 Crossfit Open. This year’s competition saw a host of new movements, the first Crossfit ‘girl’ to feature and a choice of conclusion left to the Crossfit community. The excitement of all this novelty however also brought a few controversies with it: changes to standards …

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It’s done. 18.5 calls time on the 2018 Open and boy was it a finale! In yet another Open first, the choice of this year’s final installment of the competition was given to the community: repeat 11.6, 13.5 or 14.2… A repeat was certainly due this year.  After all the introductions in the first 4 …

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18.4 was new in many ways but all too familiar in others. The penultimate installment in this year’s Open series introduced a new movement to the Open and saw the first appearance of a classic Crossfit girl in this stage of the competition.   The essentially 2-part workout saw athletes take on a vintage 21-15-9 …

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We all have that stretch of trail that we run, again and again, a ‘go-to’ for when we are short on time or just looking to push ourselves. Sometimes we feel great, we push every segment, legs feel strong and … Read the rest

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Despite the technicality of the muscle-ups, it was the humble rope that brought athletes to their knees in 18.3…   “A double-under workout for sure” – that’s what Neil Maddox concluded after completing 18.3 during the Open announcement show last Thursday. For the seasoned Games vet the double-unders did represent the bulk of the working …

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WORK, a non-profit whose mission “is to accompany families in Haiti out of poverty through good, dignified jobs.” WORK believes that every individual has potential and that “dignity is a human right.” They work to remove barriers and provide skills … Read the rest

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“Slow is smooth, smooth is fast,” I repeated to myself as I started my first climb of the dreaded and steep “power-lines” section. My heart was starting to pump hard and sweat formed on my brow. I told myself to slow it down, take easy steps, EAT and keep moving forward. My body responded as […]

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In the second week of the Open we were asked to suffer, and suffer we did.   Director of the Crossfit Games, Dave Castro, could not be more accurate than when he posted a picture of burning embers last Wednesday in his weekly hint as to the next Open workout in the series. Indeed, 18.2 …

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My first memories of running are of my brother and me flying down trails at the end of family hikes. We called it “stump jumping and rock hopping.” Those were the days before insatiable competition, inevitable burnout, and inescapable self-doubt. The days before the sport defined who I am. The only goal was to make […]

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As the dust settles on the first week of the 2018 Open we look back on 18.1 to see what we can learn from the workout. 18.1 saw athletes face a fiery AMRAP that paired toes-to-bar and calorie rowing with a new movement for the competition – dumbbell hang clean and jerk. While fairly light …

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Avery Collins is one of the world’s best 100-mile ultra runners. The 25-year-old from Colorado, USA, kicked off his 2018 season by winning the notoriously tough HURT 100-Mile Endurance Run in Hawaii (see photo above by Howie Stern). This followed a 2017 in which he also won the Grindstone 100 and placed 6th in the USA’s …

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“Show a little passion, baby Show a little style Show the knack for knowing when And the gift for knowing how And have a little trust in us When fear obscures the path You know we got this far, darling, not by luck But by never turning back…”       ~ Mary Chapin Carpenter, “The […]

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With the dawn of a new year, many are frantically trying to keep track of supposed new year resolutions, vowing to make 2018 the best yet. So I challenge you, perhaps don’t resolve to change anything but rather resolve to do. Goals. Why are they important? Why does it feel like goals are both revelatory, […]

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