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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"

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By the time I reached the 1,700-foot climb up a ski slope, reality hit. I’d gone out too fast. Coming in ahead of schedule, I had missed my crew. And, … Continue reading "Lack of Fuel"

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Flight 30 pack by Six Moon Designs Price $150 Weight 20 oz. The 2018 Flight 30 pack by Six Moon Designs is the latest version of their popular ultralight fastpack. It’s designed … Continue reading "First Look: Flight 30 Fastpack by Six Moon Designs"

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As we departed from his car, Ted Winters, 78, hunched over, shuffled with determination toward the trailhead, saying, “It ain’t gonna be speedy, but we’re gonna get there.” We were … Continue reading "Ted Winters’ Long Run"

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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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Trail Runner was impressed with the initial performance of these socks/compression sleeves, and Lily Trotters has offered our audience a discount. Our exclusive TR code is TrailRunner25.  Lily Trotters Compression Socks … Continue reading "Lily Trotters Compression Socks and Sleeves"

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Rounding a sharp bend 2,000 feet above Chamonix, France (3,396 feet), this morning’s rush-hour traffic slams to a stop. “Dieu!” “Whoa, watch out dude!” “Merda!” Commuters from a variety of … Continue reading "Eden—Is Chamonix the Trail-Running Capital of the World?"

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Lily Trotters Compression Socks and Sleeves Price: $35-40 Material: 93% nylon, 7% spandex While the success of compression during exercise may still be up for debate, it can be highly … Continue reading "Lily Trotters Compression Socks and Sleeves"

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“I feel drunk!” My words slurred and vision blurred as I stumbled on day two of my first-ever, multi-day trail run—traversing the Sierra Nevada Range from east to west (and … Continue reading "High Octane Fuel"

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“That’s a great way to break a leg!” Mike Micucci and I were trotting down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, on the side of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, when a hiker … Continue reading "Magnets for Insults"

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Duplex Flex Tent Upgrade Product Brand: Zpacks Price $725 Weight: 30 oz The Zpacks Duplex Flex Tent Upgrade may well be the ideal shelter for fastpacking.  It’s ultralight (30 oz … Continue reading "Zpacks Duplex Flex Tent Upgrade"

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RaidLight Carbon Ultra Compact Poles Price: $150 Overall, I really like the Carbon Ultra Compact poles. They are super lightweight and surprisingly confidence inspiring. I took them all over the … Continue reading "RaidLight Carbon Ultra Compact Poles"

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Jenny Tough walked through the doors of Kyrgyzstan’s mountaineering office in a bright purple shirt and even brighter teal running shorts, blond hair pulled back in a ponytail. Tough, a … Continue reading "Tough as Nails"

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Craft Cool Comfort RN Short Sleeve Price: $40 Material: 100% recycled-mix polyester Sadly, as a runner, I don’t like the feel of most performance apparel. Particularly for tops, I prefer … Continue reading "First Look: Men’s Craft Cool Comfort RN Short Sleeve"

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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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Spring Energy Gels Price: $30 for 12 gels Spring Energy seemed to recently pop on the scene by storm. All at once, runners everywhere swore by the nutrition brand. I’ve tried … Continue reading "First Look: Spring Energy Gels"

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“When I first became a professional runner, I thought the hardest part would be the physical training. After all, what could be tougher than running to the top of an … Continue reading "Let Your Mind Run"

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Brooks FastForward Crossback Sports Bra Material: 82% polyester, 18% spandex Price: $34 The FastForward bra is designed to give runners substantial support while still offering good breathability and airflow. The … Continue reading "Trail Tested: Brooks FastForward Crossback Sports Bra"

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It is no secret that yoga is a fantastic complement to trail running and ideal for overall physical and emotional well-being. The popular, active forms of yoga—Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, Flow/Core—are … Continue reading "The Yin of Yoga"

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“There will be no lying down above basecamp,” Sunny said matter-of-factly, as we trotted single-file up the barren trail. My headlamp beam cut the darkness in half, perpetually exposing our … Continue reading "Success in Failure"

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What’s the nutrition secret of professional runners? It’s not Paleo or gluten-free or vegan. It’s that almost everyone who sustains high mileage for an extended time is a talented eater … Continue reading "The Nutrition Secret of the Pros"

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Petzl’s Bindi Headlamp Price: $60 Weight: 35g The BINDI headlamp fits in the palm of your hand, about the size and weight of an unambitious strawberry. Its thin springy cord … Continue reading "First Look: Petzl’s Bindi Headlamp"

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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 27-year-old Filipino Renson Embradura told his parents he had started running they thought he was making things hard for himself. But Renson wanted to show people, including the disabled, … Continue reading "Watch: “The One Legged Runner”"

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Aquamira Water Treatment Price: $15 Weight: 1 OZ Aquamira Chlorine Dioxide water treatment is a tried and true system: it is light, small, packable, tasteless and effective. The system consists of two dropper bottles: Part … Continue reading "First Look: Aquamira Water Treatment"

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We’ve all had those days. Your heart is aching to run, but your body is just plain aching. “I want to run!” your heart says. “KNOW YOUR PLACE, YOU GLORIFIED ELECTRICAL PUMP,” your body responds. … Continue reading "The “I Feel Like Crap” Checklist"

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On June 28, 2013, Adam Casey left his apartment in downtown San Diego, alone, and drove east on Highway 15, straight into the blistering heat of the Nevada desert. He had one goal for the … Continue reading "To Hell and Back"

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In the September 2017 Trail Runner issue, Zach Altman, a public land advocate and trail runner from Bozeman, Montana, wrote about his Traverse of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Defense of Public Lands. In the summer … Continue reading "Watch: Common Ground"

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Karst stones, olive groves and the glittering Adriatic Sea as the backdrop, Croatia makes it easy to find epic and inspiring trails to run. The challenge is choosing one. The trails in this Mediterranean destination … Continue reading "Destination: Croatia"

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“Generally, they don’t read the directions,” says John Storkamp, of his racers. According to this long-time race director, the job has its share of laughter and tears, similar to being a kindergarten teacher. John is … Continue reading "Race Director John Storkamp Gets Candid"

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Hip Function and Running The hips are the crossroad of our body and they are our power engines. Three-dimensional, or triplane hip movement, is critical for any and all human movement whether you are lower- or … Continue reading "3D Hip Mobility and Strength for Trail Runners"

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Salomon’s S/Lab Sense 6   Price: $180 Weight: 220g Drop: 4mm (18mm heel, 14mm front) The new S/Lab Sense 6 is the most refined of the S/Lab Sense line, with all the same features that light and … Continue reading "First Look: Salomon S/Lab Sense 6"

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Legend has it that Buzz Burrell once hitchhiked 80 miles away from his home in Boulder, Colorado, and ran back on remote trails for two days carrying not much more than a straw and a … Continue reading "Father of the Fastest Known Time"

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OR Interstellar Jacket  Price: $300 Material: 100% Nylon rip stop Though originally intending for climbing, the Interstellar was receiving rave reviews, so I wanted to check it out. Being a climber and a runner, I … Continue reading "First Look: OR Interstellar Jacket"

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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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I felt the light rain hit my face as I lay there on the ground in a mental fog. I was 92 hours into the 2016 Tahoe 200 and had fallen asleep on the trail, … Continue reading "A Long Way Gone"

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Mathematicians like to remind us that their field of study can be used to describe much of what we see around us—the flow of water, the speed of a falling object, the calories we burn … Continue reading "The Math of Trail Running"

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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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The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run: The horse-race-cum-footrace, from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California, is where legends are born and where runners go to launch themselves into the elite ultrarunning scene. It carries some of … Continue reading "The Cowboys VS Everybody—Even Themselves"

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Every year, there are many a dark-horse article about the next up-and-comer, the fastest trail runner you’ve never heard of, the kid to watch out for. But, seriously, check out Liz Canty’s results on UltraSignup … Continue reading "You Can’t Stop Liz Canty"

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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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Father’s Day is June 17th—it’s not too late to wow the trail-obsessed dad in your life. Here at Trail Runner, we gathered our favorite items, from accessories to athleisure to nutrition, just for dads on … Continue reading "Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Trail Dad"

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With less than 20 minutes left before the 30-hour cutoff at the 2017 Western States 100, cheers erupted as Scotty Mills reached the Placer High School track in Auburn, California. Blond-haired, with boyish looks and … Continue reading "Old School Hero"

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The Western States 100 began as a horse race between Lake Tahoe and Auburn, California, but as runners slowly began to join the horses in the 70s, it became the first American trail ultramarathon and … Continue reading "Watch: Francois D’Haene Readies for Western States"

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I lay on the soggy, wet ground, my body contorted into a pile of flesh and human suffering. My feet have long since pickled inside their shoes to something beyond recognition as actual appendages. Every … Continue reading "A Duel to the Near Death"

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In the fall of 2017, two ultrarunners accomplished two incredible feats. In October, a world record was broken as one runner finished 100 miles in 12 hours, 49 minutes, 39 seconds—averaging 7:38 minutes per mile—at … Continue reading "Is Women Winning Ultras Overall a Trend?"

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Rylo 360-Degree Camera Price: $500 The compact/action/selfie/360/VR camera market has a lot of newcomers as of late. Many are first generation and though they have interesting features, rarely do they do everything well.  The Rylo camera has pretty much nailed it. In addition to offering 360-degree filming, Rylo seems to be rolling out new features … Continue reading "First Look: Rylo 360-Degree Camera"

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