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Trail running is one of the best ways to stave off the effects of aging. It keeps our cardiovascular systems young, our brains healthy and it even keeps cartilage intact. And yet, according to the Arthritis Foundation, over half of us will experience some age-related joint degeneration, like osteoarthritis, during our lives.

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Racing on technical trails is fundamentally different than racing on roads. Uneven footing, steep hills and tight turns are seldom seen in road races but are frequent challenges in trail races. The more you can practice these types of challenges, even if you don’t have adequate access to trails, the more equipped you’ll be on race day.

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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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Strength work is like flossing. We know we should do it, but … let’s be real. Most of us floss or do strength for a few weeks before letting it fall by the wayside.

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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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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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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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Technology makes it easier than ever to log a myriad of running metrics: weekly mileage, average pace per mile, mean heart rate, maximum heart rate and more. There’s no shortage of numbers to track and training targets to aim for. Given our unprecedented access to data, it stands to reason that you’d know your body better than ever. But do you really?

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"You and me, we don't even have a choice. See, we're born with this killer instinct that you can't just turn off and on like some radio. We always have to be in the middle of the action 'cause we're the warriors. And without some challenge, without some damn war to fight, then the warrior might as well be dead."

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Bad form results from misalignments or imbalances that restrict joints, which can lead to discomfort and even injury. These misalignments are often rooted in everyday habits—hunching over your keyboard, shortening your hip flexors by sitting at a desk all day.

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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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Two-time 100km world champion and Western States 100 record holder, Ellie Greenwood joins regular guest Ian Sharman to talk about what has changed in their Ultrarunning since they began: Gear Nutrition Training Bonus topic: what race would you gift a running friend this Christmas and why? Sharman Ultra – Endurance Coaching

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People can get the wrong impression when you say you run ultras. They might say something like, “That’s incredible! I had no idea you were an Olympic-caliber athlete.”

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Running requires much of one’s feet. While running, feet act as a shock absorber as they contact the ground, a solid base on which to momentarily stand and then a rigid lever as they push off and propel themselves forward. The 26 bones, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments deserve a little time and TLC. Giving them that love can help to decrease the chances of injury.

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The treadmill is often a necessary evil, like road running or wearing pants. Sometimes, it’s about the conditions, with ice and cold outside or darkness that makes it unsafe to … Continue reading "Getting the Most from Your Treadmill Workout"

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The draw’s been done. The names selected. It’s now time to train for one of the most popular trail races in Australia, Six Foot Track. Having run this race six times and lining up for my seventh next year, I’ve Read More ...

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A few years ago if anybody mentioned ‘barefoot running’ it may have evoked images of rail-thin East Africans, legendary South African runner Zola Budd, or if you are old enough, British runner Bruce Tulloh. Fast forward to 2014 and most people discussing barefoot running (BFR) make an immediate association with the ‘funny toe shoes’ that effectively combine […]

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Many runners fret about the transition from road running to trails; we explore the main differences and what to do when considering the transition. Including road and trail in your training schedule has significant benefits which help improve the performance of both. We recently held a seminar where 5 of the most experienced runners in […]

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We’ve all set goals for the year, be they new distances, PRs or big peaks. Now comes the hard part: putting in the miles, logging workouts and setting yourself up … Continue reading "Pro Tips for Your 2018 Training"

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On Tuesday, November 13, the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler outside San Francisco, California was cancelled due to smoke from the devastating wildfires ravaging the state. The race organizers … Continue reading "Should You Run in Smoky Air? Probably Not."

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Runners need to run. Ultra-marathon runner need to run a lot. But could you be more effective spending some of that time cross-training?

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Here’s a cracking ditty from Andy DuBois around why being less flexible can have its benefits for runners. Studies have shown that less flexible runners have greater running economy. With so much focus on the importance of stretching you may Read More ...

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Champions don’t do extraordinary things. They do ordinary things… They follow the habits they’ve learned. —Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit As a trail runner, you can do little things  every … Continue reading "Power of Habit"

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Today we welcome an article from Brisbane student, Daniel Broadbridge. Working his way through a sports science degree, Daniel is an aspiring ultra runner and here he puts forward some of the reasons as to why he coaches himself, rather Read More ...

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We’ve all set goals for the year, be they new distances, PRs or big peaks. Now comes the hard part: putting in the miles, logging workouts and setting yourself up … Continue reading "Pro Tips for Your 2018 Training"

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This is not an article about avoiding injury. There are methods to reduce injury risk, for sure. But the only way to truly avoid running-related injury is simple: don’t run. … Continue reading "Injuries are Inevitable, So Cut Yourself Some Slack"

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Do you remember the Presidential Physical Fitness Test from grade school? If you’re reading this in the U.S., there’s a good chance it brings back memories of having to do … Continue reading "Is Stretching Good or Bad?"

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Life isn’t easy with two perfect eyes. Wonder doesn’t have two perfect eyes. His left eye has no vision; his right is mostly blind–just enough for a sliver of shadows … Continue reading "4 Lessons from a Blind Superdog"

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Running uphill can be pretty darn horrible. The social-media accounts of professional runners (or even normal people with very short memories) may claim that running up steep grades is “awesome” … Continue reading "Tips for Uphill Running"

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Here you are, as some of you must have wondered what I was preparing for with the high volume training right after my TDS race, announcing my next big goal... Typically, I end the season with a few 10Ks such as

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True or False: Injuries are usually predictable and preventable. Coaches David Roche, Ian Sharman, Krissy Moehl, and Shawn Bearden discuss their answers in our ongoing series, Coaches' Corner.

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After registering for his first trail ultramarathon, a 100K in Northern California, Ron Nowland, a consistent runner with several marathons under his belt, began tacking more miles onto his Saturday … Continue reading "Is Your Training Unproductive?"

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Part 2 (of 2) in this extraordinary interview with Dr. Megan Roche. We talk about everything from research to coaching to dysfunctional eating to experiencing joy in a lifestyle of running. Megan Roche is a medical doctor, coach, scientist, book author, and exceptional trail runner.

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Trail runners have all had days, weeks, months, and even years when life seemed to be playing out in fast forward, with no time left for running and training. Top trail runners tend to be busier than average, and still squeeze in the necessary training and running to take podium finishes. Indeed, an abundance of […]

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