Finding your way in the Dark
Dec15

Finding your way in the Dark

During the winter, many of us are hampered by the dwindling daylight, which bookend our normal work hours. This requires us to do much of our running in the absence of sunlight, and often at the coldest parts of the day. And perhaps, you are better then I am, but I struggle to consistently train during these periods. Over the years, I have found a few strategies effective and ineffective. If these echo your experiences, I am glad I am...

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Trail and Ultrarunning’s Holiday Gift Guide
Dec08

Trail and Ultrarunning’s Holiday Gift Guide

And just like that, it’s the holiday season. Can you believe it’s back already? Whether you’re an avid runner or you’re looking to buy your favorite runner the perfect gift, we’ve got a quick list of great things to snag this holiday season! Petzl Tika XP 2 Headlamp - $60 As the days get shorter and the sunny hours dwindle, running with a headlamp may be essential for runners hoping to keep their training...

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When Runners Mountaineer
Nov04

When Runners Mountaineer

Photos of mountain running and high alpine ridges flood my social media feeds. Athletes atop peaks with goofy smiles on their faces, and I can’t help but smile back at my phone. I’ll like the photo. And I’ll sigh, thinking some noob is going to get in over the head in some sort of mini-epic and I’m one who helped promote it. Comments on the photos will ask where, how far, how much time? And then, others will...

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Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning – Book Review
Oct24

Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning – Book Review

“Just as a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, your ultra race begins with solid training.” – Hal Koerner Even if you’ve been around ultrarunning for a very short time, you have certainly heard of Hal Koerner. One of ultrarunning veterans, Hal has won both Western States and the Hardrock 100, and completed more than 130 ultramarathons around the world. It is no surprise that Hal wanted to leave an even more lasting...

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Women’s Guide to Safety While Trail Running
Aug21

Women’s Guide to Safety While Trail Running

Women’s safety and concerns regarding sexual assault has been a growing topic of discussion. While this article is not an attempt to address the issues of why attacks happen, and I agree the #NotAllMen are attackers, I do feel that #YesAllWomen should consider safety measures while trail running. This is a 5 Step guide for women to increase safety while trail running. Let Someone Know: Let someone know where you’re going, when you...

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Nathan Hydration Firecatcher Race Vest
Jul08

Nathan Hydration Firecatcher Race Vest

Miles run (so far) – 1,248 Last and definitely “least” – in terms of size and weight – from Nathan is the minimal Firecatcher race vest. In a sport that had taken a turn toward carrying plenty of gadgets and large amounts of supplies, the idea of “minimal racing” is rapidly growing. Nathan kept in mind that not everyone can train on a gel and swig of water for multiple hours but still like the simplicity...

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Bighorn 100 Pre-Race Photo Reflections
Jun18

Bighorn 100 Pre-Race Photo Reflections

This morning I awoke before my 4:50am alarm. I drowsily stumbled around, threw on my favorite soft running clothes, tracked down a handheld and a pair of shoes and tossed them in the car. Scoping out the wildcat ridge It is fitting that my last taper run is where it all started: on Wire – a short, steep mountain climb overlooking Salt Lake City. I turned on my Wire playlist as I drove, realizing I was a few minutes behind. Yes,...

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Nathan Hydration VaporShadow/VaporCloud – Review
Jun13

Nathan Hydration VaporShadow/VaporCloud – Review

Miles used (so far) – 617 miles Next on the list for our Nathan Hydration series review is the VaporCloud/VaporShadow race vests. The VaporCloud and VaporShadow are identical in features with exception of the VaporShadow being designed specifically for a female fit with a slightly different front pocket and torso wrap that better fits a female frame. As with their Elevation, Nathan made sure that this vest was UTMB capable with 11L of...

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