Archive for April, 2012

Comparing Compression Socks

Comparing Compression Socks

There is some recent debate as to what amount of compression is good for your legs and what too much compression is. While not everyone is a firm believer that any compression is necessary to staying healthy I have found that compression gear has been one of the biggest keys to me being able to […]

New Information on Stress Fracture Risk

New Information on Stress Fracture Risk

Although I think times are changing, how often have we heard to focus on increasing calcium intake for the stress fracture prone running population? Yes, it is true that calcium plays an important role in bone development; but there’s only so much calcium can do without vitamin D. Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium […]

Thunderbolt Creek 50K and 50K Relay

Thunderbolt Creek 50K and 50K Relay

Thunderbolt Creek is an out and back 50k on a very scenic non-technical trail with approximately 3000-4000 feet of climbing and maybe the fastest trail 50k in Montana! If you love trail running this is a must for your calendar.

Importance of High Intensity Exercise – Part 1

Importance of High Intensity Exercise – Part 1

High-intensity exercises sequentially recruits all the different types of muscle fibers in your body, starting with the smaller motor units made up of slow-twitch fibers, also known as Type I.  These are the muscles involved in aerobic metabolism (i.e. steady state running).  They recover quickly and have a lot of endurance; perfect for long distance […]

Salomon XR Mission

Salomon XR Mission

While a mountain wilderness is an ideal playground for a trail runner to indulge in, most of us do not have the luxury of living near one. We end up running most of our miles on the smooth trails of regional parks, and for many, some miles on the road to and from the trailhead. […]

Race Goal: Destination or Journey?

Race Goal: Destination or Journey?

Being a goal oriented person; it seems natural to look at my goals as a destination. Reaching the goal, such as a race, represents a final point in training where everything is supposed to come together. It brings closure to all of the hard work that has led to this single day. Yet when I […]

Metabolic Efficiency Training: Teaching the Body to Burn More Fat

Metabolic Efficiency Training: Teaching the Body to Burn More Fat

Metabolic what?  Efficiency huh?  Don’t worry, I’m not trying to sell you anything or will not promise any infomercial results that are not scientifically supported.  My goal is to help explain how you can change your paradigm of thinking about nutrition so you can teach your body to use the right nutrients at the right times […]

Hydrapak Avila Review

Hydrapak Avila Review

Hydration packs are one of the most important products one can buy when they begin running trails and graduating into ultra running. There are so many great packs on the market today and they really have come a long ways over the past few years but one of the most noticeable problems I have always […]

Going Out Too Fast

Going Out Too Fast

Let’s be honest here, we’ve all done it.  Standing at the starting line, you anxiously await the sound of the gun, rehearsing your race strategy and continually telling yourself to go out easy…  Then the gun fires and you are off like the Terminator chasing after Jonathan Connor.  A glance down at your GPS and […]

Pre-Race Rituals and the BPP

Pre-Race Rituals and the BPP

Establishing a routine before a race or big training run can be daunting without some preparation and thought ahead of time. After many years and races I have finally established pre-race rituals that give me the confidence I need going into a race. With the Backward Planning Process (BPP) you can toe the line feeling ready to […]