Archive for May, 2012

Indiana Trail 100

Indiana Trail 100

The inaugural Indiana Trail 100 is the only 100 mile trail race in the state of Indiana and will be held at Chain O’ Lakes State Park in Albion, Indiana on April 20-21, 2013.

Pearl Izumi Peak II – Women’s

Pearl Izumi Peak II – Women’s

“OMG, shoes that look FUN!”, that was my first reaction when I opened the box that had just arrived with a pair of Pearl Izumi Peak II shoes in it for me to try. As a road runner, I’ve wore the same brand of shoes since I began running seven years ago. Last year, when […]

Pearl Izumi Peak II – Men’s

Pearl Izumi Peak II – Men’s

I tried on a pair of Pearl Izumi trail shoes sometime last year.   I remember they felt almost bulky and up off the ground a little more than I was looking for and ultimately passed on them. So when the opportunity to test out a pair of the Peak II’s, I’ll admit I didn’t exactly […]

Consuming THIS Can Improve Performance

Consuming THIS Can Improve Performance

Strength athletes are most known for consuming (often dangerous) nitric oxide supplements. How cool is that you can have the ergogenic benefit supplement users seek, from eating REAL food? New research has identified a beetroot and running performance connection. Research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics tested running performance after […]

Inov-8 Talon X-212

Inov-8 Talon X-212

While I have only been running trails for the past few years I can tell you that I have tried out dozens of shoes in search of the glass slipper that fits me just right. I’ve tried shoes with extra support thinking it would be safer on trails, I’ve ran in minimalist shoes and then […]

Runners Cheat

Runners Cheat

Come on admit it. Runners cheat. Step away from the auto-excuse button and just see it for what it is. I’m not talking about performance enhancing drugs or blood doping. I’m talking about runners and their behaviors. What behaviors? The ones that get us all in trouble though we hate to admit it. We shorten, […]

How Do You GU?

How Do You GU?

Since 1991 Berkeley, California based GU Energy Labs has been fueling athletes around the world. If you’re an endurance athlete it’s likely you’ve sucked down a packet of GU Energy Gel at one time or another. Over the past few years GU Energy Labs has also expanded their products to include premium energy sources like […]

Salomon XR Crossmax

Salomon XR Crossmax

Salomon XR Crossmax, part of our continued series of Salomon XR series hybrid trail shoes. 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 […]

Water vs. Sports Drinks

Water vs. Sports Drinks

Summer months escalate the need for proper hydration. Dr. Dane Treat talks about hydration options in “Water vs. Gatorade”. Exercising for more or less than one hour? Water is adequate up to one hour, sports drinks should be considered if exercising longer than one hour. Carbohydrates. Most sports drinks contain carbohydrates that help you continue […]

Energy Expenditure While Running

Energy Expenditure While Running

When it comes to energy expenditure, our body is designed to utilize three different sources of fuel; carbohydrates (glucose & glycogen), fats, and ATP/CP.  For those of you doing a great deal of distance running, pay attention to the last three rows of this chart as it will be the most important while logging all […]