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Smashrun

Smashrun

So Many Choices If you haven’t been under a rock, you already know that the landscape for training sites has become a metaphorical candy-land over the recent years as more people track their activities on their phones, watches and other gadgets. All of them support mapping your route, the ability to view your pace and […]

Newton BoCo AT

Newton BoCo AT

I’m a long-time fan of Newton running. They do a great job at educating, teaching and informing people around the globe about proper running form. The shoes? They’re just the means to put all that knowledge and technology onto your feet. I tell people to get over the price tag – I spent an extra […]

Mogollon Monster 100

Mogollon Monster 100

Three weeks prior to the race, I had gone up to Pine for a training run with a buddy. We navigated many of the Mogollon Monster trails and climbed many of the same climbs I would face on race day. We put in a meager 25 miles and my legs were trashed, my lungs on […]

2013 Black Hills 100

2013 Black Hills 100

For the third year in a row, I made the trek to South Dakota with my family to enjoy the hospitality of Ryan Phillips and Chris Stores, race directors for the Black Hills 100. Compared to the 100k last year, I’ve been able to apply my growing experience as a trail runner to the increasingly difficult […]

Tailwind Nutrition

Tailwind Nutrition

Introduction How often would you say that fueling and nutrition has impacted your race-day performance? 50%? 75%? Do you struggle finding the right things to eat and drink during a race? Like anyone else, I too have spent my fair share of time and money trying to figure out what combination of gels, chews, electrolytes […]

Fear Not the Toesocks

Fear Not the Toesocks

Not Just For Hippies You’ve probably seen someone strolling through the airport security line wearing them with sandals. Perhaps you even saw your ‘hippie’ friend walking around with the knee-high-rainbow-striped-variety. What’s up with those crazy socks that look like gloves for your feet?! Even my kids say they make my toes look like sausages. Just […]

2012 Lean Horse 100

2012 Lean Horse 100

The First Half There is a common saying in the running world that, “You know you’ve done your taper well when you’re itching to run on race day.” Is that really such a bad thing?! All I can say is that “the itch” took over for the first 25 miles. It was soooo hard to […]

Finding the Right Chiropractor

Finding the Right Chiropractor

Part of the Equation Any experienced runner will tell you that hydration, nutrition and stretching are an integral part of their training. In my opinion however, one of the most critical elements often left out of this equation is the use of chiropractic to ensure that all parts of the body – hips, neck and […]

Black Hills 100

Black Hills 100

Given my relative newness to ultra-running, I have not yet experienced many of the premier courses in the US. But if there is a bar to hold them to, it is the Centennial Trail (ole’ 89) of the Black Hills 100. I have never enjoyed a course more than I did this weekend while running […]

Dealing with Plantar Fasciitis

Dealing with Plantar Fasciitis

I distinctly remember when it happened. Following the 2007 Portland Marathon I took off my shoes, stepped on the ground and felt an unusual stretch in my arch. It wasn’t crippling or painful at the time but it would turn out to be one of the most horrible injuries I have faced in my running […]