Learn about the “process” of taking care of our bodies even when we push them hard.
Dr. Carrie Cooper became the patient after having ACL reconstructive surgery. Learn how she used collagen to help her recover from her injury and get back to her pre-surgery daily routine faster than her surgeon thought she could.
Nolan’s 14 is a project in the Sawatch Range of the Colorado Rockies that strings together fourteen 14,000’ mountains in a single push.
The advice presented here is geared toward the more rare, large projects which demand a significant investment of time and sacrifice. These words can be applied for a project of any type, and in many sports.
Our goals and objectives are just that: end points in which we test our skills and knowledge. But the means are just as important as the end.
The first book Tiare read in jail was Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes. She felt it was fitting, or even fate, since her life had recently turned around. She was used to running almost everyday by then, but there was no place for her to run during her three months being locked up. Instead, she […]
Cookie monster or trail runner? At her local bakery in Jackson, Wyoming, Kelly Hapin picked out two oversized chocolate-chip cookies. You know the ones I’m talking about … those irresistible cookies that are the size of your hand, outstretched like a seastar, the ones that weigh more than you ever imagined a cookie could weigh. […]
On a flat, paved surface, the average adult takes about 2,000 steps to walk one mile. In a race that spans 268 miles though mountains and varied terrain in the dead of winter in the United Kingdom, that amounts to something like 540,000 steps. And all it takes is one wrong step to take you […]
I love Strava and use it frequently, though I have to work really hard to not let my comparison-based thoughts sneak in when I am using the app. These little gremlins tell me I need to run a marathon because an ultra-runner I follow just did. If my friends are getting KOMs/QOMs, the gremlins will […]
Most runners don’t eat anything during a five-mile race. The distance and time spent pushing the body isn’t quite long enough to require mid-race nutrition. But on rare occasions, Rita Beard eats a dozen glazed donuts at the 2.5-mile marker. That’s 2,400 calories of carby, sugary goodness with half of the race still to go. […]
Editors Note: At Gnarly we feel it is important to bring awareness to RED-S (formally referred to as the Female Athlete Triad) as it relates to the health and performance of athletes (including men). Readers must know we are not attempting to diagnose or treat any medical conditions in this article. A few months ago […]
Joslynn Corredor’s impression of a dead bug is spot-on. A lower back stretch that she practices with her clients while working as a strength trainer; the move resembles a deceased bug with all appendages pointing toward the sky. We could all benefit from becoming dead bugs. Jos is a strength coach, but she’s also a […]
Before she knew rock climbing was a sport, Piseth Sam was sending routes. On the playground near the projects she grew up in, she would scale a rock that was part of the neighborhood park she and friends played “tag” on. The adventurous kids would scale the rock’s face to escape from becoming “it.” With […]
For many professional and amateur athletes alike, we brought in the new decade celebrating the possibilities of what was to come. We dreamt of a year where we would unwield our finely crafted skills on our goals and competition. Fast forward a couple of months, and we’ve all been forced to push the pause button […]
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The consequences of RED-S are severe. If left untreated or diagnosed too late, a patient is left susceptible to osteoporosis and potential cardiovascular issues related to poor hormonal health. I wasn’t only gambling with my athletic career, but with my long-term health.
Fortunately, since I was still young enough to put down bone, I could reverse the osteopenia.
“You need to gain fifteen pounds, ASAP.” Startled, having just set foot in a doctor’s office for a check-up required by work, my mind went to humor. “So, you mean like the weight of a house cat?,” I replied. “Gain some fat, get a cat” became an inside joke between my coworkers and me, a rallying cry preceding many large dinners as we worked in California’s High Sierra.
On a cold February day in 2012, Mike McKnight’s running career was almost snuffed out before it got started. Mike, then 21, and his friends were skiing at Beaver Mountain near Logan, Utah, and set up to hit a table-top jump in the terrain park, one Mike had hit multiple times in the past. But […]
Recovery is arguably the most overlooked aspect of any training program, and yet it is often the key to building functional strength, preventing injuries and breaking through performance plateaus. The quality of an athlete’s recovery or speed at which muscles recover from intense training can have a direct impact on an athlete’s ability to perform […]
There is a lot of speculation regarding proper race day hydration and fueling, and in truth, the optimal strategy for you is likely to be quite different than the runner next to you. Given that, there are some basic hydration and fueling strategies for before, during and after your run, that if you’re not already […]