Choosing Mountains with Tiare Vincent

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 […]

Prepping for the Send with Kelly Halpin

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. Half of a giant chocolate-chip […]

No-Send September Part Two: Fail then Succeed

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 […]

My Complicated Relationship with Strava

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 […]

Running with Purpose: the RDP

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. […]

Endurance Athletes: Missing training days due to soreness? You may need more protein

Benefits of Protein for the Endurance Athlete What’s the buzz about protein? First of all, we are made of it, literally. Everything from our muscles, bones, neurotransmitters, and hormones, to tiny microscopic cellular machines, are made up of protein.  Protein benefits: Helps with muscle repair  Helps with muscle building Helps maintain fluid balance Makes up […]

Hydrate or Die-drate

Legend has it, the first known marathoner Pheidippides ran 25 miles from the Marathon battlefield to Athens. After completing the most amazing athletic feat of his time, he yelled “Victory!”, delivering news to the Athenians that they had claimed victory over the Persians. He then collapsed and died of exhaustion. If only he had a […]

Going The Distance

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 […]

5 Recovery Tips with Ultra-Runner Mike McKnight

We turn to Ultra-runner Mike McKnight to get his top 5 recovery tips. While Mike has completed a number of 100 mile trail races, his latest accomplishments might just blow your mind. Since 2017 Mike has completed the Triple Crown of 200s… twice.

Recovery Nutrition and Breaking through Your Performance Plateau

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 […]

Basic Run Nutrition

Female Trail Runner

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 […]

Post-Run Nutrition

“Don’t give up. Especially after you’ve finished.” Athletes often get caught up in the distracting excitement and satisfaction of reaching the finish line and consequently often neglect post-race nutrition. Refueling and rehydrating after a race can significantly decrease muscle soreness and reduce recovery time, leaving you stronger and ready to tackle your next run. To […]

Mid-Run Nutrition

“It’s amazing what your body can do when you give what it needs.” Proper nutrition mid-race, if your distance calls for it, is just a critical as pre- and post-run nutrition. As you gradually train to match the distance of your race, you should also train for how to fuel your body during that distance. […]

Pre-Run Nutrition

“The key to a strong finish is a strong start.” No matter the distance of your race, being properly fueled and hydrated at the starting line is integral to a successful race. There are some basic hydration and fueling strategies, that if you’re not already doing, will definitely help you in your preparation for race […]

What It Takes to Train and Run Professionally

When I tell people that I am a professional runner the first question I always get is, “Oh, so you run marathons?” They start scratching their heads a bit when I tell them I run the 5K on the track (like what’s the big deal, anyone can run 3.1 miles). It’s only when I explain […]

Work Hard, Rest Harder…And Smarter

You see it time and time again in weightlifting. A new athlete comes out of nowhere doing some real impressive lifts in training. Then following it up with big lifts at competition after competition. What is their secret? Simple, hard work. They put in countless hours day after day just trying to work harder than […]

How to Make the Impossible, Possible

That light bulb that suddenly clicks in your head. “I’ve got it! I am signing up for the San Francisco Marathon!” Or “I’m going to climb The Nose on El Capitan!” Or “ I am going to bike in the Tuscon Century (100 miles) this year!” That one big daunting goal, the one you (often) […]

What to Eat During the Week Leading up to Your Marathon

Like all athletes, runners train hard – especially as the actually competition gets closer and closer. Often, though, they tend to neglect their nutrition. To be fair, this might not be a complete oversight. Most of the time, runners genuinely try to eat properly in order to prepare their body for the upcoming race – […]

How to Make Running Fun

Running is fantastic exercise. Not only does it burn tons of calories, but a good run can also increase your power, endurance and cardiovascular health. Some research even suggests that running can dramatically improve your mood and memory, too. Plus, running can be done just about anywhere with minimal equipment. There’s just one problem: Running […]

5 Tips for Staying in Shape During the Winter Months

The winter is a difficult time for fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike. Many sports are in their off-season, getting outside to exercise is a significant challenge, motivation is typically low and – to top it all off – you’re likely binging around the holidays. It’s really a pretty terrible combination of events. Believe it or […]