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Phil Parrish

The faster you can recover from a workout, the sooner you can train again. By increasing training frequency, you can achieve a desired result faster or complete a higher volume of training in a desired time. To achieve this end, many athletes and weekend warriors are turning to compression clothing as an aid to training and recovery. But, what is compression clothing? And how does it work? Benefits of Compression Garments Depending on who you ask, compression garments make a huge difference, or they’re just really tight underwear. Some controlled studies have yielded interesting results, while others are completely inconclusive. [...]

Catherine Greenwald

All photos by Tyson Stevens When it comes to run training, all work and no play is a sure recipe for burnout. You could try throwing in a few Farleks or intervals to break things up, but sorry, that’s still work. One way to mix things up, possibly gain a little speed, and, most importantly, have fun at the same time, is to inject some play into your routine with some Ultimate Frisbee. Usually referred to as “Ultimate” for fear of attracting unwanted attention from certain corporate attorneys, the game involves elements of soccer, football, and basketball. Physically, you can [...]

Lexi D.

Whether it’s in the form of a lightweight baselayer or stylish pea coat, you really can’t go wrong with wool. It has been around for centuries—millennia, even—yet it continues to outperform many of today’s high-tech synthetics. But before we get into why wool is so amazing, banish from your mind the image of scratchy sweaters that exude the essence wet sheep upon first contact with snow or drizzle. That’s not the kind of wool we’re talking about here. We’re concerned with merino wool—also known as nature’s miracle fiber—but lambswool and high-quality wool blends are worth a mention, too. What makes [...]

Emma Garrard

It’s been almost two and a half years since I became a mom and there are still moments when I find myself thinking, ‘Wait, when did I become a parent?’ Yet at the same time being co-owner of a toddler is now a huge part of my life and identity. Returning to the activities that define and bring me joy was not simple, but was an exciting and challenging journey from athlete to mom-athlete with a lot to learn. No new parents like unsolicited advice directly, but here are my top ten tips from my experience returning to life as [...]

Jessica Hamel

Haunted by a past filled with violence, Colombia is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to exploring in the outdoors. Just 10 years ago, Colombians didn’t feel safe in their own homes so you can’t blame them for not heading out into the isolation of the mountains for the sake of exploration. This has left the beautiful land rather undiscovered. Mix in the lack of information on the World Wide Web and that’s what you call an adventure, right? To be honest, Colombia wasn’t a thought-out trip planned and dreamt about for years. It was actually rather [...]

Curtis Jensen

Above photo by Ian Matteson Can a softshell replace your trusty hardshell in sustained rain or snowfall? Probably not. What softshells do best is keep you warm and dry while your heart rate is up in windy and/or damp weather.  What Is “Softshell”? “Softshell” is a class of knit or woven materials, made from polyester and nylon, used to make technical outdoor clothing that essentially bridges the gap between waterproof hardshell jackets and highly breathable fleece jackets. They’re more breathable (but less water and wind resistant), more flexible, and generally more durable than hardshell materials, and more protective than fleece. [...]

rory bosio

Like many outdoor enthusiasts, my most memorable times are spent in the mountains. I love the sense of freedom and peace that comes from running over peaks and through the woods. It’s no coincidence that a lot of races on my calendar take place in the mountains, be it in Colorado, Utah, or even the Alps. However, I don’t love gasping for air at higher elevation. Difficulty breathing, fatigue, light-headedness and other symptoms associated with altitude sickness can turn a fun day into a sufferfest. But whether you’re just planning on getting out while on vacation or are traveling to [...]

Aliza Lapierre

By pushing themselves progressively farther and faster, runners of all levels can reach performances they never dreamed possible. – The Competitive Runner’s Handbook If you are like me, I ran my first marathon with the general goal of finishing. I had done my training guided by a 12-week, easy-to-follow guide that had me running unfocused miles. At the time this simple regimen was OK because I wanted so badly to complete the 26.2 mile distance, no matter how long it took. On race day I ran the entire marathon stride for stride with my husband and had a huge smile [...]

Adam Daniels

For runners, spring is race season; for the majority of those living in the northern hemisphere, that means that the heart of the training takes place in the middle of winter. While it may be tempting to run outdoors on a beautiful day after fresh snow has fallen, it’s not always a great idea to get in your speed or strength work on the icy roads. I usually find a nice warm and safe treadmill to complete the key workouts that’ll help me get closer to my goals. Following is some advice about getting the most out of running on [...]

John Tribbia

The day my Thule Chariot CX1 jogging stroller was delivered to the door, the first thought that came to my head was “freedom.” No, not the kind of freedom you feel when you are wearing nothing but a bathrobe. I’m speaking about the kind of freedom John Steinbeck writes about in his travelogue Travels with Charley: In Search of America, his account of a 1960 road trip around the United States with his French standard poodle. In it, he describes the freedom to explore and learn about your surroundings, the freedom to travel the open road and choose your own [...]

Shannan Hansen

I am a trail runner, a yoga teacher, and a single mother. I am not sure which of these causes me the most joy or the most suffering. They each have their moments, I suppose. Today I am choosing the joy and suffering of running nine miles in the mountains. I feel tired, tight, and satisfied. As a yogi, I understand the intense effect running has on the body and I value the importance of stretching to keep my joints and muscles in balance. At the end of a long run my soul is soothed, and I take a moment to [...]

Catherine Greenwald

Sure, you can just run. But strength training can help you run faster and better, and stay free from injury. If you’re going to start anywhere with strength training, start not with your legs, but with your core. The system of muscles – not just your abs – at your core are essential to supporting your posture, which will help you run more efficiently and cut down on fatigue. A stable core also enables you to respond to changes in terrain underfoot with a minimum of energy expenditure. We consulted with Whitney Liehr and Adam Daniels, both trainers at the [...]

Lindsay Krause

Do you have a job? Do you have a family? Do you love to run?  There may be a half marathon in your future. As a working mom, I love the half marathon because it is a long enough distance that I am motivated to train, but short enough that I can still have a life outside of training.  There are also half marathons almost every weekend all over the country, so you can pretty easily find a race that fits your schedule. Following are three 14-week plans for training for a half-marathon race. They’re broken down for newbies (Level [...]

Adam W. Chase

As the captain and manager of Team Salomon US, I’m honored to introduce the members of our team who have joined the Herd and become part of the squad. The following athletes represent Salomon’s and BC’s shared mountain heritage and zeal for off-road endurance athletics. Their accomplishments are too numerous to list here, so these brief profiles, glimpses into the personalities that make up the team, are mere teasers. Aliza Lapierre A true Vermonter, Aliza is both rugged and pensive. The vegetarian social worker and featured blogger for Running Times doesn’t say something unless she means it, and she doesn’t [...]

dena eaton

From early morning road runs to epic endurance tests in the mountains, the right running watch will provide the data you need to track, measure, and ultimately improve your performance. Running watches run the gamut from basic time-keepers to sophisticated micro-computers; finding the right one for you is a function of where you run, how you run, and why you run. You’ll want to take into consideration your training goals (more ambitious goals may demand more sophisticated metrics), terrain you typically run in (e.g., altimeter functions on hilly or mountainous trails), and your general affinity for tracking data (some of [...]

Austin H.

There’s something alluring about running at night. The daylight hours bring the same sights, sounds, traffic, and predictable daily grind;  at night, everything changes. Darkness brings cooler temperatures during the summer, less foot and car traffic, the chance to spot otherwise elusive nocturnal animals, and the opportunity to see your city or town in a new light. Running at night also allows you the flexibility to schedule your workout around your job or other life obligations. Although it might seem like a chore at first, with a little extra gear and the right mindset, it’s easy to run at night [...]

dena eaton

Trail running, for many, is a respite from staring at the white line on the side of the road. Variances in surface, small obstacles such as roots and rocks, and frequent elevation changes provide you with ample distractions that seem to make the run go by faster.  If you’ve run a few 10ks and have been thinking about trying a half marathon, why not take your training a step further and try a trail half marathon? Contents Tips for Trails Fuel, Hydrate, Recover Race Day Training Plan The accompanying 12-week training program is designed for runners who have run, at [...]

rory bosio

I’ve run dozens of ultra marathons, ranging from 30 to 100 miles. How many regular road marathons have I done? Zero. While having marathon experience is great for making the transition to ultras, it isn’t required. I did my first ultra on a whim and have been hooked to it ever since. For a lot of people, though, getting started is hard. Here are eight tips to help you take the leap: 1. Develop a Training Plan If you’re overwhelmed by the very idea of running 100 miles, let alone putting a training plan together, turn to the Internet. It [...]

rory bosio

The number one question I get as an ultra runner, besides “Where you go to the bathroom during a 100-mile race?” (in the woods, as nature intended—hopefully out of view, but not always), is “How can you run so many miles without getting injured?” People are usually skeptical when I tell them that I’ve never—knock on wood—had any major injuries and have perfectly functioning knees despite running up to 100 miles per week. I wish I had a pithy one-liner as a response to their doubts, but alas, I’m not clever enough to come up with anything. In reality, there [...]

Allen Lim

The conventional wisdom regarding nutrition, if you’re a runner, is to eat a diet that is high in carbohydrate (≈ 60%) with the balance of your calories coming from protein (≈ 20%) and fat (≈ 20%). During an actual run, depending upon it’s length, intensity, and the environment, that advice generally shifts even more in favor of carbs, where we’re commonly told to stick to simple sugars in the form of gels, blocks, or a sports drink that also allows us to hydrate and replace valuable electrolytes lost in sweat when thirsty. But, as simple and perhaps conservative as these guidelines [...]

Bill Porreca

Every year, January creates anticipation for next year’s latest and greatest gear. The Outdoor Retailer show is one of my favorite events, because I can get my hands on all the new toys. This year was all about carbon and lightweight backcountry ski and snowboard setups. La Sportiva Vapor Nano Durable lightweight skis are just starting to show up on the market. Previously, the ski industry could do either lightweight or durable, but now we’re seeing more and more skis that will withstand daily punishment without punishing your legs. Meet the Vapor Nano from La Sportiva. I first looked at [...]

Allen Lim

Skratch Labs’ Dr. Allen Lim has some pretty radical thoughts when it comes to nutrition for athletes. Among them are eating food that tastes good and putting your body’s feedback above the latest articles in nutrition journals—not to downplay his devotion to research or his extensive credentials. The Feed Zone Cookbook, written by Dr. Lim and Chef Biju Thomas, is packed with 150 simple, delicious, athlete-friendly recipes that provide excellent fuel for endurance workouts. The book includes breakfasts, portable snacks, post-run-or-ride dishes, dinners, desserts, and recovery drinks. Below are four favorites (and if you love these recipes, you’ll love the new [...]

Jesse S

Made with a WindStopper membrane, the Gore Running Wear Mythos WindStopper Softshell Jacket is a slim-fitting piece of substantial outerwear for high-output aerobic activities in less than perfect weather. The jacket is soft to the touch without being flimsy and offers a rear vent to minimize overheating. I tested this jacket while running in a light-ish snow in downtown Salt Lake City when the winds were still and the temperature hovered around 20F. I also tested it on long runs in town and sprints at a high school track in both balmy and breezy 40F and 25F weather, and on [...]

Jesse S

Winter Vinecki is a delightful and refreshingly unusual 14-year-old, with lofty aspirations and goals. She recently set the world record for youngest person to run a marathon on all seven continents, is attending high school online, and has her sights set on the U.S. National Aerial Ski team. I was lucky enough to grab a few minutes of Winter’s time just prior to her record-breaking marathon, and we chatted about everything from her family to living away from home for months on end to Team Winter, which raises money for prostate cancer research and awareness. Team Winter is all over [...]