Now that sweatcicle season is upon us, it seems like the appropriate time to share some tips for running outside in the winter. The treadmill may sound much more appealing than being outside in sub-zero temperatures, and sometimes it is. However, running outside in the winter can be enjoyable if done properly. After a few years of winter running in Utah (thanks to perpetually signing up for spring races), I’ve learned a few things I thought were worth sharing.Continue reading “Winter Running Tips”
Updated: June 30, 2018
As a follow up to my previous article, Best GPS Watch for Ultrarunning, here is an updated version with the latest and greatest watches. There are more options than there are days in the year, and every month it seems like a new watch is released to the market. My goal with this post is to help narrow down the dizzying amount of choices, with a specific focus on ultra running. This is not a comprehensive list of all GPS watches out there, and there may be watches that aren’t on my list for one reason or another, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work for you. Continue reading “Best GPS Watch for Ultrarunning (2018 edition)”
A searchable index of many popular trail running shoes and their heel height, toe height (generally referred to as stack height – or amount of cushioning), and the corresponding drop. This table is useful for comparing different shoes you may be looking at purchasing.
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I had the opportunity to volunteer at Western States in 2017 at the Peachstone (Cal-2) aid station which sits at mile 70.7 along the Western States trail in the Foresthill Divide, east of Auburn, deep in the canyon near the American River. I’m told this year had the highest number of DNFs and the slowest female winning time largely due to the oppressive heat and humidity throughout the race, and the snow and mud conditions in the first miles of the race. This is my story from this years race.
Product Review – Altra Escalante
The Altra Escalante is the first Altra using the new Altra Ego™ midsole cushioning material which claims to offer outstanding rebound, light weight, and superior comfort. It is also the first Altra with a knit upper. After being disappointed with the Altra Torin 2.5, and lacking a good medium-cushioned road shoe since my previous favorite pair had too many miles on them, the Altra Torin 2.0, I was really excited to try out the new Altra Escalante.
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Working for a global company, I’m often on the road for work. In a typical year, I travel 100,000 – 150,000 miles a year by plane all over the world which makes it tough to stick to a training schedule. I always recommend traveling with your running gear because you never know when you may be able to squeeze in an unplanned run. Since I spend so much time on airplanes and in airports away from my home trails in unfamiliar cities and towns, I’ve come up with these 10 tips which help me run when I’m on the road.
Product Review – Altra Lone Peak 3.0
The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 is the 5th generation of the Lone Peak shoe (1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0) and the fourth generation that I have owned. The Lone Peak 1.5 was actually my very first pair of Altra shoes, and I’ve been running in zero drop shoes ever since. I was really looking forward to trying these shoes out!
After a long Utah winter that saw me unexpectedly putting hundreds of miles on my Altra Lone Peak Neoshell, the weather finally changed and I’ve been able to get a full lifetime out of my Altra Olympus 2.0. If you haven’t had a chance, feel free to check out my first impressions of the Altra Olympus 2.0 and then come back here for the full review. Continue reading “Product Review – Altra Olympus 2.0”
Late last year, some friends in one of my local running groups, Wasatch Mountain Wranglers, signed up for the Rainshadow Running Gorge Waterfalls 100k and posted in our Facebook group. Caught up in the subsequent fervor, and with my eye on wanting to qualify for Western States, I jumped at the chance and signed up! The race ended up selling out in less than a day, so I’m really glad I made the decision before it was too late.