Overcoming the Bonk and Training to Prevent It

Overcoming the Bonk and Training to Prevent It

When running any distance, the bonk is bound to happen…it happens all the time. If you’ve ever been crushing it through the race, and then, out of nowhere, your day turns upside down to feeling tired, slow, heavy, or grumpy, you’ve bonked! It is possible to train to overcome it though! We’ll try to help you understand what is happening, and how to overcome it so that you can race more efficiently at your next big day.

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Making The Most of Aid Stations: What to Expect, What to Eat, and How to Keep Going

Making The Most of Aid Stations: What to Expect, What to Eat, and How to Keep Going

Aid stations are more than just a physical checkpoint in a race, but also a mental one. They can be a huge boost to our race day from seeing cheerful volunteers and crews, hearing a festive atmosphere, and getting the nutrition needed to keep having a solid race. They also can be a place where you might stare into oblivion and have no clue what to do, especially after a tough section or many hours on your feet. Knowing what to do at an aid station can keep you moving strong and minimize down-time.

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Trail and Ultra Running Injuries and How to Heal Up!

Trail and Ultra Running Injuries and How to Heal Up!

Injuries in trail and ultramarathon running can put a damper on the stoke, and unfortunately are common to find. Most runners suffer some kind of injury every year. With every mile, our muscles are breaking down while hopefully on their way to getting stronger. Sometimes, they break down too much though, and lead to one of the injuries discussed below.

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Your Body is Talking. Are You Listening? A Guide on Overtraining and Recovery.

Your Body is Talking. Are You Listening? A Guide on Overtraining and Recovery.

Where there used to be an “off season” in the winter, there are now heavily sponsored world-class 50k races and marathons. However, in order to continue grow as athletes, there must be rest and recovery. Our bodies are remarkable machines and have many ways they communicate with us. Here is how to know what your body is saying, and how to react.

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The Runner's Rim-To-Rim-To-Rim Guide (And Training Plan!)

The Runner's Rim-To-Rim-To-Rim Guide (And Training Plan!)

The Grand Canyon is the United States’ most popular National Park. Millions of visitors go there every year, but less than 1% of them ever travel below the rim. Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim is the most scenic way to get the full experience of the Canyon, and is a trail running dream route. Complete with narrow cliffside trails, towering canyon walls, the emerald waters of the Colorado River, and waterfalls for those who are lucky, this route will leave you in awe.

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Tapering Sucks. Why it Matters, and How Have a Positive Taper.

Tapering Sucks. Why it Matters, and How Have a Positive Taper.

As humans, our minds love routine. Breaking the running routine can take its mental toll. You’ve spent the last um-teen weeks training hard, accomplishing new milage each week and crushing workouts, and then, it starts going backward. That lack of feel-good endorphins and new weekly accomplishments can take a mental toll and cause taper week to feel dreadful.

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Running The Leadville 100: A Turn By Turn Description of the Stoke

Running The Leadville 100: A Turn By Turn Description of the Stoke

The highs and lows of this race will be extreme, whether geographical, physical, or emotional. With this turn by turn guide, we hope to provide an extra resource for you to visualize what that day will have in store, and position yourself for the success that awaits back at 6th and Harrison.

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Race Day Visualization Strategies

Race Day Visualization Strategies

Physical training is just a part of race day success. Mental training is equally important. One of the quickest ways to train your mind for race day is through race day visualization. With this process, you picture the various parts of the day and potential feelings, obstacles, scenarios, etc., while assuring yourself of your success in those areas. We will explain the process to achieving a strong, focused mind below, as well as some quick tips for when the going gets tough.

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Positive Mindset = Positive Race Results

Positive Mindset = Positive Race Results

There are many, many of us runners who have set out into a race with out sights and hopes high, only to hit a snag somewhere along the way. Suddenly, our positive mindset has turned and is battling against every thought with doubt and dread, flooding our brainwaves with “no, I can’t/won’t” thoughts.

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Before and After Your Race: Ensuring Long Term Success

Before and After Your Race: Ensuring Long Term Success

Preparing for a race takes time. There are lots of moving parts that need to be managed in order for the day to go as smoothly as possible. Using the experiences of athletes and coaches, we’ve put together this list for you to ease the mental stress and keep everything on track so that your can have your best race yet!

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What To Do About Your Western/Hardrock Lottery Luck

What To Do About Your Western/Hardrock Lottery Luck

Were you one of the thousands of people crossing their fingers and hoping the lottery gods would shine their favor on you for Western States or Hardrock last weekend? With this being a record high year for the number applicants, and the worst odds of being selected, it was a tough shot to get in. Congrats to those who did. To those who didn’t… This one’s for you!

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