The Ultra-running Tribe

Posted by relhats in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Feb 14, 2013

As our waist sizes increase and our rear-ends flatten under the weight of a sedentary body, you’d think that the existence of endurance/ultra sports would be threatened.  Apparently, sitting like a lump on a log is only a fraction of the story and demands further scrutiny.  It is true that most Americans do not participate in endurance sports, however, it is also valid that most endurance athletes spend […]

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Specificity: Trail vs. Road

Posted by relhats in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Feb 13, 2013

Americans are obsessed with status, acknowledgment/approval, comfort and excess. Acknowledgment isn’t limited to Americans, that is a very human motivation and a colossal incentive for progress. Status and excess are also desired by other peoples, though it is typical of American culture and something that we are defined by. It then isn’t a surprise that Americans are becoming more and more interested in running farther and farther. Ultra-running […]

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Keep your eye on Eide

Posted by relhats in Blog, Race Report on Feb 11, 2013

Photo courtesy of Jesse Jay Jimenez, 2013 Chris began 2013 with a near 2-week running respite, primarily to recover after a New Year’s Eve 24-hour run–pamper and provide some muscular rehabilitation after having had a heavy racing season in 2012 which included winning the ITR racing series. With renewed enthusiasm, he decided to ease back into the long runs by sweeping ITR’s serene Fort Ord Trail Run, a […]

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Running the Life of a Trail Runner

Posted by relhats in Blog on Feb 11, 2013 Mt. Tam Start

Running is one of those activities that is so boldly animal and inherently human; an unthinking exercise that is uniting and creates community under a guise of simple common interest. Irrespective of talent or speed, the body is built to run. Similar to meditation or religious fulfillment, running can emancipate the spirit through bouts of physical struggle and suspension, and taking this action to the trails increases our […]

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Coffee Perks

Posted by relhats in Blog, Uncategorized on Feb 7, 2013 coffee-300x2761

Caffeine is one of the oldest and most accessible performance enhancing aids. It is a metabolic stimulant that affects the central nervous system and decreases the perception of fatigue; studies suggest that caffeine may even enhance muscle contractions. Fat is known to slow sugar absorption and digestion, allowing you to feel satiated longer and have stable energy release instead of a spike. A benefit of caffeine is that […]

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