Getting race-day nutrition balanced is a science, and because we don’t all have our own personal physicians, chemists and nutritionists locked away in our medicine cabinets, it takes quite a bit of trial and error to find the optimal arrangement. The following are some general guidelines both men and women can adhere to as a template or stable starting point. Carbohydrate Loading: Three days prior to the event ... Read More
Mother Earth, Venus, Triple Goddess, protector, siren: women are temptresses and nurturers. It is not a duplicity but a congruency that is imperative to our spirits and our ability to provide, strengthen, and guide. Women should have the dignity to uphold this duality and claim their status as the fierce Empress–she does not submit to a patriarchal society, but rather is an architect of it. For years men ... Read More
The Ultra-running Tribe
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 ... Read More
Specificity: Trail vs. Road
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 ... Read More
Who Doesn’t Like to Win?
Inside Trail Racing Team member, Victor Ballesteros, dominated the illustrious Jed Smith Ultra Classic 50 miler this past weekend in Sacramento, CA. The course is a flat and somewhat monotonous 5-mile loop of paved and dirt path that delivers some of the fastest 50k and 50 mile times in recent US history. Such a race places a tormenting stress on the legs and diligence of the runners. It ... Read More