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The Most Important Knowledge a Trail Runner Needs

May 12, 2013 | No Comments

Yesterday a friend posted a rather cryptic status in Facebook. Their spouse had left for a trail run hours earlier and was not responding to texts. It produced one of those sinking feelings you feel when bad shit starts to unfold. Based on the comments, it was obvious the friend had little information to relay to the authorities.

The situation also produced a hint of personal responsibility, much like a teacher feels when a former student drops […]

What Would You Do If You Were Attacked on a Run?

Jan 6, 2013 | 8 Comments

As runners, have you ever wondered just how vulnerable we are running through the streets or out on the trails?Many times we’re in secluded areas with very few if any people around. We could easily be attacked, robbed, or raped. Killed even.

Can we do anything to improve our safety?

Kelly, the general manager at our mma gym posted a message to Facebook outlining some great tips. This post is copied in […]

The Trail Running Book: Work in Progress!

Sep 2, 2012 | 10 Comments

Earlier this year I started working on an ultrarunning book that took the form of the Squirrel Wipe project. After about 40 posts, I more or less stopped as my clinic and travel schedule picked up.The project has been in limbo for awhile.

I’ve spent several months talking to various people in the running community and assessed the need for another ultrarunning book. The response was lukewarm. People that already run ultras really don’t need a […]

Five Useful Mountain Running Tips

Aug 7, 2012 | 8 Comments

A few months ago, I wrote a post about what I learned after spending several months running in the mountains of the Southwest. Here are a few more tips:

When running over mud, beware of the shiny stuff. That is usually an indicator that it’s either very slippery or soft enough to sink. Dull mud has less water content, and can usually be traversed safely. This is especially true if the mud covers a cambered surface.
Also beware of […]

How to Act Like a Trail Runner: A Primer on Trail Etiquette

Jun 1, 2012 | 18 Comments

Lots of road runners seem to be making the jump to trail running. This is a great thing! Unfortunately many of these runners carry some bad road running habits over to the trails. Here’s a quick and dirty (pun intended) guide for new trail runners to help fit in:

1. Don’t be afraid of dirt. I’ve watched runners in squeaky-white sneakers tiptoe around a tiny mud puddle. I’ve seen new trail runners on the verge of vomiting […]

Are Trail Runners Happier?

Feb 20, 2012 | 11 Comments

By Kate Kift

This isn’t an article about whether “trail runners” are better than “road runners”.  I have long learnt that this is a topic more controversial than religion or politics – I admit that my title is a little misleading.  I am more interested in the theory relating to depression and nature; or to be fair, the theory that those who have more access to nature suffer less depression and if so, why?  So, okay, […]

Running Plans for California

Feb 16, 2012 | 20 Comments

California is one of the premier trail running destinations in the world.  Shelly and I are going to try to pack as much running as we can in the roughly two months we have in the state.  Here are the runs we’re planing or considering:

Group run with the Movin Shoes “Mountain Monthly” trail running group for a few hours out on the Pacific Coast Trail this Sunday (Feb. 19th).  We’ll meet at the La Mesa store at 8am, then […]

Boulder Naked Foot 5k, Free eBook Version of The Barefoot Running Book!

Jun 15, 2011 | 3 Comments

Shelly and I are traveling to Boulder, Colorado this weekend to participate in the Boulder Naked Foot 5k.  If you are going to be in the area, it will be worth the trip!  Here are the tentative festivities planned:

Ken Bob Saxton, author of ‘Barefoot Running: Step by Step‘ will be talking at Outdoor Divas from 6-7 Friday night
Shelly and I will be hanging out at the Merrell tent at the race starting at around 7am
Kids’ […]