Posts Categorized: Training Tips

Incorporating Short Trail Races into Your Training

Written by Andrew Simmons for the Summer 2018 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Andrew lives in Lakewood, Colorado where he is the head training coach, of Peak Performance Running. He is a USATF Level 2 Endurance Coach, TrainingPeaks Level 2 Coach, and Lydiard Foundation Level 2 Coach. For most marathoners and ultra-distance runners, five… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – Race Week Preparation

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. Tayte finished 7th at last Saturday’s Speedgoat 50k race.  I raced the Speedgoat 50K in my hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah this past weekend and preparing for the race raised an important question: how… Read more »

A Trail Runners Travel Tips for Overcoming Jet Lag

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running.  Tayte is currently in Karpacz, Poland and still waiting for his checked bag to arrive. I’m grateful for how my running career gives me the opportunity to travel more than I ever have before.  In the past month of May,… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – Overcoming Injuries With A Positive Mental Attitude

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. As an 18 year old, Tayte finished 3rd at the 2015 USATF Trail Marathon Championships (pictured above) and won the 2017 52k Broken Arrow Skyrace. I’ve been dealing with some chronic Achilles issues and this… Read more »

5 go-to yoga poses for trail runners

Written by Josh Douglas-Walton, a writer for ATRA corporate member HFE (Health and Fitness Education). Whether you’re completely new to trail running or have years of experience under your belt, chances are that you’ll have contended with sore muscles, aches, pains and even potential injuries on more than a few occasions. There’s nothing worse than a… Read more »

Using poles for a more a efficient trail running experience

Poles can greatly add to a more efficient trail running experience, primarily while walking on uphills. Poles are especially useful in longer in trail running races with lots of sustained or steep terrain. Walking with poles can be a good way to conserve leg power as it allows athletes to engage otherwise unused muscles in… Read more »

Tips for women on the trails: Introducing Amy Rusiecki

Trail running tips for women is a series of articles supported by ATRA Steep & Rocky member, inov-8. In this installment our Outreach and Partnership Specialist, Peter Maksimow, spoke with inov-8 ambassador Amy Rusiecki. If you have questions for a future installment in this series please email them to Peter (petermaksimow@trailrunner.com). Amy has been around… Read more »

Trail running meets cross country skiing at the American Birkebeiner

This past weekend American Trail Running Association Director of Marketing Richard Bolt travelled to Hayward, Wisconsin to participate in the largest cross country ski race in North America – the Slumberland American Birkebeiner. With over 13,000 skiers and an estimated 30,000 spectators, “Birkie” weekend has grown from humble roots when in 1973 Tony Wise and… Read more »

A quick guide to Dry Needling

Written by Dr. Sarah Cash Crawford from Beyond Exercise, LLC. for the Fall issue of our Trail Times newsletter. Dry needling is a technique used mostly by physical therapists and occasionally by chiropractors, medical doctors and dare I say…acupuncturists. You may be asking: is it not the same as acupuncture? That is a very short answer:… Read more »

Core vs Trunk for Trail Runners

Written by ATRA member Stephen R. Santangelo I prefer to make reference to the body’s mid-section as the “trunk,” rather than the fitness industry’s buzz word of choice — “core.” The drawback to mid-section training, regardless of what word one chooses as the descriptor, is the focus on the same useless exercises such as crunches,… Read more »

Strategies to Address Running Injuries

Written by Eric Oliver, PT for ATRA’s Summer 2016 Trail Times Newsletter. Running injuries may pop up at any time, but especially during the later stages of training for a race, or goal effort. By this time, your body has already endured hundreds of thousands of steps, and if you have any movement faults, strength… Read more »

Eleven Experience brings new trail running camp to Crested Butte

CRESTED BUTTE, CO – Eleven Experience Brings Trail Runners to Crested Butte for the Salomon Running Experience. Eleven Experience and Salomon are partnering to offer both seasoned and aspiring trail runners an exclusive opportunity to run with world-class athletes and coaches in a world-class destination. Hosted at Eleven’s luxurious Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte,… Read more »

Sensible and Successful New Year’s Resolutions

Sensible and Successful New Year’s Resolutions was written by Stephen R. Santangelo. This article originally appeared in ATRA’s Trail Times newsletter published in December 2015. How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Are you keeping them? Though the New Year is filled with excitement and adventurous possibilities, it can also bring about frustrations and disappointments,… Read more »

New Training Journals Help Runners Chase Down Their Goals

Press release from Dave Trendler of VeloPress. Co-author Lauren Fleshman is the co-founder of ATRA corporate member Picky Bars based the trail running mecca of Bend, OR. Two New Believe Training Journals Help Runners Chase Down Their Goals Boulder, CO, USA – November 3, 2015 – Professional runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas have released… Read more »

Flashback Friday: Hydration – Plan Ahead To Keep Going

Editors note: Hydration: Planning Ahead To Keep Going was written by Dave Mackey for ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter #26 in 2003. Dave recently survived a gruesome accident while trail running. You can help Dave and his family offset medical expenses and lost income on YouCaring.com. Trail running combines many environmental factors that add significant stress… Read more »

Flashback Friday! A Woman’s Guide to Trail Running

“It’s all in your head: A woman’s Guide to Trail Running” was written by Nancy Hobbs for our Trail Times Newsletter and first published in 2005. What do you think?  Is this guide as relevant today as it was 10 years ago? Even though I started running in 1980, the first time I went on a… Read more »

Flashback Friday! Tips for the trail

TIPS FOR THE TRAIL was written By Patti Finke. M.S. for our Newsletter #12 first published in 1999.  What do you think?  Are these tips as relevant today as they were 16 years ago? Why, we asked? The answer was easy “the warm sun, the rushing of Little Muddy Creek, the view up Mt Hood to… Read more »

Ankle Strength for Trail Runners

This article originally appeared in our Summer 2015 Trail Times newsletter. Written by Stephen R. Santagelo The foundation of strength begins at the ground and works up. The ankles are the number one body part in developing that foundation. Do you know muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones of the feet, including the ankles and hands… Read more »