5 Ways to Improve Your Running

5 Ways to Improve Your Running

Do you want to run faster? Longer? I’ve compiled the 5 best ways to do just that. Runners often find themselves at a plateau, seeing minimal-to-no progress over time, failing to improve their 5k, 10k, or marathon year after year. Especially adult recreational runners that never ran competitively in high school or college typically don’t have much knowledge of training to improve performance. This is the majority of the running population. If you want to continue to improve your running, regardless of experience or age, keep on reading…

Digging Up the Muddied Truth about Stretching for Runners

Digging Up the Muddied Truth about Stretching for Runners

The art of stretching has been ingrained into the minds of runners for all of time. The concept of stretching muscles prior to physical activity can be traced back to the ancient Greeks where they believed that it should be an integral part of an athlete’s or soldier’s training. Even Hippocrates “The Father of Medicine” (years 370-460 BC) had explored the therapeutic effects of stretching for general health…

The Trail Less Traveled - Underrated and Under Traveled Trail Runs in Fort Collins

The Trail Less Traveled - Underrated and Under Traveled Trail Runs in Fort Collins

Busy trails with lots of people make for frustrating runs. Here in Fort Collins proper we see a lot of trash on the trail, hikers blasting music with their phones, and large groups blocking the trail ahead; all of which can really can take the enjoyment out of a run. There's something really special about running on trails and actually feeling like you're in the wilderness. If you're anything like me, THIS is why you trail run…

Explore off the Beaten Path: 8 Tips for Running Off-Trail

Explore off the Beaten Path: 8 Tips for Running Off-Trail

Some trail runners are perfectly satisfied with sticking to single-track and dirt roads, but some of us are drawn to the remote wilderness. The next level of trail running is basically running anywhere you want. Is there a mountain you want to summit that doesn't have a trail? A cool ridge line that you want to traverse? A secluded lake you want to explore? Just because there isn't a road or trail that leads there, doesn't mean you can't go…

The Shoe Struggle

 The Shoe Struggle

There is so much nonsense in the shoe community now-a-days, it's not even funny. How do you pick out your shoes? Is it feel? Stability level? Simply whatever is the "hip and new" minimalist or maximalist shoe? Whatever your running idol is wearing at the time? Or a certain brand-name? Whatever it is, I am not judging, but I encourage you to use a rational thought process when deciding…

How to Rock the Quad Rock

How to Rock the Quad Rock

Spring is here, and there no sign it's spring like pain and suffering at the brutal Quad Rock 50 and 25 mile race here in Fort Collins, Colorado. Gnar Runners truly challenges the bravest of ultra runners who dare to enter this race. As a  trail "marathon" it falls short of the renowned 26.2, but more than makes up for it in over a mile of cumulative vertical ascent. Going for the 50? The cut-off is pretty stiff at 14 hours and will have you fighting the mid-day heat…

Why Suffer?

Why Suffer?

Tired, dehydrated, nauseous, feet hurt, legs hurt, fall down, get back up, bleeding, blurry vision. These are the things we feel as mountain-ultra runners shortly after every time we tie our laces and slip out onto those serene trails. What drives us to suffer at that intensity, go home, recover, and then crave it again the next morning? The outsiders (non-runners) look at us and don’t understand why we put ourselves through it. They pity us, when in reality, they are the ones to pity…