Snowfall has been prolific so far this Winter in the Sierra Nevada, which straddles the border between California and Nevada.
The feet of snow that have piled up in recent days in multiple atmospheric river events vaulted snowfall totals this season over 200 inches at the highest elevations.
So sometimes we need to cast aside our spring and summer running goals and take to the snow. This has been a ski season to remember.
I came across an article from Brian Metzler that I thought had some terrific tips in it for my running aficionados. He provides a few tips from Lesley Paterson, who is an endurance coach. Here she provides some tips for various race styles that are great for the amateur and the pro alike. Check them out and let me know if there are any here that you use, or some that you are new to you. Here is the full article.
12 quick hacks to get you and your gear where yo need to go on the trail. I loved some of these. Not all of these will be needed by everyone–it depends on what exactly you are looking to do with your gear. Check them out here.
Thanks to Yitka Winn for the article and tips and the photo credit too.
For those of us who enjoy runs that often take us uphill, we know that such runs are not easy. I found this article from David Roche a two-time USATF trail national champion that has some great tips on how to do your uphill runs as smoothly and effortlessly as possible. He boils his tips down to 3 tips–lean in, relax, and hike with a purpose. Good tips for any ultra runner I think too. Enjoy the article here.
Photo credits to Joe Viger Photography.
I came across this one form AMY CLARK recently and loved the background it provided. The trails we run have years of history packed deep beneath the ground. Previous generations of trail users traveled great distances to pursue what they were passionate about–just as today’s ultra runners do. The evolution of these trails has a long and interesting history. Check out Amy’s rundown on how it all began here.
I loved this one I came across from Zach Adams earlier this month on ultra goal setting. One of the classic strategies for goal setting is to set “S.M.A.R.T” goals. Chances are anyone who has taken any leadership or business classes has seen this before. I am simply applying it to the world of ultrarunning. SMART is an acronym referring to setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Check how Zach applies the classic strategy to ultra running goal setting here.
Run easy, or run hard. Choose one or the other though for optimal training results. In one study, runners using a program like this improved their 10-K times by five percent, while those who did more running in the middle—and trained harder overall—improved by just 3.6 percent. Here’s how to polarize your plan.