Category Archives: Runners’ Corner

Desert running: Review of AR Desert Gaiters and The Rough Country Trail Running Gaiters

Desert gaiters are different in both design and function from regular trail-running gaiters. When running in the desert, fine sand can enter your shoe right through the fabric, and cause abrasions, blistering, or hot spots. This means that desert gaiters must cover the whole running shoe, not just the lace column. In this article, we’ll go through some of the things you need to know about desert running and selecting your sand gaiters, and we’ll also review two brands that

Nutrition on multi-day ultramarathons: Why I’m packing protein!

As I pack for tomorrow’s race start – I’m setting off on Costa Rica’s 6-day Coastal Challenge staged ultramarathon – I’m thinking very carefully what I’m going to be eating this next week. Nutrition is a much more important factor in race management on multi-day races than it is on one-day ultramarathons. You’re not just eating to get you through the next couple of hours. You’re fueling your body for the coming days, as well. And that’s why I’m packing lots

Tired of running on sugar? A review of some alternative energy bars: James Lewis Foods and UGoBars

Sure, gels and gummy bears might work for shorter races. But most of us have experienced that nauseous feeling of oops-too-much-sugar a few hours into an ultramarathon. While a lot of people still run on gels, many ultrarunners and endurance athletes are turning away from sugar for energy, and moving towards either slower-burning complex carbs (the starches) or to going low-carb and training the body to run on fats. There’s an increasing array of alternatives to the mainstream high-sugar products, and

Save your feet with these lightweight running gaiters: Montbell Stretch Short Spats gear review

I bought a pair of these spats (lightweight gaiters) a few years ago and I loved them. Snug fit, perfect for trail running. So I’m really excited about the recent improvements Montbell has made both to their design and their materials, making them even better. I used my old Montbell spats on mountain runs in British Columbia and Washington state. They are so light that you don’t even notice you’re wearing them. And they are well contoured and tight, so

Resistance training program to improve your ultrarunning and trail running performance.

[by Bri Wilson, CSCS] You spend hours running around that park by your home each week to get those miles in, and generally lose at least half a Saturday or Sunday trudging up mossy rocks and skipping over roots as you make your way through the trees on a trail somewhere. You need to get those long runs in to properly prepare for your next ultra – but you also need to sleep, eat, work and have some kind of social

Trail running at night – training tips for headlamp runs

As the days get shorter – at least here in the northern hemisphere – it may seem difficult to get out running on the trails. But not if you have a headlamp! Night runs are not only something fun and different, they are also excellent training for longer ultramarathons, where parts of the race are inevitably run in the dark. Choose your headlamp: The first thing to do is to get a good headlamp. Here are some of the things

Four Solid Steps to Rocking Your Pregnant Body

Since the first day I slapped on running shoes with the purpose of running ultramarathons, the journey has been about transformation, taking risks, and honoring the truth that, as women, we are truly blessed to have such truly incredible and amazing bodies. Nobody really prepares us for the ultimate transformation of pregnancy, childbirth and becoming mothers. I’m not so sure that anybody truly can, because we all so innately unique and diverse. What we can prepare ourselves for, as runners

Review: The Sugoi HydroLite Jacket

The first thing that struck me about the Sugoi HydroLite jacket was the fabric. It is light and translucent and has a waterproof coating. But what’s most attractive about it is the stretchiness – a seemingly impossible characteristic for a waterproof coated fabric. And that stretch is what allows for the second feature that grabbed me about this jacket: its slim, contoured fit. The Sugoi Hydrolite jacket is a lightweight, waterproof and weatherproof jacket designed for cycling or running. The

Nutrition for runners: What to eat when?

Food is the fuel that we run on. But the significance of food is much more than just the number of calories it contains. As runners, it is important for us to understand the principal components of our food: carbohydrates, protein and fat, as well as how those components serve us. Once we understand that, it becomes easier to know what type of snack we should eat when. Here are some guidelines: Before your run. Ideally, have a light, well-balanced