Welcome New Topo Elite Athlete Sandi Nypaver Pro ultrarunner and co-founder of Sage Running

We connected with Sandi Nypaver after smoke from the devastating Camp Fire forced race organizers to cancel the North Face Endurance Challenge Championships in San Francisco last fall. Staying nimble and positive, Sandi took the opportunity to release her training on another goal of hers: to set the fastest known time running the Grand Canyon,… [view more]

Run Most Days Success in running is surprisingly simple

About this time of year, I often get asked by runners to suggest or design a training plan to take them through the winter and get them ready for spring racing. While I will reluctantly create a schedule for someone who really wants it, laying out suggested miles for each day over several months, I… [view more]

You Are the Umpire You make the call when it comes to choosing running shoes

My father used to tell a joke about baseball umpires. Three umpires are sitting around talking about their job. The first umpire says, “There are balls and there are strikes, and I call them as they are.” The second umpires nods and says, “I hear you, but I don’t quite share your confidence. There are… [view more]

Rules for the Trail Stepping off the pavement changes what is important and can set you free—if you let it.

1. Ditch the watch The first rule for the runner moving from the road or track to the trail is simple: Lose your watch. The best way to ruin a trail run is to try to quantify it the same way you would a road run. If you want to record your totals, at least… [view more]

A Beautiful Race Pro triathlete, Rachel McBride (a.k.a. The Purple Tiger), talks about pulling out all the stops to show up at the start line ready to go and have a beautiful race at the Ironman Championships in Kona this weekend.

The biggest race of my career – the Ironman World Championships in Kona – is just a few days away. It has taken 3 Ironman races, 3 Ironman 70.3 races and almost a year and a half of injury-free training consistently to get to this point. I have to admit: once I qualified in July,… [view more]

Back to School: 4 Lessons from the Cross Country Team Running your best requires recovery, regular maintenance and reducing stress, regardless of your age.

As a cross country coach for more than a decade, I continue to learn lessons that help my own running. High school runners may be less than half my age, but they face similar challenges, and the controlled setting lets me try out new tactics and observe trends over the course of a season and… [view more]