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]

Poker Face Angela Naeth explores the highs and lows in professional sport.

As a professional triathlete, Angela Naeth understands the anxiety and frustration experienced when faced with injury or illness. How do you stay focused and positive when your body seems to be failing you? Learn more in our new video featuring Topo Athletic Elite Athlete, Angela Naeth.   Naeth is a 17-time Ironman 70.3 champion and… [view more]

Meet Topo’s Youngest Ambassador Chase Visser shares his tips for juggling two important and time-consuming pursuits: academics and competitive triathlon

Our youngest Topo ambassador, Chase Visser, is a competitive youth triathlete navigating the race circuit while juggling the academic rigors that come with being a high school senior (remember those days of AP classes, college applications and SATs?). During his budding career, Chase has already raced for Team USA at the Rotterdam Tri / 2017… [view more]

4 Facts About Recovery for the Runner Always Stay Active

If you visit the Rift Valley of Kenya and spend some time among the world’s greatest distance runners, you’ll quickly notice that everywhere you look everyone is walking. They also run, of course, long miles on red dirt roads and mind-blowing speed sessions on the track. But walking is how they get around. They walk… [view more]

Halfway through the PCT Catching up with Ambassador Erika Courtney

Hello from the PCT! You may remember me from my last blog post about 7 days before I left for my trip. I am now just over halfway done with this crazy trek. I’ve successfully completed the desert and Sierra sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. Due to fires in Northern California, my boyfriend and… [view more]

How to Find Your Individualized Running Plan Learn To Act Like a Scientist In Your Training

Find your best running program

“We are each an experiment of one,” George Sheehan famously wrote regarding the need to individualize our running. While oft-quoted, Sheehan’s maxim is, however, too rarely applied. A quick google search reveals a wealth of research proving the maxim’s truth. A 2009 Swedish study on aerobic capacity, for example, found “substantial interindividual variability in training-induced… [view more]

Meet Ambassador Michael Burke Trail runner, camper, brewery enthusiast, and Barley's owner

Michael Burke trail running with Barley

There are times I can’t help but feel like one of my Middle School students. Usually it’s around mid-April when we are in the midst of state testing and I find myself daydreaming about the upcoming summer break. As my wife Sarah and I are both science teachers, and our dog Barley is a dog,… [view more]

Take to the Trail for a Natural Stride Go Off Road to Get Out of Your Rut

Trail Running

You probably already know that getting off the road is good for your running health. Usually this is attributed to the softer surface creating less impact. More important, however, is that the trail is uneven, requiring you to change your stride with every step. That variability will not only spread stress across different structures in… [view more]

Taking on the Western States 100: A Soleful Strategy With Topo elite athlete, Paul Giblin & Topo founder, Tony Post

  We caught up with pro-ultrarunner and Topo elite athlete, Paul Giblin, during his training for the Western States 100 as he attempts (for the third consecutive year) to elevate his finisher status from top-10 to the coveted top-3. Today, Paul dives into how Topo has served him well on the notorious terrain found on… [view more]