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]

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]