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]

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]

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]

Four Ways to Improve Your Feet at Your Desk Improving foot health and strength can happen all day.

Topo MT-2

Feet do a lot of work when you’re running. And while experts agree that they often get more attention than they deserve when it comes to influencing the stride, they often get less help than they need to perform their job well. That job involves cushioning your landing, balancing and supporting your weight, and assisting… [view more]

The Whole Athlete: Three Truths About Foot Strike You can have an effective stride no matter what part of your foot hits the ground first.

No aspect of running form has garnered more attention than foot strike. For many runners, any talk of form boils down to whether you are a heel striker or a forefoot striker. Experts agree, however, that the emphasis on foot strike is misplaced. Here’s why: 1) Foot strike is a result, not a cause. Coaches, biomechanists,… [view more]

The Whole Athlete: The Fine Art of Goal Setting The right goals can motivate you to new heights. The wrong ones can send you back under the covers.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? What drives you to run more each week, go longer on the weekends, dig deeper on speed days? For many runners, motivation comes in the form of a race goal, a date on the calendar when we want to run our best. Choosing an appropriate goal… [view more]