The Grand Canyon is the United States’ most popular National Park. Millions of visitors go there every year, but less than 1% of them ever travel below the rim. Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim is the most scenic way to get the full experience of the Canyon, and is a trail running dream route. Complete with narrow cliffside trails, towering canyon walls, the emerald waters of the Colorado River, and waterfalls for those who are lucky, this route will leave you in awe.
Training for trail and ultra running doesn’t have to stop when the trails get covered with snow. The snow presents an opportunity for a low-impact cardio and strength-boosting cross training exercise known as skinning. Skinning is a form of skiing in which a fuzzy, synthetic skin is stretched across the bottom of a pair of skis to allow an athlete to ski uphill, remove the skins at the top of the mountain, and ski down.
When running any distance, the bonk is bound to happen…it happens all the time. If you’ve ever been crushing it through the race, and then, out of nowhere, your day turns upside down to feeling tired, slow, heavy, or grumpy, you’ve bonked! It is possible to train to overcome it though! We’ll try to help you understand what is happening, and how to overcome it so that you can race more efficiently at your next big day.
How much vert is enough to train for an ultramarathon? How should you incorporate hills? What workouts should you do? Hills aren’t always easy, but you’ll find them on pretty much any trail race out there. Here’s how to prepare for a successful hilly or mountainous ultramarathon.
Injuries in trail and ultramarathon running can put a damper on the stoke, and unfortunately are common to find. Most runners suffer some kind of injury every year. With every mile, our muscles are breaking down while hopefully on their way to getting stronger. Sometimes, they break down too much though, and lead to one of the injuries discussed below.