Trail runners and ultramarathoners are groups that like to take on challenges. The tougher, the better, right? In a quest for new and tougher challenges we go longer, higher, hillier, and sometimes hotter. If we choose to face the heat, it may be appropriate to apply various degrees of heat acclimation. The type and degree [...]
It’s Wednesday, and time for the Tony Portera birthday edition of This Week In Running. Today we will take a look at some of the races that are on tap for the weekend of February 28 and March 1, 2009, including our featured race, the USA Track & Field 50k National Championship event being held [...]
As you all know by now, I’m very excited to be running the Marathon des Sables in a month and as part of the Dreamchasers USA team no less. Despite still having more than a month until I take my first stride in the race, I still find myself both nervous and uplifted with anticipation [...]
Ok, it’s less than five week until I fly to Morocco for the Marathon des Sables, so I’ve got desert racing on the brain pretty much 24/7. Therefore, I was pleased when two friends emailed me about the Libyan Challenge being held in… well, Libya next week. Not only is this the fourth running of [...]
Despite the misimpression I may have made with my previous post about the Western States 100, no other ultramarathon means more to me. Sure, it’s the granddaddy of 100 milers, the focus of many months of my most intense training ever, the site of one of my best races, but none of that is what [...]
Billed as a racing shoe, La Sportiva’s Crosslite (11.6 oz.) can just as easily be a lightweight, trail trainer. During an initial test run that included 30+ miles of trails and a 15-pound pack, I found that the Crosslite offers more than enough cushioning and support for even the most ridiculous of trail endeavors. Indeed, [...]
Welcome back to the post-Valentine’s Day edition of This Week In Running. Yes, if you are feeling the post-Valentine’s Day blues and need to get out on the trails for some long distance soul searching, look no farther. This week’s TWIR segment will preview a few of the running options out there for the weekend [...]
A review of the Asics Gel-Artic WR 2, which gives you a sense of the utility of more recent versions of this shoe.
A review of the Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX.
Welcome back to Valentine’s Day edition of This Week In Running. This week we all get a gift from the sport we love, a plethora of winter trail racing options! In today’s TWIR, we are going to take a look at several races on tap for the weekend of February 14 and 15, 2009. In [...]