Trail & Ultra running Journal

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Q+A: Nutrition and Gear

We know that as trail runners, the questions never end. No matter how many years we’ve been trail running–and no matter if we’re prepping to run our first trail 5k or our first 100 miler ultramarathon–there are always tons of things we ask ourselves.

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The Dipsea Race – A fun Interview with Dipsea legend Alex Varner

We know that lots of you have heard of the famous Dipsea Race that happens in Marin County, California in the USA…and we thought we’d get to the bottom of what makes this race so special (and so addicting.)

To do that for you, we called up Alex Varner who’s not only an awesome trail runner, but also a good friend. Alex has been kind enough to walk us through some Dipsea training tips today and what it’s been like for him to run the race in the past.

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The Ultimate Mountain Marathon Training Guide

My name is Francesco Puppi, I’m a professional trail runner for Nike and a head coach for Vert. In my athletic career I have specialized in any distance that is defined as “short trail”, or what in Europe we refer to as “mountain running”: short trail races, up to the 50k distance. But my favorite distance might be the mountain marathon. Why? Because they are a lot of fun to race and train for–and they are intense, various and generally not too hard to recover from, so you can definitely do more than one per year. In this post I will talk all about it!

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Complete Nutrition guide for an Ultramarathon

Have you ever thought about doing your own personal trail or mountain adventure? (Also known as PFKT, or “Personal Fastest Known Time.”) Well, some nice news in this year of COVID: this is the perfect year for it! 

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The Ultimate 100 Miler Ultramarathon Training Guide

Ok, so let’s start off by stating the obvious: running a 100 miler is HARD. (And we mean very, very hard indeed.) Training for and running 100 miles is just about as hard as it gets in the sport of trail running, actually, so if you’re thinking about running a 100 miler, you should first ask yourself these two questions: 1.) Do I want to run a 100 miles because I really want to? Or am I doing it because I feel like I’m “supposed” to as an ultrarunner? 2.) Do I have a friend or someone else who is pushing me to take on training for a 100 miler before I’m ready to?

We’re really serious about asking yourself these two things, because it’s actually pretty common for ultrarunners to feel obligated to try to tackle this distance before they’re ready. And while on one hand it can be good to have some “motivators” while training for or racing a 100 miler, the reality is that if you undertake this huge goal for the wrong reasons, it’s going to be much harder to actually achieve.

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How to start running again after Covid: a Trail Runner’s guide to exercise post-Covid

A good aid station plan can make a great race out of one that you thought about dropping out of earlier on. A poor strategy can cause you to have to drop from lack of fueling needs, unattended injuries, or faulty equipment. Plan for what you can, train consistently, and anything else that happens is out of your control. Enjoy the process and learn forward!

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Aid Station Strategies for trail & ultra runners

A good aid station plan can make a great race out of one that you thought about dropping out of earlier on. A poor strategy can cause you to have to drop from lack of fueling needs, unattended injuries, or faulty equipment. Plan for what you can, train consistently, and anything else that happens is out of your control. Enjoy the process and learn forward!

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The Ultimate 50k training guide

Do you want the formula to train for a 50k or any Ultra marathon? even in a city. Learn how to train, nail your nutrition, race, stay injury free and more

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Ultrarunning & Keto diet

Can I run a Marathon or even an Ultramarathon on a keto diet? If you’re here today, you probably have lots of questions about ultramarathons and Ultrarunning on a keto

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How to become a faster runner Strides for Trail an Ultra runners

In this quick strides lowdown, we’ll go over two things: how to do strides, and why they’re important for you as a trail runner. No matter if you’re running short, fast distances or technical, mountainous ultras, strides are a major tool in any runner’s training kit.

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How to choose a trail running watch

Our smart dashboard now includes three new indicators that will provide us a very precise idea of how an athlete’s training is proceeding, based on a self evaluation score (energy level rate) and two parameters related to the completed workouts and the overall running load. These indicators naturally adapt to each athlete’s training plan to provide a complete picture of his/her progress.

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How increase your running performance during hot summer days

Our smart dashboard now includes three new indicators that will provide us a very precise idea of how an athlete’s training is proceeding, based on a self evaluation score (energy level rate) and two parameters related to the completed workouts and the overall running load. These indicators naturally adapt to each athlete’s training plan to provide a complete picture of his/her progress.

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How to know if you’re on track with your training?

Our smart dashboard now includes three new indicators that will provide us a very precise idea of how an athlete’s training is proceeding, based on a self evaluation score (energy level rate) and two parameters related to the completed workouts and the overall running load. These indicators naturally adapt to each athlete’s training plan to provide a complete picture of his/her progress.

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Tempo runs for trail runners

Tempos are moderately hard efforts that you can sustain for extended periods (up to an hour) without exceeding your “lactate threshold”— the pace at which blood lactate waste starts accumulating

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Easy days have to be easy

Easy days are just as important as workout days. Recover better to run faster: in this article we will explore how to find the appropriate intensity and the right approach

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Best Trail Shoes: 2021

A quick note: I have absolutely no affiliation with any of these brands. Vert.run is the training platform for trail and ultrarunning, and we’re just passionate about great trail shoes.

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