Running and Trail running Journal

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TRAIL 50KM : LE GUIDE ULTIME 

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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Running to the finishing line: labor and afterlife

We know how hard it is to plan your trail running season. There are so many factors that come into play, and questions we ask ourselves, like:
How much can we really handle in our training and running until it’s not sustainable anymore? What is the best way to plan the season in order to perform well enough, and also have fun? Should every athlete have an offseason? What should winter training look like? How do I decide which race is an “A” goal, vs. which race is a “B” or “C” goal?
In this blog post, we’re going to answer all of this (and more.) And no matter what your level is (no matter if you’re training for your first-ever 5k, or if you’ve run tons of 100 milers in your life) there’s good info in here for you that applies to all trail runners.

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A journal of a pregnant runner: to run or not to run? (2) 

We know how hard it is to plan your trail running season. There are so many factors that come into play, and questions we ask ourselves, like:
How much can we really handle in our training and running until it’s not sustainable anymore? What is the best way to plan the season in order to perform well enough, and also have fun? Should every athlete have an offseason? What should winter training look like? How do I decide which race is an “A” goal, vs. which race is a “B” or “C” goal?
In this blog post, we’re going to answer all of this (and more.) And no matter what your level is (no matter if you’re training for your first-ever 5k, or if you’ve run tons of 100 milers in your life) there’s good info in here for you that applies to all trail runners.

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A journal of a pregnant runner: virtual races during COVID times

We know how hard it is to plan your trail running season. There are so many factors that come into play, and questions we ask ourselves, like:
How much can we really handle in our training and running until it’s not sustainable anymore? What is the best way to plan the season in order to perform well enough, and also have fun? Should every athlete have an offseason? What should winter training look like? How do I decide which race is an “A” goal, vs. which race is a “B” or “C” goal?
In this blog post, we’re going to answer all of this (and more.) And no matter what your level is (no matter if you’re training for your first-ever 5k, or if you’ve run tons of 100 milers in your life) there’s good info in here for you that applies to all trail runners.

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A journal of a pregnant trail runner: to run or not to run?

We know how hard it is to plan your trail running season. There are so many factors that come into play, and questions we ask ourselves, like:
How much can we really handle in our training and running until it’s not sustainable anymore? What is the best way to plan the season in order to perform well enough, and also have fun? Should every athlete have an offseason? What should winter training look like? How do I decide which race is an “A” goal, vs. which race is a “B” or “C” goal?
In this blog post, we’re going to answer all of this (and more.) And no matter what your level is (no matter if you’re training for your first-ever 5k, or if you’ve run tons of 100 milers in your life) there’s good info in here for you that applies to all trail runners.

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Trail Running as a Mother

We know how hard it is to plan your trail running season. There are so many factors that come into play, and questions we ask ourselves, like:
How much can we really handle in our training and running until it’s not sustainable anymore? What is the best way to plan the season in order to perform well enough, and also have fun? Should every athlete have an offseason? What should winter training look like? How do I decide which race is an “A” goal, vs. which race is a “B” or “C” goal?
In this blog post, we’re going to answer all of this (and more.) And no matter what your level is (no matter if you’re training for your first-ever 5k, or if you’ve run tons of 100 milers in your life) there’s good info in here for you that applies to all trail runners.

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Vert.run is the Official Online Coaching for the 2023 Skyrunner® World Series!

We know how hard it is to plan your trail running season. There are so many factors that come into play, and questions we ask ourselves, like:
How much can we really handle in our training and running until it’s not sustainable anymore? What is the best way to plan the season in order to perform well enough, and also have fun? Should every athlete have an offseason? What should winter training look like? How do I decide which race is an “A” goal, vs. which race is a “B” or “C” goal?
In this blog post, we’re going to answer all of this (and more.) And no matter what your level is (no matter if you’re training for your first-ever 5k, or if you’ve run tons of 100 milers in your life) there’s good info in here for you that applies to all trail runners.

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Vert.run is the Official Online Coaching for the 2023 UTMB® Mont-Blanc – UTMB

We know how hard it is to plan your trail running season. There are so many factors that come into play, and questions we ask ourselves, like:
How much can we really handle in our training and running until it’s not sustainable anymore? What is the best way to plan the season in order to perform well enough, and also have fun? Should every athlete have an offseason? What should winter training look like? How do I decide which race is an “A” goal, vs. which race is a “B” or “C” goal?
In this blog post, we’re going to answer all of this (and more.) And no matter what your level is (no matter if you’re training for your first-ever 5k, or if you’ve run tons of 100 milers in your life) there’s good info in here for you that applies to all trail runners.

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How to Plan your Trail Running Season

We know how hard it is to plan your trail running season. There are so many factors that come into play, and questions we ask ourselves, like:
How much can we really handle in our training and running until it’s not sustainable anymore? What is the best way to plan the season in order to perform well enough, and also have fun? Should every athlete have an offseason? What should winter training look like? How do I decide which race is an “A” goal, vs. which race is a “B” or “C” goal?
In this blog post, we’re going to answer all of this (and more.) And no matter what your level is (no matter if you’re training for your first-ever 5k, or if you’ve run tons of 100 milers in your life) there’s good info in here for you that applies to all trail runners.

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Meet Tom Evans: what makes the Ultrarunning champion tick?

We sat down and chatted with Tom while he’s recovering from a knee surgery, easing back into training and taking care of his rehab at the Redbull Athletes Performance Center, in Austria. We went into the details of his training programs and nutrition; we discussed the importance of cross training, recovery and mental strength. What really inspired us during our conversation was how professional and scientific, but at the same time well balanced, his approach to the sport is.

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How does Lucy Bartholomew build Mental Strength for Ultra Adventures?

Though only 26 years old, she’s had an incredible career, placing in some of the toughest ultra trails around the world and becoming one of the most popular athletes in the sport. It wasn’t always perfect, it wasn’t always easy, but Lucy learned to navigate the highs and lows of running (and life) in a very powerful and inspiring way: without hiding fears and doubts, but accepting them and ultimately turning them into strengths. She’s developed her passion for running way beyond races and competition, chasing curiosity, empowering people and giving them the inspirations to get out and run on the trails, showing them that the real motivation often lies within themselves.

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How to choose a GPS watch for trail running

There are many good articles (independent or sponsored articles, make sure you always know the source!) on how to choose a GPS watch for running, and depending on what you’re looking for, there’s a wide array of options available on the market. Here I will try to recap what, according to me, are the most important features of a GPS watch for trail running that I use almost on a daily basis.

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Nutrition FAQs – for Trail and Ultrarunners

One of our main goals and missions at Vert.run is to demystify the sport of trail running and ultrarunning, and to open the door really wide and show you that you belong here too. And one of the ways that we do that is by making as much information as accessible as we can for you. In this blog post, we’re going to walk through some FAQs that trail runners of all levels have about nutrition–and even if you’re an experienced veteran ultrarunner, there’s good info in here for you, too.

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How to train for the hills without having access to the mountains

So…you want to know if it’s possible to be a successful trail runner without having regular access to the mountains? The answer is definitely yes! There are many examples of great athletes who live and train in a relatively flat area and compete very successfully on the trails.

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How to Plan your Trail Running Season – an interview with Vert.run coaches Max Keith, Moisés Jiménez and Francesco Puppi

We know that it can feel scary to take time off from training for trail running–especially when you’ve worked so hard to build your fitness during your on-season. But by following some simple, efficient rules (like having a few key runs per week like in our Vert.run off-season training plan) and staying active by doing other activities (like in this Vert.run training program for winter cross training for trail runners) you’ll be able to rest…while also maintaining the fitness you’ve worked so hard to build.

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Classic Trail Running Questions + Myths – an interview with Vert.run coaches Max Keith and Francesco Puppi

One of our main goals and missions at Vert.run is to de-mystify the sport of trail running and ultrarunning, and to open the door really wide and show you that you belong here too. And one of the ways that we do that (in addition to our free training plans, affordable coaching and awesome community) is by putting all these myths right out in the open, and setting everything straight.

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Ruth Croft Q+A

Ruth’s race results include winning Western States, winning Tarawera Ultramarathon, and another win at Les Templiers. She definitely deserves a mention among the best female trail runners of our time.

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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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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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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 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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Emelie Forsberg – focus on the little things that make us happy

I’ve definitely had other low moments where I’ve struggled mentally with motivation like when I injured my ACL and went through a bit of rehab for that. When I get down, I try to remember just how lucky I am to see the sunrise or sunset, or see beautiful flowers bloom in the spring, or simply to be able to breathe fresh air. I try to focus on being in the moment and on little things that bring me joy even if they are small and recognise that it truly is such a gift to be alive. I know this might sound cliche and sometimes this is so much harder than it sounds but I do try to just focus on the small things in life.

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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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