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Vert Beats: Trail Running and Coronavirus

Trail Running and COVID -19

We know that the COVID-19 situation is very delicate right now on a world-wide scale–and we also know the uncertainty you may be feeling if the race you’re training for has been cancelled or postponed. For now, all we can do is accept the situation; be thankful for our own health and access to health care; and do what we can to prevent the spread of this disease.

That being said, we’ve created something for you to help keep your motivation up: a challenge for you (and your friends) to test out the training and fitness you’ve been building so far this year.

Wan’t in? Click here to learn more.

“Other Cristofer”

Spanish runner Cristofer Clemente has a pretty unbelievable story: he went from playing video games and eating junk food on daily basis to becoming one of the strongest elite runners of his country–in just 4 years. Woah.

We leave you with this video that shares Cristofer’s powerful story. (The vid is in Spanish, but there are English subtitles.)


What to listen to:

Dylan Bowman had a great comeback last weekend, taking 3rd at Transgrancanaria after a tough last season. After the race, Dylan and his podcast “The Well” interviewed the 4th time winner Pau Capell. In the podcast, Pau shares about his daily training, how he plans his race calendar (which usually involves a high number of races) and his thoughts on his victory at last year’s UTMB. Really great interview. And after the interview, Dylan recaps the Transgrancanaria women’s race.

You can listen to the podcast here.

What to read:

We know many of you may believe that to achieve good results in a trail race, you need to be strong climber/uphill runner. Even though that’s true, many of us forget about the importance of training your downhill skills–being prepared vs. unprepared for descents can make your race day either amazing vs. terrible. We leave you with this article from Trail Runner Magazine that shares a lot of good tips about how to be a better downhiller–and how to maximize your energy on the descents.

You can read the article here.

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