Round 3 – Quicksilver 100K

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Race Report, Uncategorized on May 22, 2017

Written by Christopher Thomas Round 3 – NorCal 100K Grand Prix Quicksilver 100K 62.2 miles – 13,000’ e.g. Quicksilver Park – San Jose, CA Here we are one more week and it’s over. There are only three of us left out of seven who started, Stacie Riddle and Satpal Dalal. This is what the last […]

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Round 2 – Miwok 100K

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Race Report, Uncategorized on May 22, 2017

Written by Christopher Thomas Round 2 – NorCal 100K Grand Prix Miwok 100K 62.2 miles – 12,000’ eg Stinson Beach – Marin Headlands, CA Coming off my big run at Canyons I was not sure how my body would react. My coach, Bob Shebest of Point Positive Coaching continually told me trust in the process, […]

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Round 1 – Canyons 100K

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Race Report, Uncategorized on May 18, 2017

Written by Christopher Thomas Round 1 – NorCal 100K Grand Prix The Canyons 100K 63.6 miles – 15,000’ eg Western States Trail – Foresthill, CA Canyons is deemed as one of the hardest 100K courses in California did not disappoint. At 15,000’ of elevation gain including Devil’s Thumb about 1,600’ in a little over a […]

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The Dirt on Doping

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Dec 21, 2016 Woodside Ramble 2016

The Woodside Ramble this past weekend elicited a few inquiries about Lance Armstrong’s participation last year. Some were hopeful to race against him while others were looking for a photo or story. Days prior to the race we were asked about our position regarding anti-doping policy and if the experience of allowing a former doper […]

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Stretching For Runners

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Dec 15, 2016

You arrive at a race and find yourself engulfed by runners bouncing like boxers, lunging around the parking lot, trotting down the road to bring blood to the muscles, and then you spot them. They are deliberate and methodical in their approach. They appear confident and convinced of their routine. You may even feel as […]

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The Inconvenient Interest: 5 Tips For Super Busy Runners

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Dec 8, 2016

I was in my early twenties when I had my first child. While my friends were graduating from college and hosting quaint costume-themed parties, I was learning how to coordinate making dinner while breastfeeding and keep a household running on about 3 hours of nightly sleep. Though I’ve never regretted becoming a mother, nor has […]

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When Eating Becomes Unsavory

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Dec 2, 2016

As the year comes to a close and the holidays are thrust upon us with glittering urgency, like many Americans during this time, I feel anxious, exhausted, and even a little unrestrained. The pressure of tradition and social obligations, along with the general hum of unrelenting responsibility make what is supposed to be a joyous […]

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Making an (Almost) Champion

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary on Mar 17, 2016

Children are often asked what they want to be when they grow up. Similarly, they are told with emphatic confidence that they can be anything they imagine, and they can be the best. While it is important to encourage every youngster to dream and pursue goals, it is also false that every one of us […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Uncategorized on Feb 4, 2015

Exercise is good for you, but there can be severe consequences in demanding too much from a body designed for moderation. As more insight and research is conducted in the field of exercise physiology, old ideas are discarded and the public gets to feast over new controversies in data while the verdict is still out. […]

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The Importance of Sleep

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Oct 3, 2014

The internet is bustling with articles and news flashes about the grand importance of sleep, and how without it we experience shrinking hippocampi (which leads to impaired memory), weakened immune system, depression, irritability, digestive issues, along with other deleterious consequences. In a world that is so connected, so buzzing with information, this need for sleep […]

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Bishop High Sierra 100K Race Report

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Race Report on Jun 5, 2014

Bishop High Sierra 100k Race Report By Luke Garten The Bishop High Sierra race was very close to being a race of the past. The original race director was retiring from taking the heavy work load so the race was open for someone new to take on the responsibilities. I tried to not get too excited about […]

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How Thoughts Influence Performance

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on May 13, 2014

How Thoughts Influence Performance: An Overview by Tanya DavisUnlike most other animals, humans have a high level of consciousness which imparts both positive and negative consequences on our performances in just about everything. Our brain, though genetically and structurally similar to other animals, can actually plan parties, hold grudges, categorize ourselves and others, dwell on […]

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Gear Review – La Sportiva Helios

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Gear on Apr 29, 2014

La Sportiva Helios by Luke Garten To start this review I would just like to say that I was not given these shoes in order to write a positive shoe review. This is my honest opinion of this shoe.  I have been wanting to write this review since September 2013 after my first couple of […]

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The Digestion Dilemma

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog on Dec 18, 2013

When nailing down nutrition and balancing athletic training programs, it is best to view our bodies in the most basic physical form: a colossal colony of cells, genes, and foreign strands of DNA. Genetic activity — turning genes on and off; locking them in with changes in environment — is part of our adaptability and […]

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All Calories Are Not Created Equal

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog on Sep 5, 2013

Part I “You are what you eat”: a familiar maxim that has been frequently broadcast in popular health publications. The truth to this declaration is that our cells are directly affected by the quality of the foods we consume. A doughnut laden with Trans fats and fructose will introduce aluminum into the cells and cause […]

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Woodside Ramble 50K – Trail Jealousy

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Race Report on May 9, 2013 Woodside Ramble

Woodside Ramble 50K – Trail Jealousy Luke Garten I had the pleasure of running the Woodside Ramble 50k on a beautiful spring day last weekend. It was yet another great race put on by Inside Trail Racing. This is the second time I have been able to come to these great trails to race. The […]

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Sprint Without Sloshing and Trot Without the Trots

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Mar 22, 2013

There are many discomforts a runner can experience during training and racing. Usually it involves the gastrointestinal system, and sometimes, it can be quite embarrassing. Most of us have encountered some form of GI distress during a run and have taken steps to remedy the cause so we don’t have another discomfiting moment. The cause […]

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Stretching and Injury Prevention

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Mar 20, 2013

After hours of sleep or sitting at a desk, the most common action upon standing is to stretch. The muscles are relaxed and have experienced decreased blood flow as there is less demand for strong circulation while immobile. Stretching helps to stimulate circulation and bring newly oxygenated blood to the tissues. The heart rate increases […]

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Product Review: Tailwind Nutrition

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Gear on Mar 10, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with founders of Tailwind Nutrition, Jeff and Jenny Vierling. The company is a grassroots venture that is morally invested in their product and committed to serving the athletic community an optimal nutrition solution. I was excited to plow right to the core of why Tailwind is a superior […]

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The Skinny on Being Skinny

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Uncategorized on Mar 1, 2013

I’ll admit it: I like to restrict calories. Well, I don’t “like” to restrict calories, I do it because I’m neurotic and obsessive and a perfectionist, and I want to be an ideal weight in fanciful hope of delivering a speedy, flawless performance. Too many calories would mean I’d put on weight which would hamper […]

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Performance Nutrition

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary on Feb 27, 2013

Getting race-day nutrition balanced is a science, and because we don’t all have our own personal physicians, chemists and nutritionists locked away in our medicine cabinets, it takes quite a bit of trial and error to find the optimal arrangement. The following are some general guidelines both men and women can adhere to as a […]

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Getting chicked

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Feb 20, 2013

Mother Earth, Venus, Triple Goddess, protector, siren: women are temptresses and nurturers. It is not a duplicity but a congruency that is imperative to our spirits and our ability to provide, strengthen, and guide. Women should have the dignity to uphold this duality and claim their status as the fierce Empress–she does not submit to […]

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The Ultra-running Tribe

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Feb 14, 2013

As our waist sizes increase and our rear-ends flatten under the weight of a sedentary body, you’d think that the existence of endurance/ultra sports would be threatened.  Apparently, sitting like a lump on a log is only a fraction of the story and demands further scrutiny.  It is true that most Americans do not participate […]

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Specificity: Trail vs. Road

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Feb 13, 2013

Americans are obsessed with status, acknowledgment/approval, comfort and excess. Acknowledgment isn’t limited to Americans, that is a very human motivation and a colossal incentive for progress. Status and excess are also desired by other peoples, though it is typical of American culture and something that we are defined by. It then isn’t a surprise that […]

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Keep your eye on Eide

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Race Report on Feb 11, 2013

Photo courtesy of Jesse Jay Jimenez, 2013 Chris began 2013 with a near 2-week running respite, primarily to recover after a New Year’s Eve 24-hour run–pamper and provide some muscular rehabilitation after having had a heavy racing season in 2012 which included winning the ITR racing series. With renewed enthusiasm, he decided to ease back […]

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Running the Life of a Trail Runner

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog on Feb 11, 2013 Mt. Tam Start

Running is one of those activities that is so boldly animal and inherently human; an unthinking exercise that is uniting and creates community under a guise of simple common interest. Irrespective of talent or speed, the body is built to run. Similar to meditation or religious fulfillment, running can emancipate the spirit through bouts of […]

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Coffee Perks

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Uncategorized on Feb 7, 2013

Caffeine is one of the oldest and most accessible performance enhancing aids. It is a metabolic stimulant that affects the central nervous system and decreases the perception of fatigue; studies suggest that caffeine may even enhance muscle contractions. Fat is known to slow sugar absorption and digestion, allowing you to feel satiated longer and have […]

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Fuel and Hydration…Just Do It!

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Uncategorized on Feb 6, 2013

How many of you neglect to eat and hydrate adequately during or after a run? How many of you simply forget to drink your sports solutions and sip water at aid stations? Hydration and fuel for your event are fundamental concepts, yet they are often discounted or repudiated. The key to optimal performance and adaptation […]

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Who Doesn’t Like to Win?

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary, Race Report on Feb 4, 2013

Inside Trail Racing Team member, Victor Ballesteros, dominated the illustrious Jed Smith Ultra Classic 50 miler this past weekend in Sacramento, CA. The course is a flat and somewhat monotonous 5-mile loop of paved and dirt path that delivers some of the fastest 50k and 50 mile times in recent US history. Such a race […]

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I think, therefore I am…

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Uncategorized on Feb 1, 2013

Animals didn’t develop to consider long-term consequences and long-term planning even though it may be written in our DNA to behave in ways that will secure a future existence.  We have to remind ourselves that we are animals and we act according to an ethical code and to the hormonal ebb and flow within our […]

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