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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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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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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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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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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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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Western States 100 Questionnaire

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Blog, Commentary on Nov 11, 2011

On the eve of the WS100 entry application, we thought it would be interesting to gage runners’ interest, thoughts, and general view of the race, so an informal comment-style questionnaire follows along with my answers. (just copy questions and write over my answers). 1) Do you want to run Western States? -yes and no.  It’s […]

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The Frontier of Ultrarunning

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Commentary on Oct 18, 2011

The Significance of the Frontier in American Ultrarunning. Motivated by the 1890 census that stated there was not a distinct frontier line any longer, Fredrick Jackson Turner wrote and delivered his thesis “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” in 1893.  In one reading in one afternoon, one man essentially closed the frontier and, […]

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UROY: How Big Is Your Running Award?

Posted by Inside Trail Racing in Commentary, WS100 on Oct 11, 2011

Tim:  What a year of racing so far. American ultrarunning has experienced globalization in its biggest events and narrow perceptions have been peeled wide open. It all seemingly began with Salomon surging to a convincing men’s and women’s sweep at last year’s North Face Endurance Challenge Championship in San Francisco, thus earning the $20,000 prize […]

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