When is the Safest Time of the Day to Run


When is the safest time to run? Female runner safety has been a hot topic lately with the tragic three incidents recently where female runners were killed within a nine day period in unrelated events. On Reddit a member asked about suggestions, now that her 4am running partner was no longer able to make the early morning runs. That made me think, when is the safest time of the day to run? When this question was posted, I thought to myself that 4am was probably a quite safe time of the day. I went back to read about the three recent deaths and realized they all...


Power of the Placebo


Power of the placebo effect on running and cycling.The placebo effect is one of the most fascinating aspects of athletics.It takes that which should not work, adds in a sprinkling of faith from the user, and splits out improved performance.How this happens is a combination of a reduction in perceived effort (how hard something feels) and an increase in your potential motivation.Below, we’ll go through some studies that have tested the placebo and discuss how you can use it yourself!   How can YOU use the placebo? It’s simple, really. You see the placebo effect in use at every single...


Race Recap – Rendezvous Hill Climb


Sometimes we enter races, but does that actually mean we are going to “run”? The Rendezvous Hill Climb hosted by Teton Trail Runners and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is one of these races for me and I know I’m not alone! At 6,300 ft elevation, the race starts at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, WY and ends at the top of tram at 10,450 feet. The elites sprint up the 6.1 mile, 4150 vertical feet course as quickly as the average person runs 6.1 on the flat. It’s such a challenging race that...


Your Guide to Running Defensively


Tips on being a safe runner While out running we’re among other pedestrians, cyclists, and traffic. There’s a lot going on out there, and every little thing we all do to help prevent accidents goes a long way to increasing the safety of everyone. Below are a number of thoughts and considerations you can take to be as safe as possible while out running!   Crosswalks. While pedestrians do have the right of way, crosswalks are sometimes nearly ignored by drivers. On a bike you’re supposed to stop before crossing. While running you should always try to slow a bit...


Running Form Analysis


Running Form Analysis

Recently I provided video of myself running to Run Smart Online for an analysis of my technique. While the below thoughts and considerations are based on my own movements and weaknesses, there is much that you can learn about running form by watching the videos. It’s likely you’ll learn something new that you can apply to yourself!  Consider swimming or tennis for a moment. Early on the students are taught technique for healthy and economic movement. Yet when you think about new runners it’s quite rare movement is taught. While we may be morn to run, you can still learn and improve...