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Lessons learned at a trail running camp


Back in the heart of summer, I spent one week at an all-women’s trail running camp in Estes Park, Colo. – a small town located at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. Elevation: 7,522 feet. Each day we would wake up around 5:30 a.m. and run a new trail – sometimes straight up a mountain. […]

Safety tips for beginner trail runners

Safety tips for beginner runners

Whether or not you’re new to running, hitting the trails is almost an entirely different sport. There’s totally different terrain to deal with, animals and insects, and – yes – even some tricky situations you might not expect. So, before you head on that gorgeous path in the wilderness, heed this advice. And if you’re looking for […]

Safety tips for running on country roads

"Take me home, country roads" - John Denver. A runner's guide to exploring the back roads.

I’m originally from the remote mountains of Pennsylvania, so I have run my fair share of country roads. I’ve also made my fair share of mistakes while running on them. A lot of the same runner safety rules apply on bumpy dirt roads, but these paths do require a bit more attention – and the […]

The basics of the ultra marathon

Take your running up a notch

I recently returned from a trip to my childhood hometown where I dropped by this little sporting goods store on the main street to check out running shoes. At the checkout, I flipped through a brochure for the local runners club. Since I’m from a rather mountainous region of Pennsylvania, I expected to see lots […]

Take the bite out of running: How to protect yourself from bugs


When I was in grad school, I used to go running with my dog on the trails of a national park several mornings per week. It was easily the highlight of both of our days until spring turned to summer – when bugs ruined our ritual. My pup ended up with Lyme disease, and I […]

The best summer trail races in the United States

best summer trail races

We recently shared our trail running tips for beginners. As the temperatures get hotter, it becomes the ideal time to take up trail running. The shade provided by the trees on the trail can keep you cool and protect you from the heat of the sun. So, why not sign up for your first trail […]

Trail running tips for beginners


Tempted to take your run off the beaten path? If you primarily run on roads, taking up trail running can challenge you in a new way and rekindle your love for the sport. Running on trails is a little different than road running, though, and there are certain tips you’ll need to heed to stay […]