When the temperatures start to drop, the rain starts to fall and snow begins to dust the mountains and trails in the Pacific Northwest. It’s easy to put the racing gear away and hunker down for a few months before the next training cycle begins. What if, this year, you plan a trip to somewhere warm and dry during the winter months to participate in a race that keeps your racing edge sharp?
How does a weekend trip to Bavaria, the Free State south of Germany, sound? Well, realistically, it might be easier to settle for a weekend car ride to Leavenworth.
I asked a handful of elite runners in the Pacific Northwest why they run. In doing so, I discovered that while I may not intentionally seek out a connection with others through running, the sport may have its own agenda.
Forty-five years after his untimely death, Steve Prefontaine’s hold on the running world’s imagination is still unrivaled.
Endurance athletes are stubborn. And if you told them so, they’d most likely take it as a compliment. If you asked them to take a little break from training, they’d take it as an insult.
Here we are — nearing the end of a long summer of training. You probably have some prep races under your belt for your key event; your big race is on the horizon.
“Doing more with less” should be a motto of us hearty Northwest endurance athletes. I asked four of the busiest (and most dedicated) people I know how they balance family (kids), work (full time and then some), and high-level running.
In training for a marathon, much of your goal is just to get your mileage up so that the distance isn’t as daunting.
Several of the best masters runners from the mile to the 100K distance live in the Northwest. Lucky for us, they were willing to share some of their secrets.
I took up fastpacking a few years ago as a way to meld my running fitness with a desire to be in the wilderness for longer periods of time.