October 2, 2019

Autumn is awesome for trail runners. The forest is an amazing palette of apple-reds and sharp golds, bright oranges and fresh baked browns. The air is crisp and delicious. The temperatures are perfect. Everything is perfect.

Except for the fact that the trails disappear...

September 15, 2019

From the novice to the elite, every trail runner falls. You’re zipping along, feeling light and quick, skimming over the earth, locked in a nimble rhythm of breath and footfalls, when suddenly SHIT! your toe catches on a rock or a root or just a lump in the ground that...

August 15, 2019

I turn uphill, and the world shifts against me. My legs begin to worry. I imagine the quad muscles like coils on a stove top — quiet and cold at first, then a faint red, creeping up the spectrum and sharpening to orange, and then finally to a temperature so hot the col...

July 26, 2019

RunnerSlang is an ever-growing dictionary of words invented for runners, to help you accurately communicate with others. Suggest your own in the comments!


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WORD OF THE DAY:
Slideways (adv) : The sideways, downward slide that can happen when runni...

July 11, 2019

Maybe you've been out there running the trails by yourself, a fitness hermit, a lone wolf, Robinson Crusoe with a Camel Bak and a packet of GU. But there are times when those single-track trails get lonely, and perhaps you're thinking that a little company might be nic...

June 22, 2019

You discover things while trail running. And I don't just mean things like, "Peanut butter granola and Gatorade are two tastes that do NOT go well together," or "Wow, I never knew my body could chafe in those places." I mean things that are actually, truly interesting....

May 22, 2019

Trail running can be hard on the feet. Rocks and roots snap at you like bear traps. Injuries mount and linger, new pains arise before the old ones subside. Broken toes, twisted ankles, black and missing toenails, blisters, bruised heels. Every footstep is an ordeal.

Ou...

April 21, 2019

RunnerSlang is an ever-growing dictionary of words invented for runners, to help you accurately communicate with others. Suggest your own in the comments!


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WORD OF THE DAY:

Snocktail (n) : The wet cocktail of snot, sweat, spit, dirt and electrolyt...

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