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  1. Stoicism for Trail Runners

    “We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.”

    Seneca

    Before I start, let me quickly clear up some misconceptions about what Stoicism is. Because of the use of the word stoic in the English language, there is a connotation that stoicism is …

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  2. Trail Running for Weight Loss

    Running can be great for weight loss, but to maximise its effectiveness, it is beneficial to incorporate some high-intensity interval training (HIIT).  This elevates the heart rate for fairly short bursts with lower intensity periods in between.  The great news for trail runners is that running on hills provides the …

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  3. Barefoot Running. What's the big deal?

    If you've been paying attention, you've probably heard a thing or two about barefoot running. Maybe you've read some articles about it, or maybe you've seen someone running around in a pair of weird looking shoes with toes.

    So, what's the big deal? Why is it so popular to run …

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  4. Why are minimalist running shoes so expensive?

    It seems counter-intuitive that minimalist running shoes are often more expensive than traditional/maximal running shoes.  Minimalist running shoes are supposed to provide as little interference between your foot and the running surface as possible. They are constructed of much less material and necessarily weigh significantly less then a traditional …

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  5. Tips for technical trail running

    Technical trail running is characterised by the terrain being quite difficult to traverse.  This may include obstacles such as rocks, loose surfaces, roots, mud, water, steep climbs and steep descents.  Some technical sections may also require the use of the upper body in order to negotiate.  Technical trail running is …

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  6. Gift ideas for trail runners

    I thought I'd make a list of gift ideas for trail runners, partly for myself and partly as a resource for others.  Often when people ask me what I want for birthdays or Christmas, I can't think of anything.  Trail running doesn't require a lot of equipment, and usually, the …

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  7. What is technical trail running?

    Technical trail running is characterised by the terrain being quite difficult to traverse.  This may include obstacles such as rocks, loose surfaces, roots, mud, water, steep climbs and steep descents.  Some technical sections may also require the use of the upper body in order to negotiate.  Technical trail running is …

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  8. Can I wear my trail running shoes in the gym?

    If you're going to the gym to bust out some kilometres on the treadmill or do some weights, trail running shoes will work just fine.  If, on the other hand, you're planning to do an aerobics class, trail running shoes will work, but they might not give you the most …

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  9. A quick, simple strength training program for trail runners

    Strength training is a critically important part of a trail runner's program, but one that's overlooked far too often.  Runners want to spend their spare time running.  They don't want to waste it beefing up in the gym.  Trail runners, especially, want to spend their time outdoors, enjoying nature.  Would …

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  10. Why do my eyes water when I run?

    Having your eyes water when you run can be annoying. There are a few reasons why your eyes might be watering, and a few solutions to the problem.

    Essentially, it boils down to excessive tear production or poor tear draining.  But if it only starts being a problem when you …

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  11. Why trail running is the best

    Trail running has so many benefits. They'll be different for everyone, but these are the reasons I think trail running beats all other sports hands down.

    Solitude

    I'm a pretty introverted guy, so I love nothing more than spending time with my thoughts. Trail running gives me an opportunity to …

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  12. The science of a plant based diet

    The "plant based" diet is all the rage at the moment, but it's certainly not a new idea. It's basically the nutrition advice we've been ignoring for decades: "Eat more plants and put down those chicken nuggets."

    It's also basically how humans have eaten for the past 2 million years …

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