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Ultimate Direction Jenny Collection Trail Running Gear Review: Meow, Handy 10, and Handy 20

I’ve been a long-time fan of Scott Jurek so I was pretty excited at the opportunity to test and review some of the products from the Ultimate Direction Jenny Collection. Jenny Jurek is Scott’s wife and the lead designer for UD Jenny Collection, a line of products designed specifically for female athletes by female athletes.

The products I was sent to try out were the Meow waistpack, Handy 10 handheld bottle, and the Handy 20 handheld bottle.

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When I unpacked the box the first thing that caught my eye were the bright attractive colors on all of the products. Not TOO girly, but has those nice bright trim colors and reflective accents that give it a sassy look and added bit of safety.

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Exploring the Uncomfortable: A Chat with Texan Libby Jones

On March 2nd, Libby Jones played at this great intimate trail race in Atoka, Oklahoma called the A-OK Trail Run. This year’s 50k and 25k scamper turned hair grey, froze eyebrows and bottles, and served tasty chili in front of a wood burning stove.

Libby Jones, Mitchell, Lesley Jones

(L-to-R: Libby Jones, Mitchel Johnson, Lesley Jones)

Enjoy our chat with Libby as we talk about her A-OK adventure with friends, but before that we learn about her life change when told by doctors that she wouldn’t be able to walk beyond the age of 35. Plus memories from beautiful races outside the region, volunteering at Western States 100, and race directing The Active Joe events. Read the rest of this entry »

Sylamore Trail Run 2014 Results – Snow, Water Crossings, Smiling faces, Singletrack…Trail Running

See your breath (20F) and wet snow covered conditions welcomed runners to an adventure at the Sylamore Trail Run in Allison, Arkansas. An out-and-back singletrack trail that includes a nice water crossing you get to do twice. 50k or 25k – pick one and go!

The water crossing. (Credit: Chrissy Ferguson)

The water crossing. (Credit: Chrissy Ferguson)

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Cross Timbers Trail Run 2014 Results – Interview: Running & Roller Derby with Tracie Akerhielm

Cross Timbers delivered a challenging course under run-happy conditions for its 33rd anniversary. The biggest threat to the trail party was a fire on the other side of Lake Texoma that sent smoke towards the race site. Fortunately all was good race morning!

Credit: Celeste Walz © team-danger.com

Credit: Celeste Walz © team-danger.com

CT is a race that has something for everyone including a 5M, 1/2 marathon, marathon, and 50M for those wanting to see the entire trail system – twice! The first six miles of this course are some of the toughest and most beautiful trail around north Texas as you dance along rugged singletrack. Over 300 runners earned a finish at one of the four distances. crosstimbers_map

Credit: Celeste Walz © team-danger.com

Credit: Celeste Walz © team-danger.com

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Yoga is for Runners

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As an ultra running yogi, I feel strongly about yoga being for everyone, especially runners. I know that some folks believe that tighter is actually better for runners. That faster runners need to be less flexible. I think that is nonsense. We can all improve, as runners, through a regular Yoga practice. This DOES NOT mean we runners need to achieve perfect alignment and work at the full peak of a yoga pose to be good yogi’s. It simply means that yoga is indeed for runners.

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Love. Run. Marathon. 2014 Results

The Love. Run Marathon. Trail Run returned to the trail-chilin’ grounds of Huntsville State Park under sunny skies and mild conditions. This benefit-run supports the Emmanuel Home in Nicaragua and offered a 10k, half marathon, and full mary gallop through the piney woods around Lake Raven.

Credit: Karen Thibodeaux © yoursportingimage.com

Credit: Karen Thibodeaux © yoursportingimage.com

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The Only Three Trails You Need in Albuquerque

David: I would like to welcome Brett Oblack as our newest contributor sharing special goodies that inform, inspire, and entertain our passionate TALON tribe on EB. Brett will be sharing New Mexico perspectives as well as other musings of value for our community as he moves through his own journey of exploration in the trail and ultra world.


bretto_artLiving in Albuquerque is a trail-runner’s paradise. There is no “commute” to find great trails and no real possibility of getting lost on the way to the mountains or trails. The Sandia Mountains dominate the city’s landscape, and all a trail-runner needs to do is point themselves toward the mountain range. Once you reach the end of a neighborhood, there will be the start of a trail somewhere nearby.

For someone new to trail running or to Albuquerque, there are three trails in the city that will provide you with everything you need to train for trail ultra-marathons.

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