There aren’t a lot of races on the calendar this weekend, but there plenty of places to get out and run if you’re training for a big fall race, or even if you’re not.
What to do
Farnum Five.5, Lebanon, N.H.
Distance: 5.5 miles
Start time: 9:00
Race-day registration: yes
What to read
Do you wear gaiters when you run trails? If so, this rundown of lots of different options—including some DIY tips—might come in handy.
Last weekend, Rory Bosio took home her second straight win at the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. Did she have any advice for American men, who haven’t had as much success competing on European terrain? No.
This article profiles a climber, not a runner, but the main theme—balancing work, life, and the desire to improve in an adventure sport—resonates for runners, too.
A recap of some of the big FKTs set on mountain routes this summer, including the recent record for hiking all of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers.
A recent study found that the combination of exercising and drinking wine (not necessarily at the same time) led to higher levels of good cholesterol and lower levels of bad cholesterol.
Speaking of science and running, here’s a great interview with Daniel Lieberman, the evolutionary biologist often associated with kickstarting the minimalist movement in running. Key quote: “Science is a slow, tedious process of two steps forward and one step back. The way in which running science is presented to the public is often one paper at a time. There’s one paper that says this and another paper, which says that, and people are getting whiplash. Sometimes there are great papers that really change your mind, but very rarely does one experiment or one study answer an important question.”
Have you ever seen someone cheat at a race by cutting the course or some other method? If so, what do you do? Does it matter? Chronic Runner has a strong opinion.
Ed Ayres on running with his two-year-old grandson: “every time we head out the door it’s an adventure.”
And finally, an important reminder from Walter the dog. Running should be joyful: