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Balancing Act: Managing Family Life and Training
Training. My oldest son was born just three weeks after the 2002 Western States 100. It was my first hundred-mile race, and I’m pretty sure my wife hoped it would be my last. The first few years were an adjustment period for all of us. As I ramped up my training in order to compete at a higher level, there were times when my sweet wife wanted me to throw in the towel.

A few weeks ago Jeff placed 5th at Western States Endurance Run (100-miles) and followed it up by winning the coveted Hardrock 100 event this past weekend.

Training for Downhills When You Don’t Live Near Mountains
Trail Running. Downhills are quietly one of the hardest parts of trail running. But they don’t have to be.

Basically, do heavy eccentric muscle contraction stimulus no less than once a month via hard downhill training or strength training (lunges & step-ups) + consistent speed work.

Smarter, Not Harder: How to Succeed at Work
Productivity. We each have 96 energy blocks each day to spend however we’d like. Using this energy blocking system will ensure you’re spending each block wisely to make the most progress on your most important goals.

The key to success is eliminating everything but what is essential to success. Choose three priorities/goals and focus only on those. The author proposes using a 96 energy blocks method to organize your day. Allocate blocks to your three chosen goals, plus sleep and other requirements like family, commuting, social, etc. This method should help you allocate larger junks of time (or energy) to what matters.

5 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Traveling Abroad
Travel. When was the last time you traveled abroad? Traveling for business is one thing, but I’m talking about packing your bags, logging out of your email account and disconnecting from your normal routine for a week or more.

Traveling the world isn’t just fun and exciting; there’s ample research to suggest it’s highly beneficial for your physical, mental and emotional health as well.

Studies on the benefits of travel show lower risk of heart disease, lower risk of depression, and an increase in creativity. Unfortunately, Americans travel far less than our European brethren.

How Giving Up Refined Sugar Changed My Brain
Nutrition. I have a love-hate relationship with food. I love it; it generally hates me. Matter of fact, I love food so much that until a few years ago, I was extremely overweight.

The author documents his two-week experiment to purge sugar from his diet. By day 8 he experienced increased mental clarity and focus, improved sleep, and weight loss.

Ketogenic, Paleo, Fasting: Which Is Right for You?
Nutrition. Is the ketogenic diet right for you? Paleo? Other? Remember when you were a kid and one of your friends had a seemingly cool idea that somehow your parents thought (or knew) probably wouldn’t end well for you?

Anne L’Heureux, R.D., L.D. breaks down the different nutritional approaches athletes have at their disposal, but advises we do our homework on the best approach for us as individuals rather than jump into the latest dietary trend.

The ÖTILLÖ & Swimrun Events are Growing in Popularity
Swimrun. 175 teams from 25 different countries traveled to Switzerland to compete in the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin and tackle a beautiful and difficult course on what organizers called a near perfect day.

The Way There: Why We Create and Seek Out Trails
Adventure. It starts with the focal beam of a headlamp. Sunrise is more than an hour away and it’s pouring rain. Hands tucked into the sleeves of a jacket, and the pace already quick through the sharp Tasmanian buttongrass—trying to stay warm. There is an urgency to understand this threatened place, to know takayna / Tarkine as intimately as possible while its future remains in question—to know what the absence would feel like if it disappeared.