Nutrition & Hydration Breakdown for Running an Ultra

This week, my husband and I are traveling home to Washington to compete in the Bigfoot 40 Mile Ultra which circumnavigates Mt. St. Helens! This will be my longest race at 43.5 miles and quite the challenge with over 9,000 ft. of climbing. We've completed our last "big" training run and are settling into this [...]

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Taper [tey-per]; the reduction of exercise before a competition or race.

Tapering is reducing the volume of weekly training mileage during the final two to four weeks leading up to a marathon - which to runners, feels like a lifetime.  What happens when you taper? Tapering allows glycogen stores to return to peak levels in both the muscles and the liver. Metabolic enzymes, antioxidants, and various hormones, [...]