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Gemini Adventures

02 Aug 2011

Running Footwear

Not since Bill Bowerman ruined his wife’s waffle iron in 1970 has there been such a cry for running footwear changes. Because of the minimum amount of gear one needs to get started in running, footwear is of the utmost importance. With the huge increase in long distance running, running shoes have become a big business, as well it should. It’s estimated, that in 1980, 143,000 people ran a marathon in the United States compared to 467,000 in 2009. Your […]

19 Jul 2011

Race Report – 2011 Desert RATS 148 Mile Race by Martin Schneekloth

(Stage 1) Day 0.5 In order to save some money on travel expenses and to acclimatize to the elevation, we arrived in Moab, Utah from Huntsville, Alabama via Denver, Colorado on Saturday afternoon in the second smallest plane I had ever been a passenger on. The pilot couldn’t have been more courteous. Our destination was the Desert RATS 148 Mile 5 stage (6 day) race that takes place at one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen within […]

10 Jun 2011

Daily Hydration Needs For Athletes

By Cindy Stonesmith Daily Hydration Needs For Athletes Most people think my job as a running endurance coach is to motivate my clients to complete their prescribed daily workout. However, I often find myself motivating my clients to take the time throughout the day to fully recover and be prepared for the next day’s training run. One of your first lines of defense for recovery is to hydrate properly throughout the day. The human brain is made of 70% fluid […]

01 Mar 2011
22 Jan 2011

Desert Romp-Take a tour of Western Colorado canyons at the Spring Desert Ultras by Elinor Fish

APRIL 17, 2010, FRUITA, COLORADO—Every spring I procrastinate about picking a race to kick off the racing season, rationalizing that more early season mileage is sure to reduce the pain of that first all-out effort. But by mid-April, due to a series of late-season snow squalls that pummeled our corner of the Colorado Rockies, I had yet to set foot on the trails. So when my training partner, Joy, suggested we go to the Spring Desert Ultra 25-miler in Fruita, […]

20 Jan 2011

The 2011 Twin Mountain Trudge Turns Epic by Ray Churgovich

I would like to thank Alec Muthig, Josh Fuller, Nate, Josh Artery, Ted, the entire Twin Mountain Trudge Crew who stayed late into the night until I was safe and Search & Rescue. Without all of your help my Epic adventure could have had a very sad ending. The 2011 Twin Mountain Trudge Turns Epic Epic is the term that mountain climbers use when they talk about a climb that went wrong. The party got lost, gear was dropped, days […]

20 Dec 2010

Winter Thrills and Chills-Adventures in the Cold

Depending on where you live, and how you approach the season, winter can mean many things to endurance athletes. For some, trails remain open and accessible, for others, deep snow and deeper freezes change everything. This article will explore a few of the techniques and special pieces of equipment that can help make winter adventures safer and more fun. I can’t stand the treadmill. Sorry, I just can’t do it. And the thought of being sequestered to road running for […]

19 Dec 2010

Desert R.A.T.S. 2010 by Jeff Owsley

When one faces the epic challenge of Desert RATS, it helps to be prepared. The more unprepared one is, the greater the opportunity to learn. I felt like a kindergartener in the Ivy League. I benefited from RATS being so difficult that it attracts highly experienced and successful ultra running athletes. It was wonderful to be a grasshopper among master gurus. One of the most basic lessons I learned is you just have to accept where you are and make […]

18 Nov 2010

Wind River Crossing 2010

Dubois, WY – In the mid-1990s, I spent a few weeks mountaineering in Wyoming’s Wind River Range and was amazed by the range’s beauty, enhanced dramatically by its rugged remoteness. While there are no 14,000’ peaks in the Winds, it is considered one of the wildest, most heavily glaciated ranges in the continental United States. A few years later, I began running ultra-distance events and was particularly fond of running in wild places with minimal support. That’s when the idea […]

17 Nov 2010

Sleeplessness, Miller High Life, Full Moons and The Village People

I’ve run this 24 hour race at the Boulder Reservoir twice before. The last time I was here I was a few hours into it, big smile beaming on my face, running out in front with Ryan Cooper. Ryan turned to me and said “You know, we’re on a 148 mile pace.” I should have taken that as a warning and slowed down. Instead, I just kept smiling and running just as hard, and then a few more hours into […]