Mike at Sun Mountain

How Much is Too Much Training?

What is the common mistake runners make when preparing for an ultra? Too much training! Incorrect Logic : since ultras are longer than ordinary marathons the training should also be longer and harder – completely wrong a...

Your Ideal Running Stride

Here are some guidelines to make running feel easier and help you run smoothly: one fluid motion, maintaining an optimal running posture. HEAD upright. Not looking at the sky. Pretend you are up on stage when you run…. l...
Large Bonfire

Fuel to Burn the Fires of a Run

Does your fuel tank dry up during the race? That is ‘hitting the wall’ and it’s not fun!!! Running long distances all comes down to fuel efficiency. During endurance events, your body primarily relies on carbohydra...

What Makes A Trail Runner?

Trails – runners either love them or hate them. In 17 years of Portland Marathon clinic training runs on the Wildwood Trail, runners list those runs as their most favorite or the ones they hated most. Runners who love th...

Right Way To Do A Hills Workout

  Some short and sweet advice for you… 1. Maintain the successful rhythm you have established on the flat. 2. Maintain the SAME EFFORT LEVEL, same breathing ; if you keep up the same pace on the hills as on th...
Nutrition

Nutrition Basics

You don’t need to use any form of drugs or anabolic steroids to enhance your performance. The key to a top performance and to have a competitive edge is NUTRITION!! Proper nutrition may not help you win an event, b...
Hydration

Hydration

  ” Water “, wrote Henry David Thoreau, ” is the only drink for a wise man. “   Drink the equivalent of 10 to 14 cups of water a day. Water is the most important nutrient for you! Hydrat...
Stretching

Stretching Tips

Stretching serves to… relieve muscle soreness and stiffness reduce a chance of injury and stay stationary improve joint flexibility improve running performance How to stretch stretch after a run when muscles are warm mov...