For an athlete to take full advantage of their training and maximize their performance it is essential to become familiar with your Perceived Exertion. Whether you are coached or a self coached athlete and using a heart rate monitor, power meter or just keeping an eye on your pace, gaining experience & familiarity with Rating Perceived Exertion is an invaluable tool.
Enjoyed a great run today in the Southern section of Harriman State Park with the MPF Campmor Trail Running Team! Headed out on the Blue (Seven Hills Trail) from start to finish and made our way across Seven Lakes Drive and
By MPF Athlete Harry Hamilton
What I am looking for in a good trail running shoe is one that I can run over 12 hours in, is comfortable, has enough support in the mid foot, and has some cushion in the heel. I also prefer a wide toe box and protection on top of the toe box for when I inevitably stub a toe. For those of you who have had the displeasure of seeing my feet after a 24 hour or 100 mile race you know that this is not a “nice to have.” This is a necessity for me.
Back in August I noticed a few spots opened up for the Oil Creek 100. Since it was within driving distance, I decided to give the race a go. This was my 3rd 100 mile race, and training plan had been consistent throughout the summer. However, two weeks prior I raced a local 50k and caught a cold which turned into bronchitis. During my two week taper I knew how important rest was, especially now.
When the summer ends and fall rolls around there are a number of things that you can look forward to: Crisp cool air, leaves changing colors….& Mountain Madness.
For those who are unfamiliar with ultra trail races, a 50k covers the distance of just over 31 miles. Now add in a forest full of roots, rocks, boulders, stumps, downed trees, streams and terrain which will bring you up and down a total of 13,650'. Mountain Madness 2012 is held in Ringwood, New Jersey.
It is 4:30am, Saturday, September 29th. I wake up and realize I am pretty nervous about the activity I am going to partake in today. It is my first trail race for the year and to make it even more nerve racking is it one of the toughest 50K’s in the Northeast.
It’s that time of year again, Mountain Madness 50k (aka MoMa)! For the last 3 years, this race has been a staple of my race calendar, and no matter what other events I had planned or injuries I sustained throughout the year, I have always managed to make it to the starting line of this race.
Here is our video from the 2012 Mountain Madness 50k! NJTrailSeries.com organizes the Mountain Madness 50k, 25k & 7 mile Trail Races each year around Fall. The race takes place throughout Ringwood State Park & Ramapo Reservation. Video & footage is shot & created by MountainPeakFitness.com. Music by Kid Rock "Born Free".
Here are the photos Joe Azze from MPF took during the 2012 Mountain Madness 50k races that is put on by NJTrailSeries each year.
Here are photos from the 2012 Hancock Shaker Village 50 Mile Ultramarathon that Joe Azze from Mountain Peak Fitness took during this years race.
I’ve always preferred a lighter trail shoe that allows me to feel and react to the ground. I feel more nimble in a lighter shoe, which until recently was difficult to find in a trail shoe. The X-Talon's 190's are the lightest trail shoe offered by Inov-8 designed to have minimal amounts of cushioning so they were the perfect pair for me to try! They were comfortable from the moment I tried them on and walked around my apartment.
TheTransRockies Run by MPF Campmor Athlete, Jody LaPar. I had been thinking about the Trans Rockies Race for close to a year prior to the event. As race day approached, I had been working with teammate Elizabeth Azze to focus on race specific training such as lots of climbing and faster descending to get ready for the big mountains.
Race week for the Leadville trail 100 race started off a little differently than any other race week. I had never registered for a race that added two miles and significant climbs each way of a 50 mile out and back race course with less than a week before race day. I wasn’t happy or worried about the extra mileage at the time. All of the participants would have to deal with it.
I have been a fan of Inov-8 for a few years now. They have delivered countless miles of reliability to my feet in many different conditions & distances. When I had the opportunity to get another pair, I chose the Inov-8 Mudroc 290's.
The MPF Campmor Trail Running Team, along with good friends, enjoyed the trails of Sterling Forest on Saturday. It was a warm one, with plenty of humidity to enjoy. We finished up the run with a climb up the Sterling Forest Fire Tower which was established in 1922 and then a swim in Sterling Lake.
The Vermont 100 mile foot race is no joke for sure. Many endurance racers have stated that it is runnable. If I haven’t conquered a course that is described as runnable I don’t subscribe to that notion. Last year I had raced this course and the course won. This year’s race plan was exactly the same as last year. I even ran in the exact same shoes. The only difference was my fitness level that I hoped would allow me to reach my goal time.