Western States is more than a weekend; it’s more than an historic and iconic 100-mile race. It is an aspiration, a life long goal, a crazy and irrational thought, or to the 400 hundred plus runners a reality. Every June people flock to Squaw Valley and are greeted by the typical camaraderie, support of family/friends/volunteers, beautiful scenery, and nervous excitement that are par for the course with most Ultra Distance Trail Races.
Summer racing season has been off to a solid start for our Team Injinji athletes, with big wins at the San Diego 100 this month and Western States and Badwater just over the horizon. Our own Alexa Dickerson is heading into her second year racing Badwater and is training with running coach and Team Injinji teammate Lisa Smith Batchen. We sat down with them to get the scoop on training for the esteemed race.
This past weekend was the San Diego 100, a 100 mile trail race through the Cleveland National Forest in East County San Diego. The SD100 is proving itself year after year, largely in part to the amazing RD Scotty Mills, dedicated/enthusiastic/awesome volunteers, and a field of runners that continually impress and inspire. Besides Injinji being a presenting sponsor of the race, we have vested interest in the event due to our personal relationships with all the people involved and the beautiful SoCal location. We have done everything from trail markings to photo-shoots in the Cleveland Forest, and truly find any excuse to get out there. Quite frankly if RD Scotty Mills decided he wanted to hold a tandem stationary bike race, we would jump at the opportunity to be involved.
My name is Michael Wardian and I am a 39 year-old father, husband, international ship broker, coach, inspirational speaker, little league baseball coach, and endurance athlete from Arlington, VA. I am hoping that I can provide some guidance with this blog on how I try to make it all work. It doesn’t come easy, but to be cliché, nothing worthwhile ever does and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The way I try to make all this work is to do what I call “Invisible Training” and by that I mean I try to make my training as low/no impact on my family and work as possible.
The 2013 IAU 24-Hour World Championships recently took place in Steenbergen, Netherlands. The American team delivered a solid performance and Team Injinji’s own Jon Olsen won the individual men's gold. The American men’s and women’s also took home team gold. Below is Jon Olsen’s account of his experience before and after the race:
Two Pink Lines….. Can change everything…. when referring to a positive pregnancy test! I’ve always had an irregular menstrual cycle and for a majority of my running career thus far, it has been a blessing as sometimes I would go nine months without a period. When I took the test back in February, my emotions went from shock to denial to disbelief to acceptance to joy and finally elation!
Spring came a little late this year in many parts of the country, but now that the ice and snow has finally melted it’s time to get that Spring Training into motion! With a plethora of races to choose from in Spring and early Summer, it's a great time to set some new goals and push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Here are some tips to keep in mind to stay motivated and crush last year's personal best.
Last month, Team Injinji athlete Marshall Ulrich was inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame. Marshall is a widely recognized and highly respected athlete in the ultrarunning community. He is the only person in the world to have completed the “triple crown” of extreme sports, achieving records and firsts not only in running, but also in mountaineering and adventure racing. He has completed more than 125 ultramarathons, averaging over 125 miles each. Ulrich has climbed the Seven Summits (including Mt. Everest) on first attempts, and completed 12 expedition-length adventure races.
The Injinji kitchen has become a hub of staff bonding, meal prep, and sharing of epic recipes. The most recent trend in Injinji culinary delights? Juicing, of course! Juicing is a great way to get your daily allotment of fruits and veggies in. The nutrients are absorbed easily into the body, and one cup of juice to start the day will have you buzzing (naturally) all morning long. Drinking raw veggies helps your digestive system function more efficiently overall. In fact, juicing has been linked to lowering blood pressure and alleviating both skin diseases and immune disorders.
The talented, charismatic, and downright hilarious Christina Kim rolled through San Diego on the LPGA Tour last week and paid us a visit to Injinji HQ. A California native, Christina has golfed professionally since the age of 18. She has made a name for herself with multiple wins around the world tours and has proudly represented the USA three times in the biannual prestigious Solheim cup. What’s more-- she is a die-hard Inijnji fan and sings our praises around the globe.