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Running Mountain Trails 101

 

If you are looking for a fun, active way to vacation, heading to higher elevations for some mountain trail running can provide both a relaxing escape AND  athletic gains - especially if you are looking for improvement in your next obstacle course event. If you live close to the mountains, this should become part of your weekly routine. Otherwise, I highly recommend picking your next vacation spot based on the available mountains, or even better – an obstacle event in or near the mountains!

High Protein Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

 

Typical chocolate cheesecake slices will run you over 1,000 calories with minimal protein, these mini chocolate cheesecakes however are only 127 calories and pack 16 grams of protein all while maintaining an authentic cheesecake flavor! As an added boost the cheesecakes have a delicious crust with 14% of your daily fiber needs!

Everyone has a Weakness!

 

Everyone has a weakness; something that is difficult for them to beat. Whether it’s - mental or physical, there is always a way to overcome your limitations. For a long time, there were two things I considered to be my greatest physical weaknesses: swimming, and going up-hill in races or in training. For as long as I can remember, my ability to swim successfully was on the same level as a rock; I sink! Hills? Unfortunately I've always been the one to fall behind and struggle.

Bodyweight Training and OCR - Effectiveness and Injury Prevention

 

My involvement in Obstacle Racing began in 2011 and has evolved in just about every way - the races I run, the fuel I use, my preferred gear, and my training strategy. Related to the training, despite the occasional Atlas Carry or log drag, the vast majority of obstacles remain about getting yourself up, over, through, or in some manner around a challenge. There is a strong focus on functional movements, flexibility, and adaptability. I have yet to see a bench press on the side of a mountain.

Pick Up Your Trash!

 

Corinne’s opinions on trash after spending 8 hours “cleaning up” after the Monterey Spartan Beast:

Protein Brownies Recipe

 

How many times have you tried recipes for healthy brownies only for them to taste like black beans? There's only so much you can do to try and mask the taste but you still want high protein, gluten free brownies, so what are you to do? The answer is these delicious chocolate espresso brownies! Instead of black beans we use garbanzo bean flour which has a milder flavor that adapts well to the chocolate and espresso. Enjoy these high protein, energizing, and gluten free brownies!

6 Tips to Survive an Injury Setback

 

In November, I ran one of the best races of my life and completed 60 miles with Team VPX at World’s Toughest Mudder. Our team finished more laps than any other team at night and earned the coveted “Black Ops” award. Unfortunately, those 60 miles really did a number on my body and I ran the last 30 miles with a torn meniscus. Since then I have been “benched” from all activity involving my left leg. I spent 1 month on crutches, then the next month hobbling around with a limp. I was not allowed to ride an exercise bike, use an elliptical, run, hike, or even walk more than needed! At some moments I really went crazy as my mind and body suffered from lack of exercise… but I had to find a way to cope and this is what helped me:

Three Successful Race Preparation Habits

 

Before every major event, there are several things I do to prepare my mind and body so that I am able to perform at my best. In college, I never took race preparation seriously, which may have attributed to why I was not as successful. As I grew older and my interest in racing further developed, I started to understand the benefits of having effective planning for the various events I was competing in. Over the past few years I have acquired a few odd race preparation rituals or habits that I think have worked well for me; although preparing for a race can be different for every individual, these tips are worth checking out.

Race Recovery the Right Way

 

You’ve been tackling mile after mile of obstacles, braving cold waters, completing tire flips and leaping over finish line fires. You’re standing triumphantly at the finish line with a medal around your neck and smile on your face.

Valentine's Cookies | Protein Graham Cracker Cookies Recipe

 

What do you do when you want to bake Valentine’s cookies for your sweetheart but don’t want the pound of sugar and butter that goes along with them? The answer is, make VPX Valentine’s Day cookies! With just over 100 calories per cookie and only 3 grams of sugar these cookies are much more diet friendly compared to the sugar cookies that you can buy at your favorite shop which clock in at 220 calories per cookie!

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