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Madeline Hirschfeld

Maddie is an avid backpacker, climber, and trail runner. When she is not out on the trails training for ultramarathons, she is exploring with her husband and son in their 1996 F350 and camper. If you cannot find her outdoors she is probably at a brewery drinking a sour.

Trail Running vs Mountain Running (5 key differences with examples)

If you are new to trail running, then you may be wondering about the difference between trail and mountain running. For the longest time I thought they were the same thing and the descriptors were simply being used interchangeably. However, there is actually some key differences between the two that are important to point out. …

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Should Dogs Wear Boots While Hiking?

Constantly our social media feeds are filled with picturesque photos of friends, families, and influencers taking on the trails with their dogs. One aspect viewers will quickly notice are the little booties that dogs have been wearing more and more these days. Dog booties can protect paw pads from blistering on long hikes that might …

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Do Trail Running Shoes Need to be Waterproof?

Trail running involves various terrain, elevation, and weather. At some point during trail runs, participants will experience rain, river crossings, and muddy trails. Not only can this affect runners’ mental or emotional state, but it can have physical effects like the feet being constantly wet. Many times, wet feet lead to runners with blisters so …

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Garmin Forerunner 735xt Review for Trail Runners

Besides a good pair of shoes, there is essential gear that can aid runners, improve performance, and assist in an overall positive experience. Watches are a common piece of gear for trail running; furthermore, not only do they track time, but certain ones can provide navigational features. While trail running, getting lost is more likely …

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Altra vs. Hoka Trail Running Shoes (Pros / Cons and FAQs)

Entering the trail running scene, you will quickly notice the companies that are dominating the trail running shoe market. Many participants of the sport will be wearing Altra or Hoka shoes out on the trails. With so many options, it can be hard for someone new to trail running to pick out the right shoes. …

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How Long Does it Take to Run 200 Miles? Trail Running FAQs

After completing my first couple 100-mile races last year, I started wondering, “What is next?” Some people focus on qualifying races that will get them into notorious races like Western States or Hardrock 100. My mind took a different route, and I ultimately signed up for the 2020 Bigfoot 200-mile race. So, how long does …

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What to put in Ultramarathon Drop Bags? (50k to 100+ Miler Essentials)

When prepping for an ultramarathon, there will be constant reminders about putting together drop bags. The race website, Facebook page, and race manuals will mention the subject multiple times. Drop bags are bags or containers that are placed at aid stations giving trail runners access to items that they would not want to carry. Usually …

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How Many Lumens do I Need for Trail Running?

Trail running at night or early in the mornings is sometimes necessary to get in a training run. Usually trail runners head out into the darkness due to their busy schedule, it offers cooler temperatures, shorter days, or they signed up for a race that involves running in pitch black. Getting out on the trails …

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