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How CBD Interacts with the Body
CBD is the primary active ingredient in hemp. It’s one out of hundreds of similar compounds, called cannabinoids, that are produced by the cannabis plant family. CBD is simultaneously one of the most powerful and least psychoactive cannabinoids.

CBD Oil CannabidiolCBD is short for cannabidiol, though it’s not an acronym. Cannabidiol has been shortened to CBD because its customary for cannabinoids to be represented by three letter abbreviations, like THC for tetrahydrocannabinol or CBG for cannabigerol. THC is probably the most famous member of the cannabinoid family. It’s the one that causes a high, after all.

What Are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are active compounds produced by all cannabis plants and by all living humans. Technically, there are two types of cannabinoids…

  • Endocannabinoids: Cannabinoids produced internally, by the human body
  • Phytocannabinoids: Cannabinoids produced by plants

Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) hemp, for example, contains many phytocannabinoids. In addition to cannabidiol (CBD), there are cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabidivarin (CBdv). Like CBD, CBC and the others are non-psychoactive.

What Do Endocannabinoids Do?
Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced by us, for us. They serve as signaling molecules, or neurotransmitters, that help the body communicate within itself.

Many neurotransmitters are produced by the nervous system in response to things like health levels and environmental factors. They interact with and send messages to receptors found on the surfaces of cells. Their primary job is to help cells adjust their activities.

In order to illustrate how neurotransmitters work, let’s use an analogy. The brain doesn’t connect with every cell in your body, just like traffic officers don’t connect directly with every car on the road.

In both cases, that means some messages have to be relayed. In the case of managing traffic, we implement traffic signals. These signals inform drivers where they can and cannot travel, when they should stop and when they should go, how fast they are allowed to move, and so on.

Some of these signals can sense what’s going on in the environment — such as when a car pulls up to a traffic light. The sensor triggers a controller causing the light to change, thereby changing the behavior of drivers approaching that intersection.

In the same way, your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) connects to a wide variety of sensors to keep track of every system in your body. The signals from these sensors are decoded by the brain and the nervous system. If it’s determined that a system has gone out of balance, the ECS releases neurotransmitters into areas that need the most help.

The Human Endocannabinoid System

Now that we understand how neurotransmitters work to adjust our cellular activity, let’s take a look at the role endocannabinoids play in maintaining homeostasis, or balance, within the body.

The human endocannabinoid system (ECS) has two components: endocannabinoids, and endocannabinoid receptors which pick up their signals.

Endocannabinoids are unique in that they’re produced directly from the fat-based cell membranes of nerve and brain cells. This resourcefulness means endocannabinoids can be produced quickly — basically on demand — wherever the body needs them. In other words, endocannabinoids are as natural as you can get.

CBD helps the ECS produce greater amounts of endocannabinoids in the areas where they’re needed. One of these endocannabinoids, called anandamide, is responsible for the production and uptake of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for mood and anxiety.

Often referred to as the “bliss molecule”, anandamide’s impact on serotonin levels directly improves one’s mental state. While serotonin levels are often low in people suffering from depression, those with a healthy ECS usually produce plenty of serotonin.

This biochemical ‘cross-talk’ means that exercise is excellent for the endocannabinoid system health. Exercise, especially prolonged exercise, delivers an influx of new endocannabinoids into the brain, causing a better stress response and a more dynamic metabolism.

In fact, recent evidence shows that endocannabinoids (eCB’s) are to thank for “runner’s high,” that post-workout euphoria we’ve grown to know and love. Once thought to be caused by endorphins, it turns out that endorphin molecules are much too large to actively enter the brain. eCB’s, on the other hand, are small and easily activate the brain’s ‘feel-good’ receptors.

In a sense, the endocannabinoid system actually motivates us to exercise.

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CBD is taking the nation by storm with an incredible amount of fanfare. After all, CBD and athletics seem tailor made for each other. Meanwhile, you’ve probably started finding new variations of CBD infused products showing up in your daily life almost everywhere (think grocery store isles).

But as an athlete, you’re probably wondering how to cut through the clutter and get what you need. So now let’s take a look at one of this plant compound’s most exciting areas of application — endurance sports.

While we’ve hinted at some of these benefits already, CBD’s potential to improve athletic performance warrants a deeper dive. So, we decided to compile everything we know about CBD and athletics here. Enjoy!

  1. CBD is an adaptogen
  2. An adaptogen is defined as something that helps the body adapt to stress. Though CBD isn’t yet officially classified as an adaptogen, it definitely should be. That means it helps the body adapt to exercise, which is a form of stress — good stress — in and of itself.

    The most effective workout plan carefully balances training stress and active recovery; in its role as an adaptogenic compound, CBD makes it easier to walk this fine line.

  3. CBD reduces stress
  4. Taking things a step further, CBD reduces existing stress. It may even reduce the risk of overtraining syndrome and the central nervous system exhaustion that accompanies it.

    Conversely, CBD also allows for a greater stress tolerance. That means you can train harder and bounce back faster… without getting burned out. All in all, the benefits are pretty impressive. Keep reading to learn more about how they happen behind the scenes.

  5. CBD improves fat metabolism
  6. As an endurance athlete, your training probably already promotes increased fat oxidation and better glycogen storage. You may even train fasted to really boost things. CBD simply accentuates this, which means improved endurance and a stabler mood both on and off the trail. And if you can stay in fat burning mode during low and moderate intensity exercise, you’ll have much more fast-burning fuel left for the really intense stuff. The CBD molecule itself seems to be engineered for endurance.

    Though the mechanisms used here are complex, one way CBD may promote fat oxidation is through the activation of brown adipose tissue, or ‘brown fat’, which is more metabolically active than regular fat stores. Another plus? Higher brown fat levels are good for weight loss.

  7. CBD reduces inflammation & free radicals
  8. CBD’s ability to reduce inflammatory markers is clearly good for exercise recovery. By boosting the endocannabinoid system, CBD helps immune cells work efficiently to target the right areas. This means lower overall inflammation…and better immunity exactly where it counts.

    In addition, CBD is so effective for keeping free radicals in check that the US government has a patent on the subject. Remember that free radicals aren’t entirely bad; in appropriate amounts, they act as helpful signals of stress and friction. CBD helps keep free radical levels in the right range, keeping your training response stays strong.

  9. CBD improves mitochondrial health
  10. This means good things for your endurance. You may have heard that mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell, but did you know that every mitochondrion contains endocannabinoid receptors?

    As it turns out, they do! That’s why CBD is able to improve mitochondrial health, which in turn has beneficial downstream effects on fat burning and other qualities we’ve already mentioned. CBD may even improve mitochondrial density, which is a great marker of athletic endurance.

  11. CBD improves insulin sensitivity
  12. People with diabetes were among the first to notice that CBD can reduce blood sugar — some actually see such improvement that they’re able to get off exogenous insulin!

    But CBD’s ability to regulate blood sugar isn’t just good for those with diabetes. This same quality is great for athletes. After all, blood sugar regulation stems from improvements in the body’s response to insulin, also called insulin sensitivity. With improved insulin sensitivity comes the chance for gradual improvements in body composition. That’s because insulin sensitive muscles are more efficient at both intra-workout fat burning and post-workout growth.

  13. CBD is a neuroprotectant which may help protect against sports injuries
  14. While brain health is obviously important to those in contact sports, endurance athletes can stand to benefit, too. CBD’s neuroprotective qualities may guard against concussions and other head trauma. And if a concussion were to occur, CBD also promotes neuroplasticity, fostering the growth of healthy new neural pathways.

    Endurance athletes who are at risk for concussions, like competitive cyclists, may even want to consider taking CBD pre-race as a preventative measure. If nothing else, the CBD will likely increase fat oxidation and improve your endurance a little!

  15. CBD reduces pain
  16. This effect is one of CBD’s most powerful, and also one of the main reasons our customers take the plant compound! CBD’s especially promising to athletes, as it reduces inflammation and pain without dampening the training response like aspirin or NSAIDS would. That makes it good for both sports injuries and the more generalized trauma of intense workouts. Athletes who routinely take CBD are reporting less injuries, less joint pain, and less muscle soreness in general.

Overall, CBD presents a promising chance to boost your athletic performance. Of the many factors that impact endurance, CBD improves many of them: it speeds recovery and improves mental resilience; it effectively reduces pain, inflammation and the risk of injury, and it even promotes good sleep. And while it may not directly improve hydration or nutrition, its effects on fat oxidation and leptin levels may make it easier to eat better!

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2019 Training Calendar – Free Download https://vengaendurance.com/2019-training-calendar-free-download/ https://vengaendurance.com/2019-training-calendar-free-download/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 14:10:50 +0000 https://vengaendurance.com/?p=1959 Designed for endurance training this free wall calendar is perfect for planning, recording, tracking, reflecting, adjusting and winning 2019!

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Hello 2019

As we say goodbye to 2018 and look ahead to 2019 we have a fantastic tool to help you plan & train to make 2019 your best year yet!

Strava, Garmin, watches, trackers, smartphones – we love them all.

But….

There’s something about the simplicity, immediacy and tangible nature of paper. Being able to glance at a high-level record of training and life can be a game changer in helping you make training decisions and stay motivated. Having the ability to quickly plan the next 3 months with sticky notes, knowing you have all the information needed to make good decisions is key to successful training.

We designed a large wall calendar to do just this. Using it for years it’s become an indispensable tool to help stay on track throughout the year.

Designed for endurance training this free wall calendar is perfect for planning, recording, tracking, reflecting, adjusting and winning 2019!

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Ditch the Ibuprofen and Still Beat the Pain https://vengaendurance.com/ditch-the-ibuprofen-and-still-beat-the-pain/ https://vengaendurance.com/ditch-the-ibuprofen-and-still-beat-the-pain/#respond Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:59:43 +0000 https://vengaendurance.com/?p=1787 Inflammation Bringing You Down? Consider CBD. As athletes, experiencing pain from inflammation in both our muscles and internal organs is the inevitable price we pay for our sport. But when these conditions start to become chronic it’s time to take back our own quality of life. The common “go-to” for helping alleviate the pain with [...]

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Inflammation Bringing You Down? Consider CBD.

As athletes, experiencing pain from inflammation in both our muscles and internal organs is the inevitable price we pay for our sport. But when these conditions start to become chronic it’s time to take back our own quality of life.

The common “go-to” for helping alleviate the pain with most endurance athletes is often an over-the-counter (OTC) drug touting anti-inflammatory effects. Otherwise known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), over 17 million Americans take these drugs on a daily basis. And among endurance athletes who put their bodies through the ringer on a regular basis, the percentage of those regularly taking OTC drugs is extremely high.

Most of the common NSAIDs we’ve all taken at some point include ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen (i.e. Aleve). These drugs work by blocking the enzymes in our body known to produce prostaglandins that protect the lining of both your stomach and intestines, as well as activating blood platelets. By blocking prostaglandins, these drugs aim to combat inflammation that stems from injury that can result from a hard workout. The problem however is that these drugs aren’t selective in how they deter one’s enzyme production which means the temporary relief an athlete may experience comes with a host of adverse side effects.

With endurance athletes, regular use of NSAIDs can lead to even greater compounded problems. For example, acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common issue encountered in over 34% of ultramarathoners. NSAIDs are thought to contribute to AKI and yet between 35%-75% of ultramarathoners ingest them during competition. Research found that many of these competitors (about 44%) had creatinine levels high enough to indicate the onset of AKI after running 50 miles. But the incidence was particularly high among runners who had taken ibuprofen. They were found to be about 18% more likely to have developed acute kidney injury than racers who did not take any NSAIDs.

Complications that often result with prolonged use of NSAIDs include headaches, heartburn, ulcers, dizziness, leg swelling, liver and kidney malfunction, high blood pressure and the list goes on. It starts to read like one of those scary TV commercials we’ve all seen, doesn’t it? In fact, statistics show that over 100,000 people are hospitalized every year for gastrointestinal complications that come from continued use of NSAIDs. In 2005, a report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put out a warning about the increased cardiovascular risks that come from extended use of NSAIDs. You may even recall that as recent as 2016 the FDA updated their labeling requirements on NSAID products to include warnings of increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

Adding to the long list of common NSAID side effects, of which CBD has none, include gas, bloating, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

As athletes and those of us who treat our bodies with the utmost care, we find that relying on these hazardous drugs to maintain our health simply out of the question. Using a dangerous, synthetic pill instead of an all-natural, non-toxic, plant-based solution just doesn’t seem logical.

Twenty years of research and countless studies have proven the anti-inflammatory benefits of phytocannabinoids and terpenoids, both of which are included in today’s full-spectrum CBD supplements. Better yet, these plant-based cannabinoids utilize different mechanisms in an athlete’s body to produce the desired anti-inflammatory results we need to keep up with our training and recovery, without the negative side effects that come from using NSAIDs. The non-psychoactive compound CBD has shown significant COX-2 enzyme blockage, which is the key to naturally reducing inflammation in one’s body. A 2005 study conducted by Doctors Geoffrey Guy and Ethan Russo reports that phytocannabinoids produce a naturally balanced and nontoxic medicinal effect as compared to the alternative of harmful OTC drugs designed to achieve the same anti-inflammatory results.

The ready availability of CBD as alternative natural medicine in the United States has drastically changed the landscape of options for athletes protecting their health. Reputable suppliers are now offering CBD products that combine medical grade full-spectrum hemp oil with other safe additives such as turmeric-curcumin to increase the anti-inflammatory effects. Best news of all for competitive endurance athletes is that many options THC-free options exists making these supplements approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In general, the growing acceptance of CBD as an alternative to NSAIDs has given athletes a risk-free way to reduce their pain without the risky side effects that come as a result of using Ibuprofen and the like.

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Epic Endurance Bundle Giveaway https://vengaendurance.com/giveaway/ https://vengaendurance.com/giveaway/#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2018 19:02:27 +0000 https://vengaendurance.com/?p=1711 Win $2,100 in Endurance Gear We’re on a mission to help as many endurance athletes as possible through the benefits of CBD and to help us do that we’re doing something pretty epic! We’re giving away a whole year’s worth of CBD!! And that’s not all. We’ve partnered with some awesome companies to give away [...]

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Win $2,100 in Endurance Gear

We’re on a mission to help as many endurance athletes as possible through the benefits of CBD and to help us do that we’re doing something pretty epic! We’re giving away a whole year’s worth of CBD!! And that’s not all. We’ve partnered with some awesome companies to give away an Endurance Bundle of the BEST prizes to help you be your BEST.

 

Giveaway Prizes

The winner gets:

 

  • A year’s supply of Venga CBD
  • A year’s supply of trail mix snacks from Altitude Snacks
  • A year’s supply of Smartwool Socks
  • A year of premium membership to Strava

 

Oh, and if that’s not enough we’re going to pay the entry fee for the race of your choice.

 

“So, how can I win?”

Great question young Padawan. Enter you must.

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It gets better! Increase your chances of winning.

Want 100 entries? No problem – With this giveaway you can easily increase your chances of winning simply by sharing. After you enter you’ll be given a lucky link – share that link as much as possible because when you do you’ll receive 5 additional entries for everyone that enters the giveaway using your link.

Example:

20 entries using your link gives you 100 additional chances to win!!

(Please see the contest rules and details for more information.)

 

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The giveaway entry period is from November 26, 2018  to 11pm December 15th and we will announce the winner on December 17th.

 

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We develop CBD products specifically for endurance athletes. All our formulas, products, and research help you perform at your best, reduce your pain and recover more quickly so you can crush your goals!

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Altitude Snacks was born in Steamboat Springs, CO and embodies the simple, healthy, active lifestyle you’d expect from this iconic Rocky Mountain town. We use premium ingredients for all our dried fruit and nut blends and we are committed to bringing you a nutritious snack that is free of sulfites, preservatives and added sugars.

Smartwool

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Our whole brand was built on the desire to be comfortable on outdoor adventures—we wanted to go farther and experience more. And that drive continues to fuel everything we do. From our Merino wool supply chain to our Smartwool advocacy program to how we design our socks and apparel, we exist to help you play, live, and laugh in the great outdoors as often as you would like.

Strava Summit Premium

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The Strava Summit Premium package gives you all the training and analysis tools you need

Training – All the tools and insights you need to reach your goal and train smarter.

Safety – Explore new roads and trails, all with peace of mind from Beacon.

Analysis – Get more insight from your dedicated GPS device, heart rate monitor or power meter.

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PLUS – We’ll cover the entry fee into the race of your choice (restrictions apply)

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Race Spotlight: Wildwood Trail Marathon https://vengaendurance.com/race-spotlight-wildwood-trail-marathon/ https://vengaendurance.com/race-spotlight-wildwood-trail-marathon/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:51:12 +0000 https://vengaendurance.com/?p=1534 If you’re looking for one last, solid trail race for 2018 it’s worth taking a look at the Wildwood Trail Marathon outside St Louis, Missouri. Race Snapshot Date: December 2, 2018 Location: LaSalle Springs Middle School 3300 Highway 109, Wildwood, MO 63038 Distance: 26.2ish Elevation: Minimal Map: Click to download   In its second year, [...]

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If you’re looking for one last, solid trail race for 2018 it’s worth taking a look at the Wildwood Trail Marathon outside St Louis, Missouri.

Race Snapshot

Date: December 2, 2018

Location:
LaSalle Springs Middle School
3300 Highway 109,
Wildwood, MO 63038

Distance: 26.2ish

Elevation: Minimal

Map: Click to download

Wildwood Trail Marathon
26.2ish miles of pristine trails outside St. Louis MO

 

In its second year, the Wildwood Trail Marathon takes advantage of a newly created trail system in the Wildwood area and features a mix of technical and hardpack trails. Veteran race director Shalini Kovach says “This is a terrific course for beginners because of the gentle elevation gain but also terrific for experienced runners because it can be a fast course.”

She also gave the advice that because this race is in the midwest, the weather on race day can vary wildly (from 78 degrees one year to below freezing the next) so be prepared for all conditions if you go.

According to Kovach the trail running scene in MO has been growing quickly over the past few years. The participation in this race, as well as a number of other races she directs throughout the year, is on the rise.

 

 

The Wildwood Trail Marathon is capped at a tight 150 racers so don’t delay in registering!

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Also checkout the Facebook Group and all the other events they are producing for 2019.

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It’s Not Too Late!! 10 Trail Races to Enter Before the End of 2018 https://vengaendurance.com/10-trail-races-to-enter-before-the-end-of-2018/ https://vengaendurance.com/10-trail-races-to-enter-before-the-end-of-2018/#respond Fri, 26 Oct 2018 20:06:53 +0000 https://vengaendurance.com/?p=1187 It’s hard to believe Halloween is next week! Where did 2018 go? Well, 2018 isn’t over yet. If you’re looking to get one more trail race in before year’s end here’s a list of 10 top trail races to consider. Moab Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Date:11/4/18 Location: Moab, UT Description: Only the 1/2 [...]

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It’s hard to believe Halloween is next week!

Where did 2018 go?

Well, 2018 isn’t over yet. If you’re looking to get one more trail race in before year’s end here’s a list of 10 top trail races to consider.

Moab Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Date:11/4/18

Location: Moab, UT

Race Site

Description: Only the 1/2 Marathon on Sunday has openings – Hurry!
The ½ Marathon course follows the first 9 miles of the Marathon Course. Then you’ll get a break, technically but not physically as you’ll climb up the switchbacks of Kane Creek Road, then back down where you’ll enter the depths of Kane Creek Drainage.

 

 

This unique canyon is rarely travelled but absolutely beautiful. Most of the canyon is runable and along hard packed sand with a bit of water. Some sections are on single-track along the shore and other sections through deeper water (not more than knee deep, unless the Beavers go to work before the race!) You’ll travel abouta mile through the canyon, and then along the dirt road for a ½ mile and a final 1/2 mile of fun singletrack to the finish. http://moabtrailmarathon.com/map.html

 

Red River Trail Run 26.2M, 13.1M, 10K, 5K

Date: November 3, 2018

Location: Callisburg , Texas

Race Site

Description: The trail system that the race is held is on dirt trails, which vary in condition from flatter, smooth “runnable” sections to more technical areas with rocks and roots with steeper hills. Please see the video below for a general idea of the terrain. All profits of the Red River Trail Run will benefit Abigail’s Arms Cooke County Family Crisis Center whose mission is to embrace children, individuals and families to inspire change and create stronger, safer communities through education and awareness. The focus of this benefit will be the services provided for children who are victims of crime.

 

The Urban Ultra – Houston 5k, 10k, 15k, 25k, and 50k

Date: December 1, 2018

Location: Houston, TX

Race Site

 

Description: Known for its architectural prowess, the Houston skyline boasts some of the tallest building in the state. Unlike other cites, the well developed trail system that runs at the feet of massive skyscrapers will leave you dizzy and wanting more. Lined by blue lights that mimic the moon’s phases, the Urban Ultra Houston showcases a unique view of one of the nation’s largest cities.

We will start the race in the evening and watch the skyline and night come alive as the sun goes down. This is an urban trail run mainly on paved trails. The looped course will be run at night so racers will need to bring a headlamp. This race is designed to allow road runners to crossover and get the trail experience.

If you are looking for a unique experience where you can break into the ultra scene, then this is the race for you.

 

Barrier Island Ultra 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M

Date: November 10, 2018

Location: Mustang Island , Texas

Race Site

 

Description: Run on one of the longest barrier islands in Texas on Mustang Island!
Just adjacent to the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world, Mustang Island gets its name from the wild horses that roamed the island for hundreds of years. This chain of barrier islands protect miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. They are also a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species.

Runners will start the race at our salty seaside bar serving as the start/finish area. Experience crashing waves, salty air, hard packed sand, ocean breezes, and open beaches on this out and back course. Wind down after the race with sand between your toes and enjoy a beer, a margarita, or seafood to mark the occasion.
Map: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/35e471_06fde7a8071a481289df137a4b283959.pdf

 

XTERRA SAN TAN 2018 8k, 14m

Date: Nov 11 2018

Location:Tempe, AZ

Race Site

Description: Mother Nature has done all the work on this one and we definitely don’t need to add any additional obstacles. A challenging 14 mile course leads you thru San Tan Regional Park, Malpais wash, barreling down Dynamite and up and over Goldmine, while the 8k course gives you a glimpse of everything the Sonoran Desert has to offer.

 

Wolf Pack Trail Run and Relay 50M, 43.5M, 29M, 14.5M, 4.5M

Date: Nov 11 2018

Location: Kansasville , Wisconsin

Race Site

Description: Who doesn’t love the sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet and the crispness of the air on a November day?

Wolf Pack Trail Run and Relay is the perfect way to enjoy all the sights and sounds of the fall season.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area is the host for this fall ultra-event. Once designated to be a jet fighter base, the park is fittingly named after Major Richard I. Bong, a Poplar, WI native who was America’s leading air ace during World War II. The recreation area encompasses 4,515 acres of rolling grassland, savanna, wetlands, and scattered woodland. Nature is on display all around and is constantly changing with the seasons.

 

Topanga Turkey Trot

Date: November 22, 2018

Location: Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park

Race Site

Description: The XTERRA Turkey Trot is race #2 of the series and features three exciting courses: the 15k, 10k and the 5k fun run on the scenic trails at Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park on November 22, 2018. The event field is limited, so enter early. This event normally sells out in early November, so don’t wait! See below for course preview run details.

NOTE: The event is on Thanksgiving Day! What better way to say thanks than running on the trails at Topanga State Park!

The 5k is a fun run – we do give out finisher medals, but we do not award age group medals. We will be posting times for all events at the race and online.

 

Jackson County 50-50 50M, 50K, 10M

Date: December 1, 2018

Location: Brownstown, Indiana

Race Site

Description: Challenge yourself to another level at the Jackson County 50-50. Very challenging topography rewards you with fantastic vistas along the ridgetops in Jackson-Washington State Forest. Each lap will take you around two different and beautiful lakes and to the highest point in Jackson county.

Though the course is rugged, Pyoca Camp, Conference, and Retreat Center balances that out with warm, dry places to eat, sleep, shower, and gather before and after the race. We’ve partnered with the camp to bring you affordable weekend-long packages including full meals on Friday night, Saturday post-race, and Sunday recovery breakfast.

The course is a 10-mile loop with approximately 1,600 feet of vertical gain per lap (for comparison, about 25% more average elevation gain per mile than Tecumseh Trail Marathon). The trail is a mix of double-track (fire road style) trail and single-track narrow trail. About 3/4 mile of the course is on a paved road within the State Forest. Aid stations will be located every 2-4 miles along the route, and each lap will pass within feet of Pyoca’s lodge building; offering warmth, restrooms, and access to your personal stash of food, clothing, and other needs.

 

Bagan Temple Marathon

Date: Nov 24, 2018

Location: Bagan, Myanmar

Race Site

Description: Tucked away in central Myanmar and home to more than 2,000 temples, Bagan’s beauty and historical significance is unsurpassed. Sacred pagodas and beautiful temples are scattered across the plains of Bagan creating a mystical, striking landscape. The marathon course will take runners on a voyage of discovery into this alluring and untouched land.

 

 

Wildwood Trail Marathon 26.2m

Date: December 2, 2018

Location: Wildwood, MO

Race Site

 

Description: Presented by Terrain Trail Runners, Wildwood Trail Marathon is a great wrap up to any runners racing season whether you run road or trail, novice or experienced the course will not disappoint.

The event will be held at LaSalle Springs Middle School located in Wildwood, Mo, on December 2, 2018. There will be miles and miles of great running through some of the beautiful trails in West County, St. Louis, Mo.
​The course will be a combination of approximately 2 miles of asphalt Hamilton-Carr trail, gravel, dirt and 90 percent single track with enough rocks and roots to keep you present.

 

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In this video, Dr Oz and Dr Sanjay Gupta discuss the rise of CBD, how it benefits your body and what to look out for in a CBD product.


 

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Why do we do these sports? Why do we voluntarily put ourselves through all kinds of hellish conditions, suffer pain and often injury and yet find ourselves at the finish line or the end of a workout and want to do it all over again?

2x Olympian, coach and extraordinary endurance athlete, Chris Hauth has an amazing answer. Chris appeared on the terrific Rich Roll podcast   and shared an amazing perspective on why we do endurance sports he wrote titled “Meaning.” It’s not posted anywhere online so we transcribed it to share with all credit to Chris Hauth.

It’s a long read but well worth slowing down a bit to take it all in.

 

Meaning by Chris Hauth

 

“I feel as though there are so many out there looking for meaning not in a deeper spiritual way but instead that they are missing something. Something fulfilling, something that sets their wires straight. I think that is why ultra-endurance and endurance world of adventures, events, and expeditions has gained so much appeal of late. I believe it satisfies these needs; this sense of purpose, sense of living to our potential, this self-realization that there is more to us than sleeping, eating and working/career. Of course, there’s time for family and in more rarer cases, unfortunately, for community and church and more.

 

We are hardwired for nature, to be outside, to live connected with our environment, to feel it to play and struggle in it.

But one thing is missing in all of this, the self. The time for self, the time for self-health, the time for spending time with thoughts, reflection, elevated heart rate, muscular activity, and most importantly, fresh air and nature.
Endurance events allow for this and more. A connection with nature, with the environment, with its beauty, its ability to revive us. We are hardwired for nature, to be outside, to live connected with our environment, to feel it to play and struggle in it. To be challenged by it and therefore challenge ourselves. This sense of adventure, challenge, struggle, and realization is what pulls people to becoming endurance athletes to discover their potential.

At first, maybe not a huge step, but seeing what we are capable of, and growing from there to a new potential and all the while connecting to our truest rawest, inner self, how we are hardwired as animals to nature, to the outdoors, to a sense of a feeling alive in it via activity. Everything is active around us in nature. And of course, we as humans are part of this nature, part of this growth and vibrant balance. And as the athlete continues to grow to new challenges, which then add some fear and curiosity and uncertainty to it (which again, brings us back to our true raw self), that human living with the outdoors, surviving outdoors, and feeling most alive when we are truly challenged, physically and mentally by nature and our endeavors in it.

Nothing can replace that as it is our truest raw self. It’s buried deep down there, but the more athletes connect with it, the more they realize how much that dormant self was in them, and they want to unlock and unleash more, it makes them better or energetic, healthier, happier, more creative, more efficient, more connected, and therefore caring.

The stewardship of our environment and nature begins with loving yourself in it and feeling this connection to it. How can one relate to the environment and its destruction if one is foreign when in it. But when we have felt how we are truly part of it, that is a deeply connected and wired part of us, we begin to unlock this hard wiring and allow it to fire more and more in order to feel alive and joyful and happy and motivated in our days. Not only to get out and spend time in it again, but revitalized for work, and family and community and more. Because our own tank of self-care is full, and we are connected and seeing and feeling our potential physically and emotionally. We need the fresh air for all of that to fire.

 

That huge piece is our hardwired self for outdoor adventure, physical activity.

 

As I heard the other day, in order to love others we need to love ourselves. We can’t give more love than we are able to give ourself. So knowing that we have this emptiness and missing component in our lives, makes living generously and giving very hard, we are missing something. That huge piece is our hardwired self for outdoor adventure, physical activity. And with that comes curiosity with what we could be capable of awakening the endurance athlete within, the one that is curious if they can achieve that goal and once seeing that growing to a new level of appreciation of that better, healthier, more confident, beautiful, vibrant, energetic self that glows outward, because on the inside the fire of that missing component has been lit.

Venga CBD for CyclistsThe challenge is we feel this imbalance, we just can’t identify what it is. We have become so disconnected from our potential that we don’t know how to explain what it is. But most, once outside in nature, training with a healthy fear towards an event on the outer edge of their current capability, start to understand. I was reading the other day about how we no longer have these rites of passage that young men and women used to go on out in nature, surviving on our own living in the world of our environment, off the land for days to really feel it, sleeping it, awaken it, live off of it and immerse ourselves in it. We no longer have this and it might be leaving a curious hole in our soul that is missing.

Why is it we are so curious and mystified by the outdoor life, adventure’s raw ability in nature when we see those pictures or hear the stories and it tugs at us and it leaves us daydreaming? Because we are drawn to it, it is who we are, how we are hardwired from thousands of years of living in nature in balance with it, surviving in it being challenged by it, being overwhelmed by it feeling alive on the ocean, or in the woods in the mountains or the desert. It all has its effect on us. We all think back to the beautiful moments, outdoors, alive.

 

Your senses come alive, ever so gradually, all the components and cells of your body start awakening and firing because that is where we are originally from; land, sea, air.

 

Have we been sterilized to our fake lighting, fake transportation, fake shelters, fake space we call our property? We have ignored this fundamental part of us for too long. Where is our danger, our use of all our senses, or our unease? Where are we truly challenged in body, mind, and soul? Not at work, not at home, but in play, in the outdoors or anything close to it. Your senses come alive, ever so gradually, all the components and cells of your body start awakening and firing because that is where we are originally from; land, sea, air. Coming back from this dose, it fires all our senses, no treadmill, or gym can replace this. There, time passes slowly, laboriously. In nature, time passes quickly, because we get lost in ourselves, in our thoughts in mind, and spirit and listening to our body and soul. It’s all happening there.

How do you think we feel after a marathon or 50k in the woods, mountains or beautiful terrain? How do you think we feel after a day on the oceans or lake while rowing, sailing, swimming, fully powering ourselves across terrain, mountain biking through hills and meadows across streams. Repeat any of these actions for a few days in a row and our sense of self changes, our priorities shift our soul exhales and relaxes to what it knows is an integral part of it. Nature, challenge, raw beauty and immersive inputs all around us. We all have an impulse to be more, an impetus we often don’t know why or where it came from, but it is there.

Adversity creates morality. It shows our human side, vulnerability and therefore empathy.”

 

 

 

Thanks to Rich Roll for the work he does in providing amazing content that can help us all live healthier lives and be better athletes. I highly recommend subscribing to his podcast.

About Chris’ Company:

AIMP is an advanced training program for the ultra endurance athlete. Going long is a serious endeavor and although there are plenty of athletes that just ‘give it a whirl’, the ultra distance contains risks with every mile you go past that start line. Whether you are looking to finish feeling strong & with a smile, or looking to race for a result, an ultra endurance event or endeavor contains too many variables that cannot be avoided. With outstanding preparation and knowledge going into your event or adventure, many of these variables can be controlled and even embraced. This is where effective coaching comes into play.

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