In September of 2010 at the XTERRA USA Championship pre-race expo in Ogden, Utah dozens of XTERRA athletes gathered around Christy Newland, the VP of marketing and product development for LubriSyn, to learn about a brand new joint supplement – XTERRAFlex - which is designed to improve the quality of fluid that cushions and lubricates your joints.
Newland’s goal was to educate the athletes on the product and provide samples so she could gather quality feedback before their January 2011 launch. The input she received back was nothing short of inspiring - with overwhelmingly positive reviews reaffirming the benefits of XTERRAFlex.
“I had knee surgery several months ago, and the doctors said I may never run again due to having little or no cartilage in my left knee,” said La Kelly, a 35-39 division XTERRA competitor from Arizona. “That said (and being stubborn), I religiously worked on my physical therapy, ran with proper form and took XTERRAFlex. I’m back at 20-30 miles per week (to include a 5-mile race on pavement), and XTERRAFlex was a positive contributor. Note, I take no other supplements or anti-inflammatory drugs, and I plan to continue to take XTERRAFlex.”
The only active ingredient in XTERRAFlex is hyaluronan (HA). HA is the main ingredient in joint fluid, and it is naturally-occurring. XTERRAFlex, a once daily, liquid oral joint supplement, replenishes that joint fluid every day.
TIPS FOR THE TRAILS
When the weather outside is just too frightful for a run, indoor strength training can be a healthy alternative. Strength training will result in increased running health, better form, faster times, and offers a great excuse to incorporate other things for a while. And it doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym for a monotonous workout.
One of the reasons some athletes experience injury is because of muscle imbalance. If we always perform the same repetitive motion, by nature some muscles will develop more than others, or become overly fatigued. This results in compensation patterns and possible injury.
Runners with a winter season can choose cross-training activities such as snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, or snow biking—yep! This one is fun! For those blessed with warm weather and sun, biking and swimming are great. These will help to balance out the lower body muscles and develop a strong core. You will fly into the spring season with a refreshed mind as well. Who knows, you may find that a winter snow biking program and perhaps a little swimming will have you ready to tackle XTERRA’s outstanding off-road triathlons!
My personal favorite ways to winter strength train when indoors are with yoga and Pilates. You will gain supreme balance and core strength – long, lean, flexible strong muscles included! Two other take-away benefits from yoga and Pilates specific for your running are great posture and proper breathing techniques, which again can play a huge role in faster trail run times. Plus, you will learn some cool “cocktail” poses to show off to your friends for post, or pre-race parties!
Regardless of what you choose, strength train and you will find it carries over to more command on tricky trails, better ascending ability, and you will start to understand the secrets of top runners dancing effortlessly along the trails.
Rachel Cieslewicz is an elite runner and triathlete based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She placed fifth at the 2010 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in December at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii. She is a talented sports massage therapist, Pilates and yoga instructor and is a certified running form coach. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.newageathlete.com or follow her on www.twitter.com/newageathlete
PHILIPPINES TRAIL RUN
More than 440 runners were treated to cool weather and challenging trails at the inaugural XTERRA Pang Rave Run trail race on Jan. 30 in the Philippines.
The event featured both a 21-kilometer course and a 10-kilometer course at Tagaytay Midlands.
“We’re taking advantage of some of the beauty of the Philippines, our hillsides, the countryside,” said Wilfred Uytengsu Jr., who helped organize the race. “When you’re trail running you have to pay attention to the terrain so your eyes are focused on your next step. Today, we have a lot of rocks, a lot of single track, some downhill, so it forces you to be alert mentally as well as physically. I hope the people enjoyed it.”
Freadrick Mwinerirwa Mathiu was the overall winner of the 21K, completing the course in 1 hour, 36 minutes, 3 seconds. He finished four minutes ahead of the rest of the field. Benjamin Arusei Kipkazi was second in 1:40:03.
Susan Jemutai was the first female finisher with a time of 2:03:30. The 10K winners Philip Kipkemei Ronoh (male) and Luisa Yambao Raterta (female).
For more information visit www.xterraphil.com.
BETTER THAN THE PREGAME SHOW
What better way to kill time before the Super Bowl – and pre-burn those calories that will come later at the parties -- than to participate in an XTERRA Trail Run?
Two races are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 6 – which also happens to be Super Bowl Sunday.
In San Diego, Calif., the XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run is set to start at 8 a.m. at the Mission Trails Regional Park. The 15-kilometer course is renowned for the “Thousand Steps” section along the trail, where runners literally have to climb 1,000 steps (pictured at right by Byron Moore Photography) carved into the mountain side.
There will also be a 5-kilometer course for less-experienced runners. Entries will be accepted on race day. Fees are $65 for the 15K course and $45 for the 5K.
The Mission Gorge Trail Run is expected to draw more than 500 runners, so race organizers are encouraging runners to get there early. The race is part of the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series, and runners in various age groups will earn points toward the series championship.
For information on the Mission Gorge Trail Run or the SoCal Series, visit www.trailrace.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.
On the same day in Fountain Hills, Ariz., the XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. The 24-kilometer course will test runners not only because of the distance, but with various up-and-down sections. The peak of the course will take runners to nearly 2,500 feet above sea level.
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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