Ozark Foothills trail 50K: A Great Start To My 2019 Running Season

by Jesse Mendoza

On the weekend of April 6th, 2019, I took a trip down to Wildwood, Missouri to run the Ozark Foothills 50k trail race put on by the Terrain Trail Runners, who are based in St. Louis, MO. It’s a beautiful course run on the fast and challenging trails at Greensfelder Park in Wildwood, MO., located about 45 minutes southwest of St. Louis, MO. The course is mostly single track, and…

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My Top 7 Running and Fitness Blog Picks For January

by Jesse Mendoza

I’m a sucker for a good running or fitness blog. When things get a little tough, I enjoy reading stories about runners going through the same struggles. Race reports are fun too when an author does a great job of making you feel like you’re right there running with them. Here are a few running and fitness blogs I’ve been checking out this month (in no order): 1. Believe In…

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Gear Review: Bodyguardz Trainr Pro Case Ragnar Edition for iPhone X

by Jesse Mendoza

I’ve always been a big proponent of carrying a phone along on a run mostly for safety reasons, especially when I’m out on the trail by myself. Sometimes I’ll use it for music, navigating a new route, and for emergencies. I usually carry my phone in a waist pack. I’ve never been a big fan of carrying my phone on an armband, but I recently had the opportunity to try…

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My Top 7 Mental Tricks To Run An Ultra Marathon

by Jesse Mendoza

Orcas Island 50K, Feb. 4 2017 (Orcas Island, WA) My first and only trail ultra in the pacific northwest to date. I was untrained for all of the climbing that was involved being a flatlander from the midwest. Not to mention the trail was like nothing I’d seen before. I didn’t really know what to expect. Still, I went into it with a positive attitude hoping I’d finish, but a wrong…

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My Top Five Favorite Discoveries That Helped My Running This Summer

by Jesse Mendoza

My 2018 was a great year for running. My race finishes this year included a variety of smaller races, one full road marathon, four trail ultras, and one attempt at a 100 mile – the most ultras I’ve run in one year. I learned a lot. Not only was getting the miles in important, but knowing what works and what doesn’t is a critical part of any training plan. By…

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My Love for the Chicago Marathon

by Jesse Mendoza

(Photo: Between miles 23-24 on Michigan Ave. Chicago Marathon 2018) Chicago Marathon, Oct. 7, 2007 I remember this day clearly. It was a day that changed my life. It was less than a month previous that I ran my first 5K race after a long layoff of running. I was back on the roads and it felt pretty dang great. I’ve always known about the Chicago Marathon from seeing it…

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