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Hell's Hills 2014

Hell's Hills 2014

Heat has always been the enemy at Hell's Hills.  Texas in April is generally somewhere between warm and unbearably hot and this course out in Smithville only exacerbates the issue.  

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La Sportiva is proud to be partnering with Native Eyewear for the 2014 season.  Native will be providing technical eyewear for the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team in addition to great race prizes found at La Sportiva sponsored running events.  Check the race calendar for a full listing of La Sportiva sponsored events and keep an eye out for the La Sporitva Mountian Running Team in 2014!



4.7.14 Woods Wins Hell's Hills 25K

La SportivaAmbassador Ryan Woods took the win (and the Mountain Cup lead) after a spectacular performance in TX over the weekend!

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Buddy Jones Test Drives the Bushido!

La Sportiva Mountain Running Athlete Buddy Jones just received the new Bushido and is psyched to say the least! Check out his review of the newest product from our Mountain Running line including technical info and real feedback from the trails of Southern California.

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Training Commences - 02/17/2014

I had a nice little break after Rocky Raccoon, but now it is time to get serious!! and I've got plenty of work to do. So it was back to Monday morning track work. My mile time is about 20 seconds off "normal"( 6:11 but we did run in crazy rain and wind). But the most disheartening thing was my strength - I struggled through 20 squats with the kiddos. Last year I could rip off 50, no problem! I am blaming it on my kids getting heavier! More...

SoCal is Where the Mountains Meet the Sea - 06/07/2013

First of all everyone has an idea or a thought about what Los Angeles is, what it offers and why they go. I have been brought up watching movies and TV that paint LA as an ultra hip posh town. With swanky restaurants and celebs every which way. Everything outdoors usually involves a beach and palm trees. While this is part of LA it is not all of LA and SoCal. It’s also not even close to why I come to SoCal. LA is surround by mountains on 3 sides and the ocean on the other side. More...

Sabrina Basin - 10/31/2012

I had just enough time to squeeze in a morning run to Hungry Packer Lake and make it back in time for a run to Dusy Basin later that afternoon. On this morning there was some breeze that precluded the type of mirror-like reflection in Sailor Lake that I had witnessed in 2007, but further explorations to Hungry Packer Lake’s outlet yielded some nice shots. More...

Burpees, Fartleks and Graston: Training Update - 04/01/2014

I am in the thick of an aggressive training period in preparation for my next cluster of races starting with the Don’t Fence Me In 30k in Helena, Montana on May 10th. I am averaging 70 miles a week exclusively on trails (which is like 10-20 miles more on roads) and 2-3 workouts at Terrain Gym. My weekly running workouts are a variation of tempos, progressions and fartleks. More...

Red Hot 33K - 02/27/2014

I joined Megan Kimmel (Asics), 5 time La Sportiva Mountain Cup winner and Brandy Erholtz, (New Balance) 5 time member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team on the starting line. After a few words from race director, Chris Martinez, we were off at 8:30 am sharp climbing 300 feet in the first mile. More...

a dance with pain - 02/25/2014

Ultra-runners often joke of the “pain cave.” I hear, “Well, I’ll hit mile 75 in XX hours and then burrow into the pain cave.” Or, “Of course you can do Bear after Wasatch. Just man up and go into the pain cave.”

…Like the pain cave is “time-out” for little men who haven’t become big men yet. More...

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Buddy Jones: New Season, Focused Schedule, New Goals

Buddy Jones: New Season, Focused Schedule, New Goals

I think the biggest factor to success in anything I have done in the past has been to set clear and concise goals for what I wanted to do. To merely have a training program or plan is simply not enough. You need to know where you want that training program to take you. This year I have done things a little differently in my goal setting and season preparation.

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Eric Blake

Eric Blake

This past year I realized it’s all about enjoying your running and racing. I have been a runner in grade school, high school, college, and then as an open athlete for the past ten years. In that time I have run road races, marathons, mountain races, cross-country races, trail races, treadmill time trials, stair races and track races. These races ranged from Olympic Marathon Trials to World Mountain Championships to major road marathons (Boston, NY and Chicago). 

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Mountain Cup #4!!


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