Outdoors

Outdoors

A shoe to fit all your outdoor needs

Trail running shoes are all about protection. You want a stable platform for uneven surfaces, a rugged outsole to keep your footing, and a hardy upper that won't be ripped apart when snagged by vegetation on the trail. The Merrell Agility Peak Flex has all of these elements - plus a wide range of motion to help mimic the more minimalist style of running shoes that have become popular. That's not to say the Agility Peak Flex is a minimalist shoe - it certainly isn't, as it features a good bit of midsole foam, rock plates in the heel and forefoot and a molded heel counter for additional support.

Outdoors

Wina Sturgeon: Properly wax your skis and snowboards for optimal spring riding

Now comes the best part of the ski and snowboard season: spring skiing. It's that brief period where snow is still crystallized and has not yet turned to mashed potatoes. The air is warm and filled with the scent of pines. Spring snow gives extra support to a carving edge, which makes it a great time for novice snowriders to become accomplished intermediates and more.

Outdoors

Wina Sturgeon: When is the last time you changed your workout?

One fact many athletes or weekend warriors don't know is how quickly the human body adapts. If you've been doing the same workout for months, it is no longer helping you develop. Doing the same workout over and over again is futile, because your body adapts while progress and further development stops.

Outdoors

To run with headphones safely outside try Aftershokz

Lots of people love listening to music while running. But that does create a danger - particularly in urban environments - since runners are less aware of what's going on around them. That changes with the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones, which actually deliver the music through your cheekbones and leave your ears open to hear other ambient noises on the run. Yes, while it sounds odd, these cordless headphones wrap around your head and sit just outside of the ear. You hear the music through a process called bone conduction.

Videos

Here's what it looks like to run up Mount Baker

Organizers of the Mount Baker Ultra Marathon have released this video promoting the June 4 event. No more than 100 runners will start at noon in Concrete and finish in 18 hours or less. They'll run 50 miles up to Mount Baker's 10,160-foot Sherman peak and back. The race draws its inspiration from the century-old Mount Baker Marathon, which lasted for three years from 1911-1913. You can find more information at mtbakerultra.com.
Daniel Probst Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald
Here's what it looks like to run up Mount Baker 2:23

Here's what it looks like to run up Mount Baker

Mountain biking conditions in the Chuckanut Mountains 3:07

Mountain biking conditions in the Chuckanut Mountains

Experience 'epic' downhill skiing in the Sierra 1:53

Experience 'epic' downhill skiing in the Sierra

Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition trail report from Galbraith Mountain 0:58

Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition trail report from Galbraith Mountain