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Yitka Winn Monday, 20 January 2014 16:43 TWEET COMMENTS 6

Recovery Tips from the Elites

Top runners spill the beans on high-mileage training, sleeping well and the joys of second breakfast


Upon learning that staying injury-free is one of our readers’ biggest priorities in 2014, we devoted a special section in our March 2014 issue [available on newsstands Jan. 30] to recovering right from long runs and hard workouts. In it, we offer instruction on self-massage for common runners’ maladies, review popular foam rollers and other recovery-oriented tools, and even look into the nutritional value of the trail runner’s favorite post-run beverage—beer!

Here, we talk with five longtime, elite, high-mileage trail runners about what they do between runs to keep their bodies healthy and happy.

Meet the Panel:

Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer, 46, of Sandy, Utah
Coach, ultrarunner
Holds world record for most 100-mile wins (35), including six career wins at Wasatch Front 100 and five wins at Hardrock 100

Photo courtesy of Karl Meltzer


Meghan Arbogast, 52, of Corvallis, Oregon
Massage therapist, coach, ultrarunner
30-plus-year running career, with 2013 podium finishes at Bandera 100K, White River 50, Way Too Cool 50K, Ray Miller 50K and Ice Age Trail 50K

Photo courtesy of SCOTT Sports


Jeff “Bronco Billy” Browning, 42, of Bend, Oregon
Graphic designer, ultrarunner
10-time 100-mile champion at San Diego, Wasatch Front, Cascade Crest, Bighorn and others

Photo courtesy of Patagonia, Inc./Maxwell Frank


Michele Yates, 31, of Roxborough Park, Colorado
Fitness professional, ultrarunner
2013 champion of TNF Endurance Challenge 50 in San Francisco, Run Rabbit Run 100, Bandera 100K; 2013 Ultrarunning Magazine Female Ultrarunner of the Year

Photo courtesy of Michele Yates and The North Face


Mike Wardian, 39, of Arlington, Virginia
International ship broker, marathoner and ultrarunner
Champion of 30-plus marathons (2:17 PR), USATF Ultra Runner of the Year 2008-2011, and podium finisher at Marathon des Sables and Badwater Ultramarathon

Photo courtesy of HOKA/Scott Markewitz


Read on to learn about their training and recovery habits ...


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