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Ryan Bak Running gives you a look into my adventures as I sharpen my skills to become a dominant international trail runner. Please join in the exchange with your questions and comments.

Recent Posts

The Traveling Runner
Are you a frequent traveler? Does your training falter when you’re on the go? Whether you’re away from home for business or pleasure, travel can present significant challenges to your running routine. However, a little planning, flexibility, and determination can give you the necessary lift to hurdle the barriers and stay on track with your training schedule. Continue Reading…

Four Fundamentals of Efficient Running (Revisited)
Do you ever watch the professional runners at the front of a marathon, or even that local runner who always looks so smooth while running, and wonder what it is that enables them to make running appear so easy and effortless? I am going to share the secret with you. Continue Reading…

Start Running Now!
Many of you are missing out on the benefits and pleasures of the pure and simple sport of running. How many times do you see coaches telling athletes to go run laps for discipline or poor performance? It’s unfortunate that many other sports have conditioned us to think of running as a punishment and not as a sport. Continue Reading…

Fuel for Success
Your diet not only impacts your overall health and well being, but it also fuels your training and supports recovery. Proper nutrition and hydration can also help promote peak performance so read on to see how you can improve your running and fuel for success. Continue Reading…

New Running Shoes
With spring around the corner, this is a perfect time to visit your local specialty running store to invest in a new pair of running shoes. Not only can a new pair of shoes provide motivation to start the season on the right foot, but new shoes can also help you avoid aches, pains, and possible injury. How often do you need to replace your running shoes? Continue Reading…

A Long Winter (Part 2 of 2)
The Long Winter had just started for me after crossing the finish line in Fukuoka. I knew I was injured, but I had hoped it was minor and would heal on it’s own during a two week post-race recovery break. Unfortunately, as the days ticked by and the pain lingered, I knew I needed to discover the extent of the damage so that I could take the necessary steps to recover and heal fully. Continue Reading…

A Long Winter (Part 1 of 2)
Winter might not be over yet and most of the trails are still hidden under the snow, but I feel like the long winter is finally coming to an end. After 10+ weeks that have included very little running, I am finally nearing the end on my long winter. On December 2, 2012 I raced the Fukuoka International Marathon in Fukuoka, Japan. An otherwise amazing trip was clouded by one dark spot, the race itself. En route to a disappointing 21st place 2:18:47, I fought through some major pain in my right achilles and wound up injured. Continue Reading…

Five Essentials for New Runners
If you are new to running, I have five simple tips that will help you get off to a great start. First, visit your local specialty running store and get fitted for a proper pair of running shoes for your foot type and running style. They will analyze your gait and provide several options that will work best for you. Wearing the right running shoes is the key to comfort and injury prevention. Continue Reading…

An Introduction
Welcome to a new blog that is intended to give you a glimpse into my life and adventures. In my little slice of the interwebs I will include insights into my training and racing, share exploits on the journey that I have taken in the world of professional running, and offer tips and advice that can be valuable for the beginner to the seasoned veteran, and the non-runner alike. Continue Reading…