Running Raw | Stark Mountain Hill Climb

In this episode of the Running Raw Project: The beautiful fall scenery of Vermont serves as the backdrop for this 2,000 foot vertical race up Stark Mountain in Fayston, VT

Running Raw | Xterra Pt. Mugu Trail Race

In this episode of the Running Raw Project: Two days after winning the US Bank Tower Stair Climb, Tim heads up the coast to northern Malibu to compete in the XTERRA Pt. Mugu Trail Race. The competition is fierce and the scenery is second to none. Oh, yeah and Tim wins the race.

Running Raw | Loon Mountain Running Race

In this episode of the Running Raw Project: The toughest runners in New England test their will against Loon Mtn.’s unforgiving slopes in the USATF New England Mtn. Running Championships. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Tim VanOrden Is Lock and Load

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Somehow 2009 has managed to zoom to the halfway point in the calendar and I find myself firmly entrenched in my 41st year. The race that I’ve been training for since January is now finally staring me square in the face. The USA Mountain Running Championships and North American-Central American-Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships are to take place tomorrow, June 28th at 9:00am at Mt. Cranmore in North Conway, NH. The best mountain runners in the Western Hemisphere will compete for top honors and national team status in this brutally relentless race.

Two years ago, while still living in Los Angeles, I flew back east to compete in this race for the first time. My training had been going very well in California and I thought I had a decent shot at the national team. Midway through the second lap of this three lap race I realized that I was in way over my head… WAY over my head! The grueling, steep uphills and the horrific downhills, took my quads on a one way trip to a land of pain and exhaustion that I had never before experienced. The final descent found me falling continuously as my legs would no longer support my weight. Beaten and bloody, I stumbled across the finish line in 29th place. I was humbled and defeated. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Running Raw | Indian Ladder Trail Running Race

In this episode of the Running Raw Project: Tim heads back over to the Albany, NY area to compete in the very wet and muddy Indian Ladder 15k and 3.5 miler, and gets lots of new raw recruits.

Brendan Brazier’s Tips To Safely Increasing Running Mileage

brendan brazier training thrive diet 03 Brendan Braziers Tips To Safely Increasing Running Mileage Photographer: G Monkie (CC)

When building up running mileage, it’s important to do it gradually to allow tendons, ligaments and muscles to recover before stressing them with the next run.

The safest way is to not increase running mileage or time by more than 10% per week. A three week build cycle followed by one week of recovery is a sound approach.

I go by time run instead of mileage because it’s easier to calculate. Simply time each run and add up the total number of minutes spent running in a given week. For example, if you went for a 30 minute run on Monday, a 60 minute run on Wednesday, a 45 minute run on Friday and an 80 minute run on Saturday, your total for the week would be: 195 minutes. Increasing by no more than 10%, that means the following week should not exceed 214.5 minutes of running (195 x 1.1 = 214.5).

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Running Raw | I Love Woodford Snowshoe Race

Tim heads out to the Dion Snow Shoe race with a very excited but a little crazy group of runners. This is first race in the 2009 WMAC Dion Snowshoe series. Yes, in the North East they actually like the snow. I know it’s a little hard time imagine, sitting here in L.A.

Tim also talks with the owner of the Dion Snow Shoe company about what makes his snow shoes so special. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Running Raw | Deep Snow Running

In this episode of the Running Raw Project: Do you live in a cold winter environment and find it difficult to run in the winter? Here’s an option to increase fitness, fun and reduce injury during the winter months. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Running Raw | 42 Story Skyscraper Stair Climbing Race

In this episode of the Running Raw Project: Could Tim start a new stair climbing trend by wearing “shower shoes” in a 42 storey stair climb? Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

I Am Taking One Month Break from The Road…

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I’m back to Vancouver for the summer, it’s nice to be home. My focus up until September will be finishing my new book. It will be based on the theory of THRIVE, but will be a full-scale diet book to compete with The Zone, GI Diet, South Beach Diet, etc. It will include 75 recipes and a 12-week meal plan. It will be published in March of 2007 by Penguin. The title will be The THRIVE Diet; the subtitle has yet to be determined.

In September I’ll be back on tour. I have rough dates now, but will confirm them later.

I’ll be speaking at the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s food fair at 3pm on September 9th and 10th. I’ll then have speaking dates in the Ottawa area as well as Montreal and Quebec City. From there I’ll be speaking at events in the San Francisco area including World Vegetarian Day in Golden Gate Park on September 30th. From there I’ll be attending a large natural food trade show in Baltimore called Expo East, then will speak at events in the New England area. Like I say, I’ll get back to you with the details.

In the mean time, here’s an article about raw food, a topic I’m being asked more and more frequently.

Raw food article
As a society, we are inundated with an abundance of nutrient deficient foods. Eaten primarily for convenience, processed and refined foods have resulted in an overall decline in health and elevated medical costs. Processed foods are usually high in refined carbohydrates and calories yet we have to consume so much more of them to fill up due to their absence of usable nutrients.

Due to our insatiable desire for quick, convenient energy on the go, our streets are crammed with coffee, donut, and fast food establishments. This solves the convenience problem and does provide a short term energy solution through stimulation. However, it offers nothing to curb the payment that the body will inevitably endure if this route is regularly taken. Consumption of stimulating, nutrient deficient food can only occur for so long before the body becomes either exhausted or sick and where the body goes, the mind is sure to follow. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

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