Trail Sisters

Ask the Trail Sisters Panel of Experts is made up of inspirational and knowledgeable women who share a love for trail running, hiking, and the outdoors. These women volunteer their time and expertise to help others enjoy a better experience on the trails.

Ask TS : Strength Training Exercises

I know we are all supposed to do it, but how important is strength training for overall running fitness? And if you could only do one exercise, what would it be and why?

Ask TS : When to use Poles

I see lots of people using them, both in hiking and trail running, and I’m thinking about getting some. Are they mainly used for going uphill, and is there a technique to using them?

Ask TS : Social Media Trolls

I’d love to hear your advice on dealing with trouble causing comments that are made to discredit race or adventure efforts on social media. I recently posted about an FKT I accomplished and was proud of, but received comments on how it wasn’t fast, that it was an easy course, and other things that stole the joy from my effort.

Ask TS : Running Through the Night

I have a 100 mile race coming up where I’ll be running throughout the night. This will be my first time running for longer than two hours in the dark and I’m a bit nervous about it. Do you have any recommendations on headlamps, and any tips on embracing those long dark hours?

Lake Sonoma Race Series Expands and Diversifies for 2022

The Lake Sonoma Race Series and Trail Sisters, the leading women’s trail running community whose mission is to increase women’s participation and opportunity in trail running, will join forces to inspire, educate and empower not only women, but also BIPOC runners in the ultra-running community.


ASK TS: Speedwork…

Speedwork: Is it really all that important, and if I need to do it, how much should I be doing per week?

ASK TS: Walking to Jogging

Currently, I walk almost 3 miles every day, but I’d really like to start jogging. Would it be better to follow a walk/run routine or just jog as long as I can? Any guidance would be much appreciated.

ASK TS: Prep for Mountain Running

How do you train for altitude and vert if you live at sea level or in a flat-ish area? Any tips, tricks, or suggestions would be great!

ASK TS: Body Image and Self Acceptance

I am a newer trail runner, and definitely back of the pack. I struggle with body image and would love to hear your thoughts about accepting one’s body the way it is, rather than trying to fit the mold of a traditional thin runner.

ASK TS : Solo Adventure Precautions

I enjoy adventuring on the trails (both hiking and running) but am always doing it solo. What do you do to keep yourself safe, or what precautions do you take?

Trail Running and Anti-Racism: Conversations with Kriste Peoples

Many are calling for white Americans to educate themselves and take action. Our work is hundreds of years overdue. We call on every runner who hasn’t joined the struggle for racial and climate justice to start now. It’s time for us to make anti-racist learning and behavior a part of our everyday lives.

Winter Cross-Training

Ask the Trail Sisters!
What is your favorite form of cross-training during the winter months?

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Review

About a quarter mile up Three Gulch, a local semi-technical single-track trail here in Carbondale, Colorado, the rhyme, “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick,” kept playing over and over in my head. My subconscious eludes to the reason being that’s exactly how my body was feeling.

How to Fit Your Hydration Vest

A few weeks ago I received an Ask The Trail Sisters submission regarding: How do I correctly fit my hydration vest? This is a very good question, but one that is hard to answer. As I began to construct a response back, it occurred to me that I should create an informative and educational resource for everyone and anyone looking for help on successfully fitting their hydration vest.