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Hi, I’m Helen, one of Trail & Kale's founders. Things that bring us joy are spending time together running, hiking and adventuring in beautiful places around the world, working towards being more self-sustainable and living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. We changed our lives to realize our dreams and share advice on how you can do the same.

The Best Quick-Dry Pack Towels For Camping & Travel

The best quick dry towels for camping, the beach, boating, watersports and other adventures, including ultra-lightweight pack towels for travel and backpacking.

Best Coolers and Ice Chests: Hard Shell, Wheeled & Soft Backpack Coolers

The best coolers and ice chests compared, including hard and soft sided, with wheels, backpack coolers and more: YETI vs RTIC, Igloo, Hydro Flask + more.

Apollo Neuro Review: A Wearable To Relieve Stress & Improve Sleep

This Apollo Neuro review covers the benefits and features of this stress bracelet, how its touch therapy works for stress relief, and as a sleep aid.

Paka Apparel Review: Alpaca Wool Socks, The Answer To Sweaty Feet

Paka Apparel review including why alpaca wool socks are superior to merino for their thermal, sweat-wicking and stink-free properties.

What To Wear Hiking: This Hiking Clothes Checklist Is Worth A Bookmark

If you're wondering what to wear hiking, our guide includes a complete checklist of hiking clothes to ensure you have a complete outfit for the trails.

Your Super Review: Moon Balance, Skinny Protein & More

Your Super reviews including their popular women's supplement, Moon Balance, Skinny Protein powder, and the Golden Mellow superfoods mix.

Gobi Heat Review: What I Thought Of This Bestselling Heated Camping Chair

This Gobi Heat review covers the Terrain heated camping chair's key features, pros, cons, comfort and effectiveness..

The Best Dog Beds Buyer’s Guide

Not all pet beds are made equal. We've selected the very best dog beds for orthopedic, memory foam, bolster, nesting, durable & washable beds.

Alternatives to UTMB – 6 Other Epic Mountain Races in European Trail Running Destinations

No race is quite like the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, but there are other great European mountain ultrarunning race alternatives to UTMB.

Check My Body Health Review: What I Learned About My Diet

This Check My Body Health review explains what a food sensitivity is, how to do one and what to expect from your results. Plus our exclusive code!

The Best Camping Chairs: Our Top Picks For Folding, Portable Outdoor Seating

The best portable, folding camping chairs you can also take to the beach and concerts - including everything from luxury reclining to ultralight backpacking chairs.

The Best Silicone Wedding Bands For Men & Women With Active Lifestyles

The best silicone wedding bands that are a safer alternative to metal rings for men and women with active lifestyles, including watersports, physical jobs or lifting weights.

Best Backpacking Stoves For Cooking On The Trails

The best backpacking stoves by type of backpacking, including cold weather and mountain hiking and ultralight stoves for thru-hikers and minimalists.

How long does it take to run a mile? Let’s Answer That Now.

If you're asking the question 'how long does it take to run a mile,' or perhaps how fast you can run a mile yourself, consider these factors first.

Sixthreezero Bike Review: Vintage-Inspired Bicycles & E-Bikes

In this Sixthreezero bike review I provide an overview of the Sixthreezero brand, an a more detailed look at my vintage-inspired Sixthreezero e-bike.

Lululemon Running Shoe Review – How The Women’s Blissfeel Shoe Stacks Up

Lululemon running shoe review including the Blissfeel's key features, pros, cons, and how they stack up to other running shoe brands.

Teva Slippers Review: The ReEmber Moc Slip-Ons

Find out what makes these men's and women's slip-on quilted Teva slippers so popular for camping and wearing in and around the house.

lululemon Yoga Mat Review | The 5mm Reversible Mat

Our lululemon yoga mat review explains the key features of their popular thick, non-slip reversible yoga mat, and whether it's worth the money.

The Importance Of Getting Out Into Nature: A Thank You to our Natural World

The importance of getting out into nature, having a positive influence, and benefits of green exercise. Thank you Nature Conservancy for your work.

Adventure Road Trip Essentials: Complete Road Trip Packing List

Wondering what to bring on a road trip? Here's the definitive list of adventure road trip essentials to take with you so you know what to pack in the car.

The Best Camping Hammocks and Hammock Tents For Backpacking

From comfortable two-person camping hammocks to portable ultra-lightweight hammock tents for backpacking, plus advice for finding the best hammock for you.

Lululemon Scuba Hoodie Review | The Best-Selling Lululemon Hoodie is Back!

This lululemon Scuba Hoodie review includes its key features, sizing, why it's a bestseller, the best colors to choose, and the pros and cons.

Lumen Metabolism Tracker Review | A Metabolism Booster, In The Right Hands

Our Lumen metabolism tracker review covers key features, pros, cons and our experience using this breathalyzer device to measure metabolism.

Best lululemon Leggings For Running

Our guide to the best lululemon leggings for running also compares the key features of the Swift Speed, Fast and Free and Base Pace tights.

The Best lululemon Gifts for Runners

Delight the runner in your life with a gift from lululemon! We've picked the best lululemon gifts for runners - for both men and women.

Lululemon Running Gear: Men’s & Women’s Top Picks

If you want to know what Lululemon leggings, shirts, shorts and pants are best for running, we've picked out our favorites in this Lululemon running gear list.

CBD For Dogs: Everything You Wanted To Know, From A Dog CBD Expert

Kat Donatello, founder of pet CBD company Austin & Kat, explains CBD for dogs including the benefits, dosage & choosing the best CBD oil blend for your dog.

Pique Tea Review: Organic Antioxidant Tea Crystals

Our Pique Tea review explains how tea crystals are made, the nutrition and antioxidant benefits of tea, and reviews Pique Tea's most popular organic varieties.

5 Simple Ways To Make Outdoor Adventures More Sustainable

5 practical ways to enjoy more sustainable outdoor adventures, from choosing outdoor gear for hiking & camping to practicing mindfulness and learning in nature.

Chil Wellness CBD Review – CBD Topicals for Muscular & Joint Ache Relief

Review of Chil Wellness CBD topicals for muscle and joint pain relief, including one of the most concentrated full-spectrum CBD topicals currently available.

SIDAS Review: Insoles For Running Shoes and Hiking Boots

Review of SIDAS insoles for running shoes and hiking boots which replace the shoes' foam insert, providing extra comfort and support.

Best Roof Top Tents: Rooftop Campers For Your Car, SUV or Truck

The best roof top tents for cars, trucks and SUVs from iKamper, Thule Tepui, Roofnest and more, plus how to choose between soft and hard shell rooftop campers.

5 Best Double Sleeping Bags and Pads For Adventure-Loving Couples

The best double sleeping bags and camping pads for two people: a 2-person sleeping bag and mattress is ideal for couples camping, backpacking, or car camping.

Hiking For Beginners: 10 Essential Hiking Tips and Hiking Gear Checklist

The hiking for beginners guide, including the 10 essential tips to know before you start hiking, what to wear and bring, including a FULL GEAR CHECKLIST.

DIY Sprinter Van Conversion Part 7: Our Campervan’s Hidden Toilet, Secret Door & Custom Overhead Cabinets

This DIY van build update includes a tour of recent additions to the build, including custom overhead cabinets, our campervan's hidden toilet and a secret door!

DIY Sprinter Van Build PART 6: Installing a HUGE Bed and a Dog Crate in our Campervan

In this luxury DIY Sprinter van build update we explain where we installed a dog crate in our campervan, which sits under our huge permanent platform bed.

DIY Sprinter Van Build PART 5: Cabinets, Hidden Composting Toilet, Oak Countertop and more

This DIY Sprinter Van Build update shares a look at our campervan's custom cabinets, oak countertop, hidden composting toilet, LEDs and more.

The Best Places for Trail Running in California

Announcing our top 10 best places for trail running in California. Whether you live there or are planning a visit, there's somewhere for you on this list!

The Best Women’s Hydration Packs for Ultra Running and Trail Marathons

We've picked out the best women's hydration packs for ultrarunning: race vests suitable for trail marathons, ultramarathons and long days in the mountains.

5 Best Women’s Hydration Vests [Running Packs For Trail Running, Ultra Marathons & Hiking]

The best women's hydration packs for trail running, ultras & hiking! Find the best women's hydration vest for you based on comfort, features, style, and cost!

Runners Emergency Kit: Ultra Marathon Survival Gear

What essential trail and ultra marathon running clothes, first aid and survival gear should you include in your runners emergency kit, and why do you need it?

Everything You Need To Know About Running Gear For Women [Trail Shoes, Jackets, Bras + More]

Whether you're a beginner trail runner or looking for new women's-specific gear, our women's trail running gear guide cover all, from shoes to sports bras.

6 Reasons Your Back Aches From Running (And How To Prevent It)

Why we runners can experience back aches from running, how to stop it and ultimately how to do as much as possible to prevent it from happening again.

Foot Care for Trail Runners: 8 Ways To Look After Your Feet

Is running bad for your feet? Not if you look after them. Our guide to foot care for runners shares 8 easy ways to care for your feet and keep them healthy.

How To Calm Your Dog Down After Exercise

Try these 6 brilliant ways to calm your dog down after exercise! Featuring the best ways we help our Border Collie relax and find his off-switch.

10 Self-Improvement Ideas [for Runners and Outdoor Enthusiasts]

Practical self-improvement ideas to grow your skills, improve your running and knowledge of the outdoors, ready for future outdoor adventures in 2021.

DIY Sprinter Van Build PART 4: Installing Wood Paneling in our Sprinter Van – Plus, Flooring and our Off-Grid Electrical System

How we installed wood paneling in our DIY Sprinter van build, including how to attach tongue-and-groove planks straight to look awesome and reduce squeaking.

Advanced Primate Outdoor Adventure Gear: Mission Pack Review

Advanced Primate is an American online retailer specializing in adventure gear from American brands, with quality, sustainability and the environment in mind.

LynQ Review: An Essential GPS Tracker for Hikers and Trail Runners?

This LynQ review covers the LynQ Smart Compass, which doesn't require any wifi, phone signal or subscription to locate your group members during your adventures.

How To Use The Fi GPS Dog Collar With Other Collar Brands in 5 Steps

How to use the Fi GPS Dog Collar with other collar brands, so your dog can wear different styles and colors with his Fi GPS unit, such as Kepler's Ruffwear collar.

Prana Clothing Review

Prana clothing review including what Prana means, our favorite men's and women's yoga and lifestyle apparel, and the best place to buy.

2XU Compression Running Tights Review: Running Leggings Designed For Quicker Recovery

This 2XU compression running tights review explains what they are, why wear them, the benefits and how they reduce fatigue, injury risk and recovery time.

Why You Fall Over Trail Running… and How to Avoid Tripping

Here are the common reasons why you may fall over trail running (or fall over when running in general) and how to reduce your chances of tripping.

Van Build PART 3: Getting Flarespace Flares Installed in our Sprinter Van (Plus Windows, Espar Heater & More)

In addition to adding a heater, roof vent and opening windows, we also had Flarespace flares installed in our Sprinter van. But are they worth it?

Viakix Review: Elegant & Affordable Women’s Hiking Sandals

This Viakix review features the Acadia Women's Hiking Sandals, which are designed to handle everything from hiking to watersports as well as everyday wear.

CBDPure Review: Organic CBD Oil, Softgels, and CBD-Infused Cream

This CBDPure review includes an overview of CBDPure's CBD oil, softgels and CBD-infused cream, and our experience using the products to aid athletic recovery.

KEEN Astoria West Review: A Versatile Women’s Sandal

This KEEN Astoria West review covers their key features as well as how these versatile active wedge sandals perform for everyday, on trails and when wet.

Trail Running With Your Dog: Tips, Safety, Handling the Heat & Dog Running Gear

Real-world advice for trail running with your dog: in this post we share everything we wish we knew when we were new to running with our own adventure dog.

5 Ways to Improve Running Form and Prevent Running Overuse Injuries

How to improve running form and reduce running overuse injuries, including ITB pain, low back pain, shin splints and blisters cause by poor technique and gait.

The 5 Best Places for Trail Running in Spain

It was hard to come up with a short list of the best places for trail running in Spain, one of the best countries in the world for trail running, but we did it!

The Best Motivating and Inspiring Running Quotes: Endurance Athletes, Explorers and Adventurers

Our favorite motivating and inspiring running quotes that apply particularly to trail running, ultramarathons and other tough survival and endurance challenges.

The Best Lightweight Hiking Sandals for Summer Adventures

Having too much choice can be overwhelming so here's our list of the 5 best lightweight hiking sandals for summer hiking, water hikes, adventures and travel.

Van Conversion PART 2: The 8 Essential Factory Options For Our Sprinter Van Conversion

Read our list of the Mercedes factory option must-haves for our Sprinter van before we start converting it into a tiny home on wheels and why they're important.

4 Ways To Run With Someone Slower Than You (Or Faster Than You)

How do you run with someone slower or faster than you and both still get a workout? Here's 4 ways to run with a friend or partner when you have different paces.

Building The Finest Off-Grid Sprinter Van Conversion – PART 1: Planning Our Luxury Tiny Home on Wheels

Introducing our Mercedes Sprinter Van which we're converting into a luxurious off-grid Tiny Home on Wheels. Here's how we planned our van build and what's next.

5 reasons to take the Mock ONE Hammock on your next camping trip

Elevate your camping game: 5 reasons why you need to take the compact, free-standing Mock ONE Hammock on your next camping trip or just to your backyard.

Revelry Drifter Backpack Review

Revelry Drifter Backpack Review: Key features, detailed photos, and a video review of this Instagram-worthy, odor-absorbing, and water-resistant travel bag.

10 Easy Yoga Stretches For Runners

Follow-along video: 10 easy yoga stretches for runners focus on on strength, stretching and flexibility in the areas that tend to get worked hard when running.

5 Reasons a Leatherman Makes a Useful Mother’s Day Gift

Practical reasons why the Leatherman Signal makes an awesome useful Mother's Day gift for an adventurous Mom, especially when hiking, camping or traveling.

Mighty Vibe Review: Stream music from Spotify or Amazon Music without using your phone

Our Mighty Vibe Review covers the advantages, disadvantages and key functions you need to know about this portable Spotify and Amazon Music player for running/workouts.

Outerknown Clothing Review: Women’s Clothing from Kelly Slater’s Surf-Inspired Brand

Introducing women's clothing from surf legend Kelly Slater's brand, Outerknown clothing, which is focused on sustainable, organic cotton and fair trade apparel.

The Best Camping Gear to have for an Emergency: From Power Cuts to Survival Situations

The best camping gear to have for an emergency that will help you survive and manage the situation case of a power cut, wildfire, earthquake or flood.

Building The Ultimate Garage Gym For Runners

There are many articles on the best garage gym for crossfit and weightlifting but what gym equipment do you need to build the ultimate garage gym for runners?

Adventure-Ready Outfits from REI Co-op Women’s Clothing Range: Currently 25% Off

I don't know about you but I'm so ready for Spring, especially once the current global pandemic dies down and we can head outside...

10 Productive Low-Cost Things To Do While Social Distancing during Self-Isolation

We're sharing our list of productive low-cost things to do while social distancing that you can do in and around your home and actually enhance your life.

FitTrack Scale Review: The Best Home Smart Scale Available?

Full review of the Fit Track scale, a home smart scale proven to provide accurate tracking of body composition metrics such as weight, BMI and body fat.

The Best Home Gym Equipment For Runners

Reduce your risk of getting Coronavirus in a public place. Our list of the best home gym equipment for runners features the 8 essentials for home workouts.

REI Force Of Nature: How REI is inspiring and Encouraging Women in the Outdoors

What is REI's Force of Nature Campaign? The outdoors has always been there for us all to go out and explore. But how many women...

REI Used Gear website: How to buy discounted REI gear WITHOUT needing coupons or promo codes

Get up to 60% off used outdoor gear at REI Used Gear, which sells discounted backpacks, tents, clothes, boots and outdoor gear with no coupons or promo codes.

Avanto Lifestyle Belt Review: Multi-Purpose Lifestyle & Running Belt

The Avanto running and lifestyle belt is designed for carrying essentials and keeping your hands free. This review covers the key features.

5 Best Women’s Waterproof Running Jackets for Trail Running

Our list of the 5 best women's waterproof running jackets will help you decide which jacket to buy for wet winter trail runs and ultras.

Is Trail Running Harder Than Road Running? Is It Better For You?

Is trail running harder than road running? Is trail running better for you than road running? In this post we explain the pros and cons.

5 Tips For Keeping Feet Warm on Winter Hikes & Everyday Adventures

Having cold feet is not pleasant, or great for the joints. Here are my top 5 tips for keeping your feet warm during winter hikes.

Best Women’s Running Books – Inspiring Books by Female Runners

Our curated list of the best women's running books, showcasing true stories from inspiring female athletes and adventurers.

Randolph Fusion Sunglasses Review – Elinor & Archer Frame Styles

Randolph's Fusion Sunglasses Collection features the lightweight Elinor and Archer frames, a spin on Aviator and Aviator-inspired designs. Read our review of these Italian-style, US-made sunglasses.

Accelerating Our Puppy’s Training Using High-Value Dog Food

Our dog wasn't exactly falling over himself to earn his treat rewards until we found this high-value fresh dog food that we can use for training as well as his regular meals.

On Cloud Terry Review – All-Day Performance Vegan Running Shoes

The Cloud Terry from On Running is an innovative, good-looking vegan running shoe suited to road runs and everyday wear. Read why it is the fastest-selling On Running shoe ever!

The Ultimate Guide to Running at Night: Getting Started, Benefits, Staying Safe

The risks of running at night in the dark can be mitigated by having the right gear and exercising good judgement to help you stay safe.

Coros Apex Review: The Ultimate GPS Watch For Trail Runners?

Our Coros Apex review covers the key features of this Impressive GPS running watch, which is designed with trail and ultra runners in mind. 

Matterhorn Ultraks Mountain Race Report

The Matterhorn Ultraks race weekend features four trail running races around the Swiss Alps, starting and finishing in Zermatt, and a vertical trail race that starts in Zermatt.

Pre-Adventure Puppy Gear Guide: The Young Pup Essentials!

Based on HOURS of research and consulting experts, here is what to buy for an adventure puppy to make sure you have the right, quality essentials.

Is Trail Running Dangerous? How To Stay Safe on the Trails

Animal encounters, ticks and getting lost may be concerns for some trail runners. Find out how to reduce the risks for these and other dangers.

Randolph Concorde Sunglasses Review: Why Blue Lenses For Hiking?

Sunglasses designed to be worn for hiking and watersports? Yes please. Randolph's Cobalt Collection blue lens sunglasses, reviewed.

What is the UTMB Race? All You Need To Know About This Epic Ultramarathon

Key questions answered: what is the UTMB race (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc)? Where is this destination ultra race held? How long does it take, and how to enter.

Jaybird Tarah Review – Wireless Running Headphones

Jaybird Tarah Wireless Sport Headphones are lightweight, minimalist running headphones which are ideal for challenging treadmill sessions.

5 Best Survival Books – Improve Your Ultrarunning Mental Strength This Year

The top 5 survival books to help improve your mental strength for ultrarunning and endurance sports. Boost your mental toughness.

On Cloudswift Women’s Review – Different to Cloudsurfers, in a Good Way

Tried & Tested by our in-house Women's On Running expert! Find out how they perform and compare to other On running shoes in this On Cloudswift Women's Review.

Hood To Coast Pacific City Relay: Race Report, Photos & Advice

Hood to Coast Pacific City is a one-day relay race fielding 350 teams of up to six people, covering 80 miles from Bald Hill, a mountain near Portland, Oregon, to Pacific City on the coast, in one day.

How To Clean Trail Running Shoes – 5 Easy Steps

5 quick and simple steps to clean trail running shoes after a wet and/or muddy run. It's easy to clean your shoes and does not require soap.

How To Recover From a Sprained Ankle While Trail Running

Advice From a Veteran Ankle-Sprainer: Tips for recovering from a running-related ankle sprain, and how to stay fit & sane while you can't run.

Best Women’s Adventure Books [Inspirational Female Adventurers]

Our curated list of inspiring women's adventure books by the most badass female adventurers. These all make great gifts or as a motivating read for yourself!

TNF Endurance Challenge California (‘TNF50’)

The TNF Endurance Challenge weekend in San Francisco, California, features 50 mile, 50km, marathon, half marathon and 10k races.

Buff Epic Trail

Read all about the Buff Epic Trail running races, featuring a classic mountain trail marathon, half marathon and ultramarathon in the Spanish Pyrenees.

Matterhorn Ultraks

Read all about the Matterhorn Ultraks races, classic European mountain trail running races around Zermatt, in the Swiss Alps.

Best Running Races – 50k Ultramarathons

A selection of the best and most scenic destination 50k ultramarathons, with a mixture of famous mountain and forest trail races and some hidden gems.

Best Running Races – Trail Marathons

A selection of the best and most scenic destination trail marathon races, with a mix of famous events and some hidden gems that not everyone has heard of!

A-Z Running Terminology: Glossary of Trail Running Terms And Definitions

The definitive A-Z of popular trail running terms - learn popular running terms and definitions, such as ultrarunning, fartlek, MUT, FKT and more...

On Running Tights Review: High Performing Workout Pants

Read our review of the streamlined women's On Running Tights - quality flattering women's running tights from premium Swiss brand On Running.

Title Nine Clothing Review: The Holy Grail of Women’s Running Shorts

Title Nine Holy Grail Running Shorts review - I'm impressed with the quality, fit and, importantly, length and silicone grip that stops them riding up.

On Weather Jacket Women’s Review

A stylish Swiss-designed waterproof women's running jacket all the key features you need to protect yourself from all weather conditions while out running.

Lifeproof FRE Review – A Waterproof Phone Case For Running

Read our review of the Lifeproof Fre, a slim, lightweight phone case designed for protection from water, snow, dirt and drops while out adventuring.

Brooks Cascadia 13 Women’s Review

I love putting the Cascadia 13 on knowing that I can be out for hours and my feet won't be sore from running hours on the dry, rocky terrain.

Stio Clothing Review: Western Mountain-Style Technical Apparel

Read reviews of Stio's technical clothing for mountain and outdoor lifestyles, inspired by the mountains, trails and rivers of the Teton Mountains.

On Cloud Waterproof Women’s Review

The women's On Cloud Waterproof is a stylish lightweight trainer for running or casual wear, which is waterproof and keeps your feet dry in wet conditions.

My Trail Co Backpack UL 35 Review

The My Trail Co Backpack UL 35 is a great value (at $99), super versatile pack. Because of its capacity and its ability to compress, it's great for a wide range of uses from short day trips to full-on multi-day adventures.

Inov-8 Trailroc 285 Women’s Review: For Rocky Trails

The Women's Trailroc 285s are built to handle anything you throw at them, whether gnarly roots, technical Alpine rocks or packed rocky desert.

Janji Womens Running Apparel Review

Read our review of Janji's womens running kit - we tried and tested Janji's womens running vest and shorts from the Uganda Collection.

What A VITL DNA Test Taught Me

The results of my VITL DNA test have certainly given me some food for thought. I'm considering what changes I can make in my diet to make sure I am getting enough of the right nutrients, as well as rethinking my training approach to tap into that body fat as an endurance energy source.

Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 4.0 – Women’s Race Vest Review

We have thoroughly tried and tested Ultimate Direction's ladies running race vest, the Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 4.0. Read the review here.

The Best Vertical Kilometer Races In The World

What are Vertical Kilometer Races, and where are the best places to run one? Here we share our curated list of the best VK races in the World.

How to Stop IT Band Pain while Running: Exercises That Actually Work

How to Stop IT Band Pain while Running: Exercises That Actually Work! If you get pain on the outside of your knee from running then read on for a solution!

Nathan Speedster 2L – Women’s Race Vest Review

Nathan Speedster 2L Review: As more people take to the trails, demand has grown for products that allow you to carry a few essentials without stuffing your pockets or necessarily needing a larger backpack, which is likely to be overkill unless you’re going out running for many hours somewhere remote.

Brooks Ghost 10 Women’s Road Running Shoes Review

Brooks Ghost 10 Review - While I love innovative minimal trail shoes for softer trails, I do not have the excellent form and biomechanics of a runner who can get away with...

Salomon S-Lab Light Skirt & Tights

Read our review of the Salomon S-Lab Light Skirt, S-Lab Support Half Tights, and S-Lab Modular Belt: women-specific trail running skirt and tights for running adventures.

Massage Tools For Runners [For Backs, Glutes, Hips, Legs and Feet]

While you can’t beat a massage from someone who is trained to give proper sports massages, it is important to be able to work out niggles and tightness yourself, and to do so, we find having a few 'massage tools' around the house is helpful.

Salomon Race Vest Review: Advanced ADV Skin 5l Set

Video review of the Salomon race vest, the Advanced Skin 5l Set, including shots of the key features and what it looks like close-up and moving. Race vest designed for trail running and moving in the mountains.

Inov-8 All Terrain Peak Running Cap Review

Video review of the Inov-8 cap, the 'All Terrain Peak', designed for trail running and other adventures. Visit the Trail & Kale YouTube channel for more running videos, running kit reviews and advice.

Megan Hine: ‘Mind of a Survivor’ Book Review

Megan Hine's book, Mind of a Survivor, explores the mental qualities that certain people can harness that means they can overcome some incredibly difficult and seemingly impossible survival situations - where others may not make it. Inspiration for your next ultramarathon!

Trail Running Vacation in Switzerland: Guide to Planning a Zermatt ‘Runcation’

Our guide to a trail running holiday in Zermatt, Switzerland. How to get there, where to stay, and how to find awesome trails to run on, & more.

Lizzy Hawker ‘Runner’ – Book Review

Read our review of Lizzy Hawker's first book, "Runner: A short story about a long run". Warning! Contains a healthy dose of running inspiration and mountain adventures and may result in longing to visit Nepal.

Lavaredo Ultra Trail: A Running Adventure in the Dolomites, Italy

Destination race inspiration: Read all about our visit to beautiful Cortina to experience the Lavaredo Ultra Trail weekend, a trail running festival in the heart of the Dolomites, Italy. How to get there, what to take, and what running the LUT is really like.

Guide to Planning a Chamonix Trail Running Vacation

Our guide to a trail running holiday, or runcation, in Chamonix, France. How to get there, where to stay, and how to find awesome trails to run on, & more.

Salomon Intensity Running Tights Review

Read our review of the Salomon Intensity Running Tights, women-specific trail running tights for cold weather trail running and power-hiking.

Energy Gels & Alternatives for a Long Run

For all the information on the internet, it is often not clear how to get started using energy gels. Here's some tips on where to start.

Lululemon Run Swiftly Tech: T-shirt, Vest and Long Sleeved Running Tops

Review of Lululemon Run Swiftly Tech Tees - the T-shirt, Vest and Long-Sleeved options are all tried and tested by Helen from Trail and Kale.

Zelus Olympus Insoles Review

Review of Zelus Olympus insoles for runners - I was intrigued to see whether switching out the insoles on my running shoes would make a difference.

Brooks Running Tights Review: The ‘Go-To Tight’

Review of Brooks Go-To Tights - Womens running leggings. These full-length running tights come in black and ‘cobalt’ blue - so vibrant!

It’s OK to Chill Out

We love to see pictures and hear stories of people out enjoying nature, being active and taking on big challenges and inspiring others. What is life if you're not inspired? However, sometimes, the pressure or need to be active can be a bit overwhelming.

Running the Routeburn Track: A Trail Running Adventure in New Zealand

A one-day adventure running the Routeburn Track, described by NZ Department of Conservation as "the ultimate alpine adventure". It was an awesome day out!

Runner Interview: Dion Leonard Author of Finding Gobi (@FindingGobi)

Interview with ultrarunner Dion Leonard, author of true story, Finding Gobi. From starting running for a bet to competing in the World's toughest ultras.

Finding Gobi Book Review

Book review of Finding Gobi, the true story of Dion Leonard and his quest to find a stray Chinese dog who befriended him during a 250km ultramarathon.

Trail Running With Poles: Benefits, Disadvantages And Advice

A summary of the pros and cons of trail running with poles and some advice on how and when to use them to best effect during training and races.

Runner Interview: Sarah Williams, founder of Tough Girl Challenges

Runner Interview: Trail & Kale Runner Interview with Sarah Williams, founder of Tough Girl Challenges

The Best Real Food for Trail Running

Recommended best real food for trail running from experienced ultrarunners, including tips from Dean Karnazes, the Ultramarathon Man himself.

Declutter Your Life: Trail Runner Lifestyle

Living a modern everyday lifestyle, but doing so with meaning, not becoming overwhelmed and distracted by owning and being responsible for a load of stuff.

Race Day Breakfast: What To Eat Before Trail Running [Racing & Training Runs]

What should you eat for your race day breakfast? Read our recommendations for what to eat before a running race or long training run.

The Benefits of Trail Running: Why We Run

The benefits of trail running are numerous - from the obvious fitness gains to completely changing your outlook on life. Here's why we love trail running.

How to Stop Getting Shin Splints When Running: 8 Ways to Prevent this Common Running Injury

What to do if you are a runner suffering from shin splints, and, most importantly, how to stop getting shin splints from running - for good.

Running Your First Trail Race: 10 Tips For A Great Race

Trail running is different to road running in many ways. In this post we share the key things you need to know before running your first trail race.

Shoes For Trail Running: What Shoes Are Best For Different Types Of Trail?

How do you choose the best shoes for trail running? These are the main types of trail you'll encounter and which shoes work best on the different terrain.

Treat Running Blisters: A How-To Guide

Here's how I treat running blisters when I am unfortunate enough to get one during a run. How to treat running blisters during a run Firstly,...

What To Pack For Trail Running [The Essential Guide]

How do you know what to pack for trail running? Read our guide covering the essentials and optional extras to carry on a trail run.

Trail Running Advice: From Our Runner Interviews Series

A selection of the best trail running advice from our trail runner interview series - interviews with inspiring trail runners from around the World

How To Treat Running Blisters [and Stop Getting Blisters from Running]

How to stop getting blisters from running (especially trail running as well as hiking) and how I choose to treat running blisters.

Salomon S-Lab Wings 8 Review

Review of Salomon S-Lab Wings 8 trail running shoes on Trail & Kale, dedicated to trail running and adventures in the UK and abroad.

Trail Running and Mindfulness

Trail running and Mindfulness go hand-in-hand. Here's how I get to that special state of being mindful while out running on the trails.

Inspiration For 2017 Trail Running Race Ideas & Adventures

Here's our round up of 2016's races - perhaps you may find some ideas or inspiration in these for your 2017 trail running adventures?

Still Not Bionic by Ira Rainey: A Great Read on Ultrarunning

Ira shows that there are some immense challenges out there, but these can be achieved with hard work, the right training and preparation, and, most importantly, the right mindset.

Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine trail running shoes

I was so excited to take delivery of the new Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine trail running shoes just in time for a trip to...

What It Means To Be a Plant-Based Runner

Why eat a plant-based diet, how it can help athletic performance as a plant-based runner, as well as your wellbeing and living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Matterhorn Ultraks 30k: an Alpine trail race around Zermatt

This was it, the race I'd been waiting to run all year: Matterhorn Ultraks, a trail race around Zermatt, in the beautiful Swiss Alps. Ultraks...

How To Carry Water When Running: Using Soft Flasks (Water Bottles) and Hydration Bladders

How to carry water when running, including the pros and cons of options including using a Camelbak-style hydration bladder and soft flask water bottles.

What You Can Learn From Running Injuries

How overcoming running injuries including blisters, shin splints, ITB pain, achilles pain and foot pain can ultimately make you a better, stronger runner.

Running the Ridgeway: Race to the Stones ultramarathon 2016

Overview This race is billed as 'the UK's most popular ultra marathon', with c.2,500 runners and walkers registering for the 100k or 50k event, over either one...

How to balance working full time and finding time to run

When having a 'traditional' training plan doesn't work for you and you need to find time to run. We both work full time and have...

Blisters on the ball of my foot: caused by gait, not shoes

I used to suffer from awful blisters because of how I ran. This is how I overcame them and went on to run marathons and ultra-distances with not a blister in sight.

Keswick Mountain Festival Ultra: 50k around the Lake District

Sunday 22 May 2016, around 3pm: I looked at my Suunto Ambit 3 Sport and it read 52km - I was about 2km from...

CTS Exmoor Marathon Review – Helen’s Experience

I have been missing trail races as the last race I completed was Trail Marathon Wales last summer, so I signed up in February...

Salewa “Get Vertical”: ski touring in Grindelwald

Alastair called me when at work a few months back: "I've won a ski touring and camping holiday in the Swiss Alps!" - He...

Keeping fit while working away

Maintaining a balance and keeping fit while away from home is difficult: without access to your usual facilities, having your evening dinners (and often...

Bristol to Bath Marathon

The highlight of the race was undoubtedly the crowd support, particularly in South Gloucestershire on the way out of Bristol

Bowood Sprint Duathlon

Bowood sprint duathlon event is hosted in early October in the grounds of Bowood House, near Calne in Wiltshire. This was a new challenge for me...

Running the Chamonix Vertical Kilometer: Straight Up the Side of a Steep Mountain

A lot of the major European mountain trail-running regions have a vertical kilometer race, and the Chamonix Vertical Kilometer ('kmv' as it's sometimes referred...

Trail Marathon Wales Review, Snowdonia

This race sets the standard for others in the UK. Excellent, professional organisation, well thought-out routes, aid stations and goody bag, fab location and interesting, varied route.

Ultimate Direction Womens Ultra Vesta Review

A review of Ultimate Direction's women's running race vest, the Ultra Vesta, for trail running, marathons and ultramarathons.

Salomon X-Scream 3Ds Review

Earlier this spring I was really excited to take delivery of a package that contained a pair of Salomon's new 'city trail' shoes: the Salomon X-Scream 3Ds (women's version), which the nice people at Salomon sent me to try out - thanks guys!

Transgrancanaria Marathon Review

I completed my first trail marathon last Saturday - the Transgrancanaria marathon, Spain. It was an awesome yet very tough mountain marathon!

Buff With UV Protection – Review

In my (somewhat large) running kit-bag, there are few items which are as versatile as a Buff - something I wear on pretty much...

CTS Dorset Marathon Review

Since I started trail running I had wanted to get signed up for one of Coastal Trail Series' events. They are run at several...

The North Face Better Than Naked Shorts – Review

As I started to up the mileage on trail runs, particularly in summer, I did not appreciate the chafe that was happening under/around my running...

Running Bath Two Tunnels 10k

The Bath two tunnels races are run by Relish Running, whose races I have been enjoying throughout the summer (The Cheddar Gorge half and Bath hilly half marathon being two of them), so I knew this would be a fun event.

Chamonix Trail Running Weekend

A weekend trail running in Chamonix - some great mountain adventures were in store.

Bath Running Festival Half Marathon & Bath Roman 10k

Bath Half Marathon - trails edition In the past month I've been keeping busy racing at some more of Relish Running's events, the Bath Roman...

Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon: one of the toughest around?

The Cheddar Gorge events, in particular the half and full marathons, are billed as some of the toughest of their kind in the UK, and are hosted in the spectacular setting of the huge gorge and National Trust land.

Review – Asics Gel-Fuji Trainer 3 trail shoes

I am VERY particular when it comes to shoes. Especially running shoes, as I suffered with such bad gait-related blisters in my first year of running – which were worsened by wearing shoes which did not fit absolutely perfectly.

Running The Cotswold Way: Wotton to Stinchcombe

We started this run on the Cotswold Way from Wotton-under-Edge, which is around a third of the way up from Bath, and ran north towards Dursley, and then back again.

Hiking Mount Batur, Bali in darkness

We couldn't resist hiking Mount Batur on our holiday to Bali. Mount Batur stands at c.1700m, and from the summit on a clear day you are rewarded with a stunning sunrise view over nearby Mount Agung (c.3000m) , and neighbouring island Lombok in the distance.

Wearing calf guards can help with shin splints

Here's why I often wear calf guards for running on paved surfaces: because I found that wearing calf guards can help with shin splints, both preventing them and reducing pain when you have them.
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