Your Directors of Toughness traveled to Argentina to test out Columbia Sportswear’s new Columbia Montrail gear in El Cruce, a 3-day, 100KM trail running race. Track the Directors of Toughness as they embark on a journey through Argentina during their first ever trail running race. Can you think your way through a 100K trail race? “ONE…HUNDRED…THOUSAND…METERS!” MakingContinue reading

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When you leave pavement behind and opt instead for the trails your body enters a new running arena, one of heightened awareness, varied muscle use and an incomparable way of connecting with yourself and your surroundings. For our most recent challenge as Columbia Sportswear’s Directors of Toughness, Mark Chase and I were given five weeksContinue reading

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  At 6:00am my alarm went off, I looked outside at pitch blackness and groaned. I hit the snooze button. At 6:08am the alarm cut through another layer of sleep and the label, “Get up! Go Run” flashed across the screen. On some mornings, that alarm was enough to get me out the door, butContinue reading

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Our Directors of Toughness put their trail running skills to the ultimate test when they were challenged to run in a 100KM (60 mile) trail running race in Argentina. Here are their must-have gear for their trip to Chile and Argentina: Faith Briggs: Women’s Titan Ultra™ Half Zip Shirt: A lightweight, technical layer specifically designed for dynamic aerobicContinue reading

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Immediately after my race had finished we returned to the small town of Bariloche. As if I was jet lagged after a long flight, I spent the evening deliriously wandering around the town before picking up some food and heading back to my hotel. After a fairly restless night, it was a treat to wake upContinue reading

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As cliché as it is to suggest that all kinds of physical challenges can be overcome by the power of the mind that’s exactly what I am going to do.  And I’m going to tell you how to do it! Just moments before I set off on my Christmas break, Columbia Sportswear dropped a bombshellContinue reading

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