RoundUpMay has been a great month.  The weather in DC was fabulous, the trails are surrounded by budding trees, and the big cicada scare of 2013, causing terror up and down the East Coast, doesn’t seem to be as big a deal as people thought.

It was also a great month on the interwebs, and here are a few of my favorite articles and videos from the past 31 days.

The Inspirational:

1) Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon?  Well if you haven’t, it is big.  I mean massive.  Now imagine running from one side to the other.  And then running back.  Rob Krar writes about his recent record breaking Rim-Rim-Rim run of the Grand Canyon on iRunFar.

2) While this wasn’t released last month, I just saw Horses + Fire, an inspirational video of a high school runner gunning to break the 4 minute mile, a few weeks ago.  WARNING: This short film by the Wolpertinger will make you want to go out and run fast.

3)  Think taking the elevator instead of the stairs really isn’t a big deal?  Think again.  Active Life DC breaks down recent findings on the importance of small spurts of exercise.  Now get up from this computer and go for a quick walk!

The Informative:

4) Things got a little interesting on Strength Running this month when Jason Fitzgerald brought up the topic of Cross Fit Endurance.  So much so that he had to write a follow-up post.

5) DC Rainmaker travels, a lot.  He also works out, a lot.  Well fortunately for us he decided to share some of his secrets for getting suitcases packed and workouts done while on the road.

6) Hill work can be a pain in the ass (literally), yet we do it anyway.  But why?  This month Predawn Runner explains the Ups and Downs of Hill Training for Runners.

The Just Plain Fun:

7) When running the dark, you might typically reach for your headlamp, but why not just strap a light to your shoe?  That is exactly what Night Runner is hoping you will start doing with their current campaign on Kickstarter.

8)  This month kicked off the first ever Rock Creek Runners group trail run, and it was a huge success!  If you live in the DC area, join us Saturday, June 15th for another 4.5 mile run.  Sign up here for more info.

9)  A few weeks ago I had the honor of interviewing Rich Roll, the author of Finding Ultra, for the No Meat Athlete Radio podcast, which I co-host with Matt Frazier.  During the interview we talk training, nutrition, and Rich’s story of going from overweight to an ultra-endurance athlete.

Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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