October 7, 2016 |

Voyage to Self-Discovery:

Risk, love and war at Ironman 70.3 World Championships

The day I qualified for the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championships was the day I placed second female overall at Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe. That course pushed my physical limits, but nothing like the challenge that awaited me a year later in my homeland of Australia.I began racing triathlons as a teenager, but never could have predicted that it would lead to a World Championship and a career in coaching that I treasure. Racing triathlons has served as a remarkable conduit for self-discovery and... [view more]
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July 7, 2016 |

Paul Giblin: WS100 Race Recap

After running 100 miles in just 16:53.20 and finishing 5th place overall, Paul (understandably!) took some time to rest and recover his tired body and mind. Today, he is ready to tell us all about that incredible journey.

We are incredibly proud to have worked with Paul through the last couple of months, collaborating on #trailtips and watching his training as he progressed towards the big race. All of us at Topo Athletic were very excited to hear how he raced, and could not be happier for him and his result. Read on to see how this Topo Athlete took down one of the hardest ultra-marathons in the world.  Pre-race:By the week of the race you are normally just desperate to get going. Western... [view more]
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June 22, 2016 |

#Trailtips 4: Tapering

The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run is this weekend! Today we find out how Topo Athlete Paul Giblin is preparing physically and mentally for the incredible 100 miles ahead.

At any distance, finding yourself less than 100% on race day is one of the hardest things to overcome. Is it possible to still go out and have a strong performance? Sure is - but training smarter in the weeks before stepping to the starting line can make a huge difference for an athlete's body, mind, and performance. Runners from the Jr. High to Olympic level have training plans intelligently designed by their coaches to achieve peak physical and mental condition right down to the day of the... [view more]
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June 15, 2016 |

#Trailtips 3: Staying Healthy

Topo Athletie Paul Giblin chats about staying strong and mobile while training for an ultra

Everyone talks about the importance physical mobility plays in overall performance, but very few of us are willing to truly make it part of our daily training regimen because, let's face it, we're impatient and like to get right to the "real" workout.  But guess what?  The most successful athletes in the world understand that it's the "side work" that can make the biggest difference in overall performance. Today, Paul discusses his view on the "side work" and even shares some of his favorite... [view more]
Posted in: Training
June 8, 2016 | Georgia Shaw, Director of Marketing

#Trailtips 2: Nutrition

Paul talks about why and how he thrives on plant-based fuel

Nutrition plays a huge role in the lives of athletes, especially for endurance and ultra-athletes who need to fuel their bodies for hours of strenuous activity.  In this week's #Trailtips, we reached out to Paul to learn more about his choice to go vegan and how that has impacted his training, recovery, and competition.  Not vegan? Not a problem - Paul has tips for anyone looking for simple ways to add more plant-based nutrition into his or her life.Topo: Paul, being vegan is... [view more]
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Brad Cox Lic.Ac. is a Movement Specialist, ACU-Running Coach and Licensed Acupuncturist specializing in Orthopedic Acupuncture and Sports Medicine.  He is the co-Founder and CEO of ACU-Mobility and ACU-Running.  ACU-Mobility is an educational and mobility products company, dedicated to the development of unique sport specific corrective exercise programs and innovative product design.  Brad has treated hundreds of athletes including: Olympic and world class Runners, Triathletes, Power Lifters, Elite Crossfitters and Professional Strong Men.  He is a consultant and running mechanics expert for TOPO Athletic.  He teaches workshops and seminars on running mechanics, mobility and movement analysis around the U.S.


Dr. Sonia Pasquale D.C., Lic.Ac. is a Chiropractor, Sports Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist, Movement Specialist, Nutrition Counselor and Co-Founder of ACU-Mobility and ACU-Running systems.  She has specialties in Orthopedics, Functional Movement Analysis, Functional Medicine and Women's Health.  She incorporates advanced Chiropractic and Acupuncture manual techniques to create a unique integrative approach to treatment.  She works with both Elite and Novice athletes to help them achieve their individual physical goals.  She is the Director and co-Owner of Wakefield Wellness Center outside of Boston MA.


Chris Lehman , Lic.Ac., MAOM, Dipl. OM is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Movement Specialist and ACU-Running Coach.  Chris Specializes in Orthopedic Acupuncture and functional movement analysis working with all kinds of Athletes.  He focuses on balancing the body through Acupuncture and manual therapies to enhance proper biomechanics with an emphasis in sports medicine and injury prevention.


Kaitlin graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  After graduation she worked for a short time in the Med/Neuro ICU at Moore County Regional Hospital in NC.  Kaitlin has been an avid runner for many years, having completed several road races at both the half marathon and marathon distance, before switching to trail running.  Her love for trail running came from the many long distance hiking trails she has completed, such as the Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail.  She is excited to share her love for running by being part of the ACU-Mobility team!

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