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Artist, designer, and fan of running long distances. Always questioning and learning. Writing about anything of interest.

We interact with good and bad designs daily. The biggest challenge when developing a product is making sure the user has a positive experience with the design. To solve this, a multitude of design factors need consideration. To streamline this process, I built a set of questions that serve as guides. These questions help provide a thorough evaluation of the product and aim to highlight any potential weaknesses.

Is the design user-focused?

At the very core of a product is the user. I ask this question throughout the entire design process. Knowing your target user and assuring that they are front-and-center is crucial. This…

After having completed 100+ races and 20K+ miles run over the span of 2 decades, here are some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned along the way. These lessons have helped me stay healthy while running high mileage, avoid injury, race competitively, and build upon my fitness throughout the years.

Add Variety

Running is a very repetitive action so adding variety to training has been a game-changer for me. This can be done by running on different surfaces or by running in different heel-to-toe drop shoes.

This change in surfaces and shoes helps to activate different muscle groups to make you…

A personal account of racing and winning the North Face’s Endurance Challenge Marathon at Mt. Watchusett, Massachusetts on June 8th, 2019.

The Start

The gun goes off and I quickly mingle in with the front runners to position myself before the narrow singletracks ahead. Right from start, the climbing began as we started our way up the mountain and into the woods. Trying to avoid my burst of adrenaline getting the best of me, I tried my best to keep to a conservative pace. The mountainous ascent continued as we passed the sign that read, “Mile 2”, my legs were beginning to…

Ryan Hatton

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