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  • Running Rub You the Wrong Way?

    RunnerDude's Blog
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Does running rub you the wrong way? No, I mean literally? If you've ever been a victim of runner's rash or chafing. you know it's no fun. There's nothing worse than being out on a 10-mile run and halfway through you realize the skin between your legs, in the nether region, is ready to ignite. Well, maybe not realizing you've actually chafed until after the run when the shower water hits the irritated area and you scream bloody murder bringing the entire family into the bathroom, is worse...not that that's ever happened to me.So, who gets it and why? Really it can effect anyone. Overweight and…
  • Tech Talk: Adidas Boost News
    Lauren Malm
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    In 2013, Adidas launched a new technology they claimed could revolutionize the running industry—the Boost midsole. Now two years later, almost every shoe in Adidas’ running line (as well as many of its other sports footwear) are equipped with Boost technology. Plus, other running brands are launching their own version of the technology for Spring 2016. So, what makes it so special? Most running shoes use an EVA foam-rubber midsole. Not Boost shoes. Instead, the midsole is made up of tiny spheres of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Developed by BASF Global, the world’s leading chemical…
  • How to Burn More Fat

    Jeff Galloway's Blog
    Jeff Galloway
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    By running and walking for 90 minutes during one session each week, the leg muscles become fat burners. Over time, this means that you will burn more fat when you are sitting around all day at your desk and even burn it when you are sleeping at night. Slow aerobic running is one of the very best ways to burn fat. But most runners, during their first year, usually hold their own, showing no weight loss. This is actually a victory over the set point. First you are avoiding the average set point inspired increase of 1-4 pounds a year. But runners are actually burning fat by maintaining weight.
  • 5 Reasons to Run Beyond the Marathon

    Strength Running
    Jason Fitzgerald
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today, I’d like to introduce you to Christine. After coaching her for over three years, this is the inspiring story of her 12-hour ultramarathon. Someone is WAY too happy while running for 12 hours… Christine started training with me in …
  • Here Are Our Users’ Top 22 Running Horror Stories

    Runtastic Blog
    Runtastic Team
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Running helps our minds unwind and it’s fun, too. If you like running, you are sure to have had a few weird experiences when on the road… Did you ever get scared, embarrassed, or live a horrible experience while running? We’ve asked our users to share their personal running horror stories with us: Second place. The day my wife won Two racoons that were screaming at me… I gave them a wide berth! I fell off the treadmill and scraped up both my knees No opportunity for a very necessary “pit stop” At 5 a.m. a scary trucker offered to drive me. I have never ran as fast as that day! A…
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    Jeff Galloway's Blog

  • Coming Back After a Bad Race or Workout

    Jeff Galloway
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    All runners have bad days. The most prominent factor that sets a champion apart from others is the ability to move forward after a setback. Spend a few minutes trying to learn what you may have done that brought on the problem and you will improve in many ways. A bad run will trigger negative messages, such as “You are losing it,” “Running isn’t fun anymore,” “You’ll never get to your goal,” “Why are you doing this?” If you focus on these and believe them, you will allow the reflex brain to create negative beliefs, stimulate negative peptides and lower your motivation.
  • Sweat the Electrolytes

    Jeff Galloway
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:25 am
    Electrolytes are the ions in the salts that your body loses when you sweat: sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. When these minerals get too low, your fluid transfer system doesn’t work as well and you may experience ineffective cooling, swelling of the hands, and other problems, most runners have no problem replacing these in a normal diet. But if you’re experiencing cramping during or after exercise, regularly, you may be low in sodium or potassium. The best product I’ve found for replacing these minerals is called SUCCEED. If you have high blood pressure (or any issue with…
  • How to Burn More Fat

    Jeff Galloway
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    By running and walking for 90 minutes during one session each week, the leg muscles become fat burners. Over time, this means that you will burn more fat when you are sitting around all day at your desk and even burn it when you are sleeping at night. Slow aerobic running is one of the very best ways to burn fat. But most runners, during their first year, usually hold their own, showing no weight loss. This is actually a victory over the set point. First you are avoiding the average set point inspired increase of 1-4 pounds a year. But runners are actually burning fat by maintaining weight.
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    Elite Feet

  • Running For Beginners

    3 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    Running is a great hobby, exercise, and even social event. Whether you want to lose weight, cross train, or just meet some new people, the best time to start is right now. The following advice will give you a kick start. Getting ready to run Preparation – The First Steps Toward Running Make running your a favorite hobby How to Start Running and Never Look Back Catch up on the jargon Glossary of Running Terms Why run? Beyond the many health benefits, here are 10 reasons to start running.
  • Usain Bolt Breaks 200m World Record at Olympics

    20 Aug 2008 | 11:41 am
    The Jamaican wonder Usain Bolt gave the world another phenomenal show at the Beijing Olympics last night. “Lightning” Bolt lived up to his nickname by finishing the 200-meter final in 19.30 seconds, snatching Michael Johnson’s world record of 19.32, set 12 years ago. Michael Johnson’s record was spectacular itself, and many thought it would stand a long long time. (The third fastest performance in this event is considerably distant – 19.62 by Tyson Gay.) It’s clear that Bolt put everything he had into winning this record, unlike his 100-meter performance.
  • Usain Bolt Wins Olympic Gold with 100m World Record

    16 Aug 2008 | 10:21 am
    Usain “Lightning” Bolt, a 21-year-old Jamaican, took the Olympic 100 meter final by storm today in Beijing. After a relatively poor start and easing up in the last 20 meters to pound his chest and gaze about, Bolt crossed the line in just 9.69 seconds with his left shoelaces coming loose. The effort broke his own world record of 9.72s, set earlier this year. You have to wonder how fast this man could run if he really tried. Video Also see: Bolt’s 200m Record
  • Olympic Start Gun Gives Advantage to Runners on Inside Lanes

    23 Jul 2008 | 10:17 am
    In races where milliseconds count, runners can’t afford any type of disadvantage. Unfortunately for this year’s Olympians, the use of an old technology will give a slight advantage to the runners assigned to the inside lanes of the track. This problem is introduced because “loud guns” are still employed at the Olympics Games. These are starting guns that fire blank cartridges, creating a loud “bang” to alert athletes of the start. Although sound travels through air very quickly, it does have a finite speed, meaning that the runners closest to the gun will…
  • How Fast Can Humans Run?

    22 Jul 2008 | 6:24 pm
    The average human walking speed is in the neighborhood of 3 mph (4.8 km/h). How fast do you think you could run at a full sprint? 10 mph? 15 mph? What speed could you average over 26.2 miles? Below, I have taken several men’s and women’s world records and calculated the runners’ average speed. Usain Bolt has averaged over 23 miles per hour in both the 100 and 200 meter events. Men’s World Records Translated Into Average Speeds Event Record Athlete mph ft/s km/h m/s 60 m (indoor) 6.39 s Maurice Green 21.00 30.81 33.80 9.39 100 m 9.58 s Usain Bolt 23.35 34.25 37.58 10.44…
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    Make It a Masterpiece

  • Longest, Fastest Bike Ride

    21 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    In recent memory, that is.  24 miles at a pace of about 13 mph.  The first ride over 18 miles, and the first over 12 mph. I don't think I worked any harder on this ride than I have before - it's just a slightly easier route with fewer hills, mostly on trails that were once railroad tracks, hence not steeply graded.  Also the wind was not strong and, as with hills, wind hurts more than it helps.Walk tomorrow if there is an opening in the rainclouds.Splits: to BC Park 14:36, to GW 14:20, to GW Mile 12 - 6:36, reverse to PPK 25:11, reverse to Zeph 21:40, to BC Pk 11:52, to home…
  • Blogging Again

    20 Jun 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Since the most-recent hamstring injury on June 3 I have run very  little and blogged even less.  I have been busy, though, mostly biking, one ride of 18 miles and several shorter ones, working hard.More important, I have been walking.  For some reason the hamstring doesn't hurt when I walk, only when I run, so there is a possibility that I could actually walk a marathon with no running at all.  For now that's my training plan, walking (fast) and only a little running, maybe 15 seconds per mile.  That's all!  It feels so good to run that it's hard to run that…
  • Crap Crap Crap

    7 Jun 2015 | 7:27 pm
    The hamstring injury is back.  So much for being careful.  The hamstring failed last Wednesday at about mile 3 of a 4-mile run/walk, running just one third of the paces.  I was indeed very careful, by the way, still building up slowly from the initial injury.  I haven't blogged about it until now because I'm so disgusted.Unfortunately I didn't recognize the injury right away - it seemed to be in the back of the knee or even below the knee at first - so for a short distance I kept trying to run, thereby exacerbating the injury somewhat.  Unlike the first time, though,…
  • Six Mile Run

    2 Jun 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Monday, June 1, 2015:I'm still gradually increasing the mileage of the runs, keeping the 1 to 2 run/walk ratio the same and mostly not running two days in a row.  In this case two days passed, plenty of time to heal.6.13 miles in 1:12:02, for a pace of 11:45.  Not bad.  No Pains.
  • Nice 5-Mile Run

    29 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Building back up from the hamstring injury.  Today I ran/walked in a ratio of 1 to 2, five miles in 1:01:41, for a pace of 12:19.  It seems like the pace should work out to be a little quicker, especially since I pushed the run/walk ratio a little on downhills, but the figures don't lie.  Anyway that run/walk ratio and pace are fine for a marathon and good enough for my current training.  I'd like to reach a level where I can comfortably do a marathon in less than six hours, in decent weather at least.  But first I have to get past the current hamstring injury, and to…
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  • 2015 RBR Summer Cross Country Challenge, Week Three, Day Two, by Larry Eder

    Larry Eder
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Jenny Simpson wins USA 1500m title! Photo by PhotoRun.netJenny Simpson is 2011 WC gold, 2013, WC silver and one of toughest racers over the distance. She has just won the USA 1,500m title and moves on to Beijing now to race the worlds' best. Jenny Simpson embraced cross country early in her career to help build her endurance, and also, because, well, it was just fun! Train this summer to race well in the fall! Week 3: Getting the Habit StartedMake sure you're doing your runs on a variety of surfaces--dirt, grassy fields, sand, road, track. It's good for the feet and helps you…
  • Ten Top Performances of the 2015 Diamond League (Halfway), by Cathal Dennehy

    Larry Eder
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Pedro Pichardo, Numero UNO moment for first half of DL 2015 ! photo by PhotoRun.netWe asked Cathal Dennehy to opine on the top ten moments of the first half of Diamond League 2015! Here is what he thinks, how about your ideas? Write to me at  Seven down, seven to go. With the Diamond League on hiatus in recent weeks to accommodate such events as the US Championships and European Team Championships, we now prepare to get back on track with meeting number eight in Paris this weekend. To mark the halfway point in the calendar, we take a quick look back and count…
  • 2015 USATF Outdoor Champs, full results, June 25-28, 2015

    Larry Eder
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:06 pm
    The 2015 USATF Outdoor Champs will be remembered, I believe, for the emergence of several athletes and the departure of some as well.Cragg, Huddle, Flanagan, Infeld, in Women's 10,000m, photo by PhotoRun.netThat is the excitement of our sport; athletes put all of their hard work for the last year or more, on the line, to finish in the top three in the US Champs. Make the top three, or you do not go! Yet, there are more stories to our hallowed championships. Here are the complete results of the USATF Outdoor Championships, from rounds to finals, courtesy of USATF. I found myself very…
  • Thanks "Zeke": in praise of the Dean of the Decathlon, Frank Zarnowski, by Elliot Denman

    Larry Eder
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    Dr. Frank Zarnowski, aka "Zeke", the dean of the decathlon, photo courtesy of  USATF.TVIf one had been to a decathlon competition in the past forty years, then, one had heard the thoughtful, lucid voice of Zeke, aka Dr. Frank Zarnowski. The guy knows so much about the decathlon, and his preparation for announcing multi events sets the standard, quite frankly, for how athletics should be covered. In 2012, his announcements on Ashton Eaton's WR Decathlon was one of the highlights of my 42 years of watching or running in track meets. Elliott Denman, working in that hot, humid,…
  • [Audio] Rick Higgins, SVP, Merchandising/Marketing, Skechers Performance Division, the RBR Interview, by Larry Eder

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:07 am
    The Skechers Performance story is fascinating. The GoRun product was developed around one athlete at the beginning-Meb Keflezighi. When Meb told me in 2012 that he was training without orthotics, I knew he had found something that worked for him. Skechers had many challenges getting into running. Run Specialty is suspect from day one of anyone new and one with their own retail chain makes it even harder on the Skechers sales team. Rick Higgins, SVP, Merchandising/Marketing, Skechers Performance DivisionGoRun product and GoWalk (which is one of the largest selling shoes in…
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    Runnergirl Training

  • 3 Ways To Improve Nutrition

    runnergirl training
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Here are a few ways to improve your nutrition!
  • Sports Drinks Info

    runnergirl training
    26 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    This is great scientific information for choosing a sports drink.
  • Food Combining Rules

    runnergirl training
    21 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Check out some great information on food combining here!
  • Plantar Fasciitis Help

    runnergirl training
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Check out these 5 suggestions for relief from plantar fasciitis here.
  • Teas For Weight Loss

    runnergirl training
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Here are a few teas which may help with weight loss.
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    Sweet Victory

  • First Love

    Marcus Grimm
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
    It’s never too late to find love.I had a dog once, rebooted from a home thatApparently had no toys.When we got her, we offered up a buffet ofballs, bones and other expensive forms ofmolded rubber and plastic. She ignored them all,disinterested to find even a moment of bliss- in any one of them.She lived this way for quite some timeSeemingly okay with a life without material- affection.One day, she came across a cloth mouseLong since discarded by the cat who now favored- killing the real thing.In a single moment, she became somethingwe’d never seen before. Bringing it everywhereplayfully…
  • Father's Day 2015

    Marcus Grimm
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Were he alive, my father would not have been on Facebook.He lived in three dimensions, not two.He guzzled cheap beer when he was healthy and sipped blackberry brandy when he wasn't.He cut firewood in the late fall, sometimes with an axe sometimes with a chainsaw but always with snot dripping from his nose.I stacked the wood, going from annoyance to indignation until I finally came out the other endWith pride.I held flashlights while he skinned his knucklesOn everything.Late evening he'd watch the ballgame with a beer.I'd trace the veins on his hands, smell the Old Spice on his face and the…
  • Diabetes Camp

    Marcus Grimm
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:11 pm
    We come, young, old, etc.Those observing must wonder What common trauma unites, bondsBrings us all together - for this.First day check-ins, eager grinsMostly someWondering what the hell they'd gottenInto.For some it takes hours for othersDays but a week for all is Plenty good to feel a sense of Something you haven't - before.We sweat, we cry, we bleed oneDrop at a time confirming, affirming thatWhat makes this perfect is nothing- moreThan our own imperfections.An observer might say oh:Sweat, tears, blood - it's salt thatBrings you all here but they'd be deadWrong…
  • Diabetes Blog Week - Day 4 - Changes

    Marcus Grimm
    15 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    Today's topic: changes I want for diabetes.Great topic, as it gets to the heart of my interest in coming to Aspire Ventures and doing work for Tempo Health.To be clear, I don't need another diabetes app that allows me to log my stuff, even though we're building one. I don't need another place to put old news, and I really don't need another place to put data that's already been logged someplace else.What I want and what I need is insight. I need something that can comb through my data and find the trends that will lead me, and others, to better control. While my relationship with my endo is…
  • Diabetes Blog Week - Day 3 - Clean it Out

    Marcus Grimm
    13 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Today's post asks, "What needs to be cleaned out about our diabetes, either physically or emotionally?"I think you'll see some great posts today about the emotional burden of diabetes. You won't find that here, though.What you will find is a short commentary about how health insurance has changed what it means to be a diabetic in the US.What you see there is my back-up closet of supplies. There's probably about two years worth of Medtronic supplies (as well as two out of warranty pumps), and a much smaller supply of first generation Omnipods. (Let's be honest; the batteries in the Omnipods…
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    Trail Running Blog

  • San Diego Fair 5K Race Report

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:40 pm
    I seem to always run a short, fun race the week after a tough, long race. This is actually ideal though since I’d rather get the hard one out of the way first so I can enjoy the easier one. The San Diego Fair 5K is a fairly new race that takes place around the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where the San Diego Fair takes place. It’s a little different to run through the fairgrounds before they open so you don’t experience all of the crowds, rides, attractions and deliciously fried foods. One of the perks for running this race is that it acts as a ticket to the fair for the day as well…
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon Race Report

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:39 pm
    The last destination race I ran was at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas half marathon, which is definitely a tough act to follow. Fortunately, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle half marathon was just as much fun, although a little different when it came to pre and post-race activities. Most people have enough trouble as it is to fit in some type of workout when traveling, having to run a half marathon is a whole other issue. But I knew I would be able to run it around my average time. The plan was to spend the day in Vancouver and then drive back to Seattle the night before the race.
  • Train for Your Cycling Adventure

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:14 pm
    If you love to travel and you are an avid bicyclist, going on a bike tour can be the perfect vacation. Even if you’re just getting started with bicycling, a cycling adventure can be an unforgettable journey. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a novice, you’ll need to devote 12 weeks to getting in shape for your tour. Preparation will include physical training, eating the right foods to fuel your body, and gathering the equipment and apparel you’ll need. A typical weekly-training schedule will include four days of bicycling, two days of cross training, and one day of rest. The number…
  • UCSD Triton 5K 2015 Race Report

    10 Jun 2015 | 12:42 am
    This is my 3rd time running the Triton 5K (the same number of years they started hosting this race on a weekend vs Fridays when I was still in school). And unless I decide to move away from San Diego, I don’t see myself not running this race. It’s a great way to support my alma mater and it gives me an excuse to visit the campus. I was hoping for a slightly faster time, but it’s still good nonetheless. Results: 19:48 (6:23 min/mile), 8/167 age group, 77/2,478 overall. You’d think I’d learn to pace myself in this race since it was my 3rd time, but it didn’t…
  • Puma Ignite Running Shoe, T-Shirt & Shorts Review

    26 May 2015 | 9:34 pm
    I still remember wearing my first pair of Puma shoes back in high school. I forget the model name, but I believe they were just a regular pair of sneakers that I wear to school almost every day. They were pretty comfortable, but definitely lacked enough support to use as running shoes (although, I do recall a few times where I did use them that way as I was running to class to avoid the tardy bell). I don’t even know if Puma made running shoes back then. But they do now, with this new Ignite collection. When I heard about it, I was skeptical since not all shoe companies can just up and…
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    Team Cross Runs

  • Functional Training

    24 Jun 2015 | 4:38 am
    The idea of Functional Fitness has been around for awhile.  I’m not 100% sure of its origins, but it is based around the idea that going to the gym and lifting weights doesn’t necessarily make you strong enough to do every day tasks. Say that you can bench press 300 pounds but you can’t move a couch across the room – you are really strong, but lack functional fitness. Your 300 pound bench is meaningless in real life. Your fitness lacks a daily function. Crossfit is a huge proponent of Functional Fitness.  I’m not sure what flipping tires has to do with daily…
  • 8 Weeks to Wellness

    14 Jun 2015 | 12:52 pm
    At least that’s the idea behind my organization’s wellness policies.  To be eligible for discounted co-pays (or in my case a gift card) you have to complete a health assessment and some type of wellness activity.  The activity should be based on your health assessment has to be logged into the insurance company’s system and be approved.  A variety of wellness activities can be completed to obtain the rewards. We gathered a team for a district wide volleyball tournament and in the 2 hours of volleyball playing we earned the desired reward.  I’m not quite sure how 2…
  • June Goals

    2 Jun 2015 | 7:36 pm
    June is here already? Wow!  May has been a crazy month!! I wouldn’t ever choose to have a major life transition, like buying and selling a house at the end of the school year again!  In May we traveled to Ohio for my brother’s graduation, then I flew back (almost getting stuck at the airport) to MN so I could finish packing the house while the family stayed in Indiana.  Then on the 15th we sold our house and drove directly to close on purchasing our house. Then we drove to our new home and started unloading!! Within 10 days we had all the boxes into our house and hosted a…
  • May Goals!

    3 May 2015 | 7:18 pm
    April was quite a busy/weird month.  At the end of March we decided to sell our house and buy a new one! So we began April frantically cleaning and getting our house staged for selling while also looking at new houses.  In less than 2 weeks of signing a contract with a real estate agent we had a purchase agreement for both a new house and selling our current house!  The rest of April was a blur of purging, packing, cleaning, and trying to maintain some regular life! We were fortunate that Christy’s parents had already planned to come up over spring break so they were able to watch…
  • First Blush: Dickie’s Scramble

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    A brutally hilly ride on a super windy day! I finished, it was definitely a challenge to keep moving. Support my efforts to provide clean water in the Congo!
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    japan running news

  • Hakodate Half Celebrates 25 Years With Wins From Gizae and Kato

    Brett Larner
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:13 am translated by Brett Larner Now in its 25th year, 4500 runners from across the country ran Hokkaido's Hakodate Half Marathon on June 28, coming for the seaside course and staying for the legendary hot spring resorts.  A fall race up to now, this year the Hakodate Half saw its entry numbers swell by 1000 this year with a move to a June race
  • Hara and Mochizuki Win Second Lake Saroma 100 km Titles

    Brett Larner
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm translated and edited by Brett Larner A total of 3827 people took part in the 30th anniversary Lake Saroma Ultramarathon in Hokkaido on June 28, challenging their own limits as they ran with support and warm cheering from volunteers, local residents of the towns of Yubetsu,
  • Preliminary Japanese Team Announced for Beijing World Championships

    Brett Larner
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:51 am
    by Brett Larner National Championships results, videos and reports: Day 1 ・ Day 2 ・ Day 3 Following this weekend's National Track and Field Championships in Niigata, the Federation announced a preliminary lineup of athletes of 23 athletes, 17 men and 6 women, for the Japanese national team for August's World Championships in Beijing.  Other athletes who finished in the top 3 in their events at
  • Hatase Sets Shot Put National Record, Murayama Over Osako on Last Day of National Track and Field Championships

    Brett Larner
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:09 am
    by Brett Larner click here for Day One and Day Two results  photo by rikujolove, videos by 陸上競技動画集 and naoki620 Eight more athletes scored places on the Japanese team for August's Beijing World Championships on the last day of the National Track and Field Championships, and despite high winds and rain three records fell.  Satoshi Hatase (Gunma Alsok) set a men's shot put national record of
  • Fujimitsu, Fukushima, Ogita, Tobe and Yoroizaka Top National Track and Field Championships Day Two

    Brett Larner
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
    by Brett Larner click here for Day One and Day Three results videos by 陸上競技動画集 and naoki620 Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Team Asahi Kasei) joined the list of athletes scoring guaranteed places on the Beijing World Championships with a solo 28:18.53 win in the men's 10000 m on Day Two of the Japanese National Track and Field Championships June 27 at Niigata's Big Swan Stadium.  Past 1500 m and 5000 m
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    Jill Will Run

  • Lessons Learned about Protecting Your Vision

    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    This post (Lessons Learned about Protecting Your Vision) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I was invited to sit in a webinar from The Vision Council about protecting your vision. I almost dismissed the invite, I have lots on my agenda each day. But then I noticed a factoid they included: “1 in 4 people rarely or never wear sunglasses.” And when I saw that, I knew that was said as a negative thing and I knew that I fit into that statistic. Also… I knew that my eyes hurt all the time. So I figured that perhaps I should be sitting in on this event! The webinar was…
  • Men’s Health Week: June 21-27

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    This post (Men’s Health Week: June 21-27) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill The man cold… I don’t know how many times and places I’ve shared this, but it NEVER GETS OLD for me. NEVER! See, the thing about men (or at least those in my life) is they rarely visit doctors unless they are absolutely dying, then they expect the women in their lives to know the answers to all their health problems. I recently learned that Men’s Health Week is June 21-27* and (like so many things in this world) it’s often up to us women to remind the…
  • Friday Fête

    19 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    This post (Friday Fête) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Recently I asked on Facebook for some ideas about indoor activities for almost-3-year-olds. Sometimes during the summer in Vegas, you just gotta treat it like the winter elsewhere… there’s no way you’re playing outside because the weather just isn’t cooperating. And my kid would probably be perfectly content playing on the iPad all day. But I don’t want her to be on it all day. I admit, I do let her use the iPad. Apparently if you cop to that online you’re a crummy parent. She loves the show Go…
  • It’s Getting “Hot in Herre”

    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    This post (It’s Getting “Hot in Herre”) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Why does Nelly need two R’s in that song title? Whatever… all I know is that things are getting smokin’ hot here in Vegas… and not in the ways indicated in that song. It’s all about the barometer baby. (Okay, no more stupid late 90’s / early 2000’s rap references.) This is the reality here in Vegas right now: Each day the news outlets tell me this: We have over 4x the amount of degrees as there are Republican presidential candidates. Seriously, this is…
  • Quickie Fitness

    16 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    This post (Quickie Fitness) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I do not have a gym membership. I gave it up when I entered treatment for my eating disorder. The gym wasn’t a healthy place for me and it was the right thing to do. However, that meant that I kind of stopped doing strength training at that time too. I know I need to do it. But I also know that I’m not going to sign up for a gym membership again right now. I just don’t see that I would have the time to go these days. But the past couple of weeks I’ve been finding ways to squeeze in some more strength…
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    Just Your Average Joggler

  • Running: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:35:55

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    Super easy run to rest my legs. Longer run tomorrow Activity: Running Distance: 2.96 mi Duration: 00:25:54 Activity Link:
  • Running: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 08:07:24

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:07 am
    My legs are tired Activity: Running Distance: 4.13 mi Duration: 00:35:52 Activity Link:
  • Running: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 08:04:43

    27 Jun 2015 | 1:04 am
    Activity: Running Distance: 3.35 mi Duration: 00:29:27 Activity Link:
  • Running: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:19:09

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    Run home from lunch with MFFHS Activity: Running Distance: 11.08 mi Duration: 01:40:35 Activity Link:
  • Running: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:54:12

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Easy humid run. I felt sluggish Activity: Running Distance: 4.15 mi Duration: 00:35:15 Activity Link:
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    The Happy Runner

  • Free online natural solutions class.

    The Happy Runner
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Hi! I have received a lot of comments from people who are interested in learning more about essential oils but they can't make it to my classes -- either because of location or scheduling conflicts. So, I'm turning to the web and videos to provide an alternative to the in-person class :-)In this self-paced, online class you'll learn what essential oils are, how to use them, and how to get the highest-quality oils in your home.I have had amazing successes with essential oils and have incorporated them into many areas of my life. I clean with them, use them in my facial cleansers and…
  • April and May.

    The Happy Runner
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    Well. Here I am, two months after my last post. Where have those two months gone?They were filled with baseball games, birthday celebrations, and essential oils classes, mostly! It really has been a bit of a whirlwind around here.I also got in some running and have been progressing fairly nicely.April miles: 59.3May miles: 63.9Compare that to where I started the year -- a measly half-mile at the end of January -- and, hooray! I'm happy for the miles I'm running these days.I'm also happy for the fun my two boys have been having playing baseball. The regular season has ended for both of them…
  • Post-running injury disorder.

    The Happy Runner
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:17 pm
    As I've been making my way back from my hamstring injury in November, I've realized something about myself: I am, on the one hand, full of joy because I am running. On the other hand . . . I am full of fear . . . because I am running.This is real.I've been contemplating signing up for a 5K now that I'm able to run 5 miles comfortably. But, I haven't pulled the trigger. I just keep contemplating it.And I keep talking myself out of signing up.Why? Because I'm afraid of re-injury, sure. But why else? Because I'm -- and this is so vain I don't even like to admit it -- well, I'm afraid my race…
  • Get started with essential oils.

    The Happy Runner
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    One thing I hear from people who are interested in essential oils is that they aren't sure where to start. The whole essential oil thing seems overwhelming. What to buy, how to use it, where to find information.If that sounds like you -- you're interested in enhancing your health and wellness with natural solutions but you're confused and don't know where to start -- then today is you're lucky day!I'm here to help :-)If you just want quick info -- and don't want to read through all my background stuff -- feel free to go right to my doTERRA web site. You'll find a lot of good info and a quick…
  • March recap.

    The Happy Runner
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:47 pm
    And justlikethat my mileage tripled!In February, I ran that half marathon over the course of the month. In March, I logged a full 36.4 miles. Look at me go! Almost 10 miles a week. A far cry from where I was last fall -- and also a far cry from the big fat zero miles I ran in December and the half mile I ran in January!So, there's that. And I'm not mad about it.In fact, I'm thrilled. Because, really, my running is picking up right as the weather is brightening up. And what could be better than that?I'm ready for April! Ready for more miles! Ready for springtime running!Almost . . .
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  • Golden Gran Fondo (GGF) Week 7

    14 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Eased right off this week. A bit on the trainer at the start and a bit of climbing on Sunday, all the days in between I was foam rolling, using my Compex and Body Buffing my legs as much as possible! Monday; Off! Tuesday; just couldn’t stay away! Caltech 30 miles with a 30 minute/8 mile warm up, so yeah 38 miles Wednesday; West Vidette 20 miles. 45 minutes of aerobic Endurance riding ranging from 50-80% FTP. Additional 30 minutes easy spin Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Off! Sunday; joined Becca and rode a couple of local hilly loops. 30 miles. First ride since Wednesday as babying a pissy…
  • Golden Gran Fondo (GGF) Week 6

    7 Jun 2015 | 11:49 am
    Writing this in hindsight gives me the opportunity to facepalm myself. As noted last week my knee was getting pissy so instead of easing off what did I do…pile on the miles and made sure that they were all on the trainer! d’uh! Here is the week: Monday; Black 18 miles. Endurance ranging from 50-80% FTP Tuesday; Caltech 35 miles. 3 sets of 3x3-minute Attack & Recover intervals with very short, 1-minute recoveries between intervals & 4-minute recoveries between sets of A&R's. Wednesday; Coliseum. 25 miles. 90 minutes of aerobic Endurance ranging from 50-80% FTP. Legs were a bit…
  • Golden Gran Fondo (GGF) Week 5

    31 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    Another big week to finish up the month but a step back from the previous two weeks. With hindsight I got a bit carried away with the accumulating mileage and now my knee is pissed at me. It feels very similar to the issues I had back I February when I was piling on the running miles and with such a big jump in cycling I am sure it’s teetering on the edge of over use. With that said, here is the week: Monday; off. Nailed it! Tuesday; Triple Divide 28 miles. 3 sets of 3x3-minute VO2max repeats at 110-120% FTP with equal, 3-minute recoveries between intervals & 10-minute recoveries…
  • Pactimo; Match your Ride Bundles

    27 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Pactimo have just made it significantly easier for you to look sharp and be super matchy-matchy on your bike. Last month they introduced a new concept called “Match your Ride”. This allows you to color match a jersey, bib (or shorts) and cap to your bike’s color scheme…ingenious right! Color schemes are available in 11 colors; Celeste (PAC 3375) Kelly Green (PAC C-019) Lime Green (PAC 376) Manic (PAC C-005) Neon Pink (Rhodamine) Pactimo Red (PAC 485) Royal Blue (PAC 2995) Violet Warm Red (PAC/C) White Yellow That pretty much covers anything you could possibly be riding. The top and…
  • Golden Gran Fondo (GGF) Week 4

    25 May 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Building on the back of last week this week just got bigger. Albeit only be a smidge but bigger is bigger and it done with one less day riding in the week, here is how it shook out; Monday. Rest. First day in nine and only the second on this moth to date Tuesday. FTP Test. To be honest I was disappointed my FTP increased by a only one point! I am always torn by these test to ride the line which will result in a minimal increase or to go all out which it doable for the 2 x 8 minute test but then is not sustainable especially when getting into the longer rides. Still that said it’s only Week…
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    Run Eat Repeat

  • What to Wear for a 4th of July Race

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I heard a rumor that the 4th of July is the MOST POPULAR 5k and 10k Race Day of the year! That would make sense since Thanksgiving is pretty popular, but the weather can rule out a race in some places. So today we’re talking about what to wear for one of the most popular fun run days = USA Independence Day. Want to run a 5k or 10k on Independence Day? How to find a race: Check out your local newspaper or neighborhood newsletter for smaller races. has bigger races Half has half marathons (Captain Obvious is in the building) What to wear to an Independence Day Race…
  • Watermelon Water Smoothie

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Hello! How’s it going? I’m on week 2 of marathon training! Except I don’t really know what race I’m trying for. I’ll get on that soon. This morning I did a speed run of 1 mile warm up, 4 x 800s at about 7 effort and 1 mile cool down. I saw my little baby duck friends this morning too! I love them so much There are actually a few lil duck families in the river bed and these babies are super tiny. The ones from a few weeks ago are already getting so big! Post run I made a delicious smoothie with: ice, blueberries, vanilla protein powder, hemp seeds and watermelon water. (I blend the…
  • The #1 Reason to Marry a Mexican Girl

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Hello! How was your weekend? I just got home from some fun at my parents’ hanging out with the fam and my favorite tiny person. Love. I started the day with a short run and then a quick wardrobe change for sustenance. Ben and I have been spending some good time together and had a nice little morning walk to get iced coffee and a treat. I headed to my parents to eat all their food and I was not disappointed. They had a ton of ripe avocados! I made some delicious guacamole and flautas. This right here is the #1 reason to marry a Mexican girl: guacamole making skills cannot be matched. Plus…
  • Easy Peanut Butter M&M Cookie Recipe

    28 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    Hello! How’s it going? Today I spent some quality time with my little brother on a wild goose chase for some supplies he needs for summer camp. Long story short we went to the wrong place and then didn’t make it in time to the second place! Boo. And since I really didn’t want the whole day to be a waste I added in a lil fight with my madre. Busted Monican. Well, at least the dogs were happy because I gave them treats.   (Wearing Stitchfix) And after that day I needed a treat too! I made my special 3 ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies but referenced my #3 life rule = Everything is…
  • Road Trip Fails and Food Wins

    27 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Hello! Yesterday was super busy I had a lot of work and errands to knock off my list before hitting the road for a mini-road trip to the Santa Barbara Half Marathon. I was on a mission to get everything done early to hit the road and beat the rush. Unfortunately, the trip was foiled by ridiculous traffic. I got caught behind an accident and was still in Orange County at 7pm. Boo. I made the best of the situation the same way I deal with most situations… I got food! There is some seriously good Chinese food around here and I ate all of it. After a few hours of crawling along the 405 we…
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    Midwest Multisport Life - Finding Adventure in My Backyard

  • Missing the Ocean

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    When summers roll around, I always miss the ocean. Growing up in Southern California, I had Huntington and Newport Beaches a mile from home, and rode my bike there all the time on a dedicated bike path that ran car-free along the Santa Ana River. Amazing to have that out our door. Besides playing in the waves and building sand castles, I also had the opportunity to explore the tide pools at Corona del Mar, easily one of my favorite beaches ever. Across the boating channel lay the infamous Wedge, which in occasion had giant waves that crashed straight onto the sand, injuring many who tried to…
  • RockNBlog: Training for #RnRCHI

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    It's true, I'm back to training for the Rock 'n Roll Series Chicago half-marathon. I wasn't sure if it was going to happen, as the lower leg pain just would not go away. Actually, it still hasn't, I'm just dealing with it better. Some things have happened to help: new attitude, new training plan, and new shoes.Don't forget to use the discount code!Rather than beat my head against the wall by running until the pain became unbearable, I've decided that I'm not worried about "racing" this event and have stopped worrying about anything besides finishing. I've done some 14+ mile hikes in the…
  • Outdoors Dad Father's Day Gift Guide

    17 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    Lagging in the numbers compared to Mother's Day, Father's Day is the stepchild holiday, a day to remember good old dad, that guy that brings home the bacon, has a beer or two, and hopefully tosses a ball around with you once in a while.  That's actually nothing like my dad, but I digress. Hopefully you're celebrating along with your father this weekend, but if not, there's still time to order the perfect gift to show him you're thinking about him. Without further ado, I share the Outdoors Dad Father's Day Gift Guide (Say that 5 times fast).As a member of the TNFLocals, I was lucky…
  • Hiking Nachusa Grasslands

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    When I first heard about the Nachusa Grasslandsin the winter, I was immediately intrigued. Bison in Illinois? Close to Chicago? I had to find out more, so I started planning a visit. The Grasslands are a project of The Nature Conservancy, a private non-for-profit whose mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.Much of northern Illinois is agricultural land, worked for many years, sometimes with respect for the environment, sometimes not. In every case, however, the farming replaces the native environment, which consisted primarily of tall grass prairies and oak…
  • How to Make a Survival Bracelet

    11 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    A true lifesaver, the survival bracelet is not just a pretty piece of jewelry. People have used paracord as tourniquets, slings, climbing aids, and even fishing line (don't ask me if it really works). This weekend, while shopping at our local Army Surplus Store for AirSoft Pistol accessories (belt, holster, etc.), we noticed some paracord bracelets for sale and, on the wall behind them, a large array of parachute cord (AKA paracord) for sale, with buckles sized for children and adults as well. Gaga looked at each other and agreed to give making survival bracelets a try. Turns out it's not…
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    Miss Zippy

  • On a mission (trip)

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:04 pm
    I’m leaving in two days for my week-long mission trip. Commence the freak out. Actually, that has already happened. As I’ve told you before, I am nervous along with excited for this trip to Appalachia. It will all work out and be an amazing experience, I am sure, but that doesn’t mean I feel confident going in.Since the area in Virginia where we are headed is extremely remote, there’s no connectivity. Honestly, I like this aspect. I like being forced into unplugging because I don’t do it enough, yet I’m a big believer in its benefits.Speaking of…
  • I make poor marathon choices

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:06 pm
    From one extreme to the otherThis weekend I cut my long run back to a 10-miler. I’m sitting comfortably at the 14-mile long run range and I don’t need to increase that to 16 until the beginning of July, so I decided to give my body a little break before starting to build up again.The thing was, that 10-miler felt long because this was the most incredibly humid weekend we’ve had this summer. And I know it’s just the start of those conditions–I’m already questioning how I am going to do 20-milers in this steam. Which made me realize: I’ve made really…
  • The workout gods hate me

    11 Jun 2015 | 9:35 pm
    From a better day at the poolFalling completely within the #firstworldproblems category…I swear the workout gods were conspiring against me this week! I finally turned the corner on my energy levels so I was pretty excited to get some cross training back in the picture, along with all my running. Someone thought that should be a challenge for me, however.Let’s start with Tuesday. I had plans to run speed work first thing in the morning with my friends. Everyone knows speed work hurts less with friends, right? So I was definitely looking forward to it. As I’m ready to head out…
  • Summer vegetable tart

    9 Jun 2015 | 9:56 pm
    My closest farmer’s market (about two miles away) is open every Wednesday and I hit it without fail. Last week some summer squashes were showing up, which made me happy because now I can start making one of my family’s favorite summertime dishes, a vegetable tart.The recipe is so easy and brings in all the best that summer has to offer. It’s adaptable, too, because you can just swap out a wheat-based pie crust for something gluten free if that’s what you need. For the record–I buy mine from Whole Foods rather than make it on my own, the latest one being a spelt…
  • Mondays on the run

    7 Jun 2015 | 10:02 pm
    It’s been a while since I’ve updated any of my training, so let’s dig in a bit, shall we? I’m still not feeling 100 percent on the energy scale and have some lingering congestion–this has been the toughest bug to kick that I can remember. The low energy levels have definitely impacted my workouts. Zero swimming for the past couple of weeks; zero yoga; and nothing more than 30 min. or so on the bike. But…I have gotten in all the runs I’ve wanted, plus my strength training. Something had to give, and if I could help it, it wasn’t going to be…
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    Strength Running

  • What can you learn from 115+ interviews with successful athletes?

    Jason Fitzgerald
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Meet Scott Jones. He has 10+ years of experience in the exercise science world and has trained hundreds of athletes (including elites). He’s also the host of Athlete on Fire, a podcast that bridges the gap between elite and …
  • You be the Coach: How Much Base Training is Enough?

    Jason Fitzgerald
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are you familiar with periodization? It’s a geeky term that simply means training should have several different periods leading up to a goal race. When I explained how to plan a running season, I briefly outlined what it …
  • 5 Reasons to Run Beyond the Marathon

    Jason Fitzgerald
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today, I’d like to introduce you to Christine. After coaching her for over three years, this is the inspiring story of her 12-hour ultramarathon. Someone is WAY too happy while running for 12 hours… Christine started training with me in …
  • The Only 2 Technique Tips You Need For Good Running Form

    Jason Fitzgerald
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Running form is a difficult topic to discuss. And it’s a topic that I’d much rather avoid. Why do I want to avoid talking about good running form? A lot of reasons: We all have a unique style of running…
  • Michael’s Back to Back Marathons – With No Bonk, Stress, or Diet Guilt

    Jason Fitzgerald
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Michael is a runner who is willing to tackle monstrous goals. Not only did he qualify for and run the Boston Marathon last April, he also decided to take on the Boston to Big Sur Challenge.  If you’re not familiar …
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    No Meat Athlete

  • The Social Challenges of Eating Plant-Based (and How to Deal with Them) (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:50 am
    NMA Radio co-host Doug recently attended a bachelor party, where while discussing meals for the weekend, it became clear that one of the guys wasn’t comfortable with Doug’s being a vegan. We’re all having meat. What are you going to eat, Doug? Carrots? We’ve all been in this situations like this. It’s that moment at a restaurant, party, or dinner when all of a sudden people realize you’re vegan or vegetarian, and don’t know how to react. Before you can even say a word, someone gets defensive or pokes fun of your diet. So what do you do? Usually, we…
  • A New Method for Creating Changes that Last (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    When it comes to the best way to create a new habit, there’s a great schism in the personal development world. One classic approach is massive action. You go all-in, all at once, and you hope that by sheer force, lots of willpower, and a huge initial surge of motivation, you’ll be able to make your change last. The other way is the small steps method. Here, you begin with the smallest possible step in the right direction, so small that you can’t possibly put it off for later. Then you repeat it each day, gradually taking on just a little more, and eventually, your change becomes a…
  • Which Type of Runner are You? (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:13 am
    The Old-Timer. The Selfie Runner. The Kicker. We’ve all seen these runners and thought to ourselves, “I’ll never be that guy.” I hate to break it to you, but you might be that guy. Or girl. Or one of the nearly 20 other runner types we discuss in today’s podcast. The inspiration for this episode comes from Mark Remy’s The Runner’s Rule Book, and his “14 Types of Runners” list. The funny, lighthearted list takes a good-natured jab at just about every single one of us (so if you can’t laugh at yourself, then this episode isn’t…
  • 5 Food Trends that Fascinate Me (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    This post is the fifth in a series of six that I’m doing in a sponsor partnership with the Cherry Marketing Institute. As always, words and opinions are mine. “Put butter in your coffee; it’ll give you more energy and it’s better for you.” “Eat low-carb, mostly fat … it’ll help you run longer.” And my favorite: “Stop eating food, just drink Soylent!” When I think of food trends, this is what I think of. Internet sensations that flare up and often fizzle out just as quickly. (Actually, I’m not being fair to the three I…
  • Chef AJ and Calorie Density: The Secret to Losing Weight? (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:22 am
    A few weeks ago I published an interview with my wife, Erin, about her recent success losing 18 pounds in just a few months, with the help of Chef AJ’s weight loss program. That episode was the most downloaded release in No Meat Athlete Radio history, and the feedback and questions about the program have come in ever since. So to help answer those questions, and dive deeper into the philosophies behind AJ’s approach to healthy weight loss, I asked Chef AJ herself to join me for an interview. During this episode you hear Chef AJ’s fiery, funny, former-standup-comic…
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    Rx Sorbo

  • Ballet Shoe Insoles: Choose the Style That is Right for You

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    The word ‘ballet’ is French, and the language of ballet is French: relevé, en-pointe, grand pliés. Lyrical language to go with lyric dance. Unfortunately, there is another language associated with ballet, Latin. As in: tendinitis, flexor hallucis tendinitis, anterior talofibular ligament. This what you’ll be hearing at the doctor’s office, which is why you should consider ballet shoe insoles (dance shoe insoles) before injuries occur. Ballet Shoe Insoles: That Ounce of Prevention If you wear ballet shoes for any reason (dance performance or just as a fashion statement), the key is…
  • Choosing Golf Shoe Insoles Informative Blog Post Available, Announces RxSorbo

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    RxSorbo, a leading online retailer of top-rated shoe insoles, is excited to announce the availability of a new blog post on choosing golf shoe insoles. “Now that Spring is has definitely arrived, I know that men and women all over the country are going to be rushing out to the links to get in a long-delayed game of golf.” explained Rj Yozwiak, Manager of RxSorbo. “And while I wish them all the best, and hope they enjoy the game, I would also sound a note of caution, particularly directing this warning to first-time golfers. Just because golf does not seem like a high-impact sport, there…
  • How to Select a Walking Shoe Insole - 5 Tips

    19 Jun 2015 | 5:57 am
    Walking is the #1 sport in America. Walking is one of a baby's first milestones. Walking is something most of us do everyday, and we take it for granted. Until we don't. Until our feet hurt, and it's time to think about shoe insoles. Here are some tips about selecting a great walking shoe insole Don't Wait. Don't wait until your feet hurt so bad, or problems have gotten so serious that you need to see a podiatrist. If your feet start hurting, especially if they hurt repeatedly, pay attention to your feet. They are telling you to think about your behavior, up to and include shoe choice. Select…
  • The Best Walking Shoe Insoles for Trade Shows: Some Thoughts

    19 Jun 2015 | 3:23 am
    Trade shows and trade conferences occur in nearly every industry. From massive shows such as the Consumer Electronics Show each year in Las Vegas, to more modest yet industry-specific shows like the annual convention of the Museum Store Association of America - trade shows are here to stay. At a trade show, there are both exhibitors and attendees. Both spend lots and lots of time on their feet, and it's a common complaint that at the end of the day, "one's dog's hurt."  Here are some tips about selecting walking shoe insoles / inserts if you are going to a big trade show. Invest in quality…
  • High Arch Insole Reviews: Read Them, But No Substitute for First-Hand Experience

    12 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    What if high arch insole reviews where the reason that the entire Internet was constructed? Crazy talk? Bear with me. Let’s pretend the Web exists for the sole purpose of hosting high arch insole reviews. Paradise, right? You’re just a few clicks away from online-shopping nirvana, since other people can tell you exactly what’s going to work best for you, right? See the flaw here? Those high arch insole reviews are all well and good, but what that really matters is your own experience. Who Are You Going To Believe? There is also matter of trust. Consider how many results you get for a…
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  • Tech Talk: Adidas Boost

    Lauren Malm
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    In 2013, Adidas launched a new technology they claimed could revolutionize the running industry—the Boost midsole. Now two years later, almost every shoe in Adidas’ running line (as well as many of its other sports footwear) are equipped with Boost technology. Plus, other running brands are launching their own version of the technology for Spring 2016. So, what makes it so special? Most running shoes use an EVA foam-rubber midsole. Not Boost shoes. Instead, the midsole is made up of tiny spheres of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Developed by BASF Global, the world’s leading chemical…
  • Shoe Spotlight: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15

    Katie Frasier
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The Brooks Adrenaline GTS  is back and it’s better than ever. In honor of this no. 1 shoe hitting our site with new technology and vibrant new colors, we’re shining a spotlight this month on what makes this style truly great. The GTS line boasts some serious mass appeal. Whether your foot is narrow, wide or somewhere in between, the universal fit can handle it all. That’s why it’s Brooks most popular shoe. Equal parts support, cushion and balance, the new Adrenaline GTS 15 keeps that classic fit while incorporating new Brooks technology for a lighter, cushier ride. The brand-new…
  • 5 Marathons to Add to Your Bucket List

    Erin Chappell
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    Whether you have been running marathons for years, or are new to the marathon community, every runner should have a bucket list full of their dream courses. We know it’s tough to decide where to run your 26.2 miles, so we went through our calendar and chose the five top marathons you’re going to want to check out. It’s up to you to decide which one’s next on your list! 1. Boston Marathon Beginning in 1896, the Boston Marathon is one of oldest and most prestigious races in the world, which makes it a great race to have on your bucket list. Every April on Patriot’s Day, runners and…
  • 4 Racing Flats for Spring Races

    Rachel Kiser
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    With the winter weather dragging on (it has to end soon…right?) it can be hard to muster up the energy to even think about the finish lines at your spring and summer races. But they’re going to be here before you know it! And it’s paramount that you have the best gear to get you to the finish line. If you’re running a shorter distance (or are an efficient runner), racing flats could be something to think about adding to your rotation. They seriously slash the weight of traditional trainers to help you fly on race day. And if you’re gunning for a PR, you know…
  • Tech Talk: Saucony’s New Iso-Series

    Rachel Kiser
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve seen plenty of new technologies grace our warehouse shelves in the past few months, but few were as anticipated as those in Saucony’s Iso-Series. The new tech is found in Saucony’s top echelon of styles: the Triumph, Hurricane and the new Zealot, due out in March. So what’s new? Simply put—everything. The Saucony Triumph ISO ISOFIT. The true calling card of the Iso-Series, the ISOFIT has to be felt to be believed.  In fact, you might say “WHOA” the first time your feet try it. Often times, super cushioned shoes (like those in the Iso-Series)…
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    RunnerDude's Blog

  • Running Rub You the Wrong Way?

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Does running rub you the wrong way? No, I mean literally? If you've ever been a victim of runner's rash or chafing. you know it's no fun. There's nothing worse than being out on a 10-mile run and halfway through you realize the skin between your legs, in the nether region, is ready to ignite. Well, maybe not realizing you've actually chafed until after the run when the shower water hits the irritated area and you scream bloody murder bringing the entire family into the bathroom, is worse...not that that's ever happened to me.So, who gets it and why? Really it can effect anyone. Overweight and…
  • Don't Sabotage Your Workout With A "Reward!"

    16 Jun 2015 | 12:48 pm
    We are definitely a reward-based society. Every time we do something good, we want to be rewardedor recognized. Nothing wrong with a reward, but let's save it for the big stuff, like finishing training for your first 5K race, crossing the finish line of a Marathon, or setting a new PR, not for finishing your Wednesday night workout.We have all been guilty at times of using our "workout" as justification for having that treat. "Oh, I just worked out. Now I can have the beer, candy bar, triple chocolate brownie, sundae, or those fries....oh those fries."Problem is the general public tends to…
  • The Scoop on Poop

    12 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re like me and my running buddies, we’ve had conversations about just about everything under the sun while on the run, but for some reason, poop rarely makes the list. Everyone wants to ask, but often don’t. Maybe it’s looked at as a sign of weakness, because it’s something we feel we can’t control. Or maybe it’s because of our 5th-grade nature to make fun of poop…example just recently when the football player pooped his pants during a play making national news.Well, I don’t’ think much is going to change regarding the humor around poop. It will always be the butt…
  • Take a Tour!

    5 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    Check out the video below to take a quick tour of RunnerDude's Fitness and all it has to offer! After the video, be sure to check out our website! RunnerDude's Fitness Studio Tour from Thad McLaurin on Vimeo.
  • The Perfect Post-Run Recovery Smoothie

    3 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    The optimal refueling window after a long run is 15-30 mins. With a few ingredients on hand, you can whip up this post-run recovery smoothie in no time and be on your way to a quick recovery! Give it a try! RunnerDude Post Run Recovery Smoothie from Thad McLaurin on Vimeo.
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  • Salming T1 Review: A Nice Trail/Mountain Hybrid Shoe

    David Henry
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    by David Henry I hadn’t heard much about the Swedish shoe brand Salming before Pete asked me if I’d be willing to try their debut trail shoe, the T1, for review.  After looking at some of the specs on their website, I saw that many of the features were what I like to see in a trail shoe: 5mm drop, full coverage outsole, and a randed upper.  What I couldn’t see was how well the shoe would ride once I started to run in it.  Read on to see my thoughts, as well as a modification I did to the upper. Specs Via Salming’s website: the Salming T1 weighs 10 oz and has a 5mm…
  • What Riding an Unusual Bike Has to Do With Changing Running Form

    Peter Larson
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    I often find myself telling clients that I work with in the clinic that changing running form is hard. The difficulty is not so much physical – tissues will adapt to a new movement pattern over time. Rather, the challenge is mainly neurological – it’s very hard to make the body move in a new and different way. We each fall into a preferred movement pattern dictated by our anatomy, shoes, surfaces, typical non-running activities, etc., and it requires concerted effort to change. But it can be done with practice – the brain has sufficient neuroplasticity to rewire itself in a way that…
  • New Balance Boracay Review: Small Changes Make a Better Shoe

    Peter Larson
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    Sometimes all it takes is a few small changes to improve a shoe. This was the case with the Hoka Clifton 2, which I reviewed earlier this week. Hoka added a bit of padding to the tongue, an additional lace eyelet, and a new insole, but kept just about everything else on the shoe the same. Fix what’s broken, don’t change what people like – that’s how it should be done. Last year I reviewed the New Balance Fresh Foam 980 and found that although I liked the shoe, it suffered from a fatal flaw that made it unwearable for me on longer runs. The problem was the toebox – it was too pointy…
  • Running Article Recs: Heat Training, Overtraining, Neuroplasticity, and More!

    Peter Larson
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Last year I started sending out a weekly newsletter with recommended articles from around the web. I stopped producing the newsletter in the Fall because it was sometimes tough to come up with articles on a weekly basis, and I simply ran out of steam trying to keep up with it. I thought I might resurrect the recommended article posts on a more sporadic basis, and I’ve read several good articles in the past few weeks that are well-worth sharing. First, Alex Hutchinson discusses the benefits of training in heat to aerobic performance. As someone who tends to suffer when it gets hot out,…
  • Hoka Clifton 2 Review: A Solid Update

    Peter Larson
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    If I were in the habit of giving “best update” awards, the Hoka Clifton 2 would be a solid contender for 2015. It’s not so much that I love the shoe – it’s actually a bit on the soft side for my personal taste. Rather, Hoka did a great job addressing problems that people had with the original version, and didn’t change the things that people liked so much about the shoe. This was a wise choice – Running Warehouse reports that the original Clifton was their top selling shoe in 2014, so messing with success runs the risk of alienating fans of a wildly popular shoe (you can read my…
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  • My First Run: Patricia Hensley

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    We all remember our first. Our first run, that is. We recently asked our readers to share stories from the first time they laced up their sneaks and hit the streets  (or treadmill or trails). Below Patricia Hensley shares her story. Want to submit yours? Email us! At the age of 61, I became a widow and moved […]
  • Running and osteoporosis

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Osteoporosis is bone disease that occurs when you lose too much bone or when your body doesn’t make enough bone. The condition leads to thin and weakened bones, and increases the risk for fractures. Osteoporosis weakens the bones so much that they break easily. Fractures can happen as the result of falls or from something […]
  • How to breathe properly when running

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Breathing is one of those things we don’t think much about. Luckily, our bodies do it for us so we don’t have to worry about the mechanics of it. Except when it comes to running. It’s not unusual for someone new to running to have difficulty controlling their breathing at first. You may feel like […]
  • I’m supposed to run but … I feel dehydrated (practical running advice)

    22 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    THE PROBLEM: If you wake up feeling excruciatingly thirsty, have a headache, and are kind of grumpy, you’re likely dehydrated. Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration include: Thirst Headache Dizziness Weakness Sleepiness Feeling sluggish Dry mouth and skin Muscle cramps Constipation Not urinating as much as usual Dehydration happens when you lose more fluids through […]
  • From hobby to habit: how I made running stick

    19 Jun 2015 | 11:55 pm
    It wasn’t long too long ago I ran only to stay fit. I turned to running as a mode of exercise because I could do it anytime, anywhere. Well, in theory. The truth is that back then I had all of these excuses in the world not to run. If it was raining, too hot, […]
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    Shut Up + Run

  • How to Run in the Heat and Not Die

    25 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    Quiet! Did you hear that? It’s the sound of runners complaining about the heat. Six months ago it was about the cold. We certainly are a predictable bunch of cyclical whiners, myself included. Whine and moan all you like but be smart. Don’t take the heat lightly. Here are some tips to keep you running outside even in the hottest months. Run at 1:00 a.m. Steal a coffin from the local funeral home and fill it with ice. Plant it somewhere along your run for when you get overheated. I think ultra runner, Scott Jurek, did this at Badwater, so it is the hip thing to do. Soak your underwear in…
  • Back to Running & and the Perfect Summer Recipe (that I created!)

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    I am happy to announce that today I can finally walk down these without crying and cussing. It’s amazing how a staircase can become your personal walk in hell: I can also sit on this gracefully instead of falling down on it because it hurts too much to squat. I am almost by mistake showing you my boob, but not quite. Damn, that race on Saturday beat me up. Ken’s words, “I haven’t seen you like this since your first marathon (2009) when you waddled through the Phoenix Airport.” Okay, I didn’t waddle. Today I was finally able to run again. My legs don’t hurt, but they are still…
  • Leadville Heavy Half Marathon Race Report (2015)

    21 Jun 2015 | 3:05 pm
    The 15.5 mile race I did yesterday was unlike any race I’ve ever done. Mostly because I ran up a mountain and back down again. What? You think I’m lying or embellishing like I usually do? Nope. I’m not experienced at running up mountains or running above tree line up to 13,200 feet. I knew I could do it, but I also knew I would suffer. What I have learned about myself is that I don’t doubt my abilities to finish things, but I can be intimidated and fearful of the pain and fatigue. Let me tell you how we lucked out with the weather. While it was a bit cold driving up in the morning (38…
  • 17 Ways Running Is There for You

    19 Jun 2015 | 9:43 am
    As humans we can come to rely on non-living stuff for support and guidance. While people might let you down and life may take many unexpected and heart breaking twists and turns, there are some constants that remain the same and are always available. Running is one of those. Non-runners get confused why injuries are so tough on runners. People mistakenly believe that running is all about losing weight and keeping in shape. That is only a small part of what running is to runners. Even if you start running for fitness, you keep running for sanity. It is always there. When and if we can’t do…
  • I Never Thought I’d Run In This

    15 Jun 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Remember I told you about that little race I am doing this upcoming weekend in Leadville, Colorado? (15.5 miles, 3,700 feet of climbing up a real live mountain). Here’s an update and photo I just got: Attention Heavy Half Marathon Participants! We are hard at work shoveling through the incredible late season snow on Mosquito Pass for your race! If there was ever a time to say “WTF,” it would be now. I love running because you never know what the hell you are getting into. There are advantages to this scenario: I can lie down and make snow angels when I am tired It is the first time I…
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    Runners Connect

  • 9 Ways to Overcome The Negative Thoughts in a Race

    Coach Tina
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    We hear that running is 90% mental, and we know that once you let those negative thoughts come into your mind, they can quickly send you backwards as your thoughts spiral out of control. So why is there not more out there helping us with the mental aspect of running? We have all been there. That moment in a race when you start to believe the plea to slow down, and you start to actually believe the “I cant do this” thoughts. Before you know it, you are questioning why you put yourself through this. Then you go even further and start to question your sanity; “why would anyone PAY to do…
  • Bone Stimulators & How to Return to Running After a Stress Fracture

    John Davis
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    A stress fracture is a runner’s worst nightmare. It can completely shut down any plans for a season of racing, and worse, the only treatment is that dreaded four-letter-word: rest. Even one or two unplanned days off can be irritating if you’re a serious runner, but being required to take four, six, or eight weeks off to let a stress fracture heal can be truly agonizing. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to speed up that recovery period? Recently, some doctors have been prescribing a special machine called a bone growth stimulator which uses pulsed waves of ultrasound…
  • How RunnersConnect Marathon Training Plans Compare to Other Popular Programs

    Coach Jeff
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Finding a training program that works for you is an essential component to achieving your goals. Not only do you need to find a plan that fits with your individual strengths and weaknesses, but you need to believe strongly in the philosophy behind the plan. My biggest mistake early in my running career was believing I knew it all. As such, I never put my full faith in the training philosophy of my coach. I thought there was a better way, I’d get caught up in the latest “fad” training idea, and I always wanted more mileage and harder workouts. The problem with this approach is that…
  • Menopause and Running: This is What You Need to Know

    Amanda Loudin
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    There are some running related topics that come up over and over: What should I eat before I run? How do I get rid of a side stitch? What can I do about my shin splints? But there are other topics you wonder if you are even allowed to talk about them as they seem to be so taboo. Yet these are the things that need to be discussed. To date, there hasn’t been much attention given to menopause/perimenopause and the impact on running. Perhaps it is because the number of female masters runners was much smaller in previous decades. Or it could be that there just isn’t much research into this…
  • How to Use Age Grade Calculators Effectively

    John Davis
    1 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    A few weeks ago we gave you some suggestions on how you can accept change and progress as a masters runner from our expert masters runner Amanda Loudin. One of the suggestions she made was to use age grading tables to keep your motivation levels high while competing against others. We even created an age grade calculator for you, which you can download yours for free here. You might be wondering: Are age grade calculators even reliable? Today we are going to look into just that. We will dig deeper into the age grading system to clear up some misconceptions, and see how reliable age-grading…
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    Mile Posts

  • Road Runner Sports: New Running Shoes, A Giveaway & A Coupon Code

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Way back in April I promised to tell you what running shoes I ended up going with when I visited Road Runner Sports to get fit for custom insoles and a new pair of kicks. I’m not exactly sure how it’s June – skratch that – how it’s almost July – but we will just […]
  • Goodbye To “Big Red” – Retiring Our Triple Running Stroller

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    This weekend I finally sold my triple running stroller. My kids have been much too heavy for it for over a year {it has been sitting in my garage}, but a part of me didn’t want to let it go. When I was a new mom and older moms or dads would tell me how […]
  • Vertigo & Running?

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:39 am
    I haven’t been writing as often lately here – I have too much to say. Sort of backwards if you think about it, but it’s true. There are so many things I want to write about that I just don’t even know where to begin. There’s that marathon recap I’ve been meaning to write and […]
  • Running With A Stroller Is Hard

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Yesterday I went for an easy 5 mile run. Felt great, was happy to be out there. Started slower and finished faster. A good run. Today is the first Monday of Colton’s summer break which meant I could either get up at 5 am and hop on the treadmill or sleep in and run with […]
  • Without Walls Feature & Running Ramblings

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    27 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    I can’t believe it’s May 27th – this year is going faster than any year of my life. Colton’s last week of pre-school is next week. He still has one more year before he enters kindergarten and this momma is holding out hope that by the time he goes they will switch it from half […]
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    Runtastic Blog

  • Do It Like A Pro – The Best Ways To Track Your Heart Rate

    Runtastic Team
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    You may be wondering why tracking your heart rate is considered an important aspect of an active lifestyle. Many of us choose to run or bike without this additional insight, which usually results in us pushing our body, and thus our heart, to heights which may not only be unhealthy, but also beyond that sweet spot where you burn the most calories and really train as efficiently as possible. Setting your heart rate zone With the Runtastic app, we offer our users the ability to connect various devices to track their heart rate, regardless if it is the Android, iOS or Windows Phone version.
  • Your Salad Is Not As Healthy As You Might Think

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:12 am
    Don’t go swimming with a full stomach – we’ve all heard that sentence. That’s why we opt for light and fresh summer salads when at a lake, pool, or eating lunch at the seaside. Plus, for summer we want to have a sexy summer body, which leads us to choose healthy foods. However, the colorful, low-calorie salad might appear as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It often not only contains fresh vitamins, but also an extra portion of calories… Croutons The little cubes of toasted white bread are soaked in fat. Four tablespoons of them contain approx. 200 calories! Tip: Order your…
  • Here Are Our Users’ Top 22 Running Horror Stories

    Runtastic Team
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Running helps our minds unwind and it’s fun, too. If you like running, you are sure to have had a few weird experiences when on the road… Did you ever get scared, embarrassed, or live a horrible experience while running? We’ve asked our users to share their personal running horror stories with us: Second place. The day my wife won Two racoons that were screaming at me… I gave them a wide berth! I fell off the treadmill and scraped up both my knees No opportunity for a very necessary “pit stop” At 5 a.m. a scary trucker offered to drive me. I have never ran as fast as that day! A…
  • How To Finally Get Rid Of Your Muffin Top – Start Today

    27 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    We all know what I am talking about when I say “muffin top,” right? It’s that stubborn area around your belly that seems to hang over your jeans like the top of a muffin. It’s a common problem area for many women and even men, and today I want to address some myths as well as give you some tools to help you get rid of the muffin top for good. I have 3 things to mention here and they are listed in the order of importance. You have to take control of your diet! What you consume can be your best ally, or your worst enemy when it comes to that belly fat and getting rid of the muffin top.
  • NEW Runtastic T-Shirts Available In Our Online Shop

    Runtastic Team
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:07 am
    Moisture-wicking, comfortable, slim-fit and ideal for all your fitness activities – get the new Runtastic T-Shirt in our Online Shop now.   Many of our users have been asking whether we are planning to sell functional workout shirts. Well, good news: As of now, our brand-new T-Shirt, as well as a variety of other useful fitness gadgets, is available in the Runtastic Online Shop. Stop by & see for yourself! Want one? Just add the T-Shirt to your shopping cart and follow the instructions for check-out. Easy peasy! Start your shopping experience here! The post NEW Runtastic…
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    Angry Jogger

  • Is Addiction To Running A Disease?

    12 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    I would like to thank America and Canada for making the documentary series ‘Intervention’. In case you haven’t heard of it, it features alcoholics and other drug addicts being confronted by their loved ones over their respective habits and then offered the chance to attend a 12 step programme usually in Sedona, Arizona where the addiction is beaten out of them with a combination of guilt, Enya, God and BASEBALL BATS. CRACK ATTACK!!!!! The treatment in Intervention is centred around the ‘addiction is a disease’ concept which is something I have a hard time…
  • Developing A Bad New Habit Whilst Running & My Continued Recovery

    10 Jun 2015 | 11:15 pm
    I’ve developed an awful new habit when running. If I’m trapped behind someone walking really slowly I will start to make the same noise car indicators make when turning, only I’ll take it in turn to flip them the bird in time with each hand. It’s kinda terrifying as it looks like I’m trying to flip gang signs in South Central Tottenham. Dangerous. Becoming consistent with running Over the past few weeks I’ve got back into running in a considerable way. I’ve still a long, long way to go to get back to where I was even this time last year, but I’m…
  • The Art Of Discouraging Yourself From Running.

    2 Jun 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Looking for more excuses for chickening out of your next run? Then look no further than this list. Promise that you’ll run tomorrow. When tomorrow comes you’ll want to run tomorrow. Yesterday is stacked high with your own failed dreams and broken promises. It’s impossible to punch anyone you hate in the face tomorrow. That has to be done now. Lie in bed for an extra hour in the morning instead of going for a run. You will wake up feeling an hour worse off. Turn running into a way of punishing yourself (because you don’t punish yourself enough with your hectic lifestyle…
  • 6 Things That I Learned Through Stopping Running That Helped Me Get Started Again.

    1 Jun 2015 | 8:59 am
    I realised that momentum is everything – Once you stop running it’s really fucking hard to get back into the way of it. For once I truly understood how difficult it is for people trying to get into running in the first place. When you lose your momentum then it’s very scary. The longer you leave it the harder it becomes to get back to where you were. For me it was pretty fucking embarrassing as I’d just published a book about running but I wasn’t running at all. I’d tried to kickstart my running again and I’d maybe have one or two good weeks and then…
  • The 2 Types of ‘Drinking’ Runners I See And Their Relationship To The Booze.

    31 May 2015 | 4:34 pm
    I can’t fucking sleep tonight and I feel quite sad. So I thought I’d write this post about the 2 types of ‘drinking’ runners I see and their relationship with the booze. The teetotal abstinent runner. Reformed, renewed and functioning at 100%. Brought back to sanity by the power of running. Their exercise regime seems to be a part of an inner transformation that has saw them change their diet, outlook and alcohol/drug consumption. This is usually caused by some cataclysmic life event such as waking up next to a dead mailman with weeks of envelopes and DVD cases stuck…
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    Running in late 20s

  • The Eiger E101, The Swissalpine K78 and The UTMB

    16 Jun 2015 | 12:45 am
    The title says it all, in the following 11 weeks I will run three ultras. The Eiger Ultra Trail E101, the Swissalpine K78 and the UTMB.My training is going fairly well and I have three more weeks of intense training before tapering for the Eiger. Last year I finished it in 25 hours and 12 minutes and this year I will try to run it under 22 hours. A week after the Eiger I'll be heading to Davos to run the Swissalpine K78 for my second time. These two races will be my longest training sessions for the UTMB. After the K78 I'll have a week of recovery, two weeks of…
  • One step at a time

    20 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    The UTMB is now only 15 weeks away and I cannot wait for that. Having said that, there are 15 weeks of intense training ahead and I already feel a bit stressed. Training for an ultra is pretty much like running an ultra, both mentally and physically. During an ultramarathon, there are moments - better said "hours" - that you enjoy running. You move forward effortlessly. There are also hours of struggling and pain. There are moments that you seriously question if you can go on, you wonder if you can climb the hill in front of you, sometimes you just thinking of how to take the next…
  • UTMB, 19 weeks to go

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:47 pm
    My training for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc started three weeks ago. The first few weeks of any training plan has always been quite hard. This one was no exception. I started my training on 21 March which is the first day of the year in Iranian calendar. Twisted my left ankle on the second day but with a short rest I recovered quite fast and could manage to cover 140 km in my first two weeks. I also had another problem on my right foot. It is called Bunionette, and that is when the end of the toe got swollen and it can cause pain in different shoes. I visited a doctor and figured out that…
  • Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc training

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:46 am
    2015 is going to be an exciting year. I was successful in the UTMB draw and will be heading to Chamonix in August. UTMB is definitely one of the most amazing ultras in the world. 170 km of trails and 10000 metres of elevation gain demands loads of training. It is far more difficult than what I've done in the past. I am now trying to set a training plan. The race is six months away but it's never to early to start training. There are a couple of races which I want to run in preparation for the big one. Eiger Ultra Trail in July and Swissalpine K78. Eiger is going to be my main training race…
  • Lessons learned from the first DNF

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:38 am
    Last October I tried to run the Cappadocia Ultra Trail and it turned out to be the first race that I didn't reach the finish line. There were a few reasons behind that and a few lessons to be learned.Give your body proper rest after a (or a couple of) big races. I ran the Eiger Ultra Trail E101 in July and the Swiss Irontrail T81 in August. Looking at my training diary there is a significant difference between the amount of training I had prior to the Eiger (April, May, June) and before the Cappadocia Ultra Trail (September, October). During summer I had a massive goal of getting…
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    Mom's Home Run

  • Mommy Power!

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    A group of moms in Carmichael California are getting ready for the California marathon, and are thereby leading by example! In this short film you'll hear several of the advantages that running brings to motherhood.Here they come!RelaxationsDestressing from your daily businessBurning caloriesSwapping stories and experienes with other momsDoing something just for youChildren can play togetherChildren are instant support teamYou lead by examply: do as I doThe Carmichael moms on the run from, and with their kids.
  • Mommy power

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    A group of moms in Carmichael California is getting ready for the California marathon and are thereby leading by example. In this short film you'll see all the things moms gain from running!relaxationgetting rid of stressburning caloriesinteraction with other momsdoing something just for youleading by example: do as I doThe Carmichael moms on the run from, and with their kids.
  • Runners spat!

    Nicole orriëns
    14 Jun 2015 | 2:13 am
    Me and one of my running mates had a big blow up.He was always whining and complaining and wanting me to go slower or take a break. In the end I just snapped and said: 'You know what? I don't want you to be my running mate anymore! Go take a hike!'But this running mate didn't recognize rejection when he was rejected, and kept following me wherever I ran. So I ran a little bit faster, and faster, and faster in an attempt to shake him off, but he stuck to me like glue.I never ran so fast in my life and even broke my personal record. So then I thought: 'Wait a minute! He's actually the perfect…
  • The certainties of running

    Nicole orriëns
    7 Jun 2015 | 12:33 am
    Motherhood is like the Dutch weather: unpredictable. Even if the weather forecast predicts sunny and clear, it may just as well turn out rainy.There's nothing sure about motherhoodIf there's one thing motherhood has taught me it's to go with the flow. Nevertheless, I often long for some certainty. You know, when expectations match with reality. That one plus one is two and not three. That taking the children out bowling equals 'nice outing' en not 'please knock me out with that bowling ball'.But motherhood is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get. Thank you…
  • Running, mothering and boredom

    Nicole orriëns
    30 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    The work of a mom is cyclic. The laundry, the meals, raising the kids: these tasks keep coming back. Sometimes this can leave you with a feeling of drudgery and boredom.How to keep boredom away as a runnerWhen you feel bored as a runner, the advice is to shake things up a little: run a different route, use different speeds, change your way of training. I used to run three times a week for thirty minutes, but now I'm training for the 10 km. Gone is my feeling of boredom: I've got a new goal and a different way of running.Use this method on your work as a momYou can apply this method to your…
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  • Man Up Father’s Day 10k Recap

    24 Jun 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Vacation is over and I made it back home. I’m still running despite some of the issues I’ve had lately but my body has done a great job of telling me when to push and when to hold back. Unfortunately, I’m still performing at a level below where I was a year ago but I’ve been racing when I have the opportunity. It’s a little hard to swallow the slower times, but I’m still not willing to give up the sport that has become such an important part of my everyday life. I have appointments to meet with some specialists to get the issues sorted out, so hopefully this will be a short…
  • Monday Motivation

    22 Jun 2015 | 9:07 am
    Its been a while since I’ve been consistent with these – but I could really use some myself! Happy Monday!
  • Diagnosis #2 – A Running Update

    16 Jun 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Sitting on the beach this afternoon, toes in the sand, I pondered this morning’s run. I’m on vacation so naturally slept in, Cooper and I were way too cozy to depart the bed at 5:30 am. It was close to 8:00 when I hit the road and the sun/temperature was already a blistering 81 degrees with 86% humidity. Of course I had a hard time breathing, I also had a hard time not melting. Last time we talked I was scheduled to see an asthma/allergy specialist to do some more breathing tests, additional allergy testing, as well as discuss exactly what I’m experiencing when I run. After…
  • Running without Air – Asthma Problems

    5 Jun 2015 | 4:36 pm
     Every time I’ve started to write this post I’ve either sat here staring at a blank screen, started writing, deleted, started over, left the site, come back and repeated. A) I hate using my blog as a constant bitch session B) I hate the topic. But then I started thinking that someone else out there may be dealing with the same issue and as frustrated as I am. On my post dated April 14th, I mentioned that I had seen a doctor because I was having trouble breathing while I was running. It wasn’t all the time, but it was enough to make me go to see a doctor. I hate doctors. I…
  • Dear stomach, the party’s over. Avoiding post marathon weight gain.

    28 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    There are a lot of struggles that go along with marathon training. But there are also some great rewards, including being able to eat lots and lots of food. I mean, I still eat a healthy diet when ‘m training since performance has a lot to do with how you fuel your body, but I just eat a lot more of it. When I’m deep in training and running more than 40 miles a week, I’m easily burning over 5,000 extra calories weekly. Not only am I burning a lot of extra calories, I need more healthy carbs to keep my energy level up. But when the marathon is over and the mega miles come to…
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    Dawn - Sometimes An Ultrarunner

  • Stress Test, and Flying above Red Bull Headquarters

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    To make sure I was fit enough to take part in the Red Bull X-Alps, part of the in processing included take a Stress Test.  I did this on a bicycle, starting a low wattage and increasing every 2 minutes until exhaustion.  It's actually similar to the VO2 Max test, except that these doctors weren't concerned with my oxygen consumption.  Instead they had me hooked up to the Electrocardiogram sensors, plus  a blood pressure cuff.   The doctors pronounced my in perfect health, and sent me off with detailed reports of my test which I can't read at all!This afternoon I hiked…
  • Wing Stickers and a Photoshoot

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Now that we are here in Fuschl, headquarters of Zoom Productions and Red Bull, it's time to get everything ready for the X-Alps!   At the race headquarters, I got all of my clothing from Salewa, new electronics from Garmin, and laid out my wing on the gym floor to put stickers on it.  We rushed to get the stickers all placed so I could take all my gear on a photoshoot with the Red Bull photographers.   After waiting for the rain to stop, I got to pose for the camera with my new clothing, phone, camera, and the obligatory can of Red Bull! Photos of the shoot are posted…
  • Postalklamm Via Ferrata

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Our last Via Ferrata before arriving in Fuschl for the Red Bull X-Alps race preparation week.   The Postalklamm came highly recommended by someone we had met on another trail the week before.   In reality, it was an interesting "adventure" course but kind of flat, except for hiking out afterwards.  We brought our friend and X-Alps supporter Chuck along with us for a day in the narrow canyon. The book said that this canyon should be avoided when wet...but really it should say, "It's always wet, just be careful!"   Anyway, the ferrata took us up and over a very narrow…
  • FlyNet XC3: X-Alps Sponsor!

    25 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Check out my new favorite Hike n Fly Vario!   The FlyNet XC3 is a vario with integrated GPS and comes in a VERY small package.   It's so tiny I can't believe it...about 1/3 the size and weight of my cell phone.  I know, that's a very scientific measurement.   Ok, it actually weighs about 52 grams.   Pretty much nada.  The GPS/Vario can be used independently of anything else.  In other words, you push the button to turn it on, it beeps like a vario, records your flight, and then you can download the information later.  Simple.  Size comparison of…
  • At the Dachstein!

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Dachstein Massif.  It's been looming in my thoughts for years.   The first major turn point in the X-Alps, and some fine via ferratas.   We almost came here last year, and then didn't.  Too many other places to go.  We did come here a month ago, but the amount of snow still lingering was too much.  We are here now, but this just keeps coming. Hopefully this week we will actually get onto, and fly off of, the Dachstein.  In the meantime, there was a little fresh snow on it this morning.  Yikes. Half a day without rain showers was enough to…
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  • Temperature Affects Calories Burned?

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:32 pm
    You know one thing that has been bugging me? Temperature. I have the Ambit2 R and it doesn’t track temperature. Here in Thailand we’re at the sizzling point almost every time I run. I just KNOW I’m burning more calories than someone who is running in 0C ambient air temp and 30% humidity. Right? I’ve … Continue reading Temperature Affects Calories Burned? →
  • Greatness.

    28 Jun 2015 | 7:07 pm
    This one about GREATNESS hit me this morning. I was watching a video and pulled this quote out of it. This was the last line. I like pulling quotes out that nobody has infographics about, and making them. is my other site. I need to do something GREAT. I have a few possibilities in … Continue reading Greatness. →
  • NEW Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3 Trail Runners!

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:28 pm
    The new NIKE ZOOM TERRA KIGER 3’s are coming to our planet on July 15th, 2015. I love these for Thailand’s trails more than any other shoe. I bought 3 pair. Will have to do an update to my earlier review of these shoes. Here they are in the flesh. Well, virtual flesh anyway.
  • Snake on the Trail in Southeast Asia

    13 Jun 2015 | 2:45 am
    I just wrote a short article about what happened to me a couple weeks ago while running on my favorite rainforest trail. I saw below my foot as I was running, a venomous pit viper snake… The story is here if you have 5 minutes to read it…
  • PUSHING Yourself During Exercise: Positive Self Talk

    10 Jun 2015 | 10:23 pm
    This is a series on pushing yourself while exercising. It can be applied to any exercise, but in this series I’ll talk about running and walking/running up steps. Those are the two exercises that I do daily – one or the other. My Pushing Yourself Series Covers: 1. Getting Out the Door to Exercise. 2. … Continue reading PUSHING Yourself During Exercise: Positive Self Talk →
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    Run Coaching, Ironman and Triathlon Specialists - Kinetic Revolution

  • Run Uphill Easier & Faster: Example Session & Coaching Cues

    James Dunne
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
      I always maintain that hill running is one of the biggest ban g for your buck forms of training for runners. It helps athletes build strength-endurance and speed brilliantly. However, as with everything, your results depend specifically on your execution. If you perform hill reps with great form, the hills themselves will help you develop strength through range of motion in your glutes and hamstrings more than running the same pace on the flat. Conversely, if you heave your way up hill with poor form, this is one of the fastest ways to exacerbate muscular imbalances and place more…
  • Runner’s Knee or Something Else?

    Leigh Boyle
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:59 am
    When it comes to running injuries, Runner’s Knee (aka PFS or Patellofemoral Syndrome) is easily one of the most common. It’s also one of the most commonly overused diagnoses as anything in the front of the knee gets lumped into that PFS group. That’s why in this video I go through the three most common overuse injuries in the knee and talk about what they have in common, and what they do not. For those of you battling knee symptoms, here are three self treatment plans to get you started: PFS Pes Anserine Patellar tendinitis Remember… the knee is the middle man. Take a…
  • Piriformis Syndrome: What Runners Need to Know

    James Dunne
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
      Quite some time ago now I posted one of my favourite stretches for runners to ease the often painful symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome. In the new video above, I discuss some of the common causes of Piriformis Syndrome in runners, as well as the importance of addressing the root of the problem, not just the symptoms! Also in this video, I’ve featured a handful of example exercises. Give them a go, and let me know how you get on in the comments below… The post Piriformis Syndrome: What Runners Need to Know appeared first on Run Coaching, Ironman and Triathlon Specialists -…
  • Understanding Stress Fractures in Runners

    Terry Smith
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:51 pm
    In this article, I’ll try to give you a good overview of stress fractures generally, as well as giving you a little insight into my mind (scary place to be I know!) when I’m reasoning through how to manage a stress fracture, as there are a number of variables to be aware of. So if you’re sitting comfortably, we shall begin… A stress fracture is essentially a crack or break in the bone. It differs from a standard fracture by way of mechanism. Standard fractures are usually caused by a sudden, severe, high force trauma, like a fall from a great height, or a road traffic…
  • Running Warm Up Exercises: Five Minute Routine

    James Dunne
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:56 am
      I’ve posted previously about warming up before a run. It seems to be a topic most runners have a view on! We do all seem to differ to an extent in terms of how much of a warm up we each need for a given session. As a rule of thumb, I usually suggest that the more intense the planned session, the more significant your warm up needs to be. In this short video, I wanted to share a simple five minute routine of exercises that I often recommend to runners as a warm up to use after a long day behind a desk, in the car, or otherwise sitting for too long. Let me know how you get on The…
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  • Road to Bhatti Lakes 100k – Week 17

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:23 am
    This week was good and bad. Good because my sister-in-law came and bad because my mother-in-law came along(pun intended) with her and I could only manage 4 days of running. After first 4 days of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Road to Bhatti Lakes 100k – Week 16

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:07 am
    Another beautiful week went by in running. I have completed 4 months of training without injury. Touch wood! After a slump of Week 14 and 15, I picked up the mileage again this week to 72 k. Also I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Tips to Maintain Run – Life Balance

    19 Jun 2015 | 1:03 am
    Life is not a cupcake. And nobody is perfect and no rel […] 6 Tips to Maintain Run – Life Balance is a post from: borN The post 6 Tips to Maintain Run – Life Balance appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Road to Bhatti Lakes 100k – Week 13, 14 & 15

    17 Jun 2015 | 9:12 pm
    I did blah! training for last 2 weeks i.e week 14 and 15. Week 14, I was tired like hell because of week 13s long run of 40k. And for week 15, I was again in Gangtok for a week for some work. Road... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Road to Bhatti Lakes 100k – Week 12

    30 May 2015 | 1:37 am
    This is a taper down week. It went well and I took it easy, focusing on recovery and eating well. I did not focus much on mileage except the weekly long run of 30k. Road to Bhatti Lakes 100k ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Track All The Running

    Matt Orlando
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Call my crazy, but I love working with numbers. One of my favorite jobs I had growing up was as a bank teller where I worked with numbers all day. When I drove an Italian ice truck one summer, I tracked my day by day and week by week earnings and tips, creating graphs and charts and tables…oh my. I still have the spreadsheet to this day. So it should come as no surprise that I am borderline obsessed with tracking my running statistics. Over the years I have used different methods. I have tried training journals. I have used spreadsheets. I have even tried to pencil them in on my…
  • Racing Away

    Matt Orlando
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    With summer right around the corner, I definitely have racing on the mind. As I mentioned in my goals for 2015, I have several things I want to accomplish this year related to racing: Run my first ever 10K (automatic PR!) Set a “30s” PR for the 5K Set a “30s” PR for the 5 Miler Set a life-time PR for the half marathon Get my mile time under 6 minutes I suppose in order to do all of that I should have some races lined up, right? The good news is I have a few on my calendar already. The bad news is that the next few months are pretty much in flux. My wife and I are in…
  • National Running Day 2015 Giveaway

    Matt Orlando
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Happy National Running Day everyone! As I’m sure you know, running absolutely rocks! If you were not sure why, check out this great video from the Rock N Roll Marathon Series, and then save up to $20 on select Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events. Let’s Celebrate with a Giveaway! To celebrate this incredible holiday, I thought it only fitting that I do a giveaway! I will be giving away one of two books to two individual winners (one book to each winner). Prize 1: Life Outside the Oval Office: The Track Less Traveled by Nick Symmonds (Hard-Cover) Two-time US Olympian and world…
  • 7 Strength Training Tips For Runners

    Patty Rivas
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    We all know that strength training is important, however, it can be tough to fit it in with the rest of your running and cross training schedule. Strength training helps prevent injury and also will help keep you active for years to come. For example, check out this 95-year-old who recently set a 200 meter world record for his age group! When you regularly strength train, you’re loading your muscles and tendons, which helps build muscle and bone strength, as well as increase bone density. This is crucial as you age, and obviously important for runners, who are placing 1.5 to 3x their…
  • Top #Running Bloggers (Bonus Week)

    Matt Orlando
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Occasionally in life the phrase “last and final” does not always mean “last and final.” Such was the case when, in my Week 4 Top #Running Bloggers post, I indicated that it was my last post of the series. Surprise, just kidding! Much like Apple likes to reveal one last thing at its product release press events, so I have decided to share with you one more list of top running bloggers which may have been inadvertently left out of the first four posts…or ones that I have discovered new! So please be sure to give the below bloggers as much love and support as you…
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    Believe In The Run

  • Skechers GOrun Ultra Road Review

    Thomas Neuberger
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:44 am
    Meaghan: Back in October of last year I got a surprise package from Skechers Performance: a brand new pair of ultra-cushioned, bright pink road shoes. I had no idea Skechers was working on these, but I was thrilled to test them out. It was love at first lace up. I’m now on my third pair […] The post Skechers GOrun Ultra Road Review appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • 26.2 with Donna: an Interview with Donna Deegan

    Meaghan Murray
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:07 am
      Donna Deegan is an author, breast cancer awareness advocate and former television anchor. You may have heard of her little race down in Florida: 26.2 with Donna. It’s the only marathon dedicated completely to breast cancer awareness. We were lucky enough to chat with Donna and learn a bit more about her race, her […] The post 26.2 with Donna: an Interview with Donna Deegan appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Newton Distance IV Running Shoe Review

    Meaghan Murray
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:59 am
    Newton Distance IV Running Shoe Review The Good Meaghan: The Distance is a light shoe designed for high-intensity training or racing. It falls into the POP 1 platform of Newton shoes, so you’re getting a lot of lug action. I fell in love with the previous model (Distance III) after they landed me a half-marathon […] The post Newton Distance IV Running Shoe Review appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

    Meaghan Murray
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 By guest reviewer: Austin Bonds Mo Farah, the Olympic gold medalist, is starting directly at me – from a distance though. And he’s also the focal point on a Nike poster in the windowsill at the front of the store. I’d be honored to meet a runner like Mo Farah […] The post Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • A quick Q&A on Joint Health with Dr. James Rippe

    Meaghan Murray
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    A quick Q&A on Joint Health  Enter our give-away at the bottom of the page! We’ll randomly select 3 winners at the end of June. Responses provided by: Dr. James Rippe, world-renowned cardiologist, founder of The Rippe Lifestyle Institute, author of The Joint Health Prescription and editor of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine What […] The post A quick Q&A on Joint Health with Dr. James Rippe appeared first on Believe In The Run.
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  • Monday Ride Out

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    I made the bad mistake of asking Greg to come out for a ride with me last night! I always ask him and then regret it! He is so fast and I can see he gets bored when he comes out with me, and we always end up arguing! So last night we went out and I was determined not… Read more →
  • Holiday time!

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Greg and I have book our holiday for this year!! YAY!!!!! So September 5th we are flying off to Abu Dhabi! I really cannot wait, I have never been to anywhere like it before and am looking forward to experiencing the different culture and lifestyle out there. I am a little nervous as I have heard that they really frown… Read more →
  • Festival Playlist

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    I am so jealous of all those lucky people who are at Glastonbury this week. So to make up for it I have decided to make a Playlist (Cause that is almost the same!!!!) It features just a few of the people playing this weekend, to give you your own version of the famous festival! I really hope the weather… Read more →
  • Raspberry Ketones Week 1 Reveiw

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    So it has been a full week of taking the U+ Raspberry Ketones. I have to admit, I was a bit sceptical about them before hand, as I have read a lot of bad things about them, and not being big or needing to loose a lot of weight I really didn’t think they would have any affect on me.… Read more →
  • My #LoveFit this week is…..Pinterest

    19 Jun 2015 | 7:17 am
    This weeks #LoveFit is Pinterest. I think it is brilliant – as a non creative person it is the perfect place for me to collect all the things I like, need, want. Using it really does make me feel like an interior designer, a wedding planner and even a personal trainer. There is literally something for everyone on it and… Read more →
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    Zude PR | Glasgow PR | Integrity | Trust | Results | UK » Running blog

  • Why Do 10Ks Even Exist?

    Dave Sawyer
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Because other more humane forms of self-flagellation died out in the Middle Ages. Calderglen 10k Trail Race I ran the Calderglen 10k last Friday. Great run, a post-race spread fit for a ravenous rugby team, and the only 10k I’ve ever seen marshalled by what looked like masked beekeepers (midges). It was a Giffnock North (my club) championship race so there was an impressive turn-out from the “amber” and blue. As 10ks go, it was excellent. But the race itself? The actual physical experience of running (in this case a hilly, tree-rooty, up-hill-and-down-dale route) 10,000m has…
  • Dedication’s What You Need

    Dave Sawyer
    5 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    How old are you? Yes you, you reading this blog post. If you’re 35 or over you’ll remember Roy Castle. Him off Record Breakers. A man who could tap dance like nobody’s business, a pre-requisite for most highly paid TV entertainers in the 70s and early 80s. Like Dennis Waterman, Castle had a theme tune. And every time I read or hear the word “dedication” I can’t help myself. Whether I’m in a business meeting or chatting to a mate, in my imagination, I’m up on stage, smiling manically, playing a trumpet while somehow simultaneously singing my…
  • London Marathon 2015 Race Report

    Dave Sawyer
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    I attended a talk recently by Scotland’s national endurance coach Robert Hawkins. It was all about how he trains his boys, Callum and Derek, both brilliant athletes. As a marathoner, I was more interested in the Derek half of the talk. I learnt a lot. But the point that resonated most was a throwaway comment about the difficulty of training for a spring marathon north of the border. This year particularly. I’ve lived in Scotland for 25 years and this winter has got to be the worst on record. As I write it’s sunny outside but I’m shivering thinking about those ice cold…
  • The Very Hungry Marathoner

    Dave Sawyer
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    In the light of the moon, a little marathoner lay on a bed. One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and – POP! – out of the bed came a skinny, and very hungry marathoner. He started looking for some nice food. But he was fat-loading. On Monday he ate through one avocado, but he was still hungry. On Tuesday he ate through two slabs of Blacksticks Blue, but he was still hungry. On Wednesday he ate through three smoked mackerel fillets, but he was still hungry. On Thursday he ate through four bowls of olives, but he was still hungry. On Friday he ate through…
  • My London Marathon 2015 Training Block

    Dave Sawyer
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:10 am
    My Strava took a battering yesterday. It’s showing a 1.9M warm up, 10M race, 4.2M warm down, and then a 2.1M run an hour later. 18.2M all told. That last run’s a bit mad. Following the warm down, I drove two clubmates back to Netherlee on Glasgow’s south side. One of them lives just up the road from me. After the half hour car journey, I left my motor at his house (500 yards from mine). Car parked, I did two cheeky miles (my fourth run of the day) purely so I could say I’d hit my 60-mile target for the week. I then hopped back in the car and arrived home in time for…
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    Fuel Your Future with Tina Muir

  • Meatless Monday- Raspberry Brie Pita Pizza

    Tina Muir
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Morehead Monday! Today I am reporting to you from the dorms at Morehead State. Can’t say I miss being in them, but its good to help Steve, and see some excited faces. This week is the Morehead State Cross Country Camp, and in his first year of hosting a camp, Steve has over 50 kids here! Pretty impressive! I have a few “talks” to give them about my story, how to pool run correctly, and a girls talk…..a little nervous about them all, but if I can share my thoughts with the world on the internet, surely I can talk to a group of 14-17 year olds….thats what I am…
  • Redefining the Word Team- Introducing Team Ice Cream!

    Tina Muir
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    You may have noticed that I have been talking a lot recently about my “team”. It got me thinking about the word. For the longest time, I thought I didn’t have a “team”. Of course I am part of the Saucony Hurricanes team, but I very very rarely even see another Hurricane, let alone interact with them on a daily basis. Now first, I just want to say that this post does not mean I am not grateful for you; my friends and family who are there every day leaving me encouraging messages, and motivating me to keep going towards my dreams, I am SO thankful for you all, and you each play a part…
  • Wedding Wednesday- Ice Cream Sundae Bar & More

    Tina Muir
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Last weekend, Steve and I drove the 6 hours to Michigan City for one final visit before our Wedding. Other than forgetting our bag of clothes, which I talked about on Monday, we had a very successful weekend. It was one of those moments where you get so much accomplished, you feel great as you think about all you have done, but then you look down at your list of “things to do”, and you realize you actually have more things added to your “to do” list than you have taken off. Overall, I have been enjoying the wedding process, and we have made our decisions together,…
  • Meatless Monday-Hawaiian Vegetable Rice

    Tina Muir
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    I think most of you are runners, or exercise enthusiasts should we say, so I am sure you will know what I mean when I say that when you have some kind of injury or pain, it seems like every single person you talk to asks you about it…..immediately! You hope you can keep talking about other things, but of course the question comes up, and you have to explain it? Yeah, I hate that! But don’t worry, I am not giving you a very non subtle hint to stop asking you about an injury, I am more using it as a comparison; right now every person I talk to asks me one…
  • UVA Speed Clinic 2.0- The Reflection

    Tina Muir
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    On Wednesday I covered part one of my return to the UVA Speed Clinic, and since then I have been able to get two workouts with Drew in to implement some of the new exercises, and have now had a week to do the ones I need to do up to 3x a day(!) at home. I have also had some time to reflect a little more, and I am still pretty happy with the experience. Firstly, Max and Dr Todd have both been awesome this week. Max sent me a full report on my analysis; what had changed, what we still need to work on, and how to get there. He also gave me a jump drive with my analysis on it, and the exercises I…
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  • Post-baby Comeback Training Update: 7 weeks postpartum

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    The end of last week marked my third week of running since having Liam. In the past three weeks I have exclusively run hill repeats, first twice a week and last week, three times. Typically it takes your body 2-3 weeks to see gains in cardiovascular fitness once you’ve started a certain type of training. As your body adapts to the stress it’s good to move on to a different stress. All running training is a balance of intensity and volume. My training had a high intensity for the last three weeks with hill repeats so this week I’ll be running less intensely but adding more…
  • It just has to be.

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    As much as I’m about “Embracing the Hill,” I’m not exactly bounding out of bed in the morning to go run my hill repeats. For the last three weeks all of my runs have been hill repeats and each week I’ve added another repeat. I’m up to five repeats this week. On Thursday my alarm went off at 5:15am, just an hour after I had fed Liam. I felt tired, but the though of running alone in the morning light got me dressed an out the door. I stood there at the end of the driveway waiting for my Garmin to kick-in thinking and trying not to think about the effort…
  • Compatible: Can I accept my body and still want to change it?

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sometimes it’s good to go back and re-read old posts. I wrote this post two years ago, right around eight months postpartum with my son Jack. At the time I had lost most of the baby weight but wanted to ditch the rest. But felt conflicted, as you’ll read. I’m feeling the same conflict now: I’ve lost most of the baby weight, but would like to ditch the rest. I know that it will come off naturally when I start to run more (I’m just running twice a week now), but there’s part of me that doesn’t want to wait. And that part of me thought that counting…
  • Post-Baby Comeback Training Update: 6 weeks postpartum

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Since my plan to return to running is a more conservative and more structured than most I though I’d give weekly training updates. I’ll be sharing resources for great postpartum strengthening workouts and also logging my runs. This past week was my second week of running, after being cleared to run by my physical therapist. I started with three hill repeats and increased to four hill repeats this past week. Each repeat is a half mile and about 200 feet in elevation gain and I continue to walk down the hill to keep the workout low impact. I’m also staying consistent with…
  • Avocado Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Goat Cheese

    18 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Basil is one of the herbs we always plant in our little garden. I love fresh basil in the summer chopped and added to a green salad or a top a tomato in a caprese salad, I simply love the flavor. It is the taste of summer. Last week I was trying to throw together quick and easy meals and this Avocado Pesto Pasta was perfect in that regard. Ready in 20 minutes, it was fast and incredibly easy to prepare. Using avocado in the pesto lends a nice creamy texture to the mixture and packs a great nutritional punch with healthy fats and essential vitamins. The addition of fresh tomatoes, added just…
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  • What I Learned From Running Unplugged

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    It's rough to have a goal for a training run and not make it.  I've certainly had my share of off days, but usually it was kind of a one off and I bounced back pretty quickly.  However, in my post last Thursday, I discussed how I'd been repeatedly hitting a wall around 4 miles into my runs.  That really put a damper on runs that I planned to be 6 or more miles.  Consequently, I noticed my motivation dropping rapidly when it came to running so I knew I had to change up my plan somehow.   My
  • Building A New Morning Routine - Part 2: Journaling

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    Last week, I posted about building a new morning routine.  In contrast to previous attempts I had made at the endeavor of crafting an effective way to regularly start the day, one of the things I focused on was portability.  The new routine is still a work in progress, but as of now, all it requires is my journal, a pen, and a few minutes.     I can't count how many people I've seen and heard extol the benefits to daily journaling and I definitely see the positive effects of it.  In the past,
  • Some Obvious Advice I Relearned The Hard Way

    18 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Hitting the proverbial wall when running is never a fun thing.  Quite the opposite of that, in fact.   I'm not entirely sure why, but lately I've been running headlong into a wall right around the 4 or 5 mile mark of most of my long runs.  Needless to say, it's been a frustrating process trying to figure out how to get around this.  I've had this happen on longer runs where around mile 10 I'd start feeling like I'm slowing down, but the past three or four times that I've gone out for anything
  • Building A New Morning Routine

    16 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    Last week, I began experimenting with a new morning routine.  Some of you may recall earlier Run and Drum posts that were kind of precursors to this idea, like the one about how much more productive I felt after making my bed or getting up early to get a workout in and get the day started, but I've taken a slightly different tack with this new one.   The past couple years have seen me take different approaches to mornings depending on what I needed to do that day and where I happened to be.
  • Breaking A Slump With A Running Schedule, Of All Things.

    29 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    For months, I had a clear goal in mind for what I wanted to do with running: I was training for a half marathon.  It was pretty cut and dry in terms of preparation and training since you can find countless resources online to help build a training schedule and get ready for such a race.  After being on a pretty tight training regime for a while, I felt like taking a few weeks to run as I felt like once I completed my goal in the race.   In July, I have The Bear run coming up so I knew that I
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  • More Minerals, Please.

    The Muddy Girl
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    They saw before them mountains and an empire. Gold. zinc. lead. copper. silver. Jawbone Flats. Did you know that salt was once like gold? Until men realized it was practically everywhere. Then the gorging began. (they knew nothing but forward, more, forward, more, heeyah! heeyah!)  Cars were once unattainable by most people. Until they weren’t. Gold is junk, cars are junk, salt is junk, mountains are junk, jungles are junk to the one who never sleeps… forward, more, forward, more, more, more Nature is balance but our seesaw is pointing more The post More…
  • On Not Being This

    The Muddy Girl
    31 May 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The artist toils away with his canvas because the world said, “Be this.” But he was never this, he would always be that, which was just fine with him. “There’s enough of THOSE to go around,” howled paint drops as they flung from his gun, severing their cynical foes. BaM! BaM! BaM! How often a woman becomes more beautiful with age. How often she doesn’t realize it. How I want to stroke her cheek and tell her that I see her scars and that I am empowered because of them. That her wrinkles more The post On Not Being This appeared first on The…
  • Human Small

    The Muddy Girl
    21 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Humans speak of giants as though they are folklore, But I’ve met a few and I tell you, they’re real. Claiming hundreds of years, sometimes thousands, they’ve gathered moss to cloak their skin hoping man would not notice and come for them. They spoke to me in hushed tones; I asked them why. “We’re working all our lives to provide clean air so you and we and they can survive. Conservation of our energy is key, therefore we speak low and let the breeze carry our words. Others can breathe because we breathe.” The giants more The post Human…
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  • Shoe Review: Skechers GOmeb Speed 3

    Noah Sommers
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:57 pm
    The word fast doesn’t spring to mind when someone says the name Skechers and up until a year or so ago, even the word running probably wasn’t the first thing you thought of either. I mean Skechers are designed for kids and teens are all blinged out and you can buy them at your local mall […] The post Shoe Review: Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 appeared first on Running Northwest.
  • The Road to Your First Triathlon

    Jeremy Krall
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
    The idea of your first triathlon can be a bit daunting. Even now, as the token guinea pig for this project, I definitely have some reservations. I mean, I consider myself an average runner, an okay cyclist, and it’s not like I can’t swim. I’s just the thought of putting them all together that’s a […] The post The Road to Your First Triathlon appeared first on Running Northwest.
  • Gear Review: Geigerrig Hydration System and Cadence Race Vest

    Jeremy Krall
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Our team has spent the last few months investigating and using the hydration system designed by Geigerrig and it’s time to share a bit. Most people think of hydration systems as big plastic reservoirs with long straws attached to them and then end with a bite valve of some sort. Geigerrig however, has taken the time […] The post Gear Review: Geigerrig Hydration System and Cadence Race Vest appeared first on Running Northwest.
  • Clothing Review: Salomon Fast Wing Hoodie

    Evan Rue
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    The gear team had a chance to tackle some runs with the new Salomon Fast Wing Hoodie and this jacket is honestly just insane. It is listed as super light, but when you first pull it into your hands its almost a little alarming at how little it weighs. You really begin to question how […] The post Clothing Review: Salomon Fast Wing Hoodie appeared first on Running Northwest.
  • Clothing Review: Headsweats Technical Trucker Hat

    David Valentine
    29 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Trucker hats have definitely found their way back into the fashion world and the old school Von Dutch styling is gone only to be replaced by the logo of your local brewery or bike shop and now even performance apparel manufacturers like Headsweats are jumping on board as well. Almost everyone knows Headsweats, they are […] The post Clothing Review: Headsweats Technical Trucker Hat appeared first on Running Northwest.
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  • Staying Motivated to Run

    20 Jun 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut with running? You’re not seeing any gains, it’s not as fun as it used to be, and it’s just tough to get excited at the thought of going for a run. You are not alone, these are thoughts that every runner has at some point. Don’t give up! Here are some tips to keep motivated and keep running fun. Variety is the spice of life (and running). Add some variety to your routine. Don’t run the same route every day. Keep your route changing so you can enjoy different scenery, rather than slogging through the same old path like a…
  • Morning Power Smoothie

    19 Jun 2015 | 4:18 am
    Here is a great breakfast smoothie. Just enough carbs to get you going, and plenty of greens and fiber to satisfy that breakfast appetite. Handful of spinach (around 2 cups worth) 1 banana 1/2 avacado 2 dates 1 Tbsp almond butter Coconut water (1-2 cups to get the consistency you like) Throw it all in a blender, blend for one minute, and enjoy!
  • 5 Reasons to Run in the Morning

    4 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    Finding time to run with a busy schedule can sometimes be a challenge. Should you run before work, during lunch, after work, or later in the evening? Ultimately it doesn’t matter as long as you just get out there and run! My routine is to get up a 4:30am every morning and get a 3-5 mile run in with my dog. I’ll sometimes run again at lunch or in the evening, but my early morning run has so many benefits for me that I hate to miss it. By the time I get to work, I am wide awake and already have a sense of accomplishment. Here some of the benefits of running in the morning. Start the day…
  • Losing Weight Using the Opportunity Cost

    11 Apr 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Where It All Began… One year ago, and 30 pounds heavier, I started to look into dieting options to help lose weight.  With so many diets to choose from, it was a bit overwhelming. I also knew I needed to increase my exercise activity to lose weight.  I did play indoor soccer once a week, but it just wasn’t enough. I was a gym rat for most of my youth, but now that I had a family, a job, coached my kids teams, etc., I just didn’t have the time to commit going to the gym.  I eventually settled on running, and to my surprise, fell in love with it. So I had my plan: healthy…
  • Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

    15 Jan 2014 | 5:29 pm
    This is a great tasting smoothie that works well anytime, breakfast, dessert, or a post-run smoothie.  Plenty of carbohydrates and potassium from the banana, and some protein and fats from the peanut butter.  I like to add some cacao nibs and coconut to sweeten it up as well. 10 oz. Almond milk (or Coconut milk, whichever you prefer) 1 tbs. peanut butter or almond butter 1 banana (you can freeze it to more of a milk shake consistency) a few cacao nibs a pinch of shredded coconut Throw it in a blender and enjoy!  I also like to add chia seeds (I add them to most of my smoothies).
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