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  • Training Gear: To Each His Own

    RunnerDude's Blog
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    I'm asked frequently, "What running shoes do you wear?" What running shorts do you wear?" "What sports drink do you use?" "What fuel do you use on the run?" "What do you eat before a long run?" "What do you eat after a long run?" I always preface my response with, "Well, what works for me is..."Running is a very specialized sport and that goes for the gear and fueling too. What works for one runner may or may not work for another. The trick is to read up on various options, talk to your running buddies and trainer, and then try things out for yourself. The training period for a marathon is…
  • 7 Psychological Benefits of Running

    Runner's Women
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    The physical benefits of running have been established several decades ago. Most people run to lose weight, build muscles and strengthen their heart. Apart from these physical advantages, running comprises of many psychological benefits. Recent research states that running improves the mental health of runners. In this article, you will get a quick glimpse through seven psychological benefits of running. Benefit #1 – Reduced Anxiety and Stress Running reduces anxiety and stress. When you look at professional runners, you will sense a wave of ease and relaxation. Ardent runners are famous…
  • Older Runners Walk Like People Decades Younger

    Alison Wade
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Walking economy is a key predictor of morbidity in older adults.
  • Kenyan Marathoner Runs From Police to Avoid Sex Crime Charges

    Alison Wade
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    2:14 marathoner Eric Kipkemei Chirchir could face deportation.
  • Finding the Perfect Shoe

    Believe In The Run
    Meaghan Murray
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Some thoughts and tips on finding that one perfect shoe for you By Nick Bradley I’m not afraid of admitting that I hoard running shoes. This year alone I’ve tested about 30-40 pairs – the latest racing flats; cushy ultra running cruisers; traditional “drop” daily trainers; minimalist; maximalist; you name it! I’m not a wear tester […] The post Finding the Perfect Shoe appeared first on Believe In The Run.
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    Jeff Galloway's Blog

  • It Starts Today; Women over 40! Will You Be There With Me?

    Jeff Galloway
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    I’d love for you to join me.  If you are passionate about running, you won’t want to pass up the opportunityto learn from the experts: How to: Train more efficiently and effectively so that you can improve your running without spending extra precious time.  Practice optimal nutrition for performance and maintaining your ideal weight.  Prevent and treat injuries so that you can avoid frustrating layoffs that derail your progress.  Run your personal best, regardless of the number of candles on your birthday cake.  Join other women who share your passion for running and discover: How to…
  • The Battle: Left Brain vs Right Brain

    Jeff Galloway
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
     An inner-brain conflict will occur every time you put yourself to the challenge. The left side has a million logical reasons why you can’t do something. The right side won’t try to argue, it will just try to get the job done using its unlimited supply of creative, spontaneous and imaginative ways of steering you in the direction of that which you are capable. In most cases, it’s easy to get out of left brain control by relaxing, taking the pressure off yourself, and engaging in a right brain activity, such as laughing, story-telling, or low-level physical activity (walking, for…
  • The Right Brain

    Jeff Galloway
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Your creative and intuitive center is in the right side of your brain. Running is one of the best ways to tap into your right brain, as long as you’re running slowly enough to stay within your capabilities. This right side is a reservoir of creative solutions to just about any problem, challenge or obstacle. Through pacing, walk breaks and blood sugar-boosting, you can cut down dramatically on stress, reducing the negative left brain messages so that you stay on the right (brain) track. To maximize time in the right brain, become sensitive to the stress buildup of your runs and the marathon…
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    Cool Running

  • To Rotate or Not to Rotate Your Running Shoes: That is the Question

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Is rotating your running shoes beneficial? Find out whether you should switch up your kicks to prevent injuries.
  • 5 Ways to Squeeze in a Run

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Have a work meeting or appointment that gets in the way of your run? Here's how to find enough time in your busy day to get in a run without abandoning your other responsibilities.
  • Offseason Planning to Run Stronger in Season

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Beat those offseason racing blues by resting and resetting your goals. Here's how.
  • Top 5 Women-Specific Running Injuries

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    When it comes to running injuries, women runners are different than men. Get the details on the most common women-specific running injuries and how to treat them.
  • The 31st Annual Mill Cities Relay--Competition and Tradition in the Merrimack Valley

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    One of the oldest relays in the nation, it is a running tradition in the Merrimack Valley like no other. It is the only club relay in the USA where all participants belong to a member club, 20 Massachusetts and New Hampshire running clubs. This year it will run for the 31st time on December 7, 2014: Five legs along a 27-mile course, Nashua to Lawrence--280 teams, seven towns, two states, one river--and a huge post race celebration!Related:Mill Cities Relay Website
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    Make It a Masterpiece

  • MEC Vancouver Marathon Review

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Sunday, November 16, 2014:This is a low-budget marathon where everything is easy.  Register online for $25 CAD, show up, and run.  Marathon number 85 since my myeloma diagnosis, in 5:46:44, about eight minutes faster than the most recent marathon in Ottawa. This was my second race in Canada, again supporting Nelson Wiebe, an Edmonton college student who is running five marathons this year in honor of his aunt, diagnosed with myeloma in 2010, to increase awareness of myeloma in Canada and to raise money for Myeloma Canada (  He passed me three times in the race,…
  • Ottawa Fall Colours Marathon Review

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Sunday, October 12, 2014Oops - I wrote this on the plane trip back from Ottawa and then forgot to post it.  In fact, it's been so long since I posted anything that I've almost forgotten how.This marathon lives up to its name.  We lucked out with the weather too, cool and sunny all day, so the trees were at their most spectacular.  I got a few cell-phone shots. I finished my 84th marathon since the diagnosis of myeloma, in 5 hours, 54 minutes, and 37 seconds, about 12 minutes faster than my 83rd marathon, last week.  I was first in my age group, but also alone in my age…
  • Portland Marathon Review

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:22 pm
    It is a good marathon.  We three ran it nine years ago, and were delighted to find that it catered to runners and walkers of any speed.  That has not changed.  The course itself may not be the most picturesque, but the organization definitely makes up for it. My Race:With another marathon just a week from now, and some recent hamstring injuries, I didn't want to push very hard today.  I used a run/walk ratio of one to five, running just 30 footfalls for each 150 walking.  In training that had given me a pace of 12:30 to 13:00, plenty fast enough to finish a marathon…
  • Short Long Run

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    I ran & walked 10 miles today, my longest run in quite a while and my "long run" for the next marathon, three weeks hence. We ran on the Gateway Trail, where I have experienced two of my recent three hamstring injuries.  No injury today!  I would like to do a longer long run, but there isn't time.  From now until the marathon I will do shorter runs, hoping to avoid any more injuries.I hope to finish in less than six hours, so here's my calculation: If I were to walk at a pace of 15 minutes per mile, that's four miles per hour, and in six hours I would get to mile 24.
  • Three Miles Running

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Walking and running, that is.  Again we went out early, to avoid the muggy heat.  I did my 1 to 3 run / walk, this time 3.17 miles on the paved trails, in 40:11, for a pace of 12:41.  That's slightly slower than two days ago, but still plenty fast enough to finish a marathon in six hours even with nature breaks.No complaint from the injured right hamstrings today, or from anywhere else for that matter.  No whining!So the plan now is to run every other day, doing an easy 1 to 3 run/walk like this, but gradually increasing the distance.  On the alternate days, or many…
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    Run Bulldog Run

  • Saucony Breakthru First Impression Review

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    It’s no secret that Saucony is one of my favorite running shoe brands. Over the last 3 or 4 years I’ve logged hundreds, if not thousands, of miles in numerous pairs of Kinvara and Virrata models. The Kinvara is pretty much everything I need in a running shoe – affordable, lightweight and cushioned, low heel/toe […] The post Saucony Breakthru First Impression Review appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • Injinji Socks Product Review

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    I switched over to Injinji Performance Toesocks earlier this year after once again experiencing battered and blistered little toes during the 2014 Rocky Raccoon 100. In shorter races I never have a problem with blisters, but when the distance gets into Ultramarathon territory, my odd, curled-under-the-fourth-toe little toes always seem to suffer. Over the years […] The post Injinji Socks Product Review appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • Nocciola Hammer Gel Flavor Now Available

    10 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Hammer Nutrition recently announced a new addition to their ever-expanding range of Hammer Gel flavors, with Nocciola joing Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter-Chocolate as the new kids on the block. Nocciola is a Hazelnut-Chocolate offering made with natural, premium products that will provide smooth, sustained energy. If you like the taste of Nutella (and let’s […] The post Nocciola Hammer Gel Flavor Now Available appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • ASICS Gel Lyte33 3 Shoe Review

    7 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Time for another shoe review; this one a rare ASICS review of their current (v3) Gel Lyte33 model. I’m always on the lookout for cushioned, yet lightweight running shoes, so when the latest version of the Gel Lyte33 appeared in the local running store, Running Etc., I decided to take a chance and give them […] The post ASICS Gel Lyte33 3 Shoe Review appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • Project Repat Custom T-Shirt Quilt

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    I think most runners have a stash of old race t-shirts stored away in a closet, just gathering dust. Unless the shirt is a real keeper, I typically donate most of mine to friends or local charities within a few days or week of the race. However, over the years I’ve set some aside with […] The post Project Repat Custom T-Shirt Quilt appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
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  • Stanford Men at Second at NCAA's by David Kiefer, Stanford Athletics

    Larry Eder
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Silhouette, XC, photo by PhotoRun.netThis is an example of a good press release: good quotes, results, links that work and a  story about the local team (well, only twenty minutes from me in San Jose, CA) doing well.   STANFORD MEN SECOND AT NCAA'S Top five Cardinal earn All-America honors NCAA results link: TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Five Stanford men finished among the top 39 - all earning All-America honors - to give the Cardinal a stunning runner-up finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on…
  • Cheserek, Colorado retain NCAA Men's Cross Country titles, by David Monti, RRW, used with permission

    Larry Eder
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    Edward Cheserek in the homestretch just before winning his second NCAA Division I Cross Country Title in Terre Haute, Ind. (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly) CHESEREK, COLORADO RETAIN NCAA MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TITLESBy David Monti, @d9monti(c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reservedTERRE HAUTE, IND. (22-Nov) -- Like the freight trains that rumble relentlessly through this hardscrabble Midwestern city each day, Oregon's Edward Cheserek stormed to his second consecutive NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships win here today with a late-race breakaway, prevailing by a…
  • Michigan State Women Hope to Cap Dream Season at NCAA Cross Country Champs, by Chris Lotsbom & David Monti, RRW, used wit permission

    Larry Eder
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Walt Drenth, Leah O'Connor and Lisa Senakiewich of the #1-ranked Michigan State women's cross country team in advance of the 2014 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. (Photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)David Monti and Chris Lotsbom wrote this piece on the excellent season that Michigan State has had in 2014. We look forward to reading their piece on the men and women's races later this weekend! Good luck to all competing in Terre Haute!  MICHIGAN STATE WOMEN HOPE TO CAP DREAM SEASON AT NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPSBy Chris Lotsbom &…
  • Valerie Adams, the Shot Put Queen, and AirLavillenie take IAAF World Athlete of Year Honors, from EME News

    Larry Eder
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    Renaud Lavillenie, Valerie Adams, IAAF Male and Female World Athlete of the Year, photo by PhotoRun.netSHOT PUT QUEEN AND AIRLAVILLENIEMONACO (MON): For first time ever female thrower is the World Athlete of the Year, the New Zealand shot put queen Valerie Adams. She was awarded the title along with 100 000 USD prize money at the traditional World Athletics Gala in Monaco at an non-traditional place, Chapiteau de Fontvieille. „I am humble and honoured to get this award. It is very special for me, my country, all the throwers. First of all I want to thank you my coach…
  • Skechers Performance Division signs on as Official Shoe Sponsor of the Esteemed BolderBOULDER Race

    Larry Eder
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    SKECHERS is a great example of companies that are developing a running culture and trying to contribute to the running community. Their sponsorship, a two year deal, with Boulder shows that they understand the prestige of key events and giving back to the running community. We will be interested in their youth running programs, which are part of the sponsorship. More details to come!  Skechers Performance Division Signs on as Official Shoe Sponsor of the Esteemed BolderBOULDER Race Footwear Sponsor of Boston Marathon winner, Meb Keflezighi, joins the Memorial Day 10K Classic with a…
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    Runnergirl Training

  • Ways To Stay Active At Work

    runnergirl training
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Check out these easy ways to stay active at work.
  • Fed Up - The Movie

    runnergirl training
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    written by runnergirl trainingI recently watched the movie Fed Up and was both enlightened and surprised to learn about the supersaturation of sugar in the American diet. Yes, we know as a nation Americans consume excessive sugar. But this film shows how it is insidious in our lives and our bodies' reaction to it. Being so struck by this movie I immediately reduced the sugar in my food choices & ate more meals cooked at home and within a week lost both body weight & percent body fat. I did not change my level of fitness but only made a conscious effort to consume less sugar and eat…
  • Peroneal Tendinosis

    runnergirl training
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Learn about painful leg pain called peroneal tendinosis here.
  • Like A Girl

    runnergirl training
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
  • Lymph Massage

    runnergirl training
    15 May 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Check out this video for lymph massage.
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    Trail Running Blog

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon Race Report

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon is probably one of biggest races of the year, definitely on one of the most famous stages that you can imagine (running down the Las Vegas Strip at night!). I forget the exact number, but this race has taken place in Las Vegas for a few years now and I’ve always wanted to run it since I heard about it. I had a friend run this race the first year they had it in Vegas and heard about a lot of issues for the inaugural race. Fortunately, the Rock ‘n’ Roll team learned from those mistakes and have improved in…
  • FRS Two-10 Discovery Challenge Review

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    I still remember the first time I tried FRS, it was in early 2010 after I PRed in my half marathon and had run a near perfect race in Carlsbad. FRS was handing out samples of this energy drink at the vendor booths. I was able to try quite a few flavors and really liked each one. Unfortunately, I was never really able to find them sold in stores so haven’t had it much since then. So when I heard about this campaign, I was more than happy to participate in the Two-10 Discovery Challenge. So what is the FRS Two-10 Discovery Challenge? For only $19.99, FRS will send 20 servings of FRS…
  • Running GPS vs. Course Length [Infographic]

    11 Nov 2014 | 11:19 pm
    For anyone who has competed in a race before, you must have crossed the finish line, got your medal and when you finally look at the results on your watch, you’re surprised to see a distance that is not the exact mileage you expected to run. I just checked all of the half marathon race reports I published in the last few years and here are the ones where I had something other than the official 13.1 mile distance: 13.23, 13.22, 13.54, 13.23, 13.16, 13.06, 13.01. I think most runners know about things like running tangents and how the start of a race may involve zig zagging around slower…
  • Los Angeles Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Race Report 2014

    8 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    This is the third time running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon. This race was #2 of 3 in my Rock ‘n’ Roll Tourpass, #3 being the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas half coming up in a few weeks! I was initially planning to run the San Jose half to get the Cali Combo medal (run 3 of the 4 California races), but a friend wanted to run Vegas and who can say no to a trip there? As usual, I didn’t have any specific goals for this race, but I did run a 1:31 a few months ago in San Diego, so I was hoping to run no slower than 1:35 (my default goal time).
  • Del Mar Mud Run Report

    11 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    After completing the Spartan Race, I knew that running the Del Mar Mud Run would be a nice change. In comparison, this race was shorter (5K vs 12 miles), cooler (80 vs 100 degrees), with easier and less obstacles (16 vs 28) and at a slower pace. I was participating in this race with a co-worker and her husband so it was a nice change from running solo like I do in most races. I was also able to get some great footage on my GoPro. The organizer of the Del Mar Mud Run is Vavi, who does a lot of the social events and sports leagues in San Diego. Knowing they were involved, I knew this would be…
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    Team Cross Runs

  • Running with Skis

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Well, I didn’t run with skis on, that’d be ridiculous.  But I did try running while pulling the kids behind me in our Chariot with the ski attachment.  I’ve been trying to think of ways that I still be able to work out this winter some outside with the kids. So I thought, why not try pulling the Chariot Ski while running trails.  Iposted awhile back in the TC Trail Runners Group on Facebook (the group isn’t super active, but has provided some feedback about other things) and didn’t get a response. This weekend it was going to be warm enough for me to feel…
  • Winter Arrived…

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Winter came a little bit early this year and it came with a fury. I think most of us in the Twin Cities were glad that the storm track moved and we missed the 14″ of snow that some had predicted!  Nevertheless, I went for a run with my visiting sister during the snow storm this past Tuesday morning!   #running in the first snow storm of the season with @megthemalex she wasn’t excited about the white stuff and temps! A photo posted by @crossn81 on Nov 11, 2014 at 4:53am PST She wasn’t really prepared for such nasty weather so I had to loan her a few things. I actually…
  • October into November

    9 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    October seemed to have flown by.  We were fortunate for a little mid-month break.  My in-laws came up for fall break and we were able to get away for a few days to the Florida Keys without any kids! It was marvelous and a much needed break from real life! We stayed at a great hotel, Southernmost Hotel of the USA, and had a great adventure on the water with Fury!  We snorkeled, jet-skiied, para-sailed, and climbed on huge inflatables! It was a grand time! October’s Challenge was to do 10 pushups and situps each day. I’m proud to report that this occurred 29/31 times. The two…
  • Solcana’s Athlete of the Month

    4 Nov 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I was named Solcana’s Athlete of the Month in this month’s newsletter. Here is the blurb: Athlete Of the Month: Nick Cross Coach Morgen says: “Shout-out to Athlete of the Month Nick Cross! Nick is a solid pillar of our 5:30am class (aka CrossFit Dad). Nick is a distance runner, social worker, husband, and parent of two little kids. He shows up to class consistently, listens, and asks questions. He knows that being strong and moving well will be beneficial to his sport outside the gym. He works hard and has developed his squat and other foundation movements considerably since…
  • The Diane Challenge

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I haven’t written about Crossfit in awhile.  I’ve still be going consistently about 8 times a month.  Recently Solcana held its first gym-wide challenge.  The  Crossfit workout called Diane was chosen as the challenge.  It is a two part challenge – complete it once in October and then we’ll complete it again in December.  Who ever has the most improvement based on an extremely complicated calculation wins! So what is Diane?  First, many Crossfit workouts have women names, we don’t have space here to dissect that! Second, these workouts usually aren’t…
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    japan running news

  • Japan Scores First International Chiba Ekiden Win in Five Years In Anchor Stage Battle Against Kenya

    Brett Larner
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:52 pm
    by Brett Larner Up against a relatively anonymous team fielded by course record holder and three-time defending champion Kenya, the Japan team fought hard over the final two of the day's six stages to come up with its first International Chiba Ekiden win since 2009, covering the 42.195 km course in 2:05:53 for the win with an all-star team of three men and three women.  But it was anything but a
  • Inoue Leads Kanto 10000 m Time Trials in 28:19.28 PB

    Brett Larner
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    by Brett Larner video by naoki620 With universities in the Kanto Region gearing up for the season-ending Hakone Ekiden on Jan. 2-3 the KGRR held its annual 10000 m time trial meet Sunday, moved this year from Tokyo's soon-to-be-demolished National Stadium to one of the most beautiful tracks in Japan, Keio University's Hiyoshi Field in Kanagawa.  Sixteen men's 10000 m heats and one women's
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology's First Hakone Ekiden Runner Masaki Matsui Hopes to Be the Next Kawauchi

    Brett Larner
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm translated by Brett Larner A rebel runner with a high coefficient of variation is set to run the sport's biggest stage.  Members of the Kanto Region University Student Alliance team for the Jan. 2-3 Hakone Ekiden met with members of the media Nov. 23 in Yokohama for interviews following the Kanto Region University
  • Kawauchi Takes Nine Minutes Off Fukuchiyama Marathon Course Record - Road Review

    Brett Larner
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    by Brett Larner Three weeks after an unsuccessful run at the TCS New York City Marathon and a week after the third-fastest half marathon of his career, Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) returned to his favorite distance at the 24th Fukuchiyama Marathon in Kyoto.  Cancelled last year in the wake of a typhoon, Fukuchiyama was rewarded for its invite of Kawauchi as he took nearly nine minutes off
  • Ritsumeikan Tears Down Rivals Kyoto Sangyo and Kwansei Gakuin for Kansai University Men's Ekiden Championships Title

    Brett Larner
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    by Brett Larner As the world's best university distance runners start their buildup to the main event of their year, the Kanto Region's Jan. 2-3 Hakone Ekiden, and the U.S.A.'s NCAA holds its national cross country championships, their counterparts further west ran their season-ender Saturday at the 76th Kansai Region University Men's Ekiden Championships. On a new course in Tango, Kyoto last
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    Jill Will Run

  • Friday Fête: Stress and Shopping

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post (Friday Fête: Stress and Shopping) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Lately I feel like my life is a treadmill set on a pace that I can’t maintain! Work has been stressful lately. Is there a stronger word that covers stress? Thesaurus….   Okay, I think I’ve felt those. I had hoped to wrap up several loose ends before this weekend and then have just a few things on my plate next week before the holiday… but it’s not looking like I’m going to hit that sweet(er) spot. Oh well… And a holiday! Nothing like a holiday getaway to add to…
  • Sitting is Death (We’re all Gonna Die!)

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post (Sitting is Death (We’re all Gonna Die!)) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill A while back I was talking about my aching hip/groin/glute/quad/hammie… the drifting pain that sidelined me for a bit.  Three weeks of no running and I was able to get back at it and I’ve had many good weeks of running since. So while I don’t know what caused that injury, I do know what isn’t helping… sitting at my desk all day. I have read all the propaganda that proclaims how everyone is shortening their lives by sitting in chairs. I know that it shortens the hip…
  • Friday Fête: Reading List and Protein Smoothies

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post (Friday Fête: Reading List and Protein Smoothies) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Yesterday I got up at 4am to drive to Utah for work. In a 13 hour period I had driven 2.5 hours, had several meetings, gave a lecture, had lunch with my mom and drove 2.5 hours back home to pick “A” up from school. Then I realized I had forgotten to get anything out to defrost for dinner… so we “sadly” had to go out to Cafe Rio. I will happily eat at Cafe Rio nearly any day of the week! Meal planning has been hard for me and it seems to get harder and harder each…
  • National Veterans Day 5K [race report]

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post (National Veterans Day 5K [race report]) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill About 14 hours after I finished my last leg in the Las Vegas Ragnar Relay, I was at the start line for another race. Aside from still being somewhat sleep deprived (a condition that I’m still feeling today!) I felt really good overall. Better than my Ragnar vanmates, all of them seemed to be injured in some capacity now. Missing toenails, plantar fasciitis, illness… apparently the casualty count was high. I had told a friend that I would run the National Veterans Day race that day a while…
  • 2014 Ragnar Relay Las Vegas

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    This post (2014 Ragnar Relay Las Vegas) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill If you follow me on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram… you already know this. But on Friday and Saturday I did a little thing called Ragnar Relay. This is my second year in a row doing the Las Vegas Ragnar Relay, yet each year it was a completely different experience. The first time I did it with a group of wonderful friends. This year I just found a group on the Facebook page for this event that was looking for a replacement runner and stepped in pretty late in the game. It was also a completely different…
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    The Happy Runner

  • 25!

    The Happy Runner
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Well, after a good long post-marathon break, I'm slowly getting my mileage back up to where I'd like it to be. Not because I'm training for anything. Just because I feel better when I'm running a certain amount each week.Last week, I hit it. I ran 25 miles. Oh, how wonderful it was.Sure, I started the week running in shorts and ended running in winter tights (and gloves, ear-warming headband, heavy running jacket . . . ) but, hey. Weather is weather and you can't control it. All I can control is how I respond to it.And I responded by enjoying it all. Every mile of the 25!I'm back. Running and…
  • The truth.

    The Happy Runner
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have been trying to write up a race report for the Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon that I ran three (!!!) weeks ago.I just haven't been able to do it. I've started. I've stopped. I've gone on and on about this and that and I haven't been able to publish anything.Why? Because it hasn't been real. It has been "my race report with a positive spin on it" and that just hasn't been cutting it this time.You see, I'm disappointed. I was disappointed and, quite honestly, I still am.I wanted to run under 3:55 and qualify for Boston. I wanted it so bad. I believed I could do it. And for about 21 miles I…
  • Marathon goals.

    The Happy Runner
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    My third marathon is this Sunday. Sunday! That's right around the corner.I've trained well for this race, which is good because I have some goals that I would really like to achieve. But I also had that hip injury flare up on me at the end of my training and, I have to admit, that is getting in my head a little bit.I am doing my best to shake any doubts out of my head. I ran 4 miles yesterday at an easy pace and  when I looked at my watch after the run I was happy to see my pace was well under my goal pace.And what is my marathon goal pace, anyway? Well friends, it is a pace that would…
  • September recap.

    The Happy Runner
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    September was quite the month with some really solid runs and then, well, then it petered out.Overall, the month was a win. But I had to scrap a planned 14-miler at the end of the month and take three full days off of running because my wonky hip decided to flare up.Grrrr . . . So, the month ended a bit down, but not completely. After the rest and loading up with my favorite Deep Blue Rub, I bounced right back. I started October with two joyful runs! Pain free!!Phew.The month in numbers:Running (miles): 123.1Races: 0Cross-training: some rehab on the hip and a realization that I have not…
  • From worst to best.

    The Happy Runner
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Two weeks ago I ran that horrible 20-miler. It was tough -- for many reasons. The two biggest reasons were the humidity and my stomach cramping issues. After that run, I wondered (several times) if I was meant for the marathon at all, let alone a marathon with a time goal.I wondered and every time I did, I told myself that, yes, I'm meant for it. Now is the time to go for it. Go for that marathon PR. I mean, why not? Right? Right.So I forged ahead and have had some rocking runs since.Sunday's 22 mile run was the best yet.I ran with people I've never run with before: Catherine, Rachel and Jen.
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  • 42 shopping days to go…

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Till I/we sign up for this little lot… 13.1 LA January ??, 2015 – Not sure if this really going to happen but just in case it is on the radar, it didn’t happen this year, hopefully it will next Calico 30K/50K January 25, 2015 – 30K for Becca, 50K for me Sean O’Brien 50K February 7, 2015 LA Marathon, this is a Becca only race, I am over big city races The Great Race of Agoura 13.1 March 28, 2015- a fun local race Leona Divide 50 mile April 18, 2015 – Both Becca and I are throwing our hats on this one! Rim to Rim to Rim 46-50 miles May 9, 2015 – This will be a self supported…
  • SOB50K Week 2 (Step Back)

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Race week, not mine by Becca’s Ironman Arizona! I was off from Wednesday onwards with a view to getting us squared away so we could get out of town Thursday night. I shuffled things around to to fit in ‘cos that’s what you do. Monday; 5 miles. Nice and easy, a bit slugish. Very bloated from bad coffee. Tuesday; 8 miles. easy warm up and cool down and a quick 6 in the middle Wednesday; 7 miles. Got my ass handed to me on the local trail! Thursday; off. Drove out to Palm Desert, nearly halfway to Tempe Friday; 5 miles, easy 5 mile on the Treadmill Saturday; 14 miles, nice and steady. I…
  • Western Time | a Western States 100 film by Billy Yang

    13 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Watch, enjoy, be inspired!
  • SOB50K Week 1

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    As the Marathon is behind me I am now focused on the next big race, the Sean O’Brien 50k in February so the post titles will reflect that change, there are a couple of stepping stones between now and then though but that the next “big one”! As a reminder you can check out my entire Training Log for Santa Clarita here. There’s no rest for the wicked and I was back at it the day after the Marathon. Monday. 5 miles. treadmill. Nothing to see here…move on! Tuesday. off! Wednesday. 7.5 miles. Easy pace felt harder than it should have. No HR as still a bit chaffed from the Marathon…
  • Win a Headsweat Gift Card

    8 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Headsweats is working on their 2015 catalog, and they want YOU to be a model! Submit your best Headsweats action shot in one of their winter beanies, headbands, reflective headwear or hats in the "comments" section on their Facebook Page, you may have to scroll back a bit to find the exact post but look for the picture posted above. Sorry, visor fans, they’ve got plenty of these shots already! Bonus points if the HS logo is showing! They will choose winners on Tuesday, Nov. 11th, and you will receive a $25 gift certificate.Disclaimer: you must be able to provide a high-resolution image of…
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    Run Eat Repeat

  • Pile on the Miles Week 4–Monday Lululemon Giveaway

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello Hello! How was your weekend? Mine was PB& Jam packed with fun. First… I spent some time at my mom’s eating all her food. That included pizza. Love love love. (RunEatRepeat on Instagram) Then, Ro and I headed to Palm Springs for my friend Michael’s birthday party. Michael heard I had never had Jell-o shots in my life so he saved a whole plate of them so I could go big the first time. Michael’s husband and my favorite person in Palm Springs, Kurtis was my partner in crime and we ceremoniously toasted to the occasion. It was a good time. Then, we took the party to a gay bar and…
  • Four Fun Facts and LAST Week of Pile on the Miles!!

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hello! I had a fun Saturday running and eatin’ and all that… I’m headed to Palm Springs for a party and wanted to check in first. I currently look like a complete mess in a dress since I decided to try these big air roller things. My hair would NOT stay curled in Vegas last weekend so I’m attempting to give it a little push. I was about to take them out to go to my mom’s and then I realized I should just wear them on the drive. But then I had to get gas. Like this: Oh well, I just want to have fun. So my favorite blogger in the world Tina from Carrot N Cake tagged me in a fun survey…
  • Pile on the Miles Saturday Check In

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Hey!! I had the worst dream that Run Eat Repeat was down to party and I couldn’t do anything about it except drink get my nails done and act like it wasn’t happening. Boo.    b I needed someone to wake me up from the bad dream like this mama cat… But now it’s fixed and you can check in and be entered to win a pair of Mizunos – one entry for each check in… Leave a comment on each of the following days and you’ll be entered to WIN a pair of Mizunos… Pile on the Miles Wednesday Check In Pile on the Miles Thursday Check In Pile on the Miles Friday Check In How did your week go?
  • Pile on the Miles Friday Check In

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Hey. I apologize for all the trouble RER has been having this week. You are Piling on too many MILES!!!! So yeah, RER was down for two days and I had to make the executive decision to fire all RER employees. Boo. Hopefully, it’s up and running now and this isn’t the 3rd post in a row that is going to make me crazy!!! If not I might pack it in and retire to Costa Rica…   So, I’m going to keep the Wednesday, Thursday and today’s comment section open through Monday 3pm PST so everyone gets a chance to enter for each day. Please go to the appropriate day and enter your check in for…
  • Finding the Right Running Shoe and POTM Check In

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Hello. So, according to the very reputable source Twitter – yesterday was National Have a Bad Day Day. And good ol’ Run Eat Repeat took that very seriously and crashed. The POTM Check in for Wednesday will be up and available until Friday!! Update that post with your Wed workout and this post for Thursday. Ya feel me? In eating news… I used a packet of chocolate hazelnut butter to make my favorite easy oatmeal cookie. Do it do it. The original recipe was just one big cookie but I’ve been making two or three small ones. I also found this picture and a bunch of other random ones from…
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    IronBrandon Show

  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-11-23 05:37:25 (Brandon Wood)
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:52 pm
    The next beer review on Beerist@Gearist will be this delish little number from Upslope Brewing. #yum #beer #beerrunner #delicious #gearist #beerist If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-11-22 22:44:29 (Brandon Wood)
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Almost sunset time over Pike’s Peak. #pikespeak #gearist #mountains #colorado #sunset #clouds #outsideisfree If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-11-18... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-11-22 01:07:00 (Brandon Wood)
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Baby Gearist rocking the new Nine Jr. Snow helmet from @GiroSnow #kids #gearist #snow #ski #snowboard #winter #outsideisfree If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-11-20 22:21:01 (Brandon Wood)
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Don’t stop lovin’! If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-11-22 22:44:29Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-11-20 00:55:24Instagram #picoftheday... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-11-20 00:55:24 (Brandon Wood)
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Big il’ gear delivery today at Gearist HQ including this flowery number from Neff! #Gearist #winter #ski #snowboard #snow #cold #flowers If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
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    Ultra Marathon Running

  • The Inaugural Blackall 100 – an Ultra hot way to see the Sunshine Coast!

    Andy Bowen
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    After failing to make the start line of the Glasshouse 100 a couple ago because of a gardening induced back injury, I was keen to put that disappointment behind me in my first 100km ultramarathon race of the year. I’d not been completely idle as I had been sweeper at TNF100, run 270km along the Larapinta Trail in August and a local 90km run along the beach to raise some funds for one of our NUTRs (our local running group, the Noosa Ultra and Trail Runners) who was selected for the Australian Mountain Running team.The Blackall 100 (with 50km option) is in its inaugural year, and the first…
  • Fusion compression running shorts - What's new Down Under?

    Andy Bowen
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    It's widely accepted now that compression clothing for running is of benefit, particularly in ultramarathon events where any physiological benefit is multiplied over many hours (as covered in previous posts). There are a number of brands on the market where outwardly the only difference is the logo and stitching pattern, but they are not all same.The biggest difference I have found is in the fit and the quality of the fabric and manufacture. I have recently been asked to try a new brand of compression wear, Fusion.The brand itself has a strong presence and its roots in the triathlon scene in…
  • The NorthFace 100km – a volunteer’s perspective and why you should be at volunteer at an Ultramarathon too.

    Andy Bowen
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The North Face 100, in the Blue Mountains, Sydney, is a favourite Ultramarathon of mine. It was my first 100km race, and the even where I have had my best run in an Ultra. I had the opportunity to get involved with this year’s event, not racing, but as part of the band of volunteers who make this and all ultra events work. The North Face 100 before the fun startedI was part of a group of about 8 who were to sweep the course, marking the back of the field, helping any stragglers, and keeping the race directors informed of what was happening out on the course as part of their safety…
  • Win a Free Pair of the latest Running Shoes from HOKA

    Andy Bowen
    3 Aug 2013 | 4:38 pm
    If you want to treat your feet, get them into a shiney new pair of Hokas!  If you don't want to pay then there is way to get a pair for free, gratis, compliments of Hoka OneOne Australia.You don't have to be in Australia to enter, but if you win they will only be shipped to an Australian address. So maybe find yourself a friendly Australian who'll forward them on for you, or come and visit!  Simply send your entertaining running stories in and the best entry get's the booty :)Go on be nice to your feet and enter...Good Luck!
  • The real cost of Running Shoes

    Andy Bowen
    27 May 2013 | 2:45 pm
    I've written previously about using your shoes beyond the prescribed life suggested by the shoe manufacturers. My mantra has been if the shoes feel good, and you're not getting injured then keep going in them.  That said when you’re running Ultramarathons you do need to have a good running shoe that will go the distance. For me, it’s only when the uppers start falling apart and the soles when smooth that I have to retire the shoes to gardening duties.For the past 3 years I've been running in Hokas since they arrived in Australia and have kept records of the distances done in each…
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    Midwest Multisport Life - Finding Adventure in My Backyard

  • Forge Mug, Paleo by Season, Spartan Race

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love camping gear, because it can often pull double duty in every day normal life. That's the case with the CamelBak Forge insulated travel mug. This vacuum-sealed, double-walled steel travel mug is insulated to keep your coffee or tea hot for over 4 hours, according to CamelBak - maybe, but I would say keeps the liquid warm rather than hot, in my experience. The self-sealing mug is made for drinking one-handed - very cool design, though I'm not sure how they could add a handle to this mug, which is an iteration I'd love to see. I will say that to clean this mug is really simple - once the…
  • Mobility: Getting Started

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    “All human beings should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves.” ~ Dr. Kelly StarrettMobility is hugely important for every day life, but even more so if you are training stay fit. You might be young and not believe it, but when you get to my age you surely will. Take some advice and start adding mobility exercises to your daily plan now, and you'll thank me for the rest of your life.One place to start is with the Mobility WOD website - Dr. Kelly Starrett is probably the one person who has brought mobility to the forefront and onto people's radar screens. His books…
  • Trying Stuff: Archery 101

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    Sunday, I took the older three kids to check out a basic archery class at one of our local forest preserves. Since it was cold, windy, and a morning featuring some snow flurries, we got bundled up. When we got there, we were surprised to find out that it was going to be held inside. The forest preserve features a former mansion that was also used as a seminary - the archery class was held in the former chapel.The forest preserve always has good instructors, quality gear, and make things fun for the kids. After some basic instruction and safety rules, it was time to shoot. After some basic…
  • Magic Strap, OCR Book, 100th Geocache

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    I am an extremely skeptical person - if it sounds like magic, looks like magic, promises results like magic, it's probably a fraud. There is a definite need to test out any claims before giving up even an ounce of that skepticism. When I was approached about reviewing a strap embed with InBalance Technology, magical powers that promised increased oxygen uptake, flexibility, balance, and strength. It can even help you sleep better! Remember magnet bracelets? Yeah, me too.I was surprised when I received it to see my old friend, the Survival Strap. I'm a big fan of the company - their straps are…
  • Hitting the Reset Button

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    As you get older, if you're not examining all that you do and wonder if things couldn't be done better, you're in serious trouble. It doesn't take long to get behind the eight-ball, especially with fitness. I know, because I'm struggling daily with it. Happily, I'm always researching ways to do things better, and, even though I don't always practice what I preach, I've realized that, at this crossroads, it's pretty much do or die. Either I change my behavior, or mortality will change it for me, probably in an ugly manner. I'm fat, slow, and no longer very flexible, and that's just on the…
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    Women's Endurance Gear - Family, Fitness and Food

  • Tuesday Training - Winter Layering Guide

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    We have quickly gone from moderate fall weather to blustery cold.  Here's a great guide to help dress appropriately for the weather to keep you running throughout the winter...The Runner's Soul Winter Layering GuideWhat's your must-have winter running item?Like Women's Endurance Gear on Facebook
  • Midweek Motivation

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:06 am
    Think happyFrom ZOOMA FBLike Women's Endurance Gear on Facebook
  • Midweek Motivation: Patience

    5 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
      "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."Ralph Waldo EmersonLike Women's Endurance Gear on Facebook
  • Tuesday Training

    4 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Enjoying a picnic lunch at the park at the end of my run...Since the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon back in September, I've been running for fun -- usually stopping at parks and having picnics along the way.  This is also my time to destress and think.  My goal is 2-3 easy runs per week -  until I choose a spring race to start training for...Seven days without exercise makes one weak --and a little crazy :)Like Women's Endurance Gear on Facebook
  • Happy Halloween

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    Happy Friday!Any fun plans for the weekend?Like Women's Endurance Gear on Facebook
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  • My 7-year-old son made the Tee-Vee news the other day

    Kevin Lyons
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    My 7-year-old has a food allergy (peanuts and tree nuts). Halloween is right around the corner. An Austin television station (KEYE-TV) thought it’d be smart to detail how a child with peanut allergies can enjoy a holiday where most of … Continue reading →
  • Video: Trying to teach Noah to ride a bike

    Kevin Lyons
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    We’re getting there
  • Looks like a 10-minute mile to me

    Kevin Lyons
    19 May 2014 | 10:22 am
    President, vice president getting in some exercise. Somebody needs to get these guys a pair of running shoes. Source: @BarackObama twitter feed.
  • Jay-Z Should Have Got Off That Elevator

    Kevin Lyons
    13 May 2014 | 9:52 am
    ESPN’s Jay Harris, of one of the famous This is SportsCenter commercials, has some advice for the hip-hop mogul who got into a little kerfuffle with Beyonce’s sister, Solange.
  • April running: Over 100 miles for first time since Aug. 2012

    Kevin Lyons
    1 May 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ever since this thing has attacked my hip and made running for long distances virtually impossible, I’ve stuck to low and slow: Low mileage, run as slow as I can. Lots of 3- and 4-mile jaunts around Town Lake. But … Continue reading →
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    Dirty Running

  • And If You Close Your Eyes

    Dax Ross
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    I’m feeling my age today. Maybe it’s because my baby girl turned 13. Maybe it’s because I took her to her first concert last night, and we had to be there two hours early so she and a friend could reserve their spot against the stage, front and center, as I looked on from the far less crowded parent’s section off to the side. Maybe it’s because I thought her cut-up shirt that showed her belly button was too short, or maybe it’s because I thought she was wearing too much make-up. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t in bed by my normal 9:00 PM, but instead hung out by the guarded tour…
  • Used

    Dax Ross
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    My Jeep is a gas-guzzling, earth-f%$#ing beast, and if there’s not going to be a zombie apocalypse anytime soon, I should probably prep it for craigslist and trade it in for something more sensible, but I just can’t bring myself to wash the layers of dirt off and bring the military-brown paint to a shine.It’s not that I have a special place in my heart for poorly designed, American-made cars, but there are just too many memories in the cramped second and third row of seats, kids piling in, pushing against each other and against their own boredom on the way to Zion, falling asleep on…
  • One Epic Summer

    Dax Ross
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    A year ago, this week, I hiked and ran through the Sierras on the John Muir Trail, and I'm sure that I used the word epic more than once. It felt like every time I took my camera out, that I was taking a picture of something epic, and each night when I wrote in my journal, I wrote about something that I considered epic. That word has become overused, and has lost a lot of its meaning. When I think about the John Muir Trail now, and what I was doing a year ago, it was really just a lot of slow walking and some light jogging through some amazing scenery. There were some difficult passes at high…
  • Lazy Parenting

    Dax Ross
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:17 pm
    I want to preface this by saying I’m not the best dad. I’m not the worst dad, either (that honor belongs to this guy), and I feel that I do get it right occasionally, but I’m not looking to show off about what a great dad I am. In fact, I already messed up pretty bad today.My wife took the Jeep in to get the oil changed (which ended up being a $500 trip for changing all the fluids and an engine tune-up…I’m sure glad they sent us that $24 oil change coupon). So, she’s asking for a loaner car from the dealership and she texts me, but I didn’t know that my 12-year old daughter was…
  • Scorched Earth

    Dax Ross
    19 May 2014 | 5:58 pm
    We moved to San Elijo Hills in 2005. At the time, I was training for triathlons and just starting to get into trail running. One of the things that drew me to the area was the extensive trail network. I started with the wide, manicured paths that led to the schools and grocery store, then as the distances grew, I became more adventurous, covering more trail miles and discovering an amazing network of beautiful trails surrounding our dense suburban neighborhood. The wilderness was outside my door, and it became my playground.Early fires on Double PeakIt has been a particularly dry year in…
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    Miss Zippy

  • Turkey trotting off…

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Just as I did last year at Thanksgiving, I’m taking the rest of this week off from blogging. Not only do I want the time in the real world, but I am fried from a case of over scheduling. Today, for instance, includes seven appointments (four of them are teacher conferences). Downtime is what I need! Before I go, though, I want you all to mark your calendars for some fun things I have coming up on the blog: Next Monday, Dec. 1 I’ll have my HUGE runners’ gift guide and GIVEAWAY. You are not going to want to miss this one, trust me. Dec. 8 I’ll be posting my annual Year…
  • We’re adding a new runner!

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:04 pm
      I’m 49 people, so no, I’m not pregnant. I wrote an article for Runner’s World’s new women’s running site Zelle the other day about running with your kids. Over the years, I’ve run with both of mine, in races as well as runs for fun. I’m pretty sure my daughter has the bug and will stick with it. My son, on the other hand, hasn’t wanted to run for a few years now. He’s all about soccer, lacrosse and team sports. I completely lay off him about running–if it’s not his thing, it’s not his thing. But it looks like he…
  • The crazy, long hair, white-man preacher

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    In all my years of running, this is perhaps the story that I love the most. I hope you do, too:  The history of our country’s Native Americans isn’t a pretty one, at least since white man came onto the scene. These days, too high a percentage of the Native American population is plagued by poverty, alcoholism, abuse, and little hope. But one “crazy long hair, white man preacher” is aiming to change that and he plans to use running as part of his strategy. Fifty-seven year old Pastor Dean Smith has been serving the Northern Cheyenne tribe of Montana for the past 13…
  • The best of a week…

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Monday is maybe an odd day to do week wrap up, but there were several highlights to mine last week, so I thought I’d share a few, best of style: Best reunion: I got to meet up with a friend from high school that I haven’t seen in years when she came to town this weekend for her daughter’s lacrosse tournament. How did we let so much time go? It was so fantastic to spend time with her. And of course, I failed to take a single picture. Best run: As I wait for this hip to calm down, I’m not doing much running. Sigh. But I did do the color run with my daughter this weekend…
  • Holiday runs I love

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Clockwise from top left: my favorite ornament; Celtic Solstice 2011?; Turkey Trot with my then much younger son; our annual cookie exchange run I am NOT a big fan of the holidays, let’s just put that out there. And I’m kind of annoyed that I am even posting something with the word holiday in it when we are a mere 12 days removed from Halloween. But the retailers are already shoving the season down our throats, so my mind has wandered there lately, thus this post.  I was thinking the other day about the fact that some of my most enjoyable “event” runs happen during…
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    Running in the Family

  • 15 Great Running Memes

    15 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Running, you either love it or you hate it Like me, do you also think this before you go for a run; “it’s fine, I’ll burn it off later” I’ll have you know that this regularly happens to me when I run away on holidays Always avoid the camera! Run, Forrest, Run! What kid wouldn’t agree with […]
  • Understanding Knee Pain after Running

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Many of people across the world perform cardiovascular training routines that result in knee pain after running. This type of cardio training is easy to perform and provides numerous health benefits such as preventing heart problems and decreasing body fat percentages. However, you can actually receive knee pain from running even at a moderate pace […]
  • What is in a Proper Marathon Training Diet? 

    1 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Most people tend to follow different fitness and nutrition fads when it comes to reaching max training and competition potential. However, this could end up placing you in a tight spot when the deadline for your marathon is approaching sooner than you thought, and your body is not physically prepared to endure the intense run […]
  • Putting the Fun in Run

    30 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Sometimes we can all use a little extra motivation to get out and run. Some uptempo music in our ears or a stats­tracking running watch on our wrist are great ways to get those feet out of bed and onto the pavement. But what if zombies were chasing you? Or you were being publicly shamed or even fined for missing a run? There’s an app for that.
  • 4 fantastic Ways to Get Kids in Love With Running

    11 Oct 2013 | 5:46 pm
      Many parents hope to raise kids who love exercising and will embrace healthy living. Though running is often a solitary endeavor, it can also be made into a family hobby to teach kids about the importance and fun of physical activity. If you want your kids to join you on the track, the trail […]
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    Running in the Family

  • 15 Great Running Memes

    15 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Running, you either love it or you hate it Like me, do you also think this before you go for a run; “it’s fine, I’ll burn it off later” I’ll have you know that this regularly happens to me when I run away on holidays Always avoid the camera! Run, Forrest, Run! What kid wouldn’t agree with […]
  • Understanding Knee Pain after Running

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Many of people across the world perform cardiovascular training routines that result in knee pain after running. This type of cardio training is easy to perform and provides numerous health benefits such as preventing heart problems and decreasing body fat percentages. However, you can actually receive knee pain from running even at a moderate pace […]
  • What is in a Proper Marathon Training Diet? 

    1 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Most people tend to follow different fitness and nutrition fads when it comes to reaching max training and competition potential. However, this could end up placing you in a tight spot when the deadline for your marathon is approaching sooner than you thought, and your body is not physically prepared to endure the intense run […]
  • Putting the Fun in Run

    30 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Sometimes we can all use a little extra motivation to get out and run. Some uptempo music in our ears or a stats­tracking running watch on our wrist are great ways to get those feet out of bed and onto the pavement. But what if zombies were chasing you? Or you were being publicly shamed or even fined for missing a run? There’s an app for that.
  • 4 fantastic Ways to Get Kids in Love With Running

    11 Oct 2013 | 5:46 pm
      Many parents hope to raise kids who love exercising and will embrace healthy living. Though running is often a solitary endeavor, it can also be made into a family hobby to teach kids about the importance and fun of physical activity. If you want your kids to join you on the track, the trail […]
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    Strength Running

  • How to Treat Adrenal Fatigue: The Hidden Cause of Over-Training

    Jason Fitzgerald
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 2004, my wife Meaghan was having a terrible cross country season. No matter what she tried, her running performances kept getting worse. Workout splits got slower. She felt exhausted, stressed, and couldn’t sleep. The muscle aches she thought were from training kept her up at night. After talking with her coach, seeing the Athletic […]
  • Why We Love Running (in pictures)

    Jason Fitzgerald
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Runners enjoy certain perks that non-runners will never experience. In an hour, we can explore a national park or city that would take days to see if we weren’t running. The process of exploration is much faster; it’s even helped me discover glaciers, hidden trails, and volcanos that I never would have seen. But our love of […]
  • The Reverse Taper: How to Return to Running After a Marathon

    Jason Fitzgerald
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a coach, I’m most nervous during the two weeks after a marathon. Aerobic fitness remains high but the body is still reeling from the aftermath of racing 26.2 miles. The injury risk is significantly higher post-marathon, when the heart and lungs are in great shape but your “structural fitness” is weak. If you’re coming off a […]
  • Q&A with Coach Episode 3: The Art of the Race Warm-up

    Jason Fitzgerald
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever done a piss poor warm-up before a race… and then felt terrible a few minutes after the gun fired? I’m not surprised. Without a proper warm-up, your heart rate will be too low when you start and your muscles will be tight – right when you need them to work their best! […]
  • Happy Birthday to Me! A Gift for You (and a quick question)

    Jason Fitzgerald
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last weekend I turned 31 years old. Or as my sister commented: “Jason!!! I can’t believe how old you are. It’s gross.” Thanks, sis. It was a fun weekend of running (18 mile long run at altitude!), eating (I can’t quit you, Voodoo Doughnuts), and stealing Halloween candy from my daughter. She’s too young! But […]
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    No Meat Athlete

  • Leo Babauta on Habits, Simplicity, Running & Diet (Plus the New Zen Habits Book!) (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Today I’ve got new interview with author Leo Babauta, so the appropriate thing to do is to start by telling you all about his blog, Zen Habits. But that would be dumb, because you already know about Zen Habits. I’d like to think that’s because I’ve linked to it more often than to any other blog, and that I somehow manage to mention Leo in just about every podcast episode we make. But that’d be giving myself too much credit. In truth, the real reason is that so many No Meat Athlete readers have come from Zen Habits — a massively popular blog that’s twice been named by Time…
  • Can’t Keep Up? 7 Small Steps for Simplifying Your Life (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    A few weeks ago I wrote a post about personal development, but our most recent podcast episode about daily rituals reminded me that I left out a critical part. That part? Simplicity. While the rest of the post was really about growing and becoming more, simplicity for me is about making room for this growth, by being happy with less. You don’t need to be a minimalist to enjoy simplicity. All you need to do, really, is do it. Like everything else, start small and try to take daily action … then one day, you’ll look up and realize you’ve changed. I’d love to call…
  • A Photo-Update on our Amazing NMA Running Groups (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    It’s been two months since our running groups started, and still this project brings me more joy than anything else we’ve done at No Meat Athlete. Though I had planned on starting small with the running groups — say, 5 or 6 of them across the U.S., in big, vegetarian-friendly cities — I realized pretty soon that a plan like that required actual patience. And since I clearly don’t have that, we went ahead and started 75 of them, any place where we had three or more people interested and someone who would lead. Not just across the U.S., but around the world. Since…
  • The Moment When the Fear Dissolves (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    A few months ago I started a personal blog, inspired by the week I spent with author (and one of my heroes) Seth Godin. I was hoping to publish a new post for each of 30 straight days, but I failed at that, quite miserably. But one post there was about fear, something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. It’s something I’ve let control me at times in the past, but recently — really, right after the events that inspired this post — things have been different: I’m beginning to understand what people like Seth and Steven Pressfield mean when they talk…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Personal Development (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m kind of a nerd for personal development, but I realized the other day that I’ve really never taken the time to explain it. The name doesn’t exactly sell it well; I much prefer self-improvement. (Both are better than self-help, though.) I say “nerd” because there’s nothing cool about it … “trying” isn’t looked upon so favorably by the masses who determine what’s cool. But I’d argue that reading or listening to something motivational, inspiring, or educational every single day is without a doubt the most important daily…
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    Rx Sorbo

  • Walking Shoe Inserts Discount and Coupon Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Announced by RxSorbo

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    RxSorbo, a leading online retailer of top-rated walking shoe insoles, is proud to announce a 40% discount coupon offer to support breast cancer awareness.  October, of course, is breast cancer awareness month, and many breast cancer organizations use walkathons to raise both awareness and money to support research. The coupon can be used to purchase special, limited edition ‘pink’ walking insoles. “For anyone who has participated in a walkathon, foot pain is a real issue,” explained Rj Yozwiak, Manager of RxSorbo.  “Our 40% coupon offer extends to anyone in the breast cancer…
  • RX Sorbo® Race For the Cure (Prize Winners)

    13 Sep 2011 | 8:12 am
    RX Sorbo® Congratulates The Raffle Winners from the Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio Race For The Cure on September 10th - 2011 Cleveland, OH - Rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the participants at the 18th Annual Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio Race for the Cure. Held September 10, 2011 at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University - over 20,000 women, men and children of all ages and athletic abilities were expected to participate. Many RX Sorbo/Sorbothane employees, friends and family members ran or walked in the event. Susan G. Komen For The Cure continues to be the…
  • Rx Sorbo® Gold Level with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

    20 Jun 2011 | 2:19 am
    RX Sorbo® Announces Gold Level Partnership With Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio Race For The Cure® KENT, OHIO - Performance Insole manufacturer and marketer - RX Sorbo® / Sorbothane® today announced a Gold Level Sponsor Partnership with Susan G Komen Northeast Ohio. "RX Sorbo / Sorbothane is committed to enhancing the overall health and well-being of our customers, employees and the communities where we live and work...right here in Northeast Ohio," said David Church, RX Sorbo-Sorbothane President. "We are proud to be a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio Race for the Cure®"David…
  • Alicia Sacramone Wins Gold Medal at 2010 World Championships

    16 Nov 2010 | 3:05 pm
    Alicia Sacramone wins Gold Medal at 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Alicia Sacramone won the vault title at the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships. Sacramone won the Gold Medal with a 15.200, the average of her two vaults. She is just the second U.S. woman to win  the world vault title. Alicia’s career world medal total is now 9. According to USA Gymnastics, she is now tied with Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin as the U.S. women with the most world medals. "I am glad to be back representing the U.S.," said Alicia, a member of the 2008 Olympic Silver Medal Team. "To…
  • Alicia Sacramone Teams Up with Sorbothane®

    27 Sep 2010 | 6:20 am
    Introducing Shocksox® - Helps Prevent Impact Injuries To Gymnasts Developed by an orthopedic nurse specialist, Shocksox® will help prevent impact and overuse injuries to gymnasts, dancers and cheerleaders. These supportive open-toe socks feature a "built-in" Sorbothane® pad that can absorb up to 94.7% of impact shock. The inspiration for Shocksox® was Olympic Gymnast and World Gold Medal winner, Alicia Sacramone. Alicia, like many other gymnasts, suffered from impact related injuries. Worn consistently Shocksox® will help prevent the incidence of impact injuries and allow the body to…
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    The Run Commuter

  • 2014 International Survey of Run Commuters

    5 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    We’re pleased to release the findings of our first International Survey of Run Commuters! The survey results can be viewed here, and the raw data is available for public use here. Please acknowledge The Run Commuter if using for a publication/blog/paper/etc. If you would like to provide any feedback or have any questions, please email us at Here are some of the highlights of the survey: We received a total of 145 responses from 22 different countries. Run commuters are more likely to be: College educated Male Married White Nearly half of the respondents…
  • A New Starting Line

    Nick Pedneault
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    I run commute to work. I like it very, very much. To some extent, it even defines me. I cannot think of a better way to start my day. To me, each one of my run commuting legs is a small adventure. Admittedly, once in a while, I bike to work. I like it, but not as much as run commuting. And biking in winter in Ottawa, Canada can be treacherous, to say the least. Call me a wimp, but in the middle of a snowstorm, I would rather be running than biking. Gatineau Park’s main entrance The Ottawa area, which is also known as Canada’s National Capital Region, includes an amazing…
  • The New Run Commuters – October 2014

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    We’ve been a bit busy around here lately prepping for ultras, raising kids, and meeting the demands of our non-running day jobs (ugh), but we’re picking back up again and have a some great new stories and articles to share with you. To kick it off, we’re starting with an overdue edition of The New Run Commuters. In this month’s edition, we feature Seth Leon, a UCLA Statistician from Los Angeles, CA, and Lori Corpuz, a data analyst living in New York City. If you are interested in being featured in The New Run Commuters, please fill out the form at the…
  • 2014 International Survey of Run Commuters!

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    THE POLL IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for the results. ———————————————– Ever want to know how many people are run commuters? How far they run? Which city or country has the most people who run to work? We’d like to know, too! Please help us learn more about the run commuting world by taking part in the first International Survey of Run Commuters! The survey will be open until September 30th, 2014 and we will publish the results on The Run…
  • Corridaamiga Founder Sylvia Cruz on Brazil’s “Friendly Running” Initiative

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    We’re very excited to introduce you to Sylvia Cruz, an inspiring run commuter and passionate active transportation advocate from São Paulo, Brazil. The 29-year-old environmental manager only began running three years ago, but it had a major impact on how she sees the cityand interacts with others around her. Further, it inspired her to educate and encourage others to join the ranks of those who not only run, but run as a form of urban mobility. She started Corridaamiga, or “running friends,” as a way to connect experienced run commuters with those interested in using running to…
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  • Light up the night in reflective running shoes

    Rachel Kiser
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Running is our time to reflect—so make sure your shoes are paying their dues! These styles boast hi-vis fabrics and shiny detailing to give you one more layer of safety when you’re eating up miles before breakfast or taking a spin at dusk. Light up the night in one of these poppin’ bright picks. Brooks’ Nightlife Shoes This collection takes three Brooks styles and gives them a little extra pizzazz to really make you a stand-out. The Ravenna 5, Glycerin 12 and PureFlow 3 all boast an upper that works its hardest when the sun goes down (plus laces that are fully reflective).
  • 3 Nathan Performance Accessories You Need for Fall

    Rachel Kiser
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    With fall races on the horizon, it’s crunch time. Your training runs are getting longer, your running shoes are getting down and dirty with the pavement or trail, and your confidence is soaring because you keep nailing your pacing (or at least you’re trying!). While it’s true that gear doesn’t make a runner, it’s hard to argue that having the right gear in your arsenal can make training for race day feel like bliss rather than blah. And these Nathan picks? They’ll help make those long miles feel like a walk (or easy run) in the park.  Nathan Lightspur…
  • Top Shoes from Summer Outdoor Retailer 2014

    Rachel Kiser
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Phew! This summer’s Outdoor Retailer trade show was a whirlwind of a trip. We saw so many exciting new things for spring 2015 that we are already counting the days until we can add the new styles to our shoe rotation. Here are the top 10 we are most excited for (in no particular order). New Balance Fresh Foam Zante and Fresh Foam Boracay After last season’s debut of the New Balance Fresh Foam 980, the brand has evolved the data-driven technology to two new styles: the Fresh Foam Zante and the Fresh Foam Boracay. This also marks the first time New Balance has given its shoes…
  • We’re Headed to Outdoor Retailer!

    Rachel Kiser
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Outdoor Retailer is a chance for run specialty brands to show us what new styles and technologies they’ve dreamed up for next season—and make us faint from happiness over everything we see. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we take on the show. We’ll get you the dish on spring 2015 styles so you know which pair to have your sights set on next.
  • Breaking Down Merrell’s AllOut Technology

    Rachel Kiser
    14 May 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Merrell has long been known for its barefoot-inspired trail running shoes. This year, it’s taking new strides and expanded its lineup by creating the AllOut series, a collection of neutral cushioned shoes that offer a touch more support than zero-drop options. With the AllOut line, Merrell introduces key new technologies to set the collection apart from its barefoot brethren. 6-mm drop: Rather than having the feet and toes sit even in a line as they do in a barefoot-inspired shoe, the AllOut series instead features a slightly elevated heel (though 6 mm is still half of traditional…
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    RunnerDude's Blog

  • Training Gear: To Each His Own

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    I'm asked frequently, "What running shoes do you wear?" What running shorts do you wear?" "What sports drink do you use?" "What fuel do you use on the run?" "What do you eat before a long run?" "What do you eat after a long run?" I always preface my response with, "Well, what works for me is..."Running is a very specialized sport and that goes for the gear and fueling too. What works for one runner may or may not work for another. The trick is to read up on various options, talk to your running buddies and trainer, and then try things out for yourself. The training period for a marathon is…
  • Controlling the Holiday Bulge

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    The holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family, and good food. Problem is many of us attend so many holiday functions that before you know it, you're entering the New Year with new pounds.  The Calorie Control Council has estimated that the average American could consume as much as 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Just Thanksgiving Dinner alone could pack 3,242 calories for some.I know what you're thinking, "I wait all year to enjoy those homemade seasonal goodies." You don't have to do without. BUT, you do have to practice moderation and accountability. Eat your favorite foods, but…
  • Don't Believe Everything You Read

    4 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    You know the old phrase, "I read it, so it must be true." We all know that's usually not the case, particularly in the age of the Internet when anybody and everybody can print/say whatever they'd like with very little proof.I've been amazed at some of the exercise and nutrition headlines I've read lately. The information in these articles has been really good, solid info, but the headlines which are meant to grab your attention have been very misleading. The problem with sensationalized attention-grabbing headlines is that often (in our busy lives) readers don't get much past the headline.
  • External Focus Best for Marathoners

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    If cognitive strategies during a marathon won't exactly make or break your race, they are still amongthe most important weapons you have in your arsenal against fatigue. Below are the  four mental strategies to be the most common: Internal association: This focuses on how the body feels while running.Internal dissociation: This is essentially distraction: examples include playing songs over and over in your head and solving mental puzzles;External association: This focuses outwardly, on factors important to the race: passing or being passed by other runners, looking out for fluid…
  • Strategies for Mentally Attacking a Half Marathon

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Running a half marathon tests your mental strength as much as it does your physical fitness. Each part of the half marathon has different mental battles. Here are some tips on how to win the challenges throughout the half marathon and run a successful race.First 5 Miles: Start out slow. When you start your half marathon, you'll feel strong and confident, but you have to tell yourself to hold back. Running your first half slower than the second half (called a negative split) is the key to running a smart and enjoyable half marathon. Take it slow. Your body will thank you during the later…
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  • Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 2: A Fantastic Update

    David Henry
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It hasn’t been that long since I first wrote about the original Nike Zoom Terra Kiger in my June review.  I was pleasantly surprised by the shoe and found it very nice for smoother trails, and even mixed runs as the shoe ran quite well on pavement. Only a short while after my review I started to see rumors that a version 2 of the Kiger was already on its way. Although I’m sure nobody from Nike read my review, it seemed they had read my mind based on what I was hearing regarding updates in version 2. Firmer midsole, more secure upper, better heel stability. Given that these were…
  • Can Rocker Soled Shoes Benefit Runners With Forefoot Pain?

    Peter Larson
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    A little over a year ago I wrote a few posts (here and here) detailing how my wife managed to overcome pain caused by a neuroma in her right foot by running in Hoka shoes. The Hokas seemed to do the trick pretty quickly, and I’ve since heard anecdotes from others who seem to have benefited from using Hokas to manage pain in the forefoot while running (I should point out that there are many potential causes of forefoot pain, not just neuromas). In contrast to the above, one of the more frequently reported injuries in runners who try minimal shoes are metatarsal stress fractures (this is also…
  • On The Cloud Running Shoe Review

    Peter Larson
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting to like these shoes. My previous experience with an ON shoe was the original Cloudracer, and my impression was that to take advantage of the cushioning provided by podded sole design you needed to land with a pronounced heel strike. Otherwise the shoes felt very firm (not necessarily a bad thing), and were too heavy for a racing shoe. They were also expensive relative to most other shoes in the racing niche. ON contacted me again this summer and asked if I’d be willing to try out a few of their newer models. They sent pairs of the ON The Cloud, and…
  • Announcement: Running Warehouse Annual Gift Card Sale

    Peter Larson
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Quick post to announce that my advertising partner Running Warehouse is currently running their annual Gift Card Sale. If you buy a $100 gift card you’ll receive a $25 gift card for free (there are a few other options as well – see below), and each individual can buy up to 6 cards. If you buy a lot of gear from RW over the course of a year, this can be a money saver. The sale runs through Friday, November 14. You can click here to go to the sale page, or simply click on the image below. You just finished reading Announcement: Running Warehouse Annual Gift Card Sale! Consider…
  • Another Example of a Garmin Forerunner 620 Tracking Problem

    Peter Larson
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Several months ago I wrote a post in which I discussed GPS accuracy issues I’ve experienced with my Garmin Forerunner 620. Though on the whole I like the watch, I still experience episodes where it seems to flip out and lose track of real-time pace and/or the correct track. This often manifests as the watch reporting a pace much slower than I actually am running for a period of time, after which it speeds up the pace to faster than I am running, seemingly in an effort to catch back up and even things out. I also still experience episodes where the watch records a track that would involve me…
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  • Workouts for a faster 5K

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:46 pm
    One thing I love about running is that you can switch up your goals as often as the seasons change. If you’re spent from half marathon or marathon training, you may want to avoid double digit runs for awhile. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you need to abandon your training goals. Consider spending the next couple […]
  • How to move on from a bad race

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    My training was solid. I hit my tempo run and Yasso 800 paces without a hitch. Every single long run went well, for the first time in my running “career”. I earned an unexpected half marathon PR during my peak week of training. I felt ready for the 2014 New York City Marathon. I was […]
  • A message to pregnant runners: do what’s right for you

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Some of you likely saw The New York Times article about elite women running through pregnancy. And this spotlight on exercise during pregnancy is definitely a positive thing, showing women no longer need to lay down and rest the whole nine months. Pregnancy isn’t some ailment that needs to be treated with such caution. It’s certainly […]
  • Tips for racing during the holidays

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Thanksgiving is right around the corner with the rest of the holidays blowing in shortly after. Will you be running a Turkey Day event this year? Or maybe those jingle bell runs are more your style. No matter your preference in racing for holiday cheer, there are some ways to make the experience more enjoyable […]
  • Gear for running in cold weather

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:25 pm
     Last winter, much of the U.S. experienced record low temperatures. This “polar vortex” caught me completely off guard and sent me running for the treadmill. I’ve vowed to run outdoors as much as possible this winter, no matter how low the temperatures drop. This time I’ll be prepared to run in the cold, though. Here are […]
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    Shut Up + Run

  • That’s a Rough Way to Die

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Since I’m not really training for anything my goal these days has to run about 30 miles per week. I don’t know why 30 is the magic number, it just is. It is more than 29 and less than 31, how’s that? I did intervals on the treadmill on Tuesday overlooking the pool and the pussy posse (remember them from days gone by? If you have been reading this blog for forever, you know the posse is my favorite geriatric water aerobics group who I hung with when I had a hip stress fracture). I like watching people swim while I run. I like to pretend I know things about swimming and I judge their…
  • 6 Genius Running-Related Tips

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Before we get to the tips…take a look at this view out my back door last night as the sun was going down. Doesn’t it just give you a sense of peace? I could sit on my couch all day and stare out onto this landscape (and sometimes I do – well, not all day but you know what I mean). As I was running on the treadmill today (I wanted to so speed work and there is no way I can do that outside right now), I was thinking about some little tips that I use in my running that I wanted to share. Just a few things that can make life easier…and we call could stand to make life easier. 1. When…
  • Shut Up + Shop Already!

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    You all know how much I love the “Shut Up + Run” mantra. It’s gotten me out the door too many mornings to count and across the finish line of ridiculously hard races. What you may not know is that the original name of my blog (when I started it in 2009) was “Run With Me.” It took about a week before I knew I needed something stronger, something bossier, something snarkier. “Shut Up + Run” seemed to suit my personality as well as my no-excuse philosophy. Truthfully (and why I chose the blog name), I got sick of people complaining that they didn’t have the time, energy,…
  • 5 Random Things From My Week–Fascinating!

    15 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    1. Almost every single pair of my socks looks like this because of my damn long Morton’s toe. That toe literally breaks through cotton, wool, metal, you name it. The toe has a mind of its own. It might kill you in your sleep. 2. Did I tell you I am coaching a running group out of Boulder? I trained with a group called Fast Forward Sports for Ironman Boulder. I am now one of the coaches for their holiday run program (you can still sign up!). I love this because I have only done individual run coaching, and most of it online. I really like the group interaction. We can fart in unison. And, I…
  • Guess Who Moved to Boulder? Plus, My Best Tips for Cold Weather Running

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I’m not going to complain about the fact that it is colder in Colorado tonight than it has been in our state on this date for the past 100 years (-13 tonight). I am not going to f-ing complain about the fact that I tried to run outside and had to turn around after one mile. I am not going to bitch about how my butt froze through my tights (really it did. It was like one big ass cube. Get it? ASS CUBE!). I lost feeling in my feet and my face became dangerously close to being frostbitten (for some reason I don’t really want to walk around with a face that is chronically black from…
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    Runners Connect

  • Are You Sabotaging Your Long Run by Running the Wrong Pace?

    Sarah Russell
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The underlying principle of any training program, regardless of your goal or ability, should be the development of a solid aerobic base. It’s the fundamental structure followed by almost every elite runner, in particular that of Kenyan athletes who spend around 85% of their time running at an ‘easy’ or ‘recovery’ pace. Mo Farah reportedly runs around 120 miles per week, of which 80% at an easy pace. No doubt he and Galen Rupp are having a good old chat as they run up and down the hills in Boulder. Not the picture of hard elite training that you might imagine? Well, we can all learn…
  • Why Your Big Toe Might be the Cause of Your Running Injuries (And How You Can Fix It)

    Matt Phillips
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Even though it is not talked about very often in running communities,  a “stiff big toe” (or as it’s often referred to, ‘hallux limitus’) can actually be a very common source of pain in the ankle, knee, hip or lower back. Normal big toe movement Imagine you are running, and one of your feet is about to touch the ground in front of you. The foot is pulled back slightly (dorsiflexed) in preparation for initial contact. The big toe (hallux) is probably also dorsiflexed but as your foot is still off the ground this is not significant. However, once your foot touches the…
  • Does Correct Head Positioning Make You Run Faster?

    John Davis
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Keep your head up”! Go to a race course of any kind, and you are likely to hear this phrase. Running coaches are fond of this advice, because it conveys both a metaphorical and literal message: keep a positive attitude, and HEY! get your eyes back on where they should be; on the person in front of you, not at the ground with your neck bent at a weird angle. Almost everyone will agree that an upbeat attitude is critical to peak performance in training and racing, but if your head is tilted down or your chin is pointed to the sky when you run, is it really that big of a deal?
  • Meet Our New Coach; Tina Muir!

    Jeff Gaudette
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    I am very excited and proud to announce we’ve added a new member to the RunnersConnect team! Tina Muir originally hails from England, but moved to the States in 2007 to pursue her running and education. An 11 time Division II All-America athlete for Ferris State University, Tina capped off her collegiate career by finishing 3rd in the 10k at the 2012 Great Britain Olympic Trials. Tina spent two years working as an Assistant Coach for La Salle University, a Division I University in Philadelphia, while completing her MBA. Tina juggled a full workload with her post collegiate training,…
  • Are Race Conversion Calculators and Race Time Prediction Charts Reliable?

    John Davis
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    What pace can you run for a marathon if you just ran a 25:00 minute 5k? What about for the half marathon? That’s a question almost every runner has at least a few times in their training cycle. As you may well know, it can be tricky to figure out what’s a realistic goal for an upcoming race, but fortunately, conversion charts can make this process a little easier. Most runners are familiar with race conversion and equivalence charts or calculators, like the tables in Daniels’ Running Formula or various tools online, all of which are easy to find with an internet search. But…
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    Running With My Demons

  • 'E:60' - Catching Kayla

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Tom Rinaldi tells the remarkable story of Kayla Montgomery -- who, despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, has become one of the best young distance runners in the country.
  • Western Time: A WS100 Documentary

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Billy Yang's latest film production, Western Time, features Nike Trail athlete Sally McRae and her long journey to Auburn  On June 28, 2014 Nike Trail athlete Sally McRae ran the original and most prestigious 100 mile race, the Western States 100 for the very first time. This short film documents her story and her journey leading up to this event including qualifying at the Montrail Ultra Cup race, the inaugural Sean O'Brien 50 mile earlier in the year. Although recently garnering a sponsorship, Sally opens up about her personal struggles and self-doubt leading up to the race. Her…
  • 2014 Hambletonian Marathon Race Report

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I pulled into the parking lot at 7:20 AM and quickly realized how unprepared I was for this marathon.The sun had just come up and the thermometer in my car said 52 degrees, the overcast-clouds were grey (with even darker bottoms) and the flags was blown straight out from their poles.I looked around the car and didn't see my "race bag".I had just realized that under my fleece I was only wearing a short sleeve shirt, the first pules of panic began to circulate through my chest. This could be a very long, cold day.My race bag, which for some reason I left at home is usually stuffed with couple…
  • 2014 Pfalz Point Trail Challenge Race Report

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Just a week after running the grueling 35 miles on the SRT, I was scheduled to run The Pfalz Point Trail Challenge. Again on The Shawungunk Ridge, but this one would be entirely within the Mohonk Preserve.After running the SRTRun/Hike just the week before I was  looking forward to getting back out on the trails. I had lived a week with "my demons" that I picked up on the SRT.I arrived at the Spring Farm Trail-head with ample time to check-in, use the bathrooms, double-check my gear/attire, lock the car, etc.As a photo drone hovered overhead, I mingled with some familiar faces from…
  • 2014 SRT Run/Hike Race Report (32 Miles)

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Last night I tossed and turned as I tried to fall asleep. My mind kept flipping back and forth between recent runs and my performance. And I admit it, I’m well past due on updating the blog, so I hope to expel some of my demons and put up a few updates. The first of which will be The Shawungunk Ridge Trail Run/Hike. As the event website states, “The Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT) is a 74-mile hiking trail that crosses High Point State Parkin New Jersey, where the SRT intersects the Appalachian Trail, all the way to the town of Rosendale, New York, where the trail ends at a restored railroad…
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    Mile Posts

  • Heading To Vegas Marathon & My First Live TV Interview

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    This morning I’m hopping on a flight and making my way to Vegas for the third year in a row. I’m excited to represent Mazda this year as a Game Changer via their partnership with Rock N Roll Marathons. You can read about the partnership here — I’ll be in the Mazda booth today […]
  • Focusing On What I Have

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Earlier this year I decided that I was going to intentionally focus on positive things, quickly pushing out the negative from my mind. Every day I take time to focus{even just for a moment} on one thing that makes me happy, something I am grateful for. I had a bad habit {I believe you than many negative […]
  • Want To Be A Rock N Blogger For Rock N Roll Races?

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Rock N Roll is looking for some new bloggers to join their Rock N Blog team!!! If this is something that interests you – applications are open until Sunday November 16th at midnight – here is the link to apply If you are running one of the races in Las Vegas this weekend come […]
  • 4 Years Old: God’s Plans Are Better Than Mine

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Colton turned 4 on Sunday. I’m not sure where four years have gone. It seems like it’s been an eternity since he was born, but at the same time, just yesterday. It’s something I’m convinced only a parent can understand. He is my last baby, so at 4 he still seems like a baby to me […]
  • When Social Media Makes You Feel Bad About Yourself

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    I’ve received a bunch of emails after my last couple of posts and an overarching theme with them seems to be related to social media. You don’t have to be blogger or someone who loves instagram, to like social media. Most of us are on it in some form, and while it can be positive and uplifting at […]
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    Runtastic Blog

  • Running In The Cold? Treadmill vs. Outdoors (And Tips On What To Wear)

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Cold and wet, grey and foggy… During dark winter months, the weather often isn’t very motivating to go out for a run. We’d rather stay in our warm, cozy bed or get comfy on the couch with a hot cup of tea in our hands. However, if we want to make the most of our lives, we should still lace up and explore nature: A runner’s life expectancy is 3 years longer, on average, compared to non-runners. Plus, runners have a 30% lower risk of mortality from all causes and a 45% lower risk of mortality from heart disease or stroke. Good news, runners: Jogging is good for your health. Whether on…
  • Sleep Better With Runtastic Pt. 3: Myths About Sleep

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Have you ever wondered if it’s actually possible to fall asleep while standing? Or, if you sleep better after a beer in the evening? There are many myths about sleep out there. Today, we are going to bust some of the most common sleeping myths. Myth #1: Grandma and grandpa need less sleep Older people do not need less sleep than the younger generation. It just seems that way because most of them are already wide awake at 6 a.m. The elderly actually need just as much sleep as most adults. The only difference is that older people sleep more often, but for shorter durations (i.e. take an…
  • 3 Tips For A Happy And Healthy Thanksgiving

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    If I were to ask you what your favorite part about Thanksgiving is, I would bet my money that it would most likely be something about food. Thanksgiving is the kickoff to the holiday season and it’s just around the corner. Are you mentally and physically prepared for it? Here are some ways to ensure that, while you may be eating it, you don’t turn into a stuffed turkey. Don’t worry, there are only 3 simple tips and they aren’t meant to completely overwhelm you. Work out the morning of A Thanksgiving feast is pretty epic. There is so much protein, carbs, sugar and fat in giant…
  • Runtastic Integrations – What, Who, How?

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Did you know that Runtastic supports smartwatch integration and can sync to other apps? If we’ve lost you, then what we’re trying to say is: If you already have a smartwatch, then it may be compatible with the Runtastic app! In addition to smartwatches, you can also opt to share your Runtastic with a few, select partner apps. Read on to learn more! Which smartwatches are compatible with Runtastic? What apps should I download? Give our list a read to see what can be integrated (and if you’re in the market to buy a new product, consider the Runtastic Orbit first of course!):…
  • Black Friday And Cyber Monday: Hot Deals Waiting For YOU

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Get ready for dropping prices and keep your eyes open for great offers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! We have some hot deals for you in the Runtastic Online Shop – don’t miss out! Shop & save in the Runtastic Online Shop Here at Runtastic, we’ll celebrate Black Friday with a great deal for you: Get your Runtastic Orbit plus a set of Colored Wristbands on November 28th and save big! On December 1st, Cyber Monday shoppers can save €10 / $10 on our Runtastic Running Set, composed of the Runtastic Heart Rate Combo Monitor and our practical, ever popular Sports Armband! You’ll…
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    Angry Jogger

  • Today I Went To The Las Vegas Marathon Expo And I’m Not Feeling Great.

    15 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    I went to the Las Vegas expo this morning and collected my race gear. All day I’ve been eating shit from most restaurants around the town. I went to the MGM Grand food court for a Chinese and made the mistake of eating the habanero peppers that were placed on my tray. I’ve never experienced pain like it in my life. The expo itself was OK. It was much the same as last year only more people were around and I didn’t feel comfortable as everyone was enthusiastic and I was focusing on getting out alive. I went there to try to get some gels that I could actually drink on the…
  • Reporting From Las Vegas On The Eve Of The Marathon Expo!

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Hi there, I’m in Vegas at the moment and it’s been a week of debauchery, involving no running and plenty of chocolate milkshakes. I haven’t ran since a few days after Dublin. I went out for two fast 7 milers and both resulted in my nipples becoming severely bloodied. Since then I’ve been letting them recover and focusing solely on finishing this book. I got an email from the guy who helped me out from the Spar in Merrion Row at the Dublin Marathon which was nice. Fuck knows how he found the blog but it was great to hear from him. Las Vegas Marathon. Tomorrow is the day…
  • A Positive Post About A Random Act Of Kindness Before The Dublin Marathon 2014.

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    On Monday I finished my 8th marathon in a time of 4:22. I capitulated at mile 18 shortly after I was forced into having a piss in the street. I stopped to walk between 18 and 22, but from there on I tried my best to settle my mind on beating last year’s time of 4:23 and kinda coasted home from there. It wasn’t the result I was looking for, but after Munich it felt great to just finish and get a medal. More bad planning on my part. I was seriously late for the start of the event. I got the 8:30 bus in to Dublin City Centre from the Airport and it left me 20 minutes to get to the…
  • On Sunday I Had The Photo Shoot For The Book Cover.

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    On Sunday morning I had the photo shoot for the cover of my upcoming book. We were originally gonna shoot it on Westminster Bridge but went for Tower Bridge instead as it’s more scenic. The brief that I sent to the photographer read something like “I’m gonna be running in a suit with a pint in my hand and looking really fucking desperate”. Desperation, got it! I really didn’t wanna go that morning as I couldn’t have felt any less like a runner after the dismal half marathon and 5 pints of Heineken on Saturday. The only people who use public transport at 8am…
  • Running A Half Marathon Today Through Hertfordshire And Feeling Content With Myself.

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    I ran a half marathon today between Ware and Enfield Lock and it was good although I really wanted to go further. I stopped just outside the Tesco Express in Enfield Village and bought a 1.5l bottle of water that I drank in 2 gulps outside. When it was gone, I walked straight back in for another drink and almost vomited the water back up again in the Frozen Foods aisle. Luckily when I got out, I didn’t puke but I let out a fucking exceptional burp. Pride. I walked to Brimsdown train station with a bit of swagger about my ass. I trudged through the industrial estate for about an hour.
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    Running in late 20s

  • Istanbul marathone done

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Just finished the Istanbul Marathon in 3:59. Not a PR but I'm quite pleased with that.
  • Istanbul Marathon in three days

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    I'm heading to Istanbul tomorrow to run the Istanbul Marathon on Sunday. Last year I only managed to drag myself to the finish line and it turned out to be my slowest marathon. That was due to lack of training and running the first half of the race too fast.I haven't really trained for marathon distance since then and my main focus was running ultra trail races, so a PR sounds too optimistic. But I am in better shape comparing to last year and I hope with pacing myself properly, I will be able to run better this year.I'm sure no matter what happens this Sunday, I'm going to try my best and…
  • Cappadocia ultra trail, the first DNF

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Just a quick note on Cappadocia ultra trail. For the first time ever I had to drop out of a race. That happened at 77th km due to severe pain in shin area and dropping the body tempreature and shivering. DNF ( stands for Did Not Finish) really hurts. There are lessons to be learned and I'm going to write a detailed post on this one. 
  • Cappadocia Ultratrail in a few days

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Heading to Turkey in a few days to run the Cappadocia Ultra Trail on Saturday. A 110-km trail race with 3300 metres of elevation gain. This race is a bit different from my last ultras. It is the longest distance I've ever run, but there is not a massive climb and the elevation gain is significantly less compared to the previous ultras. After the Eiger and the Irontrail, I had a few weeks of almost no training. I started to train for this race in mid August. Had a few long runs and also did a bit of strength training at the gym. I am now tapering and getting ready for the challenge. I might…
  • Swiss Irontrail T81: On finishing an ultra under the goal time

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    This is a long-awaited race report. This delay was due to a few reasons - or better said excuses - I hope that I can provide as much details as I can after a couple of months. Last August I went to Davos once again to run another ultramarathon. Davos is where I ran my first marathon (Swissalpine C42, July 2012) and my first ultra (Swissalpine K78, July 2013). And this time I was heading there to run the Swiss Irontrail T81 and get qualified for the UTMB.UTMB stands for The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, An ultra trail that perhaps everyone who is into ultra running wants to…
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    Natural Running Center

  • JFK 50-Miler: Finding Peace on the Trail

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In preparation for my return to the JFK 50-mile run this weekend, I’d like to share my race report from the 2008 run. This top photo was taken at mile 48 and made the front page of the Hagerstown Herald Mail in Maryland. It captures the spirit of ultra running. I wanted to relive this [Read more...]
  • Healthy Running is Fun and Sustainable Running — Love Affair with 3 Marathons

    2 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    After enjoying another Marine Corps Marathon (47th place in 2:49 age 48) curiosity led to digging into past races that stretch back several decades. So into the archives I plunged to see how many MCMs (I thought it was 22) and what the times were.  So I contacted my friend and Marine Corps Marathon historian [Read more...]
  • Semper Fly, 2014: Marathon Training and Race Day Tips

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    As you enter the week prior to the Marine Corps Marathon, or any marathon, here are a few visualizations to help you set your plan. Running your best 10K is mostly about fitness. Running your best marathon is part art, science, guts, and faith in what you can do. I’ve had the privilege of running  [Read more...]
  • New World Marathon Record—Countdown to 1:59 Continues

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    by Dr. Phil Maffetone. With his day-glo orange racing flats flashing through the Berlin streets, Kenyan Dennis Kimetto blazed to a world record 2:02:57 marathon. The weather did not hinder his pace, and it may not have helped much either, as other race times were not particularly quick (third-place men’s time was almost 2:06, and [Read more...]
  • “Racing to the (Kona) Starting Line”

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Sharing the journey of friend and fellow Race Director Dave McGillivray. Dave directs the “Big Boy” races, including the Boston Marathon.  His message of fitness vs. health is a must-read for all. From his extraordinary run across the U.S. to benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 1978 to serving as technical director [Read more...]
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    Mom's Home Run

  • Why do you run: inspirational video

    Nicole orriëns
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
    In this great video you see people running. And they answer the question: 'Why do you run?' I loved it. If you're having a motivational crisis, watch this! Here are some of the answers the runners give in the video: 'It allows you to clear your head. I use running now more to just get a break from work, from the kids, from the family. It's a chance to sort out my head.' 'It takes discipline.
  • inspirational running quotes you haven't heard before

    Nicole orriëns
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    Inspirational running quotes can be a big help to keep you motivated. Or to get you motivated in the first place. So here are some inspirational running quotes that are sure to inspire! I've been a runner for 13 years so some of these inspirational running quotes are mine! Inspirational running quotes by me It's hard to feel down, after a good run. Running is like a friend. It's always
  • Become a supermom in only 15 minutes a day!

    Nicole orriëns
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
    Yep, that's right! It'll only take you 15 minutes a day. And all you have to do is go for a daily run. I've always felt running makes me a better mom! And now there's proof. English health care group Bupa did some research. About 1000 moms particpated. Some of them runners, some not. The research shows all the benefit running can offer a mom. Why running makes you a better mom: the
  • Women's running clothes and men's running clothes: what's the difference?

    Nicole orriëns
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    The first time I went running I did so in a cheap pair of men's Adidas shorts. I bought them at our local thrift store for 2 dollars. And it was fine. But there is a reason there are separate running clothes for women and men. And that's because we have different body shapes! Especially when it comes to our waists, hips and tighs. Different body shapes Manufacturers take women's hips into
  • View from my crosstrainer with Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:53 pm
    There I was, feeling sorry for myself because I was on my crosstrainer feeling bored. To take my mind off of that pesky voice whispering: 'Why don't you just quit?' I turned my eyes to the right. And suddenly I realized how beautiful my views are. And it's where I get to live my  life! Aren't I lucky?! View from my crosstrainer (It's on our balcony!) <!-- start InLinkz script --> An
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    Runner Academy

  • RA063 | Brad Hudson: Insights from an Elite Coach

    Matt Johnson
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Coach Brad Hudson started training at the age of 10 under the tutelage of world-renowned distance running coach Mark Wetmore who at the time was a student at Rutgers. In high school Brad became the New Jersey State Cross Country Champion and then moved to Eugene, OR and then became the Oregon State Cross Country Champion. In college at the University of Oregon, he earned multiple NCAA All-American honors and won the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships under the direction of coach Bill Dellinger, as many may know the coach of legend Steve Prefontaine. After successful high school and collegiate…
  • How to Cut The Race Course (Legally) by Running the Tangents

    Matt Johnson
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Too many runners are running farther than they have to in their races. Are you one of them? If you are not sure, you probably are. We aren’t suggesting you be a cheat like Rosie Ruiz but rather that you run the distance you signed up for – and not a step more! So what is the reason you are running too far? You aren’t running the tangents, or the shortest possible route you can take on the race course which happens to be the official measured distance of your race course. In a 5K or 10K, this may not matter too much as the race is short. But in a half-marathon or marathon…
  • RA062 | Deena Kastor: Olympic Medalist & American Record Holder

    Matt Johnson
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Deena Kastor has put together a professional running career spanning nearly two decades setting American records in every distance from 5K to the marathon and now world masters records as a masters runner. Considered the top female distance runner in U.S. history, her American half marathon record of 1:07:34 and her American marathon record of 2:19:36 still stand today. She has notched victories in the Chicago Marathon, the London Marathon, and was a medalist in the 2004 Olympic Marathon in Athens and at one time was ranked the #1 marathoner in the world. As a masters athlete, she just…
  • RA061 | Bill Rodgers: Unknown Grad Student to Top of the Running World

    Matt Johnson
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Bill Rodgers, known by many as “Boston Billy” was one of the key figures in the distance running boom that started in the 1970s and continues strong still today. A complete unknown grad student before capturing attention and admiration following his 1975 Boston Marathon Victory, a race he went on to win a total of 4 times including 3 straight from 1978-80 and twice set the American Record on the course. In addition he captured the NYC Marathon 4 times and the famed Fukuoka Marathon in Japan holding the title of all 3 at the same time. He did all of this at a time when the reward was not…
  • RA060 | Dr. Phil Maffetone: Burning Fat, Training Slower and the 1:59 Marathon

    Matt Johnson
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Dr. Phil Maffetone is a well published and successful endurance coach was named coach of the year by Triathlete Magazine, and honored by Inside Triathlon magazine as one of the top 20 most influential people in endurance sports worldwide in the 20th century. His approach in training is rooted in holistic principles in examining causes rather than end symptoms and lectures on diet, nutrition and stress management, and teaches biofeedback to health practitioners. Among notable athletes and patients Dr. Maffetone has worked with include Grete Waitz (Whites) 9 Time NYC Marathon Champion and Mark…
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  • Monday Motivation

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
  • Now That I Can’t Run….

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    Lonely Running Shoes Well it seems that my body is fighting me every step of the way with my post season(s) running. I worked hard last winter into the spring, spring through the summer and then into the fall. Lots of miles for sure. After the Indiana Marathon I knew that I had some nagging overuse issues. I don’t want to necessarily call them injuries, because with a little bit of rest I’ll be fine. I tested the waters and it seems that a little more rest is required. UGH! Like most avid runners, taking time off can be challenging. It has been TWO days and just thinking ahead to…
  • Monday Motivation

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
  • Training Behaviors Impact Race Performance – I’m Proof

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    My training and racing has officially come to an end for 2014. I can say without a doubt that this has been one of my best years running, and at the same time one of the most heartbreaking. The biggest reason it was so awesome is because of the great network of running friends I’ve built. I didn’t directly train with all of them but, they made training fun and interesting all year through snow, rain, and unbearable heat. I couldn’t have run 1300+ miles without their support and company. I also had one enormous accomplishment in May when I ran the Pittsburgh Marathon and…
  • The Story of Marathon #6 – Just 3 Weeks after #5.

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    When I finished the Columbus Marathon on October 19th, I thought “that’s it for a while, my body and mind need a break”. Five days went by and I started to get into my head that I wanted to run another, like, right away. I knew the Indiana First Bank Veteran’s Marathon was in a couple weeks. It was close to home, inexpensive and I figured I had nothing to lose, really. I became obsessed with the thought of running it. I can’t lie by saying that I didn’t daydream about bettering my Columbus time. Who knows, maybe it would be the run of my life, maybe I could…
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    Dawn - Sometimes An Ultrarunner

  • I made the US Paragliding Team!

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Wow, so cool to be on the USA Paragliding Team!  Check out our page here: US PARAGLIDING TEAMThe 2015 US Team will be traveling to Roldanillo, Colombia in Janruary to compete in the World Championships (a.k.a. "The Worlds"). The Worlds are held every 2 years, and the best pilots from each country battle it out for their spot on the podium. The level of the competition at the Worlds is amazing. The US Team is selected based on the performance of US Pilots in competitions over the last 2 years, and this ranking is called NTSS,…
  • Dawn's Red Bull X-Alps Athlete Profile

    1 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Please forgive the completely shameless bragging...this was my application to get into the world's toughest adventure race, after all!Check out all the athletes here: WESTRUM TEAM USA3Nationality: United StatesDate of birth: 01. Jul. 1978Profession: NutritionistAssistant: Jaroslaw WieczorekGlider: Ozone Delta 2. For the Red Bull X-Alps I will fly an Ozone Alpina 2Website: http://hikerdawn.blogspot.comSponsors: Eagle Paragliding, Two-Can Fly Paragliding, Ewa Wisnierska, Antofaya Expeditions, MARU…
  • Interesting Facts about the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps Athlete Line-Up

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2015 RED BULL X-ALPS ATHLETE LINE-UPThe lineup is out – who will you be rooting for next July?We're still more than six months away from the start of the world's toughest adventure race – but for these world-class athletes, training starts now. (Actually, most of them have been training since, well, the last Red Bull X-Alps.) Since the athletes need to know who's in, you get to know, too – that's why we've released the line-up for this year's race. You can read more about all the athletes on their online profiles, but we thought we'd share some of…
  • I'm IN! a Red Bull X-Alps 2015 Participant!

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    I have been selected to compete in the next X-Alps!  I can't believe it, now my work really starts!  They will be selecting athletes all day today on the Red Bull website.Here's my Athlete profile (forgive the shameless details, I was trying to get into an exclusive race, obviously!)
  • Moab 24 Hour Adventure Race, 4-5 Oct 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Moab.  I've been dreaming of getting down to southern Utah all summer as we've been busy renovating the house and doing whatever other things that kept us from heading down to red rock country.  Finally I made an excuse...there's this adventure hour race in Moab...I just have to do it! I'd race with AXS racing the previous year in Moab, but this was their finale of of the season, longer than the other 3 races of their series, 24-30 hours in fact!   The mountain biking in the area is superb, so I knew the racing would be fun. Unfortunately Jim came down with a bad cold the week…
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    Pushing Harder, Faster, Longer - Crank101

  • Pushing Past Cancer

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I doubt there is a person reading this that hasn’t been affected by cancer. You may not have it, but you’ve been affected by it. You have older relatives, friends, family members that either have it, or had it. It is probably impossible that you don’t know anyone that had cancer. I know someone, a […]
  • Good Points and Bad Points – Suunto Ambit2 R GPS Running Watch

    9 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    So I’ve had some more hands-on time with the Suunto Ambit2 R, as I’ve had it for about a week now. I’ve run with it on trails, at the park, and up a concrete stairway on the side of a mountain. Overall, I must say I’m happy with it. I definitely needed to upgrade from […]
  • Suunto Ambit2 R GPS Running Watch Arrives – Unboxing

    2 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Happiness is replacing your old running watch with a new running watch. Through the miracle of international shipping my Suunto Ambit2 R GPS running watch with heart rate monitor, made in Finland, arrived in Krabi, Thailand via United States Postal Service from Newton, Massachusetts this morning after purchase on Ebay nine days ago. I have had […]
  • 27 Reasons I love to go Running!

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Ok! 27 Reasons I love to Go Running… 1. It’s a reward for sitting in the house at the computer for 8-10 hours or doing other things I don’t really want to do. Yes, I said REWARD! If you run just enough to make it fun and don’t run when it’s not fun – then […]
  • What is Your Resting Heart Rate? 34?

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    I am a fan of low heart rates. I know it’s weird – right? Miguel Indurain before the Tour de France started some years ago, had a resting heart rate of 36 beats per minute I think it was. My lowest ever was 38 bpm, but once I was measuring it and I was in […]
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    Run Coaching, Ironman and Triathlon Specialists - Kinetic Revolution

  • Possibly One of the Most Simple Ways to Improve Running Form!

    James Dunne
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Here’s a super quick video I recorded today during our short break here in Cornwall… As I’ve mentioned in previous videos, I love hill running and stair running as a means or improving running form. With the right cues, running up various inclines helps to encourage proper range of motion at the hip, and reduce the tendency to over stride. For more information on the movement patterns we’re developing here, check out these videos / articles: Knee & Hip Flexion Drill for Better Running Form Hill Running Workouts Made Easier With One Simple Tip The post Possibly One…
  • Forefoot vs Heel Striking: Muscle Activation Patterns

    James Dunne
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    If you think back to high school Physics lessons, you might remember being taught about forces being transferred, rather than simply disappearing. In the context of running gait, we can think about this with reference to the way in which we exchange forces all around the body; trading-off stress and strain on one tissue against that applied elsewhere as we alter loading patterns through changes in technique. Real World Example: A great example of this type of trade-off is the way in which a runner with an over striding, low cadence, heel striking gait pattern typically applies more torque…
  • Free Download: Ultra Running Advice

    James Dunne
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Beyond Runner’s World Magazine Neil and I were recently asked to contribute to a training feature in Runner’s World Magazine about Ultra Running. The feature was to be a collaborative effort, which would see us working with Warren Pole of 33Shake and fellow coach George Anderson. The four of us quickly realised that there was way too much information we wanted to share, for the space available in the magazine! As a result we decided to host an exclusive webinar, allowing us to come together and discuss the most important topics in details, as well as making time for a Q&A…
  • Stretching Doesn’t Work…?

    James Dunne
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    At least that’s the sort of sentiment my Twitter feed has been full of this week. So, rather than trying to share my thoughts in 140 characters, I thought it would make an interesting blog post… Last year (2013) Danish researchers Lauersen published a meta analysis in BJSM, which has gone-on to gain some traction amongst the wider sporting community. Here’s the Abstract: The effectiveness of exercise interventions to prevent sports injuries: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials Background: Physical activity is important in both…
  • Marathon WR in Slow Motion: Dennis Kimetto Running Form

    James Dunne
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    I do like an opportunity to watch elite athletes in slow motion. They make it all look far too easy! Here’s a great video showing Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto in the closing few kilometres of running a World Record time of 2:02.57 in Berlin this year. Some Observations Clearly this is footage pulled from TV, rather than good quality high-speed camera footage. So we can’t get too into the more subtle areas of running biomechanics. But we can look at a couple of key areas… Cadence / Stride Frequency: Earlier the race, I picked a few of the leading group of male runners, and…
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    The Runner Dad » Running & Fitness

  • View from the Back of the Pack

    Katy Murray
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I started running when I was fifteen; I’ve now been a runner for more than half my life. I learned to be competitive against myself from the start, and that level of competitiveness has carried me to National Championships, Regional XC team titles, several trips to the podium for individual performances and even a win at a half marathon. I was never a phenomenal runner, but I could run with the best of them, and enjoyed the exhilaration that came with PRs, or simply a strong effort with a solid finish. It’s why, in 2014, when I found myself running at the back of the pack, I…
  • Tips for Surviving an Ice Bath

    Matt Orlando
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The ice bath. One of running’s greatest rights of passage. The need for an ice bath signifies a milestone in your training. You have passed into double-digit mileage. You are well into your training and getting physically and mentally prepared for one of the greatest challenges a runner faces: the double-digit race. Whether you are running 12 miles or 20 miles, taking an ice bath will greatly decrease your post-long-run recovery time and have you back to walking normal faster than you would have thought possible. Since I started running half and full marathons in 2007, I have taken…
  • Cross Training Gets Results

    Nick Foote
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I am a runner. While I did not run in high school or college, I am a runner. It was not until I reached my peak weight of 220lbs and sitting in a cubicle that I knew I needed to do something. Running became what drove the weight off, along with stress and some self-diagnosed depression. Running saved me. While I will always tell people I am a first and foremost a runner, all the other things I do work to make me a better runner. I am a Crossfitter. I am a Triathlete. I am an Obstacle Course Racer. I enjoy GORUCK events. By staying as well-rounded as possible I see more gains on my runs.
  • 6 Months In: Running From a Newbie’s Perspective

    Thomas Musson
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today we have a guest post from a newer runner, Thomas Musson. Thomas wanted to share his observations as a new runner in hopes that it might help other new runners in their journey, and maybe bring some support and new ideas his way from more seasoned runners. He shares below: I have only been running for about 6 months now.  I am not declaring myself an expert on everything running.  I have, however, in that 6 months fully immersed myself in the world of running, so I wanted to share a few of my observations as a newborn runner. 10 Observations from a Newbie Runner Decide on Your Goals…
  • Active Kids, Bibs, and Rib-Breaking Sweep Vehicles

    J.J. Hensley
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I grew up watching my father run.  As far back as I can remember, my dad would set out to run four or five miles a few times per week and would return draped by a sweat-drenched, decades old Marshall University shirt that should have been retired when we landed on the moon.  He didn’t run much a youth, but a stint in the Marine Corps changed that and for most of his life he pounded the pavement whether it was 90 degrees and humid or 20 degrees and windy. Nobody forced him to do it and nobody pressured him to compete.  In fact, to my knowledge he never ran a competitive race until I asked…
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  • Skechers GOrun 4 Review

    Thomas Neuberger
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Skechers GOrun 4 Running Shoe Review The Good Thomas: Best GOrun yet, period. End of review. That would be too easy, but it is the best GOrun yet. It feels light at 8.6 oz. for a size 10.5, however the GOrun 3 weighed only 7.6. This would normally be a big negative. Lighter is better, […] The post Skechers GOrun 4 Review appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Finding the Perfect Shoe

    Meaghan Murray
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Some thoughts and tips on finding that one perfect shoe for you By Nick Bradley I’m not afraid of admitting that I hoard running shoes. This year alone I’ve tested about 30-40 pairs – the latest racing flats; cushy ultra running cruisers; traditional “drop” daily trainers; minimalist; maximalist; you name it! I’m not a wear tester […] The post Finding the Perfect Shoe appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • You Saw Me LED Reflective Vest Review and Give Away

    Thomas Neuberger
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:16 pm
    You Saw Me LED Reflective Vest Review & Give Away by Thomas Neuberger The nice people at You Saw Me would like to give one of our readers a FREE vest. Enter the contest below for your chance to win! If you can’t wait, visit You Saw Me and use code believeintherun8 to get free shipping. The […] The post You Saw Me LED Reflective Vest Review and Give Away appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • New Balance Zante Running Shoe Review

    Thomas Neuberger
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    New Balance Zante Running Shoe Review Gust post: Peter Stuart AKA @theloudmouuse The Good: The Fresh Foam Zante (NYC edition) is simple, light, quick, smooth and fun. While I’m sure there’s a lot of tech that’s gone into this shoe, it doesn’t feel that way. The fit of the shoe is terrific for me. I […] The post New Balance Zante Running Shoe Review appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Bryton Amis S430 Watch Review

    Meaghan Murray
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Meaghan and guest reviewer, Matt Katz, test the latest running watch from Bryton, the Amis S430 The Good Meaghan: The Bryton Amis S430 running watch is easy to use and comes with a lot of cool features (not all of which I was able to use – more on this later). The battery life is ideal; […] The post Bryton Amis S430 Watch Review appeared first on Believe In The Run.
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  • Friday Feeling….

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    Have you got that Friday feeling? I definitely have – it has been a crazy week for me. So what better way to celebrate this wonderful day, than listening to some great music that sums up your mood….   I have a little naughty here and have found some playlists that have already been created….       Read more →
  • Motivation….

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
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  • This weeks #LoveFit is…..Yoga with Adriene

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    I have always wanted to be a yogi, my problem is that i’m too stingy to pay for sessions. Also the only times yoga is on at my local gym are too early for me – as I work full time. I have always given it a go at home using YouTube videos but I have recently found Yoga with… Read more →
  • This weeks #LoveFit is……My Fitness Pal

    6 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    This week my #LoveFit has got to be My Fitness Pal! I am absolutely obsessed with it! I have never found it hard to be motivated to exercise or stay in shape, however I am not so good with eating the right things all the time – I do like the odd treat! My Fitness Pal allows me to keep… Read more →
  • Winter Training Plan

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    So winter is here and personally, I cannot think of anything worse that pulling on the lycra and stepping out in the wind and rain to go for a run or a bike ride! I am very happy to say I am a fair weather exerciser, I would much rather stay in bed and keep warm! This year I am… Read more →
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  • 9 Foods A Runner’s Diet Should Have (Infographic)

    9 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Runners should follow a proper diet to maintain their health and to achieve maximum performance. According to world famous dieticians like Steve Caning and Nick Nelson, runners should be careful with what, how and when they eat. Share this Image On Your Site <p><strong>Please include attribution to with this graphic.</strong></p> <p><a href=’’><img src=’’ alt=’9 Foods A Runner’s…
  • 7 Psychological Benefits of Running

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    The physical benefits of running have been established several decades ago. Most people run to lose weight, build muscles and strengthen their heart. Apart from these physical advantages, running comprises of many psychological benefits. Recent research states that running improves the mental health of runners. In this article, you will get a quick glimpse through seven psychological benefits of running. Benefit #1 – Reduced Anxiety and Stress Running reduces anxiety and stress. When you look at professional runners, you will sense a wave of ease and relaxation. Ardent runners are famous…
  • Things You Can Learn From Distance Running

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Running has taught me many valuable lessons. During cross country races, training was a lot more important than intrinsic talents and I compensated lack of aptitude with discipline and diligence. This is a principle I used in everything I did and loved. Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela’s words are filled with lots of hidden meanings and untold secrets. In this article, you will decode these secrets! The next few lines will give you a quick glimpse through seven different things you can learn from distance running. The Start In the beginning, long distance running was meant for fleet footed men…
  • Indoor Running: A Quick Overview

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Running is a healthy workout, which can be performed almost anywhere and everywhere. Unlike many other sports, running is usually free or rather inexpensive. Moreover, the exercise has a positive impact on all major body muscles. People who engage in running will see a sturdy change in their physique. This en covers over visible results like weight loss and toned muscles. Another interesting fact about running is that you can practice the sport indoors. Inclusive environments are built to encourage runners, who wish to leap & beat at their own times. A Perfect Place to Run Running…
  • How to prepare Your Kids For Long Distance Runs?

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The very first “step” your child makes will definitely be a memorable one! As time passes, the small ones will learn to walk clumsily and then run. This is when you should encourage them to run long distances and join marathons. Well, the transition will not happen suddenly. Instead, you should see your child’s potential and urge to run! It is quite interesting to note that most successful athletes have encouraging parents, who have identified their kid’s talent at an earlier stature of life. In this article, you will read on “How to prepare your kids for distance running”. The…
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  • The Wolf Man of Harrisburg

    Dave Sawyer
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    “When I run, I never try to beat anyone in my age group, I try to beat everybody. I think I am just a 25-year-old wolf.”       These were the words of 54-year-old American Doug Fernandez on winning the Harrisburg Marathon in 2:40:23 last Sunday. He added: “The key is not to put age barriers in your mind, and you’ll do so much better. People get old, prematurely, in their minds. You’ve always got to think that you’re young.” Hear hear. Too right Doug. Almost Steve Way-like in terms of inspiration for us over-40s. Of course it’s easier to “beat…
  • The Shameful Sport of Pot-Hunting

    Dave Sawyer
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    (Fantastic) picture taken by Caroline Gibson at yesterday’s Victoria parkrun. Picture the scene. It’s Saturday morning, 8.30am (yesterday). Breakfast done, house tidied, shopping list written, stuff packed for the 10:15am birthday cinema party.   Ready for my parkrun This one had been the subject of a particularly delicate negotiation. It went like this. Rach was taking Jude to get his haircut on the south side mid-morning. Zak and I needed to be at the Grosvenor Cinema in Glasgow’s west end for 10:15. Parkruns take place at 9:30 and there just wasn’t going to be…
  • Going Away for the Weekend

    Dave Sawyer
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    What’s the Best Thing about Going Away for the Weekend? Seeing loved ones? Spending time with family? Setting the world to rights?   Doing a new parkrun? I jest. It’s the first three, of course. But this is a running blog so please indulge me. So, it’s two weeks since the Berlin Marathon and I’ve been (almost) true to my word of taking two full weeks off running. We’re down in Sedgefield, a pretty town of 14,000 people in north east England just off the A1. It’s near Durham, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton but, such is the ubiquitousness of the…
  • Berlin Marathon 2014 Race Report

    Dave Sawyer
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    I’m going to break with tradition and keep my race report for Berlin Marathon 2014 fairly short. At a glance: Kenyan Dennis Kimetto took 26 seconds off the world record. He was first Kenyan. David Sawyer took exactly six minutes off his PB from the Virgin London Marathon earlier this year, clocking 2:43:48. He was first Scot! My favourite medal. *Switches to first person* I ran fairly even splits (between 19:10 and 19:43) per 5k. I came 254th out of 41,000 runners. I achieved my goal of sub-2:45. And most importantly I am now the exceedingly proud owner of a championship place for the…
  • Gauntometer: 6 Days ’til Berlin Marathon

    Dave Sawyer
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    I’m 41. People of my generation like nothing better than meeting up for dinner parties and reliving their youth. Albeit, copious amounts of vin rouge wasn’t a particular feature of the 70s and 80s for me. It’s still going today, but one of the stalwart TV programmes in the days when there were only three or four TV channels to choose from was Blue Peter. Percy Thrower, that golden labrador, John Noakes and Shep.   #3263050 /   Sticky back plastic, here’s one I made earlier…and of course the ever-present Blue Peter totaliser. One of the…
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