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  • 5 Signs You Need New Shoes

    Cool Running
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    If you aren't sure whether it's time to break up with your current pair and start anew, here are the five red flags.
  • Athletics: Olympic Hopeful To Partner With Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Syndicated News and Features
    Ken Parker, Publisher
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Elite runner Alana Hadley pledges portion of winnings to Autism Society of Indiana.
  • Hoka Clifton Giveaway Contest

    Peter Larson
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    About a month ago I was contacted by Hoka asking if I’d be interested in trying out the new Hoka Clifton and conducting a giveaway for a pair of the shoes here on Runblogger. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things from fellow shoe geeks about the Clifton, and based on specs (around 8oz, 29mm heel, 23mm forefoot stack) it seemed like one of the first Hokas that I might enjoy taking for a spin. I received the shoes a few weeks ago, and have now managed to get in a few runs in them. I’m far from ready to review them in full, but my early impression is that they fit much better than other…

    Run Bulldog Run
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    I’ve been looking forward to try out the Clifton since reading about the [surprisingly] lightweight shoe on the Running Warehouse Blog earlier in the year. Although I’ve logged many miles in both the Stinson Evo and Bondi 3 over the past 12 to 18 months, I have to admit Hokas are not typically the first […] The post HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON Shoe Review appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • Why do you run? [Infographic]

    Midwest Multisport Life - An Endurance Blog
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    It's easy to find excuses not to run: too tired, too bloated, too late, too early, the list goes on and on. Getting motivated for a race can also be difficult. One way to make sure you get the training in and look forward to that race is to run not for yourself, but a cause you believe in. Here's an interesting infographic with recent facts and figures about people who run for a cause:Please help us spread the word and get more people running for a good cause!image courtesy of NordicTrack - Maker of the World's Best Treadmills(Please use the handy social media buttons to share this post.)Like…
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    Jeff Galloway's Blog

  • Mantras for Staying Motivated (to be said over and over) Part 2

    Jeff Galloway
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    This week we explore Distraction Mantras and Vision Mantras. Distraction Mantras start by preoccupying your left brain so that it won’t send you so many negative messages. After saying these over many times you may be able to shift into the right brain. Look at that store, car building, sign, etc. Look at that person, hair, outfit, hat, T-shirt design, etc. One more step, one more step One more block, telephone pole, stop light, etc. Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps Vision Mantras help you feel that you’re getting where you want to be. I can see the next mile marker I can fell the pull…
  • Mantras for Staying Motivated (to be said over and over) Part 1

    Jeff Galloway
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    This week we explore strength mantras. Next week: Distraction Mantras and Vision Mantras – stay tuned Strength mantras will connect into your hidden resources that keep you going when tired. The specific words you choose will help to make subconscious and intuitive connections with muscles and your inner resolve. As you learn to tap into the right brain, you’ll coin phrases that continue drawing on mental or spiritual resources. The following have been used when under physical and mental stress but use these only as a primer. The best ones will be your own mantras that relate to your…
  • Foot Pain – No More!

    Jeff Galloway
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Whether walking, standing or running, foot pain can leave you feeling miserable. In most cases that I’ve seen, it’s possible to manage or eliminate most episodes so that you can add movement to your day. By finding the right shoe, inserting the right support, adjusting your sock, and doing a few simple exercises, most can take control over foot comfort. Should you see a specialist? If you had foot pain for a month or more, or the pain is increasing, search for a podiatrist who has helped a lot of runners. Since runners put their feet under much more stress than most, try to find…
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    Cool Running

  • 5 Signs You Need New Shoes

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    If you aren't sure whether it's time to break up with your current pair and start anew, here are the five red flags.
  • Is Barefoot Running BS?

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    You've probably heard that barefoot running will make you faster, stronger and more efficient. Find out why it might not be a good idea to buy in to the hype.
  • Training vs. Racing Fuel

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    If you're confused about whether your nutritional needs differ for training and racing, you're not alone. Find out how to tweak your fuel to meet your needs.
  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Form

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    When it comes to tinkering with form, tread carefully. Practicing exercises that encourage optimal form is a better strategy than altering your gait.
  • How to Cheat During Training

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Do you really have to warm up, stretch and strength train? Here's the scoop on what's necessary to do to stay healthy.
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    Make It a Masterpiece

  • Not Running Yet

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I rode the bike a little easier today, for 7.35 miles in under 40 minutes.  I timed one loop at 4.73 min/mi, or about 12.7 mph.  Two days ago I thought that pace was "fairly hard," but today it didn't seem hard.  I guess my bike muscles are becoming conditioned, or I'm learning how to use the gears to better advantage.I'd rather be running.  Maybe I'll try it tomorrow.  Short, slow, easy.
  • Still Riding the Bike

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    I ran just a few steps this morning, enough to assure myself that the right hamstrings still hurt and I shouldn't try a real run.  Back on the bike.  I do like the bike; it certainly helps with cardiopulmonary training even if it doesn't really do much for running muscles.I rode exactly the same route as yesterday, two 3.53-mile figure-8's, once in each direction, splits of 16:01 lap 1, 16:09 lap 2, for a total of 7.06 miles in 32:10, pace 4.56 min/mi, or 13.2 mph.  That's slightly faster than yesterday, but I felt a little more tired at the end.  I did a lot of yard work…
  • Bike Again

    16 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    The pulled right hamstring feels much better today - in fact, oddly, it felt better yesterday after I used the walk-behind mower for an hour and a half, and it's better still today.  It's not good enough to run on yet, though, so I rode a fairly-hard 7 miles on the park's paved trails.  That is really quite enjoyable - I want to keep running, but bike riding certainly is an acceptable alternative when running fails.Today I rode a 3.53-mile figure-8 route twice, once in each direction, for 7.06 miles in 33:20, pace 4.72 min/mi, or 12.7 mph.  This was hard work but thoroughly…
  • Crap Crap Crap

    16 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Thursday, August 14I don't like to cuss in my blog, but I'm thinking some very blue lines.  I went on the flat Gateway Trail this morning, doing an easy 1 to 2 run/walk, and got stopped just beyond mile 3. Another new injury, this time in the right hamstring, feeling like an injury that I fought many years ago, one that kept recurring.  I hope it's not the same one.  Today it hurt when I was running, but not walking, so maybe it will go away in a week or so, as the last two similar injuries have done.  I did turn around right away when the problem occurred, hopefully…
  • Magnificent Run

    13 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Oh, I wish they could all be this good.  Perfect weather, I felt strong and invincible.  Five miles, no pains, no problems.  This time I ran on my favorite grass trails, rough and hilly.  I tried for a run/walk ratio of 1 to 2, but found myself running a little more than that, often charging up a hill when I could have walked, and running down the easy slopes too, but also occasionally walking down a steep slope when it was  time to run.  4.99 mi in 1:01:15, pace 12:16.I think the pneumonia is almost gone, but not quite.  I have a pulse oximeter, which…
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    Run Bulldog Run


    12 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    I’ve been looking forward to try out the Clifton since reading about the [surprisingly] lightweight shoe on the Running Warehouse Blog earlier in the year. Although I’ve logged many miles in both the Stinson Evo and Bondi 3 over the past 12 to 18 months, I have to admit Hokas are not typically the first […] The post HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON Shoe Review appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • Training Update

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Been a while since I posted one of these training updates, so just thought I’d recap what’s been going on since June’s Western States 100. 6/30 – 7/06 Aside from getting stuck overnight at Chicago Midway Airport, the week was fairly relaxing and just what I needed after a challenging 100 Miler. I did manage […] The post Training Update appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0 Product Review

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    Leading up to the 2014 Western States 100, one of my biggest dilemmas was deciding how to stay hydrated during the race. Handheld? Waist pack? Vest? Or, perhaps a combination of all three? Handhelds typically work well for me, but to be honest, I only enjoy carrying 1 x 20oz bottle, leaving the other hand […] The post Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0 Product Review appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • 2014 Western States 100

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Well, it’s almost to the stage where I’m forgetting how challenging the Western States 100 Endurance Run was, so I guess that means it’s about time for a race recap. Ever so briefly, the pre-race couple of days were very enjoyable, and thanks to my crew of wife Ally, daughter Shannon and friend Greg, not […] The post 2014 Western States 100 appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • 2014 DC North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    Bit of a last minute decision to run this one! Western States 100 preparation has been going well, but in the back of my mind I couldn’t shake the thought that I needed one final, long training run. Of course, some actual trail experience with a modicum of incline/decline would sure to be beneficial too. […] The post 2014 DC North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
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  • Jenny Simpson takes on all challengers in the 1,500m in Stockholm DL, and runs them down! by Larry Eder

    Larry Eder
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    The Stockholm DL 1,500 meters is off! photo by PhotoRun.netJennifer Simpson may be the best woman 1,500m racer on the planet. After her run last night in Stockholm, where she took down Genzeba Diba, Sifan Hassan, Shannon Rowbury and Abeba Aregawi, as well as a host of others, the argument can be well defended. Here is how I saw the race:  The conditions in Stockholm were brisk. Windy and about 50 degrees at the start of the women's 1,500 meters. This was the last running event of the night. The final three or four events had been hurt by poor race starters, where false starts had…
  • Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Ten, Day Five, by RunBlogRun

    Larry Eder
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:16 am
    Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Ten, Day Five, Friday, August 22, 2014: Friday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 mile; 5 miles/ 300 mile; 3 miles): 8 x 150 meters, relaxed stride outs on grass, jogging back to start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500 High schoolers start school within a couple of weeks, so juniors and seniors you should be able to handle the 2 or 3 easy morning runs of 30 minutes. More advanced athletes, depending on your standards, should be able to handle 3 morning runs a week, M-W-F for 30-45 minutes. You are ready to race. Just a few races and you will…
  • Stockholm Diaries: DN Galan, 21 August 2014: World lead in 5,000m, Carter sub ten seconds, by Alfons Juck

    Larry Eder
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:52 am
    Galen lead from 3000 meters, and Edris ran away with 800 meters to go! photo by PhotoRun.netMuktar Edris wins 5,000m with WL of 12:54.83! photo by PhotoRun.netA meet with unique qualities. The history of the stadium, dating to the 1912 Olympic Games, a storied meet, dating to 1967, and the perfect storm. Athletes from Africa, Europe after up to two of three different championships for some, Americans who had no racing for three plus weeks!Here is how Alfons Juck saw it. For me, the race of the night was the women's 1,500 meters! Jenny Simpson, 2011 World Champ, 2013 silver medalist,…
  • Stockholm Diaries: Full results of DN Galan Stockholm DL, 22 August, 2014, by IAAF

    Larry Eder
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Queen Harrison rules the 100m hurdles, dodging collisions, and amid consistently sub par race starts, photo by PhotoRun.netPlease enjoy the complete results of the DN Galan Stockholm Meeting. Some respect for Queen Harrison, and Sandra Perkovic, who dominated their events. Perkovic has been doing this all summer, and her 70.18m in Zurich just cemented the contention. Queen Harrison is a 100m hurdle/400m hurdle dynamo, with wonderful personality and a new sponsor. Her smiling and pointing to the ASICS logo in global TV was worth a few advertising points (ASICS owned the media in Zurich…
  • DN Galan Preview: Superb 1,500m field, by Alfons Juck, EME News

    Larry Eder
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Siffan Hassan, Abeba Aregawi, Euro Champs 1,500 meters, photo by PhotoRun.netThe women's 1,500 meters should be one of the many highlights of the DN Galan Meeting, one of the most historic in the sport. A fine shot put field, men's 5000 meters, women's discus, and surprising women's steeplechase field should also entertain.  Superb women 1500 m fieldSTOCKHOLM (AUG): IAAF Diamond League is back with DN Galan at the historical Olympic Stadium. In 16 DL events special fields are set to compete, home spectators waiting for women 1500 m and also men long jump. Great US duels in women sprints,…
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    Trail Running Blog

  • Diet Trends Through the Years [Medifast Infographic]

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    I’ve always wanted to try going on a diet. I’m not overweight and I exercise daily, but I rarely watch what I eat and most of the stuff I do eat is quite unhealthy. I know people who never exercise, but do maintain healthy diets and are in very good shape. The reason why I would want to try going on a diet is to see if I can actually stick with it. I’ve been on training programs which have been quite difficult, but if I need to follow a strict diet, can I really resist eating all of the foods I was used to before? I don’t know. And like I said before, I’m not…
  • How Long is a Marathon [Infographic]

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    Watching my weight was never a concern, especially in high school. Running 40+ miles a week allowed us to eat full meals (appetizer, entree, dessert and 4-5 glasses of lemonade) without remorse. Of course, things change when you get older, I’ve spoken to colleagues who talk about how their metabolism basically flips like a light switch after a certain age (crossing my fingers that happens much later!). The following marathon infographic highlights what how many miles you’d need to run to burn off the calories associated to each item along with other activities that would equal…
  • UCSD Triton 5K 2014 Race Report

    22 Jun 2014 | 12:01 am
    This was my 3rd event in 2 weekends, but the way I liked to compare it, it was 10 miles less than last week’s race! Obviously, the 5K is its own beast since I’m running at a much faster pace, it’s just as difficult to run a 5K as it is a half marathon. Running along a bunch of college-aged kids who are anxious for their upcoming finals and that just made things worse. But first the results: 3.05 miles, 19:35 (6:27 min/mile), 9/200 AG, 70/2313 overall. Splits: 5:50, 6:47, 6:44, :09. This was the 2nd year running this race, I’ll probably participate every year that…
  • San Diego Century 67-mile Bike Ride

    21 Jun 2014 | 11:26 pm
    The longest ride I’ve done prior to this event was 45 miles, which was pretty tough. I have no idea how other riders were able to do the 100-mile option for this ride! It definitely wasn’t a world record, but I completed the course! Results: distance: 66.72 miles, 4:40:56, avg speed: 14.2 mph, max speed: 31.5 mph, calories: 3,223, total ascent/descent: 3,957 ft. I talked to another participant and she said she was over it after 40-miles, it was such a long course! The good thing about this event was that there were 4 aid stops, which allowed us to break up the rides into shorter…
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon Race Report 2014

    21 Jun 2014 | 10:48 pm
    The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon was probably one of the most hyped races I’ve ran in quite some time. What do I mean when I say hyped? There were just certain expectations that I felt pressured to accomplish, whether it was reasonable or not is another question. Let me first share the official results: 1:31:30 (6:59 min/mile), 55/938 age group, 343/16897 overall. My PR for the half is 1:28 but I ran that over 4 years ago. I actually ran a 1:31 again back in 2011 in SD, but my average half marathon pace has hovered around 1:35 (usually with minimal training..) So…
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    Team Cross Runs

  • 8/19 Rainbow Over St Paul

    Nick Cross
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    We went to see the Okee Dokee Brothers perform at the MN Historical Society. While the rain delay was disappointing, we were treated to some great sky scenes and a double rainbow. If you look really close you can barely see it above the other one.
  • 8/18 A Workout

    Nick Cross
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Fortunately I took a picture of the white board after my morning Crossfit workout. Otherwise I didn’t take any other pictures as I started back to work!
  • 8/17 Open Streets Franklin

    Nick Cross
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    We enjoyed hitting up Open Streets Franklin before the rain. And actually the rain was fun too as we hung out under an overpass with a neighbor!
  • 8/16 Lot of Bikes

    Nick Cross
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    We saw a lot of bikes during the 24 hour race. The few here are the bikes of our host’s children!
  • 8/15 Ready for 24

    Nick Cross
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I loaded up our old Chariot and rode down to our home base for Powderhorn 24. Yes, the Chariot Cougar 2 is for sale!
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  • 2013 Hakone Ekiden Winner Nittai University to Run Aug. 31 Hokkaido Marathon

    Brett Larner
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am translated and edited by Brett Larner University runners aiming for the Hakone Ekiden spend their harsh summers building a base of around 40 km a day.  They have a saying about the importance of their summer training camps: "Those who win the summer win the winter."  To protect its legacy of ten overall Hakone wins, the prestigious
  • 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics - Day One Japanese Results

    Brett Larner
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    by Brett Larner Over half of the small Japanese track and field contingent at the 2014 Youth Olympics saw action on the first day of competition, with over half of those qualifying for the A-level final in their events.  4th in the 3000 m at this year's World Junior Championships, Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu, the daughter of 2001 Nagano Marathon winner Maxwell Musembi, led the way with a time of 9:
  • Kiryu Going for Asian Games Gold Despite Hip Pain

    Brett Larner
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm translated and edited by Brett Larner With one month to go until the start of the Incheon Asian Games, ten members of the national team's sprint contingent held a practice session open to members of the media at an indoor facility in Eniwa,
  • Japan Sends Team of Thirteen to Nanjing Youth Olympics

    Brett Larner
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:32 pm
    by Brett Larner Amid concerns for athletes' safety in a city with strong resentment of Japanese denial of the Nanking Massacre, with delegation head Yosuke Fujiwara directing team members not to wear their uniforms outside the athletes' village and boos greeting the Japanese delegation during the opening ceremonies, Japan sends a team of only thirteen to compete in athletics at the second Youth
  • Perkins Crushes 100 Meilen Berlin Course Record (updated)

    Brett Larner
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    by Brett Larner photos by Dr. Helmut Winter In the 25th anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Great Britain's Mark Perkins ran the race of his life to take nearly three hours off the 100 Meilen Berlin course record and an hour off his own best, covering the 100 mile course along the former path of the Berlin Wall in 13:06:52. A partially handicapped runner ranked 6th in the
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    Jill Will Run

  • #JadeTheBoxer – My Other Kid

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post (#JadeTheBoxer – My Other Kid) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill On September 8, 2010 we brought home a boxer puppy. She had been bought from a breeder by a woman who quickly realized she didn’t have time in her life for a rambunctious boxer pup, so the original owner was looking for a good home for the dog fast. And somehow, we lucked into being the receiving end of that woman’s buyer’s remorse. We brought the dog home (that the woman had been tentatively calling Diva), renamed her Jade and she became our spoiled baby. With her own hashtag… When…
  • Friday Fête

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This post (Friday Fête) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Let’s round-up some stuff from my inbox that I’ve found interesting lately. None of this is compensated, it’s just sifting through all the stuff in my JillWillRun email – which I can hardly keep on top of lately – I mentioned once that I get weird weird weird pitches in there now for a wide range of products that I would never even dream of reviewing/discussing on my site or maybe not even to my closest friends. It’s kind of a bummer; I’m sure there are even more interesting things that…
  • My Short Getaway

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post (My Short Getaway) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill My birthday was on Monday. And all I could think of that I wanted was some time off. I feel like all I do is work and be a mom. I even try to slip in my running at super early hours of the morning so I don’t inconvenience anyone else in my family. And I was just drained; drained of any semblance of feeling like myself and just starting to begrudge everything. So I took time off! On Tuesday I went to a local resort (the Aliante Casino Hotel Spa) and checked in for the night. I got a massage, then I found some food and…
  • Therapy Ball Workbook

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    This post (Therapy Ball Workbook) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill When I was offered the chance to read the Therapy Ball Workbook (disclaimer: that means I was given the book), I figured it could be an interesting book. I assumed that it would prescribe specific balls to help with the movements (70 exercises in the book) but was pleasantly surprised that it illustrates ways to use common balls that you may have around home, or would be easy enough to secure with a quick trip to a store. Tennis balls, basketballs, stability balls, golf balls, etc. The book is cool because it isn’t…
  • Friday Fête

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post (Friday Fête) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Meditation is HARD. I’m currently on about day 15 of a 10-day introductory program from Headspace.  That’s because I fail to make the time… 10 measly minutes… for myself to meditate. And then when I do, I drift and think and analyze the whole time. That’s the whole point of trying to meditate, is to reign that reflex in because I feel it causes me undue stress. There’s also the issue of feeling like I’m doing some kind of illicit underground thing with meditation. I mentioned to my…
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    The Happy Runner

  • Clove Run 10 Mile Race Report.

    The Happy Runner
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Saturday was the day of two runs. My main goal was my 18 mile marathon training run. But it also happened to be the day of the Clove Run, a local 10-mile race that I've run for the past few years. I really enjoy the race and was even the top female finisher back in 2011.This year, I decided to sandwich the race in the middle of my 18-miler. I figured it would be a good opportunity to test out my marathon goal pace over an extended run. Plus, I'd get to run 18 miles in a race atmosphere.I started out by running 2 miles by myself and then hooked up with Elisa and Bridget for a mile. Bridget had…
  • Celebrations!

    The Happy Runner
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    We've been doing a bit of celebrating here in Happy Runner-ville.First, Owen and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary on Thursday. We had a great day together. We went to Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course during the day and then out for a delicious dinner that evening. Lots of fun!Check out that wobbly bridge behind us! It was way up high -- and way wobbly!Then, on Saturday, we had a surprise 60th birthday party for my aunt at my house. It was a huge success -- she was surprised and so, so happy. Just perfect. Another day of fun!!We took a break from the party to get a group shot of…
  • Going early, going long.

    The Happy Runner
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Some days, I don't even know who I am.Some days, it seems, I'm an early morning runner. That is not me. Not at all.Except for when I am training for a marathon. In the middle of the summer. Then, apparently, I turn into that strange being that is the early morning runner.And I don't mind it -- mostly. So odd, right?Now, I usually do all of my long runs in the morning and some other runs as well. But when I've done those long runs, they've been at fairly civilized times. 7:30, perhaps. Or 8:00. Times that allow me to sleep until at least 7. Nothing crazy.On Friday, though, I had 16 miles on…
  • July recap.

    The Happy Runner
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    First, thanks for your comments on marathon pace runs. I'm making a few tweaks to my training plan and I'll be incorporating fast finish (marathon pace) long runs into the mix. I feel good about it.Second, July rocked.It did. I ran more than I've run in over a year. And I ran strong. I'm so pleased.Here's the breakdown:Running (miles):113.8Races: 0Cross training: not muchWow. Over 100 miles for the month! That's great for me. I've been serious about rest and recovery, knowing full-well what happens when I skimp on those, so getting up over 100 miles and feeling so strong is a sign, to me,…
  • Marathon Pacing.

    The Happy Runner
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    I'm having trouble. You see, I have a goal for my upcoming marathon. I'd like to PR. And if I do, I will likely be able to qualify for Boston.My current marathon PR is 3:56:37. My Boston qualifying time is 3:55:00.All I need is to cut two minutes off my time and I'll qualify. Of course, that doesn't mean I'll get in. To get in, I'm pretty sure I'll need to run a good bit faster than my qualifying time.So, I have this goal. Yes, to PR. But, also to get in to Boston. I'd like to run under 3:52 for the marathon in October.To do that, I need to run 8:51 miles. And here we get to my problem.I can…
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    High Peaks Hiker - Kilimanjaro training blog

  • Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 6 - 7

    Kathleen Lisson
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 6 -7by Kathleen LissonI climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro with Serengeti Pride Safari in July 2014. Here are some tips from my hiking experience.After a nap and meal, we set off from Barafu to hike past Millenium to Mweka camp for our last night. The hike took us back into the land of plants and thicker air. I didn't know how I was going to hike for four more hours when I first returned from the summit, but a nap and meal made everything feel possible.I luckily had no knee pain.We traded email addresses over dinner and enjoyed sharing our plans for the…
  • Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 6

    Kathleen Lisson
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 6by Kathleen LissonI climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro with Serengeti Pride Safari in July 2014. Here are some tips from my hiking experience.Summit night: Barafu to UhuruI woke up before midnight and it took a full half hour to put on my hiking gear and get ready before breakfast. Do not let yourself be rushed! No one had much of an appetite but I appreciated the hot food. We started off very slowly walking through camp. The sight of headlamps snaking their way up the mountain let me know that it was our summit night and made me feel like a…
  • Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 5

    Kathleen Lisson
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 5 by Kathleen LissonI climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro with Serengeti Pride Safari in July 2014. Here are some tips from my hiking experience.Karanga to BarafuMy temper got short and I had easily hurt feelings. Luckily, I had my husband to listen to my troubles and I realized it was a combination of altitude and being far away from home with new people around. The trail was hot and dusty. I took my time and made the final ascent quite slowly to not overwhelm myself. The mountaintop seems close from here! We slept and had dinner and…
  • Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 4

    Kathleen Lisson
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 4by Kathleen LissonI climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro with Serengeti Pride Safari in July 2014. Here are some tips from my hiking experience. Barranco to Karanga  By the time we got to Barranco camp, my nose was sunburnt and my nails were dirty. I wore pantyliners and changed them daily and took a baby wipe with me to the restroom. I used the water we were given in the morning and evening to wash my face. I even put my feet in the bowl a few times! I used baby wipes to wash my body. I started to feel sensitivity where my sports bra…
  • Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 3

    Kathleen Lisson
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 3by Kathleen LissonI climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro with Serengeti Pride Safari in July 2014. Here are some tips from my hiking experience. Shira Camp to Lava Tower and Barranco CampIt was a windy night at Shira camp. I saw the glaciers glowing in the moonlight I tried a new technique for handling peeing at night – I stayed awake for an hour in my tent, then went to the bathroom and was able to sleep through the rest of the night. Due to the decrease in temperature, I wore an extra layer to bed. I wore a Buff over my ears. I found peeing to be…
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  • A chat with Linsey Corbin and Tim O’Donnell

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    You are invited to join Clif’s Facebook chat Monday, August 25 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT hosted by triathlon elites Linsey Corbin and Timothy O’Donnell.  Linsey and Timothy will answer any and all questions related to triathlons, running, cycling and swimming (from first-timers to seasoned veterans). Ask questions and win prizes, including a CLIF SHOT Toolkit packed with SHOT products and gear for training and race day. Anyone who posts a question during the chat will have a chance to win a Toolkit as well as gain valuable information from these triathletes. Save the Dateand start…
  • SCM Week 2

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Check! While not to diminish Marathon training, it is by comparison to triathlon training, well a bit of a doddle! Becca will hate me for this, I get reminded many times a week how jealous she is of my training as she battles to keep balanced and coming back from her bike crash in preparation for Ironman Arizona. Gone (for me) is the struggle of pool times, car drivers when cycling and the general faff (faph?) of kit. So with that said my week shook out like this: Monday. 6 miles Recovery. Nice and easy on the Treadmill. The joy of the treadmill is consistency, and these splits just…
  • Review; RecoverEase (#tbt)

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    I have been writing a blog long enough that I can dig through some of my posts and pull out a post for a “throw back Thursday”. Additionally I have reviewed a ton of stuff during this time and while some things wear out or are versioned and retired (clothes and shoes) or were a bust and are never used again (EnergyBits) Others just keep going and are used over and over (ProWash). With that in mind I was drawn back to something I had used a lot of in the past and had just forgotten about; RecoverEase! So rather than rewrite here is the post I posted in July 2008…over 6 years ago! As a…
  • SCM Week 1

    10 Aug 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Week 1 in the bag, nothing much to report to be honest. It follows two weeks spent transitioning to a running based program. Wetsuits and bikes are now gathering dust in the closet which is more than can be said for my trail running shoes. Given that long term I am targeting an ultra in the Spring, (yes the Spring) , I am trying to get as many miles as I can on the trails along with elevation and decent! So this week broke down as follows Monday; off. Sofa so good! Tuesday; Road. 5 miles recovery…yeah that 7:56 pace, not so recovery! Wednesday; Trail. 6 miles 1125’ gain. Nice local run…
  • Friday Funny!

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
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    Run Eat Repeat

  • Friday Favorites from Portland

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello! I made it to Portland. I’m super proud of myself for packing light. Since we’re all going to be living in a van for 28 hours we were warned to bring as little as possible. This was as much as I could break it down: Last night I had a fun dinner with some of the Runner’s World / Belvita team… and now I’m getting ready to pile in a van with 6 strangers and run 17.5 miles over the course of 24 hours! Crazy. But while I am running and eating and bringing the hood to the coast I thought I’d share my favorite things from the week… My Favorite Things This Week: 1. My new bar…
  • Running Underwear–Is it worth it?

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Hello! I am on my way to Portland for the Hood to Coast Relay race right now! But, before I am MIA for 24 hours on the open road I thought we should discuss running underwear… I got a great question from a reader (below) on is running underwear ‘worth it’. Firstly, I love your blog! Your humor and fun attitude about running always gives me a little extra motivation when I’m in a running slump. Secondly, my question. Recently when I’ve been shopping for running clothes/gear/shoes I’ve noticed that running underwear has become a popular item on the racks. None of my…
  • Running Gear I Can’t Live Without

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Hello! I am getting ready (and nervous) for the Hood to Coast Relay! Today is all about packing, which I think I have figured out from doing two relays before this one. I am not sure how much I’ll be able to post over the weekend, so follow me on instagram to stay updated! Running Gear Must Haves Running. Despite being somewhat simple (ummm just go run), running can be super expensive! I am not big on fancy gadgets or running apps and consider my running must haves pretty simple. These are the 8 items I use all the time when I run (not specifically for races). The list of items below are…
  • Easy Steel Cut Overnight Oats in Yogurt

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    I have a delicious and easy recipe for overnight STEEL CUT oats to share today! A few weeks ago when I found the new Watermelon Chobani I also grabbed their new Chobani Greek Yogurt with oats. I was pretty excited about this since I love the nutty taste and chewy texture of steel cut oats. And the yogurt was good, but I wanted more oats. So, I decided to figure out how to make overnight oats with steel cut. If you’re not familiar – steel cut oats take a long time to cook – usually an hour.  I don’t have the time for that so I rarely make them (usually only overnight in the…
  • New Discounts and Coupon Codes for Runners August

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Hello! How’s it going? Over here it’s all fun and games (read: email catch up and messing up an important document I had to start from scratch) plus a lunch field trip to Costco. They have La Croix and it’s on sale right now!!! Score of America. Lunch was my favorite salad as of late… plus some blueberries and half a Quest Bar for dessert   Discounts and Coupon Codes: So I have a lot of race / running and random discounts for you… these are going to be most useful for Southern California residents but you’re all welcome to join… 1. Renegade Race series has a lot of events…
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    IronBrandon Show

  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-08-18 20:55:58 (Brandon Wood)
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    This asshole just threw trash out of the driver side window. Feel free to look up his license plate and send him a note. #asshole #litterbug #litter 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 2014-08-17 15:09:39 (Brandon Wood)
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Just saw @jackjohnson and fam on the shuttle train at DEN! Sad to be missing his Red Rocks show tomorrow. Have a great time in out state! #music #jackjohnson #redrocks If you liked this... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-08-15 15:46:52 (Brandon Wood)
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    I didn’t know they had #assholeparking in the #adirondacks! #asshole If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-08-18 20:55:58Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-08-13 22:39:18 (Brandon Wood)
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Sydney and daddy out for some kayaking on the lake. #adirondacks #adk #love #family #vacay #summer #kids If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-08-11 13:25:23Instagram... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-08-11 13:25:23 (Brandon Wood)
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Amazing morning for a boat ride out on the lake! #adk #adirondacks #thirdlake #vacay #gearist If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-08-13 22:39:18Instagram... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
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    Midwest Multisport Life - An Endurance Blog

  • Spartan Cruise Sweepstakes

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    What could be better than participating in your local Spartan Race? How about one on a tropical island? Sand, surf and obstacles await you on this one of a kind Spartan adventure. Join fellow Spartans March 6-9, 2015 when you'll be taken on a cruise liner from the Port of Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas for a first of it's kind Spartan Sprint! Can you say, "Best. Vacation. EVER!?" For free? Maybe.Enter the Reebok Spartan Race Spartan Cruise Sweepstakes! No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive a trip for two including airfare, a 3 day Spartan Cruise, and an…
  • REM-Fit Total Sleep Recovery System

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    We all know that being active has an important corollary - allowing our bodies to recover. The most important recovery takes place when we sleep. The REM-Fit (Rest, Energize and Motivate) Total Sleep Recovery System is designed to help those who embrace an active, healthy lifestyle by providing a rejuvenating sleep environment.The REM-Fit pillow and bedding and pillow protection products have some great features like Tencel®, known for its thermo-regulation, hypoallergenic properties, is antibacterial properties and is soft and nonabrasive for those with sensitive skin. Another feature is…
  • Camping and Cantigny

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    A few weeks ago, kind of on a whim, I made reservations for some family camping at Blackwell Forest Preserve. This is an ideal place for us to camp in some ways, as it's close to home, centrally located to interesting locations nearby, and is as basic as it gets. The negatives stem from the positives: close by so crowded, on a noisy road, very basic so only minimally back to nature. No worries though, we had fun anyway.Tazer, Little Worker and I headed over late Friday afternoon to get the camp set up. What I love about car camping is that you can bring just as much as a car can carry and…
  • TTT: Chicago Fire, Trampolining, Reebok Nano 4.0

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    This past weekend, we headed over to Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire soccer club, for a morning of family fun. After spending some time at the IL Youth Soccer Expo (fun, but small, so it didn't take too long), we headed into the stadium proper for a backstage tour. We got to check out pretty much every part of the stadium, from the rooftop party deck to the private suites and clubhouse down to the sideline seats. The only place we didn't go was onto the concert stage and the field proper, as we ran out of time before the Fire started their open practice. It was neat to see the pros…
  • Why do you run? [Infographic]

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    It's easy to find excuses not to run: too tired, too bloated, too late, too early, the list goes on and on. Getting motivated for a race can also be difficult. One way to make sure you get the training in and look forward to that race is to run not for yourself, but a cause you believe in. Here's an interesting infographic with recent facts and figures about people who run for a cause:Please help us spread the word and get more people running for a good cause!image courtesy of NordicTrack - Maker of the World's Best Treadmills(Please use the handy social media buttons to share this post.)Like…
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    Women's Endurance Gear - Family, Fitness and Food

  • Hot and Humid Hydration

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ultimate Direction handheld hydrationHere's some more detailed info from about hydrating in the heat and humidity.  It's crucial to be well hydrated but not to over hydrate which can cause hyponatremia... Many runners remember to rehydrate after their run and some consume water or sports drink during the run, but it's even more important to be well-hydrated before you run. As a rule of thumb, drinking 16 oz. of water two hours before your run will ensure good hydration levels and give the water time to pass through your system so you don't have to make any pit stops…
  • Family Fun at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Whirligig at Six Flags Great AmericaLast week I took the 4 kiddos to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL.  With over 100 rides and attractions and free "Read to Succeed" passes for the kiddos (and for me for coordinating the program at their school) - we had to go!  Before heading out we checked the map of the rides and wrote down our favorites.  At ages 4, 7, 11 and 13, you can guess there weren't many similarities among the lists.  Here's what was on their lists:Little A (age 4):  Carousel and Scenic RailwayMunchkin (age 7):  Little Dipper, Roaring Rapids,…
  • Midweek Motivation: Spark of Madness

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    You're only given one little spark of madness.  You mustn't lose it.  ~Robin Williamsimage from WikiLike Women's Endurance Gear on Facebook
  • Tuesday Training: Week 13 of Marathon Training Plan for the North Face Endurance Challenge

    12 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Perseverance...How important is the long run?  My highest mileage thus far in training has been the ZOOMA half marathon.  Due to timing, sickness, laziness and an overall funk, I've been doing great with my weekday training but not the long runs.  Five weeks out -- can I salvage my training?Still looking for a fall marathon?  Check out the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon -  Madison, WI (use D30LPWI (all caps) for 15% off any distance)Like Women's Endurance Gear on Facebook
  • Midweek Motivation and Some Summer Running Tips

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    "Here are some who like to run. They run for fun in the hot, hot sun." ~Dr. SeussIt finally feels like a typical Midwest summer - hot and muggy.  Keep safe and keep running with these 10 summer running tips from Active:1. Acclimatize - on your first run in the heat, you should cut your intensity by 65 to 75 percent. Then over the next 10 days, slowly build back to your previous level.2. Check the air quality and heat indexes.  If the air quality index is code orange, and you're sensitive to air pollution and/or have upper respiratory problems, you may not want to run. If it's code…
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    Miss Zippy

  • European vacation running

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:24 pm
    I don’t want to be one of “those people” who forces you into my home and puts you in front of a slide show. Ok, anyone besides me remember those days? But anyhow, I do want to give you a brief recap of our amazing trip (once we got going!) and especially, tell you about my runs. Off we go… When we first planned this trip, we wanted to hit places that neither Mr. Zippy or I had been to, but also make it affordable for flying four people over there. Munich came out on top as a way into/out of Europe, so that’s where we started, in spite of the fact that Mr. Z has…
  • The trip that almost didn’t happen

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The hook that almost spoiled the fun We are back and getting readjusted to time changes, culture changes, and schedules. The trip was fantastic and I’ll have more details later this week. Before I get to that, however, I must give you the prequel.  As some of you saw on Instagram, the trip almost didn’t happen. My son is a tad bit obsessed with fishing. When he’s not fishing, he’s either asking me to take him to a local fishing hole or tinkering with his tackle in the front yard. It was that tinkering that almost cost us making our outbound flight. My son had a lure…
  • Why I shouldn’t trail run (guest post)

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    I’m really thrilled today to have today’s guest poster here. She’s a stud-and-a half and the mother of two adorable twin boys. I’m talking, of course, about Allie from VitaTrain4Life. She’s got a fun little tale to share here with you–one to which I can sadly relate, I have to admit. Read on and let us know if this has ever happened to you! Each spring, a trend in the running world begins, when devotees who have been slogging though a slushy, icy winter, begin touting the benefits of trail running. You may disagree but I think there are two distinct camps…
  • Checking in and checking out

    3 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    My little superstar Today’s the day we head to Europe. I’ve been debating what to do with the blog while away. I contemplated writing some posts ahead of time and scheduling them (didn’t happen), writing while away (not going to happen), or lining up a bunch of guest posts (I have one slated for Wednesday–don’t miss it). When it comes right down to it, I am a big believer in having true, unplugged time. The blog can wait. But before I go, a few highlights from the weekend: I ran 10 miles on Saturday, my first double-digit run in ages. It feels so good to be…
  • November Project Baltimore

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:47 pm
    I’ve been wanting to try November Project in Baltimore for some time now, ever since reading up on the original, Boston version of it in Runner’s World last year. In a nutshell, November Project is an informal group that gathers weekly to sweat it out in varied workouts. It’s free, it involves hugs, lots of energy, and even some group cursing (which is kind of fun). I normally can’t make November Project fit into my schedule. It meets at 6:30 every Wed. morning at Baltimore’s Rash Field, an easy-to-get-to, scenic spot right on the water. With the kids away…
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  • Summer Hydration

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    When it comes to summer, you always have to worry about keeping yourself nice and hydrated. After all, our bodies do consist of 75% water, right? Even though we know that our bodies need that life sustaining water, we sometimes [...]
  • A Warning on Dietary Supplements

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    So I was watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver last night and I saw his episode about Doctor Oz. Now I don’t know if you know this guy, but Doctor Oz is a guy who host’s a TV show [...]
  • Want Something Sweet and Good for your Health? CHECK THIS OUT!

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Super foods are seriously one of the best things you can eat with all the crazy nutritional content a significant amount of these foods have. However, are there sweet foods out there that are essentially “sweet super foods”? Can we [...]
  • Elevation Training

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
      Elevation training might be intimidating to a lot of up and coming fitness enthusiasts and runners, but LA has some pretty relaxing and forgiving trails for runners of all kinds. The most well known place for its trails is Griffith [...]
  • Preventing those Cramps

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Ever had muscle cramps? Of course you have, and they are pretty crappy. Fitness enthusiasts and your everyday person alike can experience them, but how do you prevent them from happening? Of course, studies have shown that fitness people like [...]
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    Run Diva

  • Run Diva Reviews Pain Relief Cream

    Lynn Smythe
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Thera Vita was kind enough to send me a jar of their Thera Relief to review on my blog. Great Pain Relief Formula The product came package in a 2 ounce jar, wide mouth jar making for easy application the pain relief formula. The product is thick and creamy making for easy application to wherever you need it. I'm getting back into running, after a long hiatus, and am experiencing a bit of pain in the back of both knees. I tried rubbing a bit of Thera Relief into my knees and it was only a minute or two before I felt it working. Thera Relief provides pain relief to help fight inflammation…
  • Do You Take Probiotic Supplements?

    Lynn Smythe
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:48 am
    Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Do you use a probiotic supplement? I've been using a probiotic supplement for the past few weeks. Number One Nutrition was kind enough to send me a bottle of their Advanced Probiotic dietary supplement. There are 60 capsules per bottle which equals a 30 day supply, if you follow the package guidelines that says to take 2 capsules per day. The capsules should be taken with a meal. Probiotics act as a digestive aid and help to better regulate your digestive system. I have problems in the past with IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and…
  • Benefits of Dynamic Stretching Pre-Workout

    Lynn Smythe
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Today's guest post was written by Oscar King Working out and keeping fit is great. Not only do you get to shave off a few years from your physical age, you get to become better looking and healthier. In fact, multiple studies have shown that people who workout are more likely to add an extra 5-10 years to their lives and are at less risk of developing any cardiovascular condition. That said, you should also know that it is possible to get injured in the process, particularly when you don’t warm up, and we don’t mean the regular stretching that you may do before starting your…
  • Run Diva Tests Buster Brown Socks by Wearever

    Lynn Smythe
    21 May 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Socks, we don't need no stinking socks in Florida! As you can guess, I don't wear socks very often in hot and humid south Florida. I used to race duathlons and triathlons and got used to not wearing socks during the bike and run portion. I do wear running specific socks, usually something from Sock Guy, when doing longer training runs and races. But I've run up to 8 miles sockless, and that was a trail run on sand, grass and gravel. Gnarly dude! But every so often my feet get cold or I want to wear a pair of pants with…
  • Cheap Ways to Get in Shape

    Lynn Smythe
    30 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    It is now common knowledge that regular moderate exercise can reap many long-term health benefits. Yet what may be less commonly known is that there are many low-cost options for getting and staying in shape. In addition to the required effort and initial physical discomfort, new personal fitness programs can become derailed by plenty of excuses. Financial woes are one of the more legitimate concerns. However once the commitment to self-improvement becomes a priority, a world of low-cost or free health-enhancing outlets will appear. Sometimes it just takes a little research and dedication to…
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    Strength Running

  • How to Become An Ultramarathoner: 5 No-BS Steps to Running Your First Ultra

    Jason Fitzgerald
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Doug Hay is a 5-time ultramarathon finisher and the creator of the trail running blog, Rock Creek Runner. Just recently he finished the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run. He is also the co-host of the No Meat Athlete Radio podcast, author of Discover Your Ultramarathon, and his work has been featured in Competitor, Outside Magazine, and Washingtonian among […]
  • The Uncanny “7 Strategies to Run Your Fastest Marathon” Podcast with Matt Frazier

    Jason Fitzgerald
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The marathon: for many, it’s a mythical unicorn. Capturing a great performance can be elusive and may take years. Jason and Matt on the days they ran their fastest marathons When I ran my first marathon, New York City in 2008, I thought that I’d breeze through it. After all, I was a fairly competitive […]
  • Struggle with Foot Injuries? Get Healthy With These Foot Exercises

    Jason Fitzgerald
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Why do we ignore strength exercises for our feet when each foot contains more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments? The human foot is an anatomical miracle, able to support hundreds of pounds with an arch that provides energy return when we walk and run. With hundreds of individual “pieces,” it’s no small feat to run […]
  • Frustrated, Slow and Injured: How DeAnne Got Healthy And Ran a 22 Minute PR

    Jason Fitzgerald
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Transforming the lives of runners is why I love this job. Hearing the successes of my athletes gets me up in the morning and excited to get to work. Nearly every day my inbox is flooded with success stories – runners who have run unbelievable personal bests, stayed healthy for longer than ever before, or […]
  • Change is a Good Thing: Announcing the Next Chapter of My Life

    Jason Fitzgerald
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the immortal words of C.S. Lewis: It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We […]
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    No Meat Athlete

  • 7 Tips for Getting Your Kids to Eat as Well as You Do (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Note from Matt: I’m at the Woodstock Fruit Festival, eating nothing but raw fruit and vegetables for a week and doing all sorts of fun stuff, from high ropes and lake swimming to listening to talks by Mike Arnstein, Tim Van Orden, and Dr. Doug Graham (I’m actually listening to him give a food prep demo right this minute). It’s been a great experience, not just for me and my wife but for our kids, who at ages 4 and 1 are getting the chance to try all kinds of exotic fruits like lychee, durian, longans, and dragon fruit. In that spirit, I invited my friend Sid Garza-Hillman to…
  • Meal Planning Tips for the Busy Athlete, with YumUniverse’s Heather Crosby (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Heather Crosby, creator of YumUniverse and author of the upcoming book by the same name, knows a thing or two about creating a healthy lifestyle. At first glance, YumUniverse is beautiful and artsy and obviously focused on healthy, plant-based, gluten-free, whole food. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover that Heather has the same fascination with habit-change that I do, and she incorporates those critical concepts into her recommendations for meal planning or getting started with a plant-based diet. Heather was our guest expert in the No Meat Athlete Academy last month, and…
  • Two New Energy Bar Recipes (with Tart Cherries!) (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    It’s been a full month that I’ve been drinking tart cherry concentrate, twice a day, and today I’ve got the promised third and final post in this series, including two new recipes and answers to some FAQ’s from my previous posts. Once again, to be absolutely clear: this series was sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute. It’s the first time I’ve done any sponsored blog content, and I really do appreciate any feedback you have about it. Believe it or not, I was relieved to read in the comments of the second post that a lot of you tried the 7-Day Tart Cherry Juice Challenge and…
  • 3 Reasons Why I’ll Teach My Kids to Run Marathons (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    I don’t write about it often, but I’m a father to two wonderful little kids — a four-year-old boy and one-year-old girl. The obvious question (that people always ask) is whether my wife and I are raising them vegan, and the answer is a qualified yes: Yes, but we don’t want to choose this lifestyle for them, or to make them resent their plant-based diet and their parents who forced it on them. So we involve our son (and will our daughter too, when she’s old enough) in the garden and in cooking, and we talk to them about why we eat this way. But when they’re old enough to want…
  • 7 Days of Camping, Running, and Raw Food at the Woodstock Fruit Festival (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    It was a few years ago when I first heard about the Woodstock Fruit Festival, a week-long event (back then) put on by ultrarunner and Fruitarian Michael Arnstein. Camping, swimming, running, hiking, games, bonfires, demos and talks — the most notable of which, for me, have been Mike’s ultrarunning talks that I watched on YouTube. Part 1 and part 2 were instrumental in my preparation for my 100-miler last summer. And of course, for seven full days, all the raw fruits and vegetables you could possibly want … but no cooked food. That’s where I got stuck. I worried I…
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    The Run Commuter

  • 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…
  • The New Run Commuters – August 2014

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Here we are again and summer is nearly over. Wouldn’t fall be a great time to start run commuting? Give it a shot and send a brief email to telling us about yourself and your commute, and we’ll feature your story on The Run Commuter. This month, we are featuring New Run Commuters Patrick Benko and Megan Allore. Patrick run commutes through Washington D.C. and documents the daily sights around the capital on Instagram.  Megan started run commuting to keep herself race-ready in between events, and enjoys the community…
  • Save the nips: Red11 Sport anti-chafe salve review

    6 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    I, like so many, have since my first tentative steps as a runner dreaded this happening to me. During an out-and-back segment of my first ultra, 24-ish miles into a grueling 50K, a runner in the opposite direction had upon his face not fatigue but wide-eyed fear mingled with agony. I understood why. Upon his white shirt: twin red streams trailing toward his waistband. And he had six more miles to go. Bloody nipples. Nipple chafe (clinically: nipple fissures). Hell, chafe in general, as Meghann writes, in any of the body’s geography. Every runner harbors this terror in the heart and the…
  • The Run Commuter’s bundle of joy

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Welcome Wyatt J Woiderski to this wide, wonderful world, and congratulations to Rebecca and Josh on what we’re all certain will be another rad kid! Closer to home, this means Josh will for a short while take a back seat at The Run Commuter, as he tends to his ever-expanding stable of sons, and consoles Rebecca for having to dwell in Fort Sausage Fest. It also means Hall and I will be stepping up to take on Josh’s usual duties at the site, so you can expect a good deal more salty language. Will this papoose fit in a run commuting pack??   The post The Run Commuter’s…
  • The New Run Commuters – July 2014

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    In this month’s edition of The New Run Commuters, we feature Marcel Beaudoin of Gatineau, Quebec, and Dell Wilson from Madison, Alabama. Both are current or former bike commuters who began run commuting to train for longer races, and they have great bits of advice to pass on to those thinking about giving run commuting a try.   And, interestingly, both are Buff wearers. I guess we’ll have try one of those things out……
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  • 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…
  • 5 Trail Shoes for Spring

    Rachel Kiser
    29 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    With all these April showers. we know the impending May flowers are going to be pretty awesome. And what better way to see them than to tackle the trails?! We’ve pulled five of our favorite styles to entice you to get off the beaten path and explore the road less traveled. Brooks Cascadia 9 The Cascadia got an update as fresh as spring for its ninth birthday. And the icing on the cake? Runner’s World awarded the shoe its coveted Editor’s Choice award in its April 2014 issue. The Cascadia’s midsole is Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA compound. The thing about Brooks DNA is…
  • Gear Pick: Compression Socks

    Rachel Kiser
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Compression socks might seem like the latest hype in the running community. You’ve probably seen them on the trails, at starting lines or on friends who are looking for some extra recovery on rest day. But they’re more than just glorified tube socks. They have running-specific benefits that can help you perform better and recover faster. Photo: Recovery The recovery aspect is the biggest plus touted with wearing compression socks. Medical-grade compression socks have long been used as a way of relieving pressure in the legs. They’ve made their way into the…
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  • Celebrate the Small Gains

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Sometimes we get so caught up in the Big Picture that we forget to celebrate the small gains. It's the small weekly gains in your training that are the building blocks to that big picture. Celebrate the day you get up that big hill and you realize you're not winded. Celebrate the day you inch down a little more in your tempo run training pace range. Celebrate the day you make it to your tempo pace range. Celebrate the day you go past the longest distance you've run in your training plan. Celebrate the day you wake up and you're not sore. Celebrate the day you add a weekly core workout to…
  • Revel Rockies Giveaway

    4 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Want to run the Rockies? You're in luck here's your chance to win a free entry to the Revel RockiesMarathon taking place August 17, 2014.The Revel Rockies Marathon is incredibly fast and remarkably beautiful road race takes runners from the forests and canyons of the Rocky Mountains to the foothills of Denver. Featuring a perfectly smooth downhill slope and spectacular scenery, this race will be sure to help you set your PR and finally hit that Boston Qualifying time. REVEL in speed. REVEL in beauty. REVEL in the Rockies.Act quick!
  • Avoiding the Woe-Is-Me Vortex

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Interesting observation....last night when I was around mile 8 in a 13-mile run, I really began to fatigue. I was feeling every foot landing as if my feet were cement blocks. So, I began to coach myself telling myself what I tell my runners... to look up and out, not down. Engage your core. Shoulders back. Work the lean.While looking up, I noticed some thick fancy concrete posts with wrought iron fence in between the posts that line the front of a swanky neighborhood on the route I was running.  I was curious. How many posts were there? Funny what you think of when delirium kicks in. I…
  • Pick the Best Bar for the Length of Your Run

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    In a rush before a run? Need to eat, but don't have time to make something? Creating your own snacks is always best because you know exactly what's going into your body, but sometimes convenience trumps best practice. Best to get in some prepackaged nutrition to support your run than no nutrition at all. But which prepackaged foods are best for your different types of runs?Below are some suggestions for prepackaged foods such as energy and protein bars wafers, waffles, and crackers. The foods are sorted by caloric needs based on the length of your run. These are not the only options for each…
  • Three Keys to Health and Fitness: Moderation Accountability Consistency

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This morning I posted on Facebook that I've lost 11lbs and getting closer to my racing weight goal. This sparked an awesome conversation amongst my FB friends about weight loss and racing. I have a goal to lose about 15lbs in prep for my Philly Marathon in November.With owning my own business and having just written my first book, I began devoting less and less time to my own fitness needs. As a results I added a few pounds. More than that, my fitness level just began to wane. I could tell it in my runs. So, about a month ago, I started being more accountable with my diet. No drastic…
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  • Hoka Clifton Giveaway Contest

    Peter Larson
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    About a month ago I was contacted by Hoka asking if I’d be interested in trying out the new Hoka Clifton and conducting a giveaway for a pair of the shoes here on Runblogger. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things from fellow shoe geeks about the Clifton, and based on specs (around 8oz, 29mm heel, 23mm forefoot stack) it seemed like one of the first Hokas that I might enjoy taking for a spin. I received the shoes a few weeks ago, and have now managed to get in a few runs in them. I’m far from ready to review them in full, but my early impression is that they fit much better than other…
  • runScribe Launches Wearable Running Biomechanics Data Collection Device on Kickstarter

    Peter Larson
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    I get pitches for Kickstarter campaigns frequently, but rarely do I post about them since it’s hard to assess the potential of a device that I have not had a chance to play with myself. I’m going to make an exception to this general rule here to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for a device called the RunScribe. Why? Because although I haven’t played with the runScribe, I was able to have a long chat with the developers of the device a few months back and they gave me a preview of what the device is capable of. It has the potential to be a very cool little gadget! Here’s…
  • Merrell AllOut Rush Trail Shoe Review

    Peter Larson
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    I first saw the Merrell AllOut Rush at a meeting with the brand in Spring 2013. They were introducing the new AllOut line, and the emphasis was on added cushion while retaining some of the features that people like about the Merrell Barefoot/M-Connect collections. I was intrigued by the shoes since I’ve always felt that shoes like the Merrell Bare Access we just a bit too firm for my road running taste – add a bit of softer cushion and they’d be a great match for me. I received the AllOut Rush last winter (Disclosure: these were media samples provided free of charge by Merrell), and…
  • Finding a Runner’s High in Maine

    Peter Larson
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    The “Runner’s High” is an elusive thing. I sometimes think that non-runners believe that we all go out there in search of the high on every run. That running is some kind of addiction. Maybe it is, but I can honestly say that in the seven years that I’ve been running with purpose I’ve felt what I might describe as a runner’s high on only a few occasions. I can probably count them on one hand. For me, a runner’s high is not so much a state of euphoria as it is a sense of strength and invincibility. You feel like you can tackle any obstacle placed in front of you. Big hill? No…
  • This Week in Runblogging: August 11 to August 17 2014

    Peter Larson
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Yesterday I ran 17.25 miles, my longest run in over a year and it went quite well! I’m in the final stretch of training for the Vermont 50K in late September, and my goal is to get at least one 20 miler in before the race (maybe two if I can bear it, still don’t like running those long runs alone on the roads…). I really have no idea what the race will hold for me, and no real goal in terms of time. I’m feeling strong, but I’ve only run one 50K before and not sure how I’ll handle the distance or elevation change. Only one way to find out I guess! After VT my only real goal for the…
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  • Tips for keeping your easy runs easy

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    The biggest training mistake I make is running my easy runs too fast. On the surface this may not seem to be a major error, but it is. It takes our bodies a few days to recover from grueling training runs, such as 800m repeats and long runs. When we run easy in the days […]
  • 5 (unconventional) ways to spice up your runs

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:35 pm
    A few days ago, I was with my (nearly) 3-year-old daughter, Ada, on the deck. She was munching on apple slices and asking me to tell her about one of her favorite things, the moon. A person realizes how little he knows about the world when a toddler asks him about it. “Talk about the moon? […]
  • Preventing and treating blisters

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Of all the parts of the body at play during walking and jogging, the feet take the brunt of the burden. And no matter your foot strike, pronation, or shoe/sock choice, most of us get blisters from time to time. If not treated promptly and properly, blisters can become a much bigger issue in the […]
  • How to transition from running to a triathlon

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    If you’ve been running road races for awhile, sooner or later you may feel the itch. The urge for something more. Some of us turn to trail running, others go for longer distances, and several runners consider tackling a new (albeit very related) sport – the triathlon. Given your base, you’re in a unique situation. […]
  • Early morning runs: what and when to eat

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:37 pm
    My alarm goes off at 5 a.m. on days that I run. I have a very strict routine until the moment I head out the door, and don’t have a minute to spare. I don’t have enough time to make a hearty breakfast, and certainly don’t have ample time to digest it. Most other early […]
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    Shut Up + Run

  • What’s Fresh This Week

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Sometimes I’ll encounter a week in my life that has several new and exciting aspects. Such was the case this week (and you will see how un-exciting my life really is if these things are considered exciting - how many times can you use the word “exciting” in an sentence?). Here’s what’s fresh: New product: Have you seen these? I think companies are getting very, very desperate. There is no way that cappuccino and potato chips ever need to be mixed together and called a snack item. This marrying of flavors does not even make sense. Would you ever drink a cappuccino and eat a side of…
  • 6 Ways People Make Running Harder Than It Has To Be

    17 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    People are always telling me how tough running is. They just can’t seem to get out the door. They don’t have time. They are tired. Their aunt told them it was bad for their knees. They have ear hair that needs to be plucked and there is simply no time to run. Then there are the moans and groans about how hard the actual act of running is! It makes you breathe hard! It is exhausting! It makes you sweat! It gives you side stitches and gas! Yeah, yeah, yeah. I think the majority of the time people make running harder than it has to be. Here are six ways you or someone you know might be…
  • I Have a Trick for You

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    I have barely taken a breath from Ironman Boulder and the EPIC Relay and yet strangers on the street keep asking me, “What’s next?” What’s next is a lot of resting, sleeping, eating and wine consuming. There will be the occasional run, bike and swim thrown in there, but nothing too crazy. Truthfully, there has been a lot of this going on. I am not sure the kids know what to do with a non-moving mother. I do, however, like having a plan an some structure to my training. I find it really motivates me… So, what is up next is the Runner’s World Half and Festival in October (18th and…
  • EPIC Cache-Teton Relay: Storms, Sickness and Success

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    If you really want to get to know someone, don’t go out for drinks or read their diary or watch them on a secret surveillance camera. Just do a running relay. After 32 hours in a van, you learn a lot about what pisses people off, how they cope when they are tired, how often they fart and what makes them cry (probably how often I fart). The relay got off to a good start when we arrived in Logan, Utah (the start) and found this tasty treat at the 7-11. I don’t think they make male-specific honey buns in Colorado. Utahans are LUCKY! And for only a buck seventy nine! After sleeping in a Days…
  • Crazy As It May Seem..

    7 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    I am leaving this morning for Logan, Utah to start the EPIC Cache-Tetons relay with 11 other old people. Admittedly, the timing is not the best as I have hardly rinsed the Ironman sweat off my weary body. But, I’ve done a relay with this group the last few years and I had a major case of FOMO. So…let’s go. I am the 12th and final runner for the group, which means I get to cross the finish line in Jackson, Wyoming (Teton Village) at the end of the 204 miles. My legs total only 15 miles – yet, the first one (6 miles) is labeled as “very hard” (whatever. sheesh) and takes place in…
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    Runners Connect

  • The 5 Recovery Mistakes You’re Making That Are Hampering Your Recovery From Hard Workouts

    Coach Jeff
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recovery is one of the most important elements of training. In fact, I’d argue it’s even more important than the hard workouts you do. Without recovery, training is just wasted time with no opportunity to actually improve. It’s no wonder then that runners focus, or should be focusing, so much of their attention to recovery. Unfortunately, like many aspects of training, many runners are unintentionally hampering their recovery thanks to pervasive myths based on outdated science. In this article, we’ll look at five of the most common ways runners get recovery wrong and how you can make…
  • How to Get the Benefits of Altitude Training (Without Going to Altitude)

    John Davis
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you follow elite running news, you’re sure to hear plenty about the high-altitude training camps around the world that are frequented by top runners between races. Places like Flagstaff, Arizona, St. Moritz, Switzerland, and Iten, Kenya all have a few things in common: they’re situated at high altitudes, they have plenty of good roads and trails to run on, and they’re home to a lot of very fast runners. There’s been a lot of research into the benefits of altitude training in distance runners, but let’s face it—the odds of you finding the time to spend eight…
  • Why Doing Shin Exercises With a Theraband Won’t Help you Avoid Shin Splints

    Coach Jeff
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Shin splints are perhaps the most common injury for beginner runners. Unfortunately, thanks to the constant spread of outdated information, the treatment for shin splints remains unhelpful. Stop me if you’ve tried this – ice, take some ibuprofen to reduce swelling, and grab the theraband to strengthen the shin muscle. I’m willing to bet that hasn’t worked. Sure, the ice and ibuprofen probably helped reduce the pain. But, the injury likely came back. In this article, we’ll look at what is really causing your shin splints and outline a specific strengthening…
  • 3 Simple Ways to Take the Pressure Off Your Next “Big Race”

    Sarah Crouch
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Goal races at the end of a training segment define a certain timeline for many runners. Marathoners often spend months on a proper training build-up towards race day and become mentally and emotionally invested in the outcome of the goal race, which is often seen as the culminating result of hard work and desire. The phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” warns us not to invest all of our energy into one specific project or endeavor lest that endeavor fail and we are left with nothing to show for our effort. We as runners would be wise to take to heart the words of this Proverb,…
  • How Body Weight and Sweat Rate Impact Your Ability to Run in the Heat

    John Davis
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Heat regulation during exercise is a very relevant topic this time of year. In previous articles, we’ve looked broadly at thermoregulation—the five-dollar word for how your body handles heat production—during exercise, but today we’re going to examine one specific facet of running in the heat: the differences in heat management between males and females. Men and women differ physiologically in a number of ways. Race times are the most obvious among these, but women often suffer from different injury patterns than men, have, on average, different body composition, and also have…
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    Running With My Demons

  • Your Heroes Suffer Too

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Hardrock 100 2014"I Got Rocked" - Timothy Olson To me it's very interesting to see those who you admire having a tough time out on the trails. It goes to show that everyone suffers... regardless of their status.I've always admired Tim and seeing this helps to solidify my respect for the man and his respect to the event, the effort and the tradition of the event.Congrats!!
  • Barkley 100

    6 Jun 2014 | 4:46 am
    Barkley 100 from Brendan Young on Vimeo.This documentary tells the story of one of the world’s most difficult and bizarre sporting events: The Barkley Marathons. This 100-mile footrace and its 60-hour time limit force athletes to run, crawl and climb an elevation gain equivalent to two treks up Mt. Everest. In nearly thirty years, only fourteen runners, out of over one thousand participants, have finished The Barkley.Directed, Edited and Filmed by Brendan YoungDirector of Photography: Isaiah Branch-BoyleOriginal Score by Keith Shacklett
  • Reflections on My First Fifty Mile Run

    28 May 2014 | 8:24 am
    Several weeks have passed since I completed my first 50 miler and the glow of the accomplishment has somewhat begun to fade. Over this period I've had time to reflect on the achievement and some of what I perceive to be some of the keys to my success.The Training PlanI found a 50 mile training plan online and printed it out. The idea was to use the plan as a guide for recommended mileage and not to be obsessed with sticking to the daily/weekly workouts. In fact the plan was from the Santa Clarita Runners Club in Southern California. With the early stages of my…
  • 2014 Brewery to Brewery Run

    15 May 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Wounded Warrior ProjectJust one week after my first 50 mile run I participated in the 2nd Annual Brewery to Brewery Marathon. Essentially an informal marathon relay from Newburgh Brewing Company to the Peekskill Brewery.I told Paul Halayko (President of Newburgh Brewing Company) that as long as my feet weren't hamburger after last weekend's 50 miler, I was in.I mean running and beer... what could be better? Two of my favorite things right? And I was asked to be a member of the Newburgh Brewing Company team. I think even if my feet were completely destroyed I would have found a way to make…
  • My First 50 Miler | 2014 Rock the Ridge 50 Mile Challenge Race Report

    13 May 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I heard about the Rock the Ridge 50 Mile Challenge  early last year and knew it was my opportunity to step into the world of the 50 miler.I've done a few 50k runs but really wanted to test myself at the 50 mile distanceI begged my wife to let me register as part of my Christmas present. She agreed and it was game on!We had an exceptionally difficult winter for ultra-training; I ran and ran as best I could. I used the treadmill when the roads weren't clear and I used the roads when the trails were too deep. I logged many miles and trained hard, while trying to keep focus on…
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    Mile Posts

  • Women’s Running: For The Love Of Running

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    This post was originally posted at HERE When I started running, the goal was to complete. It didn’t matter how long a run or race took me. What mattered was that I covered the distance. As I moved up in distance and ultimately settled on 26.2 as my favorite, it no longer became about completing the distance. The goal became how fast I could run it. Hours upon hours were spent doing something I loved…until one day it felt like a chore. I was still doing something I loved but I felt this little internal voice inside of me saying, “You have to go for this run- OR ELSE.” Or else you…
  • Women’s Running Magazine Blogger: Mile Posts

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I’m really excited to share that I will be blogging over on the Women’s Running Magazine website! Myself and four other female bloggers will be bringing you new posts weekly. The other four bloggers are: NYC Running Mama – Hungry Runner Girl – T-Rex Runner – Eat Pray Run DC – The easiest way to find my posts over there is to visit and then click on the blog link on the top navigation bar. The drop down will give you the choice of…
  • Who Wants To Run RNR Chicago This Weekend Courtesy Of Mazda USA?!

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    I’m excited to announce that I am part of an expanded partnership between Mazda USA and Rock N Roll Marathon! I will be the Tastemaker at four Rock N Roll races this year and will be at the expo where you can share your stories of how running has been a game changer in your life!! {Full press release here — } If you want to win an entry to this weekend’s race comment below with your story of how running has been a #gamechanger in your life. Winner’s will be announced tomorrow 7/17/14 {entry is…
  • Running Playlist: Top 10 July Workout Songs From RunHundred

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    How is it already the 9th of July? It feels like 2014 just started and now it’s more than half over!! If you are looking for some new songs to add to your fall/winter marathon training playlist here are the top 10 from RunHundred for July! This month’s top 10 list plays host to an eclectic bunch of established and upstart musical acts. On the international front, you’ll find a reggae hit from the Canadian band Magic and a platinum single from Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz. Elsewhere country artists Jarrod Niemann and Lady Antebellum document their nights on the town.
  • Honolulu Marathon: Saucony 26Strong

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Wanted to share a post I recently wrote for the 26Strong blog on my simplified thoughts on nutrition and running, if you haven’t read it you can check it out here.   I bit the bullet today {even though I already knew this was on my plan for 2014} and signed up for the Honolulu Marathon!!! I will be running alongside my cadet Danielle for the race and helping her finish her first marathon. My first marathon still remains one of the most special out of the 27 I’ve run. There is nothing like doing…
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    Runtastic Blog

  • 7 Snacks To Show Off 6-Pack Abs

    Vera Schwaiger
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    When you’ve put the effort into getting a slim, toned midsection, the last thing you need is a bloat-causing snack to mask that washboard look. But there’s no need to sit around starving—when you snack smart you can still show off that six-pack! Here are 7 dietitian-approved snacks to keep things nice and flat. If you’re craving savory… 1. 3 ounces low-sodium turkey with sliced tomato Tomato slices rolled up in turkey is a light and refreshing snack. The tomato is rich in potassium and fiber, and the turkey offers a healthy protein hit. “Potassium serves as a bloat-buster by…
  • 4 Ways Logging Your Meals & Snacks Boosts Weight Loss

    Vera Schwaiger
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Want to hit your weight loss goal? Start keeping track of everything you eat and drink. The cereal you had for breakfast, the sandwich and baked chips you scarfed for lunch, that caffeine fix you reached for at 3:35pm—everything! Sure, it can feel tedious at first, but research proves if you stick with it you’ll reap the rewards. Several studies show people who keep food journals are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reveals keeping a food diary can double your weight loss efforts. Switch from…
  • 13 Caffeine Facts For You Coffee Lovers

    Vera Schwaiger
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Running is like coffee. I’m much nicer after I’ve had one. We love coffee.  To help us wake up in the morning, for a short mid-morning break or while chatting with friends in the afternoon.  This brown beverage keeps popping up in our everyday life. With good reason, as we link coffee to pleasure. Most people don’t know, however, that coffee is similar to cocaine and can even be lethal.  Check out these interesting facts about caffeine we researched for you: 1. The effects of caffeine start showing 15-20 minutes after the first sip. 2. Caffeine affects our brain in a similar…
  • Lunden’s Top 10 of IDEA World 2014

    Vera Schwaiger
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Last week and weekend I had the opportunity to attend IDEA World in Anaheim, CA. This is an international event and organization where thousands of fitness professionals get together to learn more about the business, trends and to find community and inspiration amongst others who also eat, sleep & breathe healthy living. I really had an unforgettable time. There is really nothing like being around people who love what you love. I have had to deal with people in the past who really think my lifestyle is too much and “obsessive” and I need to “live a little” so being around 12,000…
  • 8 Satisfying Recipes For Runners

    Vera Schwaiger
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Whether you’re training for a 5K or upping your mileage for a marathon this fall, runners have very specific nutrient needs. “Determining your body’s ideal ratio of carbohydrates, protein, and fat is key for boosting running performance and staying healthy,” says MyFitnessPal registered dietitian Elle Penner, M.P.H., R.D. “During peak training and racing season, serious runners might aim for 60 to 70% of calories from carbohydrates, 12 to 15% from protein, and 15 to 28% from fat.” Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are important, too, says Penner. “Micronutrients, such as…
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    Angry Jogger

  • 4 Marathons Planned For October & November. Now All I Need To Do Is Stay Injury Free!

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    I’m in a state of panic and wanky introspection at the moment. Most of this was brought on by the fact that I left all of my clothes apart from a pair of shorts and my London to Brighton race t-shirt in the laundrette and he closed early, meaning I might be fucked for work tomorrow. I could always come into work in my pyjamas and pretend that I was abducted by Jesus in a U.F.O overnight. I’m feeling very uneasy at the moment. I’m even back to listening to Radiohead. I think I listened to nothing but Pablo Honey for 2 months in 2009. It isn’t even a very good album. But…
  • Last Night I Got Very Drunk And Ended Up Having To Walk Home. Plus I’m Going To Vegas Again.

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    I still haven’t ran this week. In truth I’m worried about my left knee. It’s still sore from last week so I’ve decided I’m resting it for a while. I am terrified of going to the doctor in case they tell me that I’ve got arthritis like my mother.  It would be a real fucking nightmare. Last night was great. I went out with the guys from work and we went to a cool pub in Kentish Town and spent about 5 hours there. From there a few of us went down towards Camden and bought Buckfast and drank like chavs by the canal side. I’m not proud of myself but it…
  • I’ve No Motivation To Exercise At The Moment But I’m Feeling Alright.

    13 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    I haven’t been feeling very excited about running or exercise this week. The fire just hasn’t been there. I’m thinking that I’m maybe just getting used to working 9-6 again after a month off work. Sunday was good though. I met with family in London for a little while and then came back and ran 13.5 miles around North London in the dark. It was scary as fuck but revitalising. I went to the gym tonight but only to check that I could get in. I buzzed in and then I went straight back out again. There was no way I was gonna spend 2 hours on the cross trainer in my suit…
  • A 10 Mile Run That Was Fucking Awful In Many Ways Because Of My Bastard Mind.

    9 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    I’m not in a good mood today. I went out there hoping to do a long run before the kick off of the Tottenham Hotspur game at 5:30pm and I did go out, but it just went wrong. From the very start I was getting really pissed off by the cyclists on the towpath. It’s like being in Amsterdam all over again when sound their little bells. And whenever I’m in Amsterdam I’m always space-caked off my head so that *ring ring* noise puts me into paranoid survival mode. I got as far as Ponder’s End and my Garmin Forerunner switched itself off. I wanted to fuck the cunting thing…
  • A Very Difficult 8 Mile Run Today That Was Marred By A Tramp.

    2 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    My God I’m so glad I’m starting back into work again on Monday. This week I spent most of my time either sleeping or running and as much as I love both, I’ve been doing each a little too much recently. I did 8 miles earlier this afternoon and it really hurt. I’m worried that 4 weeks of relatively intense training has fucked up my body. My left leg in particular is very stiff and I’m wondering if I should run at all tomorrow. I’ve been sticking to a pretty strict diet recently too. I’ve tried to keep my calorie consumption to below 1,000 before 8pm in…
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  • Swiss Irontrail T81 done!

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    The race report comes in a few days. Just a quick note to let you know I crossed the finish line in 19 hours 34 minutes.
  • Second ultra in a month: Yet another new experience

    10 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    This Friday I'll be running the Swiss Irontrail T81. 88 km  run with 5000 metres of elevation gain four weeks after the Eiger Ultra Trail.After the Eiger trail, I spent a few days recovering. I was suffering from shin splints for the first time since I started running. When the pain faded away, I went for a 15k run and the day after my shins were sore again. So I had a couple of weeks of recovery and only went for a couple of easy runs. After a few physiotherapy session, my leg is now pain free and I cannot wait to face the next challenge.It's not gonna be easy, but I will give all I've…
  • Swiss Irontrail, the next challenge

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I just cannot wait for this. Swiss Irontrail T81: 88.1 km, 5010m elevation gain.
  • Eiger Ultra Trail 2014; 101km of mud, rocks and sweat

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    "Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must. Just never give up" Dean Karnazas Last Saturday and Sunday I ran the Eiger Ultra Trail, a 101 km ultramarathon with more than 6700 metres of elevation gain.I arrived in Grindelwald on Thursday and went to collect my bib number on Friday morning. The race organisation was quite good for a race in this size. There was a strict equipment check at the bib number distribution which I appreciated during the race. They asked every runner to bring all the mandatory gear listed on the website in order to collect the bibs. Apart from the bib…
  • Eiger Ultra Trail Done.

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Just a quick note to let you guys know I've finished the Eiger Ultra Trail in 25:12:38Full report will be posted in a few days.Stay tuned
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    Natural Running Center

  • “runScribe” Will Examine Your Form in Great Detail

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    by Nick Pang.   Wearable technology is making sports like football (not soccer) safer with concussion-prevention sensors embedded in helmets and mouth guards with live data via Wi-Fi on the field and sidelines. What about running? Even with all the latest shoe- cushioning technologies and research, runners are still get injured every year. Now Scribe Labs [Read more...]
  • Queens of the Ultra: Meet Diana Gorham and Sheri Fiolek

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Here in our small town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia you will find truly amazing people with their own amazing personal stories. So please enjoy this fun and inspiring interview with Two Rivers Treads’ leading ladies, Diana Gorham and Sheri Fiolek, who finished the Burning River 100 miler in Ohio on August 3. If anyone tells [Read more...]
  • New Film Documents Tarahumara’s Healthy Living

    6 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Two bold, young documentary filmmakers, Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz, left their home in Big Sur, California, and traveled to the depths of Copper Canyon in Mexico in search of the “seeds of health.”  They lived among the Tarahumara who suffer almost none of the modern illnesses of Westernized Society. The Tarahumara are famous for [Read more...]
  • New Book on Sub-Two-Hour Marathon…It Should Happen Soon!

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The sub two-hour marathon is running’s final, most elusive barrier. The first runner to go 1:59 will become universally celebrated as marathon’s Roger Bannister. This timely book by Dr. Phil Maffetone, “1:59: The Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Is Within Reach—Here’s How It Will Go Down, and What It Can Teach All Runners about Training and Racing,” examines [Read more...]
  • “Shoe Talk” with Dr. Ryan Green– Cushioning, Stretching, and Wide Feet

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Dr. Ryan Green is managing partner at Varsity Sports Mandeville in Mandeville, Louisiana.  He received his athletic training certification in 1997 and received his PhD in Kinesiology from  Louisiana State University in 2006.  After graduating from LSU and then teaching in the athletic training program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Dr. Green went [Read more...]
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    Mom's Home Run

  • Five things Friday: what I love about my Summer Vacation

    Nicole orriëns
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
    Just one week left of Summer Vacation, and then the kids will be back in school again. Excuse me while I do a little jig. The past weeks have been quite busy, with all 5 kids at home. Five Things Friday: 5 things I love about Summer Vacation Which brings me to the first thing that I love about Summer Vacation: there's an end to it. The freedom of Summer Vacation is nice because you know
  • Fitjacking: what's that when it's at home?

    Nicole orriëns
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Anonymous Fitjacker! Have you ever heard of fitjacking? I hadn't, until I read an article about it in Runner's World. Fitjacking: what is it? Fitjacking is the art of going into a running store, asking for advice for the best running shoes, and then saying to the shoeguy: 'Thanks! I'm going to have to think about it.' After which you go home, and buy the recommended shoes online. That's
  • Philosophize your way out of a guilt trip

    Nicole orriëns
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:27 am
    Did you ever skip a run?  And how did that make you feel?  Most runners feel guilty about skipping a run.  I'm one of them. The reason we feel guilty about skipping a run  According to Dutch filosopher Miriam van Reijen guilt is based on the thought that things could have been different. You cóuld have gone for a run. But that thought is false, according to van Reijen! Why do we get
  • Five things running thought me

    Nicole orriëns
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:53 am
    I never though running would be more than something to do to get some peace and quiet, and stay healthy. But running has thought me some lessons I can actually apply to real life! So here are 5 life lessons I learned from running. You can do more than you think! If something seems daunting, divided it into babysteps. And start there. It's about the journey, not the destination. I'm not a
  • Differences between men's and women's running clothes

    Nicole orriëns
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    When I first started running I wore a pair of men's shorts I had bought at the local thrift shop for 3 bucks. In my defense: they were from a real brand! Adidas! Women's running clothes Nowadays I buy 'real women's' running clothes. It makes sense. After all, men's bodies are different from ours. Men's running clothes are tailored to fit men, and women's running clothes are specially made
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  • Making an App for Runners: Thoughts and Lessons Learned (Part 2)

    Mark Kennedy
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    If you missed part 1, you can go check it out here. Fuel My Run has now been available for 7 months. I continue to learn about how the app world works and how difficult it is promote an app in the crowded running space. If you want to listen to a recent interview I did for The App Guy Podcast, I give a fairly detailed breakdown of how I went from idea to app – all without knowing a lick about coding or app development. 1. People like free No brainer, right? I’ve tested the price of Fuel My Run a few times – making it free on iTunes for a day or two. When it went free, there…
  • Identity Based Habits (Become the Person You Want To Be)

    Mark Kennedy
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Over the past few years, I’ve developed a hate for New Year’s resolutions. Sure the intentions are always good, but I tended to make 3 or 4 goals that were fairly broad and after a couple of weeks, the piece if paper I wrote them on was likely never to be seen again (or chucked in one of many odd places by my two year-old son). Goals usually line up with a specific outcome or result. “I want to lose 10 pounds.” “I want lower my marathon time by 20 minutes.” “I want to eliminate gluten from my diet.” When starting out, these goals may seem…
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  • ER019 | Lisa Hamilton: Lessons Learned in 2 Decades of Running

    Matt Johnson
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Lisa Hamilton started running in college by chance after first becoming exposed to it through her roommate, a cross-country runner. From her first run she was hooked and ended a more than 15 year successful and decorated history in swimming to take up running, but it wasn’t always easy. Lisa has often been plagued with injury:  stress fractures, patella tendinitis, iliotibial band syndrome,  joint pain and even plantar fasciitis. She has tried everything from orthotics to physical therapy and only after discovering strength training and running consciously has she been able to focus…
  • RA058 | Dr. Paul Thompson: How Safe is Marathon Running for Your Heart?

    Matt Johnson
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Dr. Paul Thompson is the chief of cardiology at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and considered one of the leading experts today in the field of exercise cardiology. As a life long marathon runner himself he has authored over 200 scientific articles on topics which include the effects of exercise training on preventing and treating heart disease, the risk of sudden death during exercise, the effects of statins on muscle function, and genetic factors affecting exercise response. Dr. Thompson’s research and clinical interests in exercise originate from his personal interest in distance…
  • RA057 | Pete Magill: How to Avoid Slowing Down As You Age

    Matt Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Pete Magill is one of the top masters runners in the United States. Over the past decade, he’s led his Southern California clubs to 17 masters national championships in cross country and road racing. He’s won the individual title in six masters national cross country championships, holds five American age group records, and is the oldest American to break 15:00 for 5K, running 14:45 at the distance a few months before turning 50. He is also the fastest American distance runner over age 50 in the 5K (15:01) and 10K (31:11) and second fastest half-marathon (1:10:19). Pete is also a…
  • ER018 | Kyle Petty: From Just Finishing to Running On a Team

    Matt Johnson
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Kyle Petty is a full-time high school teacher that has only been seriously running since 2008 when after deciding “just to finish” a half marathon, he ran 1:28 and at the insistence of his wife, started seriously training. After running his first marathon just 2 minutes shy of his then BQ time of 3:10 he was invited to train with Fleet Feet Sacramento Racing which he has been involved with for the last four years. He eventually did qualify for Boston and ran in 2013 where he PR’d putting up 2:47, and lost all those post-race tingles in the calamity that followed.He has…
  • RA056 | Samantha Gash: Running As a Vehicle for Change

    Matt Johnson
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Samantha Gash started out on a fairly conventional path for many high achieving 20-somethings – law school and onto a potential lucrative position at a respective law firm, but Samantha longed for more. Noticing how friends and colleagues seemed to have become trapped she sought a different path for herself than the one she was on and discovered ultra-running. She ultimately became the youngest runner at the time to finish a grand slam of the racing the planet four deserts race series by running all four 250km events in the same year including races across the Atacama, Gobi and Sahara…
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  • What I Ate Wednesday

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    You would think that marathon training would make you hungry ALL THE TIME. But honestly after I do my pace runs on Saturday and my long runs on Sunday, I don’t eat very much for hours and hours. I just don’t have the stomach for it. I love chocolate milk after I run but not much else. During the week my hunger goes in cycles; sometimes famished and sometimes not in the mood to eat at all. Typically when I start running miles and miles a week, the weight starts to come off effortlessly. But this time around, not so much. As a matter of fact I’ve gained a few pounds. So,…
  • Half Way Through! Columbus Marathon Training Wk8

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Yes! Half way through. It’s a good feeling to be half way through training, until you consider the fact that the hardest weeks are ahead. Most of the weeks up until the taper, 6 weeks from now, hover right around the 40 mile mark per week. If you’re training and have friends who are training, some of them may either be (1) injured or (2) can’t hack it and simply drop out. These weeks separate the people who really want it from the people who just thought they did! You have to be all in. I’m hanging in there and still feeling strong – that’s the good news!
  • Monday Motivation

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
  • Gotta love technology – Columbus Marathon Training Wk7

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    I’m going to start my little tale two Sundays ago while out on my 14 mile run. I was at North park, famous for the perfect 5 mile loops around the lake. These loops make it ideal to stop at your car every loop to refuel and hydrate. Well, on this particular Sunday, I stopped after the first loop to grab some water and GU and attempted to stop my Garmin (Forerunner 405) without success. As I stood there drinking my water, waiting for someone to use the bathroom and whatever, the minutes ticked by and the average pace went up and up, pretty much ruining my stats for the remainder of the…
  • Monday Motivation

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
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    Dawn - Sometimes An Ultrarunner

  • Snowbird Adventure Race, Aug 16 2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    At the starting lineMy second year in a row of completing the Snowbird Adventure Race, this time with Jim as his first adventure race ever!   True to form, organizers Scott and Aaron made a nice uphill course all within the ski areas of the Snowbird ski resort.  The checkpoints were somewhat easier to find this year, being alongside trails, no bushwhacking or scratched legs unless you really want to take shortcuts.   We didn't.  We did, however, see plenty of uphills.   Our first climb zigzagged through the ski runs, past a couple of controls, all the way up to the…
  • Lake Blanche Hike, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Back in Utah now and happy to be home for a while!   We are still exploring our local area, and discovered this little gem of a trail not too far up the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.  Officially this trail has the name of Mill B South Fork Trail, but that's a mouthful and everyone calls it Lake Blanche instead.  Which is the biggest of the three lakes at the end of the trail, I would guess. Either way, it's a nice 2500 foot climb from the trailhead up to the lakes.  We weren't quite acclimated to the elevation yet, and when the gradient steepened I admit to sucking some…
  • Back-To-Back Long-Distance Flights in Austria!

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Well, our time in the Alps has come to a close.   This was Jim's first time sightseeing in Europe, so we detoured from paragliding here and there to see a few touristic sights like Venice, a few castles, the Matterhorn, and some Roman ruins.  We put 7500 kilometers on the rental car, driving to Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, France, Monaco, and Italy.  We hiked and/or ran 136 miles across some really beautiful high alpine trails.  We climbed some great via ferratas and saw more great scenery than our camera could capture. What we didn't do enough of, until the very…
  • USHPA Publishes My Second Article!

    2 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I was excited to see that the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA) has published my second article, this time about paragliding in Colombia!   Here's the reprinted article below in case you don't get the USHPA Magazine.  Gaggle Flying Rules the Roost In RoldanilloThe Eagles have landed in Colombia during the months of January and February 2014.  Eagle Paragliding Tours, that is, led by US Paragliding Team Coach Rob Sporrer and his wife Marite, out of Santa Barbara, California; along with Brad Gunnuscio out of Utah. They were accompanied by some highly…
  • Via Ferrata L'Escale, France

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our travels have taken us to Spain from Austria and now back again, in a rather futile chase of paragliding weather.  We did fly in Spain, but mostly we just escaped a week of some really terrible weather in the Alps.  That's worth a lot, even of driving. But it's almost always sunny on the southern coast of France, so a via ferrata there is a sure bet.  Especially this one, literally just up the hill from Monaco, we had views of the Mediterranean from high on the rock. From the description, this ferrata seemed a little difficult, but since I was reading in French, even the…
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    Crank101 - Lifehacks to help athletes push past boundaries, get faster, train harder

  • 10,000 Vertical Meters Climbing in August

    9 Aug 2014 | 7:17 pm
    I created this goal for August that I would climb 10,000m vertical elevation during my workouts. I’ve gone 7,000 before and ready to ramp up more the next month, only to face some setback. Now I’m feeling healthy and I think I’ll be able to pull it off. It’s 10 days into August and I’ve […]
  • Trail Running in Thailand – 1080p HD Video

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Here’s a mashup of clips I put together on two different days of running up my favorite mountain here in southern Thailand in a place called “Ngorn Nak” mountain in Tub Kaek subdistrict of Krabi province. This is a great little run with 500 meters of vertical, but another 300 can be added by doing […]
  • Penang Hill Trail Running (Mountain Trail Running)

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    Here’s a video I’m not sure I ever posted here. I ran up the Penang Hill the other month and had a blast. Looking forward to doing it again soon, maybe in the next 2 months. Gotta see how I can get there straight from here. Definitely worth the effort to go here!
  • And For My Next Trick…

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    I have been running up the mountain a lot lately, preferring that grueling exercise to anything else I can think of. In July I climbed 7,600 meters of elevation during my runs. That was pretty good. I was thinking for August I’d go 10,000 meters. Anton Krupicka, one of the ultra-runners I keep up with […]
  • Death by Inhaled Insect

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Running down my favorite rainforest trail in southern Thailand I was thinking about inhaling bugs into the lungs because there were quite a few in the air. We’ve all sucked bugs into our throats, but I think few of us have taken measures to prevent it from happening again. When I remember to do it, […]
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    Run Coaching, Ironman and Triathlon Specialists - Kinetic Revolution

  • Train the Movement, not the Muscle

    James Dunne
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Developing Stability & Strength in Runners As many readers will already know, my personal sporting success came long before I developed an interest in endurance sports and running in particular. For a number of years I played Rugby Union full-time: a sport where we as players become somewhat obsessed with developing strength and power. Now with the benefit of hindsight, I can see that this has probably moulded the terminology I use today when talking with endurance athletes about their own rehab or training. I often catch myself talking to runners about the need for them to strengthen…
  • Mark Allen talks about Building an Aerobic Base

    James Dunne
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    I’m sure it’s no coincidence that while I’m currently reading Matt Fitzgerald’s “Iron War”, I stumble upon this insightful video from Ironman legend Mark Allen… In this excerpt from The Art and Science of Triathlon lecture series, Mark discusses the importance of, and rationale behind building an aerobic base first, then adding speed training. This won’t come as news to many athletes, but I enjoyed his explanation. The point that really hit home was his bullet stating: Requires patience that most athletes do not have How true that is…!
  • Maintain Running Cadence Under Fatigue on Race Day

    James Dunne
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    There are so many sources out there providing the standard technique advice of increasing running cadence (stride frequency) to help stop athletes from over striding, and amongst other things helping to increase in limb stiffness. Many of these sources suggest 180 strides per minute as being a good rule of thumb for ‘optimal cadence’… However, in reality optimal running cadence will vary from person to person, and improtantly from pace to pace within one individual athlete. As with anything else running form related, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. More…
  • “Pushing Through the Ball” Cue for Active Stance in Running Gait

    James Dunne
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Earlier today I found a useful video from John Foster at describing and giving the rationale for a simple running technique cue: “Push through The Ball” …which is very different to landing on the ball of the foot. We’re not talking about contact pattern here. In his accompanying blog article, John describes: The goal of this cue is to stiffen the ankle and pre-set the calf muscles to prevent excess dorsiflexion (forward ankle bend). The result is normally shorter ground contact and a feeling of ‘ticking along’. We are not after a large recoil or…
  • Long Distance Running Technique Cues

    James Dunne
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    The Skill of Running Slowly With Great Form Recently I’ve been working with a real influx of Ultra runners, and athletes looking to progress to longer distance challenges (both running and triathlon) as well as those of course wanting to perform better over tried and tested distances. Given the nature of my approach to run coaching – optimising an individuals running biomechanics for injury rehab and/or performance benefits – the conversations with each new client quickly turn to running form. Usually the question goes something like: I understand the basic principals of…
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  • A New PR (Sort Of)

    Matt Orlando
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    With the beautiful northeast weather this past week, I decided it was finally time to give it another go at hitting a new 30′s PR in the mile (previous attempts here and here). My previous PR for the mile in my 30s was 6:30. Based on my current training runs I figured a 6:29 was definitely doable. All day I was looking forward to heading to the boardwalk and giving it a try. As I arrived at the boardwalk I realized right away a valid attempt at a PR was out of the question. Despite what the Weather Channel said, the winds were very strong making, my normal run direction out of the…
  • Thankful For Today

    Matt Orlando
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Today I find myself sitting comfortably and peacefully alone, gazing out on a family of geese as they glide aimlessly upon the lake. The sound of distant traffic floats across the water, mixed with the cascading droplets of a water fountain adding to the serenity of the afternoon scene. It is a rare cool day in August, one that must be spent outdoors and not locked away in the confines of artificial light and stale, processed air. It is a day that begs to be enjoyed, to be experienced, to be explored. In other words, it is a day that was built for running. My life over the past few months has…
  • Summer Slowdown

    Matt Orlando
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Well hello there everyone. Being as though it is now mid-July, and I haven’t posted any new content written by me in some time, I thought it fitting that I reach out from the digital beyond and check in. Lately my creative mind seems to be on summer vacation, moving with the speed of a snail. Sadly, so is my body. Since injuring my back shortly before my half in May, running has been hit or miss. I am currently forcing myself to take a running break in hopes that some rest will accelerate the healing process. I had my first DNS for a 5 miler I was scheduled to run, and I may be missing…
  • 10 Jogging Stroller Training Tips

    Lindsay Sanii
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    The best feature of stroller-running is that you can include the whole family. That being said, pushing a stroller is hard work and sometimes your little passengers won’t be into it. So how can you start logging miles with a fussy baby and tired arms? Here are 10 tips to prepare you for your stroller running journey. 1. Car, stroller, what’s the difference? Yes your baby may fuss in the stroller from time to time, especially when you first start running. DON’T let this be a deterrent. Remember that babies like routine. If you stick with your stroller running regimen,…
  • The Whole 30 – What’s It All About?

    Jessica Humphrey
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hello! This is Jess from I’m thrilled to be back, guest posting for The Runner Dad! I’m sharing my experiences with the Whole 30, a whole-food based diet. I hesitate to use the word “diet,” as Whole 30 is instead becoming a way of life for me! If you’re curious about the plan, read on. The Whole 30 eating plan has been in the news recently. You may have seen creators Dallas & Melissa Hartwig on Good Morning America or Nightline or come across bloggers writing about their experiences. I heard about the plan while reading through my Twitter…
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    Believe In The Run

  • Transrockies-Run: Stage 6

    Meaghan Murray
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
     Pepsico TransRockies Run Stage 6 – Vail to Beaver Creek – 20.9 miles/4,900 feet of elevation gain Stage 6 features a 20.9 mile route from Vail to Beaver Creek with 4900 feet of elevation gain.This route runs from the start in Vail Village on pavement, uses an overpass to cross the interstate, and shortly enters the […] The post Transrockies-Run: Stage 6 appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Transrockies Run Stage 5

    Meaghan Murray
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Pepsico Transrockies Run Stage 5 – Red Cliff to Vail – 23.8 miles/4,100 feet of elevation gain From Red Cliff you start with almost 8 miles on dirt road climbing moderately to Checkpoint 1. From there you enter singletrack through the forest with several steep climbs and descents until you come to the open meadows on […] The post Transrockies Run Stage 5 appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Transrockies Run Stage 4

    Meaghan Murray
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Route Details Stage 4 – Camp Hale to Red Cliff – 14.2 miles/2,800 feet of elevation gain Like Stage 2, stage 4 is short and steep, although it tops out a little lower, at 11,700 feet. Starting with a rolling run on gravel roads for about 2 miles, you start climbing on a jeep road, […] The post Transrockies Run Stage 4 appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Transrockies-Run Stage 3

    Meaghan Murray
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Pepsico Transrockies Run Stage 3 – Leadville to Camp Hale – 24.4 miles/2,700 feet of elevation gain Our longest stage, stage 3, has moderate elevation gain, with the largest climb out of the way early in the stage. After 2.5 miles on pavement out of Leadville, you start climbing steeply on four-wheel drive road to […] The post Transrockies-Run Stage 3 appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Transrockies-Run Stage 2

    Meaghan Murray
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Stage 2: Vicksburg to Twin Lakes – 13.3 miles, 3,250 feet elevation gain Buses depart for stage 2 start in Vicksburg at 6:45 AM. The bus ride is approx. 30 minutes. Starting from Vicksburg, not far from the turnaround of the Leadville Trail 100, you start climbing gently on gravel Forest Service Road. The first […] The post Transrockies-Run Stage 2 appeared first on Believe In The Run.
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  • Ask a Coach – Beth Baker, Founder and Chief Running Officer at Running Evolution

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Months ago we introduced an “Ask a Coach” blog post with Running Evolution‘s Beth Baker. It went well and we’ve recently circled back with Beth who has graciously answered some more questions for new runners within the Gametiime community. Here are questions and answers about everything from running injuries to running shorts to running faster! Feel free to comment with other running questions you have for Beth! Kelli Hulsebus-Paden asks… “How many runners out there with a hip replacement with strained thigh muscles? I want to run, but can’t…
  • Introducing: Gametiime Groups Beta (invitation only)

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Do you belong to a running club, brand ambassador program, or charity team? We know how important it is to connect with other runners — whether to inspire or be inspired, find running new buddies, raise awareness for your cause, or quench your competitive thirst. To empower this, we’ve launched a new feature called Gametiime Groups Beta. It gives running groups a uniquely-branded single page, allowing members to easily find one another, share upcoming and past races, and show pride for their respective group. With a successful launch to a few initial groups (like the Oiselle…
  • Races of Gametiime: Burien Brat Trot 5K, an Octoberfest celebration with beer & brats presented by The Tin Room Bar

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Race Name: Burien Brat Trot 5K and 1-Mile Run When: Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 | Where: Olde Burien (Burien, WA) Prize Drawing: The Burien Brat Trot 5K is giving away two FREE entries to the Gametiime community! Click here for your chance to win and don’t delay! Winners will be announced tomorrow (7/24) at 2pm PDT. Hey, all you Brat’trotters! The annual Burien Brat Trot returns on October 5th to Olde Burien. Come for the 5K or 1-mile run; stay for the Oktoberfest style food, beer provided by The Tin Room Bar & Theater, and other Bavarian festivities. We’ve gathered…
  • Introducing: Newly-designed user profiles & personal URLs

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen more and more people save races and add photos on Gametiime. Not only is it a joy for us to see all the accomplishments you’re achieving, it’s also clear to see the value these features have to you as Gametiime users. So, we’ve taken steps to more clearly organize this information and allow you to personalize it. Newly-designed user profiles User profiles just got a whole lot better. While you won’t see any changes in the way you save races to your Wish List or Registered List, you’ll see a big difference in how we…
  • Announcing a “Gametiime User of the Day” for the next week

    14 Jun 2014 | 12:53 pm
    By now, you’ve probably noticed how much we value our community of runners and triathletes. If you haven’t, the answer is: a lot. With that said, we’ll be making a daily announcement over the next week to recognize individuals in the Gametiime community. We’ll call it the “Gametiime User of the Day”. Think of it as our way of saying thank you for your support, loyalty, and inspiration. After all, if it wasn’t for you, Gametiime would not be what it is today and we can’t think of a better way to say it. Be on the look out for the first one later…
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  • 2015 Challenge

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    As mentioned in my last post, I like to set myself a challenge each year. Last year was originally to run a half marathon, which quickly changed to a full marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km! Next year I would love to complete a triathlon. I love swimming and running, and I am trying to get into cycling so i… Read more →
  • Run or Dye…..

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    At the start of each year, I like to set a goal that I want to achieve, I guess most people will call them their new years resolutions. For 2014, I decided that I was going to start running more and that I was going to train as much as I can and complete the Humber bridge half marathon. As… Read more →
  • Setting the wheels in motion….

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    For some crazy idea I decided to buy a road bike, and for another crazier idea I planned to go out for a bike ride with Greg and his sister. Both are extremely good riders and tend to do huge rides and at very fast paces. So this is my bike, a Specialized Dolce. and although it hurts my bum,… Read more →
  • The Sufferfest Steamroller review

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Sufferfest have been looking for running bloggers to review their latest pain creation, The Sufferfest Steamroller training video. I have been lucky enough to be given the opportunity to view it before the release date. For those who don’t know about Sufferfest, they are a company who have created the very painful, but somewhat sadistically addictive training videos. In their… Read more →
  • Back into Action

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    So, my holiday was amazing, and to be honest I wish I was still there!! The weather, the food, the location and the company were all brilliant. The first thing we did when we woke up on out first day back was get on the scales……I have put on a total of 2 kg, which doesn’t sound all that much,… Read more →
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