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  • Black Friday Fitness Gear Sales

    Run Eat Repeat
    runeatrepeat
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Hello! How was your Thanksgiving? Or, how was your regular lil ol’ Thursday if you’re not in the US? It’s my favorite day of the year and I am living it up!! I love food. And now I might need all new running and workout gear since I’m eating like it’s my job. Hey, it’s half my job right? I mean I am supposed to run EAT and repeat #boom Anyway. I have some awesome Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales to share with you. Happy shopping!! Fitness and Running Gear Discounts and Sales Lululemon has a great Gift Guide for Women and Gift Guide for Men if you need some ideas – or need to…
  • 2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Running Gear Sales and Deals

    Runblogger
    Peter Larson
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Each year around this time I put up a post containing a collection of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale links. Basically what I do is spend several hours scouring the web for running-related holiday sales, and aggregate them all into a single post – kind of a one-stop shop for runners looking for discounted shoes and gear. The post is typically very popular, and it benefits me in that I earn a small commission from affiliate referral sales at many of the online retailers listed below. You save money, and I get a kickback for alerting you to the sale – it’s a nice…
  • Back on the Track, A New Ekiden and No Rest for Kawauchi - Weekend Preview

    japan running news
    Brett Larner
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Brett Larner Earlier this year when Oregon-training then-future 3000 m national record holder Suguru Osako (Team Nissin Shokuhin) ran in a U.S. track meet its webcast announcer, talking about Osako's PBs, said in a mocking tone of voice, "Who runs track in November?"  The answer, of course, is just about every elite Japan-based runner. November is full of track time trial meets that coaches
  • 15 Great Running Memes

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

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

  • The Inaugural Jeff Galloway 13.1 is fast approaching!

    Jeff Galloway
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    The Inaugural Jeff Galloway 13.1 is fast approaching. For info and registration, go to JeffGalloway131.com. Main Events: Fitness Festival & Expo – 200 Peachtree Event Facility: Use 150 Carnegie Way, Atlanta, GA 30303. Hours: Friday, December 12 (11 am – 7 pm), Saturday December 13 (10 am – 5 pm). Features Jeff Galloway, Bill Rogers, Bart Yasso and Dr. Elmo. Barb’s 5K Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8 am JG 13.1 Sunday, December 14, at 8 am Weekend Highlights: Pace Leaders to help you achieve your race day goal Walker Friendly courses. 4:30 hours to complete the course which is fast…
  • It Starts Today; Women over 40! Will You Be There With Me?

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

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

  • The Eighth Annual Wild Rover Racing Series: Three Events, as Easy as 3-4-5

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Run the Wild Rover: The creative Maria’s Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile in Haverhill has a new and inviting location; the famous Claddagh Pub 4-Miler in Lawrence, and the classic Hynes Tavern 5-Miler in Lowell, Massachusetts are back. Three weeks, three races, and three separate medals that combine into likely the largest, most attractive medallion ever awarded in road racing. Get on board with these Irish themed events running February 22, March 1, and March 8, 2015.Related:Event Website for Wild Rover Series Event Registration for Wild Rover Series
  • The 27th Annual People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon and Marathon Relay—Your Ideal Marathon Weekend

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Yes, they have a new title sponsor in Burlington, Vermont, but the same scenic, well managed, accurately measured course, flawless logistics, a welcoming community, experienced race officials; and lots of dedicated volunteers. It is the largest single-day athletic event in the state. Enjoy a three-day holiday weekend in beautiful, fascinating Burlington, Vermont. It runs Sunday, May 24, 2015, Memorial Day weekend.Related:People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon Website
  • Bring Back The Mile: The Mile, the IAAF and Our Opportunity

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
  • The Unique 2015 “Will Run for Beer” Race Series Begins on January 1st!

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    What a series, and what a concept! Starting on January 1st with the 1st Run in Lowell or the Hangover Classic in Salisbury, MA, it’s an exciting way to start your racing in 2015. Run only FIVE of the eight races and earn a cool Will Run for Beer custom wind jacket. Yes, this series in southern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts has created quite a buzz and has a strong following. Enjoyable races, a point system, bragging rights, Smuttynose craft beers, and that jacket--how can you go wrong?Related:"Will Run for Beer" Series Website "Will Run for Beer" Series Registration
  • The Second Annual Jingle Bell Half Marathon—Holiday Themed Running Adventure on the New Hampshire-Massachusetts Border

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    If you enjoyed the first you will want to return. If not, you definitely want to get in on this gem. This unique half marathon on December 6, 2014 is two weeks before the start of winter. It offers a wonderful single loop course, beautiful venue, and the historic charm of Atkinson, New Hampshire, with brief forays into Haverhill, Massachusetts and Salem. Put on your bells and costumes if you like, but do come run with us.Related:Jingle Bell Half Marathon Website Jingle Bell Half Marathon Registration
 
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    Make It a Masterpiece

  • MEC Vancouver Marathon Review

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

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

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

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

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

  • Harbor Lights Half Marathon Race Recap

    Steve
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Not a whole lot to report from the 2014 Blue Moon Harbor Lights Half Marathon, but I figured it might be useful to jot down a few thoughts and stats for future reference. I signed up for the event back in July when it was first announced by J&A Racing. The local race-management company always […] The post Harbor Lights Half Marathon Race Recap appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • Saucony Breakthru First Impression Review

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

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

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

    Steve
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Time for another shoe review; this one a rare ASICS review of their current (v3) Gel Lyte33 model. I’m always on the lookout for cushioned, yet lightweight running shoes, so when the latest version of the Gel Lyte33 appeared in the local running store, Running Etc., I decided to take a chance and give them […] The post ASICS Gel Lyte33 3 Shoe Review appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
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    RunBlogRun

  • RNR Marathon series announces 2015 Tour Schedule, release from RNR Marathon series

    Larry Eder
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    The RNR Marathon series announced its 2015 marathon schedule the week before Thanksgiving, and we missed it during our travels. Sorry about that! Please enjoy the list for your race planning for 2015! RNR Los Angeles Medals, photo by PhotoRun.net PRESS RELEASE Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series Announces 2015 Tour Schedule      Special one-day registration savings offered only on Thursday, November 20      New #MyRnRTour tool allows runners to create customized race calendars      Global series to…
  • True, Nukuri win 78th Manchester Road Race, by David Monti, RRW, used with permission.

    Larry Eder
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Sam Chelanga (l) and Ben True battle in the final sprint at the 2014 Manchester Road Race (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly).  Diane Nukuri wins the 2014 Manchester Road Race (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly) TRUE, NUKURI WIN 78TH MANCHESTER ROAD RACEBy David Monti, @d9monti(c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission. MANCHESTER, CONN. (27-Nov) -- With freshly fallen snow covering lawns and trees around the course, Ben True and Diane Nukuri ran to strong victories here this morning at the 78th Manchester Road Race,…
  • Seb Coe announces candidacy for IAAF Presidency, releases in English and French

    Larry Eder
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Seb Coe, 2013 IAAF, photo by PhotoRun.netI was very happy to see this announcement in my email box this morning. I have been quite worried about who would success President Diack in the leadership of the IAAF. Our sport is at a cross roads. How will we attract both young fans and participants to our sport? How will we grow our sport in Asia, Africa , Europe and North America? How will we fix cross country? How do we convince new sponsors that our sport is an important addition to their global advertising packages? And, most importantly, how do we control the scourge of doping in our…
  • Washington Takes 14th title at Nike BorderClash 16, release, plus introduction from Larry Eder

    Larry Eder
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    And the race is on! photo from Nike communicationsThat Nike is the $27-$28 billion sports giant is a given. Since its inception in the early 1970s, from its orgins as an importer of Japanese running shoes called Blue Ribbon Sports, Nike has gone from watching the sports world to leading much of the sports world. Somedays, it is hard to believe that all of Nike's growth started in the world of running. If one wants to see a litmus test of Nike's support of running, look no farther than the Nike Border Clash. Now, in its sixteenth year, the Nike Border Clash celebrates high school cross…
  • Mo Farah to run Great Edinburgh Cross Country on January 10, 2015, from Nicola Hedley/Nova International

    Larry Eder
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    The BUPA Great Edinburgh XC is one of the finest events that I have ever attended. Watching Chris Derrick continue his rise to the highest positions in American distance running. A tough course, real cross country, with high grass, a few hills, some mud and winter winds. Chris Derrick, with shorter beard, wins US XC, photo by PhotoRun.netThe 2014 races were lots of fun to watch and chat with the athletes about afterwards. I was able to formally meet Chris Derrick and he lived up to all the nice things his fellow competitors and his coach had noted about him. It will be fun to see Mo…
 
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    Runnergirl Training

  • Ways To Stay Active At Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Running with Skis

    crossn81
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Well, I didn’t run with skis on, that’d be ridiculous.  But I did try running while pulling the kids behind me in our Chariot with the ski attachment.  I’ve been trying to think of ways that I still be able to work out this winter some outside with the kids. So I thought, why not try pulling the Chariot Ski while running trails.  Iposted awhile back in the TC Trail Runners Group on Facebook (the group isn’t super active, but has provided some feedback about other things) and didn’t get a response. This weekend it was going to be warm enough for me to feel…
  • Winter Arrived…

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

    crossn81
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    October seemed to have flown by.  We were fortunate for a little mid-month break.  My in-laws came up for fall break and we were able to get away for a few days to the Florida Keys without any kids! It was marvelous and a much needed break from real life! We stayed at a great hotel, Southernmost Hotel of the USA, and had a great adventure on the water with Fury!  We snorkeled, jet-skiied, para-sailed, and climbed on huge inflatables! It was a grand time! October’s Challenge was to do 10 pushups and situps each day. I’m proud to report that this occurred 29/31 times. The two…
  • Solcana’s Athlete of the Month

    crossn81
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I was named Solcana’s Athlete of the Month in this month’s newsletter. Here is the blurb: Athlete Of the Month: Nick Cross Coach Morgen says: “Shout-out to Athlete of the Month Nick Cross! Nick is a solid pillar of our 5:30am class (aka CrossFit Dad). Nick is a distance runner, social worker, husband, and parent of two little kids. He shows up to class consistently, listens, and asks questions. He knows that being strong and moving well will be beneficial to his sport outside the gym. He works hard and has developed his squat and other foundation movements considerably since…
  • The Diane Challenge

    crossn81
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I haven’t written about Crossfit in awhile.  I’ve still be going consistently about 8 times a month.  Recently Solcana held its first gym-wide challenge.  The  Crossfit workout called Diane was chosen as the challenge.  It is a two part challenge – complete it once in October and then we’ll complete it again in December.  Who ever has the most improvement based on an extremely complicated calculation wins! So what is Diane?  First, many Crossfit workouts have women names, we don’t have space here to dissect that! Second, these workouts usually aren’t…
 
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    japan running news

  • Back on the Track, A New Ekiden and No Rest for Kawauchi - Weekend Preview

    Brett Larner
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Brett Larner Earlier this year when Oregon-training then-future 3000 m national record holder Suguru Osako (Team Nissin Shokuhin) ran in a U.S. track meet its webcast announcer, talking about Osako's PBs, said in a mocking tone of voice, "Who runs track in November?"  The answer, of course, is just about every elite Japan-based runner. November is full of track time trial meets that coaches
  • Tanaka and Fukushi Entered for National Corporate Women's Ekiden

    Brett Larner
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/athletics/news/f-sp-tp0-20141126-1401292.html translated by Brett Larner Rosters for the 26 teams entered in the Dec. 14 National Corporate Women's Ekiden Championships were announced Nov. 26.  Both 2014 Yokohama International Women's Marathon winner Tomomi Tanaka (Team Daiichi Seimei) and 2013 Moscow World Championships women's marathon bronze medalist Kayoko
  • Both London Olympics Gold Medalists to Run 2015 Tokyo Marathon

    Brett Larner
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:07 am
    http://response.jp/article/2014/11/26/238309.html translated and edited by Brett Larner The organizers of the 2015 Tokyo Marathon have announced that both London Olympics gold medalists will run next year's race, men's marathon gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda) and women's marathon gold medalist Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia) each signing on to run as invited athletes.  Kiprotich ran the Tokyo
  • Kyudenko Rounds Out New Year Ekiden Qualifiers With Kyushu Corporate Ekiden Win

    Brett Larner
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:14 am
    by Brett Larner photo by akm.y Corporate men’s qualification for the Jan. 1 New Year Ekiden national championships wrapped up Sunday with the westernmost region Kyushu Corporate Men’s Ekiden. Despite missing its top Japanese man, 2:08:00 marathoner Kazuhiro Maeda, defending champion and course record holder Kyudenko made it two in a row, taking the top spot over the seven-stage, 78.8 km
  • Japan Scores First International Chiba Ekiden Win in Five Years In Anchor Stage Battle Against Kenya

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

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Jill
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This post (Happy Thanksgiving) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I just wanted to say how thankful I am for all of you who visit my site, follow me on social media, leave me comments of encouragement/inspiration/humor and just plain “keep me company” here in cyberspace. I never imagined when I started this site that anyone would really read it beyond a few family members. But I’ve made some amazing friends through this site, some of whom are now my best friends in the whole wide world. I’ve had some amazing opportunities come about because of this site and there…
  • Motion Geek Video Analysis

    Jill
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This post (Motion Geek Video Analysis) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I recently had the opportunity to test out the video gait analysis service from Motion Geek. I’ve been intrigued by this concept for YEARS and it was so exciting to get this chance. Here’s the gist: you record 6 video clips of yourself doing various things. Two clips are of running and the other 4 are doing some functional movements: squats, 1-leg squat, lunges, stepover. You register with the site, complete your profile and upload everything. Then your account is reviewed by a physical therapist and the…
  • Friday Fête: Stress and Shopping

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

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

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

  • 25!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ironman Arizona; a guide to Sherpaing and Spectating

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    This is the second time I have chased Becca round an Ironman race, the first time was in St George in 2012. That year was a very different race to this year, you can read her reports for St George here and for Arizona here. I decided that I would list some thoughts that anyone sherpaing and/or spectating in the future might find useful. Overall Race day is all about the athlete. They have trained 6+ months for this probably longer if they have had a build up year, this day is really their reward. Don’t spoil it by being pissy about anything, just indulge them.  That being said remember…
  • 42 shopping days to go…

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

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

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

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

    runeatrepeat
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Hello! How’s it going? I’m still hanging out in Florida. Eating and a lil running. Yesterday we had a little bit of a Thanksgiving fail when the turkey wasn’t cooked all the way for dinner. It was a HUGE turkey and probably a little frozen inside and so when we went to cut it we checked the temperature and realized it wasn’t close to being done! Ha! But all was not lost since we had tons of delicious side dishes AND 4 different kinds of pies. I seriously had 6 pieces of pie yesterday. This morning I woke up and hit the sidewalk (with my feet) to pile on some miles as penance for the…
  • Black Friday Fitness Gear Sales

    runeatrepeat
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Hello! How was your Thanksgiving? Or, how was your regular lil ol’ Thursday if you’re not in the US? It’s my favorite day of the year and I am living it up!! I love food. And now I might need all new running and workout gear since I’m eating like it’s my job. Hey, it’s half my job right? I mean I am supposed to run EAT and repeat #boom Anyway. I have some awesome Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales to share with you. Happy shopping!! Fitness and Running Gear Discounts and Sales Lululemon has a great Gift Guide for Women and Gift Guide for Men if you need some ideas – or need to…
  • Pile on the Miles Check In Thanksgiving

    runeatrepeat
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Happy Thanksgiving! What are you doing, running, eating today?? Now I’m running, eating and blogging from Ben’s hometown. It’s a sleepy lil city on the Gulf Coast of Florida. And I love it here! I started my day with a run… I did about 10 slow miles just enjoying the sights and my thoughts. I like to get all reflective on days like this. Dunkin Donuts finally came to Southern California, but I still haven’t had a DD iced coffee at home!! So, I was very excited to enjoy a post-run iced coffee and croissant donut. I want to fill you in on all my fun and amazing eats in Florida so far…
  • Pile on the Miles Wednesday Check in Week 4 and $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

    runeatrepeat
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Hello from Tampa, FL! Yesterday we explored downtown Tampa and hit up a museum and delicious pizza place. It rained all day, but we had umbrellas and it wasn’t cold so I don’t mind! Ben and I haven’t seen each other for a while so he planned a very nice day for us to just hang out and spend some quality time. (Also, he apparently is taking no shave November very seriously.) We saw Catching Fire I too! This wasn’t my favorite movie in the series, but I still love it. And I love popcorn even more. Always and forever. The hotel we’re staying at has free Happy Hour so I relaxed with a…
  • Pile on the Miles Tuesday Check in and GIVEAWAY

    runeatrepeat
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Hello from a very very rainy Tampa! This morning I Piled on the Miles in the rain, or should I say underwater. At one point I wasn’t sure if I was swimming or running. I came back SOAKING. I just gave up trying to avoid the puddles since they were everywhere. But a delicious breakfast buffet made me all warm and fuzzy inside again. I don’t mess around with the most important meal of the day…   Pile on the Miles Tuesday Check in Week 4 Okay. Last week of POTM. Show up. Check in today with your update and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card to Starbucks!! Feel free to invite…
 
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    Ultra Marathon Running

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thankful Thursday

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'm the first to admit that I do my share of whining, often over nothing at all. The funny thing is, that it drives me crazy when my spoiled rotten kids do it, haha. My favorite holiday is today - Thanksgiving is, to me, the least commercialized celebration with the best message. Let's be thankful. And I am, I truly am - I have great kids, a good job, and the opportunity to get outside and enjoy myself. I hope that your holiday is half as good as mine will be and I truly hope that all your problems are First World problems. Happy Thanksgiving.(Please use the handy social media buttons to…
  • Square Bottle, Run or Die, Sons of Anarchy

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'm a huge fan of metal bottles over plastic bottles, since theoretically they may be recyclable, and continued research makes me wonder if ANY plastic bottle is safe. Clean Bottle comes through with a square metal bottle that has minimal plastic (BPA-free) and whose shape keeps it from rolling around (handy when dropped in the footwell of a car). Holding 20 oz, it features a fingerprint-proof finish, two ends that open for easy cleaning (you can dishwash the body and handwash the caps), and, best of all, is guaranteed for life! Fits in bottle cages, so it's appropriate for cycling, along…
  • Runner's Mobility: The Warm Up

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Most runner's have read enough to know that static stretching before running is now considered a no-no (and if you hadn't read it before, you just did). Too many of us, however, are crunched for time or lazy, and figure we'll warm up as we get into our run. What this means, however, is that most of us are slamming cold joints and muscles into hard pavement, with no "oil" running through our engines. That's a sure recipe for injury, usually sooner than later. The warm up is one of the easiest ways to maintain, and improve mobility for runners. The best thing is that it can be done without any…
  • Forge Mug, Paleo by Season, Spartan Race

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love camping gear, because it can often pull double duty in every day normal life. That's the case with the CamelBak Forge insulated travel mug. This vacuum-sealed, double-walled steel travel mug is insulated to keep your coffee or tea hot for over 4 hours, according to CamelBak - maybe, but I would say keeps the liquid warm rather than hot, in my experience. (*11-25-14 EDIT: After priming the mug and making sure my coffee was really hot, I had much better results.) The self-sealing mug is made for drinking one-handed - very cool design, though I'm not sure how they could add a handle…
  • Mobility: Getting Started

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

  • Tuesday Training - Winter Layering Guide

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

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

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    Happy Friday!Any fun plans for the weekend?Like Women's Endurance Gear on Facebook
 
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    Dirty Running

  • And If You Close Your Eyes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Turkey trotting off…

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

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

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

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

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

  • 15 Great Running Memes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Holiday Running Gift Guide (and SR’s first t-shirt!)

    Jason Fitzgerald
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I recently asked which type of runner you were on Facebook, most identified with the gear junkie: But running gear isn’t something I discuss much at Strength Running because I think you can train effectively without any fancy gadgets. Learning to run by feel or by “performance-based paces” is superior to relying on a heart […]
  • How to Treat Adrenal Fatigue: The Hidden Cause of Over-Training

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

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

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

    Jason Fitzgerald
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever done a piss poor warm-up before a race… and then felt terrible a few minutes after the gun fired? I’m not surprised. Without a proper warm-up, your heart rate will be too low when you start and your muscles will be tight – right when you need them to work their best! […]
 
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    No Meat Athlete

  • Winning Thanksgiving Recipes from Our No Meat Athlete Reader Contest

    matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    For new vegetarians and vegans, Thanksgiving can be terrifying. One of the most common questions you’ll hear — right up there with one about the big P — is “But what do you do for Thanksgiving?” I asked it, and I bet you did too. It’s not nearly as maddening as “Where do you get your protein?”, but having eaten this way for a few years now, the Thanksgiving question misses the point, for me. Warning: “We used to walk to school 5 miles in the snow barefoot, uphill both ways” old-man rant ahead. <rant> When did Thanksgiving…
  • Leo Babauta on Habits, Simplicity, Running & Diet (Plus the New Zen Habits Book!)

    matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Today I’ve got new interview with author Leo Babauta, so the appropriate thing to do is to start by telling you all about his blog, Zen Habits. But that would be dumb, because you already know about Zen Habits. I’d like to think that’s because I’ve linked to it more often than to any other blog, and that I somehow manage to mention Leo in just about every podcast episode we make. But that’d be giving myself too much credit. In truth, the real reason is that so many No Meat Athlete readers have come from Zen Habits — a massively popular blog that’s twice been named by Time…
  • Can’t Keep Up? 7 Small Steps for Simplifying Your Life

    matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    A few weeks ago I wrote a post about personal development, but our most recent podcast episode about daily rituals reminded me that I left out a critical part. That part? Simplicity. While the rest of the post was really about growing and becoming more, simplicity for me is about making room for this growth, by being happy with less. You don’t need to be a minimalist to enjoy simplicity. All you need to do, really, is do it. Like everything else, start small and try to take daily action … then one day, you’ll look up and realize you’ve changed. I’d love to call…
  • A Photo-Update on our Amazing NMA Running Groups

    matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    It’s been two months since our running groups started, and still this project brings me more joy than anything else we’ve done at No Meat Athlete. Though I had planned on starting small with the running groups — say, 5 or 6 of them across the U.S., in big, vegetarian-friendly cities — I realized pretty soon that a plan like that required actual patience. And since I clearly don’t have that, we went ahead and started 75 of them, any place where we had three or more people interested and someone who would lead. Not just across the U.S., but around the world. Since…
  • The Moment When the Fear Dissolves

    matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    A few months ago I started a personal blog, inspired by the week I spent with author (and one of my heroes) Seth Godin. I was hoping to publish a new post for each of 30 straight days, but I failed at that, quite miserably. But one post there was about fear, something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. It’s something I’ve let control me at times in the past, but recently — really, right after the events that inspired this post — things have been different: I’m beginning to understand what people like Seth and Steven Pressfield mean when they talk…
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    The Run Commuter

  • 2014 International Survey of Run Commuters

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ginger Runner Holiday Gift Guide

    Rachel Kiser
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    @ethannewberry on Instagram You know those days where running is the last thing you want to do? Ethan Newberry, aka the Ginger Runner, is looking to change that. His blog, gingerrunner.com, is brimming with reasons why you  should get out, get active and most importantly, have fun doing it. His humorous running gear reviews break down the tech specs so you know what you’re working with when you lace up and head out the door. Check out his top 10 picks for the holiday season. Hoka Clifton Need to Know Weight: 7.7/6.6 oz. (Men’s/Women’s) Stack heights: 29/24 mm (Heel/Toe)…
  • Light Up the Night in Reflective Running Shoes

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

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

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

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

  • Training Gear: To Each His Own

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Running Gear Sales and Deals

    Peter Larson
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Each year around this time I put up a post containing a collection of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale links. Basically what I do is spend several hours scouring the web for running-related holiday sales, and aggregate them all into a single post – kind of a one-stop shop for runners looking for discounted shoes and gear. The post is typically very popular, and it benefits me in that I earn a small commission from affiliate referral sales at many of the online retailers listed below. You save money, and I get a kickback for alerting you to the sale – it’s a nice…
  • Catching Kayla: Great Story via ESPN

    Peter Larson
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Last week an ESPN video was circulating around the web that featured high school runner Kayla Montgomery. It’s an amazing video, and the only thing I’m going to say about it is that if you haven’t already, you need to watch it. You can do so below: You just finished reading Catching Kayla: Great Story via ESPN! Consider leaving a comment!Save money on running shoes - CLICK HERE to view current coupons and promotions on the Runblogger deal page! For more great running content, check out the current discussions on the Runblogger Forum.
  • Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 2: A Fantastic Update

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

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

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

  • How to prevent holiday weight gain

    WalkJogRun
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    It’s that time of year again.Most large fall races are over and the holiday season is upon us. We spend less time running and more time eating, which often leads to a very unwanted holiday guest: weight gain. The average person gains 1-2 pounds in the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, while people who are […]
  • Natural healing, Thanksgiving edition: cranberries

    WalkJogRun
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Happy almost Thanksgiving! As you think about the stuffing, gravy and turkey you’ll be eating on Thursday, don’t forget about one of the most powerful foods on your table, cranberries. Cranberries tend to be neglected for most of the year until suddenly around the holidays they show up in an unnatural form of can mold. […]
  • WalkJogRun’s 34-day holiday Instagram challenge

    WalkJogRun
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Holiday weight gain and holiday stress are no joke. The solution to taming both? Exercise. But we know that’s MUCH easier said than done during this time of year so we’ve decided to step up our game with a 34-day Instagram challenge. Every day – from the day after (American) Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve (Nov. 28-Dec. 31) – we […]
  • Sometimes it’s OK to break the rules

    WalkJogRun
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:05 pm
    We runners know there are certain rules that we should follow. Don’t try anything new on race day. Don’t start out too fast. For every mile that you race, take one day to recover before racing or running hard again. These, and other running rules, are rules for a reason. They’re based on science and […]
  • Our top 5 books for pregnant runners

    WalkJogRun
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Finding unbiased resources for pregnant runners can be a challenge. Sure, there’s a lot of anecdotal information out there in forums and blogs, but all of these should be taken with a grain of salt.  Here are some books that can help you know what to expect with your running when expecting: Runner’s World Guide To […]
 
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    Shut Up + Run

  • Happy T’Giving…and You Might Learn Something New About Me!

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Ken and I started our Thanksgiving the best way – by doing a double date 10 mile trail run with our friends, Tom and Joie (sorry, for whatever reason I have no pictures of them. Maybe they are my imaginary friends because I don’t have any friends). It was windy and the trails were very icy and snow packed in places, but I couldn’t have been happier. Longs Peak. No-shave November and his woman who has a large as shit hamstring: Happiness is new trail shoes. So, I stole this off of HRG’s blog, but I thought it was  fun little survey. I love these because I always learn things about…
  • My Favorite New Piece of Gear–Louva Arm Sleeves! Review and Giveaway.

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This week I discovered a new favorite – Louva arm sleeves. The reason I like arm warmers so much is that I like running in the least amount of clothing as possible. Arm sleeves mean I can wear a light shirt, but keep my arms warm. Or, if it is cooler, I can wear long sleeves with arm warmers over the sleeves for an extra bit of warmth. Once it warms up, it is easy to roll the sleeves down and they become really cool wrist bands.So, what makes Louva different? Well, for one, they have a thumbhole! Secondly, these are the softest sleeves you will ever wear. Yet, they are substantial enough…
  • That’s a Rough Way to Die

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 'E:60' - Catching Kayla

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

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

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

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

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

  • Start Now

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    2015 is a little over a month away. I’ve found that goals for a new year are hard to stick with if I crash into them on January 1st. When I prep my mind and my body in December for what I want to accomplish personally, professionally, physically and mentally over the year, I’m more likely to […]
  • Heading To Vegas Marathon & My First Live TV Interview

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

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

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

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

  • Save BIG on Black Friday

    Runtastic Team
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    We’re celebrating Black Friday with a hot deal in the Runtastic Online Shop today! Hop over to the shop, get your Orbit plus a set of our Colored Wristbands and save BIG. This exclusive offer is valid for a limited time only. Don’t miss it – act now! Orbit – always by your side The 24-hour activity tracker accompanies you on your journey towards a healthier and more fit lifestyle. Day after day, Orbit helps you monitor your movements, fitness activities and sleep! Track your daily steps, learn more about your sleep cycles, set personal goals and use our new wearable as a…
  • Happy Thanksgiving From Runtastic

    Runtastic Team
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Runtastic users in the US! We are thankful for you and all of the hard work you put in using our apps and products everyday. What fitness and health accomplishments are you thankful for this year? We would love to hear about them in the comments. The post Happy Thanksgiving From Runtastic appeared first on Runtastic Blog.
  • Bluetooth Basics: What Is Bluetooth & What Is Bluetooth 4.0?

    Runtastic Team
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    As of 2014, Bluetooth has been around for ten years. The chances are that you’ve heard of it by now, especially over the last few years as its popularity has grown. But you may have heard people referring to Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth Low Energy or Bluetooth Smart. The good news is they’re all the same thing! Did you know that Bluetooth is named after the 10th century Danish King Harald Blåtand, which translates to Harold Bluetooth in English? King Blåtand helped unite parts of Denmark and Norway into one, peaceful nation. In the early 1990s many companies were working to create competing…
  • Running In The Cold? Treadmill vs. Outdoors (And Tips On What To Wear)

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

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

  • Bot Friendly Blog Review

    Matt
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Hello everyone. I’m back from Vegas and in case you didn’t hear I didn’t manage to attain my sub 4 hour marathon goal and finished the race in 4:39. Ah well. There’s always next year. Now for something different. This is the first of 2 blog reviews that I’m posting as a perk for the Indiegogo campaign. Lindsay Lauck is an ultrarunner from Salt Lake City, Utah. I only know of this city because of the Mormons and the in-flight map on the way to Vegas. Her blog is an articulate mix of self-deprecating race reports and self doubt. Her race reports make me wanna give…
  • Today I Went To The Las Vegas Marathon Expo And I’m Not Feeling Great.

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

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

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

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

    Mamad
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Just read the story of  Mauro Prosperi who got lost during the Marathon des Sables in 1994 and survived after 10 days. He will be running 7000 km across Sahara next year. This is definitely worth reading.
  • Istanbul marathone done

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

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

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

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

  • JFK 50-Miler: Finding Peace on the Trail

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

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

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

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

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

    Nicole orriëns
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
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  • Why do you run: inspirational video

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

    Nicole orriëns
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    Inspirational running quotes can be a big help to keep you motivated. Or to get you motivated in the first place.So here are some inspirational running quotes that are sure to inspire!I've been a runner for 13 years so some of these inspirational running quotes are mine!Inspirational running quotes by meIt's hard to feel down, after a good run.Running is like a friend. It's always there for you. All you have to do is put on your running shoes, go outside, and there it is. Just waiting to make you feel better.Running doesn't get any easier. But deciding to skip a run gets worse and worse.As a…
  • Become a supermom in only 15 minutes a day!

    Nicole orriëns
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
    Yep, that's right! It'll only take you 15 minutes a day.And all you have to do is go for a daily run.I've always felt running makes me a better mom! And now there's proof.English health care group Bupa did some research. About 1000 moms particpated. Some of them runners, some not. The research shows all the benefit running can offer a mom.Why running makes you a better mom: the evidenceA whopping 79% of the running moms said they think running makes them a better mother.65% of the running moms says she can manage her work load. But only 43% of the moms who don't run feel that way.Among the…
  • Women's running clothes and men's running clothes: what's the difference?

    Nicole orriëns
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    The first time I went running I did so in a cheap pair of men's Adidas shorts. I bought them at our local thrift store for 2 dollars. And it was fine.But there is a reason there are separate running clothes for women and men. And that's because we have different body shapes! Especially when it comes to our waists, hips and tighs.Different body shapesManufacturers take women's hips into consideration when they create female running clothes. Also, women's upper bodies are usually longer than men's torsos.Different preferences And then there's the whole personal taste factor. Women often…
 
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    Runner Academy

  • How Jeff Gaudette of Runners Connect is Defaming Our Character and Efforts (and slamming other coaches)

    Matt Johnson
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Runners and running coaches are very competitive individuals. We are risk takers, achievers, have high levels of dedication and motivation compared to the average person. Unfortunately this competitive drive can at times lead to things getting nasty. In May 2014, Jeff Gaudette of Runners Connect made accusations that we completely ripped off their strength training program. He also seems to imply that everything we do is a direct copy of his work. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s with regret that we must post this article, however we believe that exaggerations and…
  • A Message of Thanks

    Matt Johnson
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Whether you are in the United States and celebrating Thanksgiving today and taking to the streets in your local Turkey Trot or not, we are all united today in being thankful for the many blessings that 2014 has brought not only to us, but the running community at large. In April, the running community made the strongest statement it could against terrorism and violence in perhaps one of the most memorable Boston Marathons. Aside from national pride in American Meb Keflezighi’s triumphant win, tens of thousands of runners took the streets and did not let fear prevent them from achieving…
  • RA063 | Brad Hudson: Insights from an Elite Coach

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

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

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

  • Monday Motivation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Corner Canyon Snow Hike (with my new favorite dog!)

    Dawn
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I'm hoping that this won't be the weather that I am competing in next July in the X-Alps!  But my training is ramping up and I've got to get out on the trails even in the snow.  Luckily I had a houseguest join me for the hike up into Corner Canyon, Rok the wonder dog! Yup, taking care of Becca Bredehoft's dog for a week was really fun (made me want a dog a lot!)   He enjoyed coming out for hikes with me and rolling in the snow. Corner Canyon is close enough to my house that I can hike from home, linking a few paved trails with some city streets to get to the real trails.
  • I made the US Paragliding Team!

    Dawn
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Wow, so cool to be on the USA Paragliding Team!  Check out our page here:  http://www.usparaglidingteam.org/team.html2015 US PARAGLIDING TEAMThe 2015 US Team will be traveling to Roldanillo, Colombia in Janruary to compete in the World Championships (a.k.a. "The Worlds"). The Worlds are held every 2 years, and the best pilots from each country battle it out for their spot on the podium. The level of the competition at the Worlds is amazing. The US Team is selected based on the performance of US Pilots in competitions over the last 2 years, and this ranking is called NTSS,…
  • Dawn's Red Bull X-Alps Athlete Profile

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

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

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

  • Race Review: The Slime Run 5k

    Erin
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    One of the most interesting things about being an epic runner is to be able to see races of all stages. A race in its infancy is a completely different experience than a mega-production (say, The Color Run or The Electric Run). Once we’re all rich, we’d love to put on Epic Runs so it’s important that we study races of all sizes and production levels to find both the good (and the not-so-good) and file these thoughts away into our mental “future plans” bank. The Slime Run 5k is a race in its infancy. On the surface (the website, Facebook page, logo, photos, etc.)…
  • Zombies, Run! App Review

    Erin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    4/4 Mobs Evaded…JUST sayin’. Let me start by saying I’ve had this app on my phone for over a year and I have used it maybe twice – mainly because I didn’t exactly understand how to use it, and the two times I did use it, the zombies “caught” me and I quickly got frustrated. I’ve been doing some more interval training lately so I decided to give it another shot (plus, since The Walking Dead came back it reminded me that I should probably practice if I’m serious about prepping for the apocalypse). That being said, here is my official…
  • FREE: Zombie Apocalypse Training Guide

    Erin
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Yes, you heard right. In the spirit of October, the return of The Walking Dead and our terror at Universal Halloween Horror Nights last night, we’ve decided to release the Official Do Epic Runs Zombie Apocalypse Training Guide absolutely FREE ($14.99 value). We truly value having a trained group of people as our allies when the dead take over the earth. Those who arrive…survive? The Do Epic Runs Zombie Apocalypse Training Guide will teach you everything you need to know to be fully prepared for the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse. In this detailed guide, you will find the following…
  • Race Review: Mud Factor 5k

    Erin
    4 May 2014 | 12:48 pm
    In my humble opinion, every adult should do a mud run at least once a year. There’s something carnal and primitive about getting completely filthy from head to toe and spending the next three days picking crusted mud out of your ear. On Saturday, April 26, after four days of work travel to Connecticut and Florida, the Mud Factor 5k in San Bernadino was the lucky recipient of one tired but excited epic runner and her adorable date (Matt). We got a great deal on this race from a deal in an email blast and I was personally overdue for a new down and dirty mud run, so even though I was…
  • The Zombie Run Black Ops

    Erin
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Well, emptiness has descended upon us once again with the latest season of The Walking Dead having come and gone. What on EARTH are we going to do with ourselves for the next six months?? I can already feel my Daryl withdrawls setting in… Besides keeping up with our Zombie Training, we’ll continue to scout the latest and greatest zombie races and share them with you, starting with The Zombie Run Black Ops. Developed by Human Movement Management, The Zombie Run Black Ops (as part of The Zombie Run) was created when Run For Your Lives (the original Zombie Race) dropped off the face…
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    Pushing Harder, Faster, Longer - Crank101

  • Pushing Past Cancer

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

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

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

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

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

  • Running for Charity? Three Common Mistakes

    James Dunne
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    Spring marathon season will soon be upon us! Holly and I will be running the Barcelona Marathon in March, and many of our friends and clients will be chasing PBs in London, Brighton, Edinburgh, Paris… the list goes on. Many of the runners I meet at this time of year have secured charity marathon places, raising money for their chosen causes. Each one of these selfless runners is starting on their own journey, often with very emotive personal motivations. Three Common Mistakes of the Charity Runner At the risk of making sweeping generalisations, many of the charity runners I meet are…
  • Possibly One of the Most Simple Ways to Improve Running Form!

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

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

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

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

  • Life of a Flexitarian Marathoner

    Susie Duke
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    A flexitarian: both the vegan and the omnivore’s worst nightmare. I am a flexitarian. Not trying to be a nightmare to those of you on one end or the other of the dietary spectrum. Not here to talk horses either. Unfortunate too, because horses are, outside of running, where I find exhilarating peace. A girl’s gotta cross-train. No, instead, I’m a marathoner proposing a flexible way of eating that could fill voids left by diet extremes. If your diet is spurred on by ecological, religious, ethical, or otherwise valid reasons, I hope to at least widen the margins of your view on food. I do…
  • View from the Back of the Pack

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

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

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

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

    Thomas Neuberger
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    Believe in the Run Best in Gear Holiday Guide We reviewed some great running gear this year making this a tough post to put together. Click on the image to learn more about and to purchase the products. Below the image we have links to our reviews. View on mobile.   Newton Fate Review – […] The post Best in Gear Holiday Guide appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Skechers GOrun 4 Review

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

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

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

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

    Gametiime
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    You work hard for the races you finish. Miles of training and hours of commitment are just the beginning. We recognize that. And, we want to give you a way to capture milestones that make you the runner you’ve become — not for a single race, but for every race in your running journey. Today, we are excited to announce race finisher medals on Gametiime! With these digital mementos, your efforts and achievements will be forever captured and displayed for all to see. As you claim more medals from past races, you will get an official count of all the races you’ve run…
  • Introducing: Leave a comment on a friend’s saved race

    Gametiime
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    As Gametiime continues to evolve into a more and more robust platform for runners to socially connect, it’s only appropriate that we give you additional ways to communicate with one another. Whether it’s for a good luck or a few quick tips leading up to an event, or a congratulations after a successful race finish, we thought it would be useful to give to give you the ability to leave a comment on a friend’s saved race. Here are two ways to leave saved race comments: (1) Open a daily digest email you receive* that includes races saved by people you follow and click the…
  • Races of Gametiime: The 4th Annual Poultry Predictor 5K takes on a fun, new course in downtown Redmond

    Gametiime
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Race Name: Redmond Poultry Predictor When: Saturday, November 16, 2014 | Where: Redmond, WA Prize Drawing: The Redmond Poultry Predictor is giving three FREE entries to the Gametiime community. Click here and win a free entry! City of Redmond’s Poultry Predictor is ready for its 4th year! And, this time, it’s a 5K at Redmond’s Central Connector Park. What’s unique about the race? It’s not just the fastest who win (though there is a non-predicted race this year) but the closest to guessing their own finishing time! We got a chance to chat with Race…
  • Gametiime empowers 60,000 relationships through Gametiime Groups Beta and selects its next batch of running groups

    Gametiime
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Since launching our first batch of running groups weeks ago, we have helped running groups across the country to connect digitally and coordinate race meet ups easier than ever before. For those of you in these running groups, you are showing us the value of social connections and having the ability to discover races based on what your friends are doing to the tune of 60,000 relationships* between fellow group members near and far — and it doesn’t stop there. All the while, you’ve also helped your respective charitable causes, running clubs, and brand sponsors raise…
  • Pettet Endurance Project founder shares an insider’s look into PEP and its merino wool running apparel

    Gametiime
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Company: Pettet Endurance Project | Makers of: Merino wool running apparel Founded: May 2014 | Headquartered In: Seattle, WA Prize Drawing: The Pettet Endurance Project is giving away two FREE pieces of merino running gear to the Gametiime community! Click here for your chance to win and don’t delay! Winners will be announced next Wednesday (10/15) at 4pm PT. Pettet Endurance Project is a new merino wool apparel company based out of Seattle, WA. They focus on providing the highest-quality merino wool apparel for today’s runner, with all their goods carefully cut and sown in…
 
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  • Friday Feeling….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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