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  • The five types of runners I see at the shore

    Miss Zippy
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    We had a great long weekend at the shore. Lots of beach time, visiting time, running and boot camp time. Now back to the real world! At home, I live in a  very active community and see tons of runners out every day. Same at the shore, but I think there is more variety to the type of runner I see there. We all pretty much run the same strip of road, which has plenty of shoulder space and slow traveling cars. This gives me plenty of time to observe and try to figure out who’s doing what with their running. These are the types of runners I see there: 1. The early a.m. runners–these…
  • Lightheadedness in Runners

    Ask the Sports Doc
    William O. Roberts, MD
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Why do I get lightheaded after a strenuous workout?
  • Wahoo’s TICKR Run Heart Rate Monitor

    Jill Will Run
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    This post (Wahoo’s TICKR Run Heart Rate Monitor) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Wahoo Fitness has introduced TICKR Run and they sent me one to try! (Full disclosure, the device was given to me for free and the thoughts here are all my own.) TICKR Run is the first heart rate monitor with activity tracking that provides real-time analysis of a runner’s form, helping to improve efficiency and avoid injury rates. The device pairs with iOS and Android smartphones and other devices and retails for $79.99. Want the official lingo on how it works? Using a triple axis motion sensor,…
  • How Do You Pace the Ultramarathon?

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    John Davis
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Track fans had their eyes fixed on Sacramento in July for the USATF outdoor track championships, but that wasn’t the only championship event in the running world. That weekend also played host to the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile ultramarathon that’s arguably one of the most storied ultra-endurance events in the world. The big story at this year’s Western States was a strong push through the first 60 miles of the race by Max King, a latecomer to ultramarathoning who boasts very impressive track and marathon credentials, including a national-caliber 3km…
  • Mud Run

    Mom's Home Run
    Nicole orriëns
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin I never planned on participating in a mud run. But this morning the school run unexpectedly turned into a mud run. Because of the heavy rains a part of the dirth path the kids and I take to school had changed into a very big puddle with visions of grandeur and aspirations to be a lake. Because I didn't want to wade through the water and get myself all wet, I had
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  • Rest and Cross Training - Important to Know

    Jeff Galloway
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Significant rest is as important as the stress components of the running program. It’s actually during the rest days from running that your muscles recover enough to prevent injury or lingering tiredness. To maximize the chance of having resilient legs, it’s very important to rest the muscles of the day before the long run. Cross training can be done on other non-running days, as long as the lower leg muscles can recover and you don’t seem to accumulating overall fatigue. Avoid exercises such as stair machines, leg strength exercise, cycling that involves standing up, and step aerobics…
  • It’s Hot out There – Training for Hot Weather – Part 3

    Jeff Galloway
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    One day a week, you can train yourself to deal with the heat by inserting the hot segments below into your workout, even if you are starting in the middle of winter. Of course, you need to get in at least two other days per week, and you must do this heat training day every week. Before doing each hot segment, read Part 1 and 2 posted previously. At the first indication of symptoms, stop the workout before you get into trouble. The process of heat training follows the same principles of conditioning for endurance and speed. By pushing yourself a little bit and then backing off, your body…
  • It’s Hot out There – Part 2 – Heat Disease Alert – Symptoms/Risk Factors

    Jeff Galloway
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Symptoms of heat disease: Intense heat buildup in the head, significant headache, general overheating of the body General confusion and loss of concentration and muscular control Over-sweating and then cessation of sweating, clammy skin and excessive breathing Extreme tiredness, upset stomach, muscle cramps, vomiting, feeling faint       Risk Factors: Sleep deprivation Infection (viral, bacterial, etc.) Dehydration (avoid alcohol and caffeine) Severe sunburn, skin irritation Unaccustomed to hot weather Overweight Untrained for specific training session Occurrence of heat disease in the…
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  • Adductor Injury

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Sunday, July 20, 2014:Since the adductor injury still hurts, I cross-trained on the bicycle today, going about 6.5 miles in about 45 minutes, using both the paved and the grass trails.  I must admit that was fun. If I ever reach a point where I can no longer run, I sure hope that I can still ride a bike.  These hilly trails provide a wonderful mix of hard-work uphills, level pedaling, and refreshing downhills.  The rutty "grass" trails are actually grass, dirt, and gravel, so the ride is a bit rough, but that adds to the charm.  I hope my old $160 Target bike holds…
  • We Miss Caroline Shallman

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    After a courageous three year battle with ovarian cancer, our sweet daughter-in-law Caroline died Saturday evening, July 12, 2014.  Here is a link to her husband David's heartfelt goodbye message on CaringBridge: about the memorial service is listed here: is her obituary in the Minneapolis paper:
  • Tibia Trouble?

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Monday July 14, 2014:Probably not.  I ran a shorter route than usual today, running fairly easy, and felt no pain in the tibia that has been hurting in bed for two nights.  Whatever that pain is (or was), it's apparently not aggravated by easy running.  Time will tell whether it will be a problem.Distance: 3.17 miles, time 35:58, pace 11:21, not as slow as I meant to go.  I was especially careful on the downhills, but did push a little bit on a few uphills.  What a wonderful morning for running - 62 degrees with a brisk wind, and sunshine alternating with quick little…
  • 12-Mile Run

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Thursday, July 10, 2014:And all is well.  We drove to the Gateway Trail early this morning for a shady and fairly flat run. The Gateway is an old railway right of way, now actually two parallel trails, one wide and paved, the other wider still but mostly grass and gravel.  The first is used by runners, bikers, skaters, and walkers, the second is for horses but is also used by runners who eschew the hard pavement.  Both trails were busy but not really crowded today.My run was mostly on the paved trails, though I did take the gravel a few times when it looked attractive.
  • Foot Is Better

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    The injury in my right foot is visibly less inflamed than yesterday.  Pressing on it, the pain seems to be located in the fourth tarsometatarsal joint, between the fourth metatarsal bone and the cuboid bone.  I was wrong in yesterday's post - this is in fact one of the Lisfranc joints, of significance to me because I previously injured these joints on the other foot several years ago.  That injury was worse, involving more than one joint (there are five, one for each toe), but it healed completely.  Unless this is actually a cracked bone I expect it to heal promptly, and…
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  • 2014 Western States 100

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

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    Bit of a last minute decision to run this one! Western States 100 preparation has been going well, but in the back of my mind I couldn’t shake the thought that I needed one final, long training run. Of course, some actual trail experience with a modicum of incline/decline would sure to be beneficial too. […] The post 2014 DC North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • Merrell Bare Access Trail Shoe Review

    29 May 2014 | 9:16 am
    It’s been a year or so since I retired my one-and-only pair of Merrell running shoes – the Barefoot Trail Glove. I loved the lightweight Trail Glove for both road and trail running and racked up almost 500 miles on them before deciding it was time to demote them to a grass-cutting shoe. I’ve been […] The post Merrell Bare Access Trail Shoe Review appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • 2014 Virginia 24 Hour Run Walk for Cancer

    30 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    I walked away from the 2013 Virginia 24-Hour Run/Walk for Cancer with 112.5 miles and a 2nd place overall finish. At the time I was happy with the mileage (a PR distance) and comfortable with the decision to stop running with a couple of hours left on the clock. My body was cold and my […] The post 2014 Virginia 24 Hour Run Walk for Cancer appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
  • Physicool Cooling Bandage Review

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    I’ve been following Physicool on Twitter for quite some now, so was thrilled when they offered to send me a sampling of their product to test and review. Thankfully [touch wood], I’m running injury free at the moment, although my right shin/calf has been a little tender of late. What better time to test the […] The post Physicool Cooling Bandage Review appeared first on Run Bulldog Run.
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  • World Junior Diary: First gold for Uganda! by Alfons Juck, EME News

    Larry Eder
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Joshua Cheptegei, Elvis Cheboi, the battle is on, Jr Men's 10,000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.netThe first day of the World Juniors had one final. That final was the men's Jr 10,000 meters, and true to form, the fastest man in the world won the race. He did not get the title easily, as Joshua Cheptegei had to battle, among others, Elvis Cheboi, who was hell bent on winning the title. The 5,000 meters was hit in 14:35, with much of the first 5,000 meters being led by two Japanese runners, Nagatani and Kesuki. Elvis Cheboi, then Joshua Cheptegei lead the chase pack, and as they got near…
  • Anezka Drahotova sets WJR in 10,000m RW, by Gary Morgan, AKA, Mr. Ubiquitous

    Larry Eder
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Yes! The same woman who won the World Junior 10,000 meter Race walk this morning in a new World Junior record, also took the bronze in the Prague Half Marathon! photo by PhotoRun.netWe asked our own Mr. Ubiquitous, Gary Morgan, a 1988 Olympian at 20,000m Race Walk, to write a piece about his past couple days, including the 10,000 meter race walk, won by Anezka Drahatova, who also races in cycling and on the roads as well!   On the road again and will finish my Lassen and Mt Shasta story next week along with a few other adventures.Here in Eugene Oregon track capital of America for…
  • your adidas Moment for July 23, 2014: With Brother Colm watching David Rudisha's " 100 seconds to beat the world", by Justin Lagat

    Larry Eder
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
     NB: Photos from right Nicholas Leong (Kenyan Riders), Jean Paul (Director Kerio View Hotel), Brother Colm (Rudisha's Coach) and Jeroen Deen (Physio from NED) With Brother Colm watching David Rudisha's "100 seconds to beat the world", by Justin LagatJuly 23, 2014. Iten, Kenya. Sometimes in life, we just end up being at some place just at the right time. Today was my day. I happened to be in Iten, at the Kerio View hotel just right on time when Brother Colm, in the company of Jeroen Deen, a physiotherapist; Nicholas Leong, founder of the Kenyan Riders and Jean Paul, director of Kerio…
  • 800m medal favorites Diago, Hinriksdottir advance at World Junior Championships, by Chris Lotsbom, RRW, used with permission

    Larry Eder
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Sahily Diago, photo by 800M MEDAL FAVORITES DIAGO, HINRIKSDOTTIR ADVANCE AT WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPSBy Chris Lotsbom, @ChrisLotsbom(c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission. EUGENE, OREGON (23-Jul) -- With an unrelenting rain dousing historic Hayward Field, women's 800m medal favorites Sahily Diago and Anita Hinriksdottir advanced out of the second round here at the IAAF World Junior Championships. Diago, a native of Cuba, won her section with relative ease, while Iceland's Hinriksdottir, the reigning IAAF World Youth Championships gold…
  • Customize your adidas Energy Boost ESM! video from adidas

    Larry Eder
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    This is a video, from adidas about the new, customizable adidas Energy Boost ESM! We received this release earlier today, July 23, 2014.  The adidas Energy Boost is getting a revamp with stylish mesh details and breathability for the first time in aspot that shows what it's like when running feels like floating and looks like flying as the more energy you give, the more you get. The customizable Energy Boost ESM is updated aesthetically and functionally with a new upper made from seamless engineered stretch mesh combined with…
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    Runnergirl Training

  • 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.
  • Tommie Copper Men's Active Fit Shirt Review

    runnergirl training
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    written by runnergirl training This is my friend’s review of the Tommie Copper men’s Active Fit short sleeve crew shirt. It was provided to my friend who wore it running, to the gym, hiking and cycling. He reported it to be a comfortable fit without any chafing or restriction of movement. He said the fabric kept him cool while under direct sunlight and quickly wicked away sweat.This was his first Tommie Copper experience and he is very impressed with the high quality and performance of the product. He recommends it to anyone seeking a performance shirt that really delivers!
  • Tommie Copper Compression Tank Review

    runnergirl training
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    written by runnergirl trainingThis is my review of the Tommie Copper women’s recovery compression tank top. They provided it to me to review. I wore it to play sports, running, gym activity classes, cycling and hiking. It is an impressive performance shirt! The compression is great not too tight and allows for freedom of movement. It is moisture wicking and keeps your skin dry. The fabric is soft & comfortable! I have purchased several Tommie Copper products and I highly recommend this item!
  • New Balance Shoe Series Replacement Chart

    runnergirl training
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    This is a helpful New Balance chart to show which current shoe series have replaced previous ones.
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    Sweet Victory

  • Diabetes Training Camp - A Coach's Review, Part V - All the Rest

    Marcus Grimm
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:01 am
    The first four posts of the blog this week were to tell you about the DTC experience from my perspective, the ultimately limited lens of a running coach. But so much more happens beyond the trails and ex-phys testing.There are mental skills lectures, lead by author and all-around superstar Carrie Cheadle. If she’s not the first to figure out that the mental make-up necessary to deal with diabetes mirrors that required by athletes, she’s at least the one who’s getting the most mileage out of it. Carrie’s talks are riveting and the campers gobble them up with gusto.A team of dieticians…
  • Diabetes Training Camp, A Coach's Perspective, Part IV - A Little Better

    Marcus Grimm
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:13 am
    Last year, my first year at Diabetes Training Camp, they added something new, courtesy of Rob Powell, a CDE who’s also an exercise physiologist. What they added was a series of tests so that one could benchmark their current ability in terms of aerobic endurance, flexibility and core strength.Last year, I had confirmed my existence as a one-trick pony with a stellar performance in the 1.5 mile run, followed by outright failures in everything else. And I don’t mean poor performances, either. I mean, I failed to register on the charts for flexibility and core strength. I attribute this to…
  • Diabetes Training Camp: A Coach's Perspective, Part III - The First Run

    Marcus Grimm
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:26 am
    Everyone is nervous for the first run or ride or swim of camp. Here’s why:The campers are concerned that they will be the slow ones, the huffers and puffers holding back the fit and the fast. The fact that nobody is concerned that they will be the fit the fast says something about human nature and how we all have a tendency to underestimate our abilities.The coaches aren’t concerned about having huffers and puffers along with the fit and the fast. That’s how things always are. And as for me, I know that where you are in the pack often says more about the genetic stuff your parents gave…
  • Diabetes Training Camp – A Coach’s Review, Part II

    Marcus Grimm
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:07 am
    “I’m heading over to the track for some 400s. Want to join me?”I glanced at my watch. It was 9:30AM. I was scheduled to make up DTC camper beds at 10AM. I was dressed for the latter, not the former. My legs were heavy from the previous day’s twenty-one mile run and I hadn’t planned on running on this day, the day the campers would arrive after lunch.“Sure,” I said. “Give me two minutes to change,” and a half hour later I was coming back from the track with two-time Ironman Lyndsay Riffe. We made the campers’ beds up, doing our best not the drip sweat on their clean…
  • Diabetes Training Camp - A Coach's Review - Part 1

    Marcus Grimm
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:43 am
    Last week, I participated in my second Diabetes Training Camp at Franklin & Marshall College in my home of Lancaster, PA. The fact that the only camp of this type is four miles from my home is just coincidence, though I was reminded by a friend recently that there are no such thing as coincidences, so we’ll leave it at that.Though it seems incredibly difficult to condense the week’s worth of learnings, emotions and activities into a cohesive review, it also seems a worthy challenge. If a prospective attendee finds value in these words, great. If an alumni of the camp can look upon these…
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    Team Cross Runs

  • A Month of Cross Fit

    Nick Cross
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    This week marked the 4th week of doing CrossFit at Solcana.  I wrote about some of my initial thoughts here.  One month in and I would say it is going pretty well.  Getting up at 5am 3 days a week is a little challenging, but knowing that I’ve “registered” for the class pushes me to get out the door.  I’ve been riding my bike as it is only 1 mile away. Some days after working out it is a little hard to ride home.  My arms are wobbly on the bike!! Last week a co-worker asked me if  I feel any stronger. I kind of laughed as most days I feel weak or sore from having…
  • 30 Days: June into July

    Nick Cross
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    The June 30 Day Challenge was to write a blog post every day. I missed 4 days from the month.  Which isn’t too shabby. Several of those times I thought about something to write and then totally forgot to do it. I did enjoy writing, even though it felt forced sometimes.  Sometimes I had a great idea and then struggled with finding the time for research and writing.  I wrote a bunch of the simple posts via my tablet’s WordPress App.  That is a pretty easy way to write a basic post – but it stores them on the device which makes it difficult to start writing and then…
  • 6 Photos of June

    Nick Cross
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:58 pm
    A little twist to the 6 word memoir.  Here are six pictures that capture the month of June… (in no particular order)
  • Reaction: Runners World on Lyme Disease

    Nick Cross
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:25 pm
    I read the June article in Runner’s World on Lyme Disease and found myself agreeing with most of it, reliving the crazy few weeks of uncertainty with knee trouble, and understanding a little bit more what the $1,500 an hour expert meant but was unable to explain. You may recall that in 2010 I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease (after a false negative).  In my opinion I first contracted it in 2009 when I had an un-diagnosed fever, that the doctors attributed to H1N1.  Almost 9 months later I had a swollen knee with no physical damage, but was eventually tested and diagnosed with Lymes.
  • Garmin vs Phone GPS

    Nick Cross
    28 Jun 2014 | 8:09 pm
    I’ve often wondered about the accuracy of my phone’s GPS and that of my Garmin Forerunner 205. Could they be equally good at tracking my workouts? I’ve used both before when I was doing interval workouts as Strava doesn’t allow for split timing. You could setup segments in Strava, but that’s a lot of work and would require fairly precise running. I never took the time to compare the data from those workouts. I think I felt that the amount of stopping and small movements wouldn’t be an accurate gauge. On this mornings run I wore my Garmin and had the phone…
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  • Olympic Sprinter Yamagata Turns Down Corporate League Offers to Train in U.S. With Seiko Sponsorship

    Brett Larner
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm translated by Brett Larner On July 23 it was announced that London Olympics sprinter Ryota Yamagata (22, Keio Univ.) will join Seiko Holdings Corporation and be based in California, U.S.A.  Yamagata's decision was a big one, made in anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  Turning down offers from many top corporate league teams, he
  • World Junior Championships Day Two - Japanese Results

    Brett Larner
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    by Brett Larner photo courtesy of David Monti, Race Results Weekly Asian junior record holder Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) brought Japan its first medal of the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, taking bronze in 10.34 (-0.6) behind Americans Kendal Williams and Trayvon Bromell.  Kiryu gave the nation a scare by barely making it to the final when he finished 4th in his semi-final.  In both
  • World Junior Championships Day One - Japanese Results

    Brett Larner
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    by Brett Larner The men's 10000 m rounded out the day as the only final on the first day of competition at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, U.S.A.  After a slow first lap Keisuke Nakatani of 2013 National University Ekiden champion Komazawa University went to the front to get the race moving, tailed only by 2014 Hakone Ekiden winner Toyo University's Hazuma Hattori.  Ranked
  • Otona no Taimu Toraiaru - Time Trials for Grown Ups

    Brett Larner
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    by Brett Larner Japan is unique in having one of the most highly-developed elite running systems in the world, an enormous and growing population of amateur runners, and mass popularity among the general public in elite racing as a spectator sport.  But like anywhere else there is separation between those elite and amateur worlds, the university and corporate teams, out of sight except for
  • Imai Wins Second-Straight Shibetsu Half

    Brett Larner
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    by Brett Larner Continuing a solid 2014 that saw him break 2:10 for the first time at February's Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, course record holder Masato Imai (Team Toyota Kyushu) returned to successfully defend his title at Sunday's Shibetsu Half Marathon.  Running in sunny and humid conditions with temperatures around 30 degrees, Imai had no trouble dropping main competition Yusuke Ogura (
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  • Wahoo’s TICKR Run Heart Rate Monitor

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    This post (Wahoo’s TICKR Run Heart Rate Monitor) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Wahoo Fitness has introduced TICKR Run and they sent me one to try! (Full disclosure, the device was given to me for free and the thoughts here are all my own.) TICKR Run is the first heart rate monitor with activity tracking that provides real-time analysis of a runner’s form, helping to improve efficiency and avoid injury rates. The device pairs with iOS and Android smartphones and other devices and retails for $79.99. Want the official lingo on how it works? Using a triple axis motion sensor,…
  • Every Move [Giveaway]

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    This post (Every Move [Giveaway]) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Have you heard of EveryMove? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago, but it’s a pretty neat little site/app. It can automatically pull in the fitness data you are posting on other sites (think Strava, Garmin Connect, RunKeeper, etc.) or you can manually enter an activity. For every activity you enter, you earn points. These points can be put toward rewards! A majority of them are for pretty good discounts on purchasing a product, so it’s not like they’re all freebies. I recently earned a discount on a…
  • LYFE Kitchen Preview

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    This post (LYFE Kitchen Preview) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I hadn’t heard of LYFE Kitchen until a few weeks ago, but there is a new location open here in Las Vegas (well…. it’s in Henderson, but that detail probably only really matters to people who live here!) and I got to go for a preview sampling. They were running through how it all works before their official open date, which was on Wednesday! LYFE Kitchen is a kind of fast-casual restaurant that uses locally-harvested and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. So here in the desert, I’m guessing…
  • Cuerpaso: Natural Butt Lift & Tummy Tuck

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    This post (Cuerpaso: Natural Butt Lift & Tummy Tuck) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I was sent the workout DVD Cuerpaso to review, “cuerpaso” meaning amazing body in Spanish and Portuguese (so they claim). It stars Tadeo, who is (I’m told) a “celebrity fitness trainer” and the DVD incorporates “endurance and strength training soccer drills with energetic Brazilian dance movements to guarantee a fit, sexy body.” Guarantee, huh?  Also, it says that you will have a better butt, sleep better and your sex life will improve. Tall order from…
  • 4th of July Runs in Las Vegas

    25 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    This post (4th of July Runs in Las Vegas) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Image from Did you know that Las Vegas is one of the top 10 destinations where average hotel rates are below $150 during the 4th of July holiday weekend*? Probably because it’s super hot and people can’t fathom coming here… but then again, every one of the casinos/bars/hotels is air-conditioned and pools are abundant. As a Las Vegas resident, I can pretty much guarantee you that I will NOT be in a casino. And odds are high I will not be at a bar. Nor a hotel. But I am…
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  • Marathon training progress.

    The Happy Runner
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    This is how we train for a marathon around here.Old school training plans. Pen-and-paper style. (Graph paper, no less.)Long runs. Slow-and-easy style. (With friends! The best way.)Marathon pace runs. Solo style. (Overall pace of 8:38 -- right on target.)This weekend I've got 14 miles on the schedule and they will be solo miles. I'm a wee bit nervous because 14 is the longest I've run in, well, in probably about a year. I didn't run anything over 13.2 in my half-marathon training this spring. I know I ran 14 once for my half-marathon training last fall, but that's it.We'll see how this goes.
  • Ready . . . set . . . train!

    The Happy Runner
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    After a low-mileage June, July has brought a big change: Marathon training!I'm registered for the Mohawk-Hudson Marathon in October and training started in full-force yesterday with a solo 10-mile run.It was a hilly, humid run but I managed to finish strong, with a 9:30 pace overall.It was a little weird to be running alone, but also just what I needed. I recently started a doTerra essential oils business and my mind has been racing. I love the oils and love the opportunity -- but there is still so much to learn and I have all these plans and sometimes my head spins from it all. Out on the…
  • June recap.

    The Happy Runner
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    June was one of those months for me. When I was in the thick of it, I didn't feel like writing about it, because I tend to feel like the more life you give anything bad, the worse it is.Now that the month is over, I can say that it was a bit of a stressful one, full of both good and bad stress. Like regular life, right?Anyway, June started great -- Conal turned 7 and that was a happy, happy day. But then, well, yuck. A few days later, a huge casserole pan filled with baked macaroni and cheese fell on my right big toe -- from a high shelf in the refrigerator.So much pain, bruising, swelling. I…
  • Let's remember the Run to Remember.

    The Happy Runner
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    So, it has been, I don't know, over 3 weeks since I ran Boston's Run to Remember half marathon. Not a big deal, really, but odd for me because I like to write race reports somewhat soon after the actual races. By now, this race report is old, old news.I guess my reporting is going the way that my training and eventual racing did.Ah, yes. The race.Well, let me start by saying I learned a few things about myself while running 13.1 miles in Boston. For starters, I now know that I can be one heck of a head-case during a race. Seriously. I also now know that I need to have a race goal. Doesn't…
  • Helloooooo, taper!

    The Happy Runner
    13 May 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Saturday was my last long run before the Run to Remember half marathon in Boston later this month.It was an odd run. Not my greatest run but, believe me, not my worst. It was, however, a run that made me feel like I am ready for the race.I got up ridiculously early in order to meet Janis and Bridget and start our run at 6:30. It was warm and humid. Then it started to rain a little. We ran 3 miles, complained about the crummy weather, then circled back to Janis' car and changed some of our gear.Then we met up with Elisa for 9-10 more miles.It continued to be warm. And humid. And to…
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    High Peaks Hiker - Kilimanjaro training blog

  • Throw back Thursday - Mount Marshall

    Kathleen Lisson
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Throw back Thursday - Marshall by Kathleen LissonFor Throwback Thursday, I'm sharing a Hiking Mates hike up Mount Marshall from July 19, 2008. I remember being coated in sweat, which made my pink tank top very sheer. Even a sports bra couldn't help this wardrobe malfunction.
  • TBT - Cycling Across the Golden Gate Bridge

    Kathleen Lisson
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Cycling Across the Golden Gate Bridgeby Kathleen LissonHere is a photo taken of Arun and me in 2012 before cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Ca. We rented bicycles from a local shop and rode to Sausalito before taking the ferry back to the City. Information on how to cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge from Tripadvisor:
  • Runners - Where to focus attention while running

    Kathleen Lisson
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    What Should Runners Think About While Running?by Kathleen LissonWhat goes through your mind when these are on your feet?In Runners World article titled 'Where To Focus Your Attention While Running,' Amby Burfoot shares information on the best way to calm your mind in a race. He shares differences between "associative thinking," "disassociative thinking" and the "constrained action hypothesis." The latest research shows that focusing on feelings or thinking of whatever comes to mind uses up less oxygen than thinking about breathing or form. Read the article here:…
  • New Hampshire Presidential Range

    Kathleen Lisson
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hiking Mount Washington and Mount Eisenhower - Presidential Range New Hampshire Hike Reportby Kathleen LissonWe chose to hike Mount Washington in New Hampshire as our last prep hike before the Kilimanjaro trip. Arun and I stayed at Carlson's Lodge in Twin Mountain, NH because we wouldn't make it to NH until well past quiet time at the local campgrounds. I enjoyed the 'grandma's house' feel of the lodge. They serve cereal, toast, milk juice and coffe for breakfast.  Sign along the Mount Washington trailSign along the Mount Eisenhower trailI relied on the AMC White Mountain Guide for…
  • Rachel Cushing's Trip up Kilimanjaro

    Kathleen Lisson
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Rachel Cushing's Trip up Kilimanjaroby Kathleen LissonWatching Rachel Cushing's video diary of her ascent up Kilimanjaro makes me feel excited for my upcoming trip to Africa! It is empowering to see other American women taking this journey and enjoying everything that comes with climbing the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Part one is here: two is here:
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  • Overcooked!

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Having decided that the next 9 months or so would focus on running with a build up for Leona Divide 50m and being in a “lull” between plans it made obvious sense to head out the trails at the weekend. So Sunday morning Becca and I managed to slips the bonds of eggs and bacon which usully have us locked down till 9 or sometimes even 10am (although that will change now Becca is stepping up her IMAZ training) and headed off to the Backbone Trail. If you have been reading this blog for a while there are references to this way back but since I have been on a Triathlon bent since late 2011…
  • Revised plans…back to my roots!

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    After much kicking it around it’s shaped up like this! Heading back to the road and mostly trails! Stand by for the infamous selfie trail shot …or as they have become…the doubly!
  • Review; The Sufferfest Intermediate 10 week Triathlon Plan

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Once again I find myself writing a review of a Training Plan. Not only does this give me the opportunity to reflect on my training but hopefully someone looking for a plan may find this useful. As a recap I used the Sufferfest Intermediate 10 week Triathlon Plan. Before you start the plan there is a simple questionnaire to go through; You are aiming at competing in Sprint/Olympic distance events and want to increase your average speeds/pace with lowering your final overall time OR You want to compete in either Half or Full Ironman-Distance races in the next 12 months and need a solid a base…
  • Ironman 70.3 Vineman

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    Well actually it was Vineman 73.3! I have written and read enough race reports to (hopefully) be able to keep this brief…so here I go.   Becca and I arrived at T1 and dropped off our bikes, she had other issues to deal with, you can read about them here. My set up was pretty simple, I had opted to go with my road helmet rather than my aero helmet as I hadn’t worn it in over a year and I was twitchy enough about my lack of Tri bike time. The biggest issue was going to be the mud as the Transition area is a dusty parking lot and when you add 2000+ wet swimmers the dust turns to mud and…
  • Race Ready…

    13 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Live Tracking is available here. I am #720
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    Run Eat Repeat

  • The BEST Summer Treat Isn’t What You Think

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    This post brought to you by Summer of Groupon. All opinions are 100% mine. Hey! How is summer treating you? So far mine has been pretty sweet. And hot. I’m not complaining – I LOVE hot weather over cold every day thank you. Plus, frozen treats are basically my favorite food so summer gives me an excuse to eat them daily I know ice cream is considered the ‘go-to’ summer treat, but that’s not always how I roll. On particularly hot summer days – only a cold sweet raspado can cool ya down and quench your thirst. And yesterday I went to the experts to get mine – Raspado Xpress in…
  • Water and Workout Wednesday Check In!!!

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Hello! today we’re talking water and workouts. First workouts… Run: I started my day with an easy 8 miler. Nothing exciting to note except I had to cut it short for an appointment. Cross-training: Tomorrow is a rest day and I’ll be away from home so I’m going to do this 10 minute no equipment needed session and take a walk. And stretch!! Post run eats Since I was running late I made a smoothie. In the blender: ice, handful frozen berries, 1 scoop Jamie Eason’s whey protein, almond milk. I also had a banana with AB before my run. Water It’s time to check in – how has it been…
  • This is why I had friends for one whole day

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Hello!!! I am starting my day with a lil run. Shocker. But before I forget I wanted to stop in and tell you about my ice cream social party. Recently the lovely people at Yasso contacted me about having a party for my friends. YES!!! Eating fro-yo is already like a party, right?!  Except the one bummer about living my life on the internet is that I have no friends. So, I posted a Craigslist ad offering delicious frozen greek yogurt in exchange for friendship. And it worked! Next thing ya know I”m bumping some JayZ and eating fro-yo with my new friends!! Double win   I got a…
  • Watermelon Sangria Should Be the ONLY Sangria

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Hello! I had a great run this morning – went out for another tempo attempt. I was on track to be faster than last week, but my Garmin died at 9.5 miles. I did 10 and was cooling down the last mile at that point. Bah. In happy news… I have a ‘recipe’ for Watermelon Sangria that just changed my life. I put ‘recipe’ in quotes because it’s not technically a recipe according to the National Recipe Commission as that requires Pinterest quality photographs and 84 steps. But this drink did make my weekend and Monday night significantly better. This Watermelon Sangria Recipe is in honor…
  • Shooting for the First Time

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    This post brought to you by Summer of Groupon. All opinions are 100% mine. Hello! Oh my gosh. I did something super out of the ordinary for me this weekend – I went Clay Shooting. Yes, when I asked you to vote on my next Summer of Groupon experience the majority told me to try Clay Shooting – so here I am… I don’t think I’ve ever even held a gun before so this was definitely a new adventure for me. Luckily the package came with an hour of instruction and the Groupon deal was for 2 people so my dad came with me. We shot a 20 gauge shot gun. For all of you non-gun experts that is gun…
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    IronBrandon Show

  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-07-23 23:23:26 (Brandon Wood)
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Baby-G rocking the 880v4 from New Balance. #runningshoes #running #gearist #kids #cute If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-05-10 18:36:49Instagram #picoftheday... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • IronBrandon Show: Episode 202 (Brandon Wood)
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Gearist Ironman Chattanooga Video Diaries Follow me on Strava Ironman Chattanooga Ironman Chattanooga Swim Course Ironman Chattanooga Bike Course (Elevation and map detail here) If you liked this... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-07-19 18:36:50 (Brandon Wood)
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Colorado-bound carry-on bags. Let’s just hope we make our connection! #orf #travel If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-07-12 13:32:08Instagram #picoftheday... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-07-18 00:32:32 (Brandon Wood)
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Cobb’s Creek at sunset. #love #home #sunset #perfection If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-07-13 22:37:37Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-07-12... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-07-16 23:07:48 (Brandon Wood)
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Grillin’. #summer #grilling #food #yum #family If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-06-25 02:11:12Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-07-13... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
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    Midwest Multisport Life - An Endurance Blog

  • HIIT SUP with Crosstown Fitness Chicago

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    This Saturday, I got to participate in a very unique workout. Crosstown Fitness, a high intensity interval training gym, teamed up with Chicago SUP, a premier Stand-Up Paddle Board outfitter, to offer a class on the beach for a total body workout. Every Saturday morning through September, attendees can experience a 50 to 60 minute combination of CTF’s HIIT with SUP’s hybrid of surfing and paddling through a variety of drills that incorporate cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility and balance. It was a full group that gathered,…
  • Crosstraining Again, Finally

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Since my running is not going all that well, I decided it was finally time to get off my ass and work on the rest of my fitness. To build up motivation, I recruited my kids to join me in the garage for some bodyweight exercises and driveway running. This weekend I also headed into the city to participate in a lakeside HIIT workout followed by some stand up paddle boarding (more on that tomorrow). My kids loved doing the workout - Tazer was unfazed by it, while Gaigai struggled a bit, but was happy she was building upper body strength, a weakness of hers. The younger two didn't really find it…
  • LifeStraw® Personal Water Filter

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    “The LifeStraw® product and information have been provided by Vestergaard.” The LifeStraw® Personal Water Filter filters at least 1,000 liters of water (about 264 gallons), weighs only 2 ounces, removes up to 99.99999 percent of waterborne bacteria and 99.9 percent of waterborne protozoan cysts, so why wouldn't you bring it with you on your next camping or backpacking trip? Since it uses no batteries or moving parts, no worries about keeping it charged or having it jam on you at an inopportune time. In fact, this is probably something that would be a good thing to have in your car's…
  • Mantry (The Modern Man's Pantry)

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    I love handmade, artisanal goods. Craft beer, boutique wine, freshly made food. It's fun to travel and experience businesses that are doing this around the country (and world). Mantry is a service that can bring some of these products to your doorstep, which is a lot of fun. I was sent a sample shipment for review, and I must say it's pretty intriguing. The sample crate included the following:The Hickory Smoked Country Bacon from Broadbent's in Kentucky was salty, smoky, and had plenty of fat, very tasty. I loved the thick slices, not always easy to find these days.The Summer…
  • TNF ECS WI Marathon Bonus Training Week

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    I know that, in reality, I'm not really following the training plan, due to lack of fitness, niggling injuries, and motivation issues. That being said, it's still a nice framework to hang my "training" on. When Laima discovered we had inadvertently started our plan a week early, it then made it necessary to come up with an idea for that bonus training week. I decided that last week was the one and that my training would be more fluid, less regimental. Some easy 3 mile runs, no looking at my watch, no worrying about a run/walk strategy - I ran when I wanted and walked when I needed,…
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    Women's Endurance Gear - Family, Fitness and Food

  • Tuesday Training - Week 10 of the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Training

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    EHere's how the redo of week 10 shaped up in preparation for the ZOOMA Chicago half marathon in August and the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon in September:Tuesday:  planned 7, actual 6.5;   Thursday:  planned 9, actual 9;  Once again in Michigan along the lakefront - somehow the miles go a little easier here...Michigan lakeshoreSunday:  planned 16, actual 4.5; I was planning to finish up the miles in the evening, but I got lazy and hung out with the family instead.I'm struggling with the long runs, mentally more so than…
  • Midweek Motivation - Running Sucks

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Sometimes running sucks...from ZOOMA FBIf you're training for a fall marathon, the miles are starting to add up - keep with it!Like Women's Endurance Gear on Facebook
  • Tuesday Training - Week 10 of North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Training

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Here's how week 10 shaped up in preparation for the ZOOMA Chicago half marathon in August and the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon in September:Morning run with MunchkinMonday:  planned 7, actual 7; Again we were in Michigan and similar to last Monday, I ran the first 5 solo, then the last 2 with Munchkin.  Thursday:  planned 9, actual 6;  I left the kiddos at home with Tazer in charge and also it was Little A's birthday, so I cut my run short. Saturday:  planned 16, actual 10; We had a 10 mile training run with ZOOMA in Chicago.
  • Tuesday Training - The North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Training

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here's how week 9 shaped up in preparation for the ZOOMA Chicago half marathon in August and the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon in September:#happyplaceMonday:  planned 6, actual 6; this was my first run of the season at the cottage in Michigan.  I ran the first 4 solo, then the last 2 with Munchkin.  Thursday:  scheduled track speed work, actually did the track speed work just a little less than scheduled - again ran with Munchkin. Saturday:  planned 14, actual 0; first completely missed run - bummed, didn't get it in on Sunday…
  • Tuesday Training - Week 8 Marathon Training

    1 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Here's how week 8 shaped up in preparation for the ZOOMA Chicago half marathon in August and the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon in September:Wednesday's run in the woods.Monday:  5 miles as plannedWednesday:  6 miles through our local woods with KovasFriday:  5 miles as plannedSaturday:  planned - 13.1 miles, actual - just over 11 milesStill need to add in some actual cross training and weight training...Looking for a summer half or fall marathon?  Check out ZOOMA Chicago(use CAMB15 for 10% off registration) and the North…
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    Miss Zippy

  • Summertime favorite dish (ratatouille)

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Roasted vegetables get it started I don’t know about you, but I generally save warm, stew-like dishes for the fall and winter. I make an exception, however, with ratatouille, which has become my favorite summertime dish. I make it in summer because that’s when all the ingredients I use are fresh and local, rather than winter when that couldn’t be further than the case. Anyhow, because I love it so much (my son does, too–the other half of the family, not as much!) I thought I’d share my easy recipe with you all. How much of each ingredient I put in is completely…
  • My MAF foe: cardiac drift

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:52 pm
    My heart rate is always harder to hold low at the end of a run I am slowly increasing my mileage…very slowly, but I am now in the eight-mile range for my “long” run. I’m using MAF training indefinitely right now, hoping that my patience will hold out until I am not getting any further improvements in it. Because I have taken my good ‘ole time to get to this length of run, I’m just now remembering the one thing about MAF training that drives me crazy: cardiac drift. Cardiac drift is something we all experience, on pretty much every single run over about three…
  • Oh the places you’ll go with running

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    A 35k in the Blue Mountains of Australia Running (and racing) while on vacation has to be one of my absolute favorite things to do. There is no better way to see the sights or experience a new locale on an up-close-and-personal level. Over the years, I’ve run and raced in a huge variety of fantastic places. Right off the top of my head I can think of Palm Springs, Arizona, Miami, Key West, the Adirondacks, Austin, and even Australia. I’ve raced everything from 5ks to marathons to trail runs (a 35k race in the Blue Mountains of Australia). I was sorely tempted to jump into a 5k at…
  • The five types of runners I see at the shore

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    We had a great long weekend at the shore. Lots of beach time, visiting time, running and boot camp time. Now back to the real world! At home, I live in a  very active community and see tons of runners out every day. Same at the shore, but I think there is more variety to the type of runner I see there. We all pretty much run the same strip of road, which has plenty of shoulder space and slow traveling cars. This gives me plenty of time to observe and try to figure out who’s doing what with their running. These are the types of runners I see there: 1. The early a.m. runners–these…
  • Five for Friday

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    1. I’m at the Jersey shore and that makes me happy! 2. Our poor house/pet sitter had a growling/barking dog greet her. I feel terrible. She met Tori for the first time last week and then arrived at our house after we had left. Tori apparently went into protective mode, forgetting she is a whippet. Thank goodness for neighbors with whom Tori is familiar coming to the rescue. 3. I got listed in Runner’s World’s #RUNootd (run outfit of the day) yesterday. This might have made my day. Have you tweeted or instagrammed a #RUNootd yet? You should. 4. Today I am doing a beachside…
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  • Some ways to spice up your treadmill workout

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
      Can’t find a track to run on or can’t find a good running trail? Tired of having to do the same boring running regiment on a treadmill? Well, in case you haven’t heard, there are some treadmill exercises that can [...]
  • Running for the Elderly

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Running really does wear a body out, but the health benefits behind it make it worth the pain. However, what do you do if you’re older and feel that you can’t bring yourself to do the same things the younger [...]
  • Upcoming SoCal Races

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    With summer coming around soon, lots of people are gonna want to challenge their physical limits. Fortunately for those of you out there who want that, there are a some awesome running events happening that will surely challenge you. Be [...]
  • Using Phones to Get Fit

    Sarah Upton
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:41 pm
    There has been some talk lately of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the new health features it includes. But what are they? And, more importantly, do they matter? Fitness and phones are not commonly referenced together, but the Galaxy S5 [...]
  • Fitness On The Go with Daily Burn

    2 Mar 2014 | 3:15 am
    If you watch TV, you’ve probably seen commercials for the Daily Burn program. Now, I learned that I shouldn’t trust any of the fitness commercials that are out there without proper research, but I was surprised to see how potentially [...]
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    Strength Running

  • How to Sleep Better, Faster, Longer: The Ultimate Guide to Hacking Your Sleep

    Jason Fitzgerald
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    “I call them business meetings,” pro marathoner Ryan Hall once said about his daily nap. Ryan is the fastest American marathoner and half marathoner of all-time and is so adamant about his regular nap that he insists it’s part of his job: “Everyone else seems to call their afternoon shuteye ‘naps.’ I call them ‘business […]
  • The Importance of a Running Annual Review (here’s one of mine too)

    Jason Fitzgerald
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Rarely do we take a meaningful amount of time and step back from the bustle of our daily lives to reflect on our accomplishments and progresss. But it’s a valuable tool that can help you stay on track with all of your goals. Author Chris Guillebeau performs his own annual review to evaluate his personal and professional progress. […]
  • 9 Reasons You’re Running Slow (and how to fix them to get faster)

    Jason Fitzgerald
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Isn’t it funny that when something isn’t working, most of us just “buckle down” and try harder (even if you’re lost doing the wrong thing)? But often “what got you here, won’t get you there.” So if you’ve hit a plateau and are stagnating, running the same times and getting frustrated, doing more of the same isn’t […]
  • When Are You Ready to Run a Marathon?

    Jason Fitzgerald
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A few weeks ago a runner emailed me and said: “I started running a few weeks ago and I’m up to 9 miles per week with a 4 mile long run. I’m also working on increasing the run portion (I’m walking every few minutes) of all my runs. I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon this […]
  • The 13 Weirdest Things Runners Do

    Jason Fitzgerald
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you run, you’re probably a huge weirdo. But don’t worry, I am too – and there’s safety in numbers so I’m glad you’re here! After running for 16 years, my life has become progressively weirder. Not only do I do things that normal folks think are unbelievable / weird / crazy / stupid, but […]
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    No Meat Athlete

  • 7 Days of Camping, Running, and Raw Food at the Woodstock Fruit Festival (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    It was a few years ago when I first heard about the Woodstock Fruit Festival, a week-long event (back then) put on by ultrarunner and Fruitarian Michael Arnstein. Camping, swimming, running, hiking, games, bonfires, demos and talks — the most notable of which, for me, have been Mike’s ultrarunning talks that I watched on YouTube. Part 1 and part 2 were instrumental in my preparation for my 100-miler last summer. And of course, for seven full days, all the raw fruits and vegetables you could possibly want … but no cooked food. That’s where I got stuck. I worried I…
  • Ray Cronise and the New ‘Food Triangle’ (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Ray Cronise, whom you’ll know from a previous podcast episode and from Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Body (where Ray is the cold-stress fat-loss guy), is back — our first repeat guest on NMA Radio. Why have Ray on again? Because in continuing his history of disruption — first in the aerospace industry and now in the field of nutrition — Ray has just published an academic paper that he and his co-authors believe lays the foundation for a revolution in nutrition science. The paper is titled The Metabolic Winter Hypothesis, and you should download it here before you listen…
  • The Surprising Results of My Tart Cherry Juice Challenge (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with tart cherries as a workout recovery aid, as part of 7-Day Tart Cherry Juice Challenge and series of posts sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute. Well, the results are in. When I wrote “surprising” in the title, I meant it. But not for the reason you might expect (which, come to think of it, is what surprise means). In case you missed the introductory post, here’s how my experiment set up: Run every day for a week, including several hard running workouts. Drink one tablespoon of tart cherry concentrate twice a…
  • When Did We Start Settling for Boring? (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    For the past four years, every single one of my runs has been the boring kind. Who knows how many thousands of miles I’ve endured … and I just realized this. How did this happen? Like this: back when I was training to qualify for Boston, I discovered Core Performance Endurance. The program called for two kinds of workouts — intervals and hills — with easy days surrounding each. To a fairly new runner like myself, the workouts were hard. Sometimes really hard. But tough as those workout days were, they were better than the easy days. Because on easy days, you had to…
  • Can Tart Cherries Make You a Better Runner? A 7-Day Challenge to Find Out (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    If you’re a runner, you know there’s no shortage of new supplements and other products that claim to promote faster recovery for us. And mostly, as runners, we’ve learned to ignore them. Usually, we just don’t believe it. Speed of recovery is hard to measure, subjectively, and even when the objective evidence is there, the miracle product du jour isn’t often something most of us would want to put in our bodies. But tart cherry juice may just be an exception: (a) it’s natural; and (b) it seems like it might actually promote recovery. There’s a decent…
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    The Run Commuter

  • The New Run Commuters – July 2014

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

    Nick Pedneault
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    If, like me, you have poor eyesight, you may have to run with prescription glasses. Running with spectacles that are not made for running quickly becomes annoying, as they start sliding down a sweaty nose. Luckily, good prescription glasses for runners do exist. Run-commuting adds some complexity to all of this. North of the 49th parallel, it is not uncommon to run in total darkness during winter months. Therefore, clear lens prescription glasses made for runners are required. Dark lens glasses are preferable for the rest of the year.   Switch Vision H-Wall Sunglasses. Photo from…
  • Run Commuting with Kids

    18 Jun 2014 | 5:45 am
    We’ve got a great guest post for you today! Brendan Couvreux and his family of four run as their primary form of transportation. That’s right. Rather than drive or use public transit to get to work or run errands, they primarily run to get where they need to go (they do have a vehicle for longer road/camping trips). Brendan and his wife Chloe, both avid climbers before having kids, made a few changes to their lives after their first child was born to continue to remain active and maintain their fitness levels. It worked so well for them that they continued to run…
  • The New Run Commuters – June 2014

    16 Jun 2014 | 4:50 am
    What is the farthest you’ve ever run commuted? Personally, I’ve done about 15-16 miles or so round-trip. Pam Walker, from South Lyon, MI runs that distance to work in the morning… and then runs it again on the way home, for a round-trip total of 31.2 miles Find out more about her and fellow midwestern runner, Anne Ellis, (who has also surpassed my farthest run commute) in this month’s edition of The New Run Commuters. —————————————- Runner Basics Pam Walker running the Run…
  • Review: Purinize water-purifying tincture

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    I was as a young man waaaay into Dungeons & Dragons, as well as video game RPGs like the Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior series. There was always some bottled liquid to cure your ailments and even restore life, should your mighty berserker be somehow felled by an elf. Those indoors-for-hours days rushed to my memory when we received our latest product to review: Purinize, a potion promising to render water potable by vanquishing microscopic assailants and coagulating sediments. How does Purinize manage these extraordinary feats? Why, by the sensible and scientific application of VOLCANO…
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    RunnerDude's Blog

  • Where did the .2 Come from?

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Did you know that the distance of the first modern Olympic Marathon in 1896 was 24.8 miles. So why is it26.2 today?King Edward VII and Queen AlexandriaYou've probably heard the legend of Pheidippides, the Greek who ran from the city of Marathon to Athens to deliver a message that they had defeated the Persian Army. You also probably know that upon reaching Athens, he staggered and exclaimed, "Rejoice! We Conquer!" and then collapsed and died. Nice story, huh? Really motivates you to run a marathon. LOL! But I digress....why is the distance for a full marathon today 26.2 instead of 24.8 miles…
  • Clean Kicks!

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Do your running shoes need a room of their own after a few summer runs? Mine do. They don't stink like teenage locker room stench, from rampant athlete's feet, but they do get a sweaty smell that can be quite overwhelming, especially after having been left by "accident" in the car overnight.  So, what's a runner to do?WASH THEM!I know, every time I tell people I wash my running shoes I get all kinds of flack about how I'm ruining them. But, I don't really see how my run yesterday which left me squishing in my shoes from the sweat pouring down my body and into my shoes is any…
  • Greensboro's Greenways: Proud and Saddened

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    RunnerDude's Fitness is so lucky and proud to be situated along one of the newest stretches of the YadkinHeading north into the Yadkin & Atlantic Greenway tunnel underneath Cone Blvd.and Atlantic Greenway in Greensboro, NC. The greenway is a part of an old railway (The Yadkin & Atlantic) that used to bring granite from Stokesdale, NC, into Greensboro. There's quite an impressive tunnel that was built underneath W. Cone runners, walkers, and cyclist could avoid having to cross 4-lane Cone Blvd. Granite-like blocks lead into the tunnel tying in the railway's history. Inside is a…
  • Eye Protection Important for Runners

    24 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    We often hear about the importance of wearing sun screen to protect your skin from the dangers of sunexposure. I should know. I had the scary experience of having melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer. Luckily it was discovered in time and I had it successfully removed. The 4-inch scare down the middle of my back is a constant reminder of the importance of protection from the sun.Your eyes are equally susceptible to the dangers of too much sun exposure. The Mayo Clinic says that UV radiation from the sun can damage not only the skin of your eyelid but also the cornea, lens…
  • Running Inspired Tattoos: A Way for Many to Express Their Running Accomplishments

    20 Jun 2014 | 12:19 pm
    According to the Smithsonian, the oldest tattoo on a human belongs to the Iceman discovered in the Italian-Austrian border back in 1991. He was carbon-dated at around 5,200 years old. Now that's a lasting tattoo. Iceman was sporting tattooed dots and small crosses on his lower spine and right knee and ankle joints. Because these locations correspond to areas of strain-induced degeneration (their words not mine), suggested they many have been applied to alleviate joint pain, so basically they were probably therapeutic.Jump ahead about 1000 years and we find Egyptian women sporting tattoos. All…
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  • Skechers GoMeb Speed 2 Review: A Solid Distance Racing Flat

    David Henry
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    By David Henry Skechers got a big boost when Meb Keflezighi won the Boston marathon earlier this year. For a brand that has been historically known more for casual shoes and kids shoes, having an elite American marathoner win Boston in their footwear was evidence that the Skechers Performance Division is making legitimate running shoes. They’ve since signed Kara Goucher as well, and are making a push to further develop their performance line. In this post I’ll be taking a look at the Skechers GoMeb Speed 2, which is the Skechers Performance Division’s racing flat. The shoe…
  • This Week in Runblogging: July 14 to July 20 2014

    Peter Larson
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As this roundup is posted, I’ll be heading up to Vermont for two weeks of coaching at the Craftsbury Running Camps. I may try and do a few posts that provide a bit of an overview of what goes on up there (if you’ve never been, I highly recommend it!). It’s basically runner heaven: good food, good drink, good friends, and lots of running (and biking, swimming, hiking…). Prepping for the trip has stressed me a bit, and that came out in a few of the blog posts listed below, but I know that once I get there my worries about two weeks away from my wife and kids will melt away (I’m a…
  • Parenting and Running: Finding the Balance

    Peter Larson
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    Every once in awhile you read something that hits you at a deep emotional level. I had that experience just now reading this article by Katie Arnold on Outside Online. In the article, Arnold writes about the relationship between being a parent and running ultras, and she is both candid and honest in sharing her thoughts. It’s a beautifully written piece. The article hit me hard because I have been struggling a bit lately with the tension between running, parenting, and work. I think this tension in part prompted the little breakdown I wrote about the other day. I love my family. I love my…
  • Running From Stress on the Track

    Peter Larson
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I had a very stressful morning. I’m leaving for Craftsbury, VT on Sunday for two weeks of coaching at the summer running camps. I love the job, but prepping my presentations has been time consuming, and as a homebody I generally get stressed when I have to leave my family for long periods of time. This is typical for me any time I have to travel – I stress until I get to my destination, but I always settle and have a blast whenever I get where I’m going. Anyway, prepping for the trip, a bit of a chaotic summer schedule so far, and more clinic clients than usual the past few weeks has…
  • New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Review: Firm, Responsive, and A Bit Pointy

    Peter Larson
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    The New Balance Fresh Foam 980 seems to be a shoe experiencing a slight identity crisis – it doesn’t really know what it wants to be. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as I like shoes that are innovative and buck the traditional mold for a running shoe, but I think the marketing of this shoe has contributed to some of the confusion. The tagline that New Balance has chosen in marketing the Fresh Foam is “Experience the Science of Soft.” This suggests that the shoe is going to offer a cushy ride, and it has resulted in some people (probably me included) thinking that the shoe is…
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  • Study: Beginners should ease into running (very) slowly to prevent injury

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    I remember when I first started running years ago. I wanted to be like my friends who were runners, meaning I wanted to be able to run 3 or 4 miles without taking walk breaks – right away. Well, of course, that didn’t happen. Getting into running shape takes time when you’re starting from zero. […]
  • Get faster, no speedwork required

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    A friend and I were talking half marathon training the other day. She’s run a couple half marathons and wants to PR in the distance in the fall, but she has a problem: she hates prescribed speedwork. If a training plan calls for 800m repeats or tempo runs, she won’t do the workout. It’s just […]
  • Taking running safety to the next level: new tips

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    In case you haven’t noticed, we take running safety pretty seriously here at WalkJogRun. While we’ve compiled safety tips in the past, here are a few additional ones to consider (as well as a reminder of the basic ones) this summer – and always. FORGO the ponytail: If you slap your long hair up in a ponytail […]
  • Ditch the disclaimer: stop apologizing for your race distance

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Waiting in an endless line for Porta Potty at the Empire State Marathon and Half, I stood behind two women: runner A and runner B, respectively. Here’s what I heard. Runner A: What a great day to run 26.2. Runner B: It’s beautiful. But I’m ONLY running the half today. I butted in. I couldn’t […]
  • Fruit spotlight: avocado

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Healthy fats. Avocados have them in spades. But did you know that avocados also have 20 key nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin E, and choline? They are a power-packed superfood – and one you should certainly consider adding to your diet if you aren’t eating them already. Another amazing benefit of avocados is that they are […]
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    Shut Up + Run

  • Best Recovery Tip: Hot Dogs and Beer

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    I will tell you what makes me very happy. I just finished my last BIG workout for Ironman Boulder, which means I have officially entered the taper phase of training. There are so many areas of my life I have been neglecting with all of this crazy training (including but not limited to daily hygiene – shaving in particular, my offspring and cleaning toilets – not sure how long that skid mark has been there) so I’ll be glad to restore some sense of normalcy. Today’s workout kicked my ass. Really. We started with a the 2 mile Bare Bones swim at the Boulder Reservoir. The swim actually…
  • 9 Ways To Train While Traveling (& Still Have a Vacation)

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    One of my philosophies is “work hard so you can play hard.” That is why I bust my butt all day working, training and caring for little people and hairy animals, then I plant myself on the couch and drink wine and eat popcorn every night starting at 8:00 p.m. That is my version of “play.” The same goes for vacations. I like to work out while on vacation so that I can also play around a lot. I also work out on vacation because – call me crazy - I love to experience different climates, routes, gyms and extras while travelling.  Such as this luxury toilet I found at the top of…
  • 2014 Boulder Peak Triathlon Race Report

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Sorry for the delayed race report. I am positive you were paralyzed just wondering when the heck it would be posted. I have been a bit busy. Today Sam had four wisdom teeth pulled. Here he is still waking up, but awake enough to send peace out into the world: Is it pathetic that I love feeding him yogurt and wiping off his face just like in the good old days? I draw the line at breast suckling and diaper changing, though. Then I had to spend some time reading this about a dog’s last day (so reminded me of Lucky’s last day) and watching this about the newest in running hydration devices…
  • 6 Thing Saturday

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    1. Race #1: I ran a 5K this morning. Sometimes it’s fun to run fast. But, then sometimes at mile 1.5 when you feel like you want to puke and die you remember that you don't like 5Ks very much. The course was short by .1, but I got a 21:30 (7:12 mile/min pace), which is good for me. The last 2 miles I was running right behind a girl who I would guess was 10 years old. She was very speedy. I was impressed, but then got annoyed because every time I tried to pass her, she would deliberately cut me off. She did this about 90 times.  She was pretty cute and I liked her competitive spirit, so…
  • Ironman Boulder Training Week #15: 18 Mile Run + 112 Mile Bike!

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Just had to get that little burst of Heidi cuteness out of the way. This is the dog that we rescued over a year ago who we wouldn’t allow on the couch, but THAT FACE!! We are suckers. I’m a bit late with this training update. Mostly because I’ve been…well…training my ass off. Duh! And taking pictures of Heidi. And eating my face off because that is what you do when you never stop being hungry. Or, HANGRY (so hungry you are angry). With only four weeks to go, this past week was a solid week of training for me and a confidence booster. Monday: RestTuesday: Bike 25 milesWednesday: Swim…
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    Runners Connect

  • How Do You Pace the Ultramarathon?

    John Davis
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Track fans had their eyes fixed on Sacramento in July for the USATF outdoor track championships, but that wasn’t the only championship event in the running world. That weekend also played host to the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile ultramarathon that’s arguably one of the most storied ultra-endurance events in the world. The big story at this year’s Western States was a strong push through the first 60 miles of the race by Max King, a latecomer to ultramarathoning who boasts very impressive track and marathon credentials, including a national-caliber 3km…
  • A Detailed Look at the Diet of an Elite Marathoner

    Coach Jeff
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In 2014, Jeffrey Eggleston was the 3rd American at the Boston Marathon. At the time, it was a big PR and one of Jeffrey’s best races to date (He also finished 13th at the World Championships in 2013). Not to be outdone, Jeffrey traveled to Australia earlier in July to compete in the Gold Coast Marathon. This time, he lowered his PR to 2:10:52, becoming one of the fastest American Marathoners this year. In our continuing series on marathon nutrition, we asked Jeffrey to detail his training and pre-race diet for the marathon. Finding an effective diet is an individualized journey because…
  • Can Pickle Juice Really Cure Muscle Cramps?

    John Davis
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week we took a look at what causes exercise-associated muscle cramps, the painful and seemingly random muscle spasms that can fell everyone from recreational marathoners to professional basketball players. Popular wisdom holds they’re caused by a lack of electrolytes, but scientific research shows that it’s more likely that muscle cramps are due to the failure of a neuromuscular mechanism that usually keeps extreme muscle contraction in check. Like any ailment that affects athletes, there’s a veritable arsenal of remedies and tricks that runners and athletic trainers…
  • 4 Lessons We Can Learn from Runners on Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs)

    Sarah Crouch
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It seems like every few months, another runner that I know gets caught using performance-enhancing drugs. This past week, the situation struck eerily close to home. A runner recently caught using EPO (Mo Trafeh) is someone that I’d met many times. My second race as a professional runner was the USA 10 mile championship in September, 2011. I placed 5th in the race and was immediately escorted to the drug-testing tent where other top finishers sat and waited to be tested. Mo Trafeh was among them, laughing and chatting with the testers, completely at ease. The memory makes me sick. Why is it…
  • How to Calculate Your Exact Hydration Needs

    John Davis
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    When the temperature outside heats up, hydration becomes a big obstacle for distance runners. The running community in Minneapolis is indignant about malfunctioning drinking fountains at parks and along popular running trails which were damaged by frozen pipes over the winter. This has thrown off the regular hydration routines of countless local runners as the summer heat rolls in. This got me thinking. Knowing what we know now about the latest research on hydration, dehydration, and performance, how should you structure your own hydration routine, and what’s the best way to figure out…
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    Mile Posts

  • Who Wants To Run RNR Chicago This Weekend Courtesy Of Mazda USA?!

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

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

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

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    The winner of last week’s instagram giveaway of a new pair of Saucony Ride 7′s is —- CHASINGBUNNYB  Please email me at Be sure to follow @mileposts on instagram for more fun giveaways coming soon!!   Hope you all had an amazing 4th of July weekend!! xo Dorothy
  • Oh NO I Do Not Tweet And Run: Boston Marathon 2014

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    21 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    A couple of months ago I found out I had won an award for my twitter feed in the Best of RunWashington awards. The editor emailed me for pictures and when I sent back nothing usable he asked if he could schedule a photo shoot for me. The photographer arrived to my house on a sunny afternoon and informed me he had some great ideas for pictures but that he was open to my suggestions. I said well you are welcome to take pictures anywhere but here are some nice flowers or oh over here is the trail, blah blah blah. Ummmm well I was thinking maybe tweeting and running – that is what your…
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    Runtastic Blog

  • Runtastic Success Story: Never, never, NEVER give up!

    Vera Schwaiger
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Almost 2 years ago I suffered symptoms of a heart attack 3 times in only 2 weeks. Dizziness, tachycardia and panic were the signs that worried me. I went to the doctor 3 times, and every time he told me that I didn’t have a heart attack but had too much stress. These days I weighed 213 lb at a little over 6 ft tall. During this time I did absolutely no sports. When I would go hunting I would become out of breath quickly and would sweat a lot. My doctor recommended I change my life completely. He suggested I do more meaningful things rather than watching TV, eating chips and drinking…
  • 5 Tips To Stay Fit & Have Fun On Vacation

    Vera Schwaiger
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    I am constantly surprised by how many people ask for advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on holiday.  For a large majority of people, it seems that the days of pigging out and leaving your hard work back home have passed. Here are 5 tips to help you stay on track without blowing the “fun factor.” 1. Book an active tour: Weather you are a land mammal or self proclaimed mermaid, there are tours for EVERYONE, pretty much all over the world that promote physical activity.  From walking tours to kayaking in the open ocean and everything in between. It is easy to find…
  • Runtastic at Tech Open Air Berlin

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    As some of you might have heard, Berlin TOA rolled around again late last week. Tech Open Air is a great, 2-day event that gathers some of the top minds in the areas of technology, entrepreneurship, science and the arts. While much of our team was scattered throughout Europe last week on successful media tours, our Head of Growth, Mario, joined the #TOA14 crowd (and made time for a few business meetings with Berlin-based friends and partners) and shared a few of his favorite shots with us! Take a peek and consider joining in at next year’s event… We hope to see you there Tech Open…
  • 13 Incredible Effects Of Power Napping

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    “We were not made by nature to work, or even to play, from eight o’clock in the morning till midnight.” Winston Churchill Time is money. Perhaps this is the reason why we human beings are the only creatures who try to satisfy our entire need for sleep in one piece. Anybody who has a pet knows that there is another way. They insert a nap several times a day and we often envy them for this. Who would gladly lie down after lunch for a few minutes? Well, also for us humans, it could and should become a routine because, power napping has many advantages: Your attention span increases You can…
  • Motivation vs. Self-Discipline: Why you need both

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    ”If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.” “Suck it up now, so you won’t have to suck it in later.” I am sure we have all come across at least one of these motivational fitness memes, and perhaps hundreds of others at some point or another, on various social media platforms. Motivation is empowering & electrifying and makes us feel like we can really reach our goals. Motivation is that fire inside that gives us a glimpse of our own personal victories. But what happens when that fire burns out? Let’s take New Year’s for example. Year after year, becoming more…
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    Angry Jogger

  • The Anatomy Of An Irish Day Off Running.

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Fuck it, I’m definitely not running tonight. Here’s the anatomy of my day so far. 9am : Numb pain in my legs from last night run. It strangely feels great. Will sleep on until 9am. I don’t have to beg for work any more so I can pretend I’m a student again. 11am : *panic* fuck! What time is it? 11am? Time for breakfast. I head up to the Sainsbury’s Local a few doors up and plan tonight’s run. Beautiful day outside. I have Chewits and a sandwich for breakfast. 12 noon :  Shower and then out the door. No idea where I’m going today. Long walk down…
  • I Had No Motivation To Run Tonight. Then I Thought About All Of The Negative Experiences I’ve Had And Went Out Anyway.

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    I wasn’t gonna fucking run tonight as I didn’t sleep well last night and just wanted to relax. Then I thought about all of my bad moments as a runner and decided to just fucking go for it and try my best to do something positive for once. My run was great. I recorded 9 miles in under 1:15 at an 8:19 min/mile average pace. My last mile was the fastest of 2014. I’m getting better. Relentless forward progress and all of that wank. Here are the negative experiences that pushed me on. Being trapped in North Las Vegas with no fuel or energy left in my body. Trapped for 2 hours…
  • I Think I’ve Finally Settled In London For The First Time Since I Arrived.

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Well guys I’ve finally settled in London. After 6 months of moving about from Airbnb’s, hostels and crappy Spare Room shares, I’ve got a place that I can call home. I’m proud that I continued running during my first few months here. It was unsettling moving from place-to-place almost every week but I’ve persevered with it and I’m now almost back to full fitness again. My weight is down to 203lbs which is 6lbs less than the start of the year. I’ve managed over 100 miles for every month of 2014 and I’ve even ran more than I did at this point last…
  • Why My Running Has Improved Recently – The 100K And The Low Carbohydrate Diet Attempt.

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Over the past few weeks I’ve been making some sustained progress with both my mileage and my pace. In this post I will discuss the two main reasons why things have improved, namely the 100k run and the low carbohydrate diet. (Today I continued on with the progress and recorded my 2nd sub 2 hour half marathon of the week in a time of 1:59:41.) The 100k I used to worry that my body would fall apart if I went out for 2 runs during any given day. The 100k proved to me that I could do 6 or 7 ‘different’ runs and survive. This resilience has allowed me to record 4 40+ mile weeks…
  • Stopping At 11 Miles On A Long Run Because Of Heat Exhaustion And Eating A ‘Racist’ Dinner.

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Last night was a bit of a blur. Too much beer around Shoreditch and Camden and I can’t remember the exact moment I got home. I remember sitting at Euston tube station and singing ‘Down at the Tube Station At Midnight’ to myself and that was it. I was also impersonating the automated recording of the Tube lady who announces the tube Station. “This is Kings Cross St Pancras! Change here for rent boys, gangsters selling mashed up cake as heroin and a fucking library!” Anyway I awoke this morning and my head was a little rough but I sent no embarrassing texts nor did…
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    Running in late 20s

  • Eiger Ultra Trail 2014; 101km of mud, rocks and sweat

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

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Just a quick note to let you guys know I've finished the Eiger Ultra Trail in 25:12:38Full report will be posted in a few days.Stay tuned
  • Notes before the first 100k

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    There is only a few hours left to start my first 100k, to challege my body and mind in another level.Sitting a few meters away from the finish line, eating a plate of pasta and chatting with the other runners.Everyone's got an inspirational story to tell. All are enjoying what they're doing. Nobody's been forced to put themselves into this kind of torture. Nobody says it'd be easy, but we are all sure that it's gonna worth the pain. We know It's well worth the struggle. "The eye of the tiger" is playing and I'm thinking of the time that I was not a runner. I don't know what happened if I…
  • If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough. Eiger Ultra Trail in a few days!

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    It's been quite a while since my last post here. This is a short one just to say what I'll been doing in a few days.  The race report will be posted shortly after the race. This Saturday I will be running The Eiger Ultra Trail, a 101 km race for which I've been training almost as hard as I could in the last few months. I said almost because you can never train enough for these kind of challenges. I can say that I am now in the best shape I've ever been and I am going to give it my best effort.The race elevation profile, 6700 metres of elevation gain is not gonna be easy!Stay tuned…
  • #runninginlate20s

    26 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    Instagram is my favourite social network. I've been using it for more than a year now.Searching the username mamad_m and the hashtag #runninginlate20s should take you through my photos.So let's keep in touch and inspire one another.
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    Natural Running Center

  • “Shoe Talk” with Dr. Ryan Green– Cushioning, Stretching, and Wide Feet

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Dr. Ryan Green is managing partner at Varsity Sports Mandeville in Mandeville, Louisiana.  He received his athletic training certification in 1997 and received his PhD in Kinesiology from  Louisiana State University in 2006.  After graduating from LSU and then teaching in the athletic training program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Dr. Green went [Read more...]
  • 3 Common Misconceptions About Minimalist Footwear and Running Form

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    We are happy to share the following essay from my friend and colleague Jeff Gaudette, who is the founder of Runners Connect, which is a team of expert coaches dedicated to helping runners train smarter, stay healthy and run faster.  Jeff is one of the forward thinkers in natural running movement  as well as a [Read more...]
  • Real-Meal Revolution

    28 Jun 2014 | 8:37 pm
    We all learn from our travels. By witnessing amazing accomplishments and the spirit of others trying to change the world in places of need, there is much to learn and appreciate. I recently had the privilege of returning to South Africa to teach an International Sports Medicine Symposium with Dr. Tim Noakes.  Dr. Noakes has [Read more...]
  • Breathing Exercises for Runners, Part Two

    21 May 2014 | 5:57 am
    Our trusted friends and sharers of natural movement wisdom, Sarah Young and Jenn Pilotti, who created the three-part video series on glute exercises for runners, are back with the second installment of “Breathing Exercises for Runners.”  *** Breathing Exercises for Runners, Part One by Jenn Pilotti and Sarah Young Humans can go about a month [Read more...]
  • Was Footwear Justice Served When Vibram Recently Settled Its $3.75 Million Class Action Lawsuit?

    20 May 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Several weeks ago, Vibram USA, which is the parent company that produces and distributes FiveFingers running shoes, agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleged the company made “false and unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits” of its toe-glove footwear. According to the court filings, Vibram will deposit $3.75 million into an escrow account and those [Read more...]
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    Mom's Home Run

  • Jog Strap: funny video

    Nicole orriëns
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    During a run you can get thirsty. But where do you keep your water bottle? These two gentleman have found a solution. Very funny video! Enjoy.   Don't miss any of my posts! Get yourself a free subscription, and you'll never have to worry about missing out! Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner
  • 5 ways to look good while you're running!

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    As a Real Runner you're not suppose to care about your looks. All a Real Runner cares about is getting in touch with his inner self, nature and improving his pace. But I have to admit: I dó like to look good while I'm running!I know it's not the thing to say, if you want to be a Real Runner. But there it is. I am vain. And I care about my looks when I'm on the run.So for all of you out
  • My body and me

    Nicole orriëns
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:57 am
    For the longest time I ignored my body. I only used it to get from A to B. And when I did pay attention to it, I treated it like crap. I stuffed it with Big Macs, and laid it on the sofa while munching my way through a bag of cheese puffs. It wasn't until I had 4 kids and was in my late thirties that I started to take notice of this thing that was my body. I realized that I only had the one.
  • Mud Run

    Nicole orriëns
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin I never planned on participating in a mud run. But this morning the school run unexpectedly turned into a mud run. Because of the heavy rains a part of the dirth path the kids and I take to school had changed into a very big puddle with visions of grandeur and aspirations to be a lake. Because I didn't want to wade through the water and get myself all wet, I had
  • 5 ways in which running improves your life

    Nicole orriëns
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    I find that running makes things better. You know the saying when something is like 'an egg without salt'? That's how I feel about life without running. Running makes my life better. And because I'm taking part in Five Things Friday here's a list of five things in particular that are made better by running! Five Things that are better after a run! Taking a shower! There's nothing like
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  • Identity Based Habits (Become the Person You Want To Be)

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

    Mark Kennedy
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Matt Fitzgerald is an author, certified sports nutritionist, runner and triathlete. He’s written for many publications including Bicycling, Maxim, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Outside, Shape, Stuff, and Women’s Health. I have a huge respect for Matt Fitzgerald. I’ve read four of his books (he’s written over 20!) and have modeled much of my approach to running and fueling for running from his advice. To check out my previous interview with Matt, click here. His book, The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition, provided much of the framework for my…
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  • ER018 | Kyle Petty: From Just Finishing to Running On a Team

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

    Matt Johnson
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Samantha Gash started out on a fairly conventional path for many high achieving 20-somethings – law school and onto a potential lucrative position at a respective law firm, but Samantha longed for more. Noticing how friends and colleagues seemed to have become trapped she sought a different path for herself than the one she was on and discovered ultra-running. She ultimately became the youngest runner at the time to finish a grand slam of the racing the planet four deserts race series by running all four 250km events in the same year including races across the Atacama, Gobi and Sahara…
  • ER017 | Dave McComb: The Will to Persevere to Boston

    Matt Johnson
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Dave started his running journey on the football field as the high school quarterback of his freshman team waiting to get bigger. After failing to get bigger during the season and taking some hits he realized football might not be the best path for him and decided basketball might be more suitable. At one point he made fun of cross country runners with their short shorts and then found himself wearing them himself when he joined the cross country team to get in shape for basketball. While running cross country to transition from football to basketball he discovered a love for running and…
  • RA055 | Hal Higdon: Marathon Advice from the Master Himself

    Matt Johnson
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Hal Higdon has contributed to Runner’s World magazine longer than any other writer. He is the author of 34 books, including the best-selling Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide. Hal ran eight times in the United States Olympic Trials and won four World Masters Championships and is one of the founders of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). A 4:13 miler and a master of the marathon, he holds a marathon PR of 2:21:55 set in the 1964 Boston Marathon and has completed 111 marathons winning four overall victories and numerous age-group firsts. Perhaps best known for his training…
  • ER016 | Eric Hunley: 283 lbs to 3:27 Marathoner in 2 Years

    Matt Johnson
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    After serving our country and being required to run as part of basic training and military service in the 1990s, Eric saw running as compulsory and not an activity he would do willingly. In January 2012 Eric Hunley was 283 pounds and finally decided enough was enough and decided to do something about it. From walking 10,000 steps a day with the help of an app to eventually run/walking he gradually took control of his life through a series of small victories. Through the power of consistency, his own determination and curiosity and learning everything he could about training he has…
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  • Running with the Right People – Columbus Marathon Training Wk4

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Last winter when I started training for the Pittsburgh Marathon, I decided it might be a good idea to train with a running group. I thought it would be safer, would push me and I would be able to surround myself with people who are on the same page as me….crazy…to run through the sleet and snow for fun. I joined a group and went for a couple of runs. The few people that I got to know inf the group were fantastic, however I still ran alone. Let me elaborate; the fast kids ran a little too fast and the slow kids were a little too slow. So, it didn’t quite work out. I probably…
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  • Welcome to the Grind – Columbus Marathon Training Wk3

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Marathon training is a roller coaster ride. A little scary, exciting, full of ups and downs and sometimes makes you feel sick. I say “makes you feel sick” because today was speed work day, which is typically my most grueling workout of the week. There was a sort of lull after the Pittsburgh Marathon, followed by the anticipation of starting a new training cycle. A new goal, new paces to shoot for, a new race to daydream about. Then, training started. Runs have purpose and meaning. Expectations are high. It’s all brand new and the 3 hour and 50 minute goal at the end of the…
  • GNC Live Well Liberty Mile – FREE REGISTRATION – How fast can YOU run a mile?

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Most of the time when I think of racing in the summer, I automatically think 5K or 10K races, two great race distances that keep me on top of my game while I train for the fall marathon. But this year, I’m also participating in the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile in downtown Pittsburgh. I haven’t run a mile race since I was on the track team in high school and I’m pretty excited and anxious to see what I can do. I think the mile distance is challenging because it tests your speed with a decent amount of endurance to hold that speed. Besides the fact that I’ll be at the race…
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    14 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
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    Dawn - Sometimes An Ultrarunner

  • Via Ferrata L'Escale, France

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

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jim and I have racked up some miles hiking lately.  Over 60 in the last 10 days or so.  I guess the terrain in Austria just begs to be walked, and so we keep on going.  There are cable cars to the top of almost every hill anyone would want to get to the top of, so it's amazingly easy to get up and get hiking.Lonely Planet's Walking in the Alps describes two walks above the town of Matrei in Osttirol.   The short one gives views of up to 63 peaks over 3,000 meters.  That's a lot of high mountains!    And a pretty short walk, actually, however…
  • Weissee Via Ferrata, Austria (or maybe not)

    12 Jul 2014 | 12:32 am
    A beautiful day in Austia, just a little too windy to paraglide.  Or maybe a lot too windy!  Luckily, the hiking map of the area showed a via ferrata just up the road and cable car from the hotel, above the Weissee.   The cable car started swinging from the wind about halfway up, and we realized it was really windy.  We also realized the via ferrata was closed, clearly stated on the information board for some unknown German reason. (I couldn't read understand anything but the CLOSED part).  It probably would have been really windy and cold up there anyway, sunny or…
  • G Force Training!

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Well, we may have just been the first Americans and Argentinians to visit the new G Force Trainer in Germany!   When doing a spiral dive in paragliding, it is possible to pull a lot of Gs and potentially that could cause problems with G force.   So on a rainy day in Austria when we couldn't fly, we drove up to the G-force trainer to see what we were capable of. Most of our group participated, with varying results.  Some folks felt a little sick after just a few spins, understandably as just watching the machine spin around from my chair was a little urpy.  A few that had…
  • Pinzgaur Spaziergang Run, Austria

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I liked this hike with Jim so much that during (yet another) rainy day in Austria, I did it again, this time as a run.   The path was totally saturated with rain and looked mostly like a stream bed.  My shoes were soaked in no time, and there was a little fresh snow on the tops at about 2200 meters.   The low clouds gave some very interesting views, and the final 8 miles of the 18 mile run were all downhill.  I love running downhill! Even a few cows walking through my little village as I got back to the hotel :) Run 'til the cows come home!
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    Crank101 - Lifehacks to help athletes push past boundaries, get faster, train harder

  • Death by Inhaled Insect

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

    1 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Living in Southern Thailand has its ups and downs. I’m not sure what to call the rainy season here, because there is good and bad about it. The primary good thing is that daytime temperatures drop by 15-20°F on a good day when a storm rolls in from China, or Laos up north. Otherwise the […]
  • The Most Motivational Man On the Planet (IMHO)

    1 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    I met Alfred, a United Kingdom native, a few years back on the stairs leading up a limestone mountain. One thousand two hundred and thirty seven steps up a mountain, to be exact. I was walking fast up, he was running down faster. I had seen him a couple of times before and hadn’t said […]
  • 31 Sleeping Lifehacks for Helping you Sleep, Minus the Sheep

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:04 pm
    I wrote another sleeping lifehack post not long ago and it’s had over 12,000 reads so far. That’s amazing to me as I created that blog post article on a spur of the moment idea one night when I realized that by having my head covered with my arms or hands I seemed to be […]
  • Ultimate Technical Trail Shoes – New Balance Minimus MT 10OB2 (10v2)

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:15 am
    More New Balance Minimus MT 10OB2 (10v2) photos and videos are at the bottom of this article. The ultimate trail running shoes are in my opinion, the New Balance Minimus MT 10OB2 series. I bought these in Thailand, they are also known as the MT 10v2 series in the USA and came out in 2013 […]
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    Run Coaching, Ironman and Triathlon Specialists - Kinetic Revolution

  • “Pushing Through the Ball” Cue for Active Stance in Running Gait

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

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

    James Dunne
    5 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    We all want to run faster – right? Typically we as a running community often use words like efficient and economical to describe what we perceive to be great running biomechanics, whether the variables in question are technique related, footwear based or other. From a biomechanical point of view, we can talk theoretically about some movements being more or less mechanically efficient than others. But when it comes to running form, what do we really know in terms of running economy? The simple answer is: Very little as a conclusive evidence base. It takes little more than searching…
  • Running Gait Re-Education in the Evidence Based Rehab of Patellofemoral Pain

    Brad Neal
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Recently, my colleague and friend Tom Goom shared an excellent graphic on the pros and cons of running gait re-education. Source: Tom Goom This spurred me to write this short piece on what we currently know and what is missing with regards to running gait re-education in my specialist field, patellofemoral pain (PFP). I am currently undertaking a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London entitled: The Effects & Mechanisms of Running Gait Re-Education in the Management of Patellofemoral Pain I am very fortunate to have the expert guidance of Dr. Dylan Morrissey and Dr. Christian Barton, as…
  • Male Age Group Triathletes: Running Form Comparison

    James Dunne
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Earlier today while coaching our weekly Oregon Circuits session here in Norwich, I used the Ubersense App on my iPhone to capture some interesting running footage. I managed to quickly record some contrasting examples of running technique in two of our regulars. I wasn’t planning on getting the camera out, but I wanted to post a video commenting on the clear differences in running form between Andy (@ajskiggs) and James (@rideharderuk), both experienced triathletes. While I’m giving the guys a mention – check out the Specialist Triathlon Shop owned by James up here in…
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  • Get Back In Shape Diet

    27 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    A friend of mine, Rohit, has one thing in common with m […] Get Back In Shape Diet is a post from: borN The post Get Back In Shape Diet appeared first on borN. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rain Run

    22 Jun 2014 | 1:03 am
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  • 5 Exercises to Prevent Injuries

    18 Jun 2014 | 5:49 am
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  • 7 Books on Running I Read And You Should Too

    7 Jun 2014 | 10:27 pm
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  • Book Review – Dare To Run by Amit Sheth

    31 May 2014 | 7:46 am
    “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. […] Book Review – Dare To Run by Amit Sheth is a post from: borN The post Book Review – Dare To Run by Amit Sheth appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Runner Dad » Running & Fitness

  • Summer Slowdown

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

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

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

    Matt Orlando
    6 Jun 2014 | 11:36 am
    As you may have noticed from my lack of running posts and tweets as of late, I have been sidelined since running the Superhero Half a few weeks ago. The culprit? Lower back pain, and lots of it. Lower back pain that radiates down my butt and shoots into my legs. Really fun stuff. Despite several attempts, my body told me no more running; and so, I conceded and have sidelined myself. After heating and icing and stretching over and over again, I decided it was finally time to head to a chiropractor. I gave him a quick run-down of my symptoms, he did an examination, and thankfully it was…
  • Trail Running: A Runner’s Conversion

    Landon Faulkner
    29 May 2014 | 1:30 am
    My lungs burned like a match to fresh tinder. The steep rocky grade continued onward in a punishing fashion. Fighting the urge to walk I dug deep, searching for something to kill the pain in my legs and lungs. All I could think about was the approaching summit and the respite waiting at the rocky peak. I began calculating distance, time, vertical feet left to the top and pace, all in an effort to distract my mind from my physical desire to stop. Just a few hundred feet shy of the 11,752’ summit of Mount Timpanogos in Utah and the fact that I wasn’t running on the road was painfully and…
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    Believe In The Run

  • Desert Runners Movie

    Thomas Neuberger
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Who doesn’t love a little motivation for your long runs? I watched the Desert Runners Movie and was ready to sign up for the adventure. In Desert Runners you get witness a trek across four 250km ultra-marathons in the world’s driest (Atacama Desert in Chile), windiest (Gobi Desert in China), hottest (Sahara Desert in Egypt) & coldest (Antarctica) terrains, all the while carrying everything they need to survive. Director Jennifer Steinman beautifully captures each landscape and how each climate affects the runners. Desert Runner Movie is partnering with Athlete Ally for the…
  • Newton Fate Shoe Review

    Meaghan Murray
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Authored by: Meaghan Murray The Good Newton has been coming out with some sick colorways this year, and the Fate is no exception. The lime outsole covered with magenta accents and 360 degrees of reflective overlay make this shoe stand out just about anywhere. It’s generally awesome looking, but it’s a lot more than just a pretty shoe. The Fate is a neutral trainer designed for a lot of miles and everyday use. It’s similar to the Kismet, but without the extra stability, in other words, with a little less material in the arch area. It’s nice and light, 7.6 oz and super breathable. The…
  • goTenna Wireless Wireless

    Thomas Neuberger
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Yes, wireless communication without the wireless subscription! goTenna is a cool new product that launched today. Imagine being able to text or send your location when there is no mobile service. You can even text in airplane mode. Think about it, as a runner you could be out on trails that have no coverage and still text up to 50 miles away from the other person with a gotenna device. Twist an ankle, need help out on the trail, text and send a location to get help. Another great use is traveling for marathons. Don’t have an international mobile phone? No problem. Stay connected to…
  • Charles Street 12 Miler Review

    Thomas Neuberger
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    This year the Charles Street 12 miler will be held on August 9. Register here. I ran the “Chuck 12″ last year and it is a challenging race that starts of somewhat hilly and then works it’s way into a net downhill run. Any race in early August in Maryland will be tough. It’s not the heat it’s the humidity, scratch that, it is both. I will miss it this year since I will be traveling to Colorado for the TransRockies Run, but if I was in town I would be running the Chuck again. Here is what Heidi and David have to say about running it in 2013. Heidi: To be a…
  • Newton Running Kismet Review

    Thomas Neuberger
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Newton Running Kismet Review I was sent the Kismet which is the sister shoe to the Newton Fate. Meaghan will be reviewing the Fate. The difference between the shoes is that the Kismet is Newton’s stability version of the Fate. I don’t need stability so I wasn’t sure how I would like the shoe. I reviewed the Motion III  and liked that stability shoe from Newton. My understanding is that Newton makes the shoe wider in the throat to create the extra stability and does not use posting or stiffer materials to compensate for pronation. Let’s face it, if you are running the…
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  • Races of Gametiime: Burien Brat Trot 5K, an Octoberfest celebration with beer & brats presented by The Tin Room Bar

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

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

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

    14 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    About a month ago, we introduced a new feature allowing you to add comments or ask questions about any race on Gametiime. It’s been a lot of fun seeing conversations sprout up about various races around the country and we thought you’d appreciate us sharing some of the highlights. It will continue to be a goal of ours to make Gametiime a place for you to not only discover what races exist, but find increasingly valuable information about them from fellow runners. Here are some of the most interesting snippets of information you’ve added on Gametiime. Great race…
  • Introducing: Add comments or ask questions about any race on Gametiime

    12 May 2014 | 9:22 am
    Us runners are a chatty bunch! Whether it’s a question about the hills on a course or a well-deserved shout out about a local race gem, there’s always more to a race than what we read in an everyday race description. So, we’ve just launched a feature that will allow you, as a registered Gametiime user, to add your input (good, bad, or curiously interested!) for other Gametiime users to see and respond. In our minds, this is just the very start of an on-going conversation about the races we run, the achievements we accomplish, and the inspiration from fellow runners that…
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  • Back into Action

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

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    Well, a few weekends ago I finished the Humber Half Marathon. The reason I started this blog. I managed to finish the race in 2:06, but unfortunately I did a little more damage to my knee and my hip. I feel I have run more than enough for the year so have decided to change my exercise. So I have… Read more →
  • The Benefits of Hill Training

    9 Jun 2014 | 5:12 am
    It has been a pretty long time since I last wrote on my blog – which I am feeling bad about. I am still training hard in preparation for the half marathon. This weekend I tried to do things a little bit different and I decided to do some hill training. I drove over to spout hill in Brantingham and… Read more →
  • Rain Rain, Go Away….

    28 May 2014 | 12:28 am
    There is only 4 days left of the Strava Challenge and I have 18 km left to run, this would be fine is the weather wasn’t so horrible. For the past couple days it has literally not stopped raining. I have ran in the rain before and quite enjoyed it, but they were the times that I had set off and… Read more →
  • Let the Strava Challenge Begin

    19 May 2014 | 4:59 am
    I have decide to accept the Suunto Sisu challenge on Strava, which is to run 65 km in 16 days. Sisu is a Finnish word generally meaning determination, bravery, and resilience. Sisu (pronounced – see’-soo) is about taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity. So, we are three days into the challenge… Read more →
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