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  • April running: Over 100 miles for first time since Aug. 2012

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

    Cool Running
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    You may want to run on the trails this winter just for the shoes after you check out the latest footwear options tailor-made for trail runners.
  • Fit Kids are Smarter Kids Part 2

    Jeff Galloway's Blog
    Jeff Galloway
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Tips for helping kids exercise: Aerobic not Anaerobic: When the exercise level is too hard, children and adults believe that they are not designed for exercise. In contrast, when exercise is gentle, and the increase is gradual, the body adapts and the mind rewards us with a better mental perspective, more energy and an endorphin afterglow that makes us feel better. A good example: Kids who have an exercising parent are more likely to exercise themselves. But workout regularity is important. Those who exercise every 10-14 days don’t make a big impression. Even when the workouts are short,…
  • World Marathon Majors Ceremony Postponed

    Scott Douglas
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Delay comes as women's series winner Rita Jeptoo said to fail drug test.
  • Can Running Cause Excessive Hair Growth?

    Ask the Sports Doc
    William O. Roberts, MD
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Genetics, high testosterone, and other factors could lead to hair growth in women.
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  • Fit Kids are Smarter Kids Part 2

    Jeff Galloway
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Tips for helping kids exercise: Aerobic not Anaerobic: When the exercise level is too hard, children and adults believe that they are not designed for exercise. In contrast, when exercise is gentle, and the increase is gradual, the body adapts and the mind rewards us with a better mental perspective, more energy and an endorphin afterglow that makes us feel better. A good example: Kids who have an exercising parent are more likely to exercise themselves. But workout regularity is important. Those who exercise every 10-14 days don’t make a big impression. Even when the workouts are short,…
  • Fit Kids Are Smarter Kids: Part 1

    Jeff Galloway
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    In researching for my book Fit Kids-Smarter Kids, I discovered volumes of studies showing that children perform better in school (and in life) when they regularly engage in exertive activities. It only takes a few minutes each week to motivate a child to exercise. When you help a kid learn the joy of exertion, you are giving a gift that keeps on giving. Even in the days of ancient Greece, educators knew that there was a powerful connection between physical fitness and learning. This has been documented in the last few decades in research showing that regular aerobic exercise stimulates brain…
  • Energy Boosters-to feel good all day

    Jeff Galloway
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    If you must stand around or sit for long hours each day, you may suffer from what I call “sedentary fatigue”. I’ve worked with thousands who feel more tired, the longer they sit at their desk. Getting a boost of energy can be as simple as standing up and walking down the hall for a few seconds. Blood flow is minimized when sitting and standing. Your metabolism rate slows down also. If you break out of this minimal activity by walking for 2-5 minutes, every 30 minutes or so, you’ll increase oxygen flow while you energize the body organism. This movement will usually energize the brain.
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  • Are You Caught in a Workout Mix-Up?

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Mixing up your workouts is not as good as you may think it is. Find out how and when to change your workouts for better results.
  • Confessions of an Unlikely Marathoner

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Do you ever doubt that you can run? Be inspired by what one mother has to say about how she went from an insecure, overweight kid to a marathoner.
  • The Traveling Runner's Survival Guide

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Learn what and what not to do when traveling to your next race.
  • Out With the Old and In With the New Workouts

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Have you been training the same way for years? Find the newest twists to old workouts and jolt your training for better results.
  • Top 2014 Trail Running Shoes

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    You may want to run on the trails this winter just for the shoes after you check out the latest footwear options tailor-made for trail runners.
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    Half-Fast - inconsistent, incoherent, incontinent.

  • No, Not in the Ribs!

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    What is the worst possible injury for a runner? I maintain that it is bruised ribs because that’s the one that I’m currently dealing with and my present reality trumps your facts and evidence to the contrary.Two weeks ago I took an elbow to the ribs playing indoor soccer and launched myself across the pitch tout de suite, writhing in pain for the ref to see because that’s the way you play soccer. Despite my theatrics no foul was awarded so I guess I’m not as good at soccer as I thought. Ever since that unjust incident it has been painful to run for any length of time. Each step feels…
  • Plus ça Change

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    The days gave way to weeks, weeks drew out into months, the months became years but even the years were not as long as this analogy. It’s been a while since my last post. It will be two years on October 2nd and that post was pointing you to a new parenting blog collaboration that I abandoned faster than a carefully constructed race plan. I don’t expect that anyone still checks this space for updates and I’m guessing that my RSS readership died with Google Reader. I’m OK with that. I’m not really expecting that anyone will read this, let alone comment. I’m actually not really sure…
  • A New Blog

    2 Oct 2012 | 9:47 am
    This is just a quick post to let everyone who’s still reading know that I’ve been invited to join a new parenting blog called Bottle Fed Parents. I’ll still be posting about running here on Half-Fast, in fact I’m currently working on a post about how horrible teenagers are which might seem like it would belong on a parenting blog but it’s not about my kids it’s about teenagers that I encountered while running so it’s running blog material.I’ve also been roped in to a 5k by some coworkers so I’ll probably have an update about that sometime after the race is over. Office…
  • In Training

    14 Sep 2012 | 10:28 am
    Training for my November half marathon is going about as well as can be expected. I’m up to 10 miles now on my long runs now and I seem to be completing them a little faster than I had expected. The key here is to have really low expectations. Aim low and you’ll never be disappointed, that’s what I always say. There’s still 7 weeks to go which is plenty of time for me to build up my long run to 12 miles. I find that I race best at this distance if I can get in a few 12 mile training runs prior to the race. I smell a new PR in the works and you know what that means? It means at least…
  • Failing to Plan

    31 Aug 2012 | 10:44 am
    I feel like I’ve been running long enough that I can go out and run several times a week without needing a specific training plan. In the past I’ve used any number of online training plans to lead me right up to my target race date and some of them have worked great and some of them have failed miserably. (It’s always the race plan that fails, never the runner). My point being that I don’t feel like I need some printout to tell me the type or distance of my run today. I can figure out on my own whether I should be doing intervals or a tempo run or cross training or how quickly I can…
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  • Portland Marathon Review

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

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

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

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Friday, August 22, 2014:I did a 1 to 3 run/walk today, just 2.07 miles like Wednesday.  This time the right hamstrings ached just a little for the first minute or two, then went silent, cooperating fully.  That's a good thing!2.07 miles in 25:48, pace 12:28, equivalent to a 5:27 marathon if sustained.  Considering nature breaks and maybe a chat with a spectator or two, this would be a good pace for finishing a marathon in six hours.I saw the sports doctor today, to discuss the recent frequent hamstring injuries.  He thought that the Levaquin was still a possible…
  • Not Running Yet

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Larry Eder
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    Just about twenty-four hours ago, I released the story that Rita Jeptoo, two time Chicago Marathon champion, had tested positive for a banned substance, with an out of competition urine sample in late September. As the world media began to research my assertions, several more facts came to light, as well as a post denial response from Athletics Kenya, a confirmation by Frederico Rosa to Associated Press, and the assertion by AFP that the banned substance was EPO. Somewhere in the mountain of data, a data was confirmed by Mr. Rose of September 25 for the positive test of a banned…
  • Despite pressure, Wilson Kipsang is cool entering TCS New York City Marathon, by Chris Lotsbom, RRW, used with permission

    Larry Eder
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    After his victory at the Virgin London Marathon in April 2014, at the Monday post race press conference, I asked Wilson Kipsang just when he knew in the marathon that he would defeat Mo Farah. Wilson looked me in the eye and noted, " at the race start." He smiled when he said that, as well! I asked him to elaborate, and Wilson noted, " as soon as I saw Mo Farah with his own pace maker, I knew I had the race won."Wilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.netWilson Kipsang was not bragging. Wilson realized that just what helps Mo Farah dominate track races would also help him in the marathon. When he…
  • Focus on the TCS New York City Marathon: Interview with Des Linden, by Cait Chock

    Larry Eder
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Des Davila, photo by PhotoRun.netThis is one of my favorite pictures of Des Davila Linden. Des is running the 10,000 meters at the US Outdoor Champs in Des Moines, Iowa. She not only set a PB in tough, humid conditions, she negative splitted. Des Linden can find a pace, grab hold of it and stay on that pace as it rips the field apart. Her focus, her drive and her engine are magnificent. And, it all comes in this powerful but deceptive frame. Cait Cook, one of our RunBlogRun team, wrote this piece at the end of September. Several gentle reminders from Cait (sorry about that, Cait) to…
  • Arciniaga and Vail team up to race TCS New York City Marathon, by Carolyn Mather/Racing South

    Larry Eder
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Nic Arciniaga, photo by PhotoRun.netWe asked Carolyn Mather, long time writer for our partner's Racing South, to cover American athletes racing in New York City this weekend.  ARCINIAGA AND VAIL TEAM UP  TO RACE TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON   Looking calm and relaxed Nick Arciniaga and Ryan Vail are excited to take it to the streets of New York City and emerge in the top ten but preferably top five finishers. Vail trains in Portland,Oregon but in August joined Arciniaga  in Flagstaff, Arizona to get in hard sessions preparing for the race in November. Arciniaga lives…
  • Statement by World Marathon Majors regarding Rita Jeptoo, with comments from Larry Eder

    Larry Eder
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    (Editor's note: The following piece was posted on the World Marathon Majors site this morning).Statement By World Marathon Majors regarding Rita Jeptoo World Marathon Majors is disappointed to learn that Rita Jeptoo has apparently had an A test that proved positive for a banned substance under IAAF rules. World Marathon Majors has been at the forefront of the fight against doping in our sport and has a rule that no athlete can win the World Marathon Majors Series title, who has been in breach of IAAF anti-doping rules. WMM events were the first major events to confirm that all elite athletes…
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  • Del Mar Mud Run Report

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

    11 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Spartan Race is hands down, the hardest race I’ve ever participated in. This includes all the marathons I’ve ran (even the thunderstorm at the LA Marathon), trail race with the ‘widow maker’ hill. This race combined all of the worst possible scenarios you could ask for in a race: extreme temperatures (100+ degrees), long distances (12+ miles), multiple difficult obstacles (28) and a lingering cough to top things off. The mere fact that I completed the race was an achievement in itself, let alone being able to successfully succeed in all but one obstacle (darn you spear throw!)…
  • Diet Trends Through the Years [Medifast Infographic]

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

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

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

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

    Nick Cross
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    I received an advance copy of Ready to Run by Dr. Kelly Starrett to read and review here.  Getting our bodies to a point of injury reduction and improved mobility isn’t an easy process but he lays out his philosophy in a pretty easy to read and understand format, that includes lots of pictures! This is not your typical running book that helps you fix a problem with your mechanics to make you a better runner.  Starrett takes a pretty broad view of running.  He has created a plan/system that looks at 12 “standards” that make us better runners. I think it is a valuable book…
  • Photos From Twin Cities Marathon Weekend

    Nick Cross
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The kids participated in the annual Toddler Trot! Caleb attempted his first race and made it maybe 10 feet on his own.  He was a little tired and tried to curl up for a nap when he fell down! So I carried him across the line! Nadia on the other hand, was a professional and did a superb job.  I lined up with her and when they said “Go” she was off on her own.  I quickly walked around the outside to get her at the finish line. She was standing around in the middle of the sea of people contently waiting and looking for me!  We then picked up her hardware and found Felix and…
  • September into October

    Nick Cross
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Fall is here!! September’s Challenge was to read a chapter from the Book of Proverbs every day.  I did read all 31 chapters of the book, just maybe not on their prescribed day!  I’ve been using the YouVersion App which allows you to highlight and make comments while you are reading. It also has a lot of Bible reading plans.  I didn’t take the time to see if there is a Proverbs reading plan, but I’m sure there is.  You can see some of the verses I highlighted here.  This one is a little humorous and it jumped out at me:  “A bowl of vegetables with someone…
  • Commuting Routes: So Many Choices!

    Nick Cross
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    With a new job comes a new commute.  This new commute is more than double my old one so we were happy that we never got around to selling our old Honda Civic that we bought the summer before we said “I do.”  I wanted to keep riding my bike, but realistically I won’t be able to ride daily.  The distance is the big factor, but really it is the time it takes to traverse that distance! It took me 3-4 weeks but I’ve figured out the fastest driving routes and have it down to between 15-20 minutes driving (which is about the time it took to bike commute to my old job)!
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  • Komazawa Shooting for Fourth-Straight Title at National University Ekiden - Preview

    Brett Larner
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    by Brett Larner The weekend's biggest race next to the TCS New York City Marathon is Sunday's National University Men's Ekiden, an 8-stage, 106.8 race from Nagoya to Ise pitting the 14 best universities in the Kanto Region against the 12 best from the rest of the country in the second stop on the Big Three University Ekiden tour that leads to Japan's biggest sporting event, the Jan. 2-3 Hakone
  • Twelve Universities Confirmed for Mount Fuji Women's Ekiden

    Brett Larner
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm translated by Brett Larner On Oct. 27 twelve of the twenty university teams to compete in the Dec. 23 Mount Fuji Women's Ekiden national invitational were announced.  The top twelve placing teams at last weekend's National University Women's Ekiden in Sendai received invitations to race the Mount Fuji Women's Ekiden:
  • Makau, Mathathi, Gitau and Nakamoto Headline Fukuoka International Marathon

    Brett Larner
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:42 am
    by Brett Larner For its first running following the launch of the new mass-participation Fukuoka Marathon on Nov. 9, the hallowed Fukuoka International Marathon has pulled in former world record holder Patrick Makau (Kenya) to make a go at a comeback against 2013 winner Martin Mathathi (Kenya/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) and surprise 2012 winner Joseph Gitau (Kenya/Team JFE Steel) in its 68th edition on
  • Unstoppable Ritsumeikan University Wins Fourth-Straight National University Women's Ekiden Title - Weekend Road Review

    Brett Larner
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    by Brett Larner With ekiden season in full swing it was the busiest weekend so far this fall as high schools across Japan competed in regional qualifiers for December's National High School Ekiden.  At the university level, the dynastic Ritsumeikan University women led start to finish to win their fourth-straight National University Women's Ekiden, bringing the school's total record to nine
  • Plans Announced to Move Yokohama International Women's Marathon to Saitama With Mass-Participation Race

    Brett Larner
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am translated by Brett Larner On Oct. 24 it was announced that plans are in their final stages for a successor event to the Yokohama International Women's Marathon, facing its final running on Nov. 16, to be held in Saitama beginning next year.  The new event is planned as a joint operation between the Saitama metropolitan and Saitama
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  • Happy Halloween!

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    This post (Happy Halloween!) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill This was the first year “A” understood what was happening for Halloween. She dressed up as Elsa from Frozen, a movie we have not seen yet. She got that people gave you candy but she was super excited about receiving a baggie of Utz Cheese Balls! I hope you had a splendid and wonderful Halloween! This post (Happy Halloween!) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill
  • Armpocket Racer and Xtreme i-30

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    This post (Armpocket Racer and Xtreme i-30) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I’ve mentioned on here that I upgraded my iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 is bigger… as such, I needed a new way to carry it. The timing of this is all so fortuitous… I was recently asked to be an ambassador for Armpocket armbands! I used my first Armpocket way way way back in 2009 or so and it’s something that I have purchased for myself. As part of my newly appointed ambassadorship (that sounds so formal, huh… I need a coronation ceremony!) I received some new Armpockets.
  • So Over The Cold

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This post (So Over The Cold) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Not the temperature… it can’t be categorized as cold here yet. And many of you would say that even at the coldest, Las Vegas doesn’t know cold. No… I am over the illness “the cold” and getting one every month or so. I don’t know if it’s 100% due to the fact that I have a toddler in school or if it’s due to having a weakened immune system from not getting enough rest. Whatever the case… I am feeling cold-ish far too often. And yes, this means that today I am feeling…
  • Enjoying nature with my favorite snack

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This post (Enjoying nature with my favorite snack) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Thanks to LÄRABAR for sponsoring today’s discussion The first time I ever tried a LÄRABAR was at a marathon expo in 2008. I was amazed at how much wonderful flavor was packed into a bar with so few ingredients and I was immediately sold. I have been eating them ever since and I pretty much always have a LÄRABAR or two in my bag at all times. My 2-year-old has loved them since before she was one! Due to my introduction to LÄRABAR, I will forever associate them a little bit with physical…
  • Trick or Trot 10K [race report]

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post (Trick or Trot 10K [race report]) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill How racing has changed over the years… Back in the day, I used to wake up so early to make sure I was all set to go. I had my clothes all laid out the night before, usually pinning my bib number on in advance. I got to the event super early to make sure I had a spot to park, and that I didn’t miss the start. Today, I woke up at 5:45 because my kid started crying. So I got dressed and played with her until I left around 7:20 to drive over to my race. I got there about 25 minutes before the 8AM start…
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  • Marathon goals.

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

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

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

    The Happy Runner
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Training got real in August.My long runs were longer and my overall mileage climbed higher than it has been in years. I committed to running more in the morning and that's what I did. I had an awesome race/long run in mid-August and ran some strong workouts. I also had just about the crappiest long run ever -- Sunday's 20-miler.Sure, I got it done. But, man-oh-man if it wasn't hard.I don't know exactly what it was that caused my problems, all I know is that the run did not work for me. I cramped after eating my energy chews and felt like I was going to throw up for most of the rest of the…
  • Yasso 800s in the mix.

    The Happy Runner
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    After focusing on marathon goal pace miles for the last few weeks, I decided I would run Yasso 800s yesterday. I wanted to test myself with some speedwork to kick off the week. My plan was to run 8 Yasso 800s, which requires me to run them at my goal marathon time, converted to minutes. So, 3:50-ish (my goal is 3:52).If you're not familiar with Yasso 800s, here's a page that explains how they work. I warmed up for about 3/4 of a mile and then took off running. I ran each 800 with a rest lap in between, where I jogged 400. Here's what my laps looked like:Lap 1: 3:47 Lap 2: 3:45 Lap…
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  • SportTracks introduces automatic Garmin sync

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    I like easy, and I am sure you do too! Last week SportTracks announced automatic sync with Garmin Connect.  This completes the trifecta of main websites where athletes can log their workouts using Garmin Connect Auto Sync; Training Peaks and Strava are the other two.  This automatic sync means that as soon as your Garmin device workout syncs to Garmin Connect, it’ll show up a few seconds later on SportTracks.  Just upload the data file or have it auto-upload, and hit F5 on the other webpage's and voila it’s there. SprortTracks, Garmin Connect and Strava; the same thing…
  • SCM Week 10

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    It would seem that this month has simply become weekly summaries with the occasional product review interspersed with something funny I came across and if you were to say this I would say you are correct. Sometimes it’s just like that and you don’t really have anything much to say so you just shut up and run and that’s what’s been going on. Combined with a busy month or so at work and Becca’s Ironman training it’s all business really. So without further ado here’s the week that was! Monday; 5 miles. Recovery run. Tuesday off. Yup managed that but no PR! Wednesday. Midweek long…
  • Headsweat giveaway…

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Click on image to enter, contest ends October 15th
  • SCM Week 9

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    After last week’s step back week, this was a build week. It included the first 20 mile (of 6, 20 miles or longer) run between now and April. I have another in two weeks and then the week after that is Santa Clarita Marathon, the second training race on the way to Leona Divide, Bulldog 25k was the first back in August. This is how it all fell into place; Monday. 5.55 miles recovery, nice and easy on the treadmill. Tuesday. off. Yup check! Wednesday. 10 miles. Nice long midweek run, I was out the door by 5:30 and back before 7am. Needless to say very happy to have clicked this off at just…
  • September Summary

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Today is a rest day so I can write this up with the risk of the numbers changing. What can I say it’s all about the run, run and run. 21 workouts, 26:22:59 for 170.50 miles. There is one more run not showing on the graph below which was yesterday, the first run of Week 10 Run, well see above basically. Compared to last month that’s 2 less runs and 8.49 miles more Bike zip! Anything else…nope nada! As I am monitoring the terrain training this is how it’s shaping up. As you can see overall a drop in trail running, this is really a function of life more than anything, as you can see Week…
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    Run Eat Repeat

  • Why You Shouldn’t Look At Porn Online…

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Normally my computer is my right hand man (aka my only friend). But yesterday I managed to download a VIRUS and it went CRAZYCRAZYCRAZY. One minute it’s an angel, the next it was a diablo! Like mother like blogger? I was about to freak out but then I remembered I am very lucky and it’s going to be okay. But I didn’t have the time to mess with it because I had plans last night so I just shut it down and went out. Thank you to everyone who voted on my super last minute but wildly important Instagram poll: I went with the black even though I preferred the white tee because it seemed see…
  • Halloween Sandwich and Turkey Trot Discount Code

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Happy Halloween! Are you ready for candy? I mean, to give out candy… Busted. I don’t know why but I was extra hungry yesterday so I knew I needed a substantial snack situation. Since Cabot recently hooked me up with delicious cheese and I had the idea for a Halloween inspired sandwich I made a Jack o’lantern Grilled Cheese! And this is how I’m spending tonight… I’m trying to keep it chill since I’ve been going out a lot lately and have a very busy weekend ahead!! Turkey Trot in Irvine, CA Discount Code OC Turkey Trot 5K November 27th (Thanksgiving) Irvine, CA Discount Code:…
  • Gel Manicure Review and Update

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Hello! How are ya? Last night I had a great time at girls’ night with some of my favorite people. I was in charge of bringing dessert and was told “Nothing healthy.” Guess they’re sick of my quinoa chia cupcake recipe experiments! So, I grabbed a massive pumpkin pie from Costco and whipped cream. It was between this and cupcakes but I had a craving for pumpkin pie. (Note the other essentials that I picked up along the way.) You know it’s a good time when the salad goes flying across the room… That or it was an action shot. One of those. Thursdays are my rest day from running…
  • Ice Cubes That Tell You When You’re Drunk

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Hello! How’s your week going? Mine is great because I went to sushi and got some candy. Boom. But can someone please explain to me why this is called “Fun Size”? There is nothing fun about smaller candy. Anyway. Last night I went out for Taco Sushi Tuesday. I got a lot of questions via Instagram on my dress.  It is a really flattering style! It’s from Charlotte Russe here are similar options: Dress 1 similar cut / Dress 2 similar cut with a fun back This baked lobster roll made my life. Then I was sipping Fireball for the remainder of the evening with these cool MAGIC ice cubes!!!
  • Race Discount Codes for November

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Hello! How’s it going? I’ve decided Fall is my favorite season for running. I’m just enjoying the perfectly crisp weather and easy miles so so much! Love. Yesterday my brother and SIL surprised me by showing up at my house and forcing inviting me to join them for a mini-birthday celebration for my niece. She had a GREAT PARTY on Saturday, but yesterday was her actual birthday. We ended up at Chuck E Cheese. There was pizza and salad bar involved. Yes. Happy 1st birthday!!! I had some fun too… you know just embarrassing myself in public.     And now I have some new coupon…
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    IronBrandon Show

  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-10-25 20:57:39 (Brandon Wood)
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Ran into (literally) this guy on my ride today! #bugs #cycling #colorado #prayingmantis If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-08-03 02:06:15Instagram #picoftheday... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-10-25 16:23:37 (Brandon Wood)
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Sydney and her first, real gold pan! #goldrush #kids If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-08-13 22:39:18Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-10-05... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-10-24 22:26:18 (Brandon Wood)
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Feels good to run again! #running #imchoo #recovered #colorado #trailrunning #trailnerd If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-10-02 23:15:18Instagram #picoftheday... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-10-24 18:54:38 (Brandon Wood)
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    A very content Sadie and the end of a jar of peanut butter. #cute #dogs #funny #yum If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-10-02 23:15:18Instagram #picoftheday... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-10-06 14:21:58 (Brandon Wood)
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Some see the sign of a beautiful autumn on its way. I see the sign of the bazillions of leaves that are going to need to be raked. #autumn #fall #leaves #oy #beautiful #seasons If you liked this... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
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    Ultra Marathon Running

  • Fusion compression running shorts - What's new Down Under?

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

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

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

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

    Andy Bowen
    29 Apr 2013 | 6:45 am
    33 Marathons was the first chapter of my Ultramarathon journey, to get a preview of the next chapter have a look here.The report is obviously a considerable time after the event, but given the outcome I wanted to wait a little before I wrote it all up to give me a bit of time to get everything into perspective, and that took a lot longer than I would have thought.I’ll start from the morning of day one, as I did manage to give a bit of a write up of the 3 day (3400kms) drive to Kalgoorlie. This probably wasn't the ideal preparation, but it was great to drive where I’d be running…
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    Midwest Multisport Life - Finding Adventure in My Backyard

  • Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe Review

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.Wave Rider 18 - "Realize the Power Within"The Wave Rider 18, an update from Mizuno for their flagship shoe, is designed for the neutral runner who needs support and cushioning for high mileage training. Key features include their U4ic midsole for optimal shock attenuation, resiliency, and responsiveness. It's also 30% lighter than previous materials. The Dynamotion Fit reacts to the motion of the foot with added support. Mizuno Wave Technology provides a stable ride. According to Mizuno, the heel to toe drop is 12…
  • Sausage Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust [Recipe]

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    I've longed loved quiche (guess I'm not a real man), so a switch to a pale/primal nutrition plan meant no more yummy crust for me. Nothing wrong with a frittata,  but the crust does add quite a bit to the pleasure of eating this eggy dish. When I saw the recipe for "Sausage Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust" in Danielle Walker's Against All Grain (Victory Belt Publishing, 2013), I knew I had to try it. Would this be the answer to my search? Yes and no.Ingredients:Olive oil1 sweet potatoSausageRosemary10 eggs3 T coconut milkSea SaltBlack pepperPreparation:Preheat oven to 350 degrees…
  • Impacts to Nature, Chicago Cubs, and Jerky

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    You have probably heard the news about "artist" Casey Nocket (aka "Creepytings"), who apparently has vandalized National Parks by painting rocks with indelible paint. Parks include Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks in California; Canyonlands and Zion in Utah; and Crater Lake in Oregon. Whether you agree with what she did or not (I personally don't), it's good reminder that even the best-meaning visitors have an impact on nature. The image above, created by the Access Fund, shows timeframes for how long certain items will remain, blemishing the landscape. Pack out what you brought…
  • Cauliflower Crust Pizza [Recipe]

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mike suggested that I share some recipes that I've tried on my Primal/Paleo experiment (though at this point it's no longer an experiment, definitely something I will continue). In our house, we LOVE pizza, I would wager it's probably the one meal most requested overall, especially it's so easy to make, order in, or enjoy out. Casual and satisfying.One of the recipes I've seen for quite a while that intrigued me was cauliflower crust pizza - in the past, I had never really considered it, since I loved bread so much, but cutting out the bread meant no pizza (or cheating). So several weeks ago,…
  • Hiking the Effigy Tumuli Trail

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    This last weekend, I had the bright idea of heading down to Starved Rock State Park, camping the night and doing some canyon hiking. Unfortunately, many many other people had the same idea - their ENORMOUS parking lot was filled to capacity, with overflow lots parked up as well. Completely not what I had in mind, so I turned around and drove out, really disappointed. I decided to make the most of it and check out a few other state parks, as they were on the way home anyway. I also swung by to take a look at a farm for sale - 40 acres and a mule, a dream long held that I am going to make…
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    Women's Endurance Gear - Family, Fitness and Food

  • Happy Halloween

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.  English proverbfrom ZOOMA FBLike Women's Endurance Gear on Facebook
  • The North Face Endurance Challenge, Wisconsin Marathon

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    As a goal turning 40 last year, I wanted to finish my first marathon.  With things getting crazy at work and home, it didn't happen.  But a couple weeks ago, at a day shy of 41, I completed the North Face Endurance Challenge, WI marathon!The 2014 North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon, WIThe North Face Endurance Challenge Series is a great family experience.  We participated in the series 2 years ago and once again made a camping weekend of it.  Everyone except for Little A ran a race.  I was first up on Saturday with my marathon starting at 9.  The morning was…
  • Midweek Motivation - Happy Folks

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln
  • Tuesday Training - Post First Marathon

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    I am proud and relieved to have finished my first marathon.  Just 2 weeks prior to it, I was contemplating backing out and/or dropping down to a shorter distance because I did not feel prepared, but on the advice of a well-seasoned marathoner, I decided to stick to the original plan.I have not run since and am enjoying the short break from runs.  My plan is to start again this week...Here are some post marathon tips from Cleveland Clinic: Don't plan on running during the week after the race. Walking, swimming, or cycling at an easy pace will work well.When you resume running, start…
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  • My 7-year-old son made the Tee-Vee news the other day

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

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

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

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

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

  • Used

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

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

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

    Dax Ross
    19 May 2014 | 5:58 pm
    We moved to San Elijo Hills in 2005. At the time, I was training for triathlons and just starting to get into trail running. One of the things that drew me to the area was the extensive trail network. I started with the wide, manicured paths that led to the schools and grocery store, then as the distances grew, I became more adventurous, covering more trail miles and discovering an amazing network of beautiful trails surrounding our dense suburban neighborhood. The wilderness was outside my door, and it became my playground.Early fires on Double PeakIt has been a particularly dry year in…
  • Leona Divide 50K

    Dax Ross
    5 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    It's been a long time since I last raced. I'm pretty sure that the the ill-fated 2013 Miwok 100K was the last time I pinned a freshly crumpled race bib to my shorts. I hadn't signed up for any races this year, but thanks to my friend Chris, who won an entry to the Leona Divide 50K at a charity auction and somewhat uncharitably donated the entry to me, I was racing whether I liked it or not. Chris, by the way, ran the 50 miler and had a great race. He ran right through the finish line and kept going, running into some chairs and a couple of helpful bystanders.I was very happy with my training…
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    Miss Zippy

  • The scariest part of running (guest post)

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Happy Halloween! No tricks today but I do have a treat: fellow blogger/horror writer Mark Matthews is taking over with a Halloween special just for runners. You may remember I reviewed his book “On the Lips of Children” earlier this year and loved every creepy, running related word of it, so I knew he’d be the perfect choice for today’s post. Read on: “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Stephen King. Besides the horrors of Halloween, the place you’ll find the most fear this October is the starting chute of a fall marathon. Fear and marathons…
  • Runners are not universally loved

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Not everyone wants to share the roads and sidewalks with runners As runners, I think we sometimes get a bit caught up in our own little culture, forgetting that others not only don’t get it, but might even resent it, too. Thankfully these folks are few and far between, but I came face to face with one of them yesterday. I was out for a morning nine miler before dawn. Bored of the routes I’ve been following lately, I cut down a short neighborhood road that would lead me out to a more main street eventually heading back toward my neighborhood. I’ve used this road before but…
  • A chat with ultra legend Tom Green

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Tom Green practically invented ultrarunning! Around these parts, we have some amazing athletes–Olympic trials qualifiers, Kona qualifiers and Boston qualifiers by the dozens (hundreds?). But to my mind, none stands out more than Tom Green, the original ultra runner. Many may not know Tom’s name because unlike some of the flashy big names of today (cough, cough, Dean Karnazes) Tom is as humble and unassuming as they come. He does it for the love of it, not for the headlines. At 63, Tom has been running for 50 years now. He ran cross-country and track in both high school and…
  • Running as a catharsis

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    I’ve written before about how our 40s can be a tough decade: it seems that illness, death, divorce, and all kinds of other sadness pile on during this 10-year period of time. Last week certainly drove that home around here. I did my long run on Friday, most of the miles with several friends. When the counting was done, it turned out that four of us would be attending three different funerals that day, and another would follow the next day. That’s a heck of a lot of sadness. The familiar adage that running is cheaper than therapy definitely came to mind as we worked our way…
  • Fitness Magazine #Fitblognyc

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    All the meets (clockwise from bottom left): With Allie; with Ashley, Gabrielle, Christine and Laura; with celeb chef Carla Hall If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably already seen quite a few shots, and the hashtag #Fitblognyc, from my day at Fitness Magazine’s Blogger Meet & Tweet last week. From the fantastic line up of speakers to the sponsors to the knock-your-socks-off gift bag, Fitness put together an amazing event for those of us lucky enough to attend. The icing on the cake was hanging out with some of my favorite bloggers, ones I’ve met in…
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    Strength Running

  • The Complete Philadelphia Marathon Course Guide (#RunPhilly!)

    Jason Fitzgerald
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Since 1994, the Philadelphia Marathon has become one of the best marathons in the United States. Philly puts on a great show with all the amenities, world-class timing and organization, and a nearly perfect marathon venue to run a fast finishing time. And for good reason: The weather is mild, with an average temperature in the 40’s […]
  • Mountains, Trails & Obstacles: 28 Minutes with Max King, the World’s Fastest Warrior Dash Athlete

    Jason Fitzgerald
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a world hyper focused on specialization, it’s rare to meet a modern Renaissance Man. But today, prepare yourself for an exclusive interview with Max King. Max King has been dominating the running world for years. Listing his accomplishments would take thousands of words, so here’s a summary: 6th place, 2012 Olympic Trials 3,000m Steeplechase […]
  • Q&A with Coach: Running Surfaces, Sunglasses, and Seasonal Running

    Jason Fitzgerald
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to the second episode of Q&A with Coach! I’m absolutely loving this show – and I hope you’re finding value in getting your questions answered and hearing other runner’s questions as well. Learning from others (just like in school) can be a helpful experience. In today’s episode, I answer four questions about sunglasses, coming […]
  • How to Stock Your Home Gym for $102 or Less (Video)

    Jason Fitzgerald
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    My ideal home gym will have a top of the line stationary bike and an Alter-G treadmill. The cost? A cool $100,000. But until I hit the lottery, I don’t have an extra hundred thousand dollars lying around to spend on a few fancy pieces of gym equipment. Thankfully, I don’t NEED the fancy stuff – and neither do […]
  • Matt Frazier on Building the Running Habit & How to Finally Enjoy Running

    Jason Fitzgerald
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever chatted with a friend who has a completely different perspective on the same subject than you? Every conversation is fascinating because each of you approach the topic from different angles. Neither of you are wrong - both of you are right just in different ways. This is the reason why I love talking about […]
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    No Meat Athlete

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Personal Development (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m kind of a nerd for personal development, but I realized the other day that I’ve really never taken the time to explain it. The name doesn’t exactly sell it well; I much prefer self-improvement. (Both are better than self-help, though.) I say “nerd” because there’s nothing cool about it … “trying” isn’t looked upon so favorably by the masses who determine what’s cool. But I’d argue that reading or listening to something motivational, inspiring, or educational every single day is without a doubt the most important daily…
  • Updates! The 2015 Holistic Holiday at Sea, NMA Running Groups, and More (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Wow — long time, not a lot of posts. Fortunately, it’s because I’ve been cranking out a ton of other stuff, and that’s what this post is about. To start, here are a few quick updates about what we’ve been working on for the past month, before getting to even more updates about some great events that are coming up. Lots of news to share today, so get cozy! Podcast: Doug and I have recommitted to NMA Radio, and for the past month we’ve published 1-2 episodes every week! (Now if I could just get to that frequency with blog posts we’d be in good shape.)…
  • ‘Choosing Raw’ Review and an 80/10/10 Update (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    A few weeks ago, I published a podcast episode about my most recent diet experiment: 80/10/10, also known as fruitarian. The diet is 100 percent raw and very low in fat (only 10 percent of calories), but I’ve made it slightly less extreme by eating cooked food for dinner most nights. I’ve felt spectacular on modified 80/10/10, but after a month of giant salads, half-watermelon lunches, smoothies made from eight bananas, and more mangoes than I’ve ever eaten in my life, I’ve had to make further modifications, and the way I’m eating now only barely resembles true…
  • Who’s that in the ‘Vegan’ Socks on the Cover of Runner’s World? (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    When Runner’s World redesigned their magazine starting with this month’s issue, their stated goal was to have the magazine fit better into every runner’s world. I’ll go ahead and speak for our crowd on this one, and say they’ve already hit a home run — in the form of two knee-high socks boasting “VEGAN” right on the cover (not to mention another instance of “vegan” in reference to the recipes). But it gets better. On page 23, there’s a full-page feature on Micah Risk, the cover model — a 29-year-old mom, November Project…
  • My New Food Experiment: The 80/10/10 Fruitarian Diet (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Last week in the NMA newsletter, I promised to start publishing more frequent podcast episodes — and for the first time ever (I think), here’s our second episode within a week! We’re shooting for 1-2 episodes per week now, and I may decide not to post all of them to the blog like this. So if you want to make sure you’re notified whenever there’s a new episode of NMA Radio, subscribe in iTunes. (And if you’d like to leave a nice review while you’re there, I’d really appreciate it.) In this new episode, we talk a lot about fruit. First, the…
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    Rx Sorbo

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A New Starting Line

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rachel Kiser
    14 May 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Merrell has long been known for its barefoot-inspired trail running shoes. This year, it’s taking new strides and expanded its lineup by creating the AllOut series, a collection of neutral cushioned shoes that offer a touch more support than zero-drop options. With the AllOut line, Merrell introduces key new technologies to set the collection apart from its barefoot brethren. 6-mm drop: Rather than having the feet and toes sit even in a line as they do in a barefoot-inspired shoe, the AllOut series instead features a slightly elevated heel (though 6 mm is still half of traditional…
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  • Saucony Ride 7 Running Shoe Review

    Tyler Mathews
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Tyler Mathews One of the first reviews that I wrote here on Runblogger was for the Saucony Ride 6. I liked that shoe because it gave me a tool to use in training that I didn’t have to think much about. It was basic in almost every way – basic cushion, basic ride, basic fit. This good experience led me to take a special interest in the newer Saucony Ride 7 model, and I was excited when sent me a review sample to try out. (Disclosure: the shoe reviewed here was provided free-of-charge for review purposes). Specs We’ll start with the specs (via Saucony): Weight:…
  • Skechers GoRun 4 Review: A Great Update

    Peter Larson
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    I first ran in a prototype of the Skechers GoRun 4 on a cold, slushy day earlier this year. I’d heard hints that the shoe was substantially changed from previous versions, but didn’t know much beyond that (I had heard that it was more Kinvara-like than previous versions, no complaints here with that comparison!). Upon opening the package when it first arrived, it was clear that this shoe had indeed undergone a top-to-bottom overhaul, and I liked what I saw. My first run in the shoes convinced me that Skechers had produced something special in the GR4. It was one of those runs where…
  • Newton Kismet Running Shoe Review

    Peter Larson
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Newton made a bit of a splash this year with the release of a bunch of new shoe models built on their new 5-lug forefoot platform. If you’re not familiar with Newton’s lug system, it’s basically a set of raised, elongated lugs under the forefoot of the shoe that are intended to help cushion the forefoot as they are compressed, and (perhaps) provide a bit of recoil to propel you forward as the lugs pop back out. I use the word perhaps because I’ve never had a strong sense of any recoil/propulsion from the shoes, but I have enjoyed running in them nonetheless. Newton used to use a 4-lug…
  • Achilles Tendinopathy and Eccentric Loading: BJSM Podcast Interview With Dr. Håkan Alfredson

    Peter Larson
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Achilles tendon is a large tendon that attaches the calf musculature to the calcaneus at the back of the foot. When it comes to running injuries, those that affect the Achilles Tendon injuries are troublesome in that they can be chronic and difficult to treat. One of the first steps taken in the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy is typically an exercise regimen that aims to eccentrically load the tendon. This typically consists of sets of straight leg and bent leg heel drops at the edge of a step. Dr. Håkan Alfredson pioneered this technique, and a few years ago I listened to a podcast…
  • Brooks Ghost 7 Running Shoe Review

    Peter Larson
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Lately I’ve been branching out a bit in my review shoe choices in order to get a better feel for the differences among the various types of shoes that exist in today’s footwear market. A few weeks ago I reviewed the Hoka Clifton (the Hoka Huaka worked out a bit better), a lightweight yet super-cushy shoe, and found that the ride didn’t quite work for my stride. It wasn’t so much the stack height as it was the overall softness of the midsole. And back in June I reviewed the Nike Pegasus 31, a fairly traditional neutral trainer, and actually liked them quite a bit. The stack heights…
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  • Coping with the post-marathon blues

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    You’ve made check marks on your training log for the past four months. You’ve woken up at 5 a.m. for five days a week for the past 16 weeks to run in the dark. You’ve done 20 milers, completed speedwork sessions, and logged hundreds of miles. You’ve worked hard to earn those calluses, personal distance […]
  • The basics of adventure races

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Chances are if you haven’t participated in one of the many adventure runs in your area, you’ve at least heard about these crazy events that go beyond simple running and into the extreme. Maybe you’ve seen photos of your nearest and dearest friends covered entirely in mud in your Facebook feed. Perhaps you’ve seen photos […]
  • Our 50 favorite race signs

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Spectators play a vital role during races. When I’m struggling in the middle of a race, a motivating cheer or funny sign can make me smile, lift my spirits, and give me the extra energy that I need to keep pushing. The Baltimore Running Festival was held October 18, and a few days before the […]
  • How to pack when flying to a race

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    A few years ago, I flew to Florida to run the Walt Disney World Marathon. I checked the race day weather forecast before packing, and thought I was being smart when I tossed my race day outfit in my carryon bag. I packed the rest of my running clothes options in my checked suitcase. Unfortunately, […]
  • Post-marathon recovery plan

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Your marathon training plan comes to an end with the completion of the race. But once you cross the finish line, another challenge begins: Recovery from the marathon. Recovery from a marathon is no easy feat. While it may be tempting to kick your feet up and relax in the days following your race, that’s not […]
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    Shut Up + Run

  • Why You Might Be Tired and 6 Steps To The Best Salad

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Confession: My runs have been horrible this week. I have run three times (so far). The first was a 6.5 miles with 4-one mile repeats It sucked balls because I had nothing to give and it was miserable. The second run was a 6 mile trail run. Every step felt rough. The only good part was the scenery. Today’s run was 8 miles. I had stomach cramps almost the whole time and took 2 pits stops (my polite way of saying “craps”). I feel exhausted this week. Like the kind of tired that you feel in every cell of your body. The kind of tired where you are certain you have some disease and you Web MD…
  • Don’t Hibernate! 5 Ways To Remain Active This Winter

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know weather does not stop me from running outside. I will take snow, sleet, rain and wind over the treadmill most days. The only element I avoid is ice because I dislike broken hips (and everyone knows ice is for gin and tonics and hockey players). Just in time for the plummeting temperatures, I’m reviewing some new winter products from Columbia Sportswear. I’ve worn Columbia outerwear since moving to Colorado 20 years ago – mostly their fleece jackets. I find their stuff to be quality, yet affordable. First up, I’m reviewing the…
  • How I Got Rebellious

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Today I did something I have not done since I was a teenager (okay, maybe I did it on my honeymoon). No, I did not lose my virginity. I slept in. Until 10:13 a.m. It was nice. No, it was amazing. I kind of felt like I was breaking some kind of rule by staying in bed. Surely there was something productive I had to do. Certainly I needed to be running or biking or training for something. I am sure there was a skid mark that needed to be scrubbed out of the toilet or some pancakes I needed to make for my kids’ friends who spent the night. I didn’t care. Every damn day I get up early. I love…
  • 11 Things to Remember During a Horrible Run

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    It happens to the best of us. We head out for a run and it sucks. Heavy legs. Bad attitude. Shortness of breath. Heart beating out of chest. The impulse is to stop, turn around 180 degrees and head for home. Why put yourself through the torture? Just like we have bad hair days, we have bad run days. Without the shitty days, how can we truly appreciate the amazing days? In the midst of our most horrible run, what should we remember? That’s simple. 1. No matter how crappy you feel, you made it out the door today, i.e., you are doing more than those people sitting in the McDonald’s drive…
  • Runner’s World 2014 Hat Trick Recap

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    It’s hard to wrap my weekend up into a neat blog package, so let me break it down into categories - what surprised me, what I liked best and what sucked. Simple enough. What surprised me: Deciding to race all three races. I trained for this weekend like I was training only for a half marathon. On Saturday when we had the 5K and 10K spaced an hour apart, I decided to run hard but manageable. I might have been slightly regretting that when I woke up on Sunday to do the half. I made a choice to ignore my aches, pains and internal bitching. 33/428 for women, 2nd in AG! The whole BYOB thing. We…
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    Runners Connect

  • How Reliable Are GPS Watches in Tracking Your Pace? A Look at the Scientific Literature

    John Davis
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the most critical skills you need to develop as a runner is calibrating your “internal speedometer.” If you’re racing a 5k and your goal is to run seven-minute miles, it’s very important to be able to hit the right pace! This applies to threshold workouts, tempo runs, and pretty much every other kind of training too. Elite runners can hit a given pace within a second or two per mile— so how can you foster this kind of precision yourself? One option is by using a GPS watch. Only a few years ago, GPS units were big, bulky, and very expensive. But as technology…
  • 3 Reasons the Sauna May Be Your Secret Weapon to Improved Performance

    John Davis
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Most runners are familiar with Abebe Bikila, the great marathon champion from Ethiopia most famous for winning the 1960 Rome Olympic Marathon running barefoot. While Bikila’s barefoot victory makes most people hearken back to visions of early humans covering long distances without any need for shoes, a different aspect of his training routine might have been years ahead of its time. At the insistence of his Swedish coach Onni Niskannen, Abebe Bikila took twice-weekly saunas. Paul Rambali’s 2006 biography Barefoot Runner details how Bikila used the sauna to boost his recovery from…
  • The Reason You Need to STOP Icing Your Running Injuries Right Now

    John Davis
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Icing: there’s probably no injury treatment that’s more ubiquitous. At high school cross country meets, you’ll see ice bags and ice cups littered everywhere. At running stores, you’ll find reusable ice packs and specially-designed icing sleeves. And if you ask a doctor what to do about a running injury, the response will almost invariably include “ice it.” However, as researchers and coaches are starting to learn more about how inflammation works, our understanding of how to treat injuries is changing. For example, about 18 months ago we published this post…
  • Should Your Training Plan Include Speed Work If You’re Not Training For a Race?

    Coach Jeff
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    One thing that keeps me excited about coaching after all these years is that every runner I work with has different goals. Some are training for their first race, others are qualifying for Boston, and many are using running as a way to stay fit or get healthy. Most training plans and articles focus on the subset of runners who are training for a specific race, but that’s not very helpful if you’re just running to stay fit, lose weight or maintain between races. So, the question is, how do you structure your plan if you’re not training for a specific race? More specifically, do you need…
  • Can Children Adapt to Temperature Changes More Efficiently Than Adults?

    John Davis
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nobody loves summer as much as kids do. Sure, adults like to sun-tan on the beach or go for a run on a Saturday morning, but kids, temporarily freed from school, truly run wild from June through August. This is all well and good when it comes to playing around, but what about youth sports like a summer track series? Do children and adolescents have a harder time staying cool in the summer heat? Heat regulation in kids and adolescents When taking an initial look at the science, there are some good reasons to think that young athletes aren’t as heat-hardy as adults. Kids and teenagers…
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    Running With My Demons

  • 2014 Hambletonian Marathon Race Report

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

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    On October 4, 2014 the Flagstaff Skyrace - the final race in the US Skyrunning series - presented by Aravaipa Running took place in the mountains of Flagstaff, AZ. With an ever increasing magnifying glass on the endurance community of Flagstaff, some of the locals share their thoughts on the town and trails they live and train in over race highlights of the tough, rugged and scenic terrain of the San Francisco Peaks. Interviews (in order of appearance): Rob Krar, Chris Vargo, Emily Harrison, Christina Bauer, Ian Torrence, Brian Tinder, Jamil Coury, Ian Sharman, Daniel Kraft, Alicia…
  • The Ingenuous Choice - Mountain Running with Anton Krupicka

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Ingenuous Choice - Mountain Running with Anton Krupicka from Outdoor Live on Vimeo"We can never have enough of nature". Discover how Anton Krupicka experiences mountain running and challenges himself running ultra distances on the trails. Summary: Why do we decide to explore mountains, trails and the wilderness? Perhaps because "we can never have enough of nature" as Henry David Thoreau once described. The Ingenuous Choice features mountain runner Anton Krupicka exploring the wilderness of the mountains, racing 100 miles and reflecting on what makes mountain running…
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    Mile Posts

  • Rock N Roll Denver 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    I’m pretty much the worst at race recaps. I came, I ran, I finished, I ate lunch….that’s pretty much how the races I run are these days. I convinced Eric to run the half with me to force me NOT to race the race. I didn’t want to race, but I know myself a little too well. Once the gun goes off I have a hard time of actually taking it easy – my brain and my legs just say go, even if I am physically not capable of a pace they want to run. I’m not one of those people that can use a race as a tempo run, or just a “hard workout” – if I run a…
  • Dorothy and Danielle: Saucony 26 Strong

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Made it through last week and feel stronger for it. Unfortunately this week has started out with a bang, literally, as Miles has a concussion and is home from school resting today. Never a dull moment around here. He is going to be fine but has to take it easy for the next ten days as we watch him and make sure there are no new symptoms. Nothing like freaking me out on a Monday afternoon…..thankfully I have little Miss Chloe Raine by my side when situations like this arise. She jumps into mini mom mode and helps me out. She always remains extremely calm – a valuable trait in…
  • Kids Say The Darndest Things & MCM

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    When my children are bad we typically take something away from them that means something to them. Today has been one of those days where Colton is a crank and then is super loving – up – down – up – down. The only positive to the pissy mood he is in, is that he keeps saying stuff that is cracking me up! This morning his threat to me was – I’m going to throw away your workout deee-beee-deee in the trash. Oh sweet Colton I don’t think Jillian would like that very much! This afternoon after I told him no to getting a slurpee and he told me — I am…
  • Rock N Roll Denver 1/2 Marathon: Expo Experience

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    One of the benefits of larger races versus smaller ones, are the expos. The latest and greatest gadgets that haven’t showed up at your local running store are on display, as well as your tried and true favorites. The expo is always an experience in and of itself. They are fun to attend whether you are running the specific race or not. The last two 1/2 marathons I have participated in have been the Rock N Roll Chicago 1/2 and the Rock N Roll Denver 1/2. As a city, I love Chicago but the Denver on course race views are unmatched. I shared some of my pictures of the race on my instagram…
  • Womens Running: Doubting Your Fitness Before A Marathon

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    It’s marathon season. Not even a week ago, the world record for the men’s marathon was broken. The winner of the Berlin Marathon, Dennis Kimetto, finished with a blazing time of 2:02:57. This bested the previous record by 26 seconds. (Get it? 26 seconds over 26 miles? LOVE IT!) The time it took Dennis to run the full marathon is faster than the time many of us mere mortals take to finish a half marathon. To put it in perspective, his average pace was 4 minute and 41 seconds, faster than I can even manage for a mile. Not long behind him was America’s sweetheart, Shalane Flanagan, who…
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    Runtastic Blog

  • Runtastic Movember: We Join The Moustache Movement

    Vera Schwaiger
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today not only marks the first of November, but the beginning of a powerful movement- Movember! Here at Runtastic, we have a team of men who have clean shaven today and vowed to grow, groom and maintain a moustache that stands for something. Movember Vision: “To have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.” Movember is a fun and innovative way to create awareness about the health risks men face due to prostate and testicular cancer. Our Runtastic Mo Bros are using their facial hair to make a statement, provoke conversation and raise understanding and funds for the Movember…
  • Lunden’s Fall Pumpkin Chili Recipe

    Vera Schwaiger
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Fall is among us and, to go along with the crisp fall weather, you’ve got to have some warm and cozy food incorporating the seasons’ produce. This Pumpkin Chili Recipe is perfect for those evenings when you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking, or those weekends when you just want to curl up watching movies with a blanket and a warm meal. Recipes like this one are also great because you can make it in bulk and have leftovers for future quick meals or even put it in the freezer for longer storage. Ingredients 1 cup pumpkin puree* 1 small white onion, chopped 1 can (15oz) garbanzo…
  • Flexible Dieting: Learning A Balanced Approach To Fitness & Nutrition

    Vera Schwaiger
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Nina Silic Diets!  These days, from a young age, we are constantly bombarded with images of stick thin models or ultra-fit fitness models in tons of mainstream advertisements and on social media.  There is constant pressure to look thin, fit or to be a certain weight.  So, naturally we are all trying the next fad diet or quick fix to get those desired results.  I too have faced these issues, but have also managed to overcome them—let me share my story with you. Where I started… I was originally a professional dancer in an academy of performing arts.  In order to stand out at…
  • GPS Part II: How GPS Tracks Your Runtastic Activities

    Vera Schwaiger
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Thanks for joining us for part two of this helpful, informative set of posts about all things GPS!  If you happened to miss the first post and would like to start at square one, please check out GPS Part I:  GPS, Runtastic & You for a quick, clear intro to the topic. Running with GPS Running with GPS tracking is the basis of the Runtastic app – since most smartphones have GPS technology built into them, they can be turned into a GPS receiver at the touch of a button or use with GPS apps.  It’s the GPS receiver’s job to work out where it is in the world, this is achieved by…
  • Protein 101 – Everything You Need To Know

    Vera Schwaiger
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Protein–or albumin–is not just an important topic for athletes. Those striving for a balanced diet, or people who want to shed a few pounds should also get to know a little bit more about protein. In Protein 101, you’ll learn how to find out how much you need and how it is best absorbed into our bodies, as well as further interesting facts about protein. Biological Value When it comes to protein, you’ll most likely hear the term “biological value” (or BV) at some point. The biological value of a hen’s egg is fixed at 100. The higher the biological value of a certain…
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    Angry Jogger

  • A Positive Post About A Random Act Of Kindness Before The Dublin Marathon 2014.

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

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

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I’m still quite gutted after recording my first ever Did Not Finish in Munich on Sunday. It was going so well up until the 8 mile mark when I began to have problems with my breathing. I’d been trying to stick to under a 9 minute mile for as long as possible and it all seemed to be going so well up until then. By 11.2 miles I just couldn’t breathe at all and I knew I was finished. It was disappointing to travel so far for a race and not even come home with a fucking medal. What’s next? I’m still running the Dublin Marathon and I’m aiming for a personal best…
  • I’m Tapering For The Munich Marathon By Being Very Lazy.

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Hello there you, I hope you’re doing well. It’s only 2 days now until the Munich Marathon and I’m strangely looking forward to it. I’ve been tapering for this race in the sense that I just can’t be bothered running at the moment. I did 7.4 miles on Tuesday and it went great. I was gonna go out running tonight but I saw that it was raining and used it as an excuse to not to. Instead I’m indoors writing this post and the book at the same time. I’m hoping to get up early tomorrow for a fast run just to sharpen myself up after my 6 miles last week. I…
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    Running in late 20s

  • Cappadocia ultra trail, the first DNF

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

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

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

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

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

  • Semper Fly, 2014: Marathon Training and Race Day Tips

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

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

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

    13 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    School has started. It’s a time when parents are buying their children new shoes for gym class, cross-country and everyday wear. Given what we know about childhood development and the elements of natural running gait movements, here are a few things to consider before you start shopping for shoes. — Ultra-thin soles allow proper proprioception, [Read more...]
  • “runScribe” Will Examine Your Form in Great Detail

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

  • Running safely: LED Reflective Vest

    Nicole orriëns
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    It's October! So when I run alongside my youngest son to school, it's almost dark. My son is on his bike with a headlight ánd a taillight. And I make him wear one of those bright yellow, reflective vests. So my son is well lit up. But what about me? Unfortunately us runners don't come equipped with a head- and taillight. We have to get creative. Passive versus active visibility As a runner
  • Running calories per mile: how many do you burn?

    Nicole orriëns
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    Running calories per mile.  How many do I burn? That's a question that's in the minds of lots of runners. Especially those who've started running to lose some weight. Lots of people take up running to lose a few pounds. To burn calories. Running and burning calories go together like a horse and carriage. Or do they? Most people are disappointed with the amount of running calories per mile
  • The perks of a morning run

    Nicole orriëns
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    I'm a morning runner. And I like it. In fact I'ld hate to have to run later on in the day. But what exactly are the perks of a morning run? You can bask in the glow of knowing you've run áll day! After your run, your body will continue on burning calories. Even if you're sitting down. It just works that way! It's one less thing to do on your to-do-list. So you can enjoy crossing something
  • My 5 favorite running songs

    Nicole orriëns
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Music helps me run! It keeps me going. It motivates me, and stimulates me. Sometimes I take a walking break. But then a certain song comes along, and I can't hélp but break into a trot! This Friday Five's theme is Favorite Fitness Tunes. So here are mine! Is this the way to Amarillo? (Tony Christie) It's hard to keep still while listening to this song? And I love the question! Is this the
  • For who do you run?

    Nicole orriëns
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Derek (26, ICT specialist: 'I run every morning. I use a training programme so I can run a marathon in 6 months. After my run I tweet how fast I went. And I share my pace on Facebook. But sometimes I wonder: 'For who am I running?'   I think that Derek is asking himself a very good question! For who am I running, indeed. Are you running because you want to? Or because you want to be able
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  • Getting Started Running Series (How Leo Babauta Went From 60-Pound Overweight Smoker to a Runner)

    Mark Kennedy
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    This is lesson three of my “Get Started Running” series. Head back to lesson 1 and 2 to catch up on what you’ve missed. Lesson 1 – Choosing Running Shoes, Prepping Your Body and More Lesson 2 – Strength Training, Running Form, Pain Management and More In this lesson, I want to share a story of a runner that started from scratch. Leo Babauta His name is Leo Babauta. In 2005, Leo was a 60-pound overweight smoker when he first decided he was going to become a “runner”. He always struggled to make exercise a habit. Within a year, Leo finally made running a habit and…
  • Getting Started With Running (Strength Training, Running Form, Pain Management and More)

    Mark Kennedy
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    This is lesson two of my “Get Started Running” series. Click here to see lesson 1. Be sure to sign up if you want to join my FREE 5-part email course to help you get started and discover the enjoyment of running. Click here to sign up. In lesson two I chat with Greg Lehman. Greg is a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Spine and Exercise Biomechanics Expert. In the clinic, Greg focuses on running injury mechanics, sport injuries, persistent pain problems and post surgical rehabilitation. Greg completed his Master of Science in Kinesiology from the…
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    Runner Academy

  • RA063 | Brad Hudson: Insights from an Elite Coach

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

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

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

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    I haven’t done a Friday Favorites post in quite a while. But something happens after you complete a marathon. Well, it happens to me anyway. I get emotional, I become more grateful, I stand a little taller. I don’t want to go so far as to say that the time on the clock isn’t the most important thing, but it isn’t the ONLY most important thing. One of my favorite things, not only this week, but all the time, are my marathon medals. I don’t have a fancy rack for my medals. Quite honestly, I pack them away in zip lock bags and put them in a bin in the back of my…
  • Monday Motivation

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
  • Columbus Marathon Recap – not what you think it’ll be

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Had I written this post Sunday evening after my drive back from Columbus, it may have had a different tone. After a couple of days to see the big picture and put things in perspective, I feel better about my race. This post will not be a pity party and will not be filled with a lot of excuses as to why I didn’t hit my goal time of 3:52. Fact: I simply didn’t run as fast I needed to Fact: I give it all I had Those are the facts. Everything else is just gravy. (okay – a lot of gravy) If you would have told me Friday that I wasn’t going to qualify for Boston, I…
  • Marathon No. 5 is Looming

    5 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Today I finished my last real long run before I head to Columbus in two weeks for marathon number 5. The meat of training is over, and this is what I know: 1. At this point I’m not going to get any faster r any better. 2. I ran every training run, almost 500 miles, exactly as I was supposed to. 3. Marathon pace still scares me, but I feel more confident that it’s doable. Yes, my marathon pace still scares me, but from what I hear, it should to a certain degree. I’ve run marathon pace over and over every Saturday, and some Wednesdays so I should feel comfortable with it. But…
  • Monday Motivation

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
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    Dawn - Sometimes An Ultrarunner

  • Interesting Facts about the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps Athlete Line-Up

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

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    6 days until my future is clear (at least the near future!)....The 2015 Red Bull X-Alps lineup will be revealed in batches from 9am to 21hr on Wed 29th Oct...I'll be waiting anxiously....Red Bull X-Alps 2015
  • (I win!!!) Point Rat Paragliding Competition

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Wooo!!!   I am excited to report that I was able to come in 1st OVERALL for the Point Rat Paragliding Competition! Could this be the first time that a woman has won a paragliding competition in the US?   Or anywhere?  I really don't know.  I now live just 3 miles from the Point of the Mountain, famous for it's morning and evening consistent paragliding winds, and a popular spot to both learn the sport and get better at it.  For the second year, this was home to the Point Rat Paragliding Competition, a series of tasks held from May to September.   Each month, the…
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  • Zombies, Run! App Review

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

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

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

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

    29 Mar 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Here at Do Epic Runs, we’ve been on a coconut kick lately. Plus, we’re always looking for nutrious, clean snacks packed with protein.  This recipe from Kristi and The Glow Life packs it all into one. Her Coconut Protein Breakfast Bars are super easy to make and perfect for post morning workouts to refuel! They are free of refined sugar, too! What else is great about these? Benefits of the ingredients in this breakfast bar include: Helps maintain healthy weight Great for your hair, skin & nails Helps fight disease Helps fight stress May help reduce risk of Type II…
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    Pushing Harder, Faster, Longer - Crank101

  • 27 Reasons I love to go Running!

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    I am a fan of low heart rates. I know it’s weird – right? Miguel Indurain before the Tour de France started some years ago, had a resting heart rate of 36 beats per minute I think it was. My lowest ever was 38 bpm, but once I was measuring it and I was in […]
  • Zero to Tens of Millions in No Time – Allen Wong

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    If you are sitting around wondering what to do with your life, and you are running out of viable options, you might find this interesting. You might find it to be your salvation. It’s that good. This guy, Allen Wong, grew up with immigrant parents that were extremely poor as they arrived in the USA. […]
  • 1″= Endless Possibility

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I was reading something from a runner I followed online for a year or so, Tom at He was talking about an experience he has while rock-climbing. I thought about it, and it actually relates well to other areas of life too. Tom was saying that he frequently has an experience while rock-climbing in […]
  • Running 21 Miles for the First Time Ever

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Just about a month ago I talked about running fifteen miles for the first time ever. Then, ten days ago I did another fifteen mile run. Felt better the second time. Yesterday, I was close to not running at all. I wasn’t looking forward to running in the rain and cold (74°F). That is very […]
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    Run Coaching, Ironman and Triathlon Specialists - Kinetic Revolution

  • Stretching Doesn’t Work…?

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

    Neil Scholes
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Having completed the Comrades Marathon in both the up and down directions, I know all about running down hill. Even in the ‘Up Run’ at Comrades there is a significant amount of downhill. It is in these downhill sections, of particularly ultra marathons, but also hilly marathons where a runner can either gain or lose a lot of time depending on the training conducted and also the level of race specific strength and conditioning. It is common place to hear of runners incorporating hill repeats as part of their training – these are invariably up-hill repeats and often the advice is to…
  • Marathon WR in Slow Motion: Dennis Kimetto Running Form

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

    James Dunne
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I’ve just stumbled across this excellent video from my friend @DrChrisBarton, in which he demonstrates a relatively simple taping technique that runners can use to manage Patellofemoral Pain (Runner’s Knee) symptoms… As Christian says in the video; this kind of technique is often excellent for providing immediate reduction in pain during exercise. While we know that exercise based rehabilitation is the way forward in terms of conquering Runner’s Knee in any athlete, sometimes the painful symptoms preclude the sufferer from being able to perform their knee rehab…
  • Pool Recovery Session for Runners & Triathletes

    James Dunne
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    In the context of triathlon training, I’m a reluctant swimmer at best! However I’ve always loved the water, and usually find that a pool recovery session really speeds up my recovery after a tough race or run day. The potential benefits of pool recovery sessions seem to be well appreciated amongst the athletes I meet. However many say that they don’t regularly incorporate these sessions into their recovery strategy due to a lack of guidance in terms of what exactly they should do, once in the water. Measured subjectively, Dawson et al (2005) observed predominantly that…
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    The Runner Dad » Running & Fitness

  • Cross Training Gets Results

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

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

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

    Matt Orlando
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    In full disclosure this review has been a long time coming. In Spring of this year Brooks had reached out to me to review one of their running shoes. I received the shoes, I ran in them for a few hundred miles, and then life got in the way and I never quite got around to the review. However, I am, if nothing else, a man of my word and a promise is a promise. So without further procrastination, here is my review of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14…and your chance to win a pair of Brooks running shoes (but more on that later). The Brooks Adrenaline GTS line of shoes are support type running…
  • The One I Will Always Remember

    Yehuda Mansell
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    We had a war here this summer. No, not a price-war or a gas-war, but one of those ugly wars with bombs and rockets, soldiers and fear, of funerals and collective sadness. The kind of war that has air-raid sirens, where you collect shrapnel as a souvenir from your unfortunate neighbor’s wall, the kind of war when you listen to the news with a sick feeling in your stomach, when you know that a rocket landed by the house of a friend, or that a name you recognize will be among the casualties. This war, different from the last war two years ago, affected me in new ways as a father and as a…
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  • Red Fox EDGE Bluetooth Headset Review & Give Away

    Meaghan Murray
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Red Fox EDGE Nano-coated Bluetooth Headset Review & Give-Away Check out the bottom of this review for details on how you can win your own pair of Red Fox Headphones! Plus, Red Fox wanted to share the love with our readers. You can save 20% on any products at by entering code BITRUN at checkout. Review […] The post Red Fox EDGE Bluetooth Headset Review & Give Away appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Newton Running POP 3 Platform: Aha and EnergyNR II Review

    Meaghan Murray
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Newton Running’s POP-3 Platform If you’re familiar with Newton Running you know they’ve segmented their shoes into three “POP” categories. The Energy II and Aha incorporate the new POP-3 platform (basically the gateway drug into Newton running shoes). They give you the distinctive Newton “pop” in a really subtle package. EnergyNR II The Good Meaghan: […] The post Newton Running POP 3 Platform: Aha and EnergyNR II Review appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Some Marathon Do’s and Don’ts

    Thomas Neuberger
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Marathon Do’s and Don’ts Guest post by Madeline Mahone The Don’ts and… and… The Do’s aka how to “handle the finish line” and… and… and… Don’t get too excited though when you’re done.   The post Some Marathon Do’s and Don’ts appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Logo theft!

    Thomas Neuberger
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Looks like a company backed by some famous runners liked our logo a little too much. Please help us let them know that stealing a brand mark is wrong. Take a look. Tweet @rungum let them know that this is not cool. The post Logo theft! appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Puma Mobium Elite Speed Review

    Thomas Neuberger
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Puma Mobium Elite Speed Review A little about the Mobium technology in the shoe before we get started. It is the defining feature of the shoe. The concept behind the shoe is based on expansion and contraction of your/a cat’s foot. The shoe is designed for midfoot striking. The Mobium band is a figure 8 […] The post Puma Mobium Elite Speed Review appeared first on Believe In The Run.
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  • Introducing: Leave a comment on a friend’s saved race

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

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

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

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Company: Pettet Endurance Project | Makers of: Merino wool running apparel Founded: May 2014 | Headquartered In: Seattle, WA Prize Drawing: The Pettet Endurance Project is giving away two FREE pieces of merino running gear to the Gametiime community! Click here for your chance to win and don’t delay! Winners will be announced next Wednesday (10/15) at 4pm PT. Pettet Endurance Project is a new merino wool apparel company based out of Seattle, WA. They focus on providing the highest-quality merino wool apparel for today’s runner, with all their goods carefully cut and sown in…
  • Races of Gametiime: 3rd annual Foster 5K Fun Run gives 100% of proceeds to local Seattle charities

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Race Name: Foster C4C Fun Run When: Satuday, Oct 11, 2014 | Where: University of Washington – Paccar Hall (Seattle, WA) Prize Drawing: The Foster C4C Fun Run is giving away two FREE entries to the Gametiime community! Click here for your chance to win! Winners will be announced next Tuesday (10/7). Calling all Husky students, alumni, family and friends! The Foster 5K Fun Run is returning to campus for its 3rd year. Wind through campus and support the Challenge for Charity with a race entry proceeds benefitting charities around the area. And when you’re done with this…
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    Running Life

  • This week’s #LoveFit is my Foam Roller

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    So this week’s #LoveFit is a little bit of an odd one really, because as much as I love the benefits of using a foam roller, I hate the feeling of using it – So it’s a little bit of a #LoveHateFit. A foam roller is another torture chamber tool – it can even make a grown man cry!! You… Read more →
  • Box it out

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    A while ago, Fran, a colleague told us about a boxing class that she had started to go to and asked us if we wanted to come with her? So, Jenna and myself went to the session! There was a lot of ladies there and they looked like they had been going a while, so we were a little intimidated.… Read more →
  • My #LoveFit for the week is…….Smoothies

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:11 am
    I know I bang on about smoothness all the time but I really do love them! So this is why they have made it to my #LoveFit for this week. Smoothness are great for a number of different reasons, they are great if you are in a hurry and don’t have time to cook a healthy breakfast, they help to… Read more →
  • Kettle Bella

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Depending on your view, kettle bells are typically cast iron or steel weighs that look very similar to a cannonball or they are a small pain creator which makes pretty much every part of your body ache. When looking into the history of the kettlebells, you find that they actually were originally developed in Russia was back in the 1700’s… Read more →
  • My favorites “Fit-stagrammers!”

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Yes, I have made this word up, but i’m pretty sure you all know what I am talking about! You know, those really fit people who love to make us jealous, inspired and sometimes a little bit hungry with their instagram snaps. It seems that people are really getting into fitness and the healthy lifestyles and with so many people… Read more →
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  • 7 Psychological Benefits of Running

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

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

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

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

    5 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Many runners wear a running watch to keep a track of the time taken to cover a distance. Athletes and trainers specially do that. There are some watches which not only give you the time but also tell you how many calories were burnt during your run along with your heart rate. Some watches even show the route taken by you. Runners must buy a running watch of this kind. Here are some watches with these features. 1. Soleus FIT 1.0 – With a built in rechargeable battery, the Soleus is a ‘package’ watch. It has everything you need as a runner. It is highly accurate at measuring speed, pace,…
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