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  • The Second Annual Jingle Bell Half Marathon—Holiday Themed Running Adventure on the New Hampshire-Massachusetts Border

    Cool Running
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    If you enjoyed the first you will want to return. If not, you definitely want to get in on this gem. This unique half marathon on December 6, 2014 is two weeks before the start of winter. It offers a wonderful single loop course, beautiful venue, and the historic charm of Atkinson, New Hampshire, with brief forays into Haverhill, Massachusetts and Salem. Put on your bells and costumes if you like, but do come run with us.Related:Jingle Bell Half Marathon Website Jingle Bell Half Marathon Registration
  • 31 Members of Same Family to Run Dublin Marathon

    Alison Wade
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Hughes family will aim to surpass Guinness World Record for most family members in one marathon.
  • Energy Boosters-to feel good all day

    Jeff Galloway's Blog
    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.
  • Fit Kids Are Smarter Kids: Part 1

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    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…
  • Loosen Up & Run Better? Book Review: Ready to Run

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    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…
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  • 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.
  • Walking is For Everyone

    Jeff Galloway
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In my lifetime, I have helped more than 150,000 people learn to enjoy exercise and improve their quality of life. It has become clear to me that almost anyone can become an active walker without aches and pains. All you need to start this process is the desire to feel better, and the willingness to spend 3 half-hours a week gently moving your feet and legs. As you embrace the process of improvement, you will enjoy the glow of self-confidence and accomplishment.  You are becoming a physical athlete. When you cover a certain amount of distance on foot, you receive a unique sense of…
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  • The Wolf Hollow Half Marathon and 5K, Trails Along the Nashua River--Final Race in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Enjoy a terrific half marathon coming Sunday, November 23, 2014. This is the third annual event, Nashua’s only half marathon in many years. It runs mostly in beautiful Mine Falls Park, and includes a 5K and loads of fun. The half marathon distance is becoming very popular—here is a wonderful trail course that is easy to negotiate whether it’s your first or 101st—two person half marathon relay too!Related:Event Website
  • The Second Annual Jingle Bell Half Marathon—Holiday Themed Running Adventure on the New Hampshire-Massachusetts Border

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    If you enjoyed the first you will want to return. If not, you definitely want to get in on this gem. This unique half marathon on December 6, 2014 is two weeks before the start of winter. It offers a wonderful single loop course, beautiful venue, and the historic charm of Atkinson, New Hampshire, with brief forays into Haverhill, Massachusetts and Salem. Put on your bells and costumes if you like, but do come run with us.Related:Jingle Bell Half Marathon Website Jingle Bell Half Marathon Registration
  • Exciting New Event in Keene, New Hampshire—The Keene Sentinel Udder Madness 5K Race and 3K Walk

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    This competitive trail race and fitness walk will be staged at beautiful Stonewall Farm in Keene, a scenic working farm and non-profit educational center. The race is on Saturday, October 25, and is sponsored and administered by the Keene Sentinel, a highly respected daily newspaper and the fifth oldest newspaper in operation in the USA. Run this beautiful loop course on trails and dirt roads, explore this wonderful farm and enjoy an out-and-back portion on the Cheshire Rail Trail. Great Fun!Related:The Keene Sentinel Udder Madness 5K Race and 3K Walk Website
  • Running Got You Tired? Don't Blame Your Lungs

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Think your lungs aren't fit for running? Get the truth about the role of your lungs and what you can do when you're out of breath.
  • How to Get Rid of Runner's Cramps

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    If you've ever gotten a cramp while running, you know how horrible it can be. Find out how to prevent and get rid of those nasty runner's cramps.
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  • 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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  • [Audio] Interview with Mona Stockhecke Pre-Frankfurt Marathon by Andy Edwards, Race News Service

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Mona Stockhecke recently won the Zurich Marathon in 2:34.04. Andy Edwards of Race News Service interviewed the promising German marathoner, before her run in the BMW Frankfurt Marathon. Mona has run well recently, with her 34:11 in the ASICS Big 10, where she placed seventh. On a PB series (her most recent marathon before Zurich was 2:35.44, the thirty-one year old is very positive about her racing and her plans for BMW Frankfurt. 
  • [Audio] Pre-Race Interview with Frankfurt Marathon's Defending Champion, Vincent Kipruto by Andy Edwards, Race News Service

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Vincent Kipruto wins BMW Frankfurt 2013, photo by PhotoRun.netVincent Kipruto is a man on a mission. The winds slowed him down last year in Frankfurt, so in 2014, Vincent wants to win and run a personal best. Vincent has run 2:05.13 and 2:05.33, so he has wheels. Last year, in a very exciting race, Vincent Kipruto held off Mark Kiptoo by one second! This was not a 100 meter dash, but a marathon! And an exciting one it was.In this interview, our friend, Andy Edwards, of Race News Service, speaks with Vincent Kipruto, literally a few hours after he arrived in Frankurt from Kenya. This…
  • Reflections from the Marathon's Queen by Dave Hunter

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Joan Benoit Samuelson & Grete Waitz, photo by PhotoRun.netI have a picture somewhere of Joan Benoit, as she was known then, with her Bowdoin baseball cap on backwards, running Boston Marathon. One of my training buddies ran with Joanie for much of 1979 Boston, and spoke of her, then, as now, with reverence. Greg Meyer, the 1983 Boston Champ (and Chicago for that matter), has told me how he could not train with her day after day, because Joan Benoit Samuelson trained so hard. The Olympic Trials marathon, for those in the know in 1984, was probably tougher for Joan than the Olympic…
  • BMW Frankfurt Marathon: Frankfurt hopes to get back on the fast track with Tsegaye Mekonnen and Meselech Melkamu, release,

    Larry Eder
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    This is my second year attending the BMW Frankfurt Marathon, and I am sitting at the airport, awaiting my flight to Frankfurt. A fine marathon, in a wonderful running city in Germany, the BMW Frankfurt marathon can be fast and furious, or if the weather is a challenge, an even more challenging 26.2 miles. The race director is hoping for a fast race this year, with some real battles, like 2013. Looking forward to Sunday, October 26, 2014! I recommend this race to American marathoners all of the time. The BMW Frankfurt Marathon finish is like finishing a race on the stage of a Pink…
  • ASBA Announces 2014 Technical Meeting, from ASBA

    Larry Eder
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    ASBA is the organization that you need to know about if you are considering building a track or athletic facility. I have visited their convention for the past decade, and am impressed with their concern for building high quality sports facilities.  ASBA Announces 2014 Technical MeetingConstruction, Design Programming, Trade Show, Meetings on Agenda ELLICOTT CITY, MD -The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the trade association for those involved in the design, construction and supply of materials for athletic facilities, has announced that its annual Technical Meeting…
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  • Fed Up - The Movie

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

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

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  • Lymph Massage

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    15 May 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Check out this video for lymph massage.
  • Tommie Copper Men's Active Fit Shirt Review

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

    Nick Cross
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    August’s Challenge was to take a picture every day.  I wanted it to be something more artistic than just “oh crap I need a picture.” For the most part I feel that I did a pretty good job.  A few of them were definitely last minute, but I did get one every day.  I didn’t always post it on the day I took it, but that only messed me up once.  I like taking pictures, but with two kids it isn’t always easy to go somewhere and just take pictures. It is a little embarrassing to post these mileage totals.  My biking was saved by Powderhorn 24 and I did run a half…
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  • Yokohama International Women's Marathon to be Discontinued After November's Sixth Running

    Brett Larner
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am translated and edited by Brett Larner On Oct. 22 the organizers of the Nov. 16 Yokohama International Women's Marathon revealed that the event, jointly operated by the JAAF and the Asahi Newspaper group, will be discontinued after this year's sixth running due to ongoing financial difficulties with the race.  As a continuation
  • Comparing the Incomparable: The Wisconsin adidas Invitational Cross-Country Meet and the Hakone Ekiden Yosenkai 20 km Road Race

    Brett Larner
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    by Brett Larner videos by sk002000 and naoki620 The world's two leading university men's distance running systems each held some of their fall seasons' major events this weekend.  In the U.S.A.'s NCAA, 36 university teams lined up at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational 8 km cross-country meet, with other top teams competing at the Pre-Nats meet later in the weekend.  In Japan's KGRR, the 11th
  • Ngandu Repeats at Takashimadaira 20 km

    Brett Larner
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am translated by Brett Larner 1229 people ran in the 39th edition of the Takashimadaira Nikkan Sports Road Race Oct. 19 on a 5 km loop course in Takashimadaira, Tokyo.  In the men's open division, last year's winner Benjamin Ngandu (23, Team Monteroza) ran solo from the first lap to defend his title in 1:00:01.  His
  • Feeling Free Despite Hate Mail Burying Him at Work, Kawauchi Wins Chiba Aqualine Half

    Brett Larner
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am translated by Brett Larner Enough with the hate mail.  Marathoner Yuki Kawauchi (27, Saitama Pref. Gov't) returned to the Chiba Aqualine Marathon, where he is the course record holder, to run its half marathon on Oct. 19, winning in 1:04:22 and beating 2nd place by more than 5 minutes.  "I had fun today!  I was grinning the whole
  • Fearless Murayama Front-Runs to Fastest-Ever Japanese Win at Yosenkai 20 km (updated)

    Brett Larner
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    by Brett Larner videos by naoki620 After hammering each other to rare Japanese collegiate sub-3:40 PBs to go 1-2 in last month's National University Track & Field Championships 1500 m, defending Hakone Ekiden Yosenkai 20 km winner Enock Omwamba (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) and last year's top Japanese finisher Kota Murayama (Josai University) were back at it to turn this year's race into a two-man
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  • You Need to #OpenYourEars

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This post (You Need to #OpenYourEars) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I have been harping on this for years now… Pay attention to your surroundings when you’re out on your run! (Or walk, or bike ride, or if you’re a high school kid walking across the street in front of parents who are picking their kids up from a nearby school and you just drift across streets without ever looking up from your phone while wearing giant headphones…) From recently talking about it… … to years back when talking about my time coaching Team Challenge and how runners would…
  • Video Entertainment

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post (Video Entertainment) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill At the swimming pool last Saturday, the song “Let It Go” from Frozen came on and my kid suddenly belted out, “LET IT GO!” I didn’t know she knew that song, but they do play lots and lots of songs in her classroom, so it’s not surprising that she would hear it. After realizing that she knew the song I decided to show her a video of it when we got home. So I pulled it up on YouTube: And when it finished, she said “OLAF!” And I was thinking, “Who is Olaf?” Then she…
  • Friday Fête

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post (Friday Fête) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Lately I am obsessed with patterned pants for running. I want a pair… I actually ordered a pair from Fabletics that should be arriving sometime soon. I’ve seen that company advertised so much lately I finally caved and I’m going to check them out. There’s a part of me that thinks I can’t wear patterned workout pants… because I don’t have the right figure for them, I don’t have shirts to go with them, I might feel silly in them… all frivolous reasons that don’t really…
  • Fitting Fitness in Anywhere

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post (Fitting Fitness in Anywhere) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I have been wearing a Garmin Vivofit since the spring. I like that I don’t have to charge it. I like that it is waterproof (can wear it in the pool!). I like that it has a screen that gives me feedback and shows me the time. I like that is adapts to how much movement you are getting to change your daily steps goal. The sleep tracking isn’t as good as my old Jawbone UP, but it is good enough. I don’t like having to wear it on my right wrist to make sure I get all my steps tracked because if…
  • OMG Boston!

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This post (OMG Boston!) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill The last time I attempted a marathon was in 2009… that race didn’t end exactly how I’d planned. Short story… I fell, split my chin open, DNF‘d and got stitches. I’ve wanted redemption ever since… but life just got in the way. I dealt with ED recovery, I coached several seasons of Team Challenge and kept myself busy with other things. And having a child added more difficulty to the picture. I know there are women that train for marathons with very small babies but that just wasn’t in…
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    The Happy Runner

  • 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

  • The Only Ab Exercise I do… Confession Thursday.

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    I have a very important question for you… Q: What is better than new running shoes? A: Nothing. Absolutely nothing. #TrickQuestion I got a special delivery from Mizuno this week and am running on sunshine   The Only Ab Exercise I do… Now it’s time for Confession Thursday… my lil way of sneaking into Heaven by airing my dirty laundry on the internet!!! 1. I saw Bad Grandpa the other night (that movie with Johnie Knoxville) and really liked it. Like, full on laughed. 2. Sometimes I purposely go to church late so I don’t have to do that part where you talk to the people around…
  • StitchFix Fashion Blog Review 6

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    So this Stitchfix Review has a little bit of an anti-climactic tone since I didn’t like it as much as I normally do (usually I rip open the package and put on ALL the clothes as once and dance around!!). The pieces they sent were cute, but just not me. Let’s review…   First this leopard print sweater is adorable, but too long and doesn’t really work for my shape. I had mentioned my new favorite shoes are like these leopard flats and similar to these leopard peep toe flats – so that’s probably why they sent this piece.  This pencil skirt is cute, but also just doesn’t…
  • VLOG–Why wear compression socks?

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Hello! How are ya? I’m over here catching up on emails, making a video on compression socks and throwing up hair up to keep it out of my way. Then, I realized a little cat was creeping up on me. Recently I’ve received a few questions via email and Instagram on why I wear compression socks. So, here is an Ask a Monican vlog all about why I wear compression socks… and other randomness. If you have a question for me leave it in the comments or email me at RunEatRepeat at gmail .com ProCompression Discount Code 40% off: PINK (not sure how long this is valid) Question: Thoughts on…
  • Cheers to the New York City Marathon Runners

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Sponsored The New York City Marathon is coming up November 2nd. I ran the race last year and it was the BEST!!! Everything from the starting line to the crowd to the ‘grand finale’ finish in Central Park made the race one of the most memorable ever. I loved every single mile – even the .2 too! Poland Spring is the official bottled water of the 2014 New York City Marathon and I am working with them to CHEERS all this year’s runners! I have partnered with the company to share some of my tips for keeping hydration a priority before the big race! Hydration Tips for Running The New York…
  • Halloween Clementines

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Hello! So, it turns out everyone except your Monican knew the correct flavor of the brown tootsie pop. Crushed my self esteem a bit, but I think I’ll get through it. Hopefully. One day. This morning I did the usual running and eating drill. I still haven’t looked into getting my Garmin fixed. It’s on the To Do list for the week, but not a super big priority. Epic egg sandwich with turkey bacon. Don’t mess around. Yesterday was kind of weird. I went to the movies on a Monday. Whaaaat?? I don’t know. I saw Fury. It was good, but a lot of war/shooting/violence. I also made a super cute…
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    IronBrandon Show

  • 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...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-10-05 18:52:20 (Brandon Wood)
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Sydney’s first time at the circus! #circus #greatestshowonearth #cute #family If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-08-13 22:39:18Instagram #picoftheday... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-10-02 23:15:18 (Brandon Wood)
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Amazing recovery hike with Sadie this morning! #imchoo #colorado #dogs #instapets #outside #gearist #patagonia If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-08-03... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-09-29 02:38:03 (Brandon Wood)
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Ironman Chattanooga 2014, done. Phew! #imchoo #triathlon #htfu #gearist If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-09-08 02:33:42Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
  • Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-09-27 18:27:50 (Brandon Wood)
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Bike all checked in. #imchoo #triathlon #htfu #gearist If you liked this post...Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-07-26 23:30:46Instagram #picoftheday ironbrandonshow 2014-09-08... IronBrandon is dedicated to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and the people who get out and do it...
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    Midwest Multisport Life - Finding Adventure in My Backyard

  • 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…
  • Gleaming the Cube

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Maybe it's a midlife crisis, maybe it's the exhortation that Omniten wannabes should be out there trying stuff, but I've been enjoying planning and doing things just because I want to and not putting them off anymore. If you don't get the title of this post, "Gleaming the Cube" is the name of a skateboarding movie from my youth and the title is supposed to reference skateboarding lingo, though I've never before or since heard a skateboarder use the phrase. Oh well.Anyway, last week or weekend I watched  a documentary about the Powell-Peralta skateboard team, the infamous Bones Brigade.
  • TTT: Breathing Fire, River to River Trail, Garmin 920XT

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness, by J.C. Herz, is, at its core, a history of CrossFit. At the same time, however, the individuals and events explicated expand on a simple recitation of facts and dates. Herz also explores the draw, effectiveness, and allure of CrossFit in a world of gyms more intent on taking your money than any interest in your health. After reading this book, I would be surprised if trying CrossFit wasn't one result - a very inspiring and complete effort.A few days ago, I ordered the River to River Trail Pocket Guide. The…
  • You Are What You Eat

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Not sure where this semi-Paleo journey will take me, but I do know that I'm loving eating whole foods and scouring cookbooks and the Internet for interesting dishes. The few times I've had prepared foods (frozen, relatively healthy, from the store), I just have not felt that great after - I can't even imagine what it would be like to eat full on fast food. I'm definitely still finding my way and learning how to balance the meat-fest that Paleo can become (yum), with the fruits and veggies I should focus on.You are what you eat. Simple to say, but a lot more difficult to achieve in this…
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    Women's Endurance Gear - Family, Fitness and Food

  • 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…
  • Friday Funny - Inconceivable

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Inconceivable...This one always makes me laugh...from The Princess Bride - cute movie for the whole family.Happy Friday!Any fun plans for the weekend?Like Women's Endurance Gear on Facebook
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    Miss Zippy

  • 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…
  • Who’s that runner?

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    On Saturday, as I headed out for my miserable wet long run, I passed two other women not far from home. Later in the day, when posting to Instagram, one of them commented and said she and her running partner had passed me that morning and where that was. I knew immediately it was those two women and I also was happy to know who they were because I have been seeing them for ages on that stretch of road on early Saturday mornings. They are among an entire crop of runners I see but don’t know. I also regularly see speedy guy who runs the same stretch of road out and back, often wearing a…
  • Friday Five

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    I kind of miss the days when THIS was soccer for my kids 1. I may be a runner but this weekend is going to be all about soccer. Both kids have tournaments (thankfully the same one and thankfully it’s here in town) which means at least six, and potentially eight, soccer games in one weekend. My long run will be starting even earlier than usual on Saturday! 2. I love that fall marathon season is under way. Chicago, for one, is this weekend. Looking forward to tracking folks there, and looking forward to next weekend’s Baltimore Running Festival (BRF). 3. Speaking of which, the BRF…
  • Find the joy in your racing

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    It’s hard not to be happy when your course looks like this! (Victoria Gastro Pub Running Festival) Here comes your daily dose of zen–be warned: Think back to your first days of racing: you probably had zero expectations and put little to no pressure on yourself to achieve a certain time. When you raced, you enjoyed the time out there. When you crossed the finish line, you were happy with your accomplishment, no matter what the clock said. When I look back on my early days of racing, in both triathlon and running, ignorance was definitely bliss. I had a sense of what my abilities…
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    Site Root

  • Forum Post: Duck feet

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Hi everyone.  I am looking for some advice on where to look for some trail shoes to fit my very wide feet. I have been running in Asics Lahar 4 for a long time but they all seem to split outside of my little toe. The same place  Every time. I am an under pronator and spend most of my time on a mixture of trails and roads. Any advice welcome.  Thanks in advance  
  • File: Mochdre Rd Elevation

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Elevation chart from yesterday's run
  • Forum Post: Great Scottish Run Half Marathon - Running technique

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    Looking for some advice please. I've only ever completed a 10k and after that I ended up with sciatica. I've now signed up for the half marathon and I'm hoping for some advice to stop this happening again. Any suggestions? Thanks
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  • Forum Post: Challenge

    Terry Dannville
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    As my bug friends know I've had problems with my knee since brighton marathon. I had to drop out of chippenham half mara last month so the new health and safety at my work has challenged me to chippenham half mara next year not one to back down. I have taken the challenge and raisd the bar and challenged him to Brighton mara 2016 lets av it.
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    Strength Running

  • 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 […]
  • Welcome to the first episode of Q&A with Coach!

    Jason Fitzgerald
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I started running as a freshman in high school, I had NO CLUE what I was doing. I wore mesh shorts and basketball shoes to the first practice… The worst part? I thought I could do the high jump like track & field… but cross country is ALL running! There are no field events! It’s adorable […]
  • I want to buy you a new GoPro Camera

    Jason Fitzgerald
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I started running in 1998, I never thought that this wonderful sport would contribute so much to my life. Running in high school introduced me to some of my best friends. My wife Meaghan ran for the women’s cross country team in college (how could she resist my shaved legs and incessant demands to […]
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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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    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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    RunnerDude's Blog

  • External Focus Best for Marathoners

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

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

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    If you're training for a fall marathon then many of you are now about halfway or a little over half-way into your training. Many of you are feeling some doubts about your training. Yep, you are not alone.Runners are a warm, caring, sharing group, but often when we begin to feel doubt about our abilities, we hold this info within. So, know you are not alone. Others are feeling the same doubts and lack of confidence.Also know, this is common. We are often our own worst enemies. Training is tough. It's a huge time commitment. It's a lot of wear and tear on your body and mind. About half-way…
  • Celebrate the Small Gains

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

    4 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Want to run the Rockies? You're in luck here's your chance to win a free entry to the Revel RockiesMarathon taking place August 17, 2014.The Revel Rockies Marathon is incredibly fast and remarkably beautiful road race takes runners from the forests and canyons of the Rocky Mountains to the foothills of Denver. Featuring a perfectly smooth downhill slope and spectacular scenery, this race will be sure to help you set your PR and finally hit that Boston Qualifying time. REVEL in speed. REVEL in beauty. REVEL in the Rockies.Act quick!
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  • 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…
  • This Week in Runblogging: September 29 to October 5 2014

    Peter Larson
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week I took a look at the Hoka Huaka. It was my second experience in a Hoka shoe (I reviewed the Hoka Clifton a few weeks ago), and this one was a better match for my stride. Compared to the Clifton, the Huaka provides a firmer, more responsive ride with a less rockered sole. In other respects the shoes share a lot of similarities, including a similar upper and fit (the Huaka may be a tad narrower). If you want to try a Hoka and don’t like super-soft soles, the Huaka might be a good spot to start. Runblogger Posts From Last Week Garmin Forerunner 620 – Some Fun With Running Dynamics…
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  • Illuminate the night: running gear for the dark

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Most of us choose running gear based on three factors: comfort, cost, and appearance. While it’s a nice perk to look cute when out on a run, the appearance factor takes on a whole new meaning when running in the dark. Bright colors, reflective gear, and/ or illumination devices are essential for running in the […]
  • Natural healing: cinnamon

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Cinnamon. This warming, delicious, comforting spice is omnipresent in the fall – from pumpkin muffins to apple pies to PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes). And the spice does more than just tickle your tastebuds. It also has many health benefits. Cinnamon … … is anti-microbial: Cinnamon has been studied for its anti-microbial effects on the body. What does this mean? It can help slow […]
  • Prepping for a Plan B marathon

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:51 pm
    A few years ago, I spent months training for a marathon. Race day came and let’s just say that it did not go according to plan. I ended up dropping out of the race at mile 12. As soon as I got home, I scoured the internet for upcoming marathons. With all the training under […]
  • Ten 10-minute cross-training workouts

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Want to up your game when it comes to cross-training? Make it easier on yourself by adding it in small spurts. Just 10 minutes of added exercise on top of your regular regimen can make a huge difference when you consider that it can add more than an hour targeted activity each week. Here are 10 […]
  • How to set a marathon goal time

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    If you’re like me, you have a goal finish time in mind well before you start marathon training. This isn’t always the best approach, though. A lot can happen over the course of a 16-week marathon training plan. Injuries, illness, burnout, and other curveballs life throws at you can hinder your training, and that time goal […]
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    Shut Up + Run

  • 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…
  • 9 Necessities In My Gym Bag

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    The title of this post is actually a lie because while I have a gym bag, I don’t have a gym to go to.  Right now, I have a car bag, which is basically a gym bag I keep in my car (duh) for those times when I drive to take long runs or go to the pool. Here’s what’s in it:1. Puffs SoftPack – This is a brand spanking new item on the market and I love it. Instead of carrying around those big and bulky hard boxes of tissues or those tiny little packs, you can now use this full sized SoftPack to cram in between your car seats or in your gym bag. The package is even water resistant in…
  • What I Found On Today’s Run

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Today on my run I found a parakeet.  It looked exactly like this, but I didn’t have my camera so Google images had to do. Cute little feller, no? It was on the sidewalk and I almost smashed it with my Asics. It flew into a tree. I spent more time than I care to mention trying to coax it out of the tree. I am not sure what I would done if it came to me because I really don’t like birds. Maybe I could have had it for dinner with a side or orzo. After all was said and done, I left it there. I came home and wondered if I was supposed to call the humane society or animal control in these…
  • Now THAT Was Creepy (and gross! beware!)

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Before I get into what was creepy and why I want to point out something that I learned today. This is the most important thing in the news after Ebola and ISIS (not really, I’m just making light of our dire world situation). Remember in a post I wrote a couple weeks ago (8 Pet Peeves You May Have About Runners) where I talked about how I hate it when people don’t put the seat down in the porta potty?  There is actually scientific evidence behind why this is a good idea: Tip: Don’t touch the seat. Put it down with your foot. Now onto creepy. What you are all waiting for. If you get…
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    Runners Connect

  • 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…
  • 3 Ways to Use a Foam Roller More Effectively to Treat Running Injuries

    John Davis
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Previously, we took a looked at the latest science behind foam rolling to improve recovery and reduce soreness after a hard workout. But soreness isn’t the only reason runners use a foam roller. Managing and treating injuries is another popular use for foam rolling. But is it really effective? Unfortunately, there isn’t any hard research on foam rolling as part of an injury-rehab or prevention program for runners, but we can still take a look at some of the hypotheses about what foam rolling accomplishes to see why some runners find foam rolling useful for tight muscles, IT band…
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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

  • 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…
  • Leesburg, VA: Old Waterford Road

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    It’s a minor pet peeve of mine when bloggers apologize for not writing. The world does not skip a beat if I don’t write a post – life goes on. I believe that no words are often better than too many words. I do however find myself in the situation where I own you an apology. I want to say sorry to those of you who visited my blog in the past two weeks and noticed that it was down, or not working properly – I know it is annoying when a website you want to look at isn’t working properly. To make a VERY long story short I had a nightmare week last week {my blog…
  • Womens Running: What Should You Bring With You To A Marathon

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    It’s September which means marathon season is upon us. Some runners have already attempted a last ditch effort at aualifying for Boston 2015, while others are gearing up for the major marathons held in October and November. Here is my list of WAY too many things you should pack to bring to a marathon. In my humble opinion, one can never be too prepared! Roll of toilet paper. Whenever I say to bring toilet paper, people laugh at me. I brought a roll with me to Hood to Coast the first year I ran it and all my van-mates laughed. They weren’t laughing, however, when everyone had to go in…
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    Runtastic Blog

  • Get Fit For Fall: Workout With A Pumpkin

    Vera Schwaiger
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    We all know that you can carve a pumpkin for Halloween or make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, but there’s more! Runtastic Fitness Coach Lunden created a really fun and creative workout that is sure to get you sweaty this season! Check it out and get fit for fall. Workout with a Pumpkin 20 around-the-world’s (10 each way) 12 single leg pumpkin press (6 each leg) 20 quick feet pumpkin taps 20 low squats 10-15 narrow pumpkin push-ups 20 decline pumpkin plank & tap (10 each foot) Rest & Repeat 3-5x The post Get Fit For Fall: Workout With A Pumpkin appeared first on Runtastic Blog.
  • GPS Part I: GPS, Runtastic & You

    Vera Schwaiger
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    What is GPS? It’s 2014 and by now most people have heard of ‘GPS’ and may have unknowingly used it, but may not necessarily know what it is.  GPS is a technology which is now available to more people than ever before due to the emergence of smartphones.  But did you know that GPS stands for Global Positioning System and is made up from a network of 24 satellites, and there is always a minimum of four satellites in view of your location at any given time? The GPS system was put into place by the US Department of Defense, planned in 1973, completed in 1994 and opened to the public in…
  • Healthy Pumpkin Treats For Halloween

    Vera Schwaiger
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Pepitas– that’s what Mexicans call pumpkin seeds.  They can be divided into a crunchy, white skin and a green seed and both parts are edible.  Pepitas do not only have a sweet name, they also taste great. Plus, they come with lots of health benefits. Pumpkin seeds are real champions among seeds and nuts: * They are the top iron, zinc, Vitamin B2 and B6 providers * They come in second regarding their magnesium content Especially now, around Halloween, many people carve pumpkins and use them to decorate their homes.  The valuable seeds often end up in the trash bin.  This is too…
  • Happy Birthday! Runtastic keeps growing

    Vera Schwaiger
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    “Wow, you’ve grown a lot” – people were telling us when Runtastic turned 3. Recently, we celebrated our 5th birthday and have grown even more! For our 5-year anniversary, we planned a quite appropriate celebration:  Like 5-year-olds like to do, we all went to a water park!  The whole Runtastic team enjoyed some splashing, floating and sliding time together, only interrupted by cheering glasses at the pool bar.  Yes, we totally incorporated this traditional part of any party (except we were raising the glasses in bikinis and boardshorts) into our 5th birthday celebration Since…
  • Yoga For Athletes: Take Your Mind & Body To The Next Level

    Vera Schwaiger
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    by Nick Palladino  At 31-years old, I am in better shape today than I have been in my entire life.  I am physically stronger, more flexible, better balanced and can recover faster from almost any type of workout than most people.  How is this possible you ask?  One word; yoga.  Practicing yoga has taken my mind and body from tight, under-developed and imbalanced to what it is today- supple, strong and adaptable.  At 6’7’’, if my body can respond how it has to the practice of yoga, then honestly, anyone’s can too. Shortly after my college basketball career came to an end, a…
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    Angry Jogger

  • 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…
  • Recovering From The Loch Ness Marathon With Burritos, Rest And Milkshakes.

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    I’ve been relaxing all week after the Loch Ness Marathon and it’s been a strange time. Normally I can recover from a marathon within a few days but this time around it is taking longer as I put a lot of effort into that run. 4:08 was a much better time than I was ever expecting and I now believe I can record a sub 4 this year. In my next marathon in Munich I will be running the first half in under 2 hours and I’ll just keep going . It will be interesting to see how I cope after that. Getting back from Scotland on Sunday was a real pain in the ass. The train took over 3 hours…
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    Running in late 20s

  • 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…
  • Swiss Irontrail, the next challenge

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I just cannot wait for this. Swiss Irontrail T81: 88.1 km, 5010m elevation gain.
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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

  • 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
  • 5 great, free running apps

    Nicole orriëns
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    I'm not very smartphone savvy. I use it mostly to listen to music. However, there are some great running apps that even I installed on my phone! Running apps can be great tools that keep your spirits up. 5 great, free running apps! Runkeeper: helps you keep track of how far you've run Zombies, run! app. This is a running game and audio adventure. While you run, you listen to the story.
  • How to watch tv on an elliptical machine?

    Nicole orriëns
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    When I wrote about my crosstrainer, did I mention how boring it is? I'm sure I did. Because it's hard to forget that kind of boredom. Anyway, because the crosstrainer is quite boring it didn't take me long to start thinking: 'I wanna watch tv while I'm on my elliptical machine!' But the thing is: my elliptical trainer is on our balcony. It was the only place I could put it. And there's no
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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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  • 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…
  • RA059 | 80/20 Running: Slow Down to Get Faster with Matt Fitzgerald

    Matt Johnson
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Run stronger and race faster by slowing down during a majority of your training. You can get better by making the majority of your running easier. This isn’t a link bait headline that graces the ‘big running magazines’ but in fact a training methodology that is proven to elicit your best performance and remains the choice of elite runners over many decades and still today. Matt Fitzgerald continues to be the voice of reason by providing scientifically backed running books that explore not hand picked research to advance an agenda but instead get at what the summation of…
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  • 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
  • Is Marathon Training SUPPOSED to Go Like This?

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    I was feeling very uninspired to write in the blog today, feeling content to just browse other blogs, Instagram and Daily Mile to see what everyone else was running today. I started to see a slight commonality amongst  a few of them, particularly those who like myself, are training for the Columbus Marathon. I’ve seen “physically, and emotionally tested”, “uninspired” which are in perfect synch with my “feeling drained” Instagram post from this morning. I’m in a funk, plain and simple and I want to snap out of it. First, I need to explain my…
  • What it Means, EXACTLY, to Run the Mile You’re In

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    After my disappointing race last weekend, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my running. A LOT of thinking. I was having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that I need to run a marathon at a certain pace, but I couldn’t even do it for the half the distance last Saturday. Quite honestly, it had me in a bit of a panic. I mean the sick to my stomach, tears in my eyes, hyperventilating kind of panic… I felt like I’ve been spinning my wheels for 10 weeks and have gotten nothing out of it. I’ve since come to my senses and know this isn’t true.
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    Dawn - Sometimes An Ultrarunner

  • 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…
  • Lone Peak Hike n'Summit

    27 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Lone Peak is an imposing summit towering over my house in Utah.   I've flown over it, and hiked all the way around it, but never stood atop the rocky summit.   It's been calling me all summer, and finally I found a day to hike up.  Well, actually it was my second attempt...the first time got a late start and attempted a trail which obviously in retrospect didn't actually reach the peak at all!   That time I had a nice day hike and came back down to do more research.  Topo maps aren't very updated...mine is missing the entire town of Sun Crest at the Point of the…
  • Run Elevated Half Marathon Aug 23, 2014

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    I saw my first snowfall for the year on August 23 at 6 o'clock in the morning, while standing at the entrance to Alta Ski Resort.   Alta lies at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and I was getting soaking with fat snowflakes, along with hundreds of other people, waiting to run down the canyon for the Run Elevated Half Marathon.    We were all basically wet, and cold, and a little miserable, probably wondering what we were doing in the dark dressed in skimpy clothing that high in the mountains.  The smart ones had brought umbrellas, and rain ponchos, and probably hot…
  • Snowbird Adventure Race, Aug 16 2014

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

  • 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…
  • Tibialis Posterior Strength Exercise: Anytime Anywhere!

    James Dunne
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
    A Twitter follower of mine just asked me for a simple exercise to target the small but important Tibialis Posterior muscle of the lower leg. While I’ve already uploaded a video showing my favourite Tibialis Posterior Stretch, it’s important to also build strength in this often weak, and sometimes dysfunctional muscle. Try this… all you need is a step!: For more Tibialis Posterior strengthening exercises, check out these videos. The post Tibialis Posterior Strength Exercise: Anytime Anywhere! appeared first on Run Coaching, Ironman and Triathlon Specialists - Kinetic…
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    The Runner Dad » Running & Fitness

  • 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…
  • Race Recap: Jersey Shore Half Marathon

    Matt Orlando
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I had one main goal in mind as I set out on Sunday morning on my way to the Jersey Shore Half Marathon: blow away my previous half marathon PR. Prior to this year, my half marathon PR had stood defiantly at 1:50:27, a time which I had set back in 2008. That particular race had included both me doubling back to find a friend at one point AND throwing up just short of the finish line. So I always knew I had a sub 1:50 in me, though until this year that goal had remained elusive. Earlier this year I had run the Super Hero Half in Morristown, NJ, where, despite the heat and poorly placed water…
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    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.
  • OnYou Magnetic Case & Sleeve

    Meaghan Murray
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    OnYou Magnetic Case & Sleeve ($75…or $50 on Kickstarter now) Scott Bauer: Co Founder of OnYou – Mobile Accessories Do you run with your phone? I know a lot of people do. I see them running with the phone in their hand or tucked up in one of those armbands, but recently I came across […] The post OnYou Magnetic Case & Sleeve appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Unilite Headlamp Review

    Thomas Neuberger
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Unilite Headlamp Review (Head Torch for our UK friends) and Give Away Ok, so little pre review stuff to mention. First off Unilite provided us with several units for the review, the PS-H8 with 250 lumens and a rear red LED blinker was the most hardcore unit for urban predawn and night running with 140 […] The post Unilite Headlamp 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

  • 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 →
  • Coffee Morning!

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today at work we are having a Macmillan Coffee morning, so we have all been asked to bring in some home baked goods. I know some of the people at work have just been to Asda and bought in some bits, but I made my famous courgette cakes. Yes, that is right cakes made with courgettes! I have made these a… Read more →
  • Morning Vs Evening

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    I often wonder when is the best time to workout, and the other day I came across this really good blog. I always try my hardest to get a workout in whenever I can be to be honest. Some weeks I can be really motivated and I will set my alarm early, get up and get a workout done. Whereas… Read more →
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    Runner's Women

  • 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,…
  • What Do You Carry For Self Defense When You Run?

    5 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Self defense is important for you to possess if you are a runner. It is not necessary that you have to be well trained in hitting back someone, but in that case you need to be well equipped. By well equipped I mean that there are some self defense tools you must carry to protect yourself. Daylight robbery is increasingly becoming dangerous as thieves tend to snatch away your belongings and ornaments openly. Not just robbery, other crimes like kidnapping and murder also happen especially when you are running. Hence it is important for you to defend yourself in such cases. The following tools…
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