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  • Do Race Lotteries Violate the Law?

    Matt McCue
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    A recent ruling calls into question lotteries' legality.
  • How Healthy is Your Heart?

    Ask the Sports Doc
    William O. Roberts, MD
    18 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    Know the warning signs of a potential cardiac event and get the screenings you need.
  • Running in the Humidity

    Cool Running
    17 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Hot temperatures and a blazing sun aren't your only concerns when heading out for a run this summer. Find out why humidity is another factor, and how your body reacts to it.
  • Best Running Websites

    Run n Stuff
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Best Running WebsitesThis is my list of some of the best running websites to check out to stay in touch with what’s happening in the running world.Runners World –  – Daily running news, running tips for beginners and advanced, injury prevention, and equipment reviews. Race listings throughout the US.Running Times – – Comprehensive articles on training, sports medicine, shoes, personalities & more for all competitive, high school, college, masters & trail runners.Cool Running –…
  • Nike Pegasus vs. Nike Free 3.0: Does a Moderately Cushioned Shoe Encourage Barefoot-Like Biomechanics?

    Peter Larson
    20 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Nike has long touted the design of their Free line of running shoes as having been inspired by barefoot running. Indeed, the newest Free shoes have the phrase “Barefoot Ride” written right on the insole (see photo at left). Personally, I’m a fan of the Frees since they suit my preference for light, flexible, moderately cushioned shoes. However, despite their more minimal structure, I don’t think they really come even close to simulating the experience of running barefoot (few shoes do). In my recent review of the Nike Free 5.0 I cited a study that compared running biomechanics in the…
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    Jeff Galloway's Blog

  • Short uphill stride helped me run my fastest marathon….at age 35

    Jeff Galloway
    18 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The 1980 Houston-Tenneco course had several significant rolling sections, and this worried me. I had strained my hamstring eight weeks before the race and had to lay off from fast running. As the time closed in on the marathon date, I discovered that the only speed sessions I could do were hill repeats with a shortened stride. While the injury was not fully healed, I picked up the turnover and jokingly told myself that I was the fastest “short strider” in the U.S.! The hill’s resistance gave the quality of speed play needed to run a high-performance marathon. The stride reduction…
  • Walking as an Endurance Exercise

    Jeff Galloway
    10 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    What is endurance exercise? The essence of endurance exercise is to go farther – to keep doing an exercise long enough so that the body must find more efficient ways of moving, of processing energy, sending blood, etc. For untrained muscles, a walk of 10 minutes will do this. As we push back this threshold, our first goal is to get to 3 sessions a walk of 30 minutes each. For continuing progress, one of these could be a long one that pushes up to the current endurance limit or beyond (45 minutes, then 60 minutes, then whatever you want).
  • Marathon FAQ: Question: I get light-headed and have trouble concentrating at the end of my long runs.

    Jeff Galloway
    4 May 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Answer: In investigating this condition among my runners, I’ve discovered that the most common reason for this is low blood sugar. In this case, increasing the blood sugar snacks, such as gel products or candy, can provide psychological relief. The general rule of thumb is to consume 30-40 calories per mile, with 2-4 oz. of water, every 1-2 miles. Most find that they need to start taking the blood sugar boosters about 4-6 miles into a long run. Some of the light-headedness is due to fatigue. By taking walk breaks often enough from the beginning and starting more slowly, this problem can…
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    Cool Running

  • Running in the Humidity

    17 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Hot temperatures and a blazing sun aren't your only concerns when heading out for a run this summer. Find out why humidity is another factor, and how your body reacts to it.
  • How to Avoid Air Pollution on Your Next Run

    17 May 2015 | 5:57 pm
    If you're running outside, there's a good chance you're going through air pollution. Find out how to limit your exposure.
  • Train your brain to help your run

    17 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Your brain can be just as important as the rest of your muscles when running. Find out how positive thinking can make a difference in your next race.
  • The Beginner's Guide to Getting Faster

    17 May 2015 | 5:52 pm
    If you want to run faster, you can't just push it. Find out the basics on working slowly to increase your speed.
  • How Not to Be a Head Case at Your Big-City Race

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Don't let the clamor of race day distract you - follow this day-by-day, mile-by-mile guide to stay mentally strong.
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    Make It a Masterpiece

  • Injured

    21 May 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Not badly, but enough to take me out of running for maybe a couple of weeks.  Eight days ago I started out on a fairly energetic (for me) 5-mile run.  I felt strong and ran pretty hard, but when I reached about mile three I felt a pain in the right hamstring. I stopped and walked a bit and tried running again, but the pain reappeared.  Another try, and it was worse yet.  I walked home, actually fairly slowly, because by then it even hurt to walk.Six days later, last Tuesday at Mayo Clinic, I tried to run two blocks from the parking lot to the Hilton Building for my morning…
  • Fourteen Good Miles

    10 May 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Sunday, May 10, 2015:I am training for a marathon, even though I don't really know when the next one will be.  This is a change.  I have run marathon after marathon, getting slower and slower, so now I'm trying to do it right, actually training for one. Fourteen miles today, maybe fifteen or sixteen next week, slowly building strength to run a 20-mile training run and then perhaps, after a few weeks, to run another, until a 20-mile run is easy.  Easier, anyway.  Then perhaps I can do a marathon without worrying whether they will close the finish line before I get there!In…
  • Strong Run

    8 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Wednesday, May 6, 2015:Five miles at a sub-11 pace.  This is my Dex day - I took my weekly 40 mg of dexamethasone last evening - and that may have played a part.  I did feel very good throughout the run.  5.01 miles in 54:48, pace = 10:56.No pains, no problems.Tuesday, May 5:Kwik Trip & back, total 4.06 miles in 47:25, pace = 11:40.  No pains, no problems.
  • Woofed

    3 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Sunday, May 3, 2015:A hilly ten miles about as fast as I could go.  We live in a river town, built on one side of a valley.  Our home is several hundred feet above the river, actually out of the valley on the flat, but today's loop took me from home down to the river - maybe three feet above the water - and back up again.I pushed pretty hard, doing a run/walk of 1 to 1 most of the way, more running going downhill and sometimes a little less uphill.  I noticed that I was taking one full breath for every three footfalls much of the time, indicating a race pace for me.
  • Two Miles Twice

    28 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
    After the longish 12-mile run on Sunday I was due for a shorter one today.  I have several routes plotted to a Kwik Trip station, all about two miles, so I like to .  I ran a little faster than I have been, run / walk 1 to 1 some of the time, total 4.24 miles.Unfortunately the battery on my Timex watch winked out as I clicked upon arriving home.  I'm sure that I momentarily saw either 46 or 48 minutes as the watch face faded to white.  I'll pick 48, which figures out to a pace of 11:19, much better than I've been doing lately.  Plenty good enough for today.
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  • Harry Marra: 10 Event Maestro, Exceptional Deca Coach Is Multi-Talented by Dave Hunter

    20 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Harry Marra, photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images for the IAAF, A Day in the Life, April 2013I love coaches. I love to watch them coach, I love to watch them with their athletes and with other coaches. They have a sacred trust: passing down centuries of athletic history and tradition, while using modern training techniques to help their athletes achieve a goal. Coaches build character. Harry Marra is one of the finest coaches that I know. Coaches are confessors, cheerleaders, salesman, and shrinks, all rolled up into one. A great coach, and Harry Marra is that, toil their entire…
  • World-Class Athletes headline Portland 2016 Countdown Celebration

    Larry Eder
    20 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    Sheila Reid, photo by PhotoRun.netWorld-class athletes headline Portland 2016 Countdown Celebration PORTLAND, Ore. - Fifteen of the world's greatest track and field athletes will headline a star-studded lineup of Olympic gold medalists, world record-holders and World Champions at the Portland 2016 Countdown Celebration on Wednesday, May 27 from 3-7 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Over the course of their professional careers, this illustrious group has combined to establish seven world records and compete in 18 Olympic Games, ranging from the 2000 Summer Games in…
  • SATV+RBR Interview, Part 2: Mark Mastalir, VP Marketing at HOKA ONEONE, on Running Demographics

    Larry Eder
    20 May 2015 | 12:25 am
    Mark Mastalir, photo by The Shoe AddictsMark Mastalir, in this multi part series, explains how HOKA ONE ONE has focused its marketing on the performance running market. By staying true to the sport, HOKA ONE has developed a loyal following, which is spreading to younger runners. In this portion of the interview, Mark discusses the dream demographics of all running footwear companies; finding a younger demographic. As the HOKA ONE ONE product expands, and their marketing programs, such as the 2 mile postal, grow, it will be fascinating to see the support garnered for the…
  • Gatlin not running in Beijing, by EME News

    Larry Eder
    19 May 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Justin Gatlin, Doha 2015, photo by PhotoRun.netGatlin not runningBEIJING (CHN): Organisers of the Beijing IAAF World Challenge have reportedly told Justin Gatlin that they do not want him to compete in their meet, report Reuters. The US sprinter had complained of a hamstring cramp and dehydration on arriving to Beijing, but was given the all-clear to be able to compete after a training session on Monday. Gatlin's agent Renaldo Nehemiah said that organisers have made Gatlin's team pay for their flights and accommodation, at a cost of over 12 000 USD. Gatlin commented on the situation, "I…
  • Kirani James will compete in Rabat (June 14), by EME News

    Larry Eder
    19 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Kirani James for RabatRABAT (MAR): Top stars of the 8th edition of the Meeting International Mohammed VI in Rabat (IAAF World Challenge) on June 14 will be world stars like Kirani James from Grenada in the 400 m. Kenyan DL winner Silas Kiplagat (1500 m) and Jairus Birech (3000 m steeple). French Pascal Martinot-Lagarde is scheduled for 110 m hurdles, in high jump World and European Champion Bohdan Bondarenko. On the women side US Allyson Felix in her first top 400 m of the season and returning Kenyan World champion Vivian Cheruiyot in the 3000 m. Poland´s Adam Kszczot will have…
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    Runnergirl Training

  • Food Combining Rules

    runnergirl training
    21 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Check out some great information on food combining here!
  • Plantar Fasciitis Help

    runnergirl training
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Check out these 5 suggestions for relief from plantar fasciitis here.
  • Teas For Weight Loss

    runnergirl training
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Here are a few teas which may help with weight loss.
  • Food For Weight Loss

    runnergirl training
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Check out this list of a few foods which may assist with weight loss. 
  • Upper Abs Exercises

    runnergirl training
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Here are a few effective upper abs exercises to try today! 
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    See Corey Run: A Fitness & Nutrition Journal

  • The Last Blog Post: A Fond Farewell & "Hello" Elsewhere :)

    29 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Hello all,Just a brief announcement to let you know that, as of today, this blog and its associated Facebook page will be shuttered for good. The online archives will remain here, at least for a little while anyhow, but the blog itself will no longer be updated. I've made this decision in order to give 100% of my focus to my book writing and food blogging. As you can see, this blog hasn't been updated in quite some time (almost 2 years!), so guess this announcement shouldn't really come as much of a surprise. :)This blog's been around for almost 8 years (!), and it's been a really enjoyable…
  • Coach Corey's Corner: 10 Tips to Set the Stage for a Great 5K Race

    15 Sep 2013 | 7:22 am
    This post was inspired by my friend, Ken, who'd asked for some 5K race day tips yesterday. So, here's some free coaching advice for those racing the 5K distance, whether it's their first 5K or their 50th:1. If possible, do a dry run of the race course to familiarize yourself with the "lay of the land," so to speak. Being well-informed and well-prepared helps to instill confidence on race day. It's a psychological thing: Typically, the more "knowns" (versus "unknowns") you create, the more at ease you will feel; it's a good technique to help "settle" the mind on race day as well.2. Pace…
  • Coach Corey's Corner: 15 Tips for a Long and Healthy Running Life

    3 May 2013 | 9:12 am
    I know I still have to finish part 2 of that last article. It's currently sitting in draft form, and I'm sure I'll get to it at some point, but right now, I'd like to move on to another topic. I'm training a new client today who's relatively new to the sport and have given him a list of tips that I'd drawn up for this express purpose. (This is standard practice for new clients.) I thought I'd share that list here to help benefit others runners. Although the advice is geared towards newbies, experienced runners can benefit from it too. We all sometimes need reminders to refocus on the basics…
  • Coach Corey's Corner: Effective Strategies for Achieving Your New Year's Health & Exercise Goals, Part 1

    31 Dec 2012 | 5:00 pm
    As this year comes to a close and we look forward to the start of a new year, it's only natural to think about what we want to accomplish in 2013. And not surprisingly, many of those goals are health and exercise related. :)For those of us who've already integrated regular exercise and healthy living into our existing life patterns, this means we're simply renewing our commitment to our ongoing exercise and eating plans, while setting even more ambitious goals to reach along the way. We might need to tweak our plans here and there, but for the most part, we know what we need to accomplish and…
  • Martial Arts and Running: Balancing the Yin with the Yang :)

    21 Dec 2012 | 5:27 pm
    As I mentioned in previous post, I'm now enrolled as a student at a martial arts school, in addition to my other exercise activities. I'm currently taking (Northern Shaolin) kung fu and t'ai chi there, and at some point, will probably also toss in a kickboxing class here and there. After some trial and error, I've had to shift my schedule around a bit, but now think I've found the perfect balance to fit everything in. I was originally going to lift on my off-days from martial arts and running, but as I soon discovered, that wasn't feasible. After doing lifting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and…
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    Sweet Victory

  • Diabetes Blog Week - Day 4 - Changes

    Marcus Grimm
    15 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    Today's topic: changes I want for diabetes.Great topic, as it gets to the heart of my interest in coming to Aspire Ventures and doing work for Tempo Health.To be clear, I don't need another diabetes app that allows me to log my stuff, even though we're building one. I don't need another place to put old news, and I really don't need another place to put data that's already been logged someplace else.What I want and what I need is insight. I need something that can comb through my data and find the trends that will lead me, and others, to better control. While my relationship with my endo is…
  • Diabetes Blog Week - Day 3 - Clean it Out

    Marcus Grimm
    13 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Today's post asks, "What needs to be cleaned out about our diabetes, either physically or emotionally?"I think you'll see some great posts today about the emotional burden of diabetes. You won't find that here, though.What you will find is a short commentary about how health insurance has changed what it means to be a diabetic in the US.What you see there is my back-up closet of supplies. There's probably about two years worth of Medtronic supplies (as well as two out of warranty pumps), and a much smaller supply of first generation Omnipods. (Let's be honest; the batteries in the Omnipods…
  • Diabetes Blog Week - Day 2 - Keep it to Yourself

    Marcus Grimm
    12 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    Originally I didn't know what I'd write about when asked what parts of diabetes "I keep to myself." Truth is, I don't keep a lot to myself. Opinions? Oh yeah, I've got them. About diabetes. About the next Star Wars movie. About rye whiskey. You ask, I've got something to say.But there are certain things related to diabetes that I don't tend to talk about much and blog about even less. Not many, but a few.1.) I don't talk much about infusion set failures that lead to high BGs. I've read some extremely emotional posts from diabetics who'll allow a bent cannula to be the catalyst for a tirade…
  • Diabetes Blog Week - Post 1 - I Can

    Marcus Grimm
    11 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    So after nearly a year of not blogging, here I go committing to a week of posts for Diabetes Blog Week. A short disclaimer: I've actually been writing and posting a lot. Sometimes at LinkedIn. Sometimes on corporate blogs. But not here so much for the past year. Until this week. So pull up a chair and let's get to it.Today's post topic is "I Can," and is supposed to talk about what I've done despite diabetes or other positive aspects T1 has brought to my life. You might say I completed a hundred mile race "despite diabetes." I say that running ultramarathons requires an intimate knowledge of…
  • Diabetes Training Camp - A Coach's Review, Part V - All the Rest

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

  • Spartan Race Memorial Day Discount – Save up to $40 off!

    20 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    If you’re looking for a challenging obstacle race to check off your bucket list, then I highly recommend you consider the Spartan Race. Fair warning: it is one of the hardest obstacle races I have ever done (although I do not have much to compare it to). It was one of the most physically and mentally demanding events I have ever experienced in my life. I told myself that I would never do it again, but if the right opportunity arrived, I’d definitely think about it. For now, I will just go back, re-read and re-watch the very long race report and highlight video I created after I…
  • Wanderlust 108 San Diego Mindful Triathlon Report

    17 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    As mentioned in my race preview, this was not your typical triathlon events. But I was still excited to participate in the run (since that is what I do best), the yoga (since I know it’s good for your core) and meditation (since I’ve heard that it’s a good way to relax and clear your mind). Unfortunately, due to other obligations, I only had time to do the run part of this event. The distance was supposed to be 5K, but my GPS had it much less. Even though it was supposed to be a fun run (no timing chips, medals, awards, etc.) I still tried to run it as hard as possible.
  • How to Really Lose Weight – Advice from Top Bloggers

    12 May 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Ever wonder how an expert fitness blogger maintains a healthy weight? Well, these influential bloggers shared their stories and tips on how to lose weight the right way. They all have their own ways of doing things. But, they all pretty much agree on one thing: To maintain a healthy weight, you must live a healthy lifestyle. What has been the key for you in your weight loss journey? Response from Brandi Laughlin at “I would definitely have to say realizing that this is a lifestyle change and not just a quick fix. At first I just thought I would lose the weight and would be…
  • Easier Ways To Scan

    12 May 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Patients who need testing to determine if there is anything wrong in the body might be ordered to get an MRI. This is an easy way to get a better look at the body in the form of slides. Details can appear on the MRI slides that might not show up on an x-ray or other types of scans. Some patients might not be able to lay inside an ordinary MRI machine. This is when an open MRI is beneficial. Those who don’t like to be in enclosed spaces will find that this is a better option as it’s not as confining. The sides are open instead of being enclosed, giving more room while the test is…
  • How to Feel Your Best

    12 May 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Between work, school, family and friends, everyone can feel low at times. The world is a stressful place, but there are some solutions to brighten the mood. A positive attitude with key lifestyle changes allows you to feel your best. Move That Body You don’t have to be a professional athlete to feel good about your body and mind. It’s well known that favorable hormones are released during exercise. Take a walk each day for 30 minutes to feel a change in mood. You’ll notice a surge of good feelings during and immediately after the workout. Try different activities to vary the…
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    Team Cross Runs

  • May Goals!

    3 May 2015 | 7:18 pm
    April was quite a busy/weird month.  At the end of March we decided to sell our house and buy a new one! So we began April frantically cleaning and getting our house staged for selling while also looking at new houses.  In less than 2 weeks of signing a contract with a real estate agent we had a purchase agreement for both a new house and selling our current house!  The rest of April was a blur of purging, packing, cleaning, and trying to maintain some regular life! We were fortunate that Christy’s parents had already planned to come up over spring break so they were able to watch…
  • First Blush: Dickie’s Scramble

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    A brutally hilly ride on a super windy day! I finished, it was definitely a challenge to keep moving. Support my efforts to provide clean water in the Congo!
  • Spartan Sprint, Here I Come!

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    I’m not 100% sure how it happened, but I’m “enlisted” for my first Spartan Sprint race this summer.  My sister has done a few different obstacle/mud races in the past few years. My secret Santa at school this year got me a copy of Mud & Obstacle Magazine. I think those two events and the fact that I’ve been doing Crossfit for awhile now made me think that I could enjoy doing an obstacle race. So then it was more of a matter of finding one. So I found this helpful website: Mud Run Guide. According to the list there are 8 events this year, but last year’s…
  • April Arrived

    2 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Wow, April came in with a blast here in Minnesota. And not an arctic one! No joke, April started with an 84 degree day followed by thunderstorms. But lets look back at March. The last few weeks have all kind of been a blur though the last week welcomed Spring Break and a nice change of pace. The goals for March were: Declutter – what can be thrown away, given away, or put away somewhere else. An item a day or 31 items. This was quite successful. I’ve thrown out or boxed up for Goodwill more than 31 items. This started mostly as clothing items but then I started cleaning up other…
  • Race Review: 6k for Water

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    About 10 of us met at the Linden Hills Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream shop to start a 6k around Lake Harriet. The 35 degree weather and impending snow storm wouldn’t usually seem to abnormal but having had near 70’s weather made it a little harder to get prepared for a cold race/run. Gathered among us were 3 strollers! This could have been the 6k stroller dash for clean water! Why a 6k? The average distance people travel for water in parts of Africa is about 6 kilometers one way. It took us about 40 minutes to run 3.72 miles, can you imagine walking that carrying a 5 gallon…
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    japan running news

  • World University Games Japanese Roster

    Brett Larner
    20 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    by Brett Larner The IUAU has announced the Japanese men's and women's rosters for July's Universiade, the World University Games, in Gwangju, South Korea.  2012 London Olympian Anna Doi (Daito Bunka Univ.), 2014 World Junior Championships men's 400 m silver medalist Nobuya Kato (Waseda Univ.) and 200 m 4th-placer Yuki Koike (Keio Univ.) feature prominently in the sprints, with 2014 Youth
  • Owakudani Volcanic Activity Raises Questions About Cutting the Hakone Ekiden Course Short

    Brett Larner
    19 May 2015 | 2:22 pm an editorial by Mitsuo Kamiya translated by Brett Larner "If this volcanic activity continues like this then it won't be a situation where you could think about holding an ekiden," said an official nervously.  He was speaking of one of the biggest national events, the New Year holidays' Hakone Ekiden.  Located near
  • 'Tolossa Smashes Riga Marathon Course Record'

    Brett Larner
    17 May 2015 | 10:50 pm Kenta Iinuma (Team SGH Holdings) took 8th in 2:16:37, Yudai Yamakawa (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) ending up 12th in 2:28:34.  Click here for complete results.
  • Tanui Runs World-Leading 27:08.21 - Regional Corporate Track Championship Highlights

    Brett Larner
    17 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    by Brett Larner 2013 Moscow World Championships men's 10000 m bronze medalist Paul Tanui (Team Kyudenko) capped a weekend of regional corporate track and field championships with a world-leading 27:08.21 meet record at the Kyushu Championships.  Starting at near world record pace with a 2:38.38 first 1000 m Tanui soon calmed down and ran under control, going through halfway in 13:34.98 and
  • Omwamba, Tsuetaki and Fukuuchi Double With Kanto Regionals 5000 m Wins

    Brett Larner
    17 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    by Brett Larner videos by naoki620 and JRN A day after becoming the first man in 78 years to win four-straight Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships 1500 m titles, Enock Omwamba (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) added another title to his collection, winning a third-straight 5000 m in 13:35.35.  Omwamba and 1500 m runner-up Patrick Wambui (Nihon Univ.) went out front from the start,
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    Jill Will Run

  • Friday Fête

    15 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    This post (Friday Fête) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill Did you grow up in the 80’s and watch Jem? I did… I actually dressed up like Pizzazz from the Misfits (the villain girl band from the show?) for Halloween one year… that must have been 87ish? Anyway, my friends and I loved that show. I saw a link the other day to watch the trailer for the new Jem and the Holograms movie.  So I watched it… and it made me feel all creepy and sad inside. It’s not the Jem that I loved as a kid. Probably for the best… I’m sure that, like most things I liked…
  • Wearable Tech to Manage Pain?!

    13 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    This post (Wearable Tech to Manage Pain?!) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I work a desk job… I sit at a computer for a lot of hours each day. But since I telecommute, I can usually stand up and do some jumping jacks without anyone as a witness, or I can respond to emails on my laptop while using my FitDesk, or I can use the upstairs bathroom instead of the one on the same floor as my office. Little ways to get some extra movement in to my day. But the past few weeks I’ve been making a lot of drives to work on site, which means a lot of time sitting in the car. And…
  • Do you do “athleisure”?

    11 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    This post (Do you do “athleisure”?) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I’m sure you’ve heard the jokes/stories/truths about women wearing yoga pants all the time. It’s a joke: we’re all too sloppy to care anymore. It’s a reality: we like to be comfortable. It’s a spark: a whole new category of clothing called “athleisure” has moved forward due to this. Just to preface… I don’t wear yoga pants around all the time. I’m not sure if I even own yoga pants. I mean, I have several pairs of athletic capris. Some have a…
  • Friday Fête

    8 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    This post (Friday Fête) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I have 10 days of vacation to use before June 30 or else I lose them. That means I need to take quite a few Fridays off before then. So this morning I took the time for myself for this: Try to not get lost… they look like they all come back together, but they don’t! Climb me… I received some new trail shoes: Montrail FluidFlex ST (disclosure: freebie shoes for the purpose of blog review/social media) and while I had run on an easy trail in them before Boston, I was excited to get out on new terrain. They were…
  • All the Workouts I Dream About

    4 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    This post (All the Workouts I Dream About) was published on Jill Will Run by Jill I’m tired today. I ran a brutal marathon last night… in my sleep. the weather was awful in this race. It was cold and rainy… then we ran through a 5 mile segment that had suddenly turned to snow and dropped about a foot of snow in this stretch that we had to shuffle through. There were tunnels that were pitch black because there was no power to illuminate them. All the runners were shuffling along dragging their hands along a wall to keep some kind of an idea as to where they were. Further the…
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    Just Your Average Joggler

  • Running: Thu, 21 May 2015 13:28:34

    21 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    Run to packet pickup #soldierfield10miler Activity: Running Distance: 5.65 mi Duration: 00:49:12 Activity Link:
  • Running: Wed, 20 May 2015 17:26:59

    20 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    Easy run after a long drive Activity: Running Distance: 2.68 mi Duration: 00:24:11 Activity Link:
  • Running: Tue, 19 May 2015 09:48:51

    19 May 2015 | 2:48 am
    Easy run before a trip to St Louis Activity: Running Distance: 2.7 mi Duration: 00:23:29 Activity Link:
  • Running: Mon, 18 May 2015 13:07:52

    18 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    Easy run for recovery Activity: Running Distance: 2.28 mi Duration: 00:21:40 Activity Link:
  • Running: Sun, 17 May 2015 10:35:48

    17 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    Recovery run Activity: Running Distance: 2.32 mi Duration: 00:21:42 Activity Link:
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  • Skratch Labs Recipe of the Week; Peaches and Coconut Rice Cakes

    20 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Another easy recipe, the truth is they are all pretty simple and that’s one of the joys of them! Ingredients 2 cups uncooked sticky rice 3 cups water 1 teaspoon coarse cane sugar ½ cup peeled peaches (canned/tinned or fresh) ½ canned coconut milk ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon coarse salt Method Heat oven to 350f Combine the water and rice in a rice cooker with a dash of salt and let cook While the rice is cooking mince the remaining ingredients, (I mis-read this and simply chopped up the peaches) Lightly coat a backing sheet with nonstick cooking spray or use parchment paper…
  • Golden Gran Fondo (GGF) Week 3

    18 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Week 3 is in the bag and as expected it was a big one. I continued with the TrainerRoad 8 Days in California challenge completing it on Saturday. Here is how the week shook out; Monday. 28 Miles. Princess Stage with 5 KOM including steep ascent in last stage. Short sprint in first third. Fell off the back during the middle climb. Clawed my way back to front group and finished mid bunch. Legs pooped from yesterday's triple! Added an extra 8 miles riding tag-a-long with Becca as she finished up a brick. Tuesday. 25 Miles. Only one KOM. Several intermediate Sprints and fast flat run in to the…
  • Born to Run 0k Race

    16 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
  • Review; Speedplay Pedals Zero Aero Walkables

    13 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    I have ridden Speedplay Zeros for many years now. I have them installed on both my Road and Tri bike and shoes. The main driver for my choice of these over other options was that they offer some Float. Float is the ability to move you heel in or out without disengaging the cleat. Zeros allow you to dial this is in with a range of 0 – 15 degrees of float, Years of running have left me with twitchy knees and the float is a little kinder on them than a pedal solution that locks you into one position. Like most things pedals and cleats don’t last forever and they need looking after and…
  • Golden Gran Fondo (GGF) Week 2

    11 May 2015 | 1:52 pm
    A full week back on the bike and the miles are accumulating quickly. This week was the start of the TrainerRoad 8 Days in California challenge so I slipped off my training in the latter days. It will finish up next Saturday and the I will just slot back into the plan. So here is how things broke down; Monday. The Sufferfest Elements of Style, always good to work on form and develop good habits. Tuesday. TrainerRoad Glacier. 3 sets of Anaerobic capacity intervals; 5x2-minute efforts at 130% FTP with 5-minute recoveries. 6-minute recovery valley, 5x1-minute repeats at 150% FTP with 3-minute…
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    Run Eat Repeat

  • Bombas Socks Discount Code and Cat Wearing Socks

    21 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Hello! How’s it going? Today we’re talking about Bombas athletic and leisure socks. But these socks get some major bonus points because for every sock purchases the company donates a pair to someone in need! (Yes, like Tom’s.) The company has donated over 300,000 socks to those in need since October 2013. So, I’m a big fan of the cause but I’m also a big fan of the product. These socks are comfy and soft and great for running or just chilling. I’ve worn them on several runs already and so far soooo good. (Check out the Bombas giving video for more.) Bombas are great for running…
  • 4 Ways to Deal with a BAD RUN when it’s Happening

    20 May 2015 | 5:58 pm
    I had a bad run this morning. It happens. I’m sure it happens to everyone even the BEST RUNNERS in the World (Kara if you’re reading this, please chime in). And even though a really tough run is going to happen to all of us it’s still extra crappy when it happens to you (and you’re 2 miles from your house and just want to sit on the curb and wait to die). Luckily, I’m sharing 4 ways I deal with a really bad run. (Not ‘bad runs’ which require Pepto Bismo.) 4 Ways to Deal with a Bad Run 1. Tough Love. Check in with your body – are you in pain? are you over-trained? are you just…
  • Propel and Class Pass Giveaway

    20 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    I have a great Class Pass review and giveaway for you courtesy of Propel today! I’m pretty excited about it because I A.) dig the heck out of the new Propel electrolyte water and B.) really love Class Pass (after I have been avoiding trying it for the longest time – busted) The nice people at Propel gave me a month’s membership to Class Pass. Class Pass is a membership that allows you to take UNLIMITED group fitness classes at some of the best studios near you. They offer everything from Zumba to Barre to Crossfit to Boot Camp. It’s awesome! Being in Southern California there are…
  • I Cannot Believe I Let This Happen To Me

    19 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    I don’t know how to say this. I don’t know if there is something wrong with me (outside of the obvious) or I have some kind of memory loss issue or hit my head last night (wine) or what but I really am in shock at how badly I dropped the ball this time. This morning after my run I went to make eggs for breakfast, per usual and discovered… I WAS COMPLETELY OUT OF SRIRACHA! Dun dun duuuuuuuunnnnnn. This has never happened before because luckily for me I am a food hoarder. I buy Sriracha, and basically all my favorite foods, before I’m even close to being out of them so I never have to…
  • I lost my earring and found a smoothie

    19 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    (but I didn’t lose my earring in my smoothie) Hello hello! I totally forgot to fill you in on my Sunday Funday. I just wanted to share my hummus quesadilla recipe before I forgot and in time for Meatless Monday. Ben made an appearance this weekend and we revived our old Sunday morning tradition of walking to get coffee and donuts. I want to do this for the rest of my life until I’m old and gray. We went to a little coffee shop with the most amazing almond pastries of my life. They are like almond croissants but 1000x better – filled with marzipan and completely covered in toasted almond…
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    Midwest Multisport Life - Finding Adventure in My Backyard

  • Hell Hike And Raft: Cairn

    21 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    Hell Hike And Raft Partner Cairn is a subscription service helping outdoor and recreational enthusiasts discover new brands and new products through a monthly box delivered to their doorstep. Their products are curated from four general categories: gear, apparel, energy/food, and skin care. They sent us a box of goodies to check out what they do and help spread the word about their company as well as the companies they work with. Our box contained:A set of plastic cards depicting various useful outdoor knots from Pro-Knot;a Zesty Pepper High Protein Beef Bar from Kratos Foods;the Pulse 1500…
  • Running, will you be my friend?

    20 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    So there is this - after months of consternation and frustration, then taking much time off, I ran yesterday for the first time in a while. I purposefully kept it planned to be short, with a midway break to play on the jungle gym with the Little Worker. He rode his bike, I ran and you know what, it didn't suck too badly.Since I've become large but not in charge, I decided that I also needed to incorporate some cross training and the jungle gym is the perfect place. I did some box jumps, dips, pull ups, chin ups, and some other things I can't recall. This was interspersed with play time, which…
  • Hiking Beverly Lake

    19 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    This weekend, I had the chance to visit a new to me trail, called Beverly Lake. Located in Hoffman Estates about a mile and a half or so off the Interstate, this is an easy location to visit, though traffic back towards the city can be a bear depending on the time of day (it took me about a half hour to drive there Sunday morning, but more than an hour to get home midday). Not a lot of information on the Forest Preserve District of Cook County website, unfortunately, and no trail maps at the parking lot, so I relied primarily on the well-marked trails on my phone's Google Maps.The trail…
  • Make Yourself Known

    14 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    Inspired by Just A Colorado Gal (thanks Heather!), who herself posted because of Amanda at Run to the Finish (isn't the blog world great?), I'm asking you, my readers, to make yourself known. Let's connect.To those who regularly comment - thanks! I want to hear something about you I don't yet know. The rest of you, leave me a comment and tell me who you are: Where do you live? What's your passion? What brings you to my site? What else do you want to see?Left a comment? Great - let's connect on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.Regular reader or occasional visitor, make yourself known.
  • Hell Hike And Raft: HikeGoo

    13 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    One of the most fun things about the lead-up to Hell Hike And Raft is that some of the partners will be providing their products ahead of time. One of these, Foot Kinetics, provided a sample of HikeGoo, blister protection for the feet.I'm as leery as the next person about smearing goop on my feet, even if it's supposed to be beneficial. Also, I don't get blisters very often, so this seemed a redundant product for me. Two things changed my mind, however: one, this product is supposed to work in both wet and dry conditions, and two, the Epic Social Adventurers from last year's trip raved about…
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    Dirty Running

  • What My 10-Year-Old Taught Me About Racing

    Dax Ross
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    It's nice to be reminded what it means to have fun, to run with a light heart and an energy that can't be contained. My wife, my two youngest kids, and I pulled up on a grey morning to run the Children for Children 5K. The 11-year-old race director, Natasha, organized the race to raise money for a children's charity, and she did an amazing job. She even handed out personalized, hand-written thank-you cards to everyone who ran the race. More 11-year-olds should be race directors.My son, Beck, had been talking about this 5K since I told him that I signed us up for it a couple weeks ago, and the…
  • Finding My Religion at the Jerusalem Marathon

    Dax Ross
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    We runners like to add importance and meaning to what others see as a simple, but at the same time painful and tedious method of exercise. My running friends and I half-joke about our Sunday services on the church of the trail, and speak quietly about transcending pain and finding peace after hours and hours of running. We talk about passion, and the spiritual journey of pushing beyond  what we think is possible. That is what made the Jerusalem Marathon such a natural fit. I was fortunate enough to have received an invitation about 7 weeks ago to run the marathon, and what better place…
  • Couch to Marathon in 6 Weeks -- My Ill-Advised 6-Week Marathon Training Plan

    Dax Ross
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    There's a scene in Something About Mary where that psycho hitchhiker has a brilliant business idea -- 7 Minute Abs. You know, it's just like 8 Minute Abs, but better (and it's guaranteed). Well, I'm your psycho hitchhiker, and you can get rid of your 24- or 30-week marathon training programs, because I have a 6-week program that blows those out of the water.First, a major disclaimer: this is not an ideal way to train for a marathon. In fact, this may lead to injury. But if you only have 6 weeks to get in shape to run a marathon, this plan just might work for you. Just don't expect to set any…
  • Heading to the Holy Land and Other Upcoming Adventures

    Dax Ross
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    I usually sit down in January and plan out a race and training schedule for the upcoming year. Not this year. I didn't really have any plans except for a vague desire to run the Wonderland Trail at some point this summer, but to be honest, it could wait until next year, or maybe the year after. My motivation has been low, and the lottery and race entrance process doesn't help. It's hard to plan a race a year in advance. I have problems planning what I'm going to do next week and trying to squeeze runs in between the multi-colored Google calendar boxes.I have a love/hate relationship with…
  • The Trail Animals

    Dax Ross
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    I usually try to conserve my energy before a group run. I’ll sit on the ground, tie and re-tie my shoes, and pretend to stretch. But this run was different, this was the first meeting of the Dirty Running Trail Animals, and this group would not abide the conservation of energy.I started the group for my kids, because I can talk all day about how they need to put down the iPhones, turn off the TV and video games, and get out in nature, but I feel that it is somewhat my responsibility to provide the means. I invited some friends with kids the same age and let them know that we were going to…
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    Miss Zippy

  • What I’m doing over summer break…

    19 May 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Also known as “facing my fears.” Allie did a great post on Monday about tackling fears head on, which prompted me to put this one down on paper. Or screen, as it were.This summer break I’ll be going on a mission trip with my son through our church. We’re headed to a tiny corner of Virginia in the heart of Appalachia to make home repairs and hopefully a difference in some lives. This is the first year my son has been old enough to go, and I’ve been looking forward to the opportunity to work alongside him and do some outreach like this.Before I get into why…
  • Wild Half Marathon

    17 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    If you’re a parent in May, you know how hard it is to carve out quality family time in this month of sports, end-of-year concerts, picnics, projects, and ceremonies. When the nice folks at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, NJ, offered me the chance to come down, run their half marathon and stay overnight, I did hesitate. Could I squeeze this into everything else we had planned? And then I decided–it doesn’t matter. It’s a chance for the four of us to get away and have time to ourselves without all the other noise we have going on in our lives right now.So after a few of…
  • Off to the Wild Half

    14 May 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Tomorrow, post lax game, soccer game, and mission trip training, I’ll be headed off to the Jersey shore to run the Wild Half. I’m so looking forward to a little shore time. I’m hopeful the race will go well, but I have been under the weather this week and the temperatures are looking steamy for Sunday, so that’s kind of a crap shoot at this point. Regardless, it’s going to be so fantastic to have a short break in the schedule and get away. May is an all-too jam-packed month if you have school-age kids, as I’m sure many of you can appreciate.The Wild Half…
  • Speed workout roundup

    12 May 2015 | 9:20 pm
    I love running speed work, whether it’s on the road, on the track, or in the form of hill repeats. There’s something about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and knowing that you’ll be stronger for it afterward. Right now I reserve Tuesdays for speed and keep the rest of my runs at an easy pace. This seems to be a happy place for my body, while still producing results.That said, every Tuesday I need to come up with a new workout for myself. Sometimes I just wish I had a book of go-to workouts from which to choose to take the thinking out of it. Since I don’t,…
  • Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon

    10 May 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Cruel and unusual punishment. That’s how one might describe the course for the Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon. But you know what? I loved it.The race is the creation of friend Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, and it’s a runner’s race. You get a mix of trails (my favorite part), cross country (on the battlefields no less), and then those never-ending hills. Challenging but incredibly scenic as you pass through history and natural beauty. This was one of those races like childbirth–the minute it’s over, you forget the pain and are ready to sign up again for next time.With…
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    How 2 Run Fast

  • Protect Yourself from the Sun with Coolibar Running Gear

    13 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to test some running gear from Coolibar that offers built-in protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays. When I run outdoors, I always wear sunscreen, but that sometimes isn’t enough protection. Sunscreens aren’t completely sweatproof and may need to be reapplied and most people don’t think to apply sunscreen in areas that will be covered by clothing. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that more than 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually in the U.S. and solar UV radiation causes up to 90 percent of visible changes…
  • Running Book Review: Hanson’s Half Marathon Method

    20 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Elite running coach Luke Humphrey’s new book, Hansons Half Marathon Method, follows the same pattern as Hansons Marathon Method. He emphasizes cumulative fatigue and doing speed workouts for several weeks before switching to strength workouts.  If you have followed a training plan in the past, you will know that doing speed workouts usually comes in a sharpening phase later in the training plan, to help you prepare for your target race. When I interviewed Luke Humphrey, he told me that the speed workouts during this part of the training plan allow runners to prepare for shorter races…
  • Product Review: Sony Smartwatch 3

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    The Sony Smartwatch 3 does a lot of things well. It is very comfortable and looked good on my wrist (although my wife wouldn’t wear it because she said it looked too “masculine”). It tells time accurately and you can choose your own watch face from dozens of options. It gives you notifications from your Android smartphone (it doesn’t work with the iPhone). It keeps track of how many steps you take. You can give it voice commands that allow you to send a text or email, set an alarm or timer, time an event with a stopwatch, take a note, set a reminder, check your…
  • Running Book Review: The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition

    17 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    It’s been said that the marathon is actually three events in one: running, drinking, and eating. You have to master all three to get to the finish line in one piece.Matt Fitzgerald has written 10 books on running, racing, and nutrition, including the classic, Racing Weight, and the recent 80/20 Running. In The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition, Fitzgerald shares what he calls the “Two-Rule Diet”. The first rule is that you have to consume enough carbohydrates to fuel your training and the second rule is that you should eat high-quality foods to shed excess body fat…
  • Product Review: Balega Ultra Light No Show Sock

    14 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    I have a confession to make. I have a lot of running socks in my sock drawer. When I recently tried the Balega Ultra Light No Show Sock, I was surprised by how light it was and how snugly it fit my foot. I actually took eight pairs of the lightest weight running socks in my drawer and weighed them on a digital scale in my kitchen. The Balega Ultra Light No Show Sock was the lightest, at 25g (0.9 oz) for the pair. Light weight is only part of the story, though. These socks are engineered with several different types of high performance yarns to provide a great fit, keep your feet dry, and…
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    No Meat Athlete

  • Running on Plants in the Magic City: An Up-close Look at No Meat Athlete Miami (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    11 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Members of the fabulous No Meat Athlete Miami group When last fall we kicked off the No Meat Athlete running groups project, with 75 groups around the U.S. and world, I thought I knew pretty well which groups would thrive and which would have an uphill battle from the beginning. Surely, I thought, the big, vegan-friendly cities that we all think of as such would provide the most fertile grounds for our running carrots to take root. Turns out, I was completely wrong. Eight months after starting, the running groups project has been a huge success, and for me personally, as fulfilling as…
  • My Top 5 Favorite Guilty Pleasure Foods, Drinks, and Habits (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    This post is sponsored by Omission. All words, opinions, and lack of willpower are my own. About six weeks ago, my wife and I stopped cooking with oil at home. I don’t go out of my way to avoid it when I’m traveling or just out to eat — just another example of the “small steps” approach to change I’ve used ever since I first started thinking about going vegetarian, about seven years ago. I can see how this latest twist might appear overly restrictive. Trust me — not that long ago, it looked that way to me, too. But like every other step on this…
  • Rich Roll on the High-Energy, Plantpower Diet (Plus, Win a Copy of His New Book!) (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    In just a few short years since he gave up cheeseburgers and decided to train for a triathlon, Rich Roll has gotten his name on the short list of people you mention when somebody asks if a plant-based diet can work for athletes. It started with his surprising finish at Ultraman, essentially a double Ironman over the course of three days in Hawaii. Then it was being named one of the 25 Fittest Guys in the World by Men’s Fitness, and in 2012, sharing his story in his first book, Finding Ultra.  Recently, it’s been spreading the message with his uplifting and thought-provoking…
  • How to Eat for Maximum Energy (and Where to Find the Time to Do It) (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    It’s been just over a year since we launched the No Meat Athlete Academy, where each month we dive into a new plant-based fitness, nutrition, or lifestyle topic — often with the help of a guest expert. In that time we’ve accumulated almost 16 hours of audio seminar content, plus another 20 hours of live Q&A recordings, all of it available forever inside the Academy. To celebrate the Academy’s birthday — and, okay okay, to whet your appetite in anticipation of a relaunch we’ll be doing soon — today I’m excited to share some clips from a few…
  • What Supplements Do Vegan Athletes Need? (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Everyone, it seems, wants to know about supplements. After almost every talk I’ve given, someone in the Q&A has asked, “What supplements do you take?” After my talk at the Marshall Healthfest last month, someone asked it. Earlier that morning, in the athlete panel I did with Omowale Adewale, Rich Roll, Christy Morgan, and Ellen Jaffe Jones (in the photo below), someone had asked it. And when we did a Q&A with Rich earlier this week inside the NMA Academy (reopening soon, stay tuned!), someone asked it there, too. The vegan athlete panel at Marshall Healthfest…
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    Rx Sorbo

  • High Arch Insole Blog Post Series Announced by RxSorbo

    11 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    May 11, 2015 - Chicago, IL. RxSorbo, a leading online retailer of top-rated shoe insoles, is pleased to announce series of blog posts have been published discussing the availability of high arch insoles for shoe types beyond the traditional walking shoe. “High arch insoles are traditionally associated with the type of walking shoe you would wear at the office or around the house.” explained Rj Yozwiak, Manager of RxSorbo.  “But in fact we make high arch insoles that span the range from running shoes to high heeled shoes, from soup to nuts as it were.  Though the types of activity…
  • Walking as a Sport: Serious Walking Demands a Great Walking Shoe Insole

    29 Apr 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Football, basketball, baseball, and… walking? Is walking really a sport, you ask? Yes, it most certainly is! Walking is a sport, most assuredly, and we have great insoles for it. I will grant, you may not turn on ESPN and see it every day. However, check the roster of Olympics Games, and you will find it all the way back to the 1904 event. So it has a pedigree of over 100 years; take that badminton! Walking to Win: The Sport of Walking To be precise, the proper terminology is ‘racewalking’ or ‘race walking’. Racewalking is a long-distance athletic event. Although it is a foot race,…
  • Walking Shoe Insoles Publicity Campaign a Rousing Success, Announces RxSorbo

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    April 27, 2015. Chicago, IL. RxSorbo, a leading online retailer of top-rated walking shoe insoles, is happy to announce that their Winter publicity campaign promoting their walking shoe insole products was an enormous success. “The publicity campaign definitely managed to raise awareness about our top-rated line of walking shoe insole products” explained Rj Yozwiak, Manager of RxSorbo.  “We experienced a great rate of press release replication, picking up an increase of over 200 pages that can be found on Google, all told." To learn more about RxSorbo’s walking shoe insoles, please…
  • High Arch Insoles for Running Are A Smart Move for Smart Runners

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Do you have high arches? Are you a runner? Then you need to hear about our high arch insoles for running shoes. If high arches are causing you foot pain, does this mean you have to hang up your track shoes? Are you doomed spend your days sitting on the couch binge-watching reality TV? Do not despair - we have the right product to get you back out on the track! Our product line includes high arch insoles for running shoes. This is what you need to get up off that couch, and out running comfortably again. How Are High Arch Insoles Like Negative Splits? High arch insoles for running are like…
  • High Arch Insole Reviews: Read Them, But No Substitute for First-Hand Experience

    11 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    What if high arch insole reviews where the reason that the entire Internet was constructed? Crazy talk? Bear with me. Let’s pretend the Web exists for the sole purpose of hosting high arch insole reviews. Paradise, right? You’re just a few clicks away from online-shopping nirvana, since other people can tell you exactly what’s going to work best for you, right? See the flaw here? Those high arch insole reviews are all well and good, but what that really matters is your own experience. Who Are You Going To Believe? There is also matter of trust. Consider how many results you get for a…
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  • Nike Pegasus vs. Nike Free 3.0: Does a Moderately Cushioned Shoe Encourage Barefoot-Like Biomechanics?

    Peter Larson
    20 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Nike has long touted the design of their Free line of running shoes as having been inspired by barefoot running. Indeed, the newest Free shoes have the phrase “Barefoot Ride” written right on the insole (see photo at left). Personally, I’m a fan of the Frees since they suit my preference for light, flexible, moderately cushioned shoes. However, despite their more minimal structure, I don’t think they really come even close to simulating the experience of running barefoot (few shoes do). In my recent review of the Nike Free 5.0 I cited a study that compared running biomechanics in the…
  • Nike Free 5.0 2015 Review: Yes, You Can Run in Them!

    Peter Larson
    18 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Over the past several years the Nike Free 5.0 has consistently been one of the best selling athletic shoes in the United States. Go to any school and you’re likely to see many kids sporting the flexible and colorful 5.0s. When I was in Disney World earlier this year the Free was probably among the most common shoes that I saw on folks at the parks. Where you are less likely to see the Free 5.0 is at a running race. The reason is that the immense popularity of the shoe is tied more to it’s use for casual wear rather than for running. In terms of typical usage, it’s more of a fashion shoe…
  • adidas adizero XT 5 Review: An adios Designed for the Trail

    David Henry
    14 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    The adidas adizero XT 5 was a pleasant surprise for me.  I’d not seen much info about it until it just recently popped up on adidas’ website, and after looking it over I decided it was worth a try. I had some previous experience with the adidas XT 3 and 4, but both of those shoes were much more substantial with deep lugged outsoles. They were also quite heavy (10+ oz.). With the XT 5, adidas stripped the shoe back (315 g in my size 13 which is usually around 8.5-9 oz in a size 9) and created a shoe that is essentially a trail version of the old pre-Boost adios 2 with a few key…
  • The Subjectivity of Running Speed

    Austin Bonds
    13 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    by Austin Bonds The 119th running of the prestigious Boston Marathon ended recently, and needless to say the field was full of very fast runners. A good friend of mine finished in 2:59:50, though if I put his amazing time in perspective, the winner of the men’s race, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, broke the tape in 2:09:17. This is fifty minutes quicker. Two days before the marathon, thousands of runners also participated in the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) 5K race. Ben True finished the men’s race first with a jaw dropping time of 13:22; Molly Huddle finished the women’s…
  • Polar A300 Fitness Watch and Activity Monitor Review

    Peter Larson
    12 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    I’ve been using some form of activity tracker for a few years now. For a while I had a Fitbit (which went missing in Florida a few years ago), but my go-to device for the past year or so has been the Garmin Vivofit. For the most part I really like the Vivofit – solid battery life and tracking accuracy, smallish form-factor, works with a heart rate monitor, etc. But the Garmin Connect app isn’t great, and I’ve had some issues getting the Vivofit to sync reliably with my phone (I lost a few months of data doing a factory reset in order to get it to sync). A few months ago Polar offered…
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  • 9 really challenging running goals that go beyond a single race

    19 May 2015 | 11:34 pm
    Maybe you finally broke the 30-minute mark in the 5K. Or crossed the marathon off of your bucket list. Perhaps you even ran a race you had your sights set on for years. Now what? Some runners are thinking long-term and beyond one race when it comes to running goals. If you have the desire, […]
  • There’s only one way to the finish line: by completing the race (Runner’s column)

    18 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
    The cast of characters behind the scenes of the Rockstar’s 2011 game of the year, Red Dead Redemption, rivals those behind the scenes of a Hollywood blockbuster. Video games are art. We aren’t going to debate this. But this form of art may not hold the same stock in an increasingly busy world. Social media platform, Raptr, studied more than […]
  • Commonly asked questions asked by beginner runners (no, you’re not alone!)

    17 May 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Find answers to frequently asked questions by beginner runners below. Don’t see your question? Asked us in the comments or Tweet at us and we’ll get back to you with an answer! I tried running, but I get tired and have to stop after a few minutes. How does anyone run for miles without taking breaks? […]
  • I am unable to quit because I am currently too legit

    16 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Remember to keep running. You’re too legit to quit. Photo: Unsplash
  • How running can help relieve stress

    15 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    One of my most memorable runs was a random 4-miler that should have been anything but memorable. I was having a rough day. The type I can barely recall now, years removed from having a colicky, refluxy 4-month-old who didn’t sleep. I remember feeling exhausted and at the end of my rope. Like I had […]
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    Shut Up + Run

  • Weird Running Habits. What Are Yours?

    19 May 2015 | 8:21 pm
    As I double checked to make sure I double-knotted my shoes and ensured my watch fit on my wrist perfectly, not too tight, not too loose, I wondered if I was the only one who had pre, during and post run rituals/obsessions/habits. These are the little things that we do (or HAVE to do) in order to have the best running experience possible. Call it OCD, call it what you want. Here are a few of mine: My running clothes cannot be loose. It has to not move when I run. I don’t like having things in my pockets. Too much movement. I’d rather stuff gels in my bra. My shoes cannot feel the least bit…
  • Best and Worst of the Week

    15 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    It’s Friday!! Time to review some highs and lows from the week. Did I say it’s Friday? Best Meal I Made: I’ve made this many times before, but it stands as one of my favorite veggie meals. And, the whole family eats it, which is a huge bonus. Rice and Bean Casserole with Guacamole. Best Book I Read: Well, I didn’t read the whole thing because my head has been spinning off my neck this past week with work stuff, but I did start Missoula by Jon Krakauer. Best Run I Took: I haven’t done any super interesting runs this week (see the thing about work above), but today I only had time for…
  • Excuse #4: I Can’t Run, I Don’t Have a “Runner’s” Body

    12 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    This is the fourth part in my 5 part series of why there should be NO excuses to not run. See my first post HERE – all about people who don’t run because they are too busy. The second post can be found HERE – about why you can run even when the weather sucks. The third post, HERE, tackles people who whine about having no motivation to run. Today we’re going to talk about our perception of ourselves and how this limits us.  There seems to be this assumption that in order to be a runner you have to look like this (or at least be super lean and muscular): {Source} Yes, Deena Kastor…
  • Virtual Cocktail Hour: Confessions

    8 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Well, it’s Friday afternoon and that can only mean one thing around here: wine time. {Who am I kidding? As if it has to be Friday to be wine time} Come join me. I’ll wait. Go get your wine (or beer or straight shot of whiskey). Done? Let’s move on. If we were having a glass of wine I would tell you that I just got back from the doctor. For the past couple of weeks I’ve felt like I have a piece of steak or a huge loogy stuck in my throat. It is the most annoying thing. It doesn’t move. Doctor prescribed Prilosec and said maybe I have “silent reflux.”  Silent bitchy loogy…
  • Tragedy on the Treadmill - Don’t Let It Happen to You

    6 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    What a tragic story this week when Dave Goldberg (CEO of Monkey Survey), husband of Facebook’s CEO Sheryl Sandberg, died after falling off of a treadmill at a resort in Mexico. There are not many details about what happened, but it does appear he was alone at the time. How ironic it seems that a 48 year old man is engaging in something to keep himself healthy and fit and this devastating thing occurs. It’s just so damn sad. There have been countless times when I’ve been on a treadmill, especially while doing speed work, that I have thought “Man, if I fell of this thing and slammed…
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    Runners Connect

  • How to Prepare for Running in the Heat as a Master

    Amanda Loudin
    18 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    We’re headed into the summer months. Those days when even running in the early morning brings a good dose of heat and humidity. It impacts our race times and sometimes even the quality of our daily runs. Runners Connect even looked into how sunscreen impacts your performance when running. If you run with a group, like I do, you know that there’s a wide range of hot and cold tolerance from one runner to the next. In my group, for instance, there are two or three girls who are still wearing full-length tights as the temperatures approach 50. I, and a few others in the group, am in shorts…
  • How Quickly Can You Recover From Overtraining?

    Sarah Russell
    11 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Following on from our previous post, Are You on the Verge of Overtraining, this article now focuses on how to recover from overtraining when you realize that you have gone too far. We will show you how you can return to running as quickly as possible. Let’s start with the bad news: If overtraining or Under Performance Syndrome (UPS) has really taken hold, it can take many months to make a full recovery. You may be suffering for a long time with any combination of chronic fatigue, insomnia, inability to train, loss of appetite, poor running performance, ongoing illness, depression and…
  • Are You on the Verge of Overtraining?

    Sarah Russell
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Subliminal (or maybe not so?) messages all around us tell to keep pushing harder; “sweat is fat crying”, or how about the more traditional “go hard or go home”. You know how we feel about taking it easy on your recovery days, and we have talked about how you can run 23% faster if you run 80% easy, but what if you have already overdone it, and you managed to avoid the dreaded “i” word, but you just feel exhausted on every run. We know just how awful that feels: Each coach at Runners Connect has been there before, and we want to make sure you can recognize…
  • Are You Too Big to Run an Ultra?

    John Davis
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    When you go to an ultramarathon event for the first time, you might find ultra runners a bit intimidating. You may even consider if you want to still compete in the event. Do I really belong here? Ultra runners are rail-thin, outfitted with gels, sports drinks, and other supplies, and look like they’re built to run for miles without so much as breaking a sweat. Some have beards that would make Grizzly Adams jealous. Of course, ultra runners are also known for being as nice as they come, but you can still see why a newcomer might wonder whether their body was built for an…
  • How to Accept Change & Progress as a Master

    Amanda Loudin
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    This has been the year for me that most runners dread: The year when it becomes apparent that most of my PRs are behind me. And strangely enough, I’m ok with that. I’m 49, which isn’t exactly washed up. It might even mean that I could pull off a PR or two at some longer distances—I know my share of folks who have done just that. But since I’ve been running for about 17-18 years, and training pretty hard throughout all those years, reality is that I probably am past my prime running age. For those of you fellow master’s who got a later start on your running, you probably have…
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    Mile Posts

  • Back From The Great Wall of China Marathon

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    19 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    Eric and I are back from our trip to China. I haven’t been posting race recaps lately but for this one I’m going to write it all up. I really want to be able to remember everything and I can already feel it drifting because there just were so many memories squeezed in to a […]
  • Win A Garmin vívofit 2 + Jonathan Adler Pack Of Bands

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    8 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    I’m excited to share a giveaway with you that will be happening on my instagram page this weekend! For the past couple of months I’ve been wearing the Garmin vívofit and the Garmin vívofit 2. To say that I am now addicted to this daily data is probably an understatement. I absolutely love tracking my steps each day […]
  • Great Wall Marathon: 1 Week Till China

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    4 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    In one week we leave for China! I can’t believe it. Literally can’t believe it. When I entered the contest to win a trip for two to run this race, I figured why not? Someone has to win, so why not take a chance? That is exactly how I ended up on the cover of […]
  • Where I Am At……

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    1 May 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I’ve been a little MIA from this blog, from time to time I take breaks as needed, other times I am so wrapped up in life that I don’t think twice about writing here. Other times I want to write but don’t even know where to begin. I am telling you I don’t know where […]
  • More Big To Me News: Fitness Magazine

    Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    The last print issue of Fitness Magazine is on stands now and it’s all about running, so if that’s your thing {I’m assuming it is – if you are reading here} then RUN to your local store and grab one! I was pleasantly surprised {read – freaking out} to see that Mile Posts was listed […]
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    Runtastic Blog

  • Workout Of The Month: Water Aerobics

    Runtastic Team
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    In the name of health & fitness, it’s time to dive into the water for some water aerobics. Working out in the water is awesome because it provides a low-impact environment with a very challenging resistance that is different from working out in a gym or with any other types of equipment. Don’t have a pool yourself? That’s okay, you can do an internet search for a local public pool in your area or find a friend that has a pool who may also be interested in joining you for some fitness. And, as an added bonus, you can do this with your kids and they will actually think it’s fun! The…
  • Weight Loss Wednesday: Hydration Is Key

    Runtastic Team
    20 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    We started the Weight Loss Wednesday series to give you valuable tools on your journey to live a more active & healthy life. With our weekly, useful tips we want you to start feeling comfortable in your own skin, while gaining basic and simple knowledge that can significantly help you reach your ideal weight. So let’s take it step by step, every Wednesday on the blog. The post Weight Loss Wednesday: Hydration Is Key appeared first on Runtastic Blog.
  • Health 2.0 Barcelona – Embodying Health & Fitness Future

    Runtastic Team
    19 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    This week, one of the biggest health and fitness conferences in Europe opens its doors with 2 days filled with over 50 live product demos. The event, now in its 6th year is the counterpart to the annual Fall Conference in Silicon Valley, which will return for the 9th consecutive time in October of this year. With the quantification of various activities in our daily lives and more recently of our body, the focus of acquired numbers has shifted from mere quantity and aggregation to quality and correlation. With the greater reliability of data recorded and the ability to get more data points…
  • Find The Right Water For Every Occasion

    18 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    What’s on your checklist when buying water? With or without gas, an easy-to-grab bottle, a reasonable price? Well, you might want to also take a closer look at the label from now on, because water can do much more than just quench your thirst. We know how much we should drink to stay hydrated each day and by opting for water, you’ve already chosen the best option. But you can do even more by consciously choosing what kind of water you drink. Different minerals can serve different purposes. Let’s dive into this (pun intended) and find out: Vitalizing water If you feel tired, a mineral…
  • 11 Incredible Running Records That Will Knock Your Socks Off

    Runtastic Team
    17 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    People are capable of doing incredible things. The following records really knocked our socks off – and show that running is anything but boring. You can make a real challenge out of it! Running backwards Xu Zhenjun from China is the record holder in backwards running. He ran the entire Beijing International Marathon backwards. While many (forward) runners are happy when finishing in under 4 hours, Zhenjun crossed the finish line after 3:43 hours. 7 days on the treadmill Rainer Predl came up with an incredibly special challenge. The ultra runner from Austria resolved to break the record…
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    Angry Jogger

  • Capitulating In The Month Leading To My Flight Back Home For Christmas & How My Next Flight Is Going To Be Different

    4 May 2015 | 11:04 pm
    In the month leading up to my flight back home for Christmas, friends had asked me to come out on multiple occasions but I was reluctant to go anywhere or do anything. It was pretty much my own fault as I’d isolated myself to the point where it was difficult to make any appearances outside. Around this time I got a little media attention for the book and I felt like a fraud as I’d put on about 14 pounds since the marathon in Vegas I didn’t feel like the same person and it all seemed like a lie. I stopped responding to calls and emails from newspapers as it all seemed like…
  • I Ran Again Today But Didn’t Run Yesterday As I’m Still A Bit Of A Lazy Bastard

    3 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
    My Mind fundraising package came yesterday. I should have went out and ran in the t-shirt they sent but I was too lazy yesterday. This will not do. I did run today though. It was only 6.5 miles but it really lifted my mood. I’ve had enough of fucking failing I owe myself and Mind my commitment to give training for the 100k my best shot. I won’t run all of it. I mightn’t even run half of it, but I will give it all I can over the next 3 and a half months. I want my old self back. I’ve been waiting on him to come back for some time now but he never will come unless I…
  • I Run As It Helps My Depression

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    I went out and ran 5.3 miles today. It was my first run of April and my opening run for 100k training for my fundraising for Mind and it was good. It was such a lovely day and it was good to just do something other than withdraw back into my fucking shell. I’ve tried updating this blog so many times since last week but I just fucking hate writing at the moment. Ever since I spawned that demon abortion of a book I’ve fucking hatred the process. I hate shitting out platitudes. I find the process of documenting runs tedious. There are only so many ways you can describe putting one…
  • Running The London 2 Cambridge 100k For Mind In August

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    I’ve entered the London 2 Cambridge 100k that takes place at the end of August this year. I think this is the last chance I have to stay fit and keep this blog alive before I give up entirely and become 500lb and housebound. I can’t let it happen! It’s so fucking frustrating that I’ve let it become a possibility. Anyway I’ll be fundraising for Mind who are a mental health charity here in the UK. Given how fucked up my own mind can be at times I think this is a good cause. I’ll be giving away copies of the paperback to anyone who makes a donation over a…
  • Would You Please Update Your Fucking Blog?

    12 Apr 2015 | 5:36 am
    Update me you cunt Update me you cunt Update me you cunt Update me you cunt. OK. Hi there my name is Matt and I am a runner blogger who is having trouble doing any running or blogging at the moment. The main reason I haven’t been running is that for the last week I’ve had a shitty chest infection that won’t seem to shift. I’m worried it’s Ebola or something and I probably should go to the doctor but I barely have the energy to get out of bed at the moment. I finished March on 70 miles for the month which isn’t much by my normal standards but it was the most…
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    Running in late 20s

  • One step at a time

    20 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    The UTMB is now only 15 weeks away and I cannot wait for that. Having said that, there are 15 weeks of intense training ahead and I already feel a bit stressed. Training for an ultra is pretty much like running an ultra, both mentally and physically. During an ultramarathon, there are moments - better said "hours" - that you enjoy running. You move forward effortlessly. There are also hours of struggling and pain. There are moments that you seriously question if you can go on, you wonder if you can climb the hill in front of you, sometimes you just thinking of how to take the next…
  • UTMB, 19 weeks to go

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:47 pm
    My training for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc started three weeks ago. The first few weeks of any training plan has always been quite hard. This one was no exception. I started my training on 21 March which is the first day of the year in Iranian calendar. Twisted my left ankle on the second day but with a short rest I recovered quite fast and could manage to cover 140 km in my first two weeks. I also had another problem on my right foot. It is called Bunionette, and that is when the end of the toe got swollen and it can cause pain in different shoes. I visited a doctor and figured out that…
  • Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc training

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:46 am
    2015 is going to be an exciting year. I was successful in the UTMB draw and will be heading to Chamonix in August. UTMB is definitely one of the most amazing ultras in the world. 170 km of trails and 10000 metres of elevation gain demands loads of training. It is far more difficult than what I've done in the past. I am now trying to set a training plan. The race is six months away but it's never to early to start training. There are a couple of races which I want to run in preparation for the big one. Eiger Ultra Trail in July and Swissalpine K78. Eiger is going to be my main training race…
  • Lessons learned from the first DNF

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:38 am
    Last October I tried to run the Cappadocia Ultra Trail and it turned out to be the first race that I didn't reach the finish line. There were a few reasons behind that and a few lessons to be learned.Give your body proper rest after a (or a couple of) big races. I ran the Eiger Ultra Trail E101 in July and the Swiss Irontrail T81 in August. Looking at my training diary there is a significant difference between the amount of training I had prior to the Eiger (April, May, June) and before the Cappadocia Ultra Trail (September, October). During summer I had a massive goal of getting…
  • Runner's World article on 2-hour marathon

    30 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    This is definitely worth reading. Runner's World article on the possibility of running a marathon under two hours. It says a lot about the course, temperature, age, height and the other important factors.That reminds me of  The Perfection Point by John Brenkus (Check out the Reading list page). He predicts that the fastest time anyone can ever run a marathon is just under two hours. 
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    Mom's Home Run

  • Detraining: what is it, and how to prevent it?

    Nicole orriëns
    16 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    How bad is it, if you skip a run? Because you've got the flu for example? Or because there just isn't enough time? Will you start to lose all the good things you've built up right away?How long can you go without running before there will be consequences?If you don't run for a long period of time, the training effect of your runs will start to disappear. After all, everyone knows when it comes to running it's a matter of:Use it, or lose it.But what's the minimum use, to prevent loss?Detraining If you don't do any sports at all, your running powers will start to slip big time after 2…
  • Why running clears your mind

    Nicole orriëns
    7 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    'Running helps me clear my head!'Many a runner has said that. In fact, 'clearing my head' is an important motivator for lots of runners. And that's no suprise considering the fact that we have about 70.000 thoughts per day. No wonder we'ld like a break from all the noise in our heads.But why is it, that running helps to get a clear head?Richard de Leth has an explanation! Richard de Leth studied medicine at the VU in Amsterdam. And he wrote several books about healthy living.To understand his explanation about the effect of running on our thoughts, it's important to know that our brain can be…
  • Illumiseen Led Reflective Belt

    Nicole orriëns
    3 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    There's a lot of reflective gear out there. Designed to keep you safe while you run. But the problem with most is that it only reflécts light. It doesn't shine all on it's own.In fact I think it's safe to say that most reflective gear is like the moon. The moon reflects the light of the sun, like most reflective gear reflects oncoming traffic.Personally I'ld feel a whole lot safer if I were the sun. Not the moon.Illumiseen Led Reflective BeltWhich is why I'm very excited about trying out the Illumiseen Led Reflective Belt.Because thanks to the 3M Scotchlite™ reflective material and…
  • Running and bikinis

    Nicole orriëns
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    You can tell Summer is coming by the avalanche of training programmes promising you a lean and mean bikini body.These programmes make me feel fed up. Why is it that we're supposed to be all svelte and bikini proof?! We should take our cue from men. They just pull on some tight speedos and don't even think about how they look. Though it might help their stomach blocks the view...Or if a bikini doesn't suit our bodies, why not just wear a bathing suit for some more coverage?Running and bikinisWhat's got running got to do with bikinis? Well, running is a way to loose some extra pounds and make…
  • When mindful running turns against you

    Nicole orriëns
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:53 am
    Mindful running is hot.It means being aware of every step you take. Every bréath you take. I think this sounds very enlightened. So I wish I could tell you I am a mindful runner. But the sad truth is I am not.In fact the more my mind is distracted from what I'm doing, the better I run. Which is why I listen to country and western songs during my runs. They take my mind off of the running. When I'm running I think of my mind as this big, bad agressive dog. So I throw it a bone (music) to keep it ocupied, while I'm doing my thing.Because if my head is in it, every step become a…
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  • Rich Roll’s Life Overhaul: Overcoming an Addiction, Losing 50 Pounds and Becoming a Wellness Advocate

    Mark Kennedy
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    I have been listening to Rich Roll’s podcast for over 2 years. Rich joked in our chat that I probably know him better than his parents. His podcast has had a huge impact on the way I approach eating and fitness. And I think you’ll also find his story and approach helpful for your own life. […] The post Rich Roll’s Life Overhaul: Overcoming an Addiction, Losing 50 Pounds and Becoming a Wellness Advocate appeared first on Healthynomics.
  • Jeff Galloway’s Tips for Beginner Runners: Using Walking to Unleash Your Running Potential

    Mark Kennedy
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Running can change your life.  This piece from Jeff Galloway’s website really drives this home for me. “Running changes us.  Studies and personality profiles show that as beginners continue to run regularly without time goals, they become more positive.  As I work with runners, over months and years, they tend to become more “self-starting,” think and […] The post Jeff Galloway’s Tips for Beginner Runners: Using Walking to Unleash Your Running Potential appeared first on Healthynomics.
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    Runner Academy

  • 4 Key Questions to Ask Yourself BEFORE You Start Training for your Next Race

    Matt Johnson
    6 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    How do you spend the time between when you sign up for a race and when you actually start training for it? If your answer is ‘not sure’ or ‘good question’ you aren’t setting yourself up well from the start for success. With many races having sign up periods many months in advance, it can be easy to sign up and then have it come up on you quickly leaving you to jump into training without much thought. Here are 4 key questions to ask yourself before you start your training to get you started off the right: 1. What is the result you want to achieve? While you might…
  • RA075 | Travis Macy: The Ultra Mindset – Overcoming Fear, Doubt and Embracing Struggle

    Matt Johnson
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Travis Macy is a world-class multi-sport athlete and coach who has competed in over a dozen countries. He has earned high finishes at the Adventure Racing World Championship, Primal Quest Adventure Race, 24 Hours of Moab, Wulong Mountain Quest and the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge – a multi-day race in that included a 75 mile running portion with nothing on the horizon but shifting waves of sand. The pinnacle of his career thus far came in 2013 when he won and set the record in the Leadman, a high-altitude 282.3 mile race series with the combination of a trail running marathon, 50-mile…
  • RA074 | Margaret Webb: How to Turn Back the Clock and Run Strong for a Lifetime

    Matt Johnson
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    For Margaret Webb, her running journey was rekindled approaching age 50 with a simple premise – become fitter than her prior varsity athlete self at age 20 by engaging in a super fit year training for a marathon and in doing so attempting to run a Boston Marathon qualifying time of an 18-34 year old woman of sub 3:35. Throughout her journey she consulted with a team of experts, tapped the minds of leading researchers and delved into physiology and laboratory testing, all in a quest to understand how to minimize the effects of aging and continue running for the second act of life. She…
  • RA073 | Max King: How to Run Long Distance Without Sacrificing Speed

    Matt Johnson
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Many runners classify themselves as a certain type of runner or strong at a particular distance vs. others. Max King is one of the few exceptions to this. Max has been one of America’s best and most versatile distance runners for the past several years. He’s been successful at distances from 3,000 meters to 100 miles. From roads to trails and obstacles to mountains. One of his most recent successes was winning the IAU 100K World Championships in his 100K road race debut, running the 20-lap course in 6:27:43 – a 6:14 per mile average pace besting Tom Johnson’s 19-year-old 100K US…
  • ER023 | Pat Flynn: Balancing Running and Entrepreneurship

    Matt Johnson
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You might know Pat Flynn from his professional side sharing his knowledge of entrepreneurship, business building and passive income generation through his Smart Passive Income Blog and Podcast. Through his platform he has shared his journey from laid off architect in 2008 to generating more than $3 million online since that time and inspiring countless others to develop their own online businesses. The story you may not know, and one that I have followed for some time when he has shared bits and pieces of it is his journey into running. Pat has made running part of his successful lifestyle…
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  • Monday Motivation

    18 May 2015 | 5:55 am
  • Running Rut or Something Else?

    17 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Over the past 24 hours, I’ve convinced myself that I’m in a running rut, I’ve peaked and this is as fast as I’ll ever go again, to I’m still an awesome runner with a lot of potential. The mind, swinging back and forth has me a bit confused and unsure of how I should proceed. Should I take time off, should I keep working? I just don’t know what’s best. Here’s a basic recap of the past 24 or so hours:     Saturday 8:50am at the start line of the Team Alex 5 mile run. I swear it felt like there were about 15 of us there. I was worried for…
  • Pittsburgh Marathon 2015 Race Recap

    11 May 2015 | 5:34 pm
    “The true test of a champion is not whether they triumph, but whether they can overcome obstacles” ~ Garth Stein Instead of starting at the beginning of the race like I normally would, today I’ll start my story towards the end. Mile 23 to be exact. Typically when I get to this point in a marathon, it seems like a million miles to the finish. On May 4, I was elated at this point, at the prospect of being so close to the finish. I said to runners around me “We’re almost there, 3 more miles, we’re going to make it, you’re going to make it, just another…
  • Pittsburgh Marathon Course – mile by mile description with elevations @pghmarathon

    1 May 2015 | 7:02 pm
    I love writing this post. It’s such a great opportunity for me to work through the course in my head. I’m getting so excited and this also gives me something to focus my energy on. The descriptions below takes into account the changes made to the course for 2015. I hope this post finds all you marathon runners feeling fantastic and ready to go on Sunday. Stay off your feet as much as possible tomorrow and drink plenty of water. See you at the start line, and best of luck to you! Elevation gains are marked in red and losses in green. I hope you find this useful on race day and it helps you…
  • Marathon Week – Thoughts, Rituals, Preparations

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Distance running is such a unique sport. It’s not like being a golfer or a baseball player, where you have the opportunity once a week or more to go out and “play” your sport. Running a marathon comes once, maybe twice a year for most. You have one day to get it right. I think that adds to the excitement of the sport, but also adds stress. There’s a lot riding on that one day and all you really have to depend on is the 16 weeks you’ve worked to prepare. You truly have to take a leap of faith and “trust the process”. I spent a good deal of this 16 weeks overcoming…
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    Dawn - Sometimes An Ultrarunner

  • Rain, Rain....

    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I took my paraglider for a walk today. In the pouring rain. I guess it was good to check out my new rain poncho (it works) even if I look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  At least, I would if he had worn this vibrant shade of red. I even kept my feet dry with Sealskinz socks.  Yea!Yesterday Jim joined me for a rainy walk up to the third X-Alps 2015 checkpoint at Kampenwand above Aschau in Chiemgau.   Jim was very excited to see a Salamander on the trail, along with a slug that was 5 or 6 inches long.  The slug was almost as big as the salamander, come to think of it. At…
  • Oetz to the Solden Pass

    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    A short break in the weather to the SW of us sent us on an early morning drive to the Innsbruck Valley.    Perhaps today I could fly to Italy?   I didn't really feel like hiking up (gasp!), so we managed to drive the motorhome all the way up to an official launching area above Oetz.  Several tandems went off before me but otherwise the hillside was quiet. It was a weak day, and I launched right at noon.   Perhaps a bit too early, as my first move almost put me on the ground.  The valley winds were kicking, and without a sunny hillside it looked like a cow pasture…
  • A Slugfest

    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Grounded.  Like the snails.Today I am as low as I can be, walking a foggy trail up a narrow canyon and hoping it won't rain on me.  This is after two days of pretty steady rain, it's clearing now but these low clouds just won't go away. The path is littered with snails and slugs, a tribute to the amount of rain that has fallen this spring.  Or perhaps as the signs show, this area is always filled with them. Cruuuunch. Just kidding.  So far I've managed to avoid obliterating one of these slimy things, but considering their numbers, it's just a matter of time.  One of…
  • Onward from Dachstein

    16 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    It's still May, and while it may have been 80 degrees out here today, the high passes are still snowed in and we weren't able to get onto the Dachstein. Lifts officially open tomorrow, and then the via Ferrata routes will get checked out for the year.  We'll come back later to do this mountain, and instead started our recce of Section 2.There's a learning curve to pioneering my own flying sites, and my first hike up onto the Rittisberg wasn't terribly successful.  With a west wind, and only east facing launches, it looked like a long hike back down.  The whole top of the ridge…
  • Red Bull X-Alps 2015 Athlete Diaries

    15 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    So along with news on this blog, before and during the race I will be posting photos and videos to the Red Bull website.  I'll try to do different news on both so they are both interesting :) Here's the link to my Diary: this will give updates for all the athletes:
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    Pushing Harder, Faster, Longer - Crank101

  • Forty-Nine Years Old and Ready to Learn Something New

    7 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    The big four nine just hit the other day and woke me up to a rather pleasant reality. I MADE IT. Even if cancer is right now raging through my body, I’ll likely make it to fifty years old. I wasn’t ever sure that was going to happen. At times I was sure I’d never … Continue reading Forty-Nine Years Old and Ready to Learn Something New →
  • Foot Pain – GONE!

    3 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    There’s something magical about recovering from an injury, especially one that has plagued me over four months now. Sharp pain in my right foot like I just stepped on a 220V line that buckles my knee quickly so I can take the pressure off it. That’s what I was facing even up to last week. … Continue reading Foot Pain – GONE! →
  • 11 Running Tips to Push Yourself Harder! – Free for Members (EBook)

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:23 pm
    There are many ways to run faster and farther. Knowing the readers of this site, you are probably already buying some of the top gear available. Once you have the best shoes for your specific type of running and surface, and you have your favorite shorts, socks, shirts, etc. You start looking for something else … Continue reading 11 Running Tips to Push Yourself Harder! – Free for Members (EBook) →
  • The Ultimate Life – The Ultimate EBook – Don’t Miss This!

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    The ULTIMATE LIFE! is a lifehack book that should be required reading for anyone that isn’t getting the most out of life because something is bringing you down. Something is holding you back, and you may not even know what it is. The ULTIMATE LIFE: 1. Helps you get clear on what is absolutely necessary … Continue reading The Ultimate Life – The Ultimate EBook – Don’t Miss This! →
  • Did Suunto Just Release another Smart Watch?

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Sort of… Suunto Essential Collection
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    Run Coaching, Ironman and Triathlon Specialists - Kinetic Revolution

  • Warning Signs For Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Syndrome)

    Leigh Boyle
    21 May 2015 | 4:32 pm
    When it comes to common overuse injuries in runners, PFS (patellofemoral syndrome) is without a doubt one of the top five. In addition to affecting as many as 1 in 4 runners, it’s also one of the trickier injuries to fix. Why? In true overuse fashion, PFS is a symptom of a bigger problem. The big thing to remember about PFS (and knee problems in general) is the ‘overuse’ nature of the injury. This essentially means that the knee is getting beat up as the middle man in the leg chain. It also means that it has been stuck in this position for a while and is only now breaking down…
  • Big Toe Extension & Running Gait

    James Dunne
    20 May 2015 | 4:07 pm
      I received an email today asking a question about how important the big toe is during running gait. The short answer: Massively important! The slightly longer answer however is nicely presented in the video above from Physical Therapist Steven Gonser. Check out his article on the same topic here on his blog. Essentially, we need a certain amount of big toe extension to get through late stance phase of running and walking gait without compensation. When range of motion at the ball of the foot (first metatarsalphalangeal joint) is limited, either due to joint pathology, tight plantar…
  • Video: Prescribing Running Shoes

    James Dunne
    18 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    I’m so often asked by runners new and experienced to offer advice when it comes to running shoe selection. This is a topic where each runner’s solution will be individual to them. Above is a great new video from Dr. Kevin Maggs at Running Reform which provides excellent practical advice for runners of all types, new and experienced. Grab yourself a coffee and let this 8:25min video debunk some common myths you’ve probably been fed over the years… The post Video: Prescribing Running Shoes appeared first on Run Coaching, Ironman and Triathlon Specialists - Kinetic…
  • Running Technique Drill: Resisted Running on the Spot

    James Dunne
    17 May 2015 | 8:19 am
      I want to share the above drill with you. It has become one of my favourite resistance band exercises for running developing better running form In particular, I find that this simple drill helps runners better develop a sense for holding their hips ‘up and forward’ as they run, maintaining a tall posture with gentle forward lean. The resistance of the band trying to pull the hips into flexion (pulling the butt backwards) is met my increased engagement of the glutes and hamstrings to extend the hip more forcefully. Combine this drill with some short sets of strides and feel…
  • Head Position Affects Running Posture: How’s Yours?

    James Dunne
    15 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    To date, every image and video I’ve used with our articles has been of adult runners and triathletes. It’s about time I gave the youngsters we work with a fair shout out too! With kind permission from his father, shared above is an image showing the difference a small tweak to head position can make to running posture in one of our young multi-sport athletes. This is just as true in adults. The simple ‘look forwards not down’ cue worked a treat here, as it so often does. Why Does it Matter? I talk a great deal about the importance of pelvic control as a foundation for…
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  • Road to Bhatti Lakes 100k – Week 11

    21 May 2015 | 12:56 am
    This week sucked completely except for the weekly long run of 35k. I was overtraining clearly and was dreading each run. But I took some break before the weekly long run and somewhat planned my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Short Tale of My Weekend Long Run

    17 May 2015 | 1:07 am
    My wife says that I was crazy before and have become crazier since the time I registered for Bhatti Lakes 100k. And that's a relief that she is still putting up with my craziness. A Short Tale of My... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Road to Bhatti Lakes 100k – Week 10

    12 May 2015 | 11:26 pm
    This week went great with me logging my highest mileage till date of 64k. It just feels awesome to write but my body is telling an another story. Road to Bhatti Lakes 100k – Week 10 is a post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Subconscious Chat with Legends

    3 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    The sun shined brightly outdoors in the evening with a warm gust of wind. The organisers of Hyderabad Marathon are a passionate and a sadistic bunch of runners who had planned the marathon just after... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Road to Bhatti Lakes 100k – Week 9

    2 May 2015 | 10:45 pm
    This was my week of highest mileage, since the time I have started my Base Phase, of the training for Bhatti Lakes 100k. I have now entered the mileage increase phase as per my training plan. Road... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Believe In The Run

  • adidas Ultra BOOST Review

    Thomas Neuberger
    20 May 2015 | 5:47 pm
    adidas Ultra BOOST Review Watch your head we are jumping right in! The Good Thomas: Let me start with the obvious, this shoe is beautiful. It is down right sexy. If the Ultra BOOST had a Tinder account I would swipe right. The fit takes a couple runs to customize to your foot, but once […] The post adidas Ultra BOOST Review appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • lululemon athletica Gear Review

    Thomas Neuberger
    19 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    I knew lululemon made gear for men, but I wasn’t interested in wearing it. I figured it’s yoga stuff, and it is also called lululemon. The Baltimore City Assistant Manager and “Director of Fun” Joe C. invited Meaghan and me to the store to check out the gear. The store is cool, however, it can […] The post lululemon athletica Gear Review appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10

    Meaghan Murray
    10 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 Guest reviewer: Austin Bonds As someone who loves to run and also study product advertising campaigns, I’m always intrigued at seeing how a company introduces a shoe, be it a new model or an update to an existing one. One such update as of late is the Nike Air Zoom […] The post Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • Hoka One One Bondi 4 Review

    Thomas Neuberger
    9 May 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Hoka One One Bondi 4 Review Before we start I have to admit, early on I was a Hoka hater. I thought the shoes looked like clown shoes and the people wearing them were the same people that used to wear those MBT shoes or got all their footwear from Comfort One. I am judgy […] The post Hoka One One Bondi 4 Review appeared first on Believe In The Run.
  • SLS3 Compression Sleeves & Stance socks review

    Meaghan Murray
    9 May 2015 | 12:57 pm
    We were contacted by SLS3 and Stance socks to review a pair of sleeves/socks. Here are our thoughts on the two. SLS3 Compression Sleeves Meaghan I tried out the SLS3 Butterfly compression sleeves in Azure blue. They’re bright and fit well; snug but not too constricting. They’re a little challenging to get over your ankle, but […] The post SLS3 Compression Sleeves & Stance socks review appeared first on Believe In The Run.
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  • Gametiime wraps up the Pi Day 5K, donating $900 to empower STEM education for girls

    8 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    As mentioned in our previous post, our very first virtual run, the Pi Day 5K, was a big success! Before the event, we had a guess that our growing running community and other runners around the country would be jazzed up about three things: The opportunity to run as part of a uniquely-connected online community Being part of a fun-themed event with an impactful cause Receiving awesome, exclusive merchandise mailed to their door! Over 750 runners later, it was clearly true — the Pi Day 5K was a sweet, mathematical hit. Over the weekend of 3/12 to 3/15, runners across all but 5 states…
  • Gametiime launches first virtual run, sells out in a flash

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    We’ve recently started working on a stealth project for the Gametiime running community. While still aiming to give people a better way to live out their running journey in a more socially-connected and meaningful way, this project was built to do so in a different manner than the social race directory we’ve built to empower people to find and save races around the US. Our hunch told us runners needed it so we quickly got to work. In just a few weeks, we launched our first virtual run. We called it the Pi Day 5K, in playful celebration of the mathematical number and scheduled…
  • Blooms to Brew: A scenic course preview in pictures (and video!)

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:44 pm
    We recently featured the Blooms to Brews Marathon, Half Marathon, & 4-Person Relay. Today, we’d like to give you an event preview in pictures and announce Blooms to Brews is generously giving out another two free entries! Click to win a free registration! Races begin at Horseshoe Lake Park, traveling through the city of Woodland, WA   The course takes you through majestic Woodland farmland And then along the mighty Columbia River    Runners then hit Veteran’s Loop, Railroad Tracks Bridge, and gravel roads that line the banks of the Lewis River with eagle nests perching…
  • Races of Gametiime: Blooms to Brews Marathon, a Boston Qualifier and Hidden Scenic Gem

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Race Name: Blooms to Brews Marathon, Four-Person Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, & 10K When: Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 | Where: Horsehoe Lake Park (Woodland, WA) Prize Drawing: The Blooms to Brews Marathon is giving away two free entries to the Gametiime community! Click here to win! Are you interested in a flat, fast that features scenic views along the Columbia River, majestic country farmland, and acres of beautifully-colored tulips that lead to the final two miles of a crowd-cheering race finish? So are we! We had an opportunity to interview Elba Benzler of Get Bold Events about…
  • Gametiime Asks: Why do you race? What makes racing fundamentally different than an everyday run?

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Answers from Oiselle Runners… Jessica Morrow – I enjoy running on my own and definitely do most of my weekly mileage by myself. Sometimes on a long run by yourself you can start to doubt yourself and what you are doing. You come up with excuses to do less than your best. I love races, especially really big races with thousands of participants. Running with friends or running a race with a lot of people gives you visual representation that you aren’t the only crazy person out there. Longer distance races like half marathons and marathons are really fun because you know…
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    Running Life

  • Staying on track

    20 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Last week I started a new job, and my hours have changed, I am now working 8 until 5:30. I am finding it a bit tiring getting up at 6:40 and getting back home about 6pm. Unfortunately I am finding that I am struggling to stay motivated and keep to the triathlon training plan. I am allowing myself to have… Read more →
  • Swim it Saturday

    18 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    This weekend I went home to visit my family in Peterborough, and instead of letting it affect my training I decided to pack my swimming costume and get my self and my dad down to the local swimming pool and get a session in back home. My dad has always been such a great swimmer and as hard as I… Read more →
  • Beverly 10km

    11 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    I entered the Beverly 10km run ages ago and it wasn’t until last Saturday morning when the postie pushed my race number through the door that I remembered. in a big panic I decided to go to the gym last Sunday to test my legs out, as I haven’t ran a 10km in a long time, in fact I am… Read more →
  • Training plan

    4 May 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I have been searching to find a training plan that will suit me. They are either for the very beginners or too advanced for me! But I think I have found the perfect balance! The Garmin Connect Sprint Triathlon 12 week plan. The plan has me completing a technical session for each discipline and then a speed session for each… Read more →
  • Drill Time

    29 Apr 2015 | 2:54 am
    I have done three swim sessions so far and I can already see an improvement. on my first swim it took me well over 25 minutes to swim 30 lengths, my second session it took me around 20 minutes and my last session was around 17 minutes. So I think the more I swim the fitter and therefore faster I… Read more →
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  • London Marathon 2015 Race Report

    Dave Sawyer
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    I attended a talk recently by Scotland’s national endurance coach Robert Hawkins. It was all about how he trains his boys, Callum and Derek, both brilliant athletes. As a marathoner, I was more interested in the Derek half of the talk. I learnt a lot. But the point that resonated most was a throwaway comment about the difficulty of training for a spring marathon north of the border. This year particularly. I’ve lived in Scotland for 25 years and this winter has got to be the worst on record. As I write it’s sunny outside but I’m shivering thinking about those ice cold…
  • The Very Hungry Marathoner

    Dave Sawyer
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    In the light of the moon, a little marathoner lay on a bed. One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and – POP! – out of the bed came a skinny, and very hungry marathoner. He started looking for some nice food. But he was fat-loading. On Monday he ate through one avocado, but he was still hungry. On Tuesday he ate through two slabs of Blacksticks Blue, but he was still hungry. On Wednesday he ate through three smoked mackerel fillets, but he was still hungry.On Thursday he ate through four bowls of olives, but he was still hungry. On Thursday he…
  • My London Marathon 2015 Training Block

    Dave Sawyer
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:10 am
    My Strava took a battering yesterday. It’s showing a 1.9M warm up, 10M race, 4.2M warm down, and then a 2.1M run an hour later. 18.2M all told. That last run’s a bit mad. Following the warm down, I drove two clubmates back to Netherlee on Glasgow’s south side. One of them lives just up the road from me. After the half hour car journey, I left my motor at his house (500 yards from mine). Car parked, I did two cheeky miles (my fourth run of the day) purely so I could say I’d hit my 60-mile target for the week. I then hopped back in the car and arrived home in time for…
  • Dogs Are The Enemy of Runners

    Dave Sawyer
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Before I begin… Let me be clear that I am not writing this post. It’s my Chimp speaking. And when he’s running he doesn’t like dogs. Those familiar with the excellent Chimp Paradox will know what I’m talking about. My Chimp isn’t me. He analyses things in black and white. He’s not one for nuance and never sees both sides of the story. In this post, Stan (for it is he) will argue why dogs ARE the enemy of runners. And because it’s not in Dave’s (for he is me) nature to present an unbalanced argument, my good friend – and fellow…
  • The Joy of Strava

    Dave Sawyer
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
    I’m doing Martin Yelling’s Jantastic this year. It’s not going well. One week I had to play my “Joker”. The next week I couldn’t do all my runs and you can’t play your Joker in consecutive weeks. So I had to let my team down and miss a week. Then I got “back on it”, had two good weeks then forgot to load my runs on Monday just gone. I’d give up but fear incurring the wrath of Mrs Pacepusher. I’m an angel, and I fear to tread. Anyway, this post’s not about Jantastic. It’s about the happy by-product of my failed…
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    Fuel Your Future with Tina Muir

  • Why You Should Consider Stepping Away from the Marathon

    Tina Muir
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I have recapped, I have revisited, and I have reflected. You are probably sick of hearing about London Marathon by now, and you will be happy to hear that this is not another post about the race, but many people have reached out to ask…what’s next? Time to share: I already told you it is not a marathon, which may be surprising to read. Especially after the last one was a success, and I was so close to that 2:40 barrier, why would I not chase it down? Steve is a big believer in cycles. I have told you before about my down weeks during marathon training, and Steve is extremely organized…
  • Wedding Wednesday- Bridal Shower, Honeymoon Plans & Flowers

    Tina Muir
    20 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    What I ate Wednesday? Workout Wednesday? How about Wedding Wednesday? I thought it was time for another update in my #RacetotheAltar series. Hard to believe, but we are only 79 days away! Time is really starting to pick up speed…..yeah yeah, I know, that does not make sense. I am sure you know what I mean. Anyway, it is crazy to think that we are closing in on August 7th. Now is the time decisions need to be made, things need to be paid, and its becoming real that we are getting married in just a few months! Joy from the Uptown Center has been great, and I am looking forward to going…
  • Meatless Monday- Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

    Tina Muir
    18 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Hello! I can’t believe so many of you said you wished you were in Lexington to be able to do the Lexington Running Clinic with my Strength Coach Drew, and I. It really makes me feel special to know that you would like to learn more from me about running, even after all my posts on here! I would really appreciate if you could share this news with any friends you have around the Lexington area, then you can live it through them   In other news, this weekend I went to Bloomington, IN to visit family friends. Steve was in Tennessee at his conference championships (congrats to our…
  • Why it is Good to Indulge (& Gain Weight) After a Marathon

    Tina Muir
    15 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I have already told you that I believe in the importance of taking time off after a big race, especially after a marathon. I had my week off after London Marathon, and we originally intended on taking 10 days off, but I felt so good after the race (no soreness) that we decided I could start a little earlier. Today I wanted to talk a little about something that goes hand in hand with time off for runners. Something that strikes fear into us, and is the reason most runners are afraid to take time off; weight gain. Well, I am here to tell you that it is good to gain a little weight after your…
  • London Marathon- The Reflection

    Tina Muir
    13 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    You have read my race recap and I covered the elite experience and build up. As you know, I did have a great race, and it really was the most enjoyable race I have ever run, but was that just down to good luck? I am sure you already know the answer to this; absolutely not. Anyone who has followed me for the last few months knows that I went through a lot of ups and downs, and a lot of moments where I wondered if it was all worth it, but the perseverance in those moments paid off on April 26. I would like to use this post to reflect on what went right, what went wrong, and what we are going…
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    Run Far Girl

  • 5 Things I Learned from My Last Race-Guest Post from Miles To Go

    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Guest posting today is Kelly, from Miles to Go. Kelly is a dedicated runner, race director and running coach who is always looking to give back. I asked Kelly to share what she learned from her most recent race and here is what she had to say:  After 14 half marathons and 5 full marathons, I am still learning something new after every race.  Most recently, I ran the Shamrock Half Marathon in VA Beach.  This is a very flat course, ending on the boardwalk.  After my finish, I thought about five things I’ve learned from the past two hours. 1. Spectators mean more to me than I realized.
  • 9 Tips for Running with a Stroller from Run For Your Sole-Guest Post

    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I had the chance to meet Heather of Run for Your Sole earlier this spring and she is a passionate mother and runner. She uses her running to make a difference for others and is doing some amazing things with I Run 4 and the Massachusetts Chapter for MyTeam Triumph.  She’s here today to share a few tips  on running with a stroller.  Running with a stroller for the first time is awkward.  Let’s not sugar coat it.  When I was pregnant with my son, I received the BOB single jogging stroller.  I was beyond excited to have gotten this so that I could take him out with me and get…
  • Tommee Tippee Review and Giveaway

    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    A big thanks to  Tommee Tippee and Stonyfield for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own. This week my husband is back to work and I’m navigating life as mom of three. I’m learning to be OK with the messes and the un-done laundry and toys everywhere. There are a few things that are making that a little easier though: the Tommee Tippee Tumblers and no slip Easi-Mat which are making the messes a little less messy. And of course the Tommee Tippee Pacifiers to sooth Liam amidst the craziness that is Jack&Sophia. Stonyfield and Tommee Tippee recently sent me a…
  • Reasons to Love Running with a Friend-Guest Post

    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today, Nicolasa from Shoe Laces and Bibs gives us her reasons for running with a friend. Nicolasa is a fellow New Hampshire blogger and I had the chance to meet her this spring at a running event. She’s a passionate teacher, mom and a great gal!    Whether you’re training for a race or not, running with friends makes a world of difference on any given run.  If you currently run solo and think you could never run with one other person, let alone a small group, you’re not alone! I remember when I began training for my first half marathon with two of my girlfriends.  We…
  • Welcome Little Liam Marius Canney

    12 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    Originally I intended this post to be “wordless,” Just pictures and nothing else, but I realized I don’t do “wordless” very well. And I don’t really want to recap the birth story in such detail as to alienate anyone who’s experience is different: hospital birth, home birth, C-section, epidural, all-natural…doesn’t really matter; the entrance of new life into the world is always a miracle, regardless of how it happens. Liam has a birth story, and it’s a special one because it’s his. On Friday morning I went for a short walk and…
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    Run n Stuff

  • Shake Up Your Marathon Training

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Shake up your Marathon Training Do you ever get tired of the same running routine and need to do something to shake things up? After running 18 marathons in the past 12 months I decided it was time to shake up my marathon training. I had gotten so slow from nothing but long slow distance(LSD) that I just needed to take a break and spice things up a bit. Doing the same thing over and over again to me gets boring. Sometimes running gets boring. Its the people I get to run with that makes it fun. But sometimes its good to have other challenges. So, what do you do when you take a break from…
  • Running With Plantar Fasciitis

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Running With Plantar FasciitisRunning with plantar fasciitis is one of the worst running injuries a runner can have. It can be a long term nagging pain or it can be a debilitating injury where you can barely walk.  I think over the years I have had it all and tried all the so called cures. Here is a little of my story and some of the things I have tried.    My history with Plantar FasciitisI was never a super fast runner. I started running in 2006 and went through the normal aches, pains, minor injuries that happen to new runners. I did train somewhat sensibly. I started…
  • Best Running Websites

    15 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Best Running WebsitesThis is my list of some of the best running websites to check out to stay in touch with what’s happening in the running world.Runners World –  – Daily running news, running tips for beginners and advanced, injury prevention, and equipment reviews. Race listings throughout the US.Running Times – – Comprehensive articles on training, sports medicine, shoes, personalities & more for all competitive, high school, college, masters & trail runners.Cool Running –…
  • Running Shoes for Women – Some of the Best

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Best Running Shoes for WomenWith spring coming and more women starting to run, I wanted to highlight some of the best running shoes for women. For now we will look at some of the top brands and some of their top models for 2015.AsicsAsics Gel Kayano 21 Lite Show – The Asics Gel Kayano 21 celebrates it’s 21st birthday in style.  Continuing it’s legacy of providing maximum support and a plush ride, this premium daily trainer is ready to hit the roads. With a new lighter Fluid Ride midsole and the most gel cushioning to date, this shoe is built for high mileage training.
  • Motivational Quotes for Running – my top 20

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    My top 20 Motivational Quotes for Running Thought I would make a compilation of my top 20 motivational quotes for running. These are always motivating and help me and many others to get out the door. “Tough times don’t last but tough people do.” – A.C. Green“There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.” – Nike“If you start to feel good during an ultra, dont’ worry you will get over it.” – Gene Thibeault“You have to forget your…
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  • Dumb Health Tips: Fecal Matter In Beards? Not So Much.

    6 May 2015 | 11:45 pm
    I have a beard.  I've had a beard for around ten years now and I feel pretty strongly that it does not, nor has it ever, contained fecal matter.     There have been several articles flying around the internet lately touting this myth based on some loose testing.  In terms of what I read, there was no mention of how they constructed their sample population or any indication that the study was carefully done.  They may have just walked outside, found a group of 20 nasty looking dudes with facial
  • Record Setting Month

    2 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    April was a pretty big running month for me.  I accomplished one of my big three running goals that I set out last year when I ran my first half marathon and made my time goal of finishing in under 2 hours.     I also got some interesting stats from Runkeeper - the run tracking app I use that I would highly recommend.   The app sent me an email about midway through May that I had logged 500 miles running while using the app.  That mileage is spread across about a year so it breaks down to not
  • Exploring A New Running Route

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:43 am
    I've been struggling somewhat with figuring out how to target my running schedule lately.  It's been a floundering between starting to train more for The Bear and just running whatever I feel like running.  When I went out yesterday, I didn't have a plan for what I wanted to do which is usually a negative thing, but the weather was beautiful so I decided to try out a new route.  It was clear and sunny with minimal pollen flying around in my face, so why not?   There's a pretty good stretch of
  • Race Recovery Week

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    I've never run a race before that really required a substantial recovery period.  Though, in the past, I often would neglect my training for weeks and months after running The Bear.  The point is, dealing with a recovery period is somewhat uncharted territory for me, but I figured it necessary for a week or so after my half marathon.   After the race, I felt pretty good.  Nothing was in pain or hurting, but I was definitely fatigued in a way that seemed appropriate for the longest distance I've
  • My First Half Marathon and My Fiftieth Post!

    8 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    I'm pretty stoked today because this is my fiftieth post on Run and Drum!  It's also exciting because I ran my first half marathon this past Sunday.  Not only did I complete my goal to run a half marathon in 2015, I fulfilled my bonus goal of doing it in under 2 hours!  My finish time was 1:59:20, BUT it's still under 2 hours so I'm good with it and it gives me a launch point to try and finish my next one even faster.   I ran in the Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh half marathon and it was a blast.  I
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  • A Weekend Away on the Olympic Peninsula

    The Muddy Girl
    21 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    A tent, my camera, some Melville, one change of clothes and trail shoes. Add in about six other changes of clothes that didn’t get used — will I ever learn to pack light? — and that about sums up the essentials of my latest camping trip. There was one other handy item and I’m almost ashamed to admit it. Doritos. Nathan declared rather proudly after a failed attempt at gathering usable sticks (rain and all) that Doritos, yes these chemical laden snacks, are awesome firestarters. What can I say? It worked more
  • Cape Falcon: Trail Running Lessons From a Newb

    The Muddy Girl
    5 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Cape Falcon was my second trail run from my Top 5 Spring Trails to hit. If you dig obstacle courses and breathtaking views, you’re going to love this place. The day started off relaxing enough as Alberta, Nathan and I kicked it in Manzanita for a few hours. After running around like maniacs on the beach and watching the wind surfers, we chowed down on Left Coast Siesta tacos and checked out the eclectic shops that speckle Laneda Avenue. We walked around the neighborhoods, fantasizing over what it would be like to live in a small more
  • Photo Log: Klickitat Rail Trail

    The Muddy Girl
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Howdy friends. Here are a few more photos from my 14 mile excursion on the Klickitat Rail Trail, more specifically, through Swale Canyon. You can read more here and here. What used to be a railroad corridor is now 31 miles of secluded trail that introduce you to the meeting grounds of the Columbia and Klickitat Rivers. The peaceful Swale Creek will join you for part of the way, while wildflower-studded hilltops roll gently to your left and right. Beware in the warmer months, rattle snakes are known to more
  • Drop the Excuses and Be Strong, Right Now

    The Muddy Girl
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:46 pm
    I used to use races as motivation. Sign up, pay up, and hopefully…find the time and willpower to train. Not anymore.  I get it. Sometimes we need motivation. Sometimes we need to spend that 70 bucks on a race so that when we start to get lazy and don’t feel like training, it’s like “hey, I spent money on this. I refuse to waste money, so I’m going to get my butt out there and run.” We spend money on gym memberships and force ourselves to go even when we don’t want to, often because more
  • My Top 5 Spring Trails: Oregon & Washington

    The Muddy Girl
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    I’ll be tackling 5 trails this spring, each with a unique view of the Pacific Northwest. Some will require day trips, others will require camping, and a couple are just an hour or two from home. Pick a trail, or five, and get out there with me! 1. Cape Falcon – 4.8 Miles Oregon Coast Reasons to run it: 1. The Oregon Coast is the most beautifully rugged place I’ve ever seen 2. Whale watching, meadows, waterfalls 3. Best of both worlds – forest running and coastal views The temperate coastal rain forest more
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  • Food & Drink Review: Picky Bars

    Noah Sommers
    21 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    In the ever-growing world of training nutrition, one would think that the last thing we need is another bar. To those naysayers I would offer up Picky Bars, something closer to real food and less like the over processed bars with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Then imagine they are all naturally gluten-free, they include vegan […] The post Food & Drink Review: Picky Bars appeared first on Running Northwest.
  • Shoe Review: Topo Athletic Runduro

    Evan Rue
    18 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    At first glance, the Topo Athletic Runduro is definitely a head turner. The no lace BOA enclosure system will definitely raise a few eyebrows and you will inevitably field a few questions about it, but the real question is how does it run? The answer is that the Runduro can tackle most of what you […] The post Shoe Review: Topo Athletic Runduro appeared first on Running Northwest.
  • An Interview with Golden Harper, Founder of Altra Running

    Jeremy Krall
    8 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    There are people you meet in this world who are born athletes and I realize this is hard to accept. As most of us get older, we think “if I only trained harder” or “if I only started earlier”, but in reality there are people who have athletic prowess engrained in their DNA. Such begins […] The post An Interview with Golden Harper, Founder of Altra Running appeared first on Running Northwest.
  • Gear Review: Salomon Park Hydro Handset

    David Valentine
    2 May 2015 | 9:26 pm
    It’s rare you find something new in the world of portable hydration, I mean how many water bottle carriers can there be? The Salomon Park Hydro Handset really turns that thinking around and gives you a whole new method for carrying water while running. With summer rapidly approaching, there is no time like the present to re-evaluate your […] The post Gear Review: Salomon Park Hydro Handset appeared first on Running Northwest.
  • Shoe Review: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

    Jeremy Krall
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    New Balance has always been a big player in the running game. You know, one of those companies that people stay loyal to forever even if the shoes didn’t always look the best. That being said, they have definitely turned a corner this past year on the styling front to convert those non-believers and our […] The post Shoe Review: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante appeared first on Running Northwest.
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