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4 Running Mistakes With Silver Linings

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The first marathon I ran, it was Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta. The weather had seemingly snapped from fall to winter overnight and I layered up accordingly. Except I failed to remember that I would still be running hours later in the sunshine. Every second seemed so precious and I didn’t want to stop to shed [...]

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5 Ways Running Can Make You a Better Person

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I have been a runner most of my life. Save for a few on-again-off-again years in college, running has been synonymous with “Carissa.” Races intimidated me until I dove headfirst into my first marathon in 2009. Six years later, I am more addicted than ever. The crazy part is that I just keep finding more [...]

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13.1 Miles of Bacon & More Half Marathons for Hungry Runners

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Unless this is your first half, it's unlikely you’ll claim a new PR here. Runners travel 6.55 miles to the halfway mark, where they'll stop at Ben’s Chili Bowl and down a half smoke with chili, mustard, and onions. Only after your "clean basket" is verified by a volunteer can continue on with the race. [...]

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5 Things You Can Do in Training to Improve Your Race Time

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Practicing running portions of your long runs at goal pace is a great tool for improving speed. Not only is it a great confidence builder on race day, but it gets your legs used to running at your goal pace. Begin with a few miles early in your training cycle and build up to running [...]

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10 West Coast Half Marathons That Cost $35 Or Less

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Located approximately an hour northwest of Los Angeles, the Camarillo Half Marathon is an inexpensive option for the SoCal crowd. The paved loop course has a few small hills, but is otherwise mostly flat. Runners will receive a gender specific tech shirt and awards go three deep in each age bracket. $35/register early Runners who [...]

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Why You’ll Love Running With a Fitness Tracker… And Hate It

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You certainly don't need a GPS watch or smartphone app to be a runner. But fitness tracking tools like these can give you really useful data to understand your runs. Often, they go beyond just time and mileage -- they can give you detail data on your pace, heart rate, elevation, running cadence, and more. [...]

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Running To Make Race Day Great

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It’s been said many times over that runners need to practice with their clothing and food choices before race day. I try to execute this theory on all my long runs. Though it’s never a perfect practice, I attempt to hydrate well and eat low fiber carbohydrates in the one to two days preceding. Race [...]

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5 Reasons Every Runner Should Try a Trail Race

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Let’s face it, many pavement races are held in ugly places. Flying past creepy alleyways and industrial parks might create PRs, but it doesn’t always create memories. The forests, lakes, mountains, and green spaces of trail races are pretty at their worst, breathtaking at their best. Nothing beats the sound of crunching leaves, the scent [...]

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Running Hills Won’t Hurt Your Achilles: Study

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The mythological Achilles is far from alone in being struck down by his namesake heel. Just over half of runners are expected to experience an injury to their Achilles tendons at some point in their athletic lives, though the cause is much more likely to be a sudden uphill sprint than a fatal divine arrow. [...]

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5 Ways to Get Your Running Mojo Back

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It's happened to many of us this winter -- crazy, snowy, icy cold can get you out of your running routine faster than you realize and before you know it, it's hard to remember the last time you ran. Here's how to get your running mojo back: Unless your pockets are lined with gold, dropping [...]

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