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10 Stunning Half Marathons at National Parks

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Our national parks are amazing places. If you've been lucky enough to visit any of them, you've probably had the same thought I have -- what an amazing place to run. But the National Park Service doesn't make it easy to hold running events inside them, and for very good reasons. We found a handful [...]

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10 Great Hawaiian Half Marathons

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"I can't even speak Hawaiian, but if you go there and listen to a Hawaiian song, you get captured because it's so beautiful, like the melody is just gorgeous and you know Bob Marley is on the radio every single day. It's very reggae-influenced down there. Basically, you haven't been to paradise if you haven't [...]

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5 Ways to Bust Out Of A Running Rut

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If you have a few regular routes or go at the time time of day, it could be time to jostle up your routine. Scour out a few miles in different place. Go for a run at sunset rather than sunrise. Hit the trails if you regularly run on the road or head to to [...]

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10 Ways to Make Your Long Runs Better

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Be prepared to go the distance by giving your body rest the day before. A short walk or even a very slow run is beneficial to help stay loose and flexible. Just don’t overdo it. This is not the time to test out a new squat routine or take the kids to the amusement park. [...]

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10 Dog-Friendly Half Marathons

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Get your pup ready for some serious downhill action! This course begins at 10,630 feet and rolls down to 8,400 feet by the time you reach the finish. Dogs are welcome to join in and if they start to slow down, enjoy peace of mind knowing that the race is walker-friendly. Late June • Complete [...]

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10 Perfect Half Marathons For a PR This Summer

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With summer-like heat descending across much of the nation recently, it's not easy to find a race where you can achieve a personal record (PR) time. But there are still places, especially in the northern tier states, that offer lower-than-average temperatures and give runners the chance to race their fastest 13.1 miles. These courses -- [...]

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8 Extremely High-Elevation Half Marathons

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"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity." -- John Muir We go to the mountains for this pick of races, put together by our Carissa Liebowitz. My favorite is Colorado's Pikes Peak Ascent, where you climb to a [...]

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From Walker to Runner: 7 Tips For Making the Transition

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Incorporate running into your regular walking. For instance, if you are walking 30 minutes a day four times a week, try adding in one minute of running for every nine minutes of walking. Break it up over the workout to make it more manageable. Increase a minute each week until you are able to run [...]

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30 Perfect Songs For Every Distance You Run

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Readers loved this list of 50 perfect songs to run to that we put together last winter, so we thought it would be great to break down a brand-new song list by the kind of workout that goes with each. Here's the list, matching songs with each kind of workout/run: "Shut Up and Dance" — [...]

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5 Ways Runners Can Beat the Heat This Summer

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When the temps rise, don’t expect to keep getting the same results with the same effort. Every runner is different, but generally speaking, expect to run 20 to 30 seconds slower per mile for every 5 degrees when the temperature rises above about 60°F. If you're in the midst of a training program, use a [...]

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