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21 Bucket List Half Marathons for Fall 2017

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Run through a spectacularly scenic part of central Colorado known as the “Fourteeners Region,” thanks to its 14,000-ft.-high mountain peaks, at this race that marks its 33rd annual running this fall. September • Buena Vista, CO You'll run the Hawaiian island of Kauai — with its pristine sand beaches, lush jungle-like rain forests and massive [...]

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Easy Beginner’s Plan: Ramp Up to Running 10 Consecutive Minutes In Less Than 2 Months

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If you are capable of walking 30 consecutive minutes, you can slowly incorporate running into your routine. The idea is to build each week with a little more running and not attempt too much, too soon. Too many people start a program that is too difficult to maintain and have trouble making it a habit [...]

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10 Things You Can Do to Recover Quicker After a Race

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It may be tempting to fall over the finish line and stay on the ground for an indeterminable amount of time. However, it is best to keep moving (albeit very slowly) for a short while after the race to bring your heart rate down. Walk slowly for 10-15 minutes as you meander through the finish [...]

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Why You Should Start Training (Now!) For a Fall Half Marathon

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If you have been considering running a fall half marathon, this is the perfect week to start. With most plans requiring 12-18 weeks of training, runners will position themselves ready for a race in the peak of racing season. There are a slew of benefits to beginning a plan in the middle of summer and [...]

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50 ‘Power’ Songs To Pump Up Your Run

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I asked a bunch of runners what song is “their song” when it comes to training or racing. Some were tried and true favorites and some were fun surprises. It was interesting to see a mix of inspirational lyrics and upbeat tempos with all kinds of genres and eras. Some of them had heard it [...]

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7 Tips to Stay Faithful to Running When You Travel

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Sticking with a training plan while traveling can seem impossible. There are often long days stuck at the airport or in a car. There are irregular meals. There are often one or more people you are traveling with that have zero interest in running. Whether it is a family vacation to the beach, a week-long [...]

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Meet Strava, the Social Network For Runners You Must Try

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Strava is an activity app that offers GPS tracking, social media activity, and various other training features. Runners can upload data via Bluetooth with their GPS watch or use the app itself to track a run. Other activities such as cycling, swimming, skiing, hiking, etc. can be uploaded and tracked as well. I joined a [...]

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Why the Long Run Is Your Most Important Training Run

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Of all the training runs, races, and weeks/months/years of running, nailing the long run is the biggest contributor of race day success. Speed work and tempo runs get you faster. Recovery runs keep you from getting injured. Shorter races prepare you for the overall experience. But I think the long run is the most important [...]

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4 Ways to Become a Faster Runner

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There are a lot of different ways to increase your accountability, but there is something about hiring an expert that will change your training mindset. If you have someone to report to, it is incredibly more difficult to slack on a workout or brush off a training run. Be sure that the person you hire [...]

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How To Spend The 24 Hours Leading Up To Your Race

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7:00 a.m. - Eat a balanced breakfast with a higher carbohydrate percentage breakfast such as oatmeal, pancakes, or a bagel with a piece of fruit. 8:00 a.m. - Go for a short shakeout run or walk of 20-30 minutes. 9:00 a.m. - Do some light stretching using a foam roller. 10:00 a.m. - Head to [...]

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20 More Things Worse Than a Bad Run

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No one likes a bad run. Least of all myself. You may remember last year when I put together my first list of things worse than a bad run, in fact. Just to make sure you haven't lost perspective, here's another list I made -- next time you have a bad run, just check these [...]

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