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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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The World’s Biggest, Oldest & Fastest Half Marathons (And More)

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Despite a slightly slower 2014 and 2015, the last decade of half marathoning has proved that Ras Al Khaimah is the place to compete against the best. From 2010 to 2013, the fastest women’s times were recorded and in both 2009 and 2013, the fastest men’s time were recorded here. The course is incredibly flat, [...]

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3 Dangers of a ‘Perfect’ Running Season & What to Do About Them

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Have a great year of racing? What about a perfect year - nothing but personal records, or PRs? Great, right? Yes, absolutely! Until. . .the next season rolls around. Don't let countless 'Wuhoos!' fool you -- there are some big dangers to reaching near racing perfection. Why? Because it messes with your head. Here's how: [...]

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5 Strategies to Use When a Race Gets Tough

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Finding a mantra mid-race can happen, but having a few tucked away beforehand can help when the going gets tough. Write it on your arm, the brim of your hat, or simply file it away in your brain. It can be as simple as one word like believe or strength or a phrase such as [...]

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5 Things That Make the Boston Marathon An Unforgettable Race

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There is no city to compare to when it comes to doing a marathon weekend right. Locals welcome runners in hotels, stores, restaurants, and along the street. Even if they know nothing about running itself, they recognize the achievement of running in the Boston Marathon. Consider yourself "warned" about the incredibly warm welcome. From preparatory [...]

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5 Memorial Day Half Marathons You Can Run in 2015

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The out-and-back course of the Volition America Half Marathon takes runners through downtown Tulsa. Runners will enjoy and challenging and scenic course with plenty of hydration stops. With a start/finish in Veterans Park, racers will have an opportunity to honor veterans of foreign wars by passing a memorial dedicated to those soldiers. Monday, May 25 [...]

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