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Whatever stage of running you’re in, easy runs and rest are the key part of running and training success.

If we continue to build and build and build, we either get injured or burned out. Running easy allows both your body and mind to recover for the next hard effort.  

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Ah, summer. Ice cream trucks, pool parties, and for many of us in warmer climates, a severely painful blow to the ego when spring paces are a struggle.

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1) The lines for the porta-potties will always be longer than you expect. If you think 10 minutes, give yourself at least 30.

2) Recycle and carry extra safety pins for bibs, wardrobe malfunctions, or blisters. I have a few on my car key ring. Trust me, you’ll be your own hero or someone else’s hero sooner or later.

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Runners on the course at the Hell of a Half Marathon in Exeter, Calif. (Photo courtesy Hell of a Half Marathon)

“It’s important to remember that each footstrike carries you forward, not backward. And every time you put on your running shoes, you are different in some way than you were the day before.” — John Bingham

Hell of a Half Marathon • Exeter, CA

Run in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in the middle of August, this race features a pair of huge hills and a 7:00 a.m. start to avoid the worst of the day’s heat, but still promises a toasty 13.1 miles.

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A scene from the 2011 Charlie Horse Half Marathon Trail Run. (Photo by Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club/flickr)

1) Ice Age Trail Run Half Marathon • La Grange, WI

Named one of America’s most scenic trail races by Trail Runner magazine, this race features a diverse natural landscape of ponds and marshes as well as wide-open prairies and forest lands, through which runners will make their way along a series of both single- and double-track trails.

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In the running world, there are so many different and effective training plans out there. That’s because everyone starts at a different level and responds to training differently. Maybe you like to race every weekend, or maybe you don’t like racing at all.

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For those who don’t know, the first Wednesday in June is known as the greatest day ever. Why?

That’s because it’s Global Running Day, now officially recognized around the world as a day to celebrate running, your running achievements, your friend’s achievements and the attitude and friendliness of runners.

It’s a day dedicated to anything and everything related to running. It’s a day that you can commit to talking about running with nothing standing in your way.

What are a few ways to celebrate?

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Runners are a special breed complete with our own lingo and phrases. We also have many weird and distinct thoughts that many non-runners do not understand. It’s always fun to discuss these topics with other runners who “get it”.

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Whether we are mentally fatigued, life gets busy, or we just don’t want to run, sometimes we take a step back from running. That is actually where I find myself right now. You start missing a few workouts, then a few more and finally you look back and realize you’ve taken a month (or more!) off.

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Whether you are running alone or at a race, it’s important that every runner stays safe and follows the unwritten rules of running. It doesn’t take much to be considered a “real” runner. You just have to enjoy running and follow these simple rules!

Some of these, I definitely wish someone had told me when I started running! Here they are:

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