So you’ve been bitten by the running bug, have you?

As we ring in the New Year, many runners create different goals and resolutions. Maybe you started a fitness journey, or maybe you’re a seasoned 5k veteran but whatever your thought process is, you have decided to run your very first half marathon.

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So maybe you’ve decided to make your New Years Resolution to start running. That is great and welcome to the community! Like everything, we all started as beginners somewhere.

It doesn’t matter if you recently walked your first 5K, or whether you’ve completed 100 marathons. We all started as beginners as we entered this crazy world called running.

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The starting line at the Surf City USA Half Marathon. (Photo courtesy RaceForce)

1) Surf City USA Half Marathon • Huntington Beach, CA

Run mostly along the beaches of Southern California’s Pacific Coast Highway at this late winter race, considered one of the country’s best thanks to its gorgeous oceanfront views and a beautiful stretch through an ecological reserve in its middle miles.

Feb 5, 2017 • Race info & signup »

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Now that the new year is here, it’s time to get busy. What runner doesn’t want to become faster, train harder or improve? Our sport is so great because there are so many different options, methods and areas to focus on.

Make 2017 your best year of running yet by considering one of these new year’s resolutions:

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From Thanksgiving until New Years, fitting in a run can often be difficult. Often times, the last thing we want to do after working and holiday shopping is to run.

A little known fact is running during the holidays is actually one of the best times to stay active. It’s a change to the usual schedule and can even bring new motivation!

So why is running during the holiday season the best?

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‘Tis the season for anything and everything holiday related. Your running playlist is no exclusion. If you’ve been looking for upbeat and motivating songs to listen to while running, look no further. Some are new and top 40 while others are classic.

Let’s be honest: many holiday songs are slower or don’t get us excited and motivated to run. We’ve added a mixture of upbeat songs to get you excited, motivated and ready to run. Plus you can listen to different music then you constantly hear in department stores or shopping.

Here are 30 songs to add to your running playlist:

1) “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” (*NSYNC)

2) “Run, Run Rudolph” (Kelly Clarkson)

3) “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Mariah Carey)

4) “Last Christmas” (Cascada)

5) “Under the Stars” (Jon Legend)

6) “White Christmas” (Guns and Roses)

7) “Sleigh Ride” (Karman)

8) “Snow Snow Snow” (Band of Merrymakers)

9) “Wizards in Winter” (Trans Siberian Orchestra)

10) “Carol of the Bells” (Trans Siberian Orchestra)

11) “Up on the House Top” (Jackson 5)

12) “Father Christmas” (The Kinks)

13) “Christmas Lights” (Coldplay)

14) “Dirt Sledding” (The Killers)

15) “Shake Up Christmas” (Train)

16) “Joy to the World” (Pentonix)

17) “Christmas the Whole Year Round” (Sabrina Carpenter)

18) “Christmas Time” (Christina Aguilera)

19) “Every Day’s Like Christmas” (Kylie Minogue)

20) “I Heard the Bells on Christmas” (Echosmith)

21) “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (Justin Beiber)

22) “Jingle Bell Rock” (Rascal Flatts)

23) “Merry Christmas Everybody” (Train)

24) “Snow in California” (Ariana Grande)

25) “12 Days of Christmas” (Relient K)

26) “Little Saint Nick” (The Beach Boys)

27) “What Christmas Means to Me” (Stevie Wonder)

28) “Dear Santa” (Girls’ Generation)

29) “Step Into Christmas” (Elton Jon)

30) “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (Twisted Sister)

Do you have a favorite running holiday song that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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It’s the season for holiday gatherings and get-togethers. While you are probably going to at least one party with your running friends, chances are you’ll be stuck at the dinner table making small talk with non-runners.

They will prod you with questions and by the end of the night you may even wonder why you even run. All you can do is laugh about it later with your running friends. Not every person in the world runs or gets why we run, but that’s okay!

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“Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength inside you if you look closely enough.” — Hal Higdon

1) RunGirl 13.1 Women’s Half Marathon • Houston, TX

Houston’s only women-only half marathon race, this event unfolds through a pair of city parks nestled along the Lake Houston shoreline, about 20 miles from the city’s downtown. $65 through this weekend.

Dec 4, 2016 • Race info & signup »

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Now that many fall half marathons are over, many runners question what they should do with themselves. Since the winter can be unpredictable and roads might be icy or unplowed; the winter is a perfect time to hit the track.

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It’s hard to believe we are already thinking about running through the winter and colder months. Just a few months ago, we were thinking about running through the heat. Now we are worried about running through the winter, staying warm and staying on track through the Holidays.

As someone who went to college in upstate New York, I’ve run in my fair share of winter weather. Up there sometimes winter temperatures would dip below -30 and peak at 10 degrees.

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