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13 Ireland Half Marathons for the Traveling Runner

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“Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.” — William Butler Yeats If you’ve ever had a chance to visit Ireland like I have, you know what [...]

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10 Scenic Covered Bridge Half Marathons

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“He didn’t run from something or to something. not for anyone or in spite of anyone; he ran because it was what his body wished to do. The restiveness, the self-consciousness, and the need to oppose disappeared. All he felt was peace.” — Laura Hillenbrand on Louie Zamperini, “Unbroken” 1) Swanzey Covered Bridges Half Marathon • Swanzey, [...]

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How to Maintain a Positive Running Mindset

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A few weeks ago, I found myself running the hardest race I’ve ever done. In the middle of a 6-mile climb, I thought to myself, “positive self-talk will get me through this”. Spoiler: It did. I told myself I would reach the top of Copper Mountain and I did. Then in a shortened version, I [...]

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13 Thoughts a Runner Has Before a Race

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So you’ve put the training into a race, and you are ready to toe the line and set a PR. It doesn’t matter whether you are an elite, seasoned runner, or it’s your first race, we’ve all had inner thoughts at the start line! We all know the training is done and the race is [...]

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21 Scenic College Town Half Marathons

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1) Morgantown Half Marathon • Morgantown, WV The mountains of this university town along the banks of the Monongahela River beckon runners each year as summer is turning to fall for this half marathon, which starts on the campus of West Virginia University. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 • Race info & signup » 2) Hokie Half Marathon • Blacksburg, [...]

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25 Stunning September Half Marathons You’ll Love

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“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. We have a better chance of seeing where we are when we stop trying to get somewhere else.” — John Bingham 1) Marquette Half [...]

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21 Half Marathons With (Lots of) Beer at the Finish

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“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham 1) The Great North American Naughtical Beer Mile • Washington, DC Though this one technically isn’t a half marathon, know that there will be beer drinking and running involved in this Washington, D.C race. Runners who participate [...]

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What Are Tempo Runs and Why Should I Run Them?

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One of the most common speed workouts is called a “tempo run.” Many elite and professional athletes swear by it. Many athletes seeking to PR in distances from a 5k to full marathon use to better themselves. So what is it? Why do many professional athletes and coaches call it the “bread and butter” of [...]

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When & How to Hydrate While You Run

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If you have been running the last few weeks, you’ll realize how hot it’s become! As we head into the summer months, it’s essential to adjust training, and that includes hydration. Many of us don’t drink enough water, and we quickly find out later during a run or race. Heck, most training plans don’t even [...]

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Carissa’s Journey to Run the Everest Marathon, Part 1

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Approximately 2 years ago, someone put into my head the Everest Marathon as a bona fide possibility. I had written about it for years as a bucket list kind of adventure, never thinking it would be something possible for me to do. At this juncture in life, I know plenty of fellow runners who have [...]

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