Time for your first marathon?

Deciding to run your first marathon is a big deal! When you sign up for your first marathon you're committing to a lot of time and a lot of hard work. To make sure that you give yourself the best chance to be successful and...

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Cross-train the Right Way

Cross-training can get a bad rap among runners. For a lot of us, the only time we're on an exercise bike or in the pool is when we're injured. So we start to associate those exercises with all kinds of negative thoughts and feelings. The...

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To stretch or not to stretch?

Should runners stretch is always a tough question. For every piece of advice about stretching for runners, there is someone saying the exact opposite. So SHOULD runners stretch?   The short answer for me is yes -- for most people.   As with most things in running, the long answer is...

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How racing a 5k can improve your marathon

I had a fun talk with Jay Johnson last night for an article I'm working on for Running Times. During the conversation, we got on a tangent about the fact that a lot of people who like to run marathons and half-marathons don't really race...

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Importance of hydration

Now that we're dead in the middle of the summer furnace, it's important to pay attention to your hydration. It may not sound exciting, but proper hydration will play a big part in your performance both in training and on race day. In fact, being 1%...

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Two approaches to hill workouts

Hill workouts are generally regarded as an effective and safe way to introduce the body to more high-intensity work.  But it can also be a great way to build strength and reduce injuries.  Because of this, everyone from beginners to elite runners can benefit by incorporating...

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The secret to improvement

There are hundreds of magazine articles, blog posts, and books written every year on how to get faster as a runner. And it’s true that there are a number of factors that can improve your running — new workouts, proper nutrition, recovery techniques, etc. all...

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When to retire your shoes

When you’re starting out as a runner, one of your first purchases should be a good pair of running shoes. But when do you buy your NEXT pair?   Running shoe companies generally say that you should be able to get 300-500 miles out of a pair...

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Get off your heels: Ankling Drill

The evils of heel-striking is a popular topic of conversation among runners. Although I don’t believe there is one true “correct” form for all runners, I agree that landing more on your mid or fore-foot is a good goal.   That might seem easier said than done...

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Gear Review: Garmin Vivofit

Fitness trackers are increasing in popularity, and Garmin has decided to enter the arena with their new Vivofit. As you’d expect from a company like Garmin with a strong background in fitness electronics, it’s polished, easy-to-use and works remarkably well for a first-generation device.   After using...

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