How to not waste your warm-up

If you look around at a 5k or 10k road race, you're probably pretty confused about how you're supposed to warm-up. Some runners will do some light jogging. Others will add some drills or strides. A few will literally just sit around until the start --...

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Train for your race tactics

When most of us enter a road race, we're trying to run as fast as we can. But a lot of times place matters, too -- either overall or within your age group. And you need to approach a race differently if all you're concerned...

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Tips to get back into running

No matter how much you like to run, everyone takes a break from it from time to time. Sometimes it's because you just finished a marathon cycle. Sometimes it's because of injury, sickness, stress at work, vacation, and on and on.   When you get back into...

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3 steps to turn a bad race into a positive

Run enough races and you're going to have a bad one. Maybe you didn't train enough. Maybe you didn't follow your race plan. Maybe the weather was bad, or you just had a bad day. Bad races happen, but that doesn't mean it was a wasted race....

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Smarter cross-training in 1 chart

Cross-training has a bad reputation. It's not just something to do when you're injured and can't run. It can be a great way to supplement your running routine. Used correctly, it reduces injuries, helps you recover, and makes you a faster runner.   But not all cross-training...

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Find your best running form

Running is a natural activity for humans. We've been doing it for, oh, 200,000 years or so. But just because it's natural doesn't mean that you're born knowing how to do it. It's a learned skill; some running forms are better than others. We know...

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20 miles is NOT enough (but what is?)

"The long run is what puts the tiger in the cat" -- Bill Squires   Everyone agrees that the long run is a crucial part of your marathon training. What people DON'T agree on is how long your longest run needs to be. Look at cookie-cutter programs and you'll...

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Where to qualify for the Boston Marathon

If one of your goals this year is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, it is going to take a lot of dedication, hard work, and finding the right race. Fortunately there are several races out there that are known to be great races to earn...

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Don’t try this alone

You look at your watch -- only 30 seconds of rest left. You're still breathing hard and your legs are tired. Doubt starts to creep in whether you can actually hit your pace on this one. You've been fighting through all workout long, and you've managed...

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How to set smarter running goals

As the fall racing season comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about setting running goals for the new year. Of course, setting goals is easy -- but setting effective goals that keep you on track is harder. Use these guidelines to set...

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