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Why You Should Embrace the Taper effort levels race taper Nov 15, 2021

Tapering is a crucial part of training that’s often overlooked. Many don’t know about it or think it’s important. Others think it’s simply doing nothing the week or two leading up to a race. But there’s a big difference between inactivity and tapering, and tapering...

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Why Hills Will Make You a Better Runner breathing effort levels goals and plans Nov 01, 2021

If you want to get stronger as a runner, you may want to head to the hills. Sure, they can be intimidating and painful, but running up hills can build your strength as a runner in a way that nothing else can.

 

Running up hills strengthens the glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves....

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Coffee and Running: What's the Deal? food nutrition Oct 25, 2021

Is it a good idea to drink coffee before a run? It usually depends who you ask. Some people swear by that cup of coffee to get them up and out the door before morning runs. Others swear it would only result in an upset stomach. Whichever side of the fence you’re on, one thing is certain:...

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If the Shoe Fits shoes Oct 04, 2021

In 2019, runners wearing Nike Vaporfly shoes took 31 of 36 podium positions at major marathons. That same year, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge made history by running a sub-two-hour marathon in Nike Alphaflys.

 

The Vaporflys and Alphaflys are just two of the high-tech shoe models revolutionizing the...

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What is Plantar Fasciitis? running injuries Sep 20, 2021

Do you dread getting out of bed when your alarm goes off not only because you’re not a morning person, but also because you know when you step onto the ground, it’s going to hurt? The culprit may be plantar fasciitis.

 

Plantar fasciitis is a foot injury often caused by overuse...

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What is Running Burnout? recovery Sep 06, 2021

Running is an exercise in balance. It’s knowing when to push yourself to go faster and when to back off a certain pace, when to ignore that niggle in your ankle and when to pay attention to it, and when to prioritize running and when to prioritize sleep.

 

Balance is also knowing when...

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Why You Need a Running Coach article training Aug 22, 2021

Many runners believe that coaches are only for professional runners: the elite few who receive paid invitations to race events, who have sponsorships, and who are, generally speaking, faster than the rest of us.

 

The truth is coaches are for all runners. It doesn’t matter whether...

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The Call of the Trails article trail running Aug 09, 2021

Trail running is the stuff of legends. At least its origins are. The sport’s beginnings are murky and much debated among runners and sports historians.

 

Some claim the first official trail race took place in Scotland in 1,000 B.C. as a way for the king to choose a fast messenger. And...

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Mastering the Breath article breathing Jul 26, 2021

Breathing may not be something you think about often, but you’d better believe it becomes pretty front and center when you’re running. (Ever heard the phrase “sucking wind”?) Yet even though breathing is an involuntary function, that doesn’t mean you can’t...

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208: What's the Point? mindset and motivation Jul 15, 2021

Ever get into a training rhythm that feels good but out of nowhere it just hits you - why am I doing this?  The Olympic Trials got me thinking about putting in the work and not getting the outward-facing goal.  There are lots of feel-good stories and interviews with athletes making the...

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The Pros and Cons of a Run Streak article run streak Jul 12, 2021

A common running mantra goes something like this: Even a short run is better than no run at all. Or: No matter how little you run — or how slow you go — you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.

 

Have you said this before? If you have (or if you’ve even just...

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207: Are You Getting Enough Recovery? recovery Jul 08, 2021

Have you noticed the number of new devices and apps popping up that will help you track your recovery?  There is a saying that if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.  With this in mind, wearable company’s have found more and more aspects of our bodies that...

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