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The Run Down

If you’ve made the investment in a pair of quality running shoes, then you already know that a good pair isn’t cheap. They’re worth every penny, but no runner wants to buy them more often than needed. To make sure you get the most mileage possible out of each and every pair, try following these tips:
Having trouble acclimating to the heat and humidity this summer? You’re not alone. Try as we might, many runners struggle to adjust to the soaring temperatures and stifling dampness found in so many areas this time of year. You may find yourself why, more than a month into the official summer season, running just doesn’t seem to be getting easier. Fall marathon training might seem like a joke right now. Trust me, I get it.
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If you’ve been running for more than a few months, you’ve undoubtedly heard the widely accepted adage that all runners should be regularly fitted for shoes at their local running specialty store. It’s true – when it comes to running, a sport that requires a repetitive motion and high impact, it’s imperative to have shoes that are well fit to your specific foot and are in line with your goals and your current mileage. But have you ever been told that it might be beneficial to run in more than one pair of shoes?
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While some runners are ready for a break after training for and finishing a race, not everyone embraces recovery so completely. After all, for many people, there are concerns about lost fitness, weight gain, boredom, inability to manage stress, or preparation for upcoming races. I know I’ve been guilty of not taking the proper amount of recovery time on more than one occasion!
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Runners who struggle with tightness, cramping, or pain in their lower legs while running are willing to try pretty much anything to alleviate their symptoms. One popular solution is running in compression socks or tights. Benefits like increased blood flow, improved circulation, prevention of cramps, and improved recovery are espoused by manufacturers of compression garments. But does running in this specialized gear actually make a difference?
With the wild temperature swings that can sometimes come at this time of year, it can be hard to get your body adjusted to running at any given temperature. Before you know it, though, warmer weather will be here to stay. If you typically have a hard time when the mercury rises, these simple tips might help your running sail into spring more smoothly.
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It’s a new year, and men and women across the world are embarking on new fitness and running routines to start 2017 off right. For many people, especially those who have struggled with their weight, exercising in public can be nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing.Runningin public? Even worse. I’ve been there. Even though I have never been overweight, I had tremendous anxiety about running outdoors when I first started because of my speed, or lack thereof. I mostly ran in the dark until I felt “fast enough” to be seen during the daylight. What does that have to do with running a women-only event? Plenty. Whether you’re male or female, the stress of being a new athlete can be overwhelming. If you’re hoping to run your first race, you may be worried about finishing last, not knowing what to do, getting lost, etc. If you want to guarantee a great experience, read on for why you should consider running an all-women’s race:
With a taste of cold temperatures, snow, and less than ideal conditions underfoot recently, (and the option of a fire in the fireplace…)you may have found your motivation lagging to consistently get out there and adhere to your workout schedule. While we often think that motivation comes entirely fromwithin the individual, it’s important to recognize that motivation is actually a function of both the individual (you) and the situation.
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Training through the long, cold winter is not for the faint of heart. It takes guts to get out there in the dark and cold day after day! For many runners, the light at the end of the tunnel is the promise of a strong spring race. While you might be thinking of keeping it local and running your hometown event this year, there’s some amazing spring events out there for every month of the season – and you’ve probably never heard of them! Here are four events sure to put a little extra “spring” in your step during this winter training season!
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To a non-runner, going out and spending your weekend pounding pavement, trail or snow ...just so you can (hopefully) get back to where you came from uninjured makes no sense.

But to anyone who’s ever tried it, from the nagging knees and popping hips and breathing hiccups at the beginning, to the feeling of euphoria that comes just after you want to give up in the middle, to the just one more mile/I can’t go one more mile bargaining at the end, there is one thing runners have in common: They are, as a cohort, just a bit little off.

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