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  • The 5 Coolest Types of Runners

    If you want perfect conditions, you'll never get anything done!

    You've likely seen the lists of various types of runners.

    Like this one.

    And this one here.

    Oh, and let's not forget this video!

    All joking aside, what about that list of best of the best runners? The ones who inspire all of us and we really look up towards, no matter how fast or slow you are, those are who I'm talking about, now.

    The Coolest Runners we all Know

    The coolest types of runners that we all know and are all inspired by.

    Those Who Say F the Weather

    The bearded guys who come back with more ice than beard on their face. The ones wearing snowboarding ...

  • From Amateur to Advanced

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    For those looking to simply enjoy the run, going out and running whatever feels good on that day is a great plan.

    However, for anyone looking to seriously improve upon their running fitness, proper planning and progression must be taken in to account.

    Simply going out and running will only get you so far in the way of PRs and the time will come when this "plan" will stop working. The day this happens is the day you are no longer a newb.

    Here's what comes next:

    Increase Volume

    This is likely ...

  • Things Runners Hate

    Fatigue!

    We've all dealt with these, just comes with the territory.

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    "Did you win?"

    No, no I did not. Not that I was even trying.

    "I do marathons, 5k's are my favorite distance"

    That is not a marathon.

    Complains about how much we eat.

    Being a runner means every pizza is a personal pan pizza.

    People who chat with you during races.

    Dont.You.Realize.How.Hard.I'm.Running.Right.Now?

    Forgetting the chafing creme

    I usually don't hate this under I get under the shower...

    The first month of the new year.

    ...

  • "Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is a Choice"

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    You know the face.

    That look we get when the discomfort really starts to set in.

    We can feel the finish line. It's only minutes away. The faster we run, the sooner the pain will end.

    Yet, this pain is not suffering. We want this, crave it. It gives us a high and makes us feel human. Non-athletes don't understand that we choose this.

    "It's at the borders of pain and suffering that men are separated from the boys." -Emil Zatopek

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    The person who sets out to become an artist at the mile is ...

  • Elevation Motivation

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    Hills.

    You gotta do em.

    Don't worry so much about upgraded GPS watches or nutrition. You must run up grades!

    That's where the ticket is, at the top. Run em hard in training so when the race comes around you can run up them easy but faster...and then you have enough gas in the tank to not be destroyed at the top so you can accelerate back down.

    If you're still not convinced, below are some quotes to get you up that hill!

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    Attack the hill before it attacks you!

    Hills are speedwork in ...

  • 27 Reasons to Not Run a Marathon

    Running 26.2 miles is most definitely an astonishing feat, but not everyone is meant for it. Fall is a very busy marathon season, Twitter is full of race results and people complaining about taper madness. Seeing all this can make a marathon very temping for non or new runners. With that in mind, here are some reasons to not run a marathon.

    1. You may have to start running more.
    Having a goal race is a fantastic way to give new motivation and drive to your running. Generally 40 miles per week ...

  • Benefits of a Coach

    A common question among triathletes is about upgrades.

    Maybe a new frame? Wheelset? Disc Wheel? Or bike components?

    As Renato Canova put it so well, "The training plan should follow the athlete, not the other way around."

    Runners do not require a lot of gear, but triathletes can easily spend more on a wheel-set than runners spend on shoes in 3 years.

    People are always looking for quick fixes and magic bullets. But as we know, at the end of the day the engine is what moves the $5000 bike frame ...

  • Confidence

    "I know what I can do, so I never doubt myself"
    Usain Bolt

    Whoever you are, good running comes down to being confident.

    You take two equally fit runners, but the one with the confidence of Usain Bolt will always prevail.

    But what is the best way to actually determine what you need to do? What methods can be used to gain confidence?

    Enter the benchmark workout.

    These are basically training sessions that cover close to or all of the goal distance at the goal pace, with some recovery between ...

  • The Importance of Winter Training

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    A wise man once said that triathlon is a winter sport that is merely played out in the summer. This is meant to remind athletes that while summer training is important, consistency throughout the colder months is much more crucial to summer success.

    Podiatrist Dr. Nick Campitelli recently tweeted, "What is the most crucial part of Hal Higdon's 12 week marathon training programs? The six months leading up to it."

    With strong training during the winter, it would even be feasible for an athlete ...

  • Passive Activism


    Activism is engaging in an activity to inspire change. Passively doing so implies you are not purposefully acting to inspire this change, yet still stimulating it. This is something you likely do every single day.

    If you are reading this publication, chances are that you are a fitness or health enthusiast. Passive activism is what you are doing every time you head out the door to go for a run, commute by bike to the grocery store, purchase organic, SMILE, or eat mindfully. You are not out ...

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