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Why Cross Training is Important for Runners

Running is a sport that demands consistent dedication.

If you’re training for a race, you’re likely running three to six days a week for varying amounts of time. If you’re gunning for a new personal record you may be tempted to run every single day in an effort to improve your pacing and endurance.

The funny thing is though that taking a day or two off from running and focusing on cross training will benefit your running in the short and long term.

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Preparation for Race Day in 3 Easy Steps

When it comes to race day preparation, there’s no need to stress.

Race day jitters are normal, but following a couple of simple tips can help you hit the starting line feeling calm.  

Below we’ve outlined three things you should definitely do as you prepare for your next big race!  

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How to Balance Marathon Training and Life

Depending on your current experience level with distance running, marathon training may take you two to six months (or even more).

Even the most experienced marathoner will spend hours away from home each week hitting the pavement or trails.

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Because of the time commitment, finding a way to balance marathon training with life is really important. You don’t want your family or friends to feel neglected while you prepare for a big race.

Below we’re sharing five tips to help you find a nice balance:

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5 Ways Running Makes Us Better at Life

If you are a runner you have probably been asked at least once, “why would you want to run?”

Each person has their own motivation for hitting the roads and trails, but there are some serious scientific and emotional benefits that all runners reap after each workout.

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Today I’m going to share five ways that running makes us better at life.

The next time someone asks you why you run, just point him or her to this post!  

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5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Run After Work

If you’re not a morning person, getting out of bed to run before work can feel impossible. Perhaps you hit the snooze button four times before resetting your alarm and promising yourself you’ll run after work.

The problem there is that running after work comes with it’s own set of problems. You may feel drained after a long day, you may worry about when to eat dinner, what snack to prepare to fuel your run and how late it will be when you finally get home.

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If you’ve already skipped your morning run, you really should stick to your plans for an after-work run. Once you hit the trail or pavement you’ll be so glad you did.

We know that the hardest step can be getting out the door, so we’ve prepared a list of five ways to motivate yourself to run after work!

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The Science Behind Glycogen Depletion in Runners

Have you ever been running along and all of a sudden felt like a ton of bricks was dropped on your back?

If this has happened to you during a run longer than 1.5 – 2 hours than it’s likely that you’ve experienced glycogen depletion. When you are running your body burns carbohydrates, and fat, to fuel each step.

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Carbohydrates, which are stored as glycogen in your muscles, are about 15% more efficient as an energy source than fat and get used up first. Because of this, when you run out of glycogen you will slow down.

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The Role of Genetics in Relation to Running Ability

When you watch elite runners leading the pack in Boston, London or even the Olympics, do you ever wonder how in the world they do it?

Dedication to a rigorous training schedule and being smart about nutrition is certainly part of the equation, but new research from Professor Jamie Timmons, head of systems biology at Loughborough University, says genetics plays a big part as well.

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How to Pace Your Races Like a World Record Holder

There’s nothing quite like lining up at the starting line for a race that you’ve prepared hard for.

You’re full of energy and your legs are feeling fresh because you’ve tapered.

The starting gun sounds and you’re off… way too fast!

It’s happened to the best of us, and halfway through the race we couldn’t be madder at ourselves for letting it happen. Why is going out fast a bad racing strategy?

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Learn How Music Can Scientifically Improve Your Running Endurance

When you are getting ready to head out for a run, which items do you bring with you? It’s probably some combination of your phone, ID, cash, keys and maybe a gel or two. Oh, and your earbuds to listen to music of course!

Many athletes listen to music during a workout, not just for enjoyment, but also to reach their peak performance.

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10 Last Minute Gifts for Athletes That Have WOW Factor!

This holiday season really WOW the athlete in your life with a gift or two from this top 10 list!

1. Nighthawk Armband

The Nighthawk armband is the perfect gift for any athlete that loves to workout in the early morning or late evening.

Built in are two LED lights – a white light that illuminates the path ahead, along with a flashing red light for safety and visibility.

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