Posts by Susan

Gettin’ Fancy With Specialized Running Shoes

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We’re getting fancy with our running shoes today! Though running shoes used to be a pretty standard setup (soles, upper, laces --- voila! Go run!), a lot of niche markets have popped up within running in recent years. Today, if you go to your local running shop, you’ll find a variety of categories …
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Anatomy of a Running Shoe

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While you’re shopping for your new running shoes (because now you've got the expert tips, right?), you’ll likely hear your sales associate throw around the lingo of the trade: “heel-toe drop,” “midsole,” “bends.” But what does it all mean? Never fear: we’ve got a crib sheet to help you learn the ins …
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Buying Running Shoes? Experts Share Their Dos & Don’ts

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“For women, shoes are the most important. Good shoes take you good places.” -Seo Min Hyun Running doesn't take a lot of fancy equipment --- you can get your sweat on pretty much any time, anywhere, while wearing anything. But a good pair of running shoes are non-negotiable. The wrong shoes can …
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Up High, Down Low: Does Simulated Altitude Training Work?

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There’s a reason why Boulder, Flagstaff, and Mammoth Lakes are considered training meccas for endurance sports: the air up there is much sweeter! Many changes can come from living and training at altitude. With time spent at high elevations, the body will produce more red blood cells to try to …
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The 7 Training Mistakes You’re Making (and How to Fix ‘Em)

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Mistakes happen. God knows I’ve made my share of blunders, blubbers and gaffes as a runner. Most of them have led to temporary embarrassment, but some of them have led to injuries that halted my training for months. When I took to the weight room during my hiatus from running, I made a lot of …
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The Hair Down There: At-Home Options for Your Bikini Line

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If you're like me, summertime means pool time. Whether it's splashing around with your kids or logging laps for triathlon training, a sizable portion of your warm-weather wardrobe probably contains swimwear. And with swimwear, there are certain, uh, grooming issues to consider. Know what I'm sayin', …
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Fit Bottomed Tour: Active Adventures in New Zealand

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Ever have one of those vacations that was so fun, it required a vacation just to recover? Yeah, you know what I'm talking about, don't you? It's awesome when that happens. Recently, I was sent to New Zealand to cover an Ironman race in Taupo, on the North Island. Since Neil signed up for the …
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Getting PHIT With Track Star Brenda Martinez

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If you're like me, you spend a good chunk of change on your Fit Bottomed pursuits: gym memberships, race fees, equipment … the list (and that list's toll on my bank account) goes on and on. Can you imagine if those expenses were tax deductible? It'd be pretty rad, right? PHIT America is trying to …
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Blending Family & Fitness: Tips from The ‘Ultimate Soccer Mom’ Christie Rampone

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Christie Rampone is not your average soccer mom. When she shuttles her two young daughters, Riley and Reece, to soccer games and practices, there are three bags of gear --- one for Riley, one for Reece and one for mom. That's right --- Riley and Reece's mother is the Christie Rampone, captain of …
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