Endurance Events & Training

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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Meg on the Run: Sticking With It

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Meg ran her half marathon but has she met her ultimate goal of sticking with it? Find out in this latest installment from our Meg on the Run series!  The first time I ran a half marathon, I trained hard, ran hard, and didn't run again for months after I crossed that finish line. This time, my …
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Mud Runs: Down, Dirty and … Dangerous?

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Running is no longer enough: Themed fun runs and mud runs have exploded in popularity, requiring racers to not only race for miles but also to navigate obstacles through mud, while covered in foam, while being splattered with paint --- or even while being chased by zombies. The original, and most …
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Jolyn’s Success Story: I Am an Athlete

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Here in Kansas City there's this fabulous nonprofit organization for women called WIN for KC. The whole mission of the group is to empower women through active events and community. (Yeah, you know we dig that.) And one of its biggest events is the WIN for KC Tri, which is a women's-only triathlon …
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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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Meg on the Run: My No. 1 Running Tip Leading Up to Race Day

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Our girl Meg from the new Meg on the Run series is back! Today she shares how she's gearing up for race day --- and her top running tip to keep her motivated!  By the time your race is a few weeks away, you’ve been training for a long time. Your training runs are longer, almost all of your cardio …
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A Fitness Challenge to Be Proud Of: A Blessing for My Body

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I don't know if I could honestly look one of you in the eye and say I'm not competitive. In fact, I'm competitive to a fault, which unfortunately translates into me not doing things if I know I won't do well. That's such a miserable motto and it severely limits the fun, so I made a vow with myself …
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Runners: You Still Need to Watch What You Eat

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Many running groups and endurance athletes are notorious for a couple of things: Getting up wicked early on a weekend to get in a long workout, and eating more than any non-runner their size could dream of putting away, especially immediately afterward. Hell, I've finished super long training …
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Setting My Sights Halfway: The intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta

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Three years ago, I had the chance to ask Bob Harper for his advice on how I'd know if I was ready to commit to a half-Ironman distance triathlon. He said, if I was thinking about it, I'm ready. It took a while for me to agree, but let's go ahead and make it official. I'm ready. I'm registered. …
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Oh, Hi There, Half-Marathon “Training”

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So, it's been quite awhile since I trained for a long distance. Like, besides a 4-miler and a 10K about a year ago, it's been four years (yes, the marathon was that long ago!). And, for me, running 13.1 miles is no easy feat. I'm a slow runner. I've been injured. I have workout A.D.D. But, despite …
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