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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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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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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Desert Runners Takes Ultramarathons to the Next Crazy Level

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You know how we say that a lot of fitness is about perspective and what your "normal" is? Well, here's even more proof. Because after watching Desert Runners, a documentary that chronicles runners looking to complete four ultramarathons (or, ultra-, ultramarathons because this is endurance running …
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What an Ironman-in-Training Eats for a Day

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Ever wondered what someone training for an Ironman might eat in a day? I have. Gosh, even after I trained for and ran a marathon (which, you know, they run as the last leg of their race), my food intake went way up. And the hunger. Oh, my goodness, the primal hunger. It was insane. So when our very …
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10 Things to Pack for a Relay Race

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Planning on doing a relay race? Relay races are SUPER fun, but they do take some proper packing. Luckily, Kate Crowley, one of our awesome readers who loves to do everything from yoga to hiking to skateboarding to growing veggies, recently completed Ragnar and has tips on the 10 essential items to …
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FitStars: Dean Karnazes Talks Pizzarritos and Staying Motivated Run After Run

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Dean Karnazes is kind of super-human. We've discussed this before. And if you've followed his running career and been reading his books, you'll know it's true. But just in the off chance that you don't know Mr. Karnazes, here's a little visual proof. (And if you do know, hey, just sit back and …
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