Jan 172014
 
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I’ve written a few times on this blog about my struggles with weight gain/loss. A few years ago, over the course of about 2 years, I gained a significant amount of weight. Before our wedding, I managed to lose about 25 pounds of it by counting calories and running and was very happy with my progress. That said, because I have hypothyroidism (and despite taking medicine to bring my thyroid hormones up to normal levels), losing weight is a very slow process for me. It took me over a year to lose those pounds, whereas it might only take 3-4 months for others on a similar diet/exercise plan. Continue reading »

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The Sprinter vs. the Marathoner

 Posted by on January 15, 2014  1 Response »
Jan 152014
 
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While perusing the internet over the weekend, I stumbled upon a YouTube video explaining the differences between the sprinter and the marathoner.  The video shared the differences between fast and slow twitch muscles while also explaining the way these differences affect your physical appearance and performance. As soon as the video came to an end, my head went straight to the most recent Summer Olympics where athletes of all shapes and sizes competed.  The immediate faces that came to mind were those of Usain Bolt and Mo Farah of Jamaica and London, respectively.  Even though both individuals participated in track and field races, they have very different physical appearances. Continue reading »

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Run To The Sales

 Posted by on November 28, 2013  No Responses »
Nov 282013
 
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It’s that time of year again and the sales are back on everything from TVs to turkeys.  For all of you who are getting ready to run out at 8PM on Thanksgiving night or if you are going to pick up some of the sweet deals before Christmas, be sure to check out this list.  We will be updating this from now to Christmas to keep everyone up to date regarding upcoming sales on running related items.  If you know of a sale not listed here please mention it in the comments so we can update it.

Skora Running

25% off site wide from Monday, November 25th until Sunday, December 1st – Use “save25″ at checkout

Dick’s Sporting Goods

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Doorbuster Coupon - 11/28/2013 8PM until 11/29/2013 2PM

  • $15 off a pair of athletic footwear
  • $15 off Nike, Adidas, or Reebok Athletic Apparel purchase of $59.99

Black Friday Deals

  • 50% off Reebok fleece & cold weather apparel
  • 25% off Nike Pro Combat gear
  • $75 for a pair of Women’s Nike Free 4.0 only in the Pink Force color way

Additional Savings – Black Friday Bonus – Earn $20 off your next purchase of $100 or more with any purchase made on Thanksgiving night and Black Friday

SPORTS Authority

Doorbuster Deal – Thursday & Friday while supplies last - BOGO 50% off Adidas or Under Armour performance socks

  • 25% off Nike Pro Cold-Weather Apparel and Men’s Nike Element run tops
  • 25% off New Balance and Adidas apparel
  • 25% off Under Armour  socks

The Clymb

Up to 70% off and free shipping on KEEN, MER­RELL, PRANA, CAMEL­BAK, SALOMON, SANUK, SOG, SIERRA DESIGNS, SUGOI, and more.

REI

While REI has yet to announce its exciting Black Friday deals, there are up to 40% discounted deals up for grabs as a part of pre-holiday deals from Nov 15-24. - Will update when the actual black friday ad comes in. 

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Oct 212013
 
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One of my favorite pastimes is watching movies. So, now that my racing season is over until the spring and the temperatures are starting to drop outside, I decided it would be a good time to enjoy some inspirational running movies and share my picks with you! I’ve already seen some of the movies I’ll share, but others I’ll be watching for the first time (recommendations are welcome!). To kick things off, I’ve chosen one of my favorite movies, Forrest Gump, as the inaugural Running Movie of the Week. Obviously (although I doubt I need to say this for a movie that was released in 1994), *Spoiler Alert* for the rest of this post. Continue reading »

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The Day After the Marathon

 Posted by on October 11, 2013  4 Responses »
Oct 112013
 
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We did it!  Meagan and I both completed our first marathons this past Sunday, and since then, we’ve been trying to heal up by staying off our feet, rolling out the sore spots with a foam roller and The Stick, and wearing our recovery socks as much as possible.  For anyone who has completed a marathon (or other particularly difficult race/run), or for those minimalist runners out there who have experienced “calfocalypse” after going for their first big run in minimalist shoes, you can easily relate to the pain and discomfort that can accompany just general walking (or even just moving from sitting to standing and vice versa).

I felt that after Meagan’s recent post about marathon thoughts (which was posted two days before the big event), we should share a video that exhibits the “after thoughts”.  This one is actually an ad from April 2007 by the health food company Flora, who was the lead sponsor of the London Marathon that year. Continue reading »

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Oct 022013
 
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As most long distance runners will tell you, running is just as much about mental toughness as it is about physical toughness. We’re now four days out from running our first marathon and, at this point, it feels like it’s all about the mental game. I’m confident in all of the training I’ve done, and my longest run of 21 miles (which took place a couple of weeks ago) felt pretty good. So, as we wrap up our tapering, my focus has been not so much on running, but on trying to keep a positive outlook and working on strategies to stay positive during the race in preparation for hurdles such as hitting the wall. The following video is a funny look into the mind of a marathoner during the course of 26.2 miles of running. It gave me a good laugh, and definitely made me feel like I’m not alone in having an almost constant internal dialogue going with myself when I’m running. Enjoy! Continue reading »

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