Will Running a Marathon Kill You?

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Occasionally I get the question about whether marathon training is damaging to a person’s body.

Maybe a well meaning person has told you that it will ruin your joints, lead to arthritis, or cause sudden death. Often the people spreading these myths about running do so while clutching a big gulp soda in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

So, what does the evidence say? Having the facts can help you answer people who may be concerned that your running a marathon will lead to an untimely death or disability. Continue Reading →

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How I Went From Boring Runner to Hopeful Marathoner

The first thing you are probably wondering is ‘who is this guy, and why should I read what he has to say about running a marathon’?

Well, I am a friend of Trevor’s (hopefully that counts for something!) as well as a blogger. Recently, he and I were talking about running.

I mentioned to him that I am planning to run my first marathon in November of this year, and we thought it might be cool to track my progress using the MTA Official Guide and provide regular updates of my progress while using their system. Continue Reading →

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Overcoming Adversity Like a True Athlete

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Marathon Training forces you to face adversity. You must overcome fear, fatigue, and frustration. The journey is tough but also life changing!

Even the best runners stay engaged in this conflict:

As a runner, I deal with fear almost daily. To prevent fear from defeating me, I have to fight back against it in my mind. Reminding myself that I am doing what I was born to do—that, win or lose, embracing the challenge is still worthwhile. Kara Goucher, Olympic Runner

Here are three simple ways to overcome adversity . . . Continue Reading →

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Proper Fueling Before a Long Run

As a runner it’s important that you learn to fuel your body properly.

When you start running longer distances, like marathon training calls for, it becomes even more critical that you know what, when, and how to fuel your body.

Eat too little and you may “bonk” half-way through your run. Eat too much and you may be plagued with stomach cramps. Here are some tips for knowing how to fuel. Continue Reading →

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How to Choose a Marathon

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More than 628 marathons took place in the USA last year.

Each race is a little different. How do you know which marathon course is just right for you?

Matching the right marathon to your goals and personality can make for a truly memorable experience.

Here are my seven deciding factors you can use when choosing a marathon. Continue Reading →

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Race Recap -Lessons from the Little Rock Marathon

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This podcast episode deals with a lot of racing firsts.

My sister Autum ran her very first marathon. Trevor completed his first half marathon (a long anticipated event). And this was my first time going 26.2 after having a baby 5 months ago.

You may be preparing for your first marathon or going into your one hundredth race. Each time your training is going to be unique and there will be some firsts to deal with.

I want to help you be prepared for your marathon experience. Here are some tips to remember going into your race. Continue Reading →

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Nutrition for Long Distance Runners

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On this episode we spoke with Ben Greenfield the Get Fit Guy and drilled him with nutrition questions.

I believe that understanding proper nutrition is one key to unlocking your running potential. Eating a healthy balanced diet will give you more energy and mental clarity.

I get many questions regarding diets, weight loss, and fueling for long runs and races. In fact, I had over 70 people email me with questions for this episode!

So I am excited to offer you this information from one of America’s best fitness gurus.

Ben delivers great advice for marathoners that he has tested in his own long distance running and with clients of his fitness business.

Here are some of the questions we asked Ben

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Marathon Tips from My New Ebook

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One of the main inspirations behind this ebook was my sister Autum.

In the last couple of years she has gotten more serious about distance running and set the goal of running a marathon.

I wanted her to have the knowledge to avoid making the mistakes I did and have a great marathon training experience.

So I decided to write about the things I wish I knew before doing my first marathon.

If you haven’t read the book yet . . . here are some official tips to help you run your first marathon. Continue Reading →

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Confessions of a Lazy Runner

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In this podcast episode Angie interrogates me about my training for the Little Rock Half Marathon.

Many of you know that I am a new runner. The furthest I have ever run is 10 miles, reluctantly.

I am taking on the half marathon challenge to prove to myself that I have what it takes. And because I think it will be a cool thing to brag about to my co-workers.

Here are my startling revelations from the first six weeks of my training Continue Reading →

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Setting and Achieving Running Goals in 2011

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Most of us have probably notoriously made resolutions for the year and fallen off the wagon by the end of January.

In fact, I have read that many people fail by January 5th!

Do you have a plan to implement and achieve your running goals in 2011?

Here are two very powerful factors that have helped me make time for exercise, lose weight, and run marathons. Continue Reading →

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Running in the Cold Without Killing Yourself

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Cold weather can be depressing if you’re stuck inside all the time.

Running can be a great way to get out of the house, boost your mood, increase your energy level, and stay in shape.

However, you need to be more careful to have a safe and enjoyable running experience in cold weather.

Here are some things to consider before hitting the road. Continue Reading →

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