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Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World

Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World

This is a guest post by Megan Biller, co-author of “Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World“. When I began to research my first half marathon, I had no idea where to start. I looked at the race website and tried to glean every piece of information I could. I found a map of the course and race start time, but that was about it. I wanted more information. I searched online for hours and hours. … Read entire article »

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Hydrating Before a Race

Hydrating Before a Race

I’m working on getting my half marathon time down. I do my best to hydrate before my races, but I always seem to have to pee during the race. I fear I’m losing more time standing at the port-a-potty than I would if I were dehydrated! What’s the best hydration strategy? Kim F. Jacksonville, FL You wouldn’t think that hydration would be such a big problem for runners. After all, “drink lots of water” is not a … Read entire article »

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Ask the Experts: Getting Slower

Ask the Experts: Getting Slower

I’m noticing an alarming trend. Despite upping my mileage and adding speed workouts to my training, my race pace is taking a turn for the worse. I am 15 lbs lighter than I was last year. I’m not injured. What’s going on? Pat O., Boston, MA It’s certainly frustrating when hard work doesn’t pay off and it’s doubly frustrating when that hard work leaves you worse off than you were before. Unfortunately, there are several things that … Read entire article »

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Ask the Experts: Running at Night

Ask the Experts: Running at Night

I took up running this summer, and I’ve enjoyed running both before and after work. Unfortunately during the winter, I get to work before sunrise and leave after sunset. Do people run in the dark, or do I need to find a treadmill? Michelle P. – Portland, ME Yes! People run in the dark all the time. Some people even prefer it. If you’re going to run at night, however, you need to take a few extra … Read entire article »

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How to Run a Faster 5K

How to Run a Faster 5K

Hi, I’ve recently started running again after a ten year hiatus. Initially I just wanted to get fit and to lose some weight, but now that I’ve achieved that I’m interested in running as quickly as I could when I was a teenager. Off the top of my head I was a 2.12 800m runner and I could run 5k in under 20 minutes when I was 15, 16 years-old. Now, at 28, I posted 22 … Read entire article »

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What is VO2 max?

What is VO2 max?

If you follow endurance sports (like distance running, for instance), you’ve probably heard the term “VO2 max” thrown around. You know, like when everyone gathers in the bar to watch the Tour de France and the know-it-all chugging Stella Artois at the end of the bar makes some comment like, “Well, Lance Armstrong has a VO2 max of 85 so clearly he’s superior to the likes of those in this bar,” and everyone in the … Read entire article »

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Ask the Experts: Treadmill Running

Ask the Experts: Treadmill Running

It looks like I will be racing the Princess Half Marathon (eeeek!) – which means I will be training during a Michigan winter. Do you have any advice on training on a treadmill (since running in the snow doesn’t sound ideal…or safe…)? -Megan B., Michigan The main thing to know about running on a treadmill is that you need to put a little incline on it to make your effort equal to what you’d experience outside. Generally, … Read entire article »

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