Running

6 expert tips and gear suggestions for your next marathon

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It seems like each weekend during the summer you can find either a half or full marathon race to run. Knowing a few expert tips and having the right gear can make all the difference in having an enjoyable race. Below are a few suggestions to get you through your next marathon. 

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How to be at your best, without the gadgets

Man Running in a Balconi Hat

GPS’s, Heart Rate monitors, pacers, etc are just a few of the new and improved gadgets that you will find on any runner these days.  When I started running a few years ago, I just went out and ran.  I thought I did pretty well.  Then I got all excited to start training for my first half marathon.  As any runner would, I wanted to track my progress, so I got a watch and found out I wasn’t the runner I thought I was.  It was pretty disheartening to see that I was slow and my heart rate was really high.  I worked hard to change these things, but I was glued to my watch, rather than the run.

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Nap Time

Sleeping

Rest…..it’s time for a nap! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

As much as it feels like you need to get your training in, you need to remember that your body needs rest. While you are pounding the pavement, remember your joints need rest too. It might seem like you will get out of your mojo, but in fact you will become a stronger and more healthy runner. Just remember, rest doesn’t always mean go lay in bed, on the couch, or my favorite the bench swing in the back yard.

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Two A Days, Two Ways

Biking

As I have been running for about three years now, I have seemed to get bored of the same run over and over. I run up the street around Walmart and back home. A good run no doubt, but it can get old in a hurry. There are many training programs out there and if you follow any of the marathon training programs, you know you have to put in a lot of miles. If you are like me, there is not enough time in the day. So I have some suggestions.

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Socks Are On My Mind, Really My Feet.

Darn Tough Sock

The inside outside look into socks.  There are many different types of socks; different thicknesses, sizes and materials. The most important difference to me is the material that a sock is made of.  I think you should stay away from 100% cotton. Cotton will not wick the moisture away from the feet like other materials will. I have enjoyed socks that are a blend of natural and synthetic materials. One of my favorite is made out of bamboo, crazy to think that socks can be made out of bamboo.

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Dogs, Are They Really Man's Bestfriend?

Galaxie

I think as runners we have all been running down the street, relaxed in the groove and all of a sudden out of nowhere, you have that four legged (they say man’s best friend) dog on your heels.  Man what a way to interrupted your rhythm and shoot your heart rate through the roof. Not that we don't run to get our heart rate up, I just perfer it to be me doing it to myself and not because I am running for my life. Here are some do and do not’s when running in them dog infested neighborhoods.

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