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Top 5 Running Movies Every Runner Should See

I have yet to see Unbroken or McFarland, USA or the much-anticipated Born to Run movie that just recently began filming. However, here is the list of my top five favorite running movies as they stand currently. Chariots of Fire, 1981 This movie is still at the top of my list. If nothing else, the current generation has heard the soundtrack. Complex and filled with the historical narrative of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, the movie has viewers cheering. Perhaps, my favorite running quote ever comes from here. "I believe that. God made me for a purpose. But He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure." Without Limits, 1998 Represented in this movie are the...

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What Socks Prevent Blisters?

New runners may sometimes feel they’re doomed to a life time of blisters, calluses, and pain. After all, those initial runs are often done in ill-fitting shoes, cotton socks, and athletic apparel that isn’t designed for running. Unfortunately, the wrong pair of socks can cause blisters and quickly ruin your running experience. A good pair of anti-blister socks, on the other hand, can foster a lifelong love of running. Cotton socks are great for many things, but running is not one of them. Want Blister-Free Socks? Ditch the Cotton! Cotton running socks absorb moisture, meaning all the sweat from your feet is going to be soaked up by the socks and stay there – gross! Wet socks, combined with the...

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The Long Run - Fall Marathon Training

As the amount of daylight slowly decreases many runners are increasing the distance of their long run in preparation for a successful fall marathon. The “long run” is one of, if not the single most important training run in a marathon training program. These runs serve numerous purposes including an assortment of physical adaptations in the cardiovascular, muscular, and metabolic systems along with the development of a runner’s mental fortitude and confidence. But are you getting the most out of these critical runs?

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How to Run Your Best 5K - 4 Tips for Success

A 5K is one of the most popular race distances out there. You can find a 5K race almost any weekend of the year. The limited amount of time it takes to train for and even run a 3.1-mile race makes this distance very appealing for runners of all levels. No matter where you are starting from, here are 4 tips to consider when training to run your best 5K race!

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Preventing Burnout

You love to run, and everyone knows it; but sometimes the mere thought of lacing up your shoes makes your legs feel like dead weight. All the peppy people in your running club talking about their way packed race schedules with their big smiles and bouncy ponytails leaves you feeling nauseous as you think about how you still haven’t signed up for anything this fall. This feeling happens to more runners than you think. I, even with my deeply ingrained love of the sport, have dealt with it myself from time to time as well. To get over it, the trick that works for me is to continue to explore new avenues of running

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