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Recently I, along with a group of friends, finished a Tuff Scrambler 5K Adventure Run. This race was an obstacle run, where we had to climb, jump, run, crawl and even swim through 3.1 miles of trails and obstacles. For some, it was their first 5K. For all of us, it was an adventure in our running skills.

Have you ever thought about competing in one of these events?


 
 
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As runners, we often measure ourselves based on our goals; goals that may include time, distance or pace. We set these goals to push ourselves to run farther and/or faster and when we achieve our goals we are elated. However, when we may not reach our goal we should still find reasons to celebrate.

On September 8th I finished my first half marathon; that achievement alone is reason to celebrate. I have been training with my long-time friend and now running buddy, John Jankowski since July to up our running distance from a 10K to a half marathon. Throughout all the training I set my goal to finish the race in 2 hours and 30 minutes. When I crossed the finish line, my time was 2:36:40, six minutes and 40 seconds beyond my goal.


 
 
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One of the most disappointing things for a runner or athlete (weekend of professional) is getting bitten by the injury bug. The reason we are exercising is to get healthier, so when injuries happen it bums us out. Not every injury is foreseeable, but many can be prevented with some proper training techniques.



 
 
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The 2012 Summer Olympics start this Friday night and many of us over the next couple of weeks will be watching elite athletes compete and inspire us with all of their athletic excellence within their chosen sport. However, there are others that are more inspiring, more athletic and have worked harder to achieve the same recognition. The real Olympics begin two weeks after the Summer Olympics.



 
 
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If you run long enough, at some point you are going to hit a rut. That rut could be a lack in training progress, inability to achieve a new personal best, or even the lack of desire to run. Regardless of the reason behind your rut, how do you get out of it?

As they often say, the only difference between a rut and a grave is that the ends of a rut allow you to climb out. As runners, there are options that we have that will allow us to get motivated to start running once again. Here are some things you can do to help get out of a training rut.


 
 
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As runners, we often get caught up in all the competitiveness we place on ourselves; to run that extra mile or to run faster than we did the last time we ran a similar distance. Every now and then we need to make sure that we don't forget that we should also be enjoying our runs.



 
 
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When temperatures get hot and humidity gets high, running outside can be tough. But hey, runners are motivated and even heat and humidity can’t keep us inside, right? Let’s make sure that even though we want to continue running, we do it safely. Here are some quick tips on keeping your body temperature cool while running.



 
 
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H20…Aqua…Water…whatever you want to call it – DRINK IT! Running in the summertime means heat and humidity, which translates to potential dangers if you don’t stay properly hydrated during your runs. Let’s review some key tips on making sure your thirst doesn’t prevent you from finishing your next race.



 
 
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During the summer months you can often find some races that are set to go off in the late afternoon or early evening. How different should your pre-race planning be for a race that runs at night versus one in the morning? Here are some tips to help you prepare for a late day or evening race.


 
 
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A good running program should consist of different types of runs throughout your weekly schedule. Often forgotten by beginners and those “strapped” for time is the long run. If you are looking to get faster or run farther, a weekly long run has got to be part of your program.

Whether a new runner or an experienced runner, a weekly long run should be part of your running program. Long runs have a lot of benefits that include helping you to run faster in your shorter distances (like a 5K) and run farther if you are looking to increase mileage.