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25 Mar

The Importance of Warm-Up and Cool-Down

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By Olivia Martin, Guest Blog Writer When training for any race, it is important to train like you want to race. Being race ready includes having a comprehensive warm-up and cool-down.  Sandwiching your race in between a warm-up and cool-down helps to decrease risk of injury and prepares your body for a hard effort. It’s […]

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12 Mar

Runners to the Rescue

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By Jen Wilson, Guest Blog Writer I love to run, but I’ll never run a marathon. I know this about myself and I’m okay with it. Because I run, I have the utmost respect for anybody else that runs, regardless of the distance or the frequency. I’m more of a 5K kind of girl myself, […]

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4 Mar

The Power of the Back of the Pack

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By Jeff Matlow, Guest Blog Writer I remember the first organized race I ever competed in. It was the Minute Man 10K in Westport, Connecticut. I was all of about 11 years old, and this was the furthest I had ever run in my life. I did the race with my mother. It was only […]

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25 Feb

5 Ways to Stop Knee Pain in Runners

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By Athletico Physical Therapy, Guest Blog Writer When knee pain occurs, one of the treatment options is physical therapy. Physical therapists are trained to examine, diagnose, and treat knee pain to help patients return to the activities they love. The majority of knee pain associated with running is not caused by direct trauma but rather […]

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18 Feb

Training During Illinois Winters: Part 2

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By Craig Virgin, Guest Blog Writer Last week I discussed creative solutions to adapt your running training outside during the cold wintery months here in the Midwest. It can still be done on most days. However, there are times (like the recent Polar Vortex!) when either the outside temperature, wind chill, or road surface conditions […]

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12 Feb

Training During Illinois Winters: Part 1

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By Craig Virgin, Guest Blog Writer In my nearly 50 years of distance running (more like a jog/hobble/walk nowadays!) I learned early on that my training progress and race performances had as much to do with the weather as they did with my fitness level! Except for my four years as a student-athlete at the University […]

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4 Feb

Going Against the Grain with Whole Grains: The Kodiak Cakes Story

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By Jeff Sorenson, Guest Blog Writer You might’ve met Kodiak Cakes’ friendly staff serving up delicious samples of protein-packed flapjacks at your last race or just noticed their distinct packaging on the shelf at your local grocery store and wondered what this small natural food company is all about. Well, with Kodiak Cakes being the […]

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28 Jan

Plogging: It’s Not Just for Sweden Anymore

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By Letitia L. Moffitt, Guest Blog Writer Something funny happens to people the second they finish a bottle of their favorite beverage. All of a sudden, that container that once held a refreshing drink is instantly disgustingand must be gotten rid of immediately. Some people feel this loathing so strongly, they’ll fling these containers out […]

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21 Jan

The Joys of Pacing

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By Tom Perri, Guest Blog Writer Soon after I completed my first race I decided I received more joy out of running withsomeone or helping someone achieve a goal than when running by myself. Running is basically an individual sport in that you are the only one that can actually accomplish your goal. You are […]

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