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  • Run 1 Mile Each Hour To Boost Endurance And Speed

    by Karen Kaye
    You’re doing everything you can to improve your running: cross-training, strengthening your core, speed work, hill work, long runs, etc.  Yet somehow, you still run out of steam on the long runs, and your pace seems to be stagnant.    At the University of Stockholm’s SciLifeLab, Dr. Mats Bedrägeri worked with 25 runners training for a half marathon.  His test…
  • Don’t Be Fuelish

    by Karen Kaye
      Sports gels are a great way to get a fast-acting dose of needed carbohydrates and electrolytes (sugars and salts) to keep an endurance athlete fueled during activities lasting more than an hour. Your body needs about 100 calories every 45 minutes or so to continue on a long run. Simple sugars will help you with short bursts of energy,…
  • Run Safe, Run Smart

    by Karen Kaye
    Whether you run or walk in the dark or during daylight hours, a good safety plan is just as important as a good training plan. Gearing Up To See and Be Seen: If you train before the sun rises or after it sets, a reflective vest should be on the top of your list. The classic mesh style of the…
  • Blazing Fast Transitions For Triathletes

    by Steve DeMoss
    "Train Hard. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of fluids. Go like Hell." -- Nike triathlon ad from the 1980's Go like Hell, indeed. Even if you don't plan to compete with the front runners in your next triathlon, there's no reason why you can't be competitive when it comes to transition splits. Swim to bike. Bike to run. T1…
  • Dress For Success… All Year Long

    by Karen Kaye
    Dressing properly when training for a half or full marathon is one of the key ingredients to running or walking a successful race. It is tempting to get out the heavy duty winter clothes at the first sign of a cool morning. Be a smart athlete, and don't fall prey to this mistake. Overdressing just leads to too much perspiration…
  • Warming Up Your Winter Run

    by Mike Cosentino
    Like it or not, the traditionally perfect temperatures for running in October will retreat and winter will come to Atlanta... Trust me. It's inevitable. What is arguable, however, is to what extent winter in Atlanta affects favored outdoor activities (not the least of which is running). Of course, where you're from - - whether most similar to west Cobb, Westport…
  • RUN ON, ATLANTA!

    by Mike Cosentino
    Why We Are The Most Run-Crazy City in the Country: Strength in numbers... Mass motivation... If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Call the prevailing mentality what you like... but there is no denying that Atlanta-area residents (and visitors!) love to run. The evidence is literally everywhere! Even the most chronic couch spud cannot label this assertion as merely simple-minded…
  • Selecting the Right Running Shoe

    by Steve DeMoss
    Want to become a better runner? For many of us simply spending more time running can attain a substantial improvement in performance. Pretty simple, right? Run more - get better at it. Of course, having a well-conceived training plan as opposed to simply logging junk miles will play an important role as well, but logging consistent miles over the long…
  • Re-Discovering the Spirit of Triathlon

    by Steve DeMoss
    Train safe. Train smart. If you are a triathlete, then you're probably familiar with these phrases. They usually appear at the sign off of a magazine editorial or race director's note and have even been seen on advertisements for coaching services. And while these phrases offer sage advice, they carry a somewhat clinical and cautious tone. It's not that training…
  • Stretching Basics

    by Karen Kaye
    WHO Should Stretch? Anyone and everyone who regularly runs, walks, hikes, bikes or participates in other physical activities. WHAT/WHERE Should You Stretch? The major muscle groups used for your activity. Runners for example need to stretch their legs and gluts. It is also important not to neglect shoulders, upper back and arms, as they get fatigued during longer mileage runs..…
  • Onto the Beaten Path

    by Mike Cosentino
    Mountain Biking... Moab, Utah. Surfing... Oahu, Hawaii. Jai Alai... Miami, Florida. Trail Running... Atlanta, Georgia?? O.K., admittedly there may be some subjectivity lurking in that last sport-location association. I guess you might call it "civic pride." Still, I have spent more than a decade searching for those elusive trail running meccas in every major city our rightfully proud country has...…