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September 20, 2016

Ultimate Post-Run Berry Smoothie

For those of us committed to getting the most out of our workouts, diet plays an important role. Whether you run on occasion or are training for your 5th marathon, you can increase your performance through nutrition. Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? Post run it’s a refreshing and satisfying snack or meal while being [...]

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September 09, 2016

Tune-Up for Fall Goals

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Maegan Krifchin   No matter what season we are in, a tune up will fit into your schedule. What exactly is a tune up?  A tune up can help jump start or kick off a racing season.  It can also be a fitness tester and race simulator for the goal race. [...]

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September 09, 2016

5 Things to do 5 weeks before your Marathon

Despite the steamy temperatures hanging around in many parts of the country fall marathon season is just around the corner. Here are my top 5 tips to take heed of as the days turn colder and darker and marathon day looms ahead. 1. Take care of the “little” things- Usually it’s around this stage of the [...]

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August 31, 2016

How to Take EPIC Run Photos

I remember when I first started following runners on Instagram. I saw these amazing pictures of them running and I thought how do they do that? Do they have a photographer follow them everywhere? Now, if you take a look at my Instagram, I’m one of those people with multiple running photos.  And I get asked [...]

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August 29, 2016

How to Run While Traveling

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   Do you travel for business or pleasure? Plenty of us do, especially in the summer when so many of runners hit the road with family and friends.   If that’s you, chances are you already know how difficult it can be to maintain your training while away from the [...]

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August 26, 2016

Runner’s Rambilings: Eye of the Storm

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Mike Aish   *a retrospective on chasing the leadman title *   Right now I’m sitting on the couch watching the Rio Olympics and trying to recover from a big weekend. This past weekend was the start of the final push in trying to win the Leadman Epic Race Challenge. [...]

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August 24, 2016

5 Things to Consider When Training for a Fall Marathon

Guest Post By: BackAtSquare0   There are lots of factors to consider when you start training for a fall marathon.  Be sure to take these 5 items into account when you begin your training. 1. The Team – Will you go it alone, run with a friend, or join a local team/group?  Most of this [...]

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August 18, 2016

How To Go From Walking To Running

Guest post by: Jared Beckstrand, DPT         Feeling good about your walking program and looking to progress things to the next level? Interested in running but not too sure where to start? Get your running off on the right foot by following these 5 simple steps to progress from walking to running! First [...]

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August 16, 2016

Tuesday Tips: Fuelling

You could just throw water at your face like I’m sure you see all the time, or you could try to do things right. Fuelling is an aspect of marathon training that is often undervalued. The human body only has the ability to store glycogen for about 2 hours of optimal aerobic activity. That glycogen is [...]

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August 15, 2016

Back to School basics for Staying Fit

Somehow it’s already the middle of August. Summer IS FLYING and it’s going to be September before we know it. It’s hard to believe that this time next year London will be starting school. SLOW DOWN TIME!! I know a lot of people have to manage workouts around their kids school schedule. For me, it’s [...]

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August 12, 2016

Lemon Blueberry Greek Yogurt Bark

It’s a fact, runners love to eat. If you’re anything like me, the thought running through your mind as you finish off the last few miles of your run is, “What am I going to eat when I get home?” While it’s tempting to reward ourselves with treats after a long run because we deserve [...]

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August 09, 2016

Running Rituals: Establish Your Own and Make Them Pay Off

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   Runners tend to be a ritualistic group. At least, good runners are. Particularly those of us who are dedicated racers.   Invariably, experienced runners will follow a similar pre-race ritual to such an extent that they eat virtually the same meal the night before a key race that they’ve [...]

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August 08, 2016

Coach Dylan: Tips for the Marathon

Marathon season is fast approaching, with some of North America’s biggest marathons just over two months away. By now you should be well into your training for the big event. Whether you are tackling this beast of an event for the first time or it’s your 100th go at it, you have to respect the [...]

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July 31, 2016

Get Up and Running When the Weather isn’t Great

We all know that if we runners waited for perfect conditions most runs would never happen.  However, with that being said it is easy to use the weather as an excuse to skip your run.  It is important to remember that you cannot predict the weather on race day (says the girl who once ran [...]

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July 25, 2016

The Top 5 Things: I Would Have Wanted to Know When I started Running

When I started running in 1996, there was no such thing that I knew of called the Internet. It may have been around but I certainly wasn’t using it and if it was around, there was no where near the abundance of information that there is today. My sources of info came from big volume [...]

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July 22, 2016

Coach’s Corner: The One Who Reclaimed Her Body

By: Amy Begley, Coach- Atlanta Track Club As a coach, I love working with people as they chase their goals. I am always impressed by each runner or walker’s determination, but it is especially inspiring to see those who overcome incredible odds to cross the finish line.   Rachel Boyd started running in high school and [...]

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July 21, 2016

12 Ways to Adapt to Running in the Heat

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   It’s that time of year again when newspapers, running magazines and websites all have  headlines that proclaim: “Beat The Heat.” Good luck with that. Bet none of those folks who write those headlines actually live and run through the summer in places like Phoenix, Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans or [...]

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July 19, 2016

From Hampered Heart to 10K Triumph: How One Wave Made A Big Impact

On April 24, 2011, Sean Peacock had the scare of his life. While leading his church choir from the pulpit, he went into cardiac arrest and fell unconscious. His congregation went into panic. In the midst of the chaos, Sean’s heart stopped beating for 22 minutes. Sean has a condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which [...]

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July 15, 2016

Runner’s Ramblings: Chasing Down a Leadman

Off and running-1 down and 4 more to go.   This weekend was the start of the Leadman race series. For anyone that doesn’t know what Leadman is-it’s a progressive series of trail running and mountain bike races that are run up in mountains of Leadville, Colorado (10,200 feet above sea level) and scored by [...]

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July 15, 2016

How To Use Deep-Water Workouts To Boost Summer Running

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   You don’t need me to tell you that we’re already knee-deep into summer. You also don’t need me to tell you that running through the summer heat and humidity that so many of us face, makes running pretty darn tough. That is, running on dry land.   But, there [...]

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July 08, 2016

Guide to Getting Dirty on the Trails

Trail running’s popularity has been growing and I often field questions about how to get started and I thought I would share them with you.   Firstly let’s get down to why. Trail running, to me, satisfies a deeper connection to the natural world. It feels real and comforting to move through a landscape and [...]

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July 07, 2016

How To Run In The Summer – 5 Tips To Cope With The Heat

Guest post by: Jared Beckstrand, DPT   There’s nothing like the peak of running season. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, the roads and trails are in prime condition, and races are in abundance. There’s nothing quite like the sun on your face, the road under your shoes, and heading out wherever your feet [...]

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July 07, 2016

Coach’s Corner: The Firefighter who is on the Mend

By: Amy Begley, Coach- Atlanta Track Club   Whether you’re first or last across the finish line, you should feel proud of each race you complete. As you age or try to overcome injuries, it is important to adjust your goals to reflect those changes.   Rick Bodane first started running to train to become a [...]

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July 06, 2016

The Joys of Solo Running

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy For most runners—especially beginners–the advantages of training with a group or several partners are almost too numerous to mention. But for many runners, group running is simply not an option. Whether it’s lack of time, schedule conflicts or even a preference, many runners go solo on at least some—if not [...]

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July 01, 2016

Racing in the Heat: Finding Success at Sweltering Summer Races

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Christo Landry   Racing in the heat is tough, but manageable if you’re willing to prepare…and pay the price.  It’s comfortable to run in the morning during the summer, before the day heats up and the sun is blazing above your head, but those aren’t the conditions that you’ll find [...]

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June 28, 2016

Peachtree Road Race- Race Day Essentials

Guest Post By: BackatSquare0     Last year was my first time running the Peachtree Road Race (which was amazing by the way) and I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect, or what to bring.  I want to help save you that worry by letting you know exactly what Peachtree Road  Race, race day essentials I [...]

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June 21, 2016

Training Tips Tuesday

Summer is here and there are plenty of destinations waiting to for you to run, train or race.  Travel for work or race has it’s pros and cons, but either way you still want to keep up your routine and make sure you get to your destination comfortably.  Dylan Wykes has done his fair share [...]

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June 21, 2016

Top 5 Core Exercises for Runners

As a runner, you know that core exercises are important. A stronger core helps to support the lower body as you take each step. It may prevent excessive hip rotation which can lead to overuse injuries of the knee, foot and ankle. A strong core may help you to power up a hill with greater [...]

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June 14, 2016

Boston Marathon Winner Caroline Rotich’s Top 10 Tips for Running a 10K

Caroline Rotich, champion of the 2015 Boston Marathon, takes her running seriously – and no day is more important than race day. After months of training and preparation, she does everything possible to ensure her best performance on the course. With a personal best of 31:41 for the 10-kilometer distance, Rotich knows a thing or [...]

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June 13, 2016

Newbie Alert: How to Avoid The Injury Bug

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   Injuries are an unfortunate part of the running life. They just are. Either because of training errors, poor biomechanics, improper shoe selection or numerous other variables, nearly every runner gets injured at one time or another.   New runners are especially susceptible to the common running injuries that plague [...]

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June 10, 2016

Top 5 Hot Weather Running Tips

Guest Post By: BackatSquare0       Running in Charleston, South Carolina is always brutal during the summer.  The heat is never ending and the humidity makes it feel like you are trying to push through the thick, hot air.  Step out your door and you are instantly dripping with sweat.  However, I started my running [...]

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May 25, 2016

COACHES CORNER : THE WOMAN WHO KEPT SMILING

By Amy Begley When runners can’t run because of an injury, many find other ways to stay connected to the sport they love. Volunteering and cheering on friends can be welcome distractions for those who can’t lace up themselves, which is exactly what Debbie Chensvold has been doing – until recently. Debbie, a long-time Atlanta [...]

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May 24, 2016

RUNNER’S RAMBLINGS : Everything is Better when the Sun Comes Out

By: Mizuno Race Team Member Mike Aish It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was down and out, feeling sorry for myself, thinking about calling it quits and looking for a new job. One month later the sun has come out, I’m super excited about a new challenge I have set for myself this [...]

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May 24, 2016

An Interview with Dylan Wykes

  Earlier this week, it was revealed Dylan Wykes would not be showing up in Ottawa this coming weekend. This would have been his last chance to qualify for the Olympics, after battling smalls injuries that kept him from qualifying already. Inside the CBC Sports article, he commented ” … that’s sport, that’s the marathon. I think that’s [...]

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May 18, 2016

Barefoot Workouts

For as much as I love running, I also love other forms of working out. Maybe it’s because I’m a personal trainer. Or, maybe it’s because I know that other forms of exercise make me a stronger runner. Even though I’ve had some unfortunate injuries in the last few seasons, I continue to be able [...]

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May 11, 2016

How to Dress for Race Day

Well, finally spring on the calendar, if not the temps here in the north. This morning I had on more winter type gear than spring gear, but well, they say it’s coming! With spring on the calendar it means race season is upon us. It’s no secret that many of you “stress” about what to [...]

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May 10, 2016

Some Carbs are Better than Others

Carbohydrate loading is the process of eating a higher carbohydrate diet leading up to an endurance event to maximize glycogen stores. While most runners and athletes have probably heard the term carb loading before, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are doing it right. These three tips are things to keep in mind when carb loading [...]

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May 06, 2016

TOP 5 Dos and Dont’s for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of those nasty injuries that plagues many runners at some point and time in their “career” both as a casual or competitive runner. One of the things that prevents this from healing quickly is that we are never really giving our feet a break. During the day, despite not always running, we [...]

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May 04, 2016

Coach Dylan: Marathon Taper

This past weekend saw many runners across Canada competing in marathons in Vancouver, Toronto, and Missassauga. Dreams were achieved and shattered. That’s the nature of the marathon. But spring marathon season is not complete until the Ottawa Race Weekend on May 27-28th. For those of you training for Ottawa you are getting into some of [...]

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May 03, 2016

Pressed for Time? Here’s Six Great, 45-Minute Workouts

A reality check: Few of us have enough time to do everything we need to in any given day, and still train optimally. We would be professional runners (and would not have to read this) if we could run twice a day, stretch, lift weights and maybe even fit in a massage every day. The [...]

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May 03, 2016

What You Should Know About Summer Hydration Needs

Regardless of where you live or what level of runner you are, proper hydration is one of the most critically important parts of your summer running training routine. Certainly, we all have had the wisdom of drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after summer runs repeated to us ad nauseam, but it can’t be [...]

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May 02, 2016

Keeping Running on Track : Key Tips to Keep you from Derailing

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Serena Burla If you have been a runner for long enough you’ve probably faced times in your running career where your running or attitude towards running has been knocked off track. You might call it a rough patch, rut, funk, blah period, or having a tough time getting out the [...]

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May 02, 2016

Running the AJC Peachtree Road Race? This Is the Shoe You’ve Been Waiting For.

If there’s one running event that sparks American exuberance on Independence Day, it’s the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. Held every year on July 4 since 1970, the race has grown to represent everything cherished in the realms of running and patriotic pride. Hundreds of thousands of spectators line the streets prior to the [...]

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April 27, 2016

RUNNER’S RAMBLINGS: I’LL BE HONEST

By: Mizuno Race Team Member Mike Aish I’ll be honest with you; I really hate this time of year. Last night we got hit with 20+ inches of snow and it’s April. Before that it feels like I only really got a handful of days on the trails after they dried out from the last [...]

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April 26, 2016

The Power of the Wave: How a Small Gesture Goes a Long Way

At Mizuno, we believe that a simple wave of the hand exemplifies the unique bond between runners. Every runner should have a reason (or multiple reasons) to wave – whether you’re shy or outgoing, short or tall, fast or getting faster. It’s our belief that when everyone waves, everyone feels encouraged and welcome. With that [...]

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April 10, 2016

Mizuno Wave Catalyst Review

Full Disclosure: I did receive these shoes for free as part of my ambassadorship with Mizuno. I am choosing to write a review because they are a product that I love and want to share. Ever since I started running, I’ve been a fan of Mizuno shoes. Every time the next version of the Wave Inspires come [...]

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April 08, 2016

COACHES CORNER: THE WOMAN WHO STARTED OVER

By: Amy Begley We all have setbacks when it comes to running – injuries, burnout or life can sometimes get in the way. No matter what the issue, running is always there for you. It just may be a harder road back for some. Chanel Hicks first started running after she moved to Atlanta and [...]

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April 07, 2016

Running Through the Rain in the Right Gear

By : Mizuno Athlete, Maegan Krifchin We all know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” and that being said, we know rain is in the forecast this spring. Spring?! Or is it still Winter?! For me, regardless of what season it actually is, I know I am layering up!  I would always rather be [...]

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April 06, 2016

How To Return Safely To Running After An Injury

An unfortunate part in nearly every runner’s life, is that at some point he or she will suffer from a running-related injury. Nobody wants to get injured, but, fortunately, these common injuries are rarely serious. Even so, the most minor injury often temporarily derails your training and possibly, racing plans. A running injury is almost [...]

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April 06, 2016

How Running Impacts Your Sleep Patterns

There isn’t a runner on the planet who hasn’t had at least occasional trouble falling asleep before an important race. Just when you absolutely need a full night of rest, you spend the night, tossing and turning. Instead of resting up for the big day, you can’t seem to get settled and only drift through [...]

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March 30, 2016

Top 5 Clues it’s Time for New Shoes

Running Shoes as they age are like an old friend. Familiar, comfortable, reliable. Reliable? Not so much … Here are 5 clues you know it’s time to Change your shoes regularly. You may have heard about the 500km (~310 mileJ) rule for shoe life. It’s both a truth and a lie. It all depends on [...]

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March 29, 2016

COACHES CORNER: THE ROAD TRIPPER

By Amy Begley It happens to all of us – sometimes you wake up and have a hard time getting out of bed to go for a run. Finding a running buddy or signing up for a training group are great ways to keep you accountable, just ask Nigar Scott. Nigar travels more than 700 [...]

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March 23, 2016

RUNNER’S RAMBLINGS: SOMETIMES RUNNING JUST ISN’T FUN

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Mike Aish So I thought I was on my way. I thought that I was past all the hurdles and that it was just going to be easy sailing from here on out. Like they say, “Plans are great until someone punches you in the face,” and that’s just how [...]

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March 23, 2016

RUNNER’S RAMBLINGS: TRAINING CAMP

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Mike Aish Well, the time has come to get myself back in to shape. I’m at the point where I can run for an hour without any pain, but there is a lot of work to be done if I want to compete this year. So, I’m off to training [...]

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March 21, 2016

Creating the T-Shirt Design for the World’s Largest 10K

Every year on July 4, nearly 60,000 people toe the starting line of the AJC Peachtree Road Race beside the Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Georgia. Battling hot weather, humidity and sometimes rain, race participants make a 6.2-mile journey through the streets of Atlanta along the famous Peachtree Street for the privilege of saying they [...]

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March 07, 2016

Understanding Muscle Imbalances

By: Mark Crabtree The goal of any exercise program is to elicit a change. Usually, the underlying reason for diving into fitness is to move better, feel better or look better. Maybe your goal is to run your personal best race time, or progress from a 5K to a half marathon. Maybe you want to [...]

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March 07, 2016

How to Keep at it When Training Gets Tough

By: Abby Land We have all been through those periods when you feel as though you are just barely struggling trough your training and everything feels tougher than it should.  You are sore, you’re exhausted, you just can’t seem to nail your workouts, you lack motivation, or any combination of the above, and it not [...]

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March 02, 2016

The Runner’s High: Fact or Urban Myth?

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy The Runner’s High? Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about it, but is it real? Or, is just another urban legend with no basis in fact? The answer may surprise you: A runner’s high is a very real, tangible by-product of running and not just some illusionary, mythical condition. So, unquestionably, the runner’s [...]

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March 02, 2016

Tackling Your First Race: What to do, what to bring, what to wear, how to start

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy Congratulations!  You have decided to enter your first road race and it’s coming up. Chances are you are nervous and apprehensive about it. Good. You should be. Regardless of the distance, tackling your first race is a significant undertaking. But, assuming you have done the necessary training for the race, [...]

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February 22, 2016

Leave Shin Splints in the Dust!

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Renee Metiver Baillie Shin splits affect over 3 million people in the US each year. Nothing scares a runner more than when a pain along the shin appears. But, if you stay informed and treat at the first sign of pain or sensation, you can leave shin splints in the [...]

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February 17, 2016

16 Ways to Run Awesome in 2016

In order to make 2016 the best ever, my husband and I set some new run goals this year. (mine to just run for fitness and his to run 2016 km, …… he’s behind already.) In keeping with the freshness and goal setting ideas that a new year always brings for many, here are 16 [...]

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February 11, 2016

Coach’s Corner: The Consistent Couple

By: Amy Begley, Coach- Atlanta Track Club   It sounds so simple: be consistent in your training and you will see results. While attaining fitness goals can take time, you just need to hang in there!   Tim Farley and Jessica Weiss are proof that consistency pays off. The newlyweds are familiar faces at Atlanta Track [...]

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February 11, 2016

How To Prevent Common Running Injuries

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy The most dreaded words any runner ever can hear is from a doctor who intones: “You are going to have to stop running for a while.” Nothing is worse than being told that you can’t run. Unfortunately, nearly every runner has had to stop running at some point in their [...]

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February 10, 2016

The Traveling Runner: How to get your workouts in when you are away from home.

  Guest Post By: BackAtSquare0 Many of us are creatures of habit when it comes to our workouts.  We run the same routes, meet up with the same workout buddies, take the same classes week in and week out – we are nothing if not consistent.  However, then something comes along and threatens to send that [...]

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February 08, 2016

Should You Really Be Running Every Day?

Guest post by: Jared Beckstrand, DPT   It’s coming. The warmer weather, the longer days, the melting snow… every day that passes brings us one day closer to spring and one day closer to those beautiful outdoor runs again! If you’re anything like me you can hardly contain your excitement and can’t wait to get out [...]

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February 08, 2016

THE WAVE CATALYST: The New Standard in Lightweight Support

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy     Ever since the Wave Elixir disappeared from the Mizuno line three years ago, there’s been a subsequent hole for a lightweight support shoe. Enter, the new Mizuno Wave Catalyst to fill that vacancy. Like the Wave Elixir, the Wave Catalyst is a different type of running footwear from [...]

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February 04, 2016

The Underdog: An Unlikely Olympic Trials Contender

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Craig Leon   In the coming days, I will toe the starting line at the 2016 US Olympic Trials, the 14th marathon of my career.  Somewhere between 2012 and now, I’ve gone from inexperienced, newbie to marathon veteran.  Four years ago, the Trials was truly my first real marathon and [...]

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January 27, 2016

How To Choose The Right Running Socks

By Mizuno Shoe Guy   I don’t about you, but there aren’t too many of us who spend much time thinking about which running socks to wear. That is, we don’t pay much attention to our socks until we get a nasty blister while on a long run or in a race. But when that [...]

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January 26, 2016

Running for Weightloss

Guest Post by: Steve Pfiester     Recently I was part of a very interesting fitness project (Fit to Fat to Fit on A&E) that had an extremely large impact on my life.  This 8-month experiment would challenge how I viewed my clients as well as how I defined myself, my whole identity was in [...]

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January 22, 2016

Runner’s Ramblings: It sucks not to be running

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Mike Aish   Well, it sucks not to be running, but I think it might be even harder when you know that the reason you’re not running is because it was your choice.   Towards the end of last year I was training well, but things just weren’t coming together. [...]

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January 14, 2016

Coach’s Corner: The Guy Who Ran Home

By: Amy Begley, Coach- Atlanta Track Club     Not everyone instantly falls in love with running. Sometimes the sport is an acquired taste.   Kirubel Erassa may be an elite runner now, but in high school he was ready to quit after a mile. Kirubel, who moved to the Atlanta area at the age of [...]

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January 14, 2016

How to Stick to Your Goals in 2016

Motivation and goals work hand in hand.  To help stay motivated you should have a goal, or end point, to be working towards.  Having that goal helps you stay motivated to chase after it each day.   To stick to your goals I like to break it down into these 3 things:   1) Accountability [...]

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January 07, 2016

Selecting an Appropriate New Year’s Running Goal

Guest Post By: BackAtSquare0 First, how about we start of by ditching the term resolution and all the negative connotations that come with it.  When we hear the term resolution we think of some wild idea that is laid out on January 1st and completely forgotten about by February.  So, instead how about we focus [...]

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January 06, 2016

RUNNER’S RAMBLINGS: It’s that time of year again!

Well it’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about setting goals for the new year, time to reflect on how this past year went and what we can learn form it. Mostly it’s a time to take a few minutes to see just how far we have come and where our hard [...]

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January 05, 2016

The History of Mizuno’s Famed Runbird

By the Mizuno Shoe Guy   In the sporting goods industry, there are several corporate logos that are immediately recognizable in every corner of the planet. Certainly, the two most well-known are the distinctive three stripes of Adidas as well as the unmistakable swoosh of industry giant Nike. But, there’s also another logo which has [...]

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December 28, 2015

When to run, when to rest: Dealing with sickness and returning from injury

Guest Post By: Mark Crabtree, Fitfluential   In the sports medicine world there is a saying about runners- “Runners are either injured, recently recovered from injury or soon to be injured.” As an Athletic Trainer, I have found that to be the case. More often than not, I’d see most of the runners on a [...]

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December 08, 2015

Treadmill Workouts for SPEED.

Guest Post By: STUFTmama   Although some runners refer to the treadmill as the “dreadmill”, I have grown to love any kind of running on it. As a busy, working mom trying to fit in marathon training, I’ve found that the majority of my training is done on the treadmill. There are times when slow [...]

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December 08, 2015

Safely and Simply Drying Your Shoes

By: the Mizuno Shoe Guy There’s absolutely no question that running in winter is not only more difficult and arduous it’s also much harder on your shoes. The cold temps, wet conditions and often salt-crusted roads and sidewalks all take a toll on your shoes—unless you take proper care of your Mizunos.   Sub-freezing temperatures [...]

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December 08, 2015

Top 5 Reasons Holiday Running Rocks

Guest Post By: BackatSquare0   1. Burn off the bird -  Or the ham, or the Christmas cookies, or the…  It is no secret that we eat a lot more over the holidays with treats coming at us from all directions at work, at home, at holiday parties, it seems there is no escape.  Allow yourself [...]

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December 08, 2015

Runner’s Ramblings:Trails, Snakes and old Mates

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Mike Aish   Have you ever heard a grown man scream like a little girl?   Before I start, please note that all names and locations have been removed in order to protect those involved.   The other day in an effort to enjoy a few of our warmer days [...]

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December 08, 2015

Coach’s Corner: The Dreamer-Turned-Hero

By: Amy Begley, Coach- Atlanta Track Club As runners we tend to dream big, but we don’t necessarily think about how our goals and accomplishments can inspire others. However, you never know who is watching!   When Crystal Gail Welcome was a child, she ran cross country and played basketball. She also battled pain, blurred vision [...]

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December 02, 2015

Fill up: Pre and Post-Race Nutrition for Runners

 Guest Post By: Melanie Flinn, MS, RD The power of food is pretty amazing. It can affect your race performance and recovery so what you put in your body matters. Not as if you haven’t deserved the pass to eat whatever you want when you train hard, but you will feel better and recover quicker when you [...]

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December 02, 2015

Mizuno’s Wave Inspire 12: Enhanced Cushioning, Smoother Ride

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   The beauty of the Wave Inspire has always been its lightweight support. Unlike many of the heavier shoes in the support category, the Wave Inspire is a fast, smooth-riding shoe which provides the type of running experience Mizuno is renowned for.   Because of the success of the Wave [...]

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December 01, 2015

Newbies Guide For Running Shoe Shopping: How to Choose the Right Shoe For You

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   (If you’re not a beginner but know someone who is, forward the link to this helpful article to a newbie runner you might know. )   The beauty of running is it ‘s just so simple. Put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. Little [...]

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November 30, 2015

Coach’s Corner: The Man Who Runs for Friendship

By: Amy Begley, Coach- Atlanta Track Club   It took a tragedy to get Brad Blitz to start running with any regularity. Mark Fredericks, Brad’s best friend and three-time marathon runner, passed away in February 2013. His sudden death was a wakeup call for Brad to get off the couch and take responsibility for his own [...]

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November 23, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: STUFTmama

Guest Post By: STUFTmama   So pretty much a Christmas filled with all Mizuno gear would be the best Christmas ever. I’m always on the lookout for wish lists not only for myself, but for the whole family. Here are my top picks for this year.   Stocking Stuffers (Under $25)     Breath Thermo [...]

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November 21, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Back at Square 0

Guest Post By: BackatSquare0   Wow, believe it or not it is November already which means the holidays are just around the corner.  However, you can ditch the long store lines, crazy hustle and bustle, and save yourself a lot of stress by shopping online with Mizuno Running this year.  Plus, this way you know [...]

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November 10, 2015

Taper Training for Marathons

  Guest Post by: Jason R. Karp, Ph.D. I attended a high school that was known for its swimmers. They were the best in the country, and some of them competed in the Olympics. Before championship meets, you could overhear amusing discussions in the hallways about “shaving down” and “tapering” in an attempt to swim [...]

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November 06, 2015

Runner’s Ramblings: (Marley) Gunner and Me…

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Mike Aish     Well, I made it. I got through the pain and agony of those first few weeks of training and I’m still standing. It’s funny because no matter who you are or what level you’re at it is just flat out hard work. It hurts and the [...]

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October 30, 2015

Mizuno’s Revived Portland Design Center: The Art and Science Behind Mizuno Footwear

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   In the building cycle of state-of-art running shoes, the design process is the key element. At Mizuno, that process begins with building the foundation of a great shoe by the best footwear techs in the world. That exhaustive design process blends the science and engineering of modern shoe-building with [...]

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October 14, 2015

The Key To Wet, Winter Running: Breath Thermo Gear

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy    Winter running has its own unique set of challenges, and certainly the greatest challenge is just dealing with cold, wet winter weather. We are a hardy breed and most of us train through the winter months which—surprisingly enough, depending where you live (and how you dress)—may be more comfortable [...]

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October 14, 2015

Safety Tips for Runners

Guest Post By: BackatSquare0  Running is an amazing sport that keeps both your body and mind healthy (and happy); however, if you aren’t careful when it comes to basic running safety it can also be a dangerous sport.  Luckily, by following some simple safety tips for runners you can greatly reduce any danger to yourself, [...]

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October 14, 2015

Coach’s Corner: The Woman Who Never Gives Up

By: Amy Begley, Coach- Atlanta Track Club   We’ve all done it – made excuses for skipping a scheduled run or felt like giving up on a goal that seemed too tough. Sometimes you can find inspiration in another runner’s story. Nicole Lock’s story is certainly one that can motivate just about anyone to get [...]

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October 14, 2015

How to Strengthen Your Glutes

Guest Post By: STUFTmama Experts are always talking about how having a stronger core will help runners. Sometimes though, we forget about how important it is to have properly conditioned glutes as well. Glute strength is essential to help prevent injury and maintain proper running form. Who doesn’t want a stronger, better-looking backside anyway? Our [...]

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October 06, 2015

The Wave Rider 19: Enhanced Consistency

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   Since 1997, the Wave Rider has been Mizuno’s flagship shoe and one of the iconic shoes in the running industry. It has virtually defined the lightweight, neutral category and been the go-to shoe for thousands of runners. But the Wave Rider’s history has also been—ahem—spotty. A great version, such [...]

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September 25, 2015

Runner’s Ramblings: Back at It

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Mike Aish   Well, after two weeks of sitting on the couch, watching TV and feeling sorry for myself I put my shoes back on and convinced myself to get back at it.   Not finishing the Leadville 100 was a huge blow and to be honest, had me questioning [...]

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September 24, 2015

Behind the Bronze: A Look Into the Pan American Games

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Lindsay Flanagan This past July, I competed in the women’s marathon at the Pan American Games in Toronto. As a professional runner, representing your country at an international competition is one of the highest honors you can achieve. Therefore, when offered the spot in early spring, I gladly accepted and [...]

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September 21, 2015

Why You Should Run With Others

Guest Post By: BackatSquareZero   There is something to be said about the solitude and peace that can be found in running alone, heck a lot of my best thinking and planning is done on solo runs; however, running with others has lots of benefits.  Because of all the pros of running with others it [...]

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September 17, 2015

Shoe durability: How long your shoes last and how to care for them

There’s no getting around it: Running shoes are not inexpensive. Fortunately, a good pair of shoes—hopefully a Mizuno—is the only piece of equipment we absolutely need. So almost all of us are concerned with getting the most miles out of our shoes.   By now, most of us have heard the advice that you should [...]

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September 17, 2015

Tips for the Traveling Runner

Guest Post By: STUFTmama   Traveling isn’t always easy and it definitely isn’t easy for those of us that want to make running a priority while we’re there to find the time to make it happen. We have to pack extra things and try to find a little time to get a run in while [...]

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September 15, 2015

Stretching for Runners

By: Dr. Victor Prisk M.D. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in disorders of the foot and ankle, I see many runners in my practice.  Although runners mostly come to me for treatment of problems like Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and arthritis they are often surprised by the fact that I will [...]

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September 11, 2015

Coach’s Corner: The Tireless Runner

By:  Amy Begley-Coach, Atlanta Track Club   Runners are often energetic, lively people, but there are some who take it to a whole new level. Bob Wells is one of them.   Bob’s running journey began during a time of transition in his life. He had just kicked a 20-year smoking addiction and was hoping [...]

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September 09, 2015

Falling For Fall- Gear for Cooler Weather

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Lindsay Flanagan   At last! My favorite time of year is finally upon us, fall. The temperature is slowly dropping, humidity easing, and, wait, is that a breeze I feel?  Summer still seems to be lingering here in Washington, D.C., but I cannot wait for the arrival of cool, crisp, [...]

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September 03, 2015

Prevention and Self-Treatment of Blisters

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy     Blisters. Among runners, the only greater certainty is taxes and the rise in the cost of  race entry fees. All three are inevitable.   There’s not much you can do about taxes and the price of entry fees (except race less), but there are several steps you can [...]

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August 26, 2015

5k Running Plan for Beginners

      By: Jared Beckstrand (in partnership with Fitfluential)   There are many programs out there to get you up off the couch and start running. While I am a huge proponent of these types of programs, I think that all of them are lacking one very significant detail – you’ve got to be [...]

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August 25, 2015

Mizuno’s Neutral Cushioned Shoes: Which One Is The Best for You?

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy Mizuno’s line of running shoes has a shoe for every type of runner, every speed and every gait. Make no mistake, Mizuno has a shoe for every runner, but Mizuno is particularly renowned for its neutral training shoes that are among the lightest, best cushioned and most flexible in the [...]

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August 21, 2015

Cross Training for Balance

 Guest Post By: STUFTmama All runners need to work on balance to help with running form and strength. A lot of the time, we neglect the extra cross training needed though. One of the tips I read recently was to run trials to change things up and to help focus a little more on balance [...]

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August 21, 2015

The Wave Sayonara 3 – A Runner’s Review

The latest update of the Wave Sayonara was released July 1. I couldn’t wait to get my pair and see what all the pre release fuss was about! The timing was perfect as my Sayonara 2′s were at my limit for switching shoes. I am pretty anal about replacing my shoes within 4-5 months of [...]

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August 21, 2015

Fresh Summer Recipes

The warm weather is an invitation for:  Early morning miles in our favourite pair of Mizuno’s, backyard shenanigans, day trip get-a-ways and/or weekends at the cottage.  Come summertime, the last place I want to be working up a sweat is in the kitchen.  The following recipes are my favourite “do-nothing dishes”.  These recipes will have [...]

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August 17, 2015

Coach’s Corner: The Family-Focused Runner

By: Amy Begley- Coach, Atlanta Track Club   There is typical path that most elite runners follow. They start with a successful high school career, move up to the collegiate level and then go professional.  However, Christy Cazzola is living proof that not everyone has to follow that traditional path, and that great things can [...]

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August 14, 2015

Elite Perspective: The Wave Sayonara 3

  By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Craig Leon   Sun-up to sun-down, the speed at which my life moves is not unlike many of yours…fast!  It’s done with one thing, and on to the next, as I balance my running responsibilities with other life priorities – work, social, and personal.  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?   [...]

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August 07, 2015

What Keeps Me Lacing Up

Guest Post by: BackAtSquareZero   I ran the marathon I wanted to run, proved to myself that I was capable of more than I ever thought, and yet… here I am still running onward.  So, what keeps me lacing up? 1. physical health – We all know that exercising is good for us and it [...]

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August 07, 2015

Do You Need A Second Pair of Shoes? What to Look For

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   As a running shoe and clothing company, we probably should hesitate to advise you that in order to train safely and most effectively, it is best to own at least two or three pair of running shoes. But, the question is: Do you really need more than one good [...]

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August 07, 2015

Gilbert Goes the Distance for the Kids

Guest Post By: Sam Hendricks, Mizuno USA Intern   Yesterday, I went on a 5 mile run and called it a day. I am by no means a marathoner, so that was an accomplishment in my books. Yesterday, Aprylle Gilbert ran about 30 miles-for the 77th day in a row. And yes, you read that [...]

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July 28, 2015

Injury for me? It just can’t be!

Guest post by: Sheree Shea, Mizuno Race Team Memeber   The medical technician ensures my lower leg is held secure within the orthopedic brace before placing the bulky headphones upon my ears. I lay motionless atop the sleek metal surface as it slides into the donut shaped openings — the faint sounds of the MRI [...]

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July 28, 2015

Coach’s Corner: The One Who Returned to Racing

By: Amy Begley- Coach, Atlanta Track Club   One of the beautiful things about running is that it is always there for you. Even if you take a break from the sport, it often finds a way back into your life.   That’s exactly what happened to Janel Blancett. She ran cross country and track [...]

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July 22, 2015

Runner’s Rambilings: The Last Push

By: Mizuno Race Team Member Michael Aish   Two weeks ago I ran the Silver Rush 50 miler up in Leadville. It was the last part of my build up to the LT100 this year and it went quite well.  The whole goal this year was to set myself up to be at my best [...]

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July 22, 2015

My Go To: The Wave Enigma 5

By:  Craig Curley   Running, to me, has always been about feeling alive and pushing myself to reach the pinnacle of my potential. I have been competing seriously for nine years, and my first fond memory of running was during a cross country race. During that race, I remember that gratifying feeling that I belong [...]

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July 21, 2015

Glossary of Common Shoe Terms

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy    Did you feel totally lost the last time you went to a running store to shop for a good pair of shoes? The sales people were probably helpful and well-intentioned, but you might have felt they were speaking a different language with all sorts of technical shoe lingo.   [...]

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July 21, 2015

Mizuno’s New Wave Enigma 5: Unparalleled Cushioning

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   There isn’t a shoe in the Mizuno line that has undergone such a dramatic overhaul as the Wave Enigma 5. From top to bottom, this redesigned Enigma delivers an unparalleled cushioned experience that far surpasses any prior version that you may have worn. Our designers’ goal was to create [...]

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July 17, 2015

Marathon Tips: Great for Newbies

Guest Post By: BackatSquareZero So you’re thinking about running your first half or full marathon – here are a few helpful tips to get you through the experience.   Before You Start:  1. Register for a Race – This gives you an end goal and a reason for your training. 2. Create a Training Schedule – [...]

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July 15, 2015

8 Ways to Run Faster and Decrease your Mile Time

There’s something inside all runners that drives us. There’s a deep drive inside all of us that pushes us to be better – to run farther, faster, stronger. Maybe it’s pride. Maybe it’s to show off a little bit. But whatever it is – it’s there. If you’ve ever run a race before you know [...]

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July 13, 2015

Interval Cross Training With At Home HIIT Workouts

Guest post by: STUFTmama   As runners we all know it’s hard to find time to fit in other kinds of workouts in our schedule besides our primary focus of running. But, if you can add just two twenty minute cross training HIIT sessions a week, it can make a world of difference. There are [...]

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July 08, 2015

New for Summer, 2015: Better Ride, Improved Cushioning, Snugger Fit.

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   In the running shoe industry, the only constant is change. It’s certainly understandable how many loyal runners to a particular model often don’t want any change whatsoever. But Mizuno is populated with highly competitive footwear experts who are never satisfied with the status quo.   Mizuno’s mantra is “Never [...]

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July 08, 2015

How A Running Ambassador Deals with MS

An Interview by Mizuno Ambassador Elise Yanover. Robyn Baldwin is a marketing manager and fitness personality, and recently became a Mizuno Brand Ambassador. With a passion for health & wellness her website focuses on what it takes to be an Alpha Female™ (www.robynbaldwin.com) . Her blog focuses on parts of her personal journey, fitness, health, [...]

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June 27, 2015

How to Prevent Shin Splints

  Guest Post By: STUFTmama   I know many runners who have been plagued with shin splints. I’ve never suffered from them myself and hoping they don’t decide to come visit me anytime soon. Admittedly I’m not the best at doing all the proper warm-ups drills and post run stretches that the books tell you [...]

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June 24, 2015

7 Things to Have Handy the Morning of the AJC Peachtree Road Race

7  Things to Have Handy the Morning of the AJC Peachtree Road Race   Guest Blog By: Cristian Delgado, Mizuno USA Intern     You’re up earlier than your dog, your stomach churns with excitement and you’re on your way to the big Peach — it’s race day! Today, more than ever, you need to [...]

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June 24, 2015

How to Train for Your First 5k

  Guest post by: Dutch DeGay   So, you’re thinking about running your first 5k…well let’s make it official and hit a site like Active.com to find a race near you. Now you have a deadline (in as little as 6 weeks away) and now it’s time to tell everyone you know about your new goal. Why? You [...]

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June 19, 2015

Runner’s Ramblings: The Plan…

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Michael Aish At the beginning of this year I asked myself the question, “What is it that I really want out of my running?” I’ve been lucky enough to have seen and experienced a lot through the sport and I needed to refocus. If you’ve followed my progress from the [...]

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June 16, 2015

The Planet Wave: Running Always Brings Clarity

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   A few months ago, on the morning that my father died, I did what I normally do and went for a run. My grief was real—and so were the miles I covered on a gorgeous trail near my sister’s home that morning.   There was nothing extraordinary about the [...]

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June 12, 2015

Coach’s Corner: The Woman Who’s No Longer Last

By: Amy Begley- Coach, Atlanta Track Club  Running can be tough for beginners. No one likes being last, and it can be hard to stick with your fitness routine if you don’t start seeing results quickly. Pennie Eddy was recently in those shoes. The 60-year-old lost her husband a few years ago and was so [...]

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June 09, 2015

How to Choose Your Next Race

Guest Post By: BackAtSquareZero   As runners most of us think about racing a lot.  Ask any runner for their bucket list of races and they can probably rattle them of instantly.  (The NYC Marathon tops mine.)  However, not every race you run can always be that bucket list race, so how do you go about choosing [...]

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June 08, 2015

How to keep your focus while training

By: Serena Burla, Mizuno Race Team Memeber   Gooooaaaaallllllll!!!!! Is that what drives you? Perhaps not in the “Miracle” hockey or World Cup sort of way, but rather in the Tim McGraw lyrics, “How bad do you want it? How bad do you need it? Are you eating, sleeping, dreaming With that one thing on [...]

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June 05, 2015

Beat the Heat: Wear the Right Garments

As the calendar barrels towards summer, it’s imperative that we, as runners, prepare our wardrobes accordingly for the looming heat wave. While hydration is also a key part of a “cool running” strategy, it goes hand-in-hand with wearing the right thing on your body. Let’s start from the top. During hotter summer months, opt for [...]

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June 04, 2015

Pronation vs. Supination

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   Does this sound like something which has happened to you recently? You went to your local running store in search of a good, basic running shoe. Nothing fancy. You looked at all the shoes on the shoe wall and were amazed at the number of great shoes.   Soon, [...]

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May 29, 2015

Safe Summer Running

It seems like every winter is the worst winter ever, but really after living in Canada for 90% of my life I’m still surprised at how much we all complain about the winter! Thankfully warmer summer like temperatures are here (doesn’t it seem like we just have two seasons?!). It’s time to shed those layers [...]

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May 28, 2015

Building a Strong Core

Guest Post By: STUFTmama As runners we focus a lot on getting our miles in every week, but we sometimes overlook how important it is to have a strong core. Not only is it essential to have a strong core to become a better runner, but it’s also not something you can achieve by just crunches here [...]

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May 26, 2015

Mizuno Supports Go! Grants for Kids across America

Guest Post By: Cristian Delgado, Mizuno USA Intern When I was first asked to write a blog about Mizuno’s fight against childhood obesity, the first thought that came to my head was “how in the world would I, who had no kids, relate to an issue going on with children?” I had never seriously struggled [...]

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May 20, 2015

Five Tips for Running With A Stroller

Guest Post By: Mom’s Little Running Buddy    If you’re reading this it’s probably because you have kids.  You are probably thinking about how to break out and make time for your run but feel somewhat trapped by the schedule you keep.  I get it.  I had my first little running buddy over 4 years [...]

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May 20, 2015

Early Summer Post Run Shakes

   My favourite way to refuel after a warm weather sweat is with a post run shake.  Why?  Shakes are a refreshing, and quick way to fuel post exercise (*place ingredients in blender.  Push button.  Voila!).  Another bonus: Shakes are a fantastic opportunity to nourish your body with the quality nutrients it needs for overall [...]

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May 19, 2015

How trail running differs from the roads; Viva la difference

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   Although most of us do the bulk of our running on roads or in parks, there is a great alternative just beckoning nearby: Trails.   Certainly, the image most of us have of trail running is covering endless, effortless miles in an Alpine-like setting on some splendid trail. No [...]

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May 18, 2015

Keep Your Cool on Race Day- Mentally and Physically

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Christo Landry Going into the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race I was pretty excited: it’s the biggest race in the US, it had a fantastic field of Olympians and professional runners, and it was a chance to earn my third USA title of the year.  Did I see myself as [...]

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May 15, 2015

Why I Run.

Guest Post By: BackAtSquareZero Why I Run I started running because I realized I wasn’t healthy, and I wasn’t happy with the way I was treating my body. I hoped running would be the spark that would light a fire underneath me. I was shocked when I actually fell in love with running. Along the [...]

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May 15, 2015

Coach’s Corner: The Guy Who Went “All-In”

  By: Amy Begley- Coach, Atlanta Track Club Not everyone starts to run when they are young. I come across new runners and walkers of all ages, from children to seniors and every age in between. Kristian Blaich is a masters division runner for Atlanta Track Club Elite who didn’t start running until he was [...]

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May 15, 2015

Behind the Scenes: A Collegiate Runner

  By: Mizuno Race Team Member. Lindsay Flanagan        Competing as a Division One track and field athlete was an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience that helped shape me into the runner I am today. I not only became physically stronger during my time as a student-athlete, but mentally stronger as well. Each [...]

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