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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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 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 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 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 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

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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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 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 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

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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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 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 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

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 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 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 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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May 07, 2015

The Planet Wave: Runners Are Different

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy As a runner my entire life, I’ve always felt a little different. As a kid, I ran back and forth to school when nobody else did and was mocked for doing so. Even in college when everybody was drinking themselves under the table, I ran. And continue to do so. [...]

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May 03, 2015

Foot type, gait and biomechanics: Matching your feet with the best shoes

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy   In order to buy the absolute best pair of Mizuno running shoes for your needs, you first have to know your feet. Not all running shoes are alike for one simple reason: Not all runners are alike and neither are their feet.   Our feet come in different sizes, [...]

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April 27, 2015

Food as Fuel

Guest Post By: BackatSquareZero One of the first realizations I came to when I began half and full marathon training is that my body suddenly needed more food.  I will admit that initially I took this as a chance to go buck wild.  20 mile training run done, I earned the right to have copious [...]

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April 22, 2015

Carb Loading for Runners

By: Melanie Flinn, MS, RD   Carbohydrates are a major source of energy in the body. Carb-loading, a practice that was developed in the late 1960s, refers to the method of consuming higher quantities of carbohydrates prior to a endurance event, in order to maximize muscle glycogen (energy) stores in the muscles. This strategy is followed, often [...]

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April 17, 2015

Coach’s Corner: The Cheerleader

By: Amy Begley- Coach, Atlanta Track Club As head coach for Atlanta Track Club, I get to meet all kinds of runners – from those just starting out to those on our Atlanta Track Club Elite team. Everyone has their own story.   I first met Tina Tait at the end of 2014. She served [...]

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April 17, 2015

Upper Body Workouts for Runners

By: STUFTmama As runners, there are many reasons why we need to remember to strengthen our upper body. It helps improve running form, helps us be more efficient in our running, increases speed, helps our posture and fights off fatigue. With that said, as runners already spending quite a bit of time running, it’s hard [...]

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April 15, 2015

Take Care of Your Running Shoes and They’ll Take Care of You

By: Mizuno Shoe Guy Let’s face it: Running shoes are not cheap. A good pair of Mizunos will set you back at least $120. Nevertheless, it’s a good investment in terms of your health and fitness. But we can make that investment last longer by taking care of our shoes.   Simply stated, if you [...]

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March 30, 2015

Dealing with Hip Injuries

 By: Elise Yanover.   It seems that there is a need for information in the running world on hip injuries and how they may be caused by changes in training. These changes include hill training and increases in mileage in preparation for a goal race. In my practice, I  would have to say that second [...]

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March 30, 2015

Top 10 Foods for Runners

By: Melanie Flinn, MS, RD   Optimal nutrition is a key component of athletic performance. You can’t very well eat greasy cheeseburgers and french fries all the time and expect to train well. Running is my favorite and main form of cardiovascular exercise so let’s talk about some of the top foods runners should eat. [...]

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March 26, 2015

Spring Shake & Salad

By: Charmaine Broughton-Dunn Ah, the first warm-ish weather run of the year.  After a long Canadian winter, having to hop like the Easter Bunny in your Mizuno’s over puddles feels like a grand performance.  Similar to nailing a PB, or crossing the finish line of your first race.  All while cursing the lake size mass [...]

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March 20, 2015

The Marathon: training for success

By: Dr. Jason Karp   From the time the ancient Greek runner Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens in 490 B.C. to announce the Greeks’ victory in the Battle of Marathon, humans have had a compelling interest in endurance. With 400 marathons in the U.S. each year and more than half a million people running [...]

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March 13, 2015

Everyday Cross Training for Runners

Guest Post By: StuftMama   I’m a huge fan of cross training. There are about a bazillion reasons why I love it and why I always encourage my clients, especially runners, to do it at least twice a week. A couple of the main reasons are because it gives your body a  break from the [...]

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March 12, 2015

Friends Who Run Together, Stay Together

By: Mizuno Race Team Member, Sheree Shea Before the sun begins to crest over the eastern hillside, the steady chime alarms your peaceful slumber. You inch upright as the familiar figures of your bedroom take shape while your eyes adjust to the shadowy darkness. Your thoughts are flooded with reflection of the wild dream you [...]

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March 12, 2015

The Planet Wave: The Boston Marathon for Everyone

By: The Mizuno Shoe Guy If you’re one of the 25,000 Boston marathoners who has qualified to run the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street on Patriots’ Day (April 20th), congratulations. Just getting to the starting line is a noteworthy accomplishment for the many thousands of Boston Marathon qualifiers.   Boston [...]

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March 09, 2015

Put a Spring in Your Step This Spring

By Amy Begley – Coach, Atlanta Track Club Have you spent a lot of time indoors this winter? Soon the cold spells will start decreasing, which means your time outside can increase.  It is time to add spring to your step this spring and get moving!  If you let the frigid temperatures slow you down [...]

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March 09, 2015

The Lowdown on The Difference in Running Surfaces

by The Mizuno Shoe Guy There’s no getting around it: Road running is hard on the body. It just is. Especially since the two predominant surfaces most of us run on are concrete and/or asphalt (macadam). Or a combination of the two. Both are unforgiving surfaces and, given a choice, many runners wonder which one [...]

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March 06, 2015

How Running Changed Me

Guest post by :BackAtSquareZero   I wasn’t always a runner.  In fact, the most difficult part of my running journey was getting started.  I was a couch potato who spent her college years subsiding off of wings, nachos, and cheap beer.  However, when I hit my late twenties and was still living off of junk [...]

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February 25, 2015

Breath Thermo Jacket Review

 As I sit and write this it is currently -25C on the thermometer with the wind chill making it feel more like -38C! No, I won’t go outside and run in this. Nor should anyone. Regardless of how long your run “streak” is. Go to a mall and run a mile around the mall. However [...]

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February 20, 2015

The Planet Wave: What Aging Teaches Us About Our Running

by the Mizuno Shoe Guy Just remember when you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed…Charles M. Schulz   Seems like whenever I’m visiting my parents and take off for a run, my mother always feels it’s her duty to remind me: “You know you aren’t getting any younger.”   She’s been offering [...]

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February 19, 2015

Runner’s Ramblings: Training Runs

By: Michael Aish  This weekend I drove up to Ft. Collins to run with Nick Clark and his crew. Some might say it’s a long way to drive for a simple training run, but I really needed some company. These past 6 weeks I’ve really been struggling to get out the door. I emailed Nick [...]

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February 12, 2015

My Loves: Running and Mizuno

By:BackAtSquareZero   My Loves: Running and Mizuno AKA: The Top 10 Reasons Why My Mizunos are My Hot Valentines Date.                     Being a single girl sometimes Valentine’s Day can be a bit tough.  Everyone is all happy and in love and all that jazz and there [...]

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February 06, 2015

Lessons Learned From Racing Too Much

By: STUFTmama   I’ve always said I learn something new not only after I cross each finish line, but also in the process of getting to the finish line. This past year in particular, I feel like I really learned that racing too much might just not be the best idea. This was me after [...]

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February 04, 2015

Running For Two: The Second Mile

By Brand Ambassador Sabrina Wilkie I’m nearing the end of the second trimester and much to my delight I’m still running, albeit much much slower.  It took a few weeks to get accustomed to my slowing pace.  One workout I did a double take at my watch in disbelief that I had run 1km that [...]

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February 03, 2015

Newbie Primer: How to Choose The Perfect Running Shoe

 By The Mizuno Shoe Guy   Let’s face it: If you’re a relatively new runner, there is so much confusing terminology and running jargon, that it can be pretty intimidating. Even buying a new pair of running shoes isn’t always easy. There are so many running shoe brands that a newbie’s head can spin.   [...]

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January 22, 2015

Healthy Post Run Recovery Recipes

Mid-winter training takes determination.  Come January, I (like many), lace up my Mizuno’s and head out in -20 temps.  Hey, I’m Canadian!  I run on snowy trails, not treadmills.  Chilly winter running also requires healthy and delicious fuel that will satisfy your cravings. The following recipes are simple to prepare, taste amazing and will help [...]

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January 22, 2015

Beat Treadmill Boredom

By: STUFTmama   The majority of my running miles are logged on the treadmill. I never used to be a person who loved the treadmill, but when you become a mom of twins and they get too big for the stroller, well, it just happens. There are many other reasons people have to use the [...]

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January 16, 2015

5 Tips for Making New Years Resolutions and Sticking to Them

By: BackatSquareZero    1. Ditch the word resolution, use GOAL instead I prefer the word goal to resolution, always have.  To me the word resolution has a negative connotation.  Like it is something you make January 1st and then by February it is out the window.  Goal just seems like a stronger more lasting word.  [...]

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January 12, 2015

Preventing Injury by Elise Yanover

Injuries….that dirty 8 letter word that all runners hate to experience. Well, any athlete or non athlete even for that matter. When you have to stop what you love to do such as running for any period of time related to injuries it can send some into a tailspin. That one activity that does so [...]

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January 12, 2015

New Year’s Pesto Pasta

I’ve convinced myself I’m the world champion of pasta concoctions.  Bold, I know!  This heavyweight title has nothing to do with the fact I completed the first year of my culinary apprenticeship under an amazing Italian chef….but everything to do with being a runner, and mom of two active, and very hungry boys. Why do [...]

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December 27, 2014

The Planet Wave: What Do You Think About While Running?

By the Mizuno Shoe Guy  Two of the questions we, as runners, are continually asked by non-runners goes something like this: “What in the heck do you think about when you’re running? Don’t you get bored?” Great questions. Keeping your mind occupied and yet engaged while doing a solo run is not always easy. And [...]

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December 23, 2014

Running Shoe FAQs for Newbies

By the Mizuno Shoe Guy   Buying a new pair of running shoes can be a challenge for a new runner as there are so many urban myths and misinformation about shoes. That can certainly be a problem for a runner seeking out the best possible shoes, but if you don’t know where to start [...]

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December 16, 2014

Finding Your Balance during the Holidays

“How do you find balance during the holidays?”  I was recently asked. My first response was a deep belly laugh.  Is “balance” such a thing – I thought to myself?  The next words to roll off my tongue were: “Maintaining my fitness.”  Like most runners, lacing up my Mizuno’s for a long winter run is therapy.  For [...]

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December 15, 2014

December Mizuno Nakama

At Mizuno, we believe in the “Transformative Power of Running”. Every runner has a story of where they started and where running took them. We would like to give our runners a chance to share their story, recognize their hard work, and maybe, just maybe, inspire someone else.  In Japanese, “Nakama” means friend. We are [...]

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December 08, 2014

How To Survive Running Through a Polar Vortex

By Elise Yanover:  Winter is a mere 2 weeks away as I write this and like many people, memories of last winter’s Polar Vortex are still fresh in the mind. I know of a few people who were quite traumatized by it, dreading the impending season even as the days were light for 12+ hours in [...]

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December 05, 2014

Staying Motivated In the Cold Weather

By: Mizuno Race Team Memeber, Lindsay Flanagan   As winter approaches and the days get shorter, the temperatures lower, it can be difficult to summon up the motivation to step out the door and log miles in less than ideal conditions. As someone who was born and raised in the snowy Midwest, I know, firsthand, [...]

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November 26, 2014

The Planet Wave: My 10 Rules of the Road for Safe, Fun Running

by The Mizuno Shoe Guy    Regardless of your ability, speed or body shape, the greatest challenge almost all runners face—especially beginners—is staying healthy. By the very nature of the aerobic benefits of the sport we love, we are certainly healthier than our sedentary counterparts. But it is an undeniable fact of the running life, [...]

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November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Races – Last Minute Race Tips & Preparation

By: Holly Ortlund, Atlanta Track Club’s Women’s Competitive Team Captain   Are you ready? There’s just over one week to go before Thanksgiving Day races are slated to start. Here in Atlanta, many will partake in the Atlanta Half Marathon, but these tips apply to any race. At this point in your training you’ve hopefully [...]

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October 30, 2014

The Planet Wave: Do You Collect Race Shirts and Finishers’ Medals?

By the Mizuno Shoe Guy A few weeks ago, my mother called and asked whether I wanted my grandfather’s extensive stamp and coin collection. She was cleaning out all the useless stuff in their house and his collection was just collecting dust mites, but it was mine if I wanted it. My grandfather was a [...]

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October 28, 2014

Off Season Planning and Recovery

 Now that your race season is done or almost done (best of luck if you are still racing a late fall/early winter goal race), it’s time to turn your thoughts to the off -season. If you live in a climate like I do in the Northern Hemisphere, our race season is just that….seasonal. Fall and [...]

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October 14, 2014

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions–October

by the Mizuno Shoe Guy   Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Include your address.) If we pick your question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy to answer, we’ll [...]

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October 09, 2014

The Replacements: Update and Upgrade

by The Mizuno Shoe Guy The mantra of Mizuno Running is a simple one: Never Settle. And we don’t. Status quo is never good enough at Mizuno. What might have been good enough last year isn’t an option as our team of footwear designers and developers—both in the United States and Japan—is charged with constantly [...]

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September 29, 2014

The Planet Wave: When Do You Run? (It May Make A Difference)

by Mizuno Shoe Guy   In my little corner of the universe, it seems like everyone is neatly divided up between these three groups: Those of us who faithfully run every morning, others who make a habit of squeezing in a run during lunch and those who wait until after work or school to get [...]

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September 26, 2014

Autumn Recipes for Runners

Autumn is my favourite time of year to be a runner.  Crisp air, Mother Nature’s tree top artwork, and comfort food at its finest.  The following recipes will keep you well fuelled pre & post run, celebrate all the festive flavours of fall and won’t sabotage all your hard work on foot.  From My Happy [...]

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September 22, 2014

Transitioning Into Fall Running

Keeping your Motivation up When the Weather Goes Down—Transitioning into Fall Running.   I always find it inspiring when the snow melts in the spring and the days get longer the number of runners on the streets increases ten-fold. The streets and trails are more populated and new people tend to take up the sport [...]

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September 16, 2014

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions—September

by Mizuno Shoe Guy   Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Include your address.) If we pick your question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy to answer, we’ll send [...]

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September 15, 2014

Fit Tips for Finding the Perfect Shoe For You

by the Mizuno Shoe Guy Without a shred of doubt, the most important factor in selecting the perfect shoe for you is also the simplest: Fit. For a running shoe to work optimally for you, it must fit properly. You may have selected the best shoe on the planet, but if it doesn’t fit your [...]

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September 05, 2014

What gear does a new runner REALLY need?

By: Mizuno Athlete Lindsay Flanagan   Last week, as I was exploring my new hometown in DC, I came across a local running store and decided to pop in and browse; how could I pass up a shop with the Mizuno logo printed on the door? Upon entering, I was immediately bombarded with huge displays [...]

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August 28, 2014

Running/Cross Training Apparel- Deciphering Good from Not as Good!

 When I first had the privilege of becoming a Brand Ambassador for Mizuno Canada last fall, I was excited and proud to be able to share my love for all things apparel and shoes with my running, triathlon and client based communities. It’s no secret to those that know me that aside from coffee mugs [...]

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August 28, 2014

The Planet Wave: Free, Free At Last From Mileage Mania

Tell me if this isn’t an all too familiar scene: You and/or your running friends follow a hot, long run with a few short laps around the parking lot just to even out the mileage on your GPS. A round number just sounds and looks a lot better. I can relate. Well sorta. I’m one [...]

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August 07, 2014

Summer Blueberry and Zucchini Recipes

  You know mid-summer has arrived when the first thing you do after a warm weather run is pop a handful of local blueberries in your mouth.  Oodles of zucchini on road side stands or in your garden is another sure sign we are half way through the summer months.  The following recipes include both blueberries [...]

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July 23, 2014

The Planet Wave: Take Two Man Pills and See Me in the Morning

by the Mizuno Shoe Guy   Noted philosopher Yogi Berra, the 20th century’s version of Aristotle, once supposedly said: “Half of baseball is 90 percent mental.” So is running. Actually, sometimes it feels like half of running is 100 percent mental. Maybe it was all in my head, but just a couple of months into summer, [...]

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July 11, 2014

To Trail or not to Trail? It’s all about the shoe!

It’s no secret that running has shown an exponential growth over the last decade or so. Race options abound, run clubs are popping up everywhere even beyond the “local” running establishments. More people are lacing up as they realize that running is a no fuss, convenient option to getting fit, setting race and / or [...]

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July 01, 2014

Racing Nutrition: Pre and Post Race

Mizuno Athlete Leah Thorvilson shares her favorite recipes for a pre-race meal and a bonus post race smoothie   When traveling for races, unless you have a mobile kitchen, options can sometimes be limited for pre-race meals…but when you are running a race right in your hometown, do you have a “go to” meal you [...]

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June 25, 2014

Using the Pool for Cross Training and Rehab

June 17, 2014

Summertime Healthy Recipes

Summertime eating and meal preparation should be the simplest of all seasons.  Do nothing recipes that allow us to kick off our Mizuno’s (after a long warm weather run of course) and refuel with little kitchen fuss or “cooking”.  The following recipes are loaded with flavour, take minutes to prep and will keep your belly [...]

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June 16, 2014

The Planet Wave: Summer’s Here, So Is Fall Marathon Training Season

All across the country, fall marathoners are getting set to begin their three or four-month training programs. It promises to be a long haul, but the rewards waiting at the finish line far outweigh the many miles we will run this summer. One of the many commonalities we are faced with are the same questions, [...]

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June 12, 2014

Travel Training- Make the Most of Your Time on the Road

Mizuno Athlete Alissa McKaig weighs in on how to handle travel and training and keep striding strong! Anyone who has ever traveled anywhere knows that even the best laid plans go awry. Pretty sure that is why that saying took off, because you can plan your travel day down to the minute and I promise [...]

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June 09, 2014

Mizuno 2014: Which Is The Right Type of Shoe For Me?

  Finding the absolute perfect shoe for you (hopefully, a Mizuno) isn’t always easy. When you go into your favorite running store in search of the ideal shoe, you will be confronted with a huge wall full of all sorts of different brands and colorful models. There are so many that it can be somewhat [...]

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June 03, 2014

Dealing with BIG Injuries

This month I am going to talk about how to get through a BIG injury. For someone who is very active in running, cycling, swimming, etc. any time off for an ache or pain seems big. However when something really big happens it can force you to have to stop dead in your tracks for [...]

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May 15, 2014

The Planet Wave: Are You A Running Addict?

Words are just words, but two of the words I detest the most when referring to you and me are “joggers” and “addict” (as in running addict or even worse, “running junkie”).   I’m not a jogger—I’m a runner pure and simple—and recoil whenever I am labeled as such. Jogger is bad enough, but what really [...]

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May 08, 2014

Roasted Asparagus Squares with Walnut Crust *Gluten Free

Other than blooming daffodils and early morning runs in lighter clothing, nothing screams springtime like homegrown asparagus.  This pencil shaped veggie is another green you should be adding to your grocery cart or picking up at farmers’ markets.  Asparagus is low in calories, only 20 calories per eight spears, contains vitamin C and Vitamin A. [...]

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April 30, 2014

Cross Training for Runners

  Cross Training………..? You mean you should cross train on top of all the running you do? Who has time to add more to the schedule when there may also be a job, family and other life commitments? I regularly speak to clinic members at the local running establishment here in North Toronto and have [...]

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April 08, 2014

Countdown to ’14 Boston Marathon: 10 Fun Facts About the World’s Greatest Race

That the Boston Marathon is the greatest race in the world is pretty much indisputable. Every runner in the world aspires to run Boston at least once. It’s the Holy Grail of running and has been so since the very first one in 1897. This year, on April 21st–Patriots’ Day in Boston—nearly 35,000 marathoners will [...]

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March 31, 2014

In Training Craving Truffles

As you start upping your mileage for spring and early summer half and full marathons do you find yourself always hungry?  Personally speaking, as I start clocking more K’s in my Mizuno’s, the HUNGRIER I get!  My mid-day cravings are often for something sweet, and not the: apple-a-day type of sweet, something more decadent.  I [...]

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