The Beginner’s Guide to Compression Socks and What Brand Works For LARGE Calves!

There is NO way I am spending $50 dollars on a pair of socks! I thought as I looked through the endless options of compression socks online. I had read through at least a hundred different reviews and paged through multiple websites looking for the best fitting, the most efficient, and the most cost effective way to try out some compression socks.

Why you ask?

In my search for a solution to shin splints (read that post here) many places suggested compression socks to help heal and prevent shin splints. Naturally, I was curious and wanted to give them a try myself.

What I discovered may surprise you!

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Pushing Past A Motivation Block

I have officially reached the hard part of half-marathon training. (Some may say ALL of half-marathon training is tough, which is true, but that’s not what I mean.) I have hit the point of training in where my motivation starts to disappear. The initial excitement of what I have signed up to do has long gone and the “work” portion has set in.

So what do you do when you hit a motivation block?

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The First Rule of Running Club — And Why You Should Join

I started out running with the intention of just being able to run a 5k completely without walking. At that time, I thought that I would run one race and then I would be done. The thought of joining a running club or writing a blog about running never even crossed my mind. But somewhere along the route, I caught the running bug. 

So, I ran a few more races.

And a few more.

And then a few more… 

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July Goals And Starting The Month Off With A BANG!

I hope July finds you all happy, healthy, and enjoying the summer months that are finally finding their way to us! I know that I am certainly taking advantage of the warmer weather to get outside and log some miles! And with another turn of the calendar page, it’s time for July goals — and starting out with a BANG! 

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Intermediate Half-Marathon Training Plan To Go From 10k to Half In 13 Weeks

So you’ve been running for a while now. You have participated in multiple 5ks, a few 10ks, and all the miles in between. And like any natural competitor, you begin to look for the “next” big challenge. Maybe it’s a better time or faster speed… Or maybe it’s distance. The elusive half-marathon is a much sought after race distance but to be successful, you need to enter the race with a plan!

You need a Half-Marathon Training Plan!

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I Don’t Have A Runner’s Body — But I Have A Runner’s Heart!

The first time that someone asked me if I was a runner, I was speechless. I certainly didn’t consider myself a “runner”. And I definitely didn’t look like a runner. Dumbly, I looked back at the little lady tickling my toes while she painted them and just nodded. I mean, I try to run, I thought to myself. Then pondered on the realization… Maybe you don’t have to have a “runner’s body” to have a runner’s heart.

I Don't Have A Runner's Body -- But I Have A Runner's Heart!

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Running All The Races… And Not One Half-Marathon But Two!

must run all the races! – This sentiment is echoed after each and every race that I complete. The race atmosphere is alive with energy and you can almost feel the excitement in the air. It’s intoxicating — And definitely keeps me coming back for more. I am also SUPER pumped this weekend. Not just because it was a race weekend, but because I am also signing up for not one half-marathon but TWO this fall!

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Got Shin Splints? What You NEED To Know And How To Prevent Them

The human body is incredibly resilient. It can withstand the everyday abuse and pressures that we put on it for an extraordinary amount of time.  Running is no exception. And, if you are a runner, chances are that you have had experience with planter fascitis, IT band syndrome, or those dreaded shin splints.

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Juggling Into June — Learning How To Balance Work, Fitness, and Fun

I have always wanted to learn how to juggle.

While working the graveyard shift at a Helpdesk in college I tried to teach myself.  I’m pretty sure that I would get three tosses in, realize that I’m actually juggling and drop everything.

Finding Balance

Needless to say, I still can’t juggle. And regardless of hand-eye coordination, we all balance a lot of responsibilities in everyday life. Trying to find time for fitness can be tough but definitely is a MUST do to live a happy, healthy life. Read More

Transform Your Life — 14 Amazing Results Running Can Bring You Now

When I was growing up, the worst day of gym class was the day that we would have to run the mile. I absolutely dreaded it. A mile seemed to be forever. And I hated being one of the last people to finish running it — if I even finished it running. I remember walking. A lot.

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