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The Toughest Challenges Bring the Greatest Rewards

The Toughest Challenges Bring the Greatest Rewards | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
Running uphill in the rain is tough. Running uphill against 40mph headwinds in 38 degree temperatures with cold, driving, sideways rain that hits your face so hard the raindrops feel like needles poking your skin is downright brutal….. And that pretty much sums up what it was like to run... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2014/12/toughest-challenges-bring-greatest-rewards/
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First Chicago Art Run

First Chicago Art Run | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
Photo credit: Robert Gomez / Greetings from Chicago Mural: @amuse.126 Thanks to everyone who came out for the first Runstreet Chicago Art Run.  You guys helped to make our inaugural Windy City event a success!  I don’t think we could have asked for a better day: The weather was... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2017/04/first-chicago-art-run/
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Project Light It Up

Project Light It Up | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
I spent some time this week recording a vlog episode with Heather Ann Koehn for Project Light It Up Heather is taking a 10,000 mile road trip and visiting 30 cities around the United States.  She’s interviewing ordinary people who have fought through fear and doubt to do extraordinary... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2017/02/project-light-it-up/
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Guest Post: How Strength Training can improve Finishing Times in Races

Guest Post: How Strength Training can improve Finishing Times in Races | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
  Thanks to Andrew Fox from Aim Workout for this post about strength training: Most runners tend to ditch their weight training sessions and opt for running an extra mile. There is no doubt that running an extra mile can increase your endurance but it can also lead to injury. Running puts... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/12/guest-post-strength-training-can-improve-finishing-times-races/
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Infographic: How to Select the Best Compression Gear

Infographic: How to Select the Best Compression Gear | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
With the holiday shopping season coming up, we’re all looking for great gifts for our runner friends. Compression gear makes a great gift, but bouncing from site to site trying to find basic facts to make an informed decision about the best kind to buy can be daunting.   Thanks to r... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/11/infographic-select-best-compression-gear/
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Run Gum

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I’ve been a runner for 16 years.  During that time, I’ve tried countless numbers of energy drinks, gels, sprays, goos, beans, mixes, cubes, bars.  Manufacturers claim that these products boost performance, but I’ve been disappointed by almost all of them.  Here’s wh... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/10/run-gum/
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Race Recap: Country Sole Half Marathon

Race Recap: Country Sole Half Marathon | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
Special thanks to All Community Events for hooking me up with a free entry into the 2016 Country Sole Half Marathon. Cool looking race hoodie… check. Country Music concert… check. Gold Belt Buckle Medal… check. Biscuits and Gravy… check. Beer… check. For a medium ... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/10/race-recap-country-sole-half-marathon/
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Infographic: Get rid of Shoe Odor

Infographic: Get rid of Shoe Odor | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
Thanks to Richard Kallis and the folks at AboutBoot for this helpful information: Get Rid of Shoe Odor by AboutBoot It is no secret that running shoes smell. Are you trying by every means possible to keep your shoes odorless and clean, yet somehow an awful odor always finds a way inside your ... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/10/infographic-get-rid-of-shoe-odor/
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TUNE Update and Official Launch Info

TUNE Update and Official Launch Info | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, I wrote a post about a device called TUNE that connects to your shoes and monitors your running form.  You can read more about how it works in my original post.  I’ve spent the last few months beta testing TUNE during my runs and providing feedback to its creators, Kinem... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/09/tune-update-official-launch/
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Trail Running for the first Time

Trail Running for the first Time | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
Last fall, I ran my first trail half marathon.  It was probably one of the roughest courses I’ve ever run, but since then I’ve fallen in love with the beauty of trail running.  I’ve been wanting to add more trail runs into my race schedule ever since, so it was perfect timing w... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/08/trail-running-first-time/
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DizRuns Podcast

DizRuns Podcast | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
I’m excited to be the the guest on this week’s DizRuns podcast. Denny and I spent some time talking about a variety of topics including: Running Traveling What it’s like to run a marathon in Africa Running two half marathons in two different states in the same day My ... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/08/dizruns-podcast/
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Race Recap: Mad Half Marathon

Race Recap: Mad Half Marathon | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
I was expecting to finish the day in pain.  I looked at the elevation chart for the Mad Half Marathon and saw two giant hills.  Not only that, but less than 24 hours earlier, I ran the Old Port Half Marathon in Portland, ME.  The prospect of all the hills and running combined with a 3 1/2 hour d... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/07/race-recap-mad-half-marathon/
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The Future of Race Results

The Future of Race Results | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
In 2012, I ran the Fargo Marathon.  When I got my results, I was surprised to see two extra columns that I wasn’t expecting.  One had the number of runners I had passed on the course.  The other had the number who had passed me. The race organizers used a fairly straightforward calculation ... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/07/future-race-timing/
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Overcoming Mental Obstacles

Overcoming Mental Obstacles | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
I’m guilty of something.  I’m sure you are too. In a recent post about Grandma’s Marathon, I talked about what a great race it was (which it is and you should totally sign up for it if you haven’t already).  Unfortunately, the weather on race day this year was also unseas... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/06/9206/
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Runstreet Chicago

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Chicago Street Art by Amuse I’m happy to announce my partnership with Runstreet – During 2017, we’re going to be doing a series of 3-4 mile running tours to see the best street art in Chicago! Our first run will be in Logan Square on April 15th. All levels of runners are... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2017/03/runstreet-chicago/
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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Runners

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Runners | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only a week away.  I don’t know where the time went.  Work has been crazy and I’ve been scrambling to get everything done before taking some time off for the holiday season.  There are meals to plan, events to organize, cards to send out an... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/12/last-minute-gift-ideas-runners/
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Free Running Books

Free Running Books | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
It’s been a while since I’ve done any kind of giveaway or discount, so in the spirit of Black Friday: From today until Tuesday (11/29), you can download the Kindle versions of all four of my books for free. I’ve also dropped the price on each paperback version to as low as... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/11/free-running-books/
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Race Recap: 2016 New York City Marathon

Race Recap: 2016 New York City Marathon | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
Every November, 50,000+ runners travel from all over the world for a chance to run through all five New York City Boroughs.  Along the way, they see a sea of spectators and beautiful views of the city.  I’ve been wanting to run the New York City Marathon since I finished my first Chicago Ma... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/11/race-recap-2016-new-york-city-marathon/
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Running Shoe Review: Mizuno Wave Rider 20

Running Shoe Review: Mizuno Wave Rider 20 | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
I still remember my first “real” pair of running shoes.  In 2006, I was training for my first half marathon.  Until then, I had gotten by with just going to a local department store and grabbing the first pair of shoes I found that looked cool and seemed to fit.  But now that I was ... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/10/running-shoe-review-mizuno-wave-rider-20/
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Race Recap: Run Crazy Horse Half Marathon

Race Recap: Run Crazy Horse Half Marathon | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
It’s been over a week since I finished the Run Crazy Horse Half Marathon.  I still can’t stop thinking about what an awesome experience it was.  In fact, I have so many good things to say about this race that I’m not even sure where to start. How about with a quick history less... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/10/race-recap-run-crazy-horse-half-marathon/
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Guest Post: Strength Training for Runners

Guest Post: Strength Training for Runners | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
Strength Training for Runners What to Do and What to Avoid Written By: Kostas Chiotis Runners must adopt a discipline of being able to stick to an exercise regimen for them to be able to achieve better results. This may involve more than just running every day. It also needs other kinds of... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/09/strength-training-runners/
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Guest Post: Getting Past Your Limitations

I know I’ve been MIA for the past couple weeks but I’ll have some more articles coming up soon.  In the meantime, I’d like to thank guest blogger Bethany Widdicombe for her generous offer to write a post about overcoming limitations.  To read more of Bethany’s articles alo... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/09/getting-past-your-limitations/
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Become a North Face Ambassador

Become a North Face Ambassador | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
One of the most common questions people tend to ask me is “How do I become a North Face Ambassador?” I’ve always had a hard time answering because, honestly, I don’t know. The North Face contacted me one day and asked if I was interested. I have no idea how they found me ... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/08/become-north-face-ambassador/
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Race Recap: Rock n Roll Chicago

Race Recap: Rock n Roll Chicago | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
I didn’t run the Rock n Roll Chicago Half Marathon this year.  I opted to run the 10K course instead.  Regular readers will remember my post from last year where I called out the race organizers for putting together a shoddy event that didn’t consider runner safety in the hot weath... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/07/race-recap-rock-n-roll-chicago/
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Race Recap: Old Port Half Marathon

Race Recap: Old Port Half Marathon | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
I needed a race like this.  It was chilly.  It was overcast.  It was rainy.  My shoes and clothes were completely soaked when I crossed the finish line.  And I loved every minute of it. If those conditions sound miserable, let’s look at some of my other races over the last several months:... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/07/race-recap-old-port-half-marathon/
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Keep on Running

Keep on Running | runsandplaces | Scoop.it
I still remember almost every step of the first marathon I ever ran – Chicago, 2006.  At some points along the course, I felt invincible.  At others I felt low and was lucky to be surrounded by cheering spectators who helped me carry on. At mile 22 I felt an almost insatiable craving for s... http://www.runsandplaces.com/2016/06/international-marathons/
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