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On June 1st, I was disqualified from the 2019 Golden Gate Dirty 30 12-mile trail race. It was an absolute blast!

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I’ll openly admit I got addicted to running when I started. The progress! The improvements! The thrill of running faster and faster got me hooked. But… was it healthy?

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Running gives us far more than better health and brag-worthy PR’s. It helps us discover our limits, pursue personal growth, and learn more about what makes us tick as human beings.

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Motivation Podcast sanjay rawal

Lindsey Hein is the host behind the I’ll Have Another podcast for runners. And after 160+ episodes, she’s ready to share what she’s learned from pro runners around the world.

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Let's be honest, we all have a case of the "I can't be arsed training today because..." The trick, like anything in life is to learn how to work through it. In this article, running coach, Mark Emr discusses how you can do that.

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In a way for me, this story actually begins in 2009. I had qualified to run Western States 100 after placing third in the 2008 JFK 50 mile. Wildly unprepared to be running 100 miles as a 24 year old, but who passes up an opportunity like that? I spent the spring doing my best […]

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One of the hardest parts of mental-health challenges is feeling alone in your own struggle, as beautifully described in this May 2018 article in Nature. Yeah, on some level, you … Continue reading "Understanding the Post-Race Blues"

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When living in New York City I knew precisely two people who had run an ultra marathon, and I thought both of them were crazy for doing it. Heck, I thought of myself as crazy for running marathons. And then I moved out west to Denver two years ago, got a new job where everyone […]

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Running motivation: sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t. But can you create it out of thin air?

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I hate the term: “comeback.” It implies returning to something that you left – purposefully or unintentionally. The comeback has a stigma of judgement associated with it, that the whole world is watching – waiting even – for you to return from: an injury, a vacation, an illness or missed training run, or a subpar […]

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Most nights I have ambitious plans for the next day. I set my alarm hours before I have to be up, promising myself that this time I’ll get outside before work. This time I’ll make it out to see the sunrise; this time I’ll make it to the end of that new trail. Suddenly, it’s […]

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For most of you, spring is already here, and with spring comes warmer weather, as well as rain and mud. If, like me, you live in an area that is currently buried under 4 feet of snow as I write this, spring weather may seem like a cruel joke. The in-between seasons, or shoulder seasons, […]

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Conquering bad days, weeks, or even months is a necessary skill for any runner. Reaching your goals depends on it!

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My first memories of running are of my brother and me flying down trails at the end of family hikes. We called it “stump jumping and rock hopping.” Those were the days before insatiable competition, inevitable burnout, and inescapable self-doubt. The days before the sport defined who I am. The only goal was to make […]

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Last year, I made a New Year’s resolution that changed my life: I resolved to read more books.

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The most rewarding aspect of running might be its community: come for the PR, stay for the people!

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Motivation Podcast Another Mother Runner Dimity McDowell

I love running in the dark. This love has further blossomed now that I live in the southwest, and dark running is no longer synonymous with short, freezing, winter days.  There’s something about moving through wild spaces enveloped in my little bubble of light that makes me feel even more connected to nature.  It’s almost […]

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Getting out the door in the winter time (or anytime) can be rough. Some days lounging inside binge watching Game of Thrones or old episodes of Friends sounds so much better. But after you are 3 episodes deep, the guilt starts to hit and you wish you’d have gone for your run. To help you […]

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Let me set a scene for you. Me, on my couch with my laptop, surrounded by scraps of paper with numbers jotted in what could resemble a haphazard schedule of sorts. I look like I’m being productive, but on the inside I’m feeling deflated. Rather than having a screen full of freshly typed words, my […]

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Balance: it’s something you’ll hear experts urge you to find in every area of your life. But is balance holding you back?

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Motivation Training Design goal setting

When I started running in high school, I had no idea I’d still be at it 19 years later. I thought it was just a way to meet girls (and my mom thought it was a good way to keep …

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Motivation Podcast Jonathan Beverly

In case you were wondering…you’re basically an amazing human + you have some mad skills out there on the trails. You also really enjoy the time you get to spend in nature + love the tingly sense of accomplishment that comes with long hours running or hiking along dirty single track. Yes, you do…we promise! […]

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Last August, we witnessed the most electrifying track race in history at the World Championships: the women’s 3,000m Steeplechase:

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Motivation Podcast Courtney Frerichs

My husband & I became owners of a Fleet Feet Sports Franchise in 2016; our store opened in July of that year.  Our mission is to be more than just a retail store, and one of the main reasons we chose Fleet Feet Sports was because of the community we experienced with other stores as...

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Have you ever been around somebody who’s downright fascinating? They’re a never-ending stream of hilarious stories, wise observations, and boundless curiosity.

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Motivation Podcast Alexi Pappas

By Krista Alderdice Do you have a moment in life that has changed the course of your path? An injury, illness, or something so profound that it has impacted you both negatively and positively? I do… I remember my day like it was yesterday. March 8th, 2015 will forever been etched in my mind. It...

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Community Guest Contributors Fear Healing Injury Motivation

Runners have a clear super-power: we persevere when the tough gets tougher. We revel in adversity.

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Motivation Podcast Joel Runyon ultramarathon

Can we all agree that running is hard? Whether you’re training for a 5k or running up a staircase built into a mountain (see below), running has its unique challenges.

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By Allison Arevalo I am a runner. I used to struggle with admitting it. I AM a runner. It felt wrong. It felt like a lie. All those people out there, all those women climbing mountains, finishing race after race after race, wearing trucker hats and hydration vests, they were the runners. The real deal....

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People who accomplish “impossible” goals will always get my respect. Those who push the frontiers of our limits show the rest of us what we’re capable of achieving.

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Motivation Podcast Joel Runyon ultramarathon

For many of us, running consumes our lives. And there’s nothing wrong with focusing on a healthy habit!

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Motivation Podcast Tina Muir

By: Silke Koester   ♫ Slow down, you move too fast. You’ve got to make this moment last. ♫   I find myself humming along to Simon & Garfunkel as I hike up the steep steps of Fern Canyon in Boulder. It’s been months since I’ve actually run this trail or even hit “start” on...

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By: Amanda Roe I’ve long said that a change in perspective can do more for my mood and gratitude than any material object. I go to the woods to shift perspective often. Sometimes, I’m feeling bogged down by work, social obligations, or maybe I just haven’t had enough sleep. I hit the trails to reset...

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By: Heidi Kumm It’s finally summer! Those of us tied to our homes because of school schedules or wintery weather or the short daylight hours are finally free! It is time…to get up + get out. There’s something exciting + motivating about this time of year. There is so much to see + do when...

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Once you build the running habit, you’ll be a runner for life. But how does running change after a few decades?

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Motivation Podcast Tom Foreman

Looking at old training logs is exciting – I can almost feel how each workout felt. Just like looking at old race photos:

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Motivation Training Design

Let’s be frank here. You’re training for a race, whether it’s an ‘A’ race or a stepping stone to a bigger goal. Maybe you are the type who follows a set training schedule, or maybe you just have an idea of the long runs and workouts you want...

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Run-walkers, marathoners, obstacle course racers, trail runners, ultra runners, and everyone in between: welcome to Strength Running!

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Simon Donato is a modern Indiana Jones: a PhD who travels the world competing in the toughest endurance races that exist.

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by Jennifer Love Let’s set the scene, shall we? BUZZ! BEEP! BUZZ! BEEP! BUZZZZZZZZ! It’s 5:45 am on the dot, and you’re being shaken from your deeply dreamy slumbers. You reach over and press any and all buttons hoping that one of them will shut the maddening alarm off. You wriggle, writhe, and stretch out...

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Today I want to give you a glimpse into the training I did before my best season of cross country in college. Buckle up!

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Starting to finally feel motivated again ____________________________________________________ The Steep Life is a daily video blog (vlog) following Jamil Coury's training and life. Filmed & produced by Jamil Coury, founder of Aravaipa Running & Run Steep Get High. Support these videos by subscribing to this channel, sharing these episodes and purchasing some apparel from our online shop: www.runsteep.com/shop Share your own steep life moments with us using the hashtags #runsteepgethigh & #thesteeplife on social media! Music: Perfect Storm (Instrumental Version) - Martin Hall

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  I’m less motivated to run in winter…  What is your go-to cross-training activity to stay in fit during the winter months, and why that activity?   Tara: Winter in northern Utah this year has been beautiful, but tough on the running routines.  Last winter, I began incorporating an interval bike class taught at my local...

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by Amor McGahie Trail running for me will be like guacamole for my son. Once he finally gives in and tries it, he’ll love it and never understand why it took him so long to give in.  I’ve had a lot of friends who both road run and trail run and who have tried to...

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by Gina Lucrezi I was driving home from the post office after shipping a Trail Sisters package to North Bend, Oregon when the song Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters came on the radio. This familiar beat triggered me to think about the scene from The Holiday when Hugh Grant dances around his...

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by Heidi Kumm Winter running…you’ll find hundreds of tips + tricks floating around the internet. Everyone has their own methods to talk themselves from beneath warm blankets, fight through the chilly winds + stay upright on slick trails. But, what about ditching your running shoes + exploring a few new ways to get moving +...

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by Steph Imig To what extent does our past define us? Do our memories tell a story with a consistent plot line, or are there inexplicable leaps, twists and turns? How do we spin the narrative of our past so that it manifests the present we want? If I want to scribe a new chapter,...

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