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Getting to the Starting Line Happy, Healthy, and Whole

By Carly Guggemos

Do you know what is even harder than actually training for an event? Whether it is a 10k to an ultra-marathon or sprint triathlon to an Ironman, did you guess that it’s getting to the start line healthy and injury free? Before the Olympics or any big championship race, headlines are filled with stories of athletes unable to compete due an assortment of injuries and illness. Who can forget Deena Kastor pulling out of the Beijing marathon at 5K unable to even walk or when Mirinda Carfeae pulling out of Kona in 2015 after getting hit by a car a week before the race. Both of these talented women must have known that something wasn’t right before they started? Year after year, sports media run stories about injured and ill athletes and the speculation about whether they will recover in time for the big day...

Back in Love With Running

By Carlie Beatty

Love/Hate relationship. That’s how I would classify my feelings about running, at least back in college. I used to joke that I became a runner because I wasn’t coordinated enough to play any other sport. Between cross county in the fall and track & field in the spring, it was enough to keep me busy growing up and even got me a scholarship to Michigan State...

My Good Form Story

By Kellee Donovan

I wasn’t always a runner. I was always in sports, but not really a runner. I tried pretty much everything growing up; soccer, basketball, dance, volleyball. Gymnastics was my favorite as a child, though. I did it for 8 years but developed Sever’s Disease so bad that I had to quit. If you’re unfamiliar with Sever’s (formally known as Calcaneal Apophysitis), it’s most commonly found in children ages 10-14, when the growth plates in your heels become incredibly swollen. Now I don’t blame gymnastics, I was also playing basketball at the same time this was happening and I’m sure the combination of non-supportive basketball shoes and bare feet in gymnastics wasn’t exactly the best for me...

Tried and True, Nothing New

By Carly Guggemos

Now that race season is starting to get underway, it’s time to talk about your pre-race breakfast. This should be the same breakfast you are fueling with on your long bike or run day during your building blocks toward your goal event. We say this because we need to train our gut to take in the food we are feeding it and so our body knows what to do with it. Think of this is a "dress rehearsal" run that gives you the opportunity to experiment with different foods and how best to time your eating and swimming, biking, and/or running. Some athletes can eat and immediately go run with no problems, others need to eat 1 to 3 hours before running to avoid gastro-intestinal issues, so find what works best for you. All the research in the world, however, can't match good old real-world experience and practice. Your race day performance is affected by many factors, and so the perfect pre-race meal is only as good as your ability to control your nerves, pace, and fueling yourself properly...

The Evolution of My Running Playlist

By Kellee Donovan

One of my favorite things about running used to be my playlist. I would spend an embarrassing amount of time crafting the perfect group of songs, starting off with some more mellow sounding tracks to get me going, then building up into some beat thumping motivational jams (Beyonce, anyone??), then slowing it back down with some cool down tunes. This playlist was seriously one of the only things that could get me out the door to run, especially come winter time in Michigan. I loved the idea of losing myself in the music while simultaneously getting in a great workout; however, I have definitely changed as a runner and person since the creation of these playlists, and I find myself being motivated by a different playlist of sorts these days...

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