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

 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 the summer. Running [...]

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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 (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 (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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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

Spring and summer are my favourite times for outdoor running. I love the heat. I look so forwards to wearing sunglasses at 6 a.m, putting on a tank (Mizuno of course!) or if hot enough just a sports bra and short shorts and heading out for a good sweat. Unfortunately, this summer will not running [...]

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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

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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March 25, 2014

Self Recovery Techniques for Runners

Spring has sprung, well at least on the calendar if not in the forecast! Runners are itching to get out and start to shake off the winter cobwebs, increase their distance, prep for goal races take on new challenges. However along with each of these comes the potential for injury. Injury happens with any quick [...]

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March 12, 2014

Exercise in the Great White North

March 06, 2014

The Planet Wave: What If Everybody Ran?

I’ve never been much of a Neil Young fan, but one of his early songs has always resonated with me: ‘Long May You Run’. Actually, it’s just the title that has meant a lot to me as the song has nothing to do with running as much as a metaphor for what his life has [...]

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March 04, 2014

Spiced Citrus & Almond Soaked Morning Oats – Vegan

Start your day off with a flavourful bowl of plant based protein packed oats.  Many of the ingredients in this dish you likely already have on hand, and because this recipe requires no ”cooking” it is a great excuse to have little hands help with.  Measure, stir and voila – a healthy, wholesome breakfast for the [...]

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February 28, 2014

Jump Into Spring Training the Safe Way

Jumping into Spring Training the Safe way   I have a feeling that not a single person in the Northern Hemisphere could debate that this was likely the worse winter on record. We learned of many new weather terms : frost quakes , polar vortex, ice storms……..And I would go out on a limb and [...]

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February 07, 2014

Curried Cauliflower and Kale Salad with Cashews and Dried Cranberries

Poor cauliflower, the lonely vegetable left on crudité platters at baby showers and potlucks. So often walked past in the produce section as most grab its green neighbour. But did you know? Cauliflower contains vitamin K. Vitamin K helps your body heal wounds, maintain your blood vessels and keep your bones healthy. A super important [...]

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January 28, 2014


I work for a running company where I get to talk shoes, gear, and training all day, everyday. I run 80+ miles per week in rain, snow, heat and humidity, I even hop on the treadmill when needed. Yet, some mornings start the exact same way for me… I just don’t want to go run. [...]

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January 09, 2014

The Planet Wave: A Running Debate: To Run With Music Or Not

There are times when I feel like my running world is neatly divided into two distinct camps: Those who run with music on a daily basis and those who don’t. Let me state right off that I love music (rock, country, bluegrass-roots) and listen to it all day while working. (Thank you Pandora.) Just not [...]

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December 20, 2013

The Planet Wave: Running Group Dynamics Are Transformative

I’ve never heard of Jim Rohn until I recently saw this quote from the late entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Evidently, Rohn had a lot of great things to say, but what really resonated with me was this pearl: “You {we} are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Surround yourself [...]

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November 12, 2013

The Planet Wave: Why Women Are Better Marathoners Than Men

I don’t know how to break the news to all you guys, but in the never ending battle of the sexes, women are winning.  That is, at least in running women have become better than men. That’s not to suggest that the fastest women sprinter is going to beat Usain Bolt any time soon. A [...]

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September 13, 2013

The Planet Wave: Ditch Training, Play Instead

I hate training. I really do. While I’m at it, I also despise working out and absolutely never run workouts. Never.
Don’t get me wrong: I love running. Probably just as much as you do. What I hate is the “training” word. Maybe it’s a case of semantics, but I equate training and working out with…work.

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August 15, 2013

Peach and Almond Granola Squares Recipe

Nothing screams summer like homegrown peaches. Juicy and sweet this fuzzy fruit comes in at ONLY 40 calories (for the average size peach), contains 2 g of fiber and is a source of vitamin C. They also contain about 10 g of carbohydrates-a perfect hydrating snack before a lunch hour or after work run.

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August 15, 2013

Strength Training For Endurance Athletes

Strength training is something that most runners shy away from for many reasons. Most commonly I hear, ‘I’m afraid of becoming bulky,’ ‘I just don’t have the time,’ or ‘I’m not interested in the gym.’ Strength training is all about becoming more balanced and stronger. Not necessarily bulkier. It’s not essential to spend lots of hours in the gym either, as body weight exercises are often challenging enough and can be done nearly anywhere.

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August 15, 2013

Exercise of the Month: Angled Barbell Squat

Click to see the video demonstration for this exercise. How to: Set up a barbell in a Land Mine attachment or on the floor against the bottom of a bolted down machine or squat rack. Place some weight on the “free” end of the bar. Hold the “free” end of the bar in front of [...]

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August 12, 2013

Grilled Peaches with Greek Yogurt and Balsamic Drizzle Recipe

One thing I commonly hear from friends, family, and clients is that they want to reduce their sugar intake, but still have a raging sweet tooth. This recipe satisfies the need for something dessert-like after a meal, minus all the added sugar and fat of things like cake and ice cream. Instead, it’s naturally sweetened with fresh juicy peaches, which are in their peak season. It’ll even provide you with a nice protein boost, thanks to the Greek yogurt. Enjoy!

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August 06, 2013

Running Yoho

Since I live in Golden and most of my running buddies are east of me in Canmore, I have been trying to set up some runs in the Field and Lake Louise area. It FINALLY came together this weekend, and I experienced my first run in Yoho National Park.

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August 01, 2013

Rustic Summer Tomato and Peach Salad Recipe

Add this refreshing and NO dressing required recipe to your August salad repertoire and serve with grilled beef, chicken or fish off the grill. For a tasty appetizer, finely chop all ingredients and serve on thin slices of sourdough baguette and serve as bruschetta.

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July 29, 2013

Dill and Cucumber Salmon Patties Recipe

You’ve probably heard over and over again that most people fall short on omega-3 fats, but why are they particularly important for runners? One of the biggest reasons is that they help reduce inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation is linked to all sorts of nasty things, including diseases like asthma and even cancer. While inflammation is caused by a number of things including poor dietary choices and environmental toxins, it also happens when we exercise. Sounds strange right? We know exercise is good for us, yet it still does us harm?

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July 25, 2013

Pro Style

Summer is a great time to buckle down and get in some good, solid training. I’ve been racing each month since since March this year, and after the Tamarack Ottawa Marathon I had to shut down the hard training and recover. From then until recently, I had fun supporting West Virginia running at the Clarksburg 10k and was proud to be wearing the Mizuno singlet in Atlanta at the Peachtree Road Race.

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July 22, 2013

Planet Wave: How to Make Good Runs Great

What makes a great run truly great? Clearly, that differs from runner to runner, but even so, a great run tends to be fleeting. They come and…go. A great run doesn’t happen every day and is as difficult to duplicate as a great dream. If it was easy to replicate on a daily basis, there would never be any exceptional, memorable runs—they’d all be the same.

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July 16, 2013

Why I Love Training in Vancouver

Vancouver, a city of 600,000 people, is where I really found my stride as a runner! I credit the great running environment in and around Vancouver for my successes over the past few years.

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July 14, 2013

Breakfast in a Glass: Banana Blueberry Recovery Smoothie Recipe

If you’re an early-morning runner, you’ve probably got a few go-to breakfasts in your post-run nutrition routine. But are you covering all the bases to maximize recovery and prepare your body for your next run? In my years of experience as a runner, I’ve found that the easiest way to do this is with smoothies. Not only are they quick to make, but you can also add all sorts of ingredients that promote healing and recovery. This Banana Blueberry Smoothie is one of my favourites, and before we get to the recipe, I’m going to break it down and explain why I’ve included each ingredient.

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July 04, 2013

Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Squares Recipe

Need a healthy post-workout snack that satisfies your sweet tooth at the same time? These Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Squares will do the trick! The lemon zest gives them a zingy, refreshing lemon flavour, while the yogurt packs them with extra protein and creates a dense, cheesecake-like texture. Enjoy!

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June 26, 2013

The Planet Wave: Run Free (Toss Your GPS, iPod and HRM)

One of the aspects of running that I like the most is its simplicity. All I need are shorts and shoes and I’m good to go. Nothing else is needed.

That’s why I rebel at all the extraneous gadgets that now litter our sport. I don’t have anything against running with a (choose one) GPS, iPod, heart rate monitor or any other doodad, but they just aren’t for me. Nor is utilizing MapMyRun a necessity to see how far I went and I don’t feel the need to go to my computer to log my run.

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June 21, 2013

Embracing the Pressure

I was recently interviewed by a newspaper, and one particular question has resonated with me ever since. It really made me stop and think. The question went something like this: “Do you feel more pressure now that you are among one of the fastest female American marathoners? If so, how do you handle that pressure?” Well, okay, that’s technically two questions, but you get the gist.

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June 13, 2013

Asparagus & Crab Pasta Salad Recipe

Celebrate the beginning of summer with local asparagus, and fresh herbs from the garden in one simple to prepare, healthy and delicious pasta salad recipe.

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June 13, 2013

Are You Recovering?

As runners, we know how to work hard in training, but do we know how to recover in order to reap the benefits of our efforts? When it comes to running, more intensity is not always better. Dr. Neil Eves is an Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology at UBC Okanagan and has worked with multiple Canadian national teams. He has extensive experience monitoring how elite endurance athletes recover from the stresses their training imposes on them and has lots to share to help the average runner succeed in achieving proper recovery.

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May 24, 2013

The Planet Wave: The Heat Is On, but It May Help

Summer is nearly here which means lots of different things for different people, but for folks who are planning to run a fall marathon or half, it also means plenty of hot, humid long runs. Undeniably, one of the least appealing aspects to running a fall marathon is training through the summer for it. Depending on which part of the country you live, running the race is easier than slogging out 20-milers in July and August. Suffice it to say, summer is not exactly the ideal time of year to train for a marathon.

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May 16, 2013

Fruity Vegan Breakfast Loaf Recipe

If you are the breakfast-on-the-go type who enjoys a touch of sweetness with your morning meal, the following recipe is for you! My Fruity Breakfast Loaf is vegan, full of fruit and has no added sugar (other than the vegan chocolate chips). This recipe is 100% kid approved and makes a healthy lunch box “sweet treat” or after school snack (my boys can polish off over half a loaf after a long day of learning).

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May 16, 2013

A’s, B’s, and C’s of Running

Before a race, you may see some runners performing hops, skips or jumps (also referred to as ABC’s) to help them prepare for the event. It looks strange, and not exactly like running, so why do they do this? Great question! Runners will give you a variety of answers – these ‘drills’ help improve form, or help you limber up, or perhaps they do it just because someone along the way told them to do so! It’s now time to clarify what this is all about.

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May 09, 2013

Stages of Grief

Several years ago I was struggling through a track workout when a good friend of mine, Tim, started saying things to me during the workout that were kind of out of character for him. I remember feeling sorry for myself for an interval, getting really mad on another, and eventually finishing on a much better note. As we talked while I stretched he told me he saw me losing the workout and used the stages of grief to try and push me through. He said his thought process was, the faster I got to acceptance stage the more successful my workout would become.

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April 25, 2013

The Planet Wave: Is Running Bad For Your Knees?

How many times have you heard this one from some well-meaning, non-runner: “If you keep up with all that running, it’s going to ruin your knees. Pretty soon, you won’t be even be able to walk.” If I had a breakfast taco for every single time I’ve heard that, I could compete with Taco Bell.

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April 15, 2013

What It Takes To Fuel A Runner’s Body

Fueling your body is just as important as fueling your car if you plan to do any sort of distance. There is a ton of information out there on what to eat, how to eat it, and how much to eat. I, to be perfectly honest, am a little bit lazy and unmotivated when it comes to food, so I’ve come up with a few strategies to make my diet as good as it can be (given my personal constraints).

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April 11, 2013

Kale, Lemon, and White Bean Dip Recipe

Tempted by sugary staff room treats and/or a caffeine “fix” come 3 pm?

As runners, our afternoon snack choices play an important part in our training. Indulging in mid-afternoon sweet treats may be satisfying going down, BUT will leave you lethargic come 5pm and in most cases, unmotivated to get in a scheduled evening track workout.

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April 11, 2013

Is Stretching Bad for Runners?

Some runners love to stretch. You often see them breaking for a quick stretch in the park, limbering up for a race, or hanging around post-run chatting while posing in strange positions. Could these activities actually be harming them? Every once in a while, along with the latest training fad, you may hear “stretching is bad for you” or “you should only stretch dynamically” or “men can stretch before running, but women shouldn’t”…really?

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April 09, 2013

Spring Training

There are months at a time where I swear my biggest nemesis is the weather. Overall, Boulder has excellent weather year-round. Our winters are mild; our summers are sunny and dry; spring and fall are short but beautiful! I really can’t complain as this has spoiled me since leaving the midwest 3 years ago.

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March 26, 2013

The Planet Wave: Open Up the Boston Marathon

That the Boston Marathon is the greatest road race in the world is incontrovertible. Boston is one of those one-word iconic events like the Masters or Wimbledon. No further explanation is necessary.

Boston certainly isn’t the biggest marathon, but it’s the oldest (April 12th will be the 117th) and most tradition-laden race in the world. It’s the one race every marathoner aspires to run.

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March 15, 2013

How To Keep Your Training On Track While On Spring Break

Most individuals will celebrate a vacation; however, along with catching the sights, going out for meals or keeping up with the kids’ activities, runners tend to feel a bit guilty about skipping out on their regular training routine. Getting in at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity each day should help you ward off detraining and allow you to return to your normal training schedule refreshed – isn’t that what a vacation is all about?

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March 13, 2013

Morning Fruit & Almond “Meal”

March is NUTRITION MONTH. A GREAT excuse to start incorporating more fruit and plant based protein into your diet. For those following a grain-free diet, or just need a morning grub switch-up, you will appreciate the ease and amazing flavour of this dish. I clocked many extra K’s (in my Mizuno Wave Universe kicks) while developing and TASTE TESTING this recipe, as I-could-not-stop-eating-it!

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February 28, 2013

Fueling a Runner

Coming home from my morning runs, I usually look forward to breakfast, something like a bowl of hot cereal with things like cinnamon, flax seed, and some sort of berries added to it. Then at some point throughout the day I have lunch and start some dinner preparations so that most of dinner is ready when Jason and I get home from our evening run. Apart from time running and working out, I realize that I spend a lot of time planning, preparing, and eating. In training, I think the second most important thing next to actual running and working out is eating, followed closely by sleeping. That’s the life of a distance runner, and most athletes.

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February 27, 2013

Feel lighter, run faster.

Sounds sort of like an idealist runner’s dream… right?
Well, at Mizuno we never stop dreaming about how to make our stuff better. It’s actually deeply embedded into our DNA while paying homage to our strong Japanese roots, with just one word: “Kaizen”, which basically translates to “continued improvement”.
“Kaizen” isn’t just a word to us, those six letters perfectly embody what Mizuno Running is all about. Follow me here…

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February 19, 2013

Small Things

Training blocks where everything goes great are often the least valuable in the long term. We distance runners tend to then think that we finally know it all. We finally know the silver bullet that kills the running beast! GREAT!

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February 14, 2013

Can You Change the Way You Run?

What if you could improve your running performance and reduce the likelihood of injuries at the same time? Seeing as how most runners will encounter an injury this year, chances are you’re apprehensive about this opening claim. So how is it achieved?

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February 13, 2013

Hearty Carrot & Spicy Cashew Soup Recipe

Refuel after a long February run with this simple to prepare, tasty and vegan soup. Enjoy!

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February 13, 2013

How to Deal With Letdown After A Big Race

Almost everyone reading this has probably experienced that letdown after a big race. For months and months (or years and years) you have this goal race, the date circled on the calendar. You train hard with that date in mind. You make many sacrifices, skipping out on beers with friends on Saturday to rest up for a Sunday long run, or you leave behind family and travel thousands of miles and hole yourself up in an apartment in the Swiss Alps to training your butt off. Whatever the event, however many miles you log, whatever the sacrifice, eventually that day on the calendar comes…and it goes.

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February 01, 2013

The Planet Wave: Ditch Training, Play Instead

I hate training. I really do. While I’m at it, I also despise working out and absolutely never run workouts. Never.

Don’t get me wrong: I love running. Probably just as much as you do. What I hate is the “training” word. Maybe it’s a case of semantics, but I equate training and working out with…work.

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January 17, 2013

A Runner’s Brain Inspired by the Children’s Book, Never Take A Shark To The Dentist

The other day my son Boyd (now 4 years old) and I went to the library and checked out our weekly pile of books including some old favorites and some never reads. We always check out more than we can carry and get an extra weight workout in during this process. Children’s books are one of my guilty pleasures. I love reading books to kids (especially Boyd), because I can then listen to their insightful comments and predictions. I also find the level of imagination required by the authors and illustrators to be very interesting.

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January 14, 2013

Tandoori Chicken Pita Recipe

With a new year, come new goals. Nutrition and financial often take top priority. If you are looking to save a few bucks and clean up your nutrition, look no further than your kitchen. Packing a brown bag lunch, instead of purchasing mid-day grub will save you hundreds of dollars a year (think of all the new Mizuno’s you can buy), and by preparing your own meals, you are in control of ingredients and how your food is prepared. The following recipe tastes better than take-out, will have you saving money, and is the perfect brown bag fuel for an after work run.

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January 14, 2013

Massage for Runners

Who doesn’t like a nice, relaxing massage? Not only can a massage relieve stress and tension, it can do wonders for a runner’s body. You won’t find the massage I’m talking about at a spa for relaxation. This massage has a purpose – to reveal your body’s running and life-induced tensions. Sarah MacLeod is a both an ultra-distance runner and registered massage therapist, and credits her ability to withstand multi-day racing by being in touch with her body and understanding what it needs. So how can massage help you prevent running injuries?

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January 07, 2013

Towing The Kids

Innocent to the ways of parenthood I volunteered this week to go on a ski adventure with my friend, Lainey. She is a beginner skier so I thought I’d be able to give her a few technique tips, tow her kids in a chariot, and have a nice outing to a local ski area. We set our goal as Hale Hut – approximately 8.5 km worth of skiing.

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December 20, 2012

No More Excuses

It’s mid-December and the weather sucks.

You just ate a whole batch of holiday cookies.

It’s too dark in the morning, oh… and also in the evening.

You had another cookie.

You HAVE GOT to find that last minute perfect gift!

Oh, did somebody make fudge?

My wife is under the mistletoe…

Two words: EGG NOG.

Running will be your 2013 New Year’s resolution…

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September 17, 2012

The Myths about Running Shoes: Separating Fact from Fiction

Buying a new pair of running shoes should be the simplest task in running. But it isn’t. There are so many options and with so much talk these days about gait analysis, minimalism, support and reduced weight, finding the perfect pair of shoes for you can be a bit dicey.

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October 13, 2011

The Planet Wave—Why A Marathon is Exactly 26 Miles, 385 Yards

If you are running a marathon this fall (or already have run one), many thoughts will cross your mind during your long journey. And one just might be: Why the heck is a marathon precisely 26 miles, 385 yards? Or 42.195 kilometers for our metric friends?

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June 27, 2011

Beginners’ Guide For Running Shoe Shopping: What To Do At A Running Store

Buying a good pair of running shoes should be fairly simple, but for a beginner it can be an intimidating experience. Sorting through all the neat, new shoes models with their high-tech wizardry can be as confusing as a foreign language. Actually, running shoes do have a language all its own. To sort through the clutter, we have tried to simplify the shoe-buying process by taking a beginning runner step-by-step through the procedure.

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