Suns Out, Guns Out!

Ahhh, finally the entire country is experiencing consistently warmer weather again. This means convertibles come out of the garage in the northeast, boats are launched in the midwest, snow melts in the mountains, and rain turns to 'shine in the northwest.

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College Triathlon - Racing to Varsity Status

99% of our blogs are original content written by a member of our editorial staff. Occassionally, we come across a story that hits so close to home for our members and readers that we have to simply link to it. Here's a great New York Times article (written by Ray Glier) discussing triathlon's rise in popularity among the college crowd: Triathlon Finds a Fountain of Youth

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Expect a Cold & Sloppy Mess at the Boston Marathon

In addition to its grueling course with rolling hills that line up like passengers boarding a Southwest Airlines flight, Boston Marathon's extreme weather conditions are another element that contribute to the race's high degree of difficulty.

In 1961 and 1967 Boston Marathon's weather du jour brought snow squalls and farenheit temperatures in the 30's. The hottest temperatures ever recorded were in 1976 (mid 90's) and 2004 (86F at the finish).

Participants in this year's race (Monday 4/16) will likely experience all that Mother Nature has to offer...except extreme heat.

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Great Sweat Songs

In the spirit of the Grammy Awards--what a fantastic show that was last Sunday night (no lip-synching, no gratuitous profanity/nudity, etc.)--we thought it would be fun to nominate a few of our favorite sweat tunes.

What makes a good workout song in our view? It must be motivating (slow tunes put us to sleep). It cannot be too long (6 minutes or more of any song is overkill). And, it has to be clean (profanity first thing in the a.m.

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Offshore and Onshore Drilling...for Swimmers, Cyclists & Runners

No, we?re not about to have an intelligent debate on oil and natural gas exploration. We read enough opinions on the topic in the newspapers?still can?t understand why more environmentally friendly drilling hasn?t begun yet?

And, fortunately for you, we will not be discussing the annual (preferably semi-annual) cavity discovery at the dentist?you don?t need teeth to suck down Gatorade and swallow gels, do you?

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Caring for Athletic Skin

Athletic-minded skin takes a beating. Sweaty workouts, chlorinated pools, chafing winds, and the sun?s UV rays, all contribute to the de-moisturizing and wrinkling of our epidermis?the skin?s top layer.

Now, I?m no skin care nut/expert?until a year or so ago, I didn?t even know there was a difference between body and facial soap. But, after learning about the damage that we athletes can do to our skin and the resulting problems (e.g., deadly melanoma for one), I now wish I would have started a skin maintenance program earlier in my life.

Okay, did I just write that?

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24 Hour Fitness gets high tech on access

Did I make a wrong turn? In my very early morning daze, I was a little confused. The entrance to my local gym suddenly resembled some sort of security checkpoint. What was this the Pentagon?

Okay slight exaggeration, BUT, entering in my 10 digit phone number and using my index fingerprint to get through the turnstile is pretty high tech for a quick sweat. And this is just a regular 24 Hour Fitness Center?not ultra, not even sport.

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Best Marathons for First Time Beginners

Did your friend/relative who completed a marathon this year inspire you to try one yourself? If you?re contemplating joining the ranks of marathon finishers, but not certain which race to run, consider the following best marathons for first time beginners.

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Rookie Post-Marathon Musings from Carolyn

Here are some thoughts from Carolyn after completing her first marathon in New York City:

I had a half mile to go. The big, bold sign told me so. I remember clearly thinking one thing, ?Okay, Carolyn let?s see what you?re made of!? I had taken in all the sites and sounds of the New York City Marathon for nearly 26 miles. It was my first marathon, after all, and I was determined to soak it all in. I had carried my smile with me for much of the run, even laughed out loud ? two million fans cheering your name will do that to you (I can?t believe I debated not writing my name on my shirt!).

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Tapering for a Marathon - The Final Week

While most marathoners eagerly anticipate their final taper week as a well-earned vacation from hard core jogging, the last week before a marathon for some can be the hardest part of the entire marathon training process.

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