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Because You're Half Crazy

Runners have countless oddities, obsessive-compulsive rituals, and extreme tendencies.  To our non-running friends, we ARE the definition of crazy.  I mean, c'mon, in what other company can you say fartlek and not have someone giggle?  Among runners th…

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The Right Tool for the Job: Trail Shoes

Every handyman knows how important it is to use the right tool for the job.  Using the wrong tool can result in an imperfect or incomplete project - and can also put the user at risk.  Sure, you can use an adjustable wrench as a hammer, but your birdhouse - and probably your thumb …

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Foam Rolling Effectively

While foam rolling (a branch of the myofascial release family tree) has gained traction and popularity over the last decade, most people don't utilize it very effectively. All too often, we resort to foam rolling defensively, such as after we're hurt as a way to help us recover from our inju…

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Rest-Based Training

A few weeks back, I was at a dinner with a group of coaches and elite runners.  Not surprisingly, the topic of training bubbled to the surface. As we tossed around training ideas, we began to discuss our individual mission statements for training. What is the touchstone on which we base…

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Learn to Run

Making the decision to take up running or walking can be scary. But eventually, we get to the point at which the goal to be fitter, healthier, and happier becomes stronger than the fear of failure. With a little planning, we can successfully navigate the first steps to achieving our goals. &…

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Learning to Love Running

I love being involved in the sport of running. Running is all about striving to be more. To be more tomorrow than we are today. To be more dedicated to health and fitness. To be more relaxed. To enjoy more time with our friends. To be more of the person we dream of being. Running is an out…

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Fleet Feet donates $15K to combat CF

December 20th, 2016 | St. Louis, MO This past October, Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis (FFSTL) partnered with Competitor Group Inc. to host the Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Half Marathon Weekend.  It was the 6th annual edition of Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis, an event that evolved from FFSTL's …

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The Value of a Training Program

When creating a training plan, a coach makes a bunch of assumptions. The longer the training cycle, the more assumptions are made. How will the athlete adapt? Will the weather cooperate? What if the athlete gets sick? Or hurt? Having a coach available to adjust training as needed is what mak…

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Merry Fitness

The holidays are a time of goodwill, giving, and celebration with friends and family. Unfortunately, our “healthy” selves tends to take a Christmas vacation while our “gluttonous” selves take the wheel.  It’s important that we establish a game plan before t…

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The Power of the Pack

Back in the day, running was not a mainstream activity. It was hard to find others who had the same running psychosis as the rest of us, thus the common portrait of the solitary runner—man versus road—alone. The loneliness of the long distance runner was a life that many lived. N…

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