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26.2 Facts about the Boston Marathon

The 121st Boston Marathon will take place this Monday, April 17th. With thousands of runners set to tackle the streets of Beantown, it's only fitting that we delve into a few facts about this historic event.  1.  The starting line is located at One Ash Street in Hopkinton, MA. T…

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Half/Full Marathon Game Plan

"Wow, it's awfully early in the race for some of these runners to have the thousand-yard stare," proclaimed one of my coaches as we cheered on the throng that ran before us. Wikipedia describes the “thousand-yard stare” as "the limp, blank, unfocused gaze of a battle-weary soldi…

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Kick it Up a Notch

Runners are some of the most accepting, generous, kind people you will find. We can also be prone to bouts with pretentiousness—“running” pretentiousness. It's not so much that we're full of ourselves. It's more that we tend to think of a runner's ability or experience base…

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Introducing ON Shoes

I am excited to announce that Fleet Feet St. Louis is now carrying ON running shoes.  ON is based in Switzerland and I was first attracted to them because of their focus on building technically-advanced running shoes.  Their niche is building lightweight shoes that protect the runn…

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Capture Optimism

Spring is the time of growth. It's the time to capture that optimism that rings eternal as the days lengthen and the weather warms. Tomorrow has no mistakes in it yet. Each day dawns fresh and new and full of promise. It's the time to dream and to chase dreams. Draw a line in the sand and do…

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Where Have You Gone, 10K?

Maybe it's just me waxing nostalgic, but doesn't it seem like the 10K has become the redheaded stepchild of the racing world? There are multiple 5Ks every weekend. The half marathon is rapidly becoming a favorite in the running community, and the marathon is, well, the marathon. It's the gra…

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Coming Back From Injury? Get It Right The First Time

Raise your hand if this has happened to you: you get injured, you rest, you rehab, you rebuild your training (gradually) and just when you’re back in top form… you’re hit with the exact same injury all over again. (My guess is quite a few of you would have your hands in the…

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A Record Number of Quivering Quads

The 18th edition of the Quivering Quads Trail Half Marathon (QQ) took place this past Sunday at Cuivre River State Park.   The great weather brought out a record number of participants.  Over 450 runners completed the scenic but challenging half marathon course, earning themselves …

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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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A Dynamic Duo

Congratulations to Fleet Feet Fit Professional, Sydney O'Brien (on the right in the above picture) for setting a new Southeast Missouri State University women's indoor 5000m record in a smoking-fast time of 17:05, which netted her a 4th place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference Championsh…

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