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How to Read a Food Label

Reading food labels will benefit you beyond the waistline. It help you get more nutrition bang out of your food dollars. What's more, when you're training, food should be evaluated according to how it helps fuel your workouts and your recovery. But it's not always easy to decipher what those labels mean, and whether they will help or hurt your running and weight-loss goals. Below are some helpful hints.

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How to Pick the Perfect Race

Races are like running shoes; fit matters the most. If you pick a race that doesn't fit your schedule, your level of fitness, or even your temperament, then you're setting yourself up for months of unneeded stress, and a race that is much more challenging than it needs to be. Here's how to pick the perfect race for you— no matter the distance.

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Are You Injured?

Many times, it's just really unclear which pains can be run through and which pains demand surrender—especially if you're new to running. "It's often very hard to determine what is worthy of a doctor visit and what isn't," says exercise physiologist, biomechanist and running coach, Adam St. Pierre, founder of ASTP Coaching in Boulder, CO.

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Fast Food

Many sports products are designed as fast food to keep you energized you through a three-hour run or a six-hour bike ride, they have calorie, fat, and sugar profiles that rival common candy bars and sodas. You're going to need to experiment with different products, brands, varieties, and flavors, to figure out what gives you a boost without upsetting your stomach. Here's what you should look for in different running occasions.

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Making a Comeback

What do you do when your running life is stalled? Try not to panic. The gains in mileage, fitness, and confidence that you worked so hard to make won't vanish right away. There is plenty that you can do while you're sidelined to preserve your sanity and your strength, and bounce back strong.

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Add Variety and Purpose To Your Run

If you always go out at the same easy pace and cover the same distance all the time without really challenging yourself, you can hit a fitness, weight, and place plateau. Ultimately, if you don't challenge yourself by ratcheting up the pace or the distance, you're bound to feel like you're stuck in a rut. One way to avoid a rut—and boost your fitness— is to give each work out a purpose.

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Hydration Help

Fluids are such an important part of your running life. Water supports all the major body processes—from regulating your body temperature to flushing waste products out of your system. Here are some tips for staying hydrated this summer.

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Stop Stress from Derailing Your Run

Bottom line: stress can keep you from achieving your weight-loss and racing goals. Some of that impact is driven by behavior; some of it boils down to biochemistry. Here's what you need to know to keep stress from impacting your running life.

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Recover Right

If you've been running for a while you know; if you want to get stronger, faster, and fitter, your body needs lots of time and TLC to adapt to new stresses and get recover. What you do in the hours right after run has just as big of an impact on your fitness and overall health as the time you put in on the road. Take these steps to bounce back strong.

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