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It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut on the bike. Most of us have a bike route; we do the route, and never deviate from said route. But that bike route is the very thing that is holding us back. Spending hours in the saddle each week, performing the same cycling workout is not the way to get better at the sport. The reality is you must vary your training if your goal is to significantly increase your overall cycling strength. Your cycling training (just like your runningRead More
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There’s not much that feels as satisfying and free as slipping into your favorite running clothes, lacing up your shoes and hitting the trail, road or track. One of the last things runners want to think about is whether their clothes look shabby, smell bad or are unraveling at the seams. It seems to be a necessary evil of any workout regime: the stench coming from the laundry basket, filled with layer upon layer of wet, stinky running clothes. Like anyone else, most runners don’t particularly enjoy the laundry thatRead More
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Race Recap: Sundowner 5k

By Jonathan Cain
“It is just a great event.” That is the response you get when you talk to people about why they go to the Sundowner 5k year after year. It is a simple answer but it seems to be that it is the answer given because they can’t name one specific thing that they like about the event. The race is put on by the Joliet Park District- the second race in the run3 series- on a Thursday night in July. People that come back year after year know this toRead More
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Race Recap: Esprit de She 5K

By Nicole Kesten
Over 1,200 women participated in the Esprit de She run at Montrose Harbor Thursday night.  The race originally had a 10K and 5K, but due to a heat advisory, race officials cancelled the 10K for runners safety and all participated in the 5K course. Dave Pappas MCed the event and Girls on the Run accepted a donation from Esprit to kick off the event.  A four group-staggered start allowed for minimal congestion of the path.  The course covered portions of Simonds Drive and the lakefront path with beautiful views ofRead More
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Spanning multiple disciplines and cycling race mediums, time trialing, often referred to as the race of truth, is an ultimate test and combination of an individual’s speed, power and grace. As a road cyclist, it can define an entire stage race. As a triathlete, it can be an area to make up (or lose) large sums of time. And as a track cyclist on the velodrome, riding the physical and proverbial line can mean the difference between being on the podium or not. In any medium, there are a numberRead More
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Melissa Pizarro Born and raised in Chicago, Melissa Pizzaro originally took up running to lose weight, and it ended up becoming her favorite hobby. Pizarro began training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2012, and throughout the course of that year she lost 80 pounds. Instantly, she was hooked, and began compet- ing in several Ultra-length races. The following June, Melissa competed in the Kettle Moraine 100 mile Ultra Marathon, and then the Potawami 150 in Pekin in April 2014, where she placed third female and seventh overall.Read More
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The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K announced today it earned Gold Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. The Council formally recognized the successful implementation of socially and environmentally responsible practices at the 2016 event. “As the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle course makes its way through the various neighborhoods of the city, we realize the responsibility we have to support – or – uphold the environment of these vital communities,” said Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Executive Race Director, Carey Pinkowski. “As we grow our sustainabilityRead More
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(From MapMyRide.com) Let’s be honest: Summer is a fantastic time for cycling. But to fully enjoy it, you’ll need to take a few precautions. Use these seven tips to stay safe and be cool when the heat kicks into high gear. Go early. Extended daylight hours during the summer mean you probably won’t need your bike lights for the morning and evening commute. While not having to navigate through the darkness can be nice, it also means you’ll need to wake up even earlier to ride during the coolest partRead More
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I’ve often contemplated whether I should be training on my own, with a friend or group, or doing a combination of both. There are pros and cons to both sides, and I have struggled to find what works best for me. After running track and cross country for three years in high school, I became very accustomed to running on my own; while we frequently ran as a large group during practice, I was always solo on the course, which is when my performance mattered most. The sport of runningRead More
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On Saturday, Olympians, cancer survivors, family members and many other swimmers who simply want to get in a good swim for a great cause will go the distance during Swim Across America – Chicago. During this family-friendly event, which will start at 7 a.m. at Ohio Street Beach, participants of all skill levels will complete a .5 mile, 1 mile, 1.5 mile or 3 mile swim, while raising money for cancer research programs at Rush University Cancer Center. Swimmers can participate individually or as a team, and all are toRead More
It’s often been said that a dog is a “mans best friend.” Runners especially bond with their pets, as, like humans, they need exercise too. While some races are dog friendly, most dog-lovers are restricted to running on the nearby bike path with their canines. Luckily, though, a new dog-powered sport al- lows humans to be competitive with their dogs. Canicross, much like dogsledding, is the sport of cross-country running but with dogs. Usually ran with one or two dogs, the canines are attached to the human with a harnessRead More
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Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, in partnership with true sport performance brand, ASICS America Corporation, announces its second-annual “Real Lives. Real Runners.” campaign, ahead of the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 6. Foot Locker and ASICS will once again partner with MOFILM, inviting filmmakers to identify authentic runners and document their stories in a short film on why they run and how running impacts their lives. The winning film will air during the nationally televised broadcast of the 2016 TCSRead More