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3 Ways to Spice Up Your Running Workout This Winter
By:  Pete Sherry

You have all the excuses in the world for skipping today's workout: It's cold and dark. Your training partners are taking the winter off. You don't swim, your bike is rusted and you can't stand to work out in a gym. But you're on a roll and you don't want to stop now; March – when it may be more appealing to run outside again – is still far away. So what do you do? You need to find some way to keep training interesting to fight the winter blues. Here are three ideas how:

1. Try a fartlek.

Many runners have become too reliant on their watches telling them how they performed during each run. Sometimes, you need to turn off the watch and just run how you feel that day, rather than be discouraged by factors like wind, hills, temperature and stress. The fartlek – yes fartlek (or "speed play" in Swedish) – eliminates those stresses by focusing on your perceived effort, not the pace or distance. Here are three examples of a fartlek workout, each of which you should precede with a warm-up run of at least 10 minutes and conclude with 10 minutes of a cool-down jog.  More...

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Random Acts of Kindness for Runners
By:  Christine Luff
 

Runners are a nice, generous group, but there’s always room for more love and inspiration in the world, right?

If you want to add a little more love and kindness in your life, try out some of these random acts of kindness that are specific to runners:

1. Give out popsicles to runners at the end of a very hot race. (Or hot chocolate at the end of a cold one.) They’ll be incredibly grateful!

2. Let someone who looks like she “really needs to go” in front of you in the porta-potty line.  More kindness....

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