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10 Things Runners Should Stop Doing

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Are you doing things to sabotage your running efforts? Here are some common pitfalls many runners fall into –- and how to avoid them.

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What to Do With Your Old Race T-Shirts

Wednesday April 23, 2014

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I know some people get enjoyment out of cleaning, but I would rather get a cavity filled than tackle a major cleaning of our home. The only thing that gets me a little bit excited about spring cleaning is the annual clutter reduction we accomplish by purging stuff in our closets or drawers that we no longer need. If you find that you have a lot of race T-shirts cluttering up your closets and drawers, here are a few ways to reuse them.

Donate them. If your race T-shirts are in good condition, donate them to a charity that accepts clothing. Just make sure to wash them if they're already been worn.

Give them to an animal shelter. Call your local animal shelter and see if they need donated T-shirts for rags or other uses.

Make them into a quilt. If you're into quilting, you can create a quilt of your T-shirts. Or, send your T-shirts to a company such as the Campus Quilt Company and they'll make one for you.  This beautiful keepsake is functional, and also preserves your race memories.

Use them to clean. Old T-shirts actually make great rags - you can use them for dusting, washing the car, etc., then wash and re-use.

Any other ideas? Please share in the comments.

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How to Watch the Boston Marathon

Wednesday April 16, 2014

The 118th Boston Marathon runs on Monday, April 21 (Patriots' Day in Massachusetts) and if can't make it to Beantown to be part of the excitement, you can still catch live coverage on television or online.

The race kicks off at 9:32 a.m., with the elite women start. The elite men and first of four waves follow at 10:00 a.m. Here are your options for watching it:

On TV: The race will be televised live locally in Boston on WBZ-TV (Channel 4), with coverage starting at 7:00 a.m. Universal Sports Network will have coverage from 8:30 am to 1:00 p.m. If you don't know if you get Universal Sports, go to their website and enter your zip code and cable provider to find out what channel to watch.

Online: The 2014 Boston Marathon will be streamed live online for free at http://watchlive.baa.org/ starting at 9:30 a.m. ET.

To track your family and friends:

You can get your runner's race splits every 5K on the Boston Marathon website. The AT&T Athlete Alert will send subscribers text messages or email alerts when your runner reaches the following points: start, 10K, half marathon, 30K, and finish . Just make sure you have your runner's bib number when you register.

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What Not to Say to Marathon Runners

Wednesday April 16, 2014

If you're getting ready to run the Boston marathon or another upcoming marathon, you've most likely heard some ridiculous ("So how far is this marathon?") and perhaps rude ("Why haven't you lost weight?") comments.  Here are some comments marathon runners just don't want to hear, as well as responses to them:

10 Things Not to Say to Marathon Runners

What rude or insensitive comments about running have you heard?  Share them here.

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Don't Forget the Sunscreen

Monday April 14, 2014

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Now that the weather is finally getting warmer in my area and I'm wearing shorts and short sleeves for my runs, I need to get back in the habit of applying sunscreen before runs. Although it's not summer yet, you can still get a bad sunburn when running in the spring. Follow these tips to make sure you're protecting your skin:

Choose the right sunscreen. Use a waterproof sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15 and offers broad spectrum protection, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Stick formulations are good for runners' faces because the sunscreen won't run into your eyes.

Don't skip sunscreen for short runs. You can get a sunburn in as little as 10-15 minutes, so a short run means you still need sunscreen.

Reapply after two hours. Sunscreen starts to lose effectiveness at about the two-hour mark, or even sooner if you're sweating heavily, so you'll need to reapply if you're doing a long run or race. Carry a small tube of sunscreen or a one-use sunscreen wipe in your pocket, so that you can reapply it to your face, neck and arms as you run.

Get more tips for protecting your skin from the sun.

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