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All American & ranked 1500 meter masters runner. SDSU XC/Track alum. Write about running, health & well-being. Editor at Runner’s Life. amywallauthor.com

3 tips on bringing back the joy of racing

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Racing was never my favorite aspect of running. The pressure to do well, coupled with the pain of pushing myself to my limits left me with a sour taste as I dragged myself to a start line. Steep prices for entry fees didn’t help either. When I was in college…


A worthwhile investment for runners of all abilities

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If a magic pill existed which promised runners they could be faster with fewer injuries, the person who discovered it would be set for life. This year I discovered something that does exist, producing such results. While it takes more work than popping a pill, the returns are surprising. I…


For beginner, intermediate and advanced runners.

Runners of all distances and levels benefit from running fartlek sessions. Fartlek is Swedish for speed play. A gentle form of speedwork, they help to improve speed endurance, which is the ability to run faster and maintain speed over a longer distance.

The idea behind fartlek sessions is to speed…


It’s time to start aiming for a new PR

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After more than a year of cancellations, races are finally opening up again, giving runners an opportunity to train and achieve new personal records (PRs). For runners who shifted to long mileage and base work over the pandemic, it’s time to lace up your track shoes and start thinking about…


The impact of having biracial kids on my experience with race.

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I don’t know what it is like to grow up Black in America. I never dealt with racism, micro-aggressions, or the emotions associated with growing up as a person of color. …


How not to look like an amateur

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Running on a track is a great way to train. It is a perfect place to do intervals because the surface is flat with a known distance. …


I recovered from my coffee addiction and you can too.

I love coffee. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here. The smell of it brewing, mixed with cool morning air is blissful. The first sip of a milky, sweet latte makes the day feel full of endless possibilities.

After a cup of coffee, I do everything better — running, writing…


Stick with advice from experts on gait.

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Good running form is important for an injury-free, long-term running career. Correct technique maximizes a runner’s potential speed and efficiency. The difficulty is knowing if your form needs to be adjusted and how to do it. A coach or a friend can point out potential problems, but the underlying cause…


The pandemic brought the industry to its knees

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**Update: On January 26, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced the Boston Marathon will be held on 11 October 2021.

For runners who like to participate in road races, this past year was difficult. Some runners use races for motivation and some, myself included, like to use them as a…

Amy J. Wall

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