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July 2011

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Date: 
07/28/2011 - 11:11

By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness
Rea,_Peter.jpg_.jpg2012 is nearly upon us. In a little more than six months the top American male and female marathoners will toe the line in Houston, TX, for the Olympic Marathon Trials. At stake are the coveted “top three spots” and a trip to the Summer Olympic Games in London as well as the culmination of the hopes and dreams of countless years of training, injury rehabilitation, highs, lows, doubt, and certainty. In a nutshell the Olympic Trials represents the dreams of scores of competitive runners from the moment they ran their first race.

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Mantras Contain Magic Words

Date: 
07/27/2011 - 11:38
Date: 
07/27/2011 - 11:38

By Teri Saylor

Teri Saylor photo.jpgI hate hills.

The mantra “hills are your friends,” are fighting words for me, but when helpful runners utter that phrase as I labor up a steep slope, I don’t have energy to fight. So I made up a hill mantra that makes perfect sense to me.

“Running up hills makes your butt look cute.”

Whether that phrase is true or not doesn’t matter. It has a nice rhythm and makes me believe the panting and burning just might do some good.

Remember that old classic “No Pain, No Gain?”

I prefer to end it at “No Pain.” Period.

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