80-Year-Old Completes His 17th Chicago Marathon

Frank Abramic has been watching people run in the park by his home for years. In an interview with Runner’s World, he admitted, “I used to think, ‘These people are crazy – they don’t look like they’re having any fun. They look like they’re always in pain.’”

But, when he was 63, he had a change of heart and began running himself. Now, he understands the pain that runners endure and the exhilaration of pushing through it. This year marks the 17th consecutive year in which he completed the Chicago Marathon with a respectable 6:22:01.…

Why Barefoot Running was the Best and Worst

Barefoot running was one of the biggest crazes in the running world, and was insanely popular a few years ago, particularly because of the book by Christopher McDougall, “Born to Run,” which is being made into a movie with Matthew McConaughey as the lead. The idea was simple: take your shoes off, and let the natural motion combined with a perfectly balanced landing on your bare foot and all of your aches and pains will go away.

McDougall called Huntington Beach resident Ken Bob Saxton the “great bearded sage” when it came to barefoot running. However, as barefoot running became …

Mother and Son to Set Marathon World Record

On Sunday at the Abingdon Marathon, Jessica and Daniel Bruce became the first mother and son team to complete a marathon while the mother was pushing a pram.

Daniel Bruce was only 7 months old during the marathon, and was likely the only competitor there who didn’t hit a wall on account of the fact that he spent most of the first 20 miles napping and kept himself hydrated by drinking a bottle of milk around mile 21.…

From Couch Potato to Amputee to Marathon Runner

Originally from Huntington Beach California, Jami Marseilles says that she never did much with her legs when she did have them, and she certainly never would have expected herself to ever try running a marathon, much less with prosthetic legs.

But, when Marseilles was 19, she lost both of her legs to frost bite and was then fitted with prosthetics. It was then that she did start exercising, and eight years after that she decided to try running. Now, she’s decided she wants to become the first female bi-lateral amputee to complete a full marathon. It took another eight years …

How to Win Dates During a Marathon

If you’re Steve Bergstrom, age 30, the answer is this: take off your shirt, write a personal ad across your back, and then run in a marathon. And, in the Chicago Marathon on October 17, that’s exactly what he did.

After removing his shirt, he got his cousin to help him by first writing “Single” across his back. Then, he made sure to include his first and last name and mention that he could be found on Facebook. From there, all that was left was to run the 26.2 miles for everyone to see.…

Try Trail Running to Beat Anxiety

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science recently released an article that shows a clear connection between spending time on trails and relieving anxiety. Researchers at Stanford University did a study to determine whether or not time in nature could help break people out of the vicious cycle of negative thinking which leads to a greater risk of depression as well as other mental illnesses.

There were two groups in the study. One group went for a 90-minute fast-paced walk in nature while the other group spent the same amount of time at the same speed but in an …

6 Things I Learned from Running

The challenges, gifts and accomplishments we find in running parallel our everyday lives. Here are some lessons we can all learn about life from running.

1. Control what you can, and let the rest go. During training time, you have to put in all that you can and prepare yourself well for the upcoming test, but when it comes time to taper, it’s also time to just let things go and trust that you’ve done all that you can do, and that when you face the test, you will prevail because of the hard work you put in.

2. Be …

3 Quick Tricks to Take Your Running to the Next Level

Preparing yourself mentally is just as important as the physical training you do with your body. These 3 quick tricks will help you overcome your mental obstacles which will in turn help you overcome any physical obstacle that you may encounter, and they come from Traci Statler, who is one of the motivators of the USA Track & Field team.

1. Visualization

When you play out scenarios in your mind ahead of time, you will be more prepared to deal with them when they actually arrive. Before you even begin a run, take a moment to close your eyes and …

Get Motivated With This 3 Minute Video

If you’re like many people who just can’t seem to get out of bed in the morning without hitting the snooze button way too many times, this video is for you. Some people find it difficult or even nearly impossible to motivate themselves in the mornings and then stay energized throughout the day.

Laziness is a hard habit to break, but it’s not impossible. There are many reasons to fall into bad habits, but there is no reason to stay in them. No matter what obstacles you are facing in your life, you have to listen to the right voice …