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Get Running with Kara Goucher’s Ultimate Playlist

Written on June 5, 2013 at 10:46 am , by

 

Blasting Goucher’s favorite tunes = an automatic PR, right? (Photo courtesy of Victah Sailor/Competitor Group)

Written by Chloe Metzger, editorial intern

From cardio to cool-down, a good music playlist can work like magic on your motivation (we’ve pushed out more than a few extra reps to JT’s new album!). And today, in honor of National Running Day, Olympian marathoner Kara Goucher has teamed up with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series to share her top tracks that keep her running strong and speedy.

We took a listen and can guarantee you’ll want to get moving once the first track begins (at least, that’s what happened to us). Lucky for you, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is offering a whopping discount – $20 off any of their races in the country, so you can put your pumped-up motivation to good use (Assistant Web Editor Samantha Shelton is tackling Philadelphia and Vegas later this year – join her?). Visit Rock ‘n’ Roll today to sign up for a run, and check out Kara’s ultimate playlist below. We’ll be here, celebrating the day Goucher-style.

Happy running!

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Run to Fund Boston on National Running Day (And Win A TIMEX Watch!)

Written on June 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm , by


Follow us @FitnessMagazine on Instagram and Twitter to find out where our runs take us on National Running Day! (Photo by Laura Doss)

Written by Chloe Metzger, editorial intern

If you’re like many of us over here at FITNESS, you probably don’t need to be poked or prodded to lace up your running shoes and hit the pavement. Running is what gets many of us up in the morning to sweat; the thing that keeps us (relatively) sane during our hectic weeks. We do it because we want to—and on Wednesday, June 5th, we’ll celebrate National Running Day as we do most days: with running.

The running community is a tight-knit one (how else could anyone stay motivated to finish a 26.2-mile marathon?), but we’re not the only ones who are excited about tomorrow—Timex is in on the fun, too. The watch company launched its “I Am A Runner” campaign last month to celebrate runners of all levels and to provide a place for people to share their most inspirational and motivational reasons for why they run.

To get in on the conversation, tweet your tale or Instagram a picture with the campaign’s #IMARUNNER hashtag by June 5th. Your story will show up on Timex’s Facebook page, and they’ll donate $5 to One Fund Boston, a relief fund for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Bonus: You’ll also be automatically entered for a chance to win one of the 60 Timex Ironman watches the company is giving away!

To find out more about the “I Am A Runner” campaign, or to directly submit your photo or story, check out the Timex Sports Facebook page. We’ll be reading through the stories for an extra dose of inspiration ourselves, so start tagging those posts!

Now you tell us: How will you celebrate the sporty holiday?

I Run Because…First Female Marathoner Kathrine Switzer Tells Us Why on National Running Day

Written on June 6, 2012 at 9:25 am , by

At 65, Switzer is still racing. (Photo courtesy of Joan Barker Images)

Here at FITNESS, we couldn’t think of anyone more fitting to highlight on National Running Day 2012 than Kathrine Switzer. As one of the women highlighted in the PBS/AOL partnership MAKERS, Switzer is sharing more about what it was like to be the first female to officially enter—and complete—a marathon, despite nearly being pushed off the course by a race director.

She surely inspires us, but who inspires Switzer? “The people creating the MAKERS program are visionaries. They’re archiving an oral history of all of these amazing women so that others can use them as resources in the future,” she says.

Read on to learn about how Switzer got her running start, what she was thinking when a race official tried to knock her off of the course during that first race and her hopes for the future of women in sports.

How did you first get started with running? Why do you love it?

My dad motivated me when I was young. He told me that if I run just one mile a day, I’ll become an athlete. That changed my life because I felt empowered. Finishing a run was a sense of victory no one could take away. If I could run a mile, maybe I could write for the student newspaper or be on the prom committee. Later, when I was at Syracuse University, I met the coach for the men’s cross country team. He and his team welcomed me to train with them and were all wonderful.

What were you thinking when you were being pushed off the course as the first woman officially running a marathon at Boston in 1967?

It was a real surprise. The race director attacked me very suddenly and it scared the hell out of me! Other men on the course were saying, “Keep going!” My boyfriend threw a cross-body block to throw the race director off course. That was my defining moment—I knew I would finish then. I was not the clown the race director made me out to be.

Sometimes when bad things happen, they are the best things. Now, not a day goes by that I don’t thank that race director!

See a photo of Switzer’s “defining moment” and read more about her journey below.

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By the Numbers: The Female Running Boom

Written on June 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm , by

Three competitors at the MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon, one of the largest female-only races in the U.S. (Photo by John Herr)

Two important fitness landmarks are celebrated this month: National Running Day (tomorrow) and the 40th anniversary of the passing of the Title IX legislation (June 23)! In honor of these healthy holidays, here are a few fun facts about running and women from Running USA‘s State of the Run report.

  • 7 million+: Women finished a road race in the U.S. during 2011, a record high
  • 800 meters: The longest distance women were allowed to compete in during the 1960 Rome Olympics
  • 1972: The 1,500 meter race, the new longest distance, is added to the women’s track lineup at the Munich Olympics (the marathon is added at the 1984 Los Angeles Games)
  • Less than 20: Percentage of finishers during running events in the 1970s that were female
  • More than 53: Percentage of finishers during running events in 2011 that were female
  • 200+: Women-only running events in the U.S. last year (The top five in terms of participation: Nike Women’s Half, Disney Princess Half, St. Luke’s Women’s Fitness Celebration 5K, MORE/FITNESS Half, Tufts Health Plank 10K)

Check back tomorrow for our exclusive interview with Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon!