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Four Tips to Ace Your Run With Tips From Olympic Gold Medalist Allyson Felix

Written on June 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm , by

Allyson Felix (Photo courtesy of ACUVUE)

Allyson Felix listens to Adele's album 21 while training. (Photo courtesy of ACUVUE)

Allyson Felix is one athlete that’s hard to keep up with (literally)! Need proof? She took home the gold at the 2008 Olympic Games and several times at the World Track Championships, not to mention her record-breaking performances in the 200 meters as a junior and on the high school track.

Today, Allyson is a member of the president’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, and you’ll spot her competing in the 400 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon this weekend (for broadcasting info, click here).

The FITNESS team was lucky enough to share a few of Allyson’s spare minutes discussing her beauty routine—watch the video interview over at Beauty on the Go!—and fitness tips. Check out her top four pointers for runners:

  • Team Up. “Running is a lot more fun with friends!”
  • Let Loose. “If your arms are tight and tense, that tension will move into your neck and back and make your run much more difficult than it has to be. Relax your arms!”
  • Have a Plan. “You’re probably not going to wake up most mornings dying to put in three miles. Know when you’re realistically going to be able to get your run in and be committed to that schedule.”
  • Get the Right Gear. “I really believe that if you look good, you’ll feel a bit more confident, so I always try to find cute workout clothes to give myself extra motivation.”

Allyson is also teaming up with ACUVUE, the contact lens brand, for a neat mentorship contest. If you or someone in your life is between the ages of 13 and 21, check it out!

More from FITNESS: Now that you know how to train like one, check out distance runner Kara Goucher’s suggestions to eat like an Olympian.

MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon—a HUGE success!

Written on April 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm , by

Yesterday was FITNESS magazine’s 3rd annual MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon—and the weather was in our favor indeed! Unlike past years, the temperature was just right and it was a sunny, beautiful day in Central Park. I learned that this particular race is the largest women’s only half-marathon in the country—way to go ladies! And it’s no wonder why: I haven’t seen race-day energy like this at any other race I’ve been involved with. There’s something really special about a women’s only race (sorry dudes) because the ladies really know how to make things fun. From tutus and hot pink knee socks to running with your mom, women make breaking a sweat a party you don’t want to miss. The racers were pumped up from start to finish and just being there, even as a spectator, made you feel like a better person. Since I was “working” on something special for the magazine, I wasn’t able to run the race, but I enjoyed keeping track of a few very special ladies who I’ve been working with for the past three months.

The line of runners stretches on and on...

The line of runners stretches on and on...

I also bumped into Tara Costa from season seven of The Biggest Loser. She ran the race with her best friend who is a newbie to the running thing. And, Tara looked great—still in prime form since leaving the show. Way to go Tara! Also at the race, was Healthy Tipping Point blogger Caitlin Boyle (also of Operation Beautiful). She was with other blogger friends, Jenn of Fit Bottomed Girls and Gabriela of Une Vie Saine, but they were walking the race due to injuries. I think that’s pretty awesome though—who says you have to just run a half-marathon? Walking is just as good, and with over 10,000 other participants the energy of the race makes it super fun! Thinking about walking your first half marathon? Check our Caitlin’s advice HERE and then try FITNESS’ walking plan to get started on your own walking goals.

Tara Costa from Biggest Loser & me at the finish line!

Tara Costa from Biggest Loser & me at the finish line!

For the past 10 weeks, our Half-Marathon Diaries blog has been following two runners, FITNESS’ fashion assistant Marla as she trains and runs her first half-marathon, and sales account director Susan who was running her third half-marathon but this time raising money for her favorite charity, Team Hole In The Wall Gang. They had different experiences but both stories are so inspiring. Is a half-marathon on your bucket list? If so, read about Marla and Susan’s 10 week training and start planning your first race too. Looking for even MORE inspiration? Check out my list of favorite running blogs!

BLOGS WE LOVE THAT GET YOU IN THE RUNNING MOOD!

Healthy Tipping Point: www.healthytippingpoint.com

Fit Bottomed Girls: www.fitbottomedgirls.com

Une Vie Saine: www.une-vie-saine.com

Half-Marathon Diaries: www.fitnessmagazine.com/blogs/halfmarathondiaries

Hungry Runner Girl: www.hungryrunnergirl.com

Sweat Once A Day: www.sweatonceaday.blogspot.com

Peanut Butter Runner: www.peanutbutterrunner.com

So, are you convinced yet that racing is totally awesome and just so much fun (not to mention SO good for your body and your mind too—oh and totally addicting!)? You’ll feel better once you take that first step, trust me. Okay so here’s all you need to start hitting the pavement today. If you can’t make it outdoors for a jog, try the treadmill. Just hop on one tonight and run for 15-20 minutes. Then everyday tack on a few minutes or another mile. It’s really that easy. The hardest part is starting—and since you only start something once, that can’t be so bad, now can it? If you need a nudge try following us on Twitter to stay motivated too!

If you need help or have a particular question about getting started on a walk or run plan, leave us your comments and I’ll definitely get back to you!