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Win an Exclusive Half-Marathon Necklace!

Written on April 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm , by

Erica Sara Designs Necklace

A feminine way to celebrate your half-marathon accomplishment, this exclusive necklace is by Erica Sara Designs.

Bling it on!

In celebration of our 10th annual More/FITNESS Women’s Half-Marathon this Sunday, three lucky readers will each score an exclusive, sterling silver necklace from Erica Sara Designs!

You can enter to win between now through next Tuesday. Don’t want to wait to see if you won? Pop on over to the ESD site and use the code FITNESSHALF to purchase this fabulous necklace for 20 percent off.

Enter to win here and good luck!

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Who Inspires You to “Run the World”?

Written on March 29, 2013 at 11:10 am , by

More Fitness Half Marathon Honorees

Check out the 10 honorees and their mini-bios on our Facebook page! They will all be at the half-marathon and a couple are even running with you!

To celebrate 10 incredible years of the More® Magazine/Fitness® Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon, we’re honoring Women who Run the World—fearless game-changers who’ve paved the way for women over the last decade. These leaders will no doubt inspire you to run faster, train harder and work smarter.

From a U.S. Congressman to the CEO of Girl Scouts USA to a co-host from “The View,” these women are changing the face of business, education, women’s health, sports, and more. We’re thrilled to welcome these leaders to the biggest women’s-only half-marathon in the country!

As you train for your 13.1 mile journey, we want to know: Who inspires you to “run the world”? Let us know in the comments below, on our Facebook, or through Twitter. (Please us the hashtag #womenruntheworld.)

View the 10 honorees’ pics and mini-bios here.

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!

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!