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Ready, Set, Run! Training Plans for a 5K, 10K, and Half-Marathon

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Must-Do Races and the Best Gear

Suit Yourself

Obsessing about what to wear? Elevate your performance with these fashionable, functional pieces.

Love your heart-rate monitor but hate the cumbersome chest strap? Just snap your device into the All Sport Bra with Heart Rate Monitor by Lululemon Athletica and you're good to go. ($64, lululemon.com)

The Lucy Pack And Dash Tank has pockets galore for stashing all your goodies, plus precut slits for pinning on your bib. ($55, lucy.com)

Get a jump start on your race recovery with the 110% Juggler Knickers. The compression tights feature strategically placed pockets that let you slip in an ice pack to alleviate muscle soreness once you've crossed the finish line. ($150, 110playharder.com)

Lightweight Brooks D'Lite Racer 2 1/2" Shorts feature easy-to-reach elastic holders for your energy gels. And the neon pink fabric means nobody can miss you as you run by! ($50, brooksrunning.com)

Amazing Races

These gotta-try events are worth the trip.

The MORE/FITNESS Women's Half-Marathon celebrates its 10th anniversary as the country's biggest female-only half. (April 14, morefitnesshalf.com)

The Zooma Women's Race Series includes a mix of 5Ks, 10Ks, and half-marathons in five resort locations throughout the country. (Dates vary, zoomarun.com)

Take a prerace outdoor yoga class or enjoy a free post-race music festival at Lululemon Athletica's SeaWheeze Half-Marathon in Vancouver, British Columbia. (August 10, seawheeze.com)

The nighttime Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 travels along the famous Strip and features live bands at every mile. (November 17, stripatnight.com)

At each kilometer of the Color Run 5K, volunteers shoot off a blast of colored powder. Your race T-shirt will never look the same again. (Dates vary, thecolorrun.com)

One million watts of light and sound transform the Electric Run 5K into an outdoor dance party. (Dates vary, electricrun.com)

-- Samantha Shelton

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2013.

 

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