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18 Running Moments Worth Celebrating

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    Running a New Distance

    One of the best parts of training for a new race distance—whether it's a 10K or an ultramarathon—is that almost every long run ensures a new PDR. (That's Personal Distance Record.) As 4-milers become 10-milers, and 10-milers become 20-milers, celebrate every new achievement. (After all, we've heard it's about the journey, not the destination.)

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    When You Realize Your Old Race Pace is Now Your I-Can-Still-Carry-a-Conversation Pace

    When you first started running, you moved at a 10-minute-mile pace. Now? You're racing at an 8-minute-mile pace, and you can easily carry on a conversation at your used-to-be-race-pace. Progress! (Need more tips for how to get faster? We've got 22 of 'em.)

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    Running With a New Friend or Group

    It can be scary or intimidating joining a new running group or reaching out to a new running buddy. If you've been dying to try it and finally made the move (or the friend request), give yourself a pat on the back. (Or let your new friend pat you on the back: Running with buddies has countless benefits!)

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    Having a Tough Race—and Learning From It

    Your race didn't go as planned. But did you finish? Great! Let yourself wallow and cry as needed, then move on and figure out what went wrong and how you can learn from it. Bonus points awarded the sooner you're able to move on from the bummed-out category to the lesson-learned one.

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    Doing Something You Never Thought You'd Do

    Running a marathon. Running a half-marathon. Running a 10K. Running a 5K. Running at all! These are all monumental. Rock on with your fast self and get to celebrating.

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    Actually Remembering to Foam Roll

    You know you're supposed to do it. You even put it on your to-do list sometimes. But do you actually make it happen? Probably not. So give yourself some credit when you actually get it done. (Not sure what else your body needs post-run? Here's how to recover like a pro.)

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    Actually Taking Time to Stretch

    Just like foam rolling: You know you should do it. You probably don't. But today you did! You go, Glen Coco.

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    Actually Listening to Your Body and Taking a Day Off

    Your training plan said go but your body said no—and you listened to your body. It can be hard to go against the plan, or against your desire to crush a few pre-happy-hour miles. But it's best to be smart in the short-term so you can run for life.

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    Finding Money on the Ground During Your Run

    Now you get to #treatyoself. Post-run fro-yo, anyone? (Or go ahead and donate it. Get those karma points!)

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    When You're Out For a Run and Your Favorite Song Comes on Your Playlist

    Justin Timberlake, it sure is nice to hear you at mile five! Beyoncé, thanks for stopping by at mile 11. And Taylor? We appreciate the you're-almost-there push toward the finish line. (No shame if your run comes with a side of jazz hands.)

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    Setting Out to Run Five Miles and Feeling So Good You Go for Seven

    Surprise! Is this the greatest feeling in the world or what? (Don't have time to go long today? Try these workouts that only take 10, 20, 30, or 40 minutes.)

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    Every Time You Go for a Run and Don't Have to Make an Urgent Bathroom Stop

    Your stomach felt weird when you left home, and it felt weird throughout the first mile. But by mile two, you felt just fine, and soon you were rounding your way back home—stop-free! Boom! (Thank you, stomach!)

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    Spotting a Water Fountain—and Seeing That it's Turned On!—When You Really, Really Want It

    Welcome to summer running. What's better than going for a hot morning run, starting to feel super thirsty—and then spotting a working water fountain just around the bend?

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    Spotting a Bathroom—and Seeing That it's Open!—When You Really, Really Need It

    We've all been there. Admit it. And there are few greater reliefs in life than seeing that bathroom and knowing it's open, available, and fully stocked with TP.

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    Getting Out of Bed for Your Run Without Hitting Snooze

    Oh, snooze button. You're so tempting. You're there every single morning, and the urge to resist you is powerful. Consider every day you get out of bed without hitting snooze one worthy of a celebration. (Need help waking up in the morning? These 10 tips will help you finally become a morning runner.)

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    The First Time You Run With Your Dog

    Is there any greater joy than getting to share your true love with, well, your other true love? Actually, yes: sharing that glorious post-run nap with your dog! (Just remember to go slow at first. Build your pup's mileage just like you'd build your own—slow, steady, and with small increases over time.)

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    The First Time You Run With Your Kids

    Whether you push your kids in a jogging stroller or you register for a Turkey Trot together when they're old enough to run, pint-sized running buddies keep things fun and exciting.

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    The Fact That You're Healthy and Able to Run

    Don't take a single run for granted, and celebrate every day you get to run. #cheesy #sorrynotsorry