How to develop a running habit

We have noticed a larger than normal number of ‘new’ runners out recently. This could be a sign of spring, the “marathon effect” where runners start after a large race in town, or perhaps we were so bundled up all winter we could not see them. For whatever the reason, we hope these ‘new’ runners […]

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Don Breece writes

I had the opportunity to hear a lecture by Dr. Ken Cooper at the Cooper Institute in Dallas recently. As you may know he coined the term “aerobics” in the late 60’s and was very influential in promoting running and other aerobic exercise to improve the health of the common man. Although most of Dr. […]

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Summer of Snakes

Runners have noticed more big rattlesnakes than ever before this summer. Another sign of Global Warming? An 18″ rattler appeared between the railroad rails after the Spiral Drive Run, directly in the spot people cross the tracks at the end of F St! A 5 foot snake was killed by a car on CR 175 […]

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Coffee lovers, hoist your cups.

Coffee lovers, hoist your cups. Stopping at Starbucks before going out for a long run or bike ride is no longer a no-no, exercise researchers say. By Jack Cox Denver Post Staff Writer Contrary to what many trainers and coaches have maintained over the years, caffeine won’t leave you dehydrated and can actually improve your […]

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Caffeine Content

Caffeine is the most widely used pharmacologically active compound in the world, with coffee consumption averaging 5 cups per week per person around the globe. Following are the caffeine contents for a selection of common beverages. Starbucks Grande – 16 oz. cup: 259mg Full Throttle – 16 oz. can: 144mg Black coffee – 8 oz. […]

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Don’t miss a workout.

If the recent snow and ice and cold have you wondering where and how to safely exercise, here are some tips: Get out of town. The cars pack the snow before plowing in town. Less cars do so out of town, so when the roads are plowed they get down to more pavement. Thus there […]

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Dealing with hills/age/altitude

Most runners that live here started running somewhere else. When they get to Chaffee County and start to run (or try to) they notice that it is harder to run here due to the hills and altitude (and also increased age for all but a few). This can be depressing, but how do you cope? […]

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Altitude slowing you Down?

Research has shown that the lower air pressure due to the altitude in Chaffee County (~ 7000′ elevation in Salida and ~ 8000′ in Buena Vista) will slow performance, due to a drop in your bodies ability to deliver Oxygen to working muscles. Your times will be about 3.7% slower for a 15 minute race […]

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Why We Run by Dan Schmidt

Getting down to the basics of why we run intrigues me. As much as I love the sport, I often become very anxious before big races and question why I’m about to undertake something so rigorous and down right painful. I often hear the prerace talk about having to be tough and to grin and […]

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