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The Runner’s Diet

Words by: Matt Fitzgerald, Lead PEAR Sports Coach and Pacer. As a runner, you might wonder whether you need to eat differently than nonrunners. Is there a special diet that is best for people who train for events like the Lexus LaceUp Running Series? The answer is yes and no. The basic rules of healthy. . .

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Ventura Race Results and Recap

VENTURA, CALIF.—On Sunday, Nov. 2 sunny skies and mid-50’s temps greeted the 700-plus runners and hundreds of spectators that participated in the inaugural Lexus LaceUp Running Series presented by Equinox. The inaugural event of a four-part series in Southern California included a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k. The Ventura course offered scenic views of the ocean as. . .

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Ventura Race Day Elevation Maps

Curious about the elevations gains for the race in Ventura this Sunday? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Click the graph to see a full size version. 5K   10K   Half Marathon

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How to Choose the Right Running Shoe

Words by: Matt Fitzgerald, Lead PEAR Sports Coach and Pacer. Buying running shoes can be intimidating. Some of the large stores stock dozens of models in a wide range of categories, from “minimalist” to “motion control.” How do you know which shoe is best for you? Fortunately, choosing the right running shoe is a lot. . .

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How to Reach Your Racing Weight

Words by: Matt Fitzgerald, Lead PEAR Sports Coach and Pacer. Each runner has an optimal racing weight. Your optimal racing weight is how much you weigh when you’ve gotten your body fat percentage down to the lowest level that is realistically attainable for you through healthy eating and training habits. Attaining your optimal racing weight. . .

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How to Stay Injury Free

Words by: Matt Fitzgerald, Lead PEAR Sports Coach and Pacer. Injuries are all too common among runners. If you’ve been running for more than a year, you’ve probably suffered at least one so-called “overuse” injury such as shin splints or runner’s knee. Fortunately, doctors, coaches and scientists have learned a lot about what causes running-related. . .

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The Benefits of Training By Heart Rate

Words by: Matt Fitzgerald, Lead PEAR Sports Coach and Pacer. The two most basic variables of training for running events such as a Lexus LaceUp Running Series half marathon, 10K, or 5K are volume andintensity. Volume is how much you run and intensity is how hard you run. The most common mistake that runners make. . .

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Stocking Your Workout Toolbox

Words by: Matt Fitzgerald, Lead PEAR Sports Coach and Pacer. Professional runners routinely practice a variety of standard workout formats. These workouts represent “best practices” that were refined through decades of experimentation by runners all over the world. Each standard workout type is as beneficial for nonelite runners as it is for the professionals, but. . .

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Get Fitter Faster with the 80/20 Rule

Words by PEAR Coach, Matt Fitzgerald: As you probably know, the best runners in the world come from Kenya. A scientific analysis of the training methods used by elite Kenyan runners found that they do 80 percent of their running at low intensity (i.e. slow enough to talk comfortably). A separate analysis of American elite. . .

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PEAR Sports Challenge – Official Training System

The Lexus LaceUp Running Series is proud to introduce PEAR Sports as the Official Training System Partner for the races coming to Southern California this fall. Read this blog to learn more about the PEAR Sports Challenge, a social media contest to win a PEAR Heart Monitor and how you can be eligible to go. . .

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