5 Important Training Tips from a USATF Coach and Race Director

Have you ever wanted a mentor or coach to just lay it all out for you? You know, just tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. Well, for you runners, I have training tips from a USATF coach and race director who will do just that.

Allow me to introduce Coach Lowell Ladd, a USA Track & Field certified coach and race director for the Gettysburg North-South Marathon and the Gettysburg Blue-Gray 1/2 Marathon in Gettysburg, PA.

Lowell is a full-time online coach through his company, 2L Coaching Services, and his philosophy centers on helping “people find/set goals and work towards those goals so that they have some purpose in this sport.”  He “has worked with hundreds of athletes all over the world of varying ability levels as an online coach, including multiple All-Americans and one NCAA national champion.”

Lowell’s accolades don’t end with his coaching either. He’s an NCAA All-American himself, finished in the top 10 among Americans in the Boston Marathon in 2002 and 2003, and won the 2008 and 2010 Harrisburg Marathons (along with a few others). Clearly, Lowell walks his talk (or runs it?).

Now, with that introduction out of the way, let’s get to Coach Lowell’s tips. That’s why you’re really here.

Oh, and if you’re in the Gettysburg, PA area, make sure to sign up for the Blue Gray half. I’m doing it again this year because it’s such an awesome event and very well-organized.

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6 Exercises to Tighten Your Core in 20 Minutes A Day

Exercises to Tighten Your Core

Want to lose fat around your midsection and lose that muffin top? You’re in luck because I have exercises to tighten your core in 20 minutes per day right here.

Hey, if you want to change, you have to commit to it. Right?

Pick one of these exercise routines and just work your butt off. Instead of making excuses, make a plan!

We want to see your before and after selfies! Now, let’s start sweating!

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7 Best Workouts for Pregnant Women

best workouts for pregnant mothersWhat are the best workouts for pregnant women?

With my wife pregnant right now, she needs ways to keep herself active without overdoing it. Sure, it’s much easier to avoid working out while pregnant. After all, your body is under intense pressure as it is — and it’s exhausting!

However, she feels it’s important to try and stay as fit as possible. It makes her feel better about herself, it’s good for the baby, and it helps her to be able to lose weight faster postpartum.

So, I wanted to share the workouts she found as examples of things all women can try. I asked her to do the research to see if these are viable options.

Try them all and see what works for you!

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5 Ways to Make Training for Your First 5K Not Suck

training for your first 5kLook, I think it’s great that you’re training for your first 5K. However, if you haven’t run a mile since high school — or never run period — it’s not as simple as jumping off the couch and hitting the road.

Well, it is in theory. But, there’s much more involved to prepare you before you line up on race day.

Running isn’t something you just go and do on a whim. It takes dedication. So, if you’re not up for missing a football game or the latest episode of The Bachelor, then forget it. You might as well stay on the couch.

That said, if you’re ready to put the damn video game controller down, let’s get started. Below, I outlined basic, but necessary steps to get you from thinking about being a runner — to actually getting that finisher’s medal around your neck.

The hard work begins now. So, stop reading if you’re too scared.

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10 Takeaways from the 2017 Hardest Cider Run in Biglerville, PA

hardest cider run race reviewDo you want do the Hard Cider Run? Well, if you’re a fan of challenging 5Ks, a competitive racing atmosphere, awesome runners’ swag, and, of course, hard cider — you’ve got to do this race. Check out my 2017 Hardest Cider Run race review — and seriously consider signing up for a race near you.

As I mentioned previously, the folks over at The Color Run reached out to me in June to run in the Hershey, PA Color Run. I happily obliged as it would be the first time I was able to represent Run The Money in person. It also gave me the idea to reach out to the awesome crew at Sour Fish Events and inquire about the Hardest Cider Run in Biglerville, PA.

And let me tell you — I’m so very glad I did! Working with Chloe to secure my spot and help promote this race and their upcoming Great Pumpkin Runs in Pennsylvania and Maryland has been nothing short of exciting.

But, enough about that. Let’s get to the Hardest Cider Run race review. That’s why you’re here.

Here are my takeaways. Enjoy!

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13 Perfect Gifts for Fitness and Running Fanatics

gifts for fitness and running fanaticsIf you never know what to get people for holidays or birthdays, you may want to consider what their hobbies are. For instance, if you need gifts for fitness and running fanatics in your life, we have some interesting ideas that will make you the gift-giving king or queen! We covered it all. You will definitely be able to find something useful to the runners, cyclists, or yogis in your life. Check out our affiliate links below for more information.

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2017 Hardest Cider Run: 5 Reasons You Must Join Me on August 5th in Biglerville, PA

2017 hardest cider run

Have you ever participated in the Hardest Cider Run? How about joining me for the 2017 Hardest Cider Run?

I haven’t had the privilege yet either, but I’ll be there on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 in Bigerville, PA. The 5K will be held at Hauser Estate Winery, home of Jack’s Hard Cider.

Get this – the Hauser course is the HARDEST course in the Hard Cider Run series. We can expect “varying terrains, sloped vineyards, and, of course, ‘The Hill’,” according to their website. Sounds like a fun challenge to me on a Saturday morning!

Oh, I forgot to mention that you can choose between the Standard 5K or the Hungry Apple 5K options. The first one comes without donuts and the second one comes with donuts … at every mile. So, hey, the Hungry Apple option is a great idea especially if you decide to walk part of the course. Get a little sustenance as you continue on the trail!

Well, I got the preliminaries out of the way. Allow me to give you the highlights of why you want to join me if you’re in the Biglerville, PA area.

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16 Songs on NFL Players’ Workout Playlists

NFL players' workout playlistsWhat’s on NFL players’ workout playlists? That’s a question many football fans have it seems. We enjoy having a connection with our ‘heroes’ and it can be exciting to share a common bond (no matter how small).

In that vain, I did a little research to find some of the top songs on NFL players’ workout playlists. We have the likes of John Jenkins, J.J. Watts, D.J. Fluker, Audie Cole, Richard Sherman, Terrance Knighton, Von Miller, Brandon McManus, Dane Fletcher, Chandler Jones, and even Russell Wilson and Tom Brady.

Now, picture this. You’re in the off season or training camp, pumping iron or doing conditioning runs. Or you’re about to come out of the tunnel to thousands of screaming fans on any given Sunday.

Pick that song below that will pump YOU up!

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10 Best Half Marathons in the United States

As I considered writing about these top 10 best half marathons in the United States, I knew I had to recommend some that I ran.  I mean if I just threw up a list of a bunch of races that I had no experience with, what fun is that?

10 best half marathons in the united statesInstead, I’ll confess upfront that I ran the Blue-Gray Half Marathon in Gettysburg in 2016, the Trenton Half in 2015, and the Delaware Canal Half was the one I actually trained for the first time in 2014.  As for the Philly Half, I didn’t run the half marathon course, but I did run the marathon course.  So, there are similarities.

What I believe you will enjoy about these races listed here is that they have a mixture of beautiful scenery, a challenging course for runners of all ability levels, and just a fun racing atmosphere.  It is races like these that you train to begin with.  The energy level on race day at these events makes you feel like a true athlete (and that’s because you are).

Now, let’s just right into it.  Here are the top 10 best half marathons in the United States of America according to yours truly!

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2017 Hershey Color Run Recap

As many of you know by now, I received an invitation to participate in the 2017 Hershey Color Run and received a free registration. It was a tremendous honor for me to run in an event representing Run The Money.  I am very blessed to have the opportunity.

2017 Hershey Color Run With that said, I hesitated to actually go and run it. A number of things factored into it.  The seasoned runner in me hated that the race wasn’t timed.  I get why they do it, but it just bothered me.

Another reason for my hesitation was that my parents were in town with us to take us to Hershey Park. They gave us season passes to take our son and they wanted to come with us this time.  We stayed at the Hershey Lodge from Friday to Saturday.  It actually worked out that the Color Run folks contacted me because we were going to be there anyway!

And, finally, I didn’t want my brand new Brooks Ravenna 8 shoes getting messed up with the powder they throw at you. I was worried about my iPhone and headphones as well.

In spite of my initial reservations, I am so glad I did it. Participating in the 2017 Hershey Color Run was easily one of the highlights of my running career. I mean that wholeheartedly.

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