Dublin Marathon Worried Over Lack of Title Sponsor

Dublin Marathon received a lot of applicants which proves that the event is still hugely popular. Despite its popularity, the organizers are still facing another publicity  issue which made me doubt if the event  is  still popular – the marathon is at risk of having no title sponsor!

The hugely popular event was hit financially when the the National Lottery ended its sponsorship of the race in May.

Finding a replacement for this season’s event was always going to be a long shot, given the time scale, but now race director Jim Aughney (right) has revealed that restoring a title sponsor for 2013 is also proving difficult.

“You’d be nervous,” he admitted, ahead of the 33rd running of the race.

“We’ve gone through many (sponsorship) presentations and had lots of people saying how much they’d like to get involved and where they would like to take the event.

“But when it comes down to it, the bottom line seems to be economics and we still haven’t secured sponsorship for next year.

“We always knew this year would be a problem as we lost the Lottery so late and it was an Olympic year, with so many sports budgets already committed elsewhere,” he said. “But, hopefully, things will turn around soon.”

Only once before — in 1992 — was this marquee event held without a title sponsor.

Read the full article at Independent.ie.

 

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Amputated War Veterans To Join ING NYC Marathon

“If there’s a will, there’s a way”. 
True enough. How many times have you tried doing something but ended up failing to do it? I bet you have come up with a couple of excuses to defend your failure to do so. Thinking of  joining  a marathon? Ditch all those “what ifs” and read this article to get some inspiration.
 Of the 250 Achilles International athletes competing in this year’s ING NYC Marathon, 28 are combat wounded servicemen. They will be competing as a part of the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. The veterans, most of them single and double amputees injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be using handcrank wheelchairs or running on their prosthetics to complete the marathon.

GUEST PROFILES: Notable Achilles Freedom Team participants include SSGT Alfredo Delossantos, Marine Cpl Tyler Southern, Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Hayes and Army SSGT Michael Kacer.
FOCUS:
  • SSGT Alredo Delossantos lost his right leg and suffered traumatic brain injury when struck by a Rocket Propelled Grenade in Afghanistan in 2008. Delossantos connected with Achilles while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and competed in his first marathon in a handcycle in 2009. Since then, he has competed in nine marathons with Achilles and is now considered an elite racer.
  • Marine Cpl Tyler Southern lost both legs and an arm to an IED explosion during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2010. In January 2012, Southern finished the Disney Half Marathon in a handcycle as part of the Achilles Freedom Team. This June, He participated in the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5 Miler in Central Park, walking five miles on his prosthetic legs for the first time. He will be handcycling in his first NYC Marathon this November.

 

Read the full article at Let’s Run. 

 

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80 Year Old Otto Mond To Finish Another Marathon

I often hear that the secret to a long life is to live an active and healthy lifestyle. No wonder, many athletes can reach an old age.  The question on how old can  a person continue running intrigues me.  This article tells me that nobody gets too old to run.

EVERY morning, Otto Mond, 80, gets out of bed and runs a mini-marathon at home.

With a soft barefoot trot, he does exactly 500 steps, divided into five little circular routes of 100 steps each, in all five boroughs of his Upper West Side apartment: around the coffee table, then the dining room table, then up and down the hallway, and so on.

“Running a marathon is all in the head, it’s all mental,” said Mr. Mond, who also puts in real roadwork, logging up to a dozen miles a day on the pathway along the Hudson River.

Mr. Mond has entered and completed 18 New York City marathons, as well as a few dozen marathons — he’s lost count — in other places around the country over the past 30 years.

He plans to finish another one next Sunday, as one of the 36 entrants age 80 or older in this year’s ING New York City Marathon.

 

Read the full article at The New York Times. 

Armstrong to be Removed from NYC and Boston Results

I don’t know how to start this but I know everyone was really disappointed with  Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal. The issue has gotten really serious this week.  Sponsors are backing out. Nike  gave up on him. He was stripped off his seven Tour de France titles and on top of that, it’s highly possible that he will be removed from NYC and Boston results!

 

Armstrong ran the New York City Marathon in 2006 and 2007. A spokesperson for race organizer New York Road Runners provided this statement to Runner’s World Newswire:

We anticipate that his results will come out of our records, but will wait for the appeals process to be completed before officially acting. We will stick to the rules and support USADA. Cycling said that Lance doesn’t have a place in cycling, and, unfortunately, he will not have a place in running.

His cancer foundation, Livestrong, will continue to be part of the marathon, and we will always remember  the support and encouragement Lance gave to Grete Waitz through her courageous five-year fight against this hideous illness.

 

Read the full article at Runner’s World. 

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Half Smoke in Half Marathon

DC Half and Half Marathon stands for half marathon and half smoke. The said half marathon is set on November 3. Participants will have to bring their own water because there won’t be water station there. Instead of the usual water station, participants will be greeted by a sausage station halfway the half marathon!

The race organizers are brothers Chris and Peter Magnuson, who got the idea after doing a Krispy Kreme Challenge (a dozen donuts during a 5-miler), reportsDCist.com. “We wanted to come up with an idea that’s similar, but unique to D.C.,” Peter Magnuson said.
At Ben’s Chili Bowl,, runners will down a half-smoke sausage topped with chili, mustard and onions, with a side of chips. Runners will be allowed to resume running when they show their clean basket to a race volunteer.
As explained here, half-smokes are a D.C.-area specialty that are slightly larger than a hot dog. The origin of the name is unclear, with some saying it’s because early versions were half pork, half beef, and some saying it’s because the sausage’s texture and flavor are halfway between that of a hot dog and a smoked sausage.

 

Read the full article at Runner’s World. 

 

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Women’s Running Pioneers to be Inducted as Hall of Famers

We have  two female hall of famers this year! Nina Kuscsik and Michiko Gorman, known as women’s  running pioneers will be inducted into the prestigious New York Road Runners Hall of Fame this November 1. If they hadn’t protested along with other female runners way back 1970s, women would still be running 10 minutes ahead of men! A sweet deal, I think. Just kidding!

Announcing this year’s inductees today, NYRR president Mary Wittenberg said, “Nina and Miki are brave athletes, opening endless doors and opportunities for female runners, and Alberto’s legacy lives on, shining through in America’s best runners due to his unparalleled coaching abilities.”

Nina Kuscsik talks with reporters after the 1980 Empire State Building Run-Up. Photo courtesy New York Road Runners

For Kuscsik and Gorman, the honor is a reversal of fortune. Forty years ago, on October 1, 1972, Kuscsik was sitting defiantly on the New York Marathon start line with the five other women competitors, in protest against an AAU ruling that they must start ten minutes ahead, to avoid the supposed health and morality risks of “competing with men.” Kuscsik still managed to win that year’s women’s race, and repeated in 1973. She also took her dissenting energies inside the sport, joining management committees to press for rule-changes that eventually achieved equal status for women.

She gives the New York Road Runners a generous share of the credit.

“This honor highlights not only my own running but how much the New York Road Runners seized the opportunity to grow women’s running,” Kuscsik told Runner’s World Newswire. “When I ran unofficially at the 1969 Boston Marathon, I first met other runners from New York, and they gave me encouragement and helped me learn how to legislate with the US governing body. At that time women’s running was limited to two miles.”

Read the full article at Runner’s World. 

 

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Tips for Runners on How to Strengthen Immune System

It’s easy  enough to get cough and colds in this breezy autumn season.  Being a busy season for runners, health should not be taken for granted. Aside from training your legs, you should also consider this season to train your immune system! Here’s how:

TWEAK YOUR TRAINING
Long, slow runs (90 minutes or more) use slow-twitch muscle fibers, which feed on simple sugars, the same fuel as the immune system, says Michael Ross, M.D., medical director of The Performance Lab in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. “It sets up a resource battle between the exercising muscles and the immune system, with the immune system losing out,” he says. While you probably don’t want to give up all your long runs, you can scale back on mileage by replacing a medium-distance day with a high-intensity interval training (HIIT): Instead of a slower run over 1.5 hours, for example, do a series of eight intervals where you’re running at 80 to 85 percent of your max for four or five minutes, with two minutes of recovery in between. Also, avoid increasing both intensity and volume at the same time, says Dr. Ross, a sports physician. After upping your mileage, give yourself a two-week buffer before adding a tempo workout. A good prerace taper also helps your immune system recover.

MANAGE STRESS
The body recognizes vigorous exercise as a stress factor: Hard workout or bad day at the office, it all looks the same to your internal fight-or-flight response. Add to that the mental angst that often goes along with race preparation, and it’s no wonder runners are prone to colds. All the more reason to work on your mental balance, says exercise kinesiologist Andrew Johnston. “Studies show that meditating for 20 minutes a day can lower stress,” says Johnston, the founder of Triumph Training in Atlanta. “But you can break that up over the course of a day.” The easiest way to start is to focus on one breath: Inhale slowly through your nose, pause, exhale slowly. Aim for 10 breaths, gradually adding time over several days. On your rest days, try going for an evening stroll, taking a tai chi class, or doing yoga. “These kinds of restorative activities are a good complement to an aggressive training schedule,” he says.

Read more tips at Runner’s World. 

 

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Treadmills for Dogs to Keep Them Fit

Who says treadmills are only for humans? As much as we need exercise, our pooch should be doing the same.  However, if you have limited time for everything, you can always count on this mini treadmill for dogs!

David Ezra, CEO of DogPACER, said he got the idea for the canine cardio machine after observing clients at his fitness centres.

“I thought, “Why not a treadmill for dogs?”" he said.

Hundreds of canine treadmills – which sell for $500 and come in regular and mini sizes – have been sold since they hit the market seven months ago.

“We’ve run over 1,000 dogs at this point,” said Ezra, adding that 60 to 70 percent of the treadmills go to dog owners, including seniors whose health problems prevent them from exercising their animals.

Others are purchased by grooming salons, veterinarians, police and government agencies, and animal rehabilitation centres.

“Grooming facilities will throw the dog on (a treadmill) to de-stress them before grooming,” he said, adding that dogs must be supervised and will initially be taken aback by the equipment.

Read the full article at Yahoo News.

 

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Michael Phelps in NYC Marathon

Hurrah! We will be seeing Michael Phelps in the NYC Marathon.  Wait what, Phelps, the swimmer?!  Yes,  he will be there as a cheerer for his  sister, Whitney who will be competing in the NYC Marathon. What a brotherly love!

Whitney Phelps, a sister of the most decorated Olympian of all time, will compete in the ING New York City Marathon on November 4, it was announced on Monday during a training session at The Sport Center at Chelsea Piers.

“I know Whitney loves running,” said Michael Phelps before running a lap with sisters Whitney and Hilary, Jared “The Subway Guy” Fogle , and Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. “[Whitney] is a great runner and always has been; she’s going to have a great time out there. I’m sure she’s going to run fast.”

As the “Official Training Restaurant of the Phelps Family” and a partner of the ING New York City Marathon, Subway challenged the family to have one of its members go for the gold in the race. Whitney Phelps, 32 and the mother of two children, stepped forward. A competitive swimmer while attending the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, she completed the 2009 Baltimore Marathon in 4:28:32, and is hoping to run a personal best in New York.

Read the full article at New York Road Runners. 

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The Fundamental Components of a Fit Runner

What is fitness?  When someone asked me that question, I would simply answer –  the state of having  good health, as simple as that! Now, it’s your turn, how do you answer the same question? Fitness may not be as simple as we think. It has several aspects which are elaborated on this reading.

But fitnesss is comprised of much more than simply endurance (though that’s most important for runners!) and if we want to reach our potential or prevent injuries, we have to work on all the building blocks of fitness.

These building blocks are also known as biomotor abilities, which USA Track & Field (USATF) defines as the “abilities in the biological and motor domains that enable success in athletic performance.” In other words, they’re the specific components of fitness that, when put together, help you succeed in any sport.

There are five biomotor abilities that enable you to kick ass as an athlete:

  • Strength: the ability to produce force (lifting heavy weights)
  • Speed: the ability to move very rapidly (sprinting)
  • Endurance: the ability to resist fatigue (running a marathon)
  • Flexibility: The ability to attain large ranges of motion at the joints (doing a split)
  • Coordination: the ability to move the body in order to accomplish a task (completing a technical lift)

 

Read the full article at Strength Running. 

 

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Post-Marathon Recovery Tips

What’s the first thing you do after a marathon? Chances are runners tend to switch to a complete halt after racing when in fact they should continue moving! . Here are some tips on how to recover properly from a marathon.

  • Just keep walking. Cross the finish line, get your medal, have your picture taken, and keep walking. Although the first instinct may be to drop to your knees and thank the gods that you’ve finished, that isn’t the best way to go. Think about it: You’ve just asked your body to run for 26.2 miles. It’s still in marathon mode when you finish and is in great need of a transitionary phase. Think like Dory and just keep walking (swimming) because when you do, your heart rate gradually drops, the circulation diverts back to its resting state and flushes lactic acid from the muscles. Walk at least 10 to 15 minutes—back to your car, hotel, or cab.
  • Eat, drink, and be merry. Eat a small snack within the first 30-60 minutes post-race. Save the big meal for later in the day when your appetite returns and you can enjoy that reward meal. Post-race is more about getting in about 200-300 easily digested calories from carbohydrates and protein to maintain blood sugar levels, replenish muscle glycogen, and repair muscle tissue. Half of a turkey sandwich, carrots, and almond butter or pretzels will do the trick. If it’s a hot race, try liquid recovery drinks. If it’s cold, soup gets the job done. Continue to nibble on balanced snacks and meals that include three to four parts carbohydrate to one part protein. Sip fluids during the day to rehydrate.
  • Chill out. Soak in a cold water bath for five to 10 minutes and consider wearing compression tights. Both can aid in decreasing inflammation in your legs and speed the rate of healing.

 

Read more tips on how to recover properly at Ask Coach Jenny. 

 

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The Long Term Effects of Running

Runners have different purposes and goals set in mind. Whatever their reasons are, one thing is for sure — running surely affects their life, most likely in a positive way.  So, how can running dramatically change your life? Here’s the list:

It’s easy to overlook the subtle ways that running can transform your life. These 10 hidden benefits to running are much more important to me than ‘feeling the burn’, ‘torching the kcals’ or other such ‘gym-speak’.

  1. You stop caring what insignificant people think about you – Running has gave me the strength to dismiss those who think ill of me, especially in the street. I get called all sorts of names and I just don’t care anymore. When I’m outside running, I’m thinking about getting ready for a race. Other people don’t matter, especially if they are being nasty without reason. I get overly frivolous about the abuse at times and blow kisses in their direction.  I know this is asking for trouble. One day I’ll do it without looking and end up being bum-raped by a Lithuanian drag-king in heels.
  2. You learn that self doubt is only a temporary mental barrier – I’ve doubted my ability to finish all 11 of the races I’ve entered so far, but I managed to get through each of them just by trying to take my mind off the discomfort. When self-doubt hits, it’s paralysing. Once you realise it’s only a mental construct, then you know that you can defeat it. The first time it hits you though, it’s the loneliest feeling in the world. Finishing seems an impossibility.

Read the rest of the list at Angry Jogger. 

 

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When is the Best Time for a Run?

What time of the day do you run? I prefer running in the morning simply because I feel energetic after doing so.  There’s no sufficient research about the best time to run but based from this research, night runners would be really grateful!

After you awaken, your body is in a “heat gain” mode to increase its core temperature, so the body shunts blood flow to the extremities. In the late afternoon and early evening, your body is in a “heat loss” mode and blood flow to the extremities is increased.

It’s unclear whether this is the primary cause of increased athletic performance in the late afternoon and evening, but it makes sense from a physiological point of view: in the evening, your body is already primed for shedding excess heat, which is a necessary part of exercise. We know from studies on exercise in hot temperatures that your brain appears to limit your body’s ability to perform when it can’t get rid of excess heat fast enough.

However, other factors probably play a role too, since various hormone levels are known to fluctuate throughout the day as well (a point made by Waterhouse et al.). Some additional questions arise when we begin to consider the ideal time to schedule an event in the heat: should it be in the evening, when the body’s thermal radiator is already primed? Or should it be in the morning, when there is more “headroom” between the body’s set temperature and the maximum safe temperature tolerable during exercise? This is an issue that’s yet to be resolved with research.

 

Read the full article at Runners Connect. 

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10 Things Beginner Runners Should Know

Beginner runners often have a lot of questions in mind, to dos and not to dos included. Do you know that stretching is not really necessary before running? Well, I didn’t!

Let’s face it when you’re starting out as a runner you’re forcefed a never ending buffet of horse shit by people who are mostly interested in your money or breaking your spirit.

Here are 10 things I wish I’d known before I started out.

  1. Stretching isn’t necessary – One of the things I dreaded about starting a running regime was stretching. You see I have all the agility of a lamp post. I tried stretching once by pulling my leg behind my arse and I nearly pulled a muscle AND collapsed at the same time. A perfect recipe for a prolapsed rectum if you ask me. Stretching isn’t a necessary warm up. Running itself is a warm up. If stretching doesn’t seem to work for you but you enjoy it as a pre-run ritual, may I suggest flailing your balls to magnetic north, praying to Larry David and/or drying your ass crack with your Aunt’s blowdryer before your run?
  2. The no pain, no gain ethic is bullshit – You can gain a hell of a lot by just running at a slow pace. It can be relaxing. It can alleviate stress. If you’re constantly running out of your comfort zone and it’s making you miserable, then either slow down, suck it up or stop running.

 

Read more at the Angry Jogger. 

 

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Get the Most Out of Your Trip – Do Running Sightseeing

Have you ever regret going back from a business trip – simply because you didn’t have the chance to do sightseeing? How about having to deal with many meetings  so you have to skip your exercise? Or are you a traveler on a shoestring budget so you skip some of the tourist destinations in the area? Here’s running sightseeing for you! Aside from getting exercise while on a trip, running sightseeing is also a budget savvy mode to explore the city, a totally win-win situation!

I believe most runners can say yes to some, if not all of the questions above. Personally I can and this was the reason I founded Running Copenhagen (www.running-copenhagen.dk). This is a group that provides running sightseeing tours in Copenhagen. Our concept is simple – a local guide leads runners through Copenhagen and past the city’s many sights while sharing historical facts, anecdotes and personal recommendations. It’s a great way to discover a beautiful city with a local Copenhagener, while getting your daily exercise.

The above are the obvious benefits of joining a running tour when you are on holiday. But apparently that’s not all. Much to our surprise, we have heard from our female runners that the main benefit of our running tour is that they can order dessert in the evening without feeling bad. For the men, it’s usually an extra beer!

In addition to running, holidays and business trips are an opportunity to get your core and flexibility exercises done. When you are in the hotel room, there are fewer distractions than being at home and most of the time you can’t understand the TV channels anyway. So use the time (even if it’s very little) to do crunches, planks, etc. If you are feeling too exhausted to do anything strenuous or are jetlagged, then simply focus on stretching and let yourself relax into each stretch.

 

Read the full article at Runtastic. 

 

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Train with a Partner to Increase Motivation

I know, routines are daunting. Even disciplined athletes are hunted by this dilemma. When I was in high school, we were always asked to work in pairs. Oftentimes, we have the freedom to choose our own partner. I supposed our teacher wants us to be more disciplined this way – as our performance can affect our partner’s performance.  So, the result is we were obliged to cooperate with our partners and exert our best effort. Working out can be done in the same way! Train with a partner and you’ll get better results!

Life can get really busy, but, because of how essential a workout is, it should definitely be a priority. Workout out with a friend is a great way to give your body some love as well as catch up with your friend when time doesn’t always permit both. Perhaps you really like to run, but your friend likes to hike or bike. What a great way to explore new activities and challenge yourself in a new way. This is good for the body and the mind, don’t want to get bored of a workout program.

Pick out two songs each that are roughly 4-6 minutes in length. Choose these songs wisely and make them highly motivational in order to complete these exercises. Use an interval timer to make the timing easier and feel free to wear your heart rate monitor to monitor how many calories you are torching away.

Song1 Steve Aoki/Wynter Gordon- Ladi Dadi: 30 seconds jumping jacks, 30 seconds hops squats, 30 second plank, rest 30 seconds

Song2 Pretty Lights- Kanye West All Of The Lights Remix: 30 seconds mountain climbers, 30 seconds push-ups, 30 seconds high knees, rest 30 seconds

Song3 B.o.B. ft. Lil Wayne- Strange Clouds : 20 jump lunges (each leg), 20 burpees, rest 15 seconds

Song4 Usher- Lemme See (feat. Rick Ross): 20 seconds of bicycle crunches, 10 seconds rest (aka Tabata interval)

 

Find out exercises you can do with partner at Runtastic. 

 

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Benefits of Barefoot Running

While there’s a rising number of barefoot running worshipers, limited studies have been conducted about it. Advocates are claiming that  barefoot running lessens injuries and strengthen feet.  Do they have evidence to backup their claim?

The first study, for example, despite being quite well-designed, was funded by Nike, which might cast some doubt in the impartiality of the results. And the second two studies look at fairly mundane tasks, not long or fast running.

It is likely that running barefoot, or in any minimal shoe, will increase the strength of your intrinsic foot muscles. But it’s uncertain as to whether this increase in strength will translate to any performance or injury-avoidance gains.

Are the intrinsic foot muscles in a normal runner strong enough to maintain balance and arch integrity while training? Does strengthening these muscles with barefoot or minimalist training reduce injury risk? If so, what amount of training is needed, and how much is too much? These are all big questions that remain unanswered.

In the meantime, however, if you want to try out barefoot running or want to start using a minimalist shoe, I recommend two protocols:

Read the full article at Runners Connect.  

 

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The Importance of a Post-Run Cool Down Routine

Most runners tend to forget the importance of cooling down. Warming up and cooling down routines are really important to avoid injuries. Next time you feel exhausted to do a post run cool down, don’t be and start incorporating it into your  training routine!

Cooling down is not just a technique that professional athletes use, it’s necessary for every person engaging in any sort of workout. And every part of your body benefits from it. LifeFitness.com suggests that some of these benefits include:

  • Heart: Your heart rate returns to normal as well as your breathing.
  • Muscles: Reduces muscle spasms, stiffness and cramping.

Cooling Down Techniques

In the cool down, your goal is to slow your heart rate back to normal at a slow and steady rate. Keep these integral cool down techniques in mind and aim for this to last about 5 minutes.

  • Slow down your workout, but don’t stop. If you’re running, slow your pace to a jog. If you’re lifting, continue with less strenuous, milder exercises.
  • Slow down a little more every 2 minutes, keeping it gradual.
  • Slowly move into stretching as your heart rate slows down.

 

Read the full article at Will Run for Food. 

 

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Top Canine Breeds Suitable for Running

It is said that a dog is a man’s best friend. Not only that, a canine can also be the best running buddy! If you are looking for a jogging companion or a long distance running partner, there’s a breed that can catch up with you or even run faster!

 There’s no perfect running breed for all conditions, and a dog’s personality and temperament are as important as its pedigree, says Susan Dicks, D.V.M., an Albuquerque-based veterinarian and marathoner. Mongrels can make fine runners, espeically if they’re medium-sized, alert, and eager.

Some breeds, such as huskies and greyhounds, were bred to run, and most working dogs are naturally suited to running. By contrast, squishy-nosed dogs, such as pugs and bulldogs, don’t make good distance athletes, because they’re prone to overheating. That’s not to say your pug can’t run, but he probably shouldn’t join you for a late-summer 15-miler. If you want to go long, run in the snow, or hit technical trails, some breeds definitely rise to the top. So say Liz Devitt and professional dog trainer JT Clough, who cowrote a book about training dogs to run.

 

Find out what dog breed suits you at Runner’s World.

 

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