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Congratulations! You signed up, trained hard, and now your marathon is complete. With the hard work behind you, what’s next? Experienced runners will tell you: Recovery should come first. Immediately following a long-distance run, your body’s “running economy”—a.k.a. its rate of oxygen consumption—is compromised. Although the race is finished (and even though you may feel fine)

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After months of intense training, we’re thrilled to announce that Gym Source’s own Jan Schole (manager of our showroom in Westport, CT) completed the 19th annual Laugavegur Ultra Marathon—a grueling 34-mile (55 km) race through the steep climbs and rocky descents of some of Iceland’s toughest terrain. Held on 7/18/15, Laugavegur hosted 400 participants, of which 361 finished the race.

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You know the feeling—that sudden, jolting pain in your side that sends you doubling over instead of moving forward. It has a name:  exercise-related transient abdominal pain (ETAP), better known as the side stitch. It may be dull or sharp; it may present on either side of your abdomen. But no matter what, it hurts. READ MORE: 9 Ways to Beat Shin Splints Fortunately, there are ways to prevent

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Mention the words “shin splints” to an athlete—then watch out: This acute form of agony strikes fear in the heart of anyone who pounds the pavement, plays the court, or works out on any type of hard surface. Could you be at risk? Yes. Shin splints are fairly common among runners (who account for as much as 20 percent of shin splints). But these painful episodes—directly caused by muscle

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It’s hard to perform perfectly on every part of your triathlon, since each sport requires different muscles and natural abilities. Nonetheless, if you’re where you want to be with running and swimming—but biking is your weak link—don’t despair. With the right training and equipment, you can achieve remarkable improvements in the biking leg of your tri. Here are some tips. It goes

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When you choose to train for a triathlon, you need to be in top form for three very different sports. Do you have a weak link? If a single leg of your tri—be it swimming, biking or running—isn’t on par, it holds back whatever advantage you may have in the other two. For those of you looking to boost your swimming performance, here are some helpful conditioning tips. First, while arm and

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Last month, we introduced you to Gym Source’s own Jan Schole (manager of our showroom in Westport, CT), who is training to compete in the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon in Iceland on July 18, 2015.  Preparing for a grueling competition like the Laugavegur—taking place in the Icelandic wilds—requires serious dedication and focus. No stranger to tough training, Jan is rising to the challenge.

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What do you call a 55-kilometer multi-terrain road race through sand, gravel, grass, snow, ice, rivers and streams—one that runs straight up a mountain for the first 6 miles—in Iceland? You call it the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon, and we’re thrilled to support Gym Source’s own Jan Schole, manager of our Westport, CT, showroom, as he trains to compete in this year’s Laugavegur event on 7

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Tackle a 10k—been there. Kick the half marathon—done that. Finish a full marathon—Yikes! If you’re trying to transition from short hauls to 26.2 miles, we’ve got helpful hints just for you. The good news is this: If you can run 13.1 miles, you can absolutely run 26.2 (and doubling the distance is easier than it seems.) Here are 3 tips for making your marathon dreams a reality. MORE:

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Congratulations to Charles Sansbury and Jeff Barnes, who both won bibs from Gym Source to compete in the famed 2015 Boston Marathon, which took place on April 20. For Charles, a distance runner since 2009 with four marathons behind him, winning entry to the famed Boston Marathon was a dream-come-true. “Running is my life,” explains the Orlando native. “I’m a store manager at a running

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