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All About That Pace, ‘Bout That Pace… 

I remember every single long run I completed in preparation for my first marathon. I was so astounded that my body was able to carry me 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 miles that each time I ran a new distance I would write the mileage down on a little piece of paper when I got home and drop it in a piece of pottery that resides on our bookshelf. On December 31st of that year I took out all of the sheets of paper and read each one, reclaiming that awesome feeling.

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Karen Berenson
How Hormones Impact Running Performance

Are Your Hormones Jacking Up Your Running Performance?
(Ladies, this one's for you… and the answer is yes!)

Let’s start this blog entry with a little story and see if it hits home for any of you.

Mary, a 38-year-old runner is training for her fifth half marathon. She is in great shape and takes good care of herself…

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Karen Berenson
Pumpkin Power Muffins

It’s time to turn up the Pumpkin Power!

Pumpkin is a nutrient-dense food that has been shown to regulate blood pressure, protect against prostate and colon cancers, combat diabetes and support a healthy immune system. In other words, we should be eating it far more often than Thanksgiving Day!

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Karen Berenson
Ready or Not - It’s Marathon Month!

It’s not uncommon that during the few final weeks of marathon training your mind starts going in a million directions - all kinds of interesting ideas, thoughts and doubts can pop up. Here are a few that have entered my warped brain over the years…

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Karen Berenson
Beating Runner Burnout

Runner burnout is a very real, very painful thing that affects both the physical body and the mental state. At the onset of a training period you could feel like you’re on top of your running game, only to line up at the start line with serious concerns that the letters “DNF” might show up on your race results page.

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Karen Berenson
Treadmill Training - The Necessary Evil

Let’s just get this out of the way... Pounding out miles on a treadmill in a gym, basement, or spare bedroom isn’t anyone’s idea of an amazing time. One can only watch so many Netflix movies before losing the ability to pay attention. That being said…

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Karen Berenson
Social Circles Part 2: Coping Strategies

In Social Circles Part 1: Habits are Contagious, I shared some hard and fast research on how the lifestyle habits of those around us can affect how we eat, what we eat, and how we move. Now what? Here are three crucial strategies for getting friends and family to support your healthy lifestyle.

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Karen Berenson
Social Circles Part 1: Habits are Contagious

Are you ready to make changes that will lead to a healthier mind and body? Yes? But are your friends and family? Before you set out on your destination to improve your health through diet and exercise, you MUST read this research-based post on how we are, in fact, the sum of our social circles.

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Karen Berenson
Best Gifts for that Special Runner in Your Life

Dear Santa Claus,

I was extra good this year. I trained for and completed two more marathons, I made sure not to complain about the state of my tight hamstrings at family functions, and I didn’t once swear (out loud) at my running coach. If you could please bring me some of these items on my Christmas list, I’m pretty sure I can PR at my spring marathon.

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Karen Berenson
Medals and Merlot? - Why Wine Should Be Handed Out At Race Finishes

Your legs are heavy and your heart is racing… you’ve been pushing through 3.1, 6.2, 9.3, 13.1, or (gasp) 26.2 miles alongside hundreds or even thousands of complete strangers. You can’t wait to finally step over that finish line, have a kind soul place a medal around your neck, and be handed that beautiful, promised celebratory drink… a beer in a plastic cup?

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Karen Berenson
Winter Training To Prepare For A Spring Marathon

With the major marathons of 2018 now behind us, you may have already your sites set on spring races. Whether you’ve registered for the 2019 Milwaukee Marathon or have booked your ticket for a warm destination race, don’t wait until after the holidays to start preparing. Having run multiple distance races that required training through the dark and cold days of winter, I’ve come up with a few tried and true tips that will help you make your spring race your best race!

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Karen Berenson
5 Ways to Survive the Season Change

While Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year, there is an adjustment for many of us in the Midwest. The days get shorter and darker. There is less access to locally-grown fruits and veggies. Our activity level tends to decrease (and our interest in comfort foods increases!). That being said, we’ve got some ideas to help you survive the change in the season…

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Karen Berenson
Can Dieting Damage Your Metabolism?

If you’re feeling “stuck” or can’t seem to get lean, despite working out harder than ever before, knowing how your metabolism works, paying attention to “Energy In” and “Energy Out,” and following some of my best strategies to keep weight off can be helpful. Get informed so you can be your best self.

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Karen Berenson