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QT: How to Save Money When Traveling to a Destination Race


A lot of runners have ambitions of traveling to cool places in order to run races.

It could be across the country and it could be halfway around the world, but in any event, most of us would love to chance to run a destination race at some point in the future.

One of the big hangups in doing so, however, is the cost of travel.

Airfare and hotels add up quickly, and for some of us that means that traveling to a destination race may not be in the cards.

Joining me on today’s quick tip episodes are two folks that know a thing or two about traveling to races, and doing so in ways that don’t break the bank.

Tom Leddy and Carol Valls are the co-writers of the book The Ultimate Travel Guide for Runners.

If you have a destination race on your horizon, you definitely want to check out their book in order to save some money and improve your traveling/racing experience. Read more

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QT: The Month Before a Race… So Much to Do, So Little Time!


I got an interesting question/suggestion on Twitter the other day for a quick tip episode: what should you do in the last month before a race?

As a running coach, this might be one of those things that I often overlook in my own training because I just kind of “know” what to do.

And for the runners I coach? Since I’m telling them what to do as we go, I’ve never tried to break down what to do the month before a race.

But what about those that are more or less on their own for their training? What should they do for the last month of their race preparations?

It's Going to Be OK....

It’s Going to Be OK….

Things To Do in the Month Before a Race

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Traveling After a Race

Traveling After a Race? Three Tips to Make Your Trip More Comfortable

When I put together Friday’s quick tip about the issues a runner faces when making a long trip right before the race, I was planning on today’s post being the natural follow up–things to do when you’re traveling after a race, either by car or by plane.

Traveling After a Race

Traveling After a Race?

I’m still going to do that post today, but it’s not nearly as topical as I’d planned.

(If you’re not following me on Social Media, you may have missed the announcement that I wasn’t able to make it out to California to speak and run the Running with the Bears marathon. I’ll share the details of the disappointment later this week.)

So instead of dealing with the post-marathon aches and pains I was expecting to face today, I’m writing this post based on past experience.

Jumping in a plane less than 8 hours after running 26.2 is something I’ve done before (twice, actually), and I’ve also taken an 8+ hour car ride right after a race.

So if you’re facing a trip shortly after a half/full marathon finish, here are a few things you can do to make your trip home as comfortable as possible.  Read more

Diz Runs With… Anders Brooker


Today, I’m running with Anders Brooker, who is the race director for the Missoula Marathon in Missoula, Montana. The race weekend consists of a 5k, Half, Full, kid’s marathon, and beer run, so there is an event available for everyone.

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While running with Anders, we obviously talked about the Missoula Marathon but that’s not the only thing we covered. Among the highlights of our run:

  • A recent 50 mile run he wasn’t exactly prepared for
  • Why the race is run in July
  • Why the race has a participant cap
  • Being named The Best Marathon in the United States by Runner’s World in 2010
  • Things to do in Missoula in addition to running 26.2 miles

There are very few races that are on my list of “Races I WILL run on my pursuit of the 50 state club“, but after talking to Anders I’m pretty sure that Missoula is now on the list. Everything about this race sounds like my idea of a perfect race, from the number of runners to the rural environment to the small town feel. I look forward to taking a week or so, and really exploring a part of the country that I’ve never been to before, and running a great race as well.

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If you’re as interested in more information about the Missoula Marathon, make sure you check out their website.

And you can also stay up to date by liking the Missoula Marathon on Facebook or follow the Missoula Marathon on Twitter. (@mslamarathon)

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