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Running Off The Beaten Track

Posted by Hazel Wood Master Instructor on Fri Mar 11th, 2011, 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago I participated in my first long distance running relay event—"Off The Beaten Track" on Grand Cayman.   It was fun and challenging.  My challenge was not the distance (50K divided by 6 runners) but how to run in heat and humidity in the middle of the day and find my way over an unfamiliar course that was not marked. Oh, and did I mention I had to run on the beach ...

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Running in the Wrong Shoes

Posted by Hazel Wood Master Instructor on Mon Aug 9th, 2010, 1 comments

No, this is not another post about traditional running shoes, minimal shoes or barefoot running. It is about what we put on our feet when. Why do many runners choose between running in road shoes and running in trail shoes. Does it matter? Can you just as easily run trails wearing shoes designed for road [...]

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The Dipsea Race: A Long Running Affair

Posted by Hazel Wood Master Instructor on Tue Jun 22nd, 2010, 3 comments

I don’t seem to be able to give it up. Every year, on the second Sunday of June I’m full of excitement and trepidation, ready to start running the Dipsea.  It’s been 30 years since I started this affair and there’s no end in sight. The Dipsea race itself just celebrated its 100th running  — [...]

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Running And Racing On My Home Turf

Posted by Hazel Wood Master Instructor on Mon Mar 15th, 2010, 0 comments

The heat was on this past weekend. The running club that I belong to (Tamalpa Runners) held its monthly club race on my home course on Sunday.  I had no excuse not to enter. The starting line wasn’t even half a mile from my house, I had no other plans for the morning, the course [...]

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In The Running: My Super Bowl Story

Posted by Hazel Wood Master Instructor on Tue Feb 9th, 2010, 1 comments

On Super Bowl Sunday I ran in a 7 mile race, aptly called the Super Bowl Run. It’s a unique and fun race, with staggered start times and individual handicaps. Part of the fun is all the pre-race begging and complaining and bribery that goes on when runners receive their handicaps, which are not revealed [...]

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Variety In Uphill Running Makes It Fun

Posted by Hazel Wood Master Instructor on Mon Jan 11th, 2010, 1 comments

With the start of the New Year I’ve got back into hill running. Some people love running hills; others avoid them like the plague. I’m one of those runners that normally enjoy running uphill more than downhill. Unfortunately I’ve slowed down and perhaps as a consequence my love of hills has waned a bit. A [...]

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Have Fun Exploring While Running

Posted by Hazel Wood Master Instructor on Mon Dec 21st, 2009, 1 comments

It is so easy to get caught up in being focused on everything we have to do and things we want to accomplish that sometimes we don’t allow ourselves the time, or space in our brain to just have fun. Even with our running and walking programs. While I am sure that most people reading [...]

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Running pain hurts in more ways than one

Posted by Hazel Wood Master Instructor on Tue Dec 1st, 2009, 0 comments

Like my fellow ChiRunning Instructor Bloggers, I was recently in Asheville for the ChiRunning Instructor weekend. You have probably read about the incredible running experiences we had and what a wonderful opportunity it was for us all to focus even more on our running form. It was a happy band of midfoot strike runners that’s [...]

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Friends and nature make distance running feel easy

Posted by Hazel Wood Master Instructor on Mon Nov 2nd, 2009, 0 comments

Last Saturday was one of those memorable running days — in more ways than one.  I was scheduled to meet some friends at a local park and ride and then carpool to the place where we would start running.  When I wasn’t there at the appointed time they thought I must be running late.  Little [...]

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