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What runners eat: no-bake, gluten free energy bars

The scene: Me, in a San Francisco Walgreens, desperately seeking something portable I could eat before the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. I didn’t find what I was looking for at Walgreens. I eventually was able to find a gluten free energy bar at a high end grocery store. I bought it because I needed something to eat before the race …

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7 Effective Self-Defense Techniques for Women Runners

Listen up ladies: stop putting off that self-defense class. In fact, put it on your calendar right now. Oliver Valenzuela, a local runner and Kajukenbo instructor, is teaching free self-defense classes for women in various local running groups. He’s already instructed a class for DAR and the Wascallys, and he has more classes set for Fleet Feet Fresno and Sierra …

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Summer running, as told through Leslie Knope gifs

Running is great! Except when it’s not. I may run a website about running but I actually find it really hard to run in the summer. I’m cold all the time, yet when I’m running I turn into a delicate flower and begin to wilt around 75 degrees. So when it’s 100 (or even 85) degrees out, I don’t always …

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Made to last: Clovis-based Endure Jewelry Co. celebrates 8 years in business

There are a few ways to commemorate a running milestone. It’s tempting to wear a medal out and about (I’ve done it) but let’s be honest, it gets a little weird after the first day. Even Olympians put the medal away at some point. Race shirts are great, but not appropriate for every occasion. Tattoos are permanent and painful, not for …

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A new way to downward dog: goat yoga at Dream Big Ranch

Shortly after Saturday’s yoga session began at Sanger’s Dream Big Ranch, a rooster found its way into the practice. Instructor Amber Herzog Lyman remained unfazed as she led the class in a series of gentle yoga poses. But then, wandering roosters are par for the course in a yoga class that includes baby goats. Goat yoga, in case you haven’t …

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Race preview: SAR Wild Run

Looking for an August race that’ll get you out of Fresno’s heat? There’s still time to sign up for Shaver Lake’s SAR Wild Run, scheduled for August 13. The event — a fundraiser for Fresno County’s Search and Rescue team — offers something for every type of athlete: a 2-mile family hike along the lake’s shore; the 5K Wild Run, …

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What runners eat: lentil tacos

If you follow my food posts, you may have noticed I usually post recipes on Friday so you can go into the weekend with a new recipe to try out after your weekend long run. But I’m posting the lentil tacos recipe today. Because Taco Tuesday. How do I know runners eat lentil tacos? Because once upon a time, in …

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Race preview: Miguel Reyes Memorial 5K Run/Walk

Saturday’s Miguel Reyes Memorial 5K is more than another race in the park; it’s an opportunity for runners to honor the memory of Miguel Reyes, a beloved member of the Fresno running community who was involved in a fatal car accident two years ago. Race director Jesus Campos, Reyes’ friend and training partner, organized the first Miguel Reyes Memorial 5K …

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What runners eat: açaí smoothie bowl

Last week my son asked me to take him to the juice bar near our house. Despite having opened more than a year ago and featuring very trendy smoothie bowls on its menu, we still hadn’t ventured inside. Two smoothie bowls and $18 later, I discovered why the juice bar is an occasional treat and not a replacement for my …

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Run California: The California Half and Full Marathon Series

You may have noticed, in recent years, that some California marathons and half marathons are designated as being part of the California Half and Full Marathon Series. I first became aware of the series several years ago, when I was still living in the Bay Area, but I had taken a break from running long distances and quickly forgot about …