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We athletes spend a lot of time wishing – maybe even hoping and praying – that there’s one “silver bullet” that offers the answer to better performance and health. How’s that working out for us? That being said, I believe I have an interesting take on this issue. I recently read a very informative book by Joe Friel called Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of your Life. If you’re a young buck, don’t be so quick to roll your eyes. The title of this book could just as easily have been: How to Race Strong – for Everyone. It just so happens that what makes you a success when you’re a younger athlete is the same thing that will make you a success as you age. So where does this silver bullet business come in? Is there a single thing that could make the difference? Maybe. Friel contends that as we age, we tend to believe that our training should get gentler, so we back off and slow down. He counters (with plenty of proof points) that regardless of age, the body is able to handle intense training, and those who maintain a good, structured

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10 Travel Gifts For Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April or May (source: Wikipedia). This warms our hearts since mothers deserve to be honored as much as possible! If Mother’s Day is coming up in your part of the world (here in the U.S., it’s on May 8th this year) and Mom is a travel enthusiast, check out our top ten travel-themed gift picks below. 1. Comfy flat shoes: Mom will breeze through airport security with comfortable slip-ons that double as socks to keep her feet warm during the flight. These classy shoes caught our eye: a) Collette Parisian Ballet flats (suede) for $62.98 via TravelSmith. b) Cole Haan Air Bandon flats (leather) for $79.92 via Zappos. c) Naturalizer Creston flats (leather) for $69.99 via FootSmart. 2. Crushable hat: Mom is always on the go, whether it’s around town or on a jet plane. Provide her protection from the sun (or a bad hair day) with a fashionable hat that can be packed with baggage without losing its shape. Check out these crushable hats: a)  Roxy cotton canvas bucket hat for $28.00 via Athleta. b) Sur la Tete straw hat for $20.95 via  VillageHatShop.com. c) Alejandra Sky straw floppy beach hat for  $39.00

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10 Travel-Themed Books


What do books and travel have in common? Both experiences offer an escape from everyday life. So this summer, if you’re unable to take a holiday (or one that is long enough), why not journey through the pages of a book? Below is a list of travel-themed books guaranteed to transport you to another time and place. Know of other good reads? We need recommendations! The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly: after his mother dies and his father re-marries, a twelve year-old boy journeys through another world, where he encounters the heroes and monsters of well-known fairy tales — but these characters are twisted and flawed, exposing the boy to a new and grittier reality. This is a book about the loss of innocence that comes with the passage into adulthood. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway: in this brief memoir, Hemingway captures the magic of 1920s Paris, when the city teemed with literary luminaries such as Gertrude Stein, Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce. The dynamics between Hemingway and his artist peers are colorful and electric, and Hemingway’s characterization of Paris is as relevant today as it was then. The Journeyer by Gary Jennings: reading this book about