Why run Athens? A look behind the marathon and its 50 years of success

This year the Athens half and full marathon celebrated 50 years of success, with over 700 runners competing. The annual event attracted all types of athletes, those running for speed and those just hoping to finish.

“Being a college student and training for a half marathon made for a pretty busy schedule,” Ohio University freshman Sean Collins said. “But I didn’t put any pressure on myself to beat some crazy time. I just wanted to say I finished and I worked hard.”

The Athens full marathon is a Boston qualifier, therefore runners from across Southern Ohio and West Virginia traveled in hopes of achieving a quick time. The majority of the course runs along the flat bike path towards Nelsonville, making for a smooth and quick race for seasoned runners. For a complete list of results, and to see who qualified for Boston, click here.

With encouragement from locals, friends and family, runners were cheered from start to finish. Though the marathon is one of the smallest in Ohio, energy and positivity were in abundance, pushing participants towards personal records. The race is a great opportunity for first-time marathoners who need an extra push, and for serious racers who thrive in an upbeat environment.

Looking to tackle a half or full marathon next year? Check out registration.

Want to get an inside look on the race? Check out this video:



Do you even lift, bro?

“Well I tried, sorta.”

Listen, I totally get it. New Year’s resolutions are difficult and although you have yet to actually visit the gym in 2017 to get that ‘dream bod’, I’m sure today you’re feeling really motivated!

It’s time to put down that piece of bread, put on those brand new tennis shoes you swore you’d try on eventually, and find some fitness inspiration. Let’s walk around the neighborhood once and see if the guilt of ordering a pizza before the walk wears off before you get home!

For today’s newsletter edition, we are going to dive into an exercise craze that boarders on the line of a cult and an addiction: CrossFit. Finally, a workout routine you may stick to this time.

Here’s a quick CrossFit online guide to check out before you decide that you’ll start working out tomorrow:

1. Facebook

Wikimedia Commons | Rose Physical Therapy Group

Since it’s probable that you spend too much time on social media and too little time at the gym, I know the perfect solution. Follow the CrossFit Facebook page to clog your Facebook feed. Not only will you be bombarded by motivational videos, global testimonials, and wooed with CrossFitters who seemingly look just like you, but it will be the perfect way to get yourself annoyed enough to go offline and go join CrossFit!

2. Instagram

If Facebook’s 2.8 million ‘likes’ weren’t enough to entice you, maybe Instagram’s 1.7 million following will. Nothing screams #fitfam quite like posting a video of yourself lifting heavy stuff on social media. You’re obsessively stalking CrossFitters online and though self-doubt looms, you want to be them. By now, CrossFit is becoming more appealing, enough so to even follow them on Twitter.

3. CrossFit’s Official Website

Flickr | CrossFit Fever

One of your friends or coworkers yesterday was going on and on about their ‘box’ and how great yesterday’s ‘WOD’ was and you stared back blankly. Apparently there’s an entire CrossFit vocabulary you need to learn before starting. Is CrossFit expensive? Are the workouts as excruciatingly hard as they say? Will you really be flipping tires? There’s really only one way to find out, and that’s to check the official website.

4. CrossFit’s CEO & Founder

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Learning about the man behind it all can suffice through this article. Greg Glassman is quite extraordinary and your opinions on his business empire are practically useless. I know that whenever I start something new, my curiosity begins to creep in. It may seem odd how many people you know are joining CrossFit. It’s an odd hype that practically came out of nowhere. Yesterday seemed to be anything and everything about P90X but now it’s CrossFit, CrossFit, and more CrossFit. If the CEO can look like this and make millions on a fitness empire that he may or may not participate in, maybe CrossFit is worth a shot.

Wikimedia Commons | Rose Physical Therapy Group

5. The Red Flags

CrossFit can be dangerous, no doubt about it. Even if you watched the glamorizing 60 Minutes special regarding CrossFit, are you really convinced? Half of your friends give you insane looks at the idea of trying CrossFit while the other half gives you a lackluster response of encouragement. The thought of doing one pushup is horrifying but 30 of them in a row? And for how long? Some doctors praise the CrossFit benefits while others strongly criticize. This is a great reference to understand that behind every successful business are some flaws. CrossFit at your own risk.

Today’s friendly reminder: Become the type of person who can ask, “Do you even lift, bro?”

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Run, rest, repeat: the latest in women’s running


Rise and shine runners! Here’s what you need to know to get your day started on the right foot (pun intended):

Bad Ass of the Day: Alyson Felix

Felix is an Olympic medalist who competes in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m. She also models for Nike women’s track and field line AND works alongside ACTS College Summit, a program that encourages high school juniors and seniors to work towards their goals.


A photo posted by Allyson Felix (@af85) on

Look good, run good.

Nike just released their new LunarEpic low flyknit, a shoe that is designed to fit like a comfortable sock. It’s light weight, but offers ample support for your longer runs. The foam at the heel absorbs impact and helps you achieve the desired ‘heel-to-toe’ running motion. Plus, it comes in tons of cute colors AND gives you the option to design your own. What more can a girl want?

Order your Nike LunarEpic’s here !!


Daily Fitspo

For those of us who need an extra push to make it to the gym (or trail) today…


Recipe of the Day

Check out these ‘piña colada’ stove top oats- easy, filling, and restoring after a long morning run. Don’t have all the toppings pictured below? Not a problem. You can substitute any fruit for the bananas, and regular peanut butter works in place of the almond butter. To keep it super simple, just sprinkle some granola on top and enjoy!

Need a break from running today? We’ve got you covered.

Though you may love running, forcing yourself to hit the trails seven days a week is dangerous and damaging. Your body needs time to recover (at least a day) and restore to help build muscle. Even better, try taking 2 days off and using one of them to tackle a new workout. Don’t be concerned about burning the calories or staying in shape- with the right type of exercise, this won’t be a problem.

Don’t know where to get started? Check out these three alternate workouts that burn more calories than a 3 mile run!


Run, rest, repeat is a daily newsletter providing you with content related to women’s running and fitness. We are constantly researching the latest trends and tips in women’s running to keep our readers fit and healthy. Subscribe to receive our newsletter in your inbox every morning!



Dorm room living on a full stomach

When it comes to the dinning halls it will be your best friend for about the first month. Your mom isn’t there to cook for you and you may be at a lost for words every time your stomach growls and you crave Bagel Street Deli for the 100th time of the day. Your budget won’t make the cut and swipes just aren’t doing the trick. It is time to learn how to cook… without parental guidance. Here is your go-to guide of dorm room recipes.

Nelson & Boyd Market shopping list

– 2-3 swipes will fill your mini fridge –

  • Bagels
  • English muffins
  • Eggs or Egg Whites
  • Ham or turkey – Optional
  • Cheese spread of your choice
  • 3 to 4 veggie options (Greens) Avocado if lucky!
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Cake mix of your choice
  • Paper products – Plates etc.
  • Snag some butter, S&P and sugar packets form the d-hall — FOR FREE!

Mini dorm room kitchen essentials:


            They say breakfast is the most important part of the day, think about it… It is the only thing that gets me out of bed. Cereal was so High school, oatmeal is way too adult-y and honestly carbs are made for our fast paced college metabolism.

We know your heart is set on Bagel Street but check out this quick and easy bagel sandwich… and it’s low-key healthy!

Photo & Recipe Courtesy of Foodie Crush - Dorm Room Recipes
Photo & Recipe Courtesy of Foodie Crush


  • 1 Everything Bagel Thin or bagel of your choice
  • ¾ cup egg whites or one regular egg
  • 10-15 fresh spinach leaves or veggie of your choice
  • 1 spread of creme cheese of your choice (Veggie taste amazing)
  • Optional meat of your choice! (Turkey was my go-to)


  • In a small bowl (paper products work or a microwave safe dish— check out this all time favorite) add egg whites and spinach leaves. Place in microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds, keeping an eye on the eggs so they don’t overflow.
  • Smear wedge of creme cheese on bagel thin, spoon egg out of bowl in a single patty and place on top of cheesy everything bagel, top with avocado (if nelson market is on it’s A-game) add optional meat slices and enjoy.
  • YUM! – Feel free to make these in advance for those 6 AM classes.

Recipe accommodated from Foodie Crush to fit your dorm room needs!

— Insider —

If you are a reckless dorm-y and store a toaster in your room, toast bagel while eggs are microwaving!


Now that you’re in college we don’t get that saved by the bell lunch break. If you’re lucky the lines wont be too long at the dinning halls and you can swipe in for Nelson pizza… wood fired, cheesy, pepperoni pizza. I can almost taste it!

-Have no fear, your pizza fix is here-


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Photo & Recipe Courtesy of Happy Deal Happy Day
  • English Muffin
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Cheese
  • Toppings of your choice


Remember when you thought you grew out of Lunchables… you didn’t. Take your English muffin, top it with pizza sauce and cheese and add any toppings of your choice. You can either eat it plane or stick it in the microwave for melted, gooey, yummy cheese. — Good cold or heated!

Quick and easy lunch, Healthy too!



Dinner for 2

Your roomie and you are in for the night. You just got back from Ping and have no desire to ruin your workout with the Shively pasta station.

Stop by the market on your way home from the gym and pick up the trendy new spaghetti everyone is talking about; Spaghetti squash!

You could do this with your eyes closed and the taste is to die for!

http://momtomomnutrition.com/food-and-recipes/how-to-cook-spaghetti-squash-in-the-microwave/ Dorm Room Recipes
Recipe & Photo: http://momtomomnutrition.com


  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Left over pizza sauce from lunch or pasta sauce of your choice (Butter is yummy too)


Use a sharp knife (or handy scissors) to pierce the Spaghetti squash in a few places to allow steam out when cooking. Microwave for 5 minutes, rotate and microwave for another 5 minutes until squash shell is soft to the touch.

Remove from microwave and let rest for 5 minutes to allow squash to finish cooking inside. Caution! Will be HOT!

Use a sharp knife, cut each end off of the squash.

Next cut the squash in half lengthwise.  Allow the squash to cool for a couple minutes.

Once cooled, remove seeds. Once removed, using a fork, gently scrape the tines or the fork around the inside edge of the Spaghetti Squash to shred the pulp into strands.  Place the strands (spaghetti-like ribbons) in a bowl. Top with the sauce of your choice and enjoy!

This healthy Italian dish is perfect to share! Save one half for lunch later or make it a roomie date!



Don’t think we forgot about the quick delivery of Insomnia Cookies, yes dreams really do come true in college.

Sweet treats are the key to my heart and always seem to occur late night when nothing is open but hot fresh Insomnia Cookies… those snicker-doodles are the key to my heart.


Mug Cake Picture via Pinterest - Dorm room recipes
3 – 2 – 1 Chocolate mug cake

Microwave Mug Cake


3 scoops of cake mix – Any flavor works!

2 tablespoons of water

1 minute in the microwave

Melt in your mouth cake and almost positive it’s faster than Insomnia!




No need to have an empty stomach now! Check out Pinterest for more dorm room recipes!