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The very first marathon was run by a poor sap named Phidippides in or about the year 496 B.C. As legend has it, Phidippides was a messenger in the Persian/Greek War who was sent with an urgent dispatch from the city of Marathon to Athens – roughly 26 miles of running. After delivering his message, Phidippides dropped over dead from…

Many people use their vacations as a means to relax, escape their day jobs, and enjoy peace of mind for several days out of the year. Unfortunately, the extravagant meals, excessive alcohol consumption, and long days spent on the beach are detrimental to a vacationer's mental and physical well being because they are unhealthy in their own right. Masters degree…

A recent article in Afar magazine extols the virtues of leaving the tent behind to hike hut-to-hut through some of the most spectacular country all around the world. I’ve just returned from one such adventure—a six day sojourn through the High Sierra camps of Yosemite—and I heartily concur. Here’s the winning formula: you pack lightly (maximum 20 pounds versus the…

A recent post from FoXnoMad provides readers with a quick reality check on How to Accurately Calculate How Many Calories You Just Burned Sightseeing. The author provides some basic rules on how burning calories is impacted by energy exerted, weight, level of athleticism and age. Then he offers suggestions for apps and maps that will help you better estimate the…

Head injuries on the ski slopes have decreased due to increased use of helmets and improved equipment, and the sport could be made even safer if everyone used the equipment properly.  In the 2009-10 season, a total of 25 skiers and 13 snowboarders died in a span of 59.8 million skier/snowboarder days, making the sport relatively safe—after all, 46 Americans…

If the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day has you envisioning yourself backpacking through the lush greenery of Ireland, put down your Guinness, and pick up a pen.  It’s time to make a list.  Better yet, just bookmark this blog post. After you choose an initial destination, or at least an arrival and departure point, you should research the area for…

Active travel comes in many forms: biking through Italy's wine country, white water rafting in Costa Rica, hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro and everything in between.  Despite the variation in intensity, these trips share a common bond. Whether you're a novice or a virtual pro, you must adequately prepare for your adventure vacation or it's likely to take its toll on both…

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