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Get Race-Ready with Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes’ Training Tips

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Get race training tips from Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes

If you’re preparing for your first race, start from the ground up by investing in a good pair of shoes. Then, begin tracking your progress using some of the great technology available today (i.e., Fitbit Charge or Surge). Mix up your routine by going hard one day, and easy the next. Try to do a couple longer training runs on the weekend.

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Join Fitbit for Your Next Race

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Race season is upon us! If you’re feeling inspired to sign up for a race this year, or are simply looking to up your step count, we’re here to help.

Fitbit is the official fitness tracker of Destination Races. Destination Races is the visionary producer of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series offering unforgettable race weekends for runners and food and wine enthusiasts alike, complete with scenic courses, post-race Wine & Music festivals, and exclusive access to esteemed wineries, gourmet tastings, and local personalities.

Not only is Fitbit the official fitness tracker, but we’re also partnering with Destination Races in training! With the help of Fitbit ambassador and Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, we’ll be getting you race ready by providing training tips along the way. And you can check out the training page to get motivated, download training schedules, and stay on track, whether you’re working towards your first 5K or are doing a 1/2 Marathon.

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How Dean Karnazes Uses Heart Rate Data While Training

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Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes explains how heart rate tech helps him train

PurePulse Heart Rate is a new technology at Fitbit that we’re really proud of. Included in both the ChargeHR and Surge, it offers continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones. Tracking your heart rate allows you to accurately track your calorie burn, maintain workout intensity, maximize training, and optimize your results. But how do you use it?

We turned to Fitbit ambassador and ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes to learn how he uses the heart rate tracking in his Fitbit Surge while training for his races.

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Preparing for Your First 5K

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3.1 miles — the perfect distance for your first foray into one of the world’s most popular sports (for the record, that’s about 6,000 Fitbit steps). We’ll help you navigate some of the obstacles that trip people up when they’re starting a running program for the first time, or coming back to running after a break.

Here’s how to properly get started.

See also: 5 Beneficial Reasons to Run

And don’t forget to register for the first ever Fitbit Tiburon Half Marathon & 5K. read more

Join the 1st Fitbit Bay Area Training Run Led by Dean Karnazes

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Whether you’re starting to train for the Fitbit Tiburon 1/2 Marathon & 5K or trying to prep for marathon season, we’ve got the perfect event to inspire you!

Spread the local Fitbit love and join Fitbit ambassador and ultra-marathonman Dean Karnazes on Monday August 25, for a 4-mile run/walk that starts and culminates at the Bay Club in Marin. Not only will you get beautiful views while you kick it into gear, you’ll  learn exactly how Dean trains, how he gets the most out of his Fitbit, and what tips and tricks you can use to improve your training. Not a San Francisco local? Follow the blog for upcoming training tips, schedules, and future events to support your fall racing season.

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At the end of the workout, be sure to stick around for a chance to win an entry into the Fitbit Tiburon 1/2 Marathon & 5K on Sunday October 5th, 2014. We’ll also be giving away discounted registration into that race, as well as free Fitbit prizes—including some of our award-winning trackers.

 

6 Reasons Why Rest Days are Important featuring Dean Karnazes

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Step count, active minutes, calories burned. These are all important pieces of data that help us live healthier, more active lives. But we often don’t stress the important of rest and why your body needs days off.

With Fitbit, you can track and improve your quality of sleep. But that’s just part of the equation. Your tracker can also be extremely helpful in keeping tabs on your down days and limiting your activity so your body can fully recover in between your more active days of the week.

Still not convinced? Fitbit ambassador and ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes knows just how important rest is for active people of all levels. Here are Dean’s six simple reasons why getting your rest is so important.

1. Rest Prevents Injury – It’s common sense that resting is beneficial for injury reduction, but why? Well for starters, rest days prevent overuse. That extends from running to lifting and even walking. If you’re a regular runner, you know how much your legs and feet can take until you just need a day off. If you push it too hard without a break, your muscles and joints suffer from overuse and that’s where injuries can happen. read more