For someone who has a checkered past with the half marathon, this is an uncomfortable post for me to hit the ol’ publish button on, but, here we go … I want a half marathon PR. And I’m planning to chase one down this October at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. I’ve got a bunch of friends who will also be racing, and even more running buddies who are helping me stay accountable. I’m going to reach this goal — or I’ll go down trying. Hell, I even joined Strava! I am serious. Now, when I say “trying,” I mean it…

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There are a lot of specialty running items out there. Some you totally and absolutely need (like, a good pair of running shoes — always worth the price), and others that are, er, not so much (pretty much any tech wearable — like, they can be super awesome, but you don’t have to have them to get a good run in, ya know?). In the past, I honestly would have put running socks in the latter category. I mean, as long as you get a pair that wicks away sweat and doesn’t chafe, is there that big of a difference?…

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