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Lori Nickel: 20 things I learned in 20 races this year

It began with a New Year's Day vision board and ended with grinding out a few final 5Ks on a knee injury. Yet somehow, this sugar fanatic soccer mom made it through (and if I can do it, you can too!). Here are 20 things I learned from participating in 20 races in 2017:

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How to get more from your bodyweight workout

Continually fit people know that even when you don't have equipment, you can still get in a great workout. They know how to tailor bodyweight exercises to their own fitness level – and then adapt them when that level changes.

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Seven ways to wind down after an evening workout

We all know Type A individuals who wake up at the crack of dawn, power through a high-intensity cardio class, and then stroll into the office like it's no big deal. And that's awesome for them, however, if you're on the other end of the spectrum and setting your alarm an hour before you have to roll out of bed to work out sounds miserable, you're not alone.

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Skier's guide to three of Colorado's most unique independent ski areas

Wide-open spaces, local personality, and some of the best natural snow you'll find in Colorado – These are just three of the many characteristics that make Monarch Mountain, Loveland Ski Area, and Ski Cooper some of the most approachable and authentic ski areas in Colorado. From expert hike-to terrain to groomers made for beginners and families, these three independently owned Colorado ski mountains truly have something for everyone. And the best part? The unique views from each of these ski areas are unlike any other in Colorado. See you on the slopes!

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A peaceful retreat to St. Mary's Glacier

Nestled high above I-70 and up a road that snakes into the mountains beyond Idaho Springs, Colorado, there is a small lake at the base of a glacier. St. Mary's Glacier, one of the most striking and pristine landscapes in the Centennial State, is located less than an hour's drive west of Denver, and this high alpine destination (elevation approximately 10,750 feet) can be accessed via a well-trodden, three quarters of a mile-long trail beginning just beyond the small town of Alice. Intrigued by the promise of a mid-week alpine escape and an up-close look at one of Colorado's last remaining glaciers, we arrived at the trailhead just before sunrise.

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Keen waterproof boots ideal for snowshoeing, walking around town

Winter hiking and snowshoeing can be a lot of fun – if you keep your feet dry. Once your feet get wet, it's game over. So choosing a waterproof hiking book will do wonders in helping you enjoy time outside, and these boots from Keen offer great comfort and performance right out of the box. The Terradora are designed specifically for women, with a narrower last through the heel and a roomier toe-box than unisex shoes. (Men can check out the Targhee for a boot with similar functions.) They're comfortable enough to wear around town, yet they are technical enough boots to provide warmth and comfort in the snow.

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7 Reasons the Pikes Peak Region is an awesome year-round destination

The Pikes Peak Region is one of Colorado's most scenic destinations. Boasting 300 days of sunshine and mild temperatures, it also has some incredible ways to get out there and enjoy the landscape any time of the year. Have you ever been Jeeping in winter or to the summit of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak? Winter, spring, summer, or fall, here are 7 of our favorite activities for the whole family to enjoy in Colorado Springs in all seasons.

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Wina Sturgeon: Add some creativity to your workout routine

If you do a regular planned training program, you may vary the amount of weight you lift or the number of sets and reps, but you probably always do the same exercises, with the same joint movements and the same ranges of motion. Why not get creative with your workout and bring a little 'oomph' to your training program?

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Eight ways to burn major calories no matter what you're doing

While it's been proven that burning calories is not the only way to lose weight, it can't hurt. And if there's a way to blithely burn calories throughout the day without deviating from your usual routine, that's even better. I'm very much a lazy-girl wellness-hacks kind of person – if it's easy, feels good, and doesn't cost money, I'm in. I'm thinking you probably feel the same way.

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