I’ve heard it said more than once that the Blue Ridge Mountains are “God’s Country.” I guess the bugs missed the memo…they seem to think they run things around these parts, and attack with an apocalyptic vengeance.

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With the crazy variable winter we’ve had, runners across the Blue Ridge are aching for a sunshine-filled spring, when we can dust off our running shoes and hit the trails for good.
Here we’ve compiled an outfit to take you through your run, from a 5K to multi-leg race journey, these trail-tested items will carry you through, all while looking stylishly swift.

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We’ve all heard of “carbing up” for a race or long ride. Carbohydrates provide the necessary fuel for sustaining a long workout, but all carbs are not created equal. Your body is your machine, so consciously choose high-grade carbs for high-end performance.

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The array of choices when it comes to pre-made energy bars and drinks can be overwhelming. Some are sweet, some are salty, some are fairly delicious, and let’s be honest … some are barely edible. While most are packed with nutrients, oftentimes they also contain ingredients you’ve never heard of, strange sugars, sodium and preservatives.…

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