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The Warmup Lap | 5.8.12 - Hill Workouts: Good Enough for Jerry Rice

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Jerry Rice is considered by most to be the greatest wide receiver in the history of the NFL (as an Alabama fan, I defer to Green Bay's legendary Don Hutson - but it's a close call). Aside from the heaps of records he holds, Rice's ability to continue to perform at such a high level over his two-decade-long career is a testament to athletic endurance. He has long attributed his daily hill workouts as a key reason for his ability to retain his physical skills so long and he now is looking to push a new generation of NFL players to try his approach.

Jerry Rice will take A.J. Jenkins to "the hill" | ProFootballTalk

The wide receiver taken by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the NFL draft is going to get whipped into shape by the former 49ers receiver who is regarded by many as the greatest player in NFL history.

The stratagem is one runners seeking to improve their times should take to heart and the folks at Runner's World have been kind enough to put together a list of tips for hill workouts recently:

Run Fast By Running Uphill From Runner's

A new study suggest that the biggest foe to one's fitness maybe the daily commute:

Long Commutes May Be Harmful to Your Health - MedPage Today

The longer you drive to work, the more likely you are to be overweight and have high blood pressure says a report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. And the daily commute was also negatively associated with high levels of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness.

Have you ever considered running a distance race in costume? Here's a detailed look at the effort that goes into it:

Bend runner excels as Elvis; Ultramarathoner does marathons in costume | The Bulletin

Sharman combated the sticky factor by cutting numerous slits in the fabric to allow for some air flow. He explains that he also would apply copious amounts of Vaseline to ward off chafing, any runner’s enemy. He also prefers to costume up in the relative cool of springtime marathons rather than swelter during summer races.

And now for the rest of the news:

Take care of running shoes, and they'll take care of you |

Controversial Olympics ad keeps running in Argentina -

Black Girls Run! Wins Best Running Blog Award | Encouraging African-American Women to Make Fitness and Healthy Living a Priority