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10 Best Half Marathons in the United States

As I considered writing about these top 10 best half marathons in the United States, I knew I had to recommend some that I ran.  I mean if I just threw up a list of a bunch of races that I had no experience with, what fun is that?

10 best half marathons in the united statesInstead, I'll confess upfront that I ran the Blue-Gray Half Marathon in Gettysburg in 2016, the Trenton Half in 2015, and the Delaware Canal Half was the one I actually trained for the first time in 2014.  As for the Philly Half, I didn't run the half marathon course, but I did run the marathon course.  So, there are similarities.

What I believe you will enjoy about these races listed here is that they have a mixture of beautiful scenery, a challenging course for runners of all ability levels, and just a fun racing atmosphere.  It is races like these that you train to begin with.  The energy level on race day at these events makes you feel like a true athlete (and that's because you are).

Now, let's just right into it.  Here are the top 10 best half marathons in the United States of America according to yours truly!

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The Time I Blew My Grocery Budget, and What I Did About It

Hello, Run The Money fans.  I have a very interesting guest post from Lauren Rilling this week.  She blew my grocery budgethas such amazing insight that I asked her back two weeks in a row!  Lauren discusses "that time I blew my grocery budget" as she was trying to eat healthier to decrease inflammation in her body. I could've pushed this post until next month, but it has such great information and advice that I really wanted to get it to you right away.

Lauren is a personal finance blogger herself and a Dave Ramsey-trained coach.  You can check out my interview with her and visit her blog at DeterminedDollar.com. Take it away, Lauren!

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How I Blew My Grocery Budget

Last month, I realized that my diet needed a serious overhaul. Not just an eat-less-junk-food health kick, mind you, but a total change to my approach to food.

I’m only 30 years old was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knees two years ago. It prevents me from doing a lot of what I enjoy and significantly limits my workout options (not that I make a ton of consistent effort in the exercise department… just being real with you guys). But anyway, arthritis? At age 30? Are you KIDDING?! (Spoiler alert: the new diet has already helped a lot!)

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Can Parents Put Children into Debt? 5 Scenarios You Need to Know

young woman frustrated with debt

Can parents put children into debt?

Yes, they can. More shocking is sometimes the parents put children into debt knowingly.

It might be they have no other way out than doing so and sometimes they do it with the intention of helping their children.

Here are 5 scenarios about how parents put their children into debt.

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Money is a Tool: How This Dave Ramsey Coach Teaches Others to be Financial Stewards

Money is a tool.

money is a toolHave you ever heard that phrase before? We seem to think of it as a means to an end. A destination. Or something to just accumulate a ton of and horde until the day we die.

But, no, that's not a health view of money at all. Money is a tool -- a means of exchanging value for value.

Realizing this can do wonders for your financial health. With that in mind, I asked Lauren Rilling of The Determined Dollar to discuss her views on money. As a Dave Ramsey-trained financial coach and personal finance blogger, Lauren has seen it all.

I believe her personal and professional insights can really help us wrap our heads around the "money is a tool" concept. After all, we're all here to learn from each other become better stewards of the money we have.

Now, here's Lauren to enlighten us further on how money is a tool.

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15% of NFL Players are Bankrupt 12 Years After Retiring. Are You Being Smart with Money?

Do you have what it takes to be smart with money?

be smart with money with run the moneyI know that the statistic in the title is shocking. But, that doesn't make it any less true. For 15% of all NFL players to go bankrupt 12 years after retiring, we are doing something gravely wrong with our financial literacy.

In conducting research for this article, I learned of that statistic from a study on ScienceDirect called "The Psychology and Neuroscience of Financial Decision Making."  Yes, it's a bit nerdy, but the thought of NFL players (who many of us aspired to be growing up) blowing millions of dollars because of a lack of basic financial knowledge is incredibly unnerving.

The thought that comes to my mind is this.  If NFL players -- and who knows maybe this is representative of many high paid athletes -- can't manage their retirement while earning millions, what chance is there for the rest of us to reach our coveted FIRE goals?

Well, I'm glad you asked.  The truth is that you don't need to make millions to retire early and live a great life.  Like anything in life, it's about doing the small (albeit important) things well.  You know the things that aren't fun, aren't sexy, and aren't what all the cool people are doing.

It's about the grind and the hustle.  You have to learn, implement, fail and correct course.  Then, you have to repeat about a million times.

What you will probably find is that among the 85% of NFL players who aren't bankrupt, some are on the brink of losing it all, some are mediocre at best, and some are killing it.  Those that are killing it did something similar to what got them to the NFL in the first place.  They figured out the process.

Yes, the infamous process.  Indulge yourself in enough personal development and business jargon like I have and you hear it often: trust the process.  The Philadelphia 76ers even used it as their motto as they were rebuilding their team between 2014 to 2017.

OK, so what is the process?  Well, I'll lay it out for you below.

But, I'm warning you: it's not fun.  And it's nothing earth shattering.  It's pretty basic stuff.

How willing are you to commit to this process though?  Sure, it may be basic, but living it is a different story.  Let's dive in.

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7 Ways to Master Your Money by 25

Are you ready to master your money by 25?  First, tell me if this sounds like you.

master your money by 25You just graduated or have been out of school for a few years.  You left school with a thousands in student loan debt.  And you probably don’t love your job, but, hey, it’s why you went to college.  So, you suffer through it.

Any of that ring a bell?

I’m 32 years old as I write this, but I’ve been where you are.  I’ve been confused about the student loan bills coming in the mail.  Wait, I owe how much?

I’ve hated (and still do) being stuck in a cubicle and not being able to see the sunlight.

I left St. Joseph’s University in 2006 (Go Hawks) with $20,000 in student loans.

The difference between you and I is I’m on the other side of it.  I’m you about 8 to 10 years later.  And, guess what, I survived.

If you hang in here with me, I’ll show you how you can master your money by 25.  (Note: If you’re older than that, should you just forget the advice below?  No, read it anyway!  Unless, of course, you want to keep living in the dark about your money).

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Start a WordPress Blog on Bluehost

Starting a blog today has never been easier. In fact, it's one of the easiest ways to start your side hustle and make extra money for the family. This tutorial will walk you through how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost.

start a wordpress blog on bluehostBlogging appeals to people for a variety of reasons. Some enjoy the flexibility of being able to work anywhere if they make enough to live on. Others just like to share their thoughts within their niche and network with like-minded individuals.

Whatever your reason is for starting a blog, it's important that you don't skip over the basics. If you want to blog long-term, go with a self-hosted option. That's why it's better to start WordPress blog on Bluehost than have a generic Tumblr, Blogger, or WordPress.com blog.

Here are the three areas we will cover to help you start a WordPress blog on Bluehost:

  1. Setting up Bluehost
  2. Choosing your domain name
  3. Running WordPress on Bluehost

For those new to the blogging world, I've kept things simple here for you. Learning WordPress takes time, so don't be hard on yourself. The best thing you can do at this point is be willing to learn.

Now, let's help you start a WordPress blog on Bluehost.

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Making Healthy Choices that Improve Financial & Physical Fitness

Are you making healthy choices in your life?

making healthy choices If you're like me, you probably improve in one area for a while and then regress.  Then, you try to pick up the slack in another area only to regress again.  It's a vicious cycle.

And, dammit, it's down right annoying and frustrating.  Why is it that we can work our butts off to lose 10 pounds for a weeks on end ... only to put it all back on over a holiday weekend with the family?

It's questions like this that plague us with over fitness levels.  But, it's not just our physical health that suffers.  We need to be making healthy choices in other areas of our lives like our finances, the food we put into our bodies, and even the fun we have that allows us to escape our work lives.

This is why I'm glad I had the privilege to speak with Amy from Life Zemplified.  She's dealt with these issues in her own life and has empowered others in making healthy choices on a daily basis.

Amy was kind enough to answer some of my questions and I'm sharing those with you below.  As you will see, Amy has a real passion for this and it comes across in her answers.  She shows us how making healthy choices in four key areas in our lives will help us maintain a healthy equilibrium.

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2017 Hershey Color Run Recap

As many of you know by now, I received an invitation to participate in the 2017 Hershey Color Run and received a free registration. It was a tremendous honor for me to run in an event representing Run The Money.  I am very blessed to have the opportunity.

2017 Hershey Color Run With that said, I hesitated to actually go and run it. A number of things factored into it.  The seasoned runner in me hated that the race wasn’t timed.  I get why they do it, but it just bothered me.

Another reason for my hesitation was that my parents were in town with us to take us to Hershey Park. They gave us season passes to take our son and they wanted to come with us this time.  We stayed at the Hershey Lodge from Friday to Saturday.  It actually worked out that the Color Run folks contacted me because we were going to be there anyway!

And, finally, I didn’t want my brand new Brooks Ravenna 8 shoes getting messed up with the powder they throw at you. I was worried about my iPhone and headphones as well.

In spite of my initial reservations, I am so glad I did it. Participating in the 2017 Hershey Color Run was easily one of the highlights of my running career. I mean that wholeheartedly.

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