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Get Fit with Fido

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Not all races need to be about getting a new PR—sometimes they can just be about having fun with your best friend. And hey, if that friend happens to have four legs, even better! A growing number of races are catering to people who want to bring their pooch along too, which is no surprise since research shows dog owners are 34 percent more likely than non-owners to get the recommended amount of exercise. (If you're still looking for an excuse to get a furry friend, let us convince you with the Top 15 Ways Puppies Improve Your Health.) Speedier breeds will love the 1-mile race category, while dogs wanting to test their endurance can stretch their legs in 5Ks or even half marathons.

Before race day, just remember that just like you needed to train for your first race, Fido does too. Check out The Ultimate Guide to Running With Your Dog before you guys hit the pavement.

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Watering Bowl Dog Mile: St. Louis, MO

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Dogs have been welcome at the recreational wave of the Macklind Mile for years, but now they're leading the pack with their very own race within the event, the Watering Bowl Dog Mile. Both you and your dog get a bib and chip, though they'll need to stay leashed throughout the race. You'll get 20 minutes to complete the 1-mile course with the overall top dog taking home a prize. Last year's winners, Brandon Janosky and Dash (pictured here) finished in 4:35!

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World Championship Dog Mile: Santa Barbara, CA

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If you and your dog don't mess around with sprints, join this fierce fight to the finish line, considered the World Championship of dog mile races. The course is a fast gradual downhill through the scenic downtown area. At the 2016 event, winners Brian Duff and Kaydom (a Weimaraner) took the title with a time of 4:13, the fastest known human-dog mile performance.

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IAMS Flying Fur Run: Cincinnati, OH

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This laid-back 2-mile event is part of the Flying Pig Marathon, which pays homage to the city's history of pork production. Human participants receive a T-shirt, while dogs take home a collapsible water bowl (#swag).

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Columbia Gorge Half Marathon Dog Leg: Portland, OR

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For seasoned runners (humans and dogs alike), this race begins as the last wave in the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon. The miles will fly by in what is considered "the most scenic marathon in the country." There's also an option to walk the race or participate in a team relay. Random prizes are awarded as teams cross the finish line, but this race is all about enjoying the ride.

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Furry 5K: Seattle, WA

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If your pet likes to party (and you like race expos), you guys will love the Pet-a-Palooza that follows this traditional 3.1-mile course. Vendor booths, entertainment from dogs showing off their agility skills, and even a cover model search for CityDog Magazine (bring your dry shampoodle). Proceeds go to the Seattle Animal Shelter.

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U.S. Canine Biathlon: Anniston, AL

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If obstacle races are more your thing, this 3.5-mile course lets your dog do each challenge right beside you. Just don't be surprised if your dog is way better than you at crawling under fences and hopping across tires.

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The Furry Scurry: Denver, CO

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After this 2-mile walk/run to benefit the Dumb Friends League, a local animal welfare organization, you and your dog can try out an agility course, wander the "Flea-less Market," or enter the Doggy Doppelganger contest.

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The Runner-Approved Beauty Routine That's Perfect for Race Day

Marathon Mascara

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Add volume, length, and superstrength curl—for eight hours!—with the sweat-resistant Shiseido Full Lash Multi-Dimension Mascara Waterproof ($27, shiseido.com).

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SPF on the Go

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Glide Dr. Brandt Skincare Multi-Performance Stick ($35, drbrandtskincare.com) over your skin for SPF 45 protection plus a sheer layer of tint that blurs pores and evens tone.

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Just a Hint of Tint

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The Dior Addict Lip Glow ($33, dior.com) may look like a lipstick, but it's much more subtle and way more hydrating. The balm reacts to the moisture level of your lips, giving them a custom color perfect for your skin tone.

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Prerace Base

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Swap out your foundation for Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Neutralizing Face Primer ($30, qvc.com); it color corrects redness and dark spots and smooths out fine lines yet feels like nothing on your skin. (Psst...Here's how to calm red skin after a workout.)

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No-Sweat Finisher

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Sleek enough to store in a zippered pocket so you can use it postrace, the Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector ($39, murad.com) absorbs oil and cancels shine with an invisible French green clay extract that feels refreshing on the skin. Blot it all over with the included ant

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Well-Defined

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If you feel naked without a little eyeliner but don't want a smudgy mess a few miles in, sketch the finest line you can with the long-wear, markerlike Almay Pen Eyeliner in Brown ($8, drugstores).

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Spring-Friendly Yoga Poses That Make You Feel Lighter and More Open

Warrior I with Back Arch

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Begin in down dog. Round right knee toward nose, and step right foot between hands to a low lunge. Spin left heel down with foot slightly angled out. Press into feet and reach arms to the ceiling, framing face. Square hips and find an internal rotation on left thigh. Allow hands to fall behind you, and clasp them behind sacrum. Look up slightly, opening chest, and breathe here for 5 to 10 deep breaths. Repeat on left side. (See also: The 10-Minute Yoga Workout for Muscle Tone)

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Malasana Squat

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From standing, heel-toe feet wide apart, pointing toes out so that hips are open. Start to soften and bend knees, releasing hips toward the ground, hovering above at whatever height feels good. Take elbows inside of thighs, lightly pressing them out, and take hands together like a prayer at the center of chest. Keep the spine long. Make sure all four corners of both feet are firmly rooted into the ground. Breathe here for 5 to 10 deep breaths.

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Scandasana

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Begin in a wide-leg forward bend with both hands on the ground. Keeping hands on the ground, bend right knee while lengthening left leg and keeping bum low to the ground. Right knee will be in a half Malasana squat. Flex left foot so toes point toward the ceiling. Reach right arm long and in front of right leg with palm on ground, and left arm up to ceiling. Look up beyond left fingertips. Open through chest and breathe here for 5 to 10 deep breaths, then repeat on the other side.

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Low Lunge with Side Opener

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Begin in down dog. Round right knee toward nose, and step right foot in between hands. Lower back knee down to the ground. Crawl hands up onto right thigh, bringing spine upright, and sink hips forward. Be sure front knee does not move beyond the front ankle. Breathe. Then, reach right fingers to the ground or a block and slightly behind hips. Reach left arm up and over to the right, creating as much space as you can between left hip and shoulder. Keep left shoulder dropped away from ear. Arch back slightly. Breathe here for 5 to 10 deep breaths. Switch sides and repeat.

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Bowed Half Moon

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Start in a supported warrior III on right leg with both hands on the ground or blocks underneath shoulders. Keep right fingertips on the ground, or a block, underneath right shoulder. Open left hip on top of right, and open torso toward left. Extend left arm straight up and look toward left fingers. Bend left knee, and take hold of left foot with left hand (if you cannot reach your foot, loop a towel or yoga strap around it). Lightly press foot into hand to open back, keeping knee in line with hip. Lean back and open chest. Stay here for 5 to 10 deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.

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Rockstar

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Begin in down dog. Lift right leg high to down dog split, opening the hip and bending the knee. Open the hip so much that you start to tip over. Right ball of foot comes to the ground, right knee is bent, and right arm reaches up and out, in line with body. The outer edge of the left foot stays on the ground. Lengthen through left leg and lift hips up as you drop head back. Breathe here for 5 to 10 deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.

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Wheel

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Lie on back with knees bent and feet on the ground, hip-width apart. Bend elbows and place hands on either side of head, shoulder-width apart with fingers pointing toward shoulders. Pressing into feet and hands equally, lift hips and lengthen arms. Keep pressing into feet through the big toes and reach chest away from feet as you stay here for at least 5 deep breaths. (Psst...Should You Try Doing Yoga with Animals?)

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Fish Variation

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Sit with legs long and in front of you. Bring hands—palms on ground, fingertips facing forward—under butt, reaching elbows toward one another. Bend elbows, release forearms to the ground and lean into them, keep them parallel to one another. Lift your chest up toward the ceiling so that your back is arched. Allow head to relax down toward the ground. Breathe here for 5 to 10 deep breaths.

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Hitting the Gym Is the Hottest New Weekend Activity

The New Happy Hour

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You've been planning SoulCycle get-togethers with your friends for years, right? Well, boutique studios and gyms have noticed, and they're taking the workout date idea even further by offering classes to match your usual drinks-with-pals timing. One example, Peloton—a fitness company that also has streaming and on-demand indoor cycling classes (from $13 per month through the Peloton iOS app)—has a 5 p.m. class on Saturdays called Pregame Turn Up. "In the past few months, I've noticed more large groups of friends starting their night out with this class," Peloton instructor Alex Toussaint says. And the trend is taking over more than just indoor cycling: Crunch gym in San Francisco offers a 6 p.m. yoga class on Fridays called Happy Hour Hatha, and club-like dance classes at 305 Fitness in New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC, are consistently sold out on Friday and Saturday nights. "An energetic Friday-night workout helps you separate work from your personal time," says Matty Maggiacomo, master instructor at Barry's Bootcamp in New York City. He teaches a packed class, complete with a DJ, called NoHo Nights at 6:40 p.m. on Fridays. "Exercise is a launching pad that helps you start the weekend in a better mood," he says. Of course, you'll want to max out the benefits of a happy hour workout—we've got some tips.

Follow the Fun

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This is not a workout you just need to check off your to-do list, so think beyond banging out the treadmill miles (save the treadmill workout for Monday). "The whole point of a Friday or Saturday night workout is to have a good time," Maggiacomo says. "Think about what you'd want to do that night if you weren't working out." Dancing? Sign up for a salsa or hip-hop class with your girlfriends. Grabbing a quiet glass of wine with a couple of friends? Try a candlelit yoga class. Surf ClassPass, the monthly fitness studio-hopping service, for just the right fit ($25 and up per month, classpass.com) or find pay-to-play classes near you on the MindBody app (free; iTunes and Google Play).

Celebrate with Sweat

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Even an extra-special Friday can be more epic with a fitness twist: Lots of studios— including national chains SoulCycle, Flywheel, and 305 Fitness—offer private events for bachelorette parties, birthdays, and other occasions. And for good reason. "Exercising is always going to boost your endorphins," Maggiacomo says. "Mix that with the excitement of a special occasion, and you have the perfect recipe for a great night out." Not all studios post this info online, so call to see what your favorite one can do.

Make it an After-Work Thing

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Many studios now offer corporate happy hour classes. For example, Tone House, a HIIT studio in New York City, has special hour-long sessions for office groups (meaning you can make up for some of the ways the office is harming your health). "We make these workouts really tough so people can turn to their coworkers—their teammates—for support and motivation," founder Alonzo Wilson says. "Colleagues cheer on one another and celebrate their accomplishments after class—and that kind of bonding is hard to achieve at a bar." If your local studio doesn't offer corporate-exclusive classes, create that vibe by reserving a chunk of boot-camp spots—sure beats defaulting to the same old burger joint.

Now Hit the Bar (and We Don't Mean Barre)

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Half the fun of a sweaty happy hour is the afterburn—as in after burning those calories, grabbing a well-earned drink with your exercise buds (or DIY some drinks at home). Keep in mind, though: "You'll get drunk faster if you're dehydrated," says Martin Wallner, Ph.D., a researcher studying alcohol at UCLA. "So make sure you have water before ordering a cocktail."

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