A blog by runners. For runners.

The best dogs for runners


I used to run with my dog, Nati, — a black lab/ chow chow mix — all the time. He was the perfect running partner for a few years. Well, if we started the run by 6 a.m. and only ran a few miles, that is. Thanks to the chow in him, my poor furball […]

Common male running problems: part two

A few weeks back, we discussed two issues affecting male runners: chafing, and hematuria. In part two of the series, we talk about athlete’s foot and weekend warrior syndrome. Note: while these issues also impact females, they tend to be more common in males. Athlete’s foot What is athlete’s foot? Athlete’s foot is an infection caused […]

Berry purple post-workout smoothie


I don’t know about you, but when I’m done with a long run I’m ravenously hungry. I could eat absolutely everything in sight (and, well, that’s exactly what I usually do). Except for during the summer months. When I’m done with a run double digits or higher and the temperatures are soaring above 80 degrees, […]

Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) after destination races

After a whirlwind destination race weekend, many runners look forward to the flight home. On the plane, your tired legs will get a chance to relax and you’ll have the opportunity to sleep. It sounds like a dream come true, right? Wrong. In fact, sitting still in a plane, train, or car post-race can be […]

Recipe: pre-workout hydration powerhouse


I start a lot of days feeling hungover and I hardly ever drink alcohol. And what’s the biggest ill behind a hangover? Bingo! Dehydration. Running in the summer heat means — even when we do our best to hydrate and replenish — a huge suck on our water stores. So, I decided to concoct a […]

Tips for a healthy lifestyle (and losing weight without dieting)

Diet. It’s a dreaded word. I remember wanting to diet quite young. And the way I went about it was not the smartest. Full out restricting the types of foods you eat is never a good idea. These days, though, I’ve embraced a more balanced approach to eating — moderation is key. Here are five […]

11 inspiring books about running


I think by now the vast majority of runners out there have read Christopher McDougall’s epic book Born To Run. But did you know there’s a lot more where that came from? Runners of all backgrounds — novelists, professional athletes, and more — have written books we can all relate to, even if the focus […]

Make a difference with your running: RUN 10 FEED 10

Want to run for more than just yourself? To make a difference to those in need? How about running to help provide meals for those going hungry in your own community? For the second year Women’s Health has partnered with the Feed Foundation in hosting RUN 10 FEED 10 events across the country. Last year […]

Recipe: black bean brownies


I’m usually one to lean toward moderation than diets. I’d rather have real cheese or a big scoop of ice cream every so often than fat free cheese or ice cream everyday. Desserts just tend to be better when they’re made without cutting corners. I suppose the operative word in that last paragraph is usually. […]

Tips for running on vacation

Running is one of my favorite things to do while I’m on vacation, traveling for work, or visiting family. It’s the one of the fastest, healthiest, and, at least in my opinion, best ways to tour wherever I find myself in the world. Sometimes when I’m in a strange new land, though, it can be […]