A blog by runners. For runners.

Tips for running in wind


Oh, the wind. Its direction can be the difference between a PR and the worst race ever. Its intensity can be the difference between ending a run feeling like you’re on top of the world or feeling completely spent. The wind is this runner’s least favorite weather condition. To me, there’s nothing worse than running […]

Three ways to improve your training


If you’re not following a specific training plan (or even if you are), increasing weekly mileage or changing up pace can seem difficult. It’s tempting to jog the same routes day after day, and that’s exactly how I got stuck in a rut of running mostly flat 4-milers for the last six months. Just as […]

So you’ve run a marathon, now what?


If you’ve just raced a fall marathon, congrats! Most fall marathons, including the biggies Chicago, Marine Corps, and New York, are behind us which leaves many finishers wondering, “now what?” First, relax and recover. Running a marathon is very hard on the body. It’s crucial that you heal before you run fast or race again. […]

Fact or fiction: runners need to warm up and cool down


Often the training plans you find online or in books come with detailed sections on how to perform each of the varied training sessions. I am guilty of only skimming these paragraphs and focusing mostly on the mileage dictated in the plan. But quality runs — tempo, hills, track repeats, etc. — usually entail some […]

Stay healthy during the holidays: sign up for a race


Whether we’re ready or not, the season of turkeys, mistletoe, and menorahs is right around the corner. The holidays are also the perfect time of the year to get out there and race. I know; it’s cold in most areas and many of you are eager to take a (well-deserved) break between fall and spring […]

Vegetable spotlight: spaghetti squash


One of the best things about fall, besides football of course, is the squash. Acorn, butternut, kabocha, it doesn’t matter they’re all delicious, comforting and filling. Bake, steam, sauté, braise, yes please. One of my favorite squashes, which we make the most frequency in our household, is spaghetti squash. It’s versatile and can be used […]