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Top 10 stories on WalkJogRun in 2013

It was a big year for the WalkJogRun blog, and before we clink our Gatorade bottles and bid 2013 adieu, we thought it would be fun to relive our 10 most popular posts. From recipes to safety, these are the articles that resonated with all you walkers, joggers, and runners.

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See you in 2014.

Happy Running + Happy New Year,
The WalkJogRun Team

10 Short + sweaty: 20-minute walk/jog workouts. When life gets busy, workouts are the first to suffer. But they don’t have to. Try one of these sweat-inducing workouts next time you’re short on time.
9Eight things you should carry on a run Staying safe on the run is about more than street smarts and being aware of your surroundings. We can be our own worst enemy when we’re not prepared. Stay safe with these necessities.
8Five reasons you’re not getting faster When you first start running, you may find you keep getting new PRs. But once your body adjusts to the sport things can change and you stop getting faster. Here is what you could be doing wrong.
7 Stink? How to get the smell out of your running clothes If you take time to look through the tags on your tech running clothing, you’ll see lots of nylon, polyester, Lycra, and — perhaps most of all — spandex. Learn how to properly wash those stinky clothes.
6Recipe: no-bake energy bars I’ve never been much of a fan of gels, blocks, or other mass-market energy foods. They upset my stomach, empty my wallet, and often taste, for lack of better words, weird. Here’s how to make your own.
5Recipe: pre-workout hydration powerhouse Running in the summer heat means — even when we do our best to hydrate and replenish — a huge suck on our water stores. Stay hydrated with this recipe.
4The best dogs for runners Certain dog breeds should avoid strenuous exercise — especially breeds with pushed-in noses, like pugs and Boston terriers. But some breeds and mixes are natural born runners. Check out the best pups to run with.
3Seven bad habits of good runners Most of us have done something running-related we knew probably wasn’t a good idea. Here are common mistakes nearly all runners make.
2Healthy snacks for runners Having readily available healthy snacks is key for preventing drops in blood sugar and keeping athletes of all kinds ready for activity. Check out these healthy snack options.
1-homemade-energy-gels-for-runnersHomemade energy gels Processed, neon-colored gels are convenient and provide the right balance of carbs to protein, but they’re also often filled with preservatives and artificial flavors. Make your own with this recipe.

We’d love to know — what do want to see more of in 2014? Less of?