A blog by runners. For runners.

Where to stash your stuff when you run

Skipping the big race for the local race

In addition to gels and a water bottle, I like to tote several safety items along on a run (check out this article for the lowdown on water bottles and hydration systems). Usually, it’s just identification, my cell phone, and some cash – in case I run out of fuel and need to stop at […]

How weak hamstrings may be hurting your running

Weak hamstrings may be hurting your running and making it feel harder.

It’s no secret that many runners don’t strength train enough – I’m guilty, too. (Psst we’ve already shared why runners need to strength train regularly). Here’s some news that may surprise you, though: distance runners often have too much muscle in a certain area. I know you’re scratching your head. Most distance runners aren’t big […]

Natural relief from mosquito bites (and how to prevent them in the first place)

Natural remedies for mosquito bites and prevention

Last night my family sat outside after dinner for the first time all year – the weather is finally cooperating! But as the warmer days and nights come out of hibernation, so do the mosquitos. I am no stranger to the sting and itch of bug bites. Mosquitos just seems to love me. I read […]

How long should I run before training for a marathon?

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After what happened during the Boston Marathon in 2013, one of my good friend’s was inspired to take up running and racing. But she didn’t want to race just any distance – she wanted to run a marathon. I was so excited for her until she told me the race she wanted to do was […]

It’s marathon training time: what’s the plan?

Marathon training time: picking a marathon training plan

Last year around this same time I made some grand declarations about running a fall marathon. Life got in the way, and I never did make it to the start of the race. This year, a lot more is at stake. We know we’d like to add to our family soon, so this is sort […]

Running injury prevention products (and cheaper DIY alternatives)

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With a marathon on my fall schedule, injury prevention has been on my mind. I’m trying to do everything in my power to stay healthy from now until the big day. I’m following these rules of staying injury-free. But when I went to search for my foam roller this past weekend, I couldn’t find it. […]

Lactic threshold training runs

What is a lactic threshold run?

Definition of lactic threshold We need oxygen like a fish needs water. When our bodies move at a rate faster than we can deliver oxygen to our muscles, we summon energy anaerobically. A byproduct of this “borrowed” energy is lactate, which increases acidity in our muscle cells and slows our movement until we can regain […]

Recipe: grilled artichokes with wasabi mayo dipping sauce

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As a vegetarian with an omnivore husband, it can be difficult to find restaurants that cater to both our needs. My husband loves seafood and seafood restaurants tend to be limiting for vegetarians. But rather than deny him his favorite food, it’s in these instances, where the mighty artichoke has come to my rescue. He’ll […]

Take the bite out of running: How to protect yourself from bugs

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When I was in grad school, I used to go running with my dog on the trails of a national park several mornings per week. It was easily the highlight of both of our days until spring turned to summer – when bugs ruined our ritual. My pup ended up with Lyme disease, and I […]

Race recap: Bridge Run Half Marathon

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I had a lot of feelings going into my half marathon – The Greater Binghamton Bridge Run – the last weekend. I ran this same race last year and had 2-minute PR. It’s a hometown race, so there’s a lot of pride involved. Heck, the course even meanders right past my home. I train the […]