A blog by runners. For runners.

All about race walking

race walking | photo US Army, CC license

Race walking (not to be confused with speed walking or power walking) is a technique used by walkers and runners who are looking to increase their speed and endurance. It’s also a long distance athletic event in the Olympics with 20K, 50K, and 50-mile events. So, whether you’re looking to learn ways to walk faster or farther […]

Pace Coach review by a front-of-the-pack runner + Garmin junkie

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Full disclosure: I am a Garmin junkie. I jumped on the GPS bandwagon around the time Garmin released its juggernaut, the 405 cx. My goal was to supplement, not replace, my internal pace calculator. As an unplanned side-effect, I found myself constantly checking my watch, a nervous tick, a distracting habit I am actively trying […]

Medium-long runs

medium-long-runs

Definition of medium-long runs Medium-long runs, often a critical part of half marathon or marathon training, are workouts longer than usual training runs, but shorter than typical long runs. This distance is generally between 6 and 15 miles, depending on the plan. These runs are also called mid-week long runs. Medium-long runs are intended to […]

Smooth them or leave them? What to do about calluses and pedicures

7 ways to be more active when you're not working out

As runners, we put our feet through a lot. I don’t know about yours, but mine don’t exactly look pretty. So, I treat myself to pedicures from time to time during the summer months so my feet look a little better in open-toed shoes. Pedicures are also enjoyable to boot. What runner doesn’t like being […]

How soon can you run after giving birth?

running after birth

I was running again three weeks after my son was born. Which sounds crazy, I know. That first run was slow but I had zero aches and pains, so I didn’t look back. In hindsight, I had no idea how fortunate I was. I was lucky enough to have an active pregnancy, an “easy” delivery, […]

Be hardcore: core exercises for runners

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When we run, we tap into the infinite and unforgivable force of gravity. Lean forward, lift your dominant leg to gain balance, drive forward your opposite arm and leg, repeat. Skip a step and the asphalt will humble you. Our arms and legs drive us forward, but our core muscles stabilize us along the way. […]

Recipe: Blueberry Ginger Smoothie

Blueberry-Ginger-Smoothie

Ginger is a funny flavor, most people either love it or hate it. I personally love it. To me it’s refreshing, bright and makes me feel like I’m doing something really healthy for myself. And maybe I am. Ginger can help settle an upset stomach, aid in better digestion, help curb the appetite and clear […]

Runner of the Week: Meet Steve Coffey

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Where are you located? Bransgore, near Bournemouth, England Tell us about yourself I work for a children’s charity that works to get children out of orphanages and into families. I’m dad to 2 (very soon to be 3) kids. I love football, being outdoors and on/in water, and running How did you get started running? […]

How to avoid hitting the wall and bonking in a marathon

How to avoid hitting the wall

Confession time: I’ve registered for four, started three, but only completed two marathons. Sadly, I’m not proud of either of my two marathon finishes. Things were going well until mile 18 in both races and then I fell apart. My energy was sapped and I could barely move my legs. My pace tanked and it […]

Transitioning to summer running

transitioning-to-summer-running

This past weekend it was an unseasonably balmy 85 degrees in my part of the Carolinas. Thankfully, this was a fluke and our weather has since returned to more spring-like temperatures. But it was just the warning we needed to realize that summer is just around the corner. Which got me thinking about – you […]