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Coping with the post-marathon blues

Post marathon blues

You’ve made check marks on your training log for the past four months. You’ve woken up at 5 a.m. for five days a week for the past 16 weeks to run in the dark. You’ve done 20 milers, completed speedwork sessions, and logged hundreds of miles. You’ve worked hard to earn those calluses, personal distance […]

The basics of adventure races

Spartan Race

Chances are if you haven’t participated in one of the many adventure runs in your area, you’ve at least heard about these crazy events that go beyond simple running and into the extreme. Maybe you’ve seen photos of your nearest and dearest friends covered entirely in mud in your Facebook feed. Perhaps you’ve seen photos […]

Our 50 favorite race signs

Our 50 favorite race signs. No. 11: Keep calm and don't poop your pants.

Spectators play a vital role during races. When I’m struggling in the middle of a race, a motivating cheer or funny sign can make me smile, lift my spirits, and give me the extra energy that I need to keep pushing. The Baltimore Running Festival was held October 18, and a few days before the […]

How to pack when flying to a race

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A few years ago, I flew to Florida to run the Walt Disney World Marathon. I checked the race day weather forecast before packing, and thought I was being smart when I tossed my race day outfit in my carryon bag. I packed the rest of my running clothes options in my checked suitcase. Unfortunately, […]

Post-marathon recovery plan

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Your marathon training plan comes to an end with the completion of the race. But once you cross the finish line, another challenge begins: Recovery from the marathon. Recovery from a marathon is no easy feat. While it may be tempting to kick your feet up and relax in the days following your race, that’s not […]

Illuminate the night: running gear for the dark

Illuminate the night: gear for running in the dark

Most of us choose running gear based on three factors: comfort, cost, and appearance. While it’s a nice perk to look cute when out on a run, the appearance factor takes on a whole new meaning when running in the dark. Bright colors, reflective gear, and/ or illumination devices are essential for running in the […]

Natural healing: cinnamon

Natural healing: cinnamon

Cinnamon. This warming, delicious, comforting spice is omnipresent in the fall – from pumpkin muffins to apple pies to PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes). And the spice does more than just tickle your tastebuds. It also has many health benefits. Cinnamon … … is anti-microbial: Cinnamon has been studied for its anti-microbial effects on the body. What does this mean? It can help slow […]

Prepping for a Plan B marathon

Training in the real world: What to do when you don't have the time or energy to stick with a plan

A few years ago, I spent months training for a marathon. Race day came and let’s just say that it did not go according to plan. I ended up dropping out of the race at mile 12. As soon as I got home, I scoured the internet for upcoming marathons. With all the training under […]

Ten 10-minute cross-training workouts

10-minute cross-training workouts for runners

Want to up your game when it comes to cross-training? Make it easier on yourself by adding it in small spurts. Just 10 minutes of added exercise on top of your regular regimen can make a huge difference when you consider that it can add more than an hour targeted activity each week. Here are 10 […]

How to set a marathon goal time

Race alongside others for a PR

If you’re like me, you have a goal finish time in mind well before you start marathon training. This isn’t always the best approach, though. A lot can happen over the course of a 16-week marathon training plan. Injuries, illness, burnout, and other curveballs life throws at you can hinder your training, and that time goal […]