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Recipe: spiced pumpkin muffins

Recipe: spiced pumpkin muffins

Pumpkin and apple season is officially here. I don’t know about you, but I plan on taking full advantage of autumn’s best treats. Still, I’d like to keep my waistline while I’m at it. Rather than heading to the local apple grove for deliciously fried donuts caked in powdered sugar, I like to create my […]

10 Halloween costume ideas for runners

10 running-themed costumes

Looking for a Halloween costume idea? The following getups are sure to please your athletic spirit and win you some points with your runner friends. Prefontaine: Channel your inner 1970s Olympian and dress like Steve Prefontaine this Halloween. You’ll need to don a mustache and sideburns, a shaggy blonde wig, and a team USA shirt with track […]

5 ways to save money on running shoes

5 ways to save money on running sneakers

Running is often touted as one of the least expensive athletic activities. After all, you just need yourself and a good pair of shoes to participate. The thing is, if you’re on a budget  those expensive shoe costs can really add up over time. Here are some tips to save on the sneaks: Check your […]

Adverse race day weather conditions action plan

Racing in adverse conditions

Imagine this: you train for a marathon hard for 16 weeks. Training goes well and you feel like you’ll be able to meet your goal. Then you wake up on race day to temperatures 20 degrees warmer than usual. Do you abandon your goal? What do you wear? How do you fuel? We’ve got you […]

Safety tips for beginner trail runners

Safety tips for beginner runners

Whether or not you’re new to running, hitting the trails is almost an entirely different sport. There’s totally different terrain to deal with, animals and insects, and – yes – even some tricky situations you might not expect. So, before you head on that gorgeous path in the wilderness, heed this advice. And if you’re looking for […]

Bust through a walking plateau

Bust through a walking a plateau.

You’ve been walking regularly for a while now, and you even have your favorite routes burned into your memory. But something isn’t working like it use to with regard to weight loss or other milestones. Unfortunately, even the best of us hit plateaus with our exercise routines. The good news is that busting out isn’t as […]

Taming the taper crazies

Skipping the big race for the local race

Throughout training, most runners look forward to the taper – the last two or three weeks before the race when you drastically cut back on mileage and intensity. Tapering is good for you. It allows your body to recover from the demands of training to ensure you’re ready to go on race day. But with […]

Free cross-training workouts for runners


If you don’t want to join the gym, here are a few free cross-training workouts to supplement your running (because we all know cross-training is very important for runners, right?): Strength training for performance Coach Kozak presents a simple, quick (4 minutes) strength training routine that runners can perform using simple dumbbells. He advises runners […]

Racing by effort: one runner’s experience

Runner's Column: Why I'll keep Running No Matter What

I started running in 2003 and I ran my first half marathon in 2006. In those three years, I knew the pace of exactly three of my runs – a 10K race and two 5-mile races. I never ran with a watch. I had zero time goals back then, so I never considered timing my […]

How to take your running shoes to their limit

How to get the most out of your running shoes.

In my favorite episode of Seinfeld, The Dealership, Kramer, assuming his neighborly duties, gives Jerry’s prospective car a test drive. Instead of taking the typical spin around the block with the salesman, Kramer “misses” the turn and proceeds to push the gas tank to its limit. Concerned at first, the salesman feels exhilarated with riding the […]