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Top 10 WJR articles of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we wanted to take a look back at the top articles on WJR this year. Share your favorites below, and hey – thanks for making it another great year! Happy New Year!

How long should I run before training for a marathon? Am I ready to train for a marathon?
Could someone complete a marathon after 12 weeks or so of running? Possibly. But no doctor, running coach, or runner would advise it. Most running experts say you should have at least one full year of consistent running under your belt before training for your first marathon. Read more.
Run this town: Jobs that require running Run this town: Jobs that require running
If you want to trade in your regular 9 to 5 for a job that’s more fun, you’re in luck. There are ways to make a living by running – and you don’t have to be a professional runner to do so. If you want to run at work, check out the following fields. Read more.
Does Kinesio tape really work? Does Kinesio tape really work?
Kinesio tape is said to ease pain, reduce inflammation, support muscles, and boost athletic performance. If these claims seem too good to be true, it’s because they may be. While Kinesio tape is a top seller at race expos, the scientific evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. Read more.
Get faster, no speedwork required Get faster, no speedwork required
Is speedwork vital to getting faster? Many people would argue that runners need to do this type of training to take their game to the next level. After all, if you want to race faster you have to run faster during training to get there, right? Read more.
The adult fitness test: how do you measure up? The adult fitness test
In 2008, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition added an adult test to its fleet for individuals who are 20 years of age or older. If your gym teacher subjected you to these challenges as a youth, you might get a boost of confidence with your abilities. Read more.
Why you might be tired Why you might be tired
It’s difficult when the weather gets nice to not have that natural spring in our steps. Even the best of us find ourselves in an energy rut from time to time. So, it’s important to pinpoint the underlying cause(s) to get our bodies up and running better – quite literally. Read more.
Why do I gain weight during marathon training? Gaining weight during marathon training
Training for a marathon doesn’t mean you can neglect your diet, nor is it a ticket to weight loss for runners. Most runners don’t lose weight during marathon training. The reality is many of us pack on the pounds while training for those 26.2 miles. Read more.
Be hardcore: core exercises for runners Core exercises for runners
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. Our arms and legs drive us forward, but our core muscles stabilize us along the way. Read more.
7 ways to become a morning runner this summer How to become a morning runner
But I know a lot of people don’t share my love of early morning exercise. However, if you want to get into a morning running routine, the summer is the perfect time to do it. Read more.
Embarrassing running problems (and fixes) Embarrassing running problems
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you on the run? If you’re out there pounding the pavement day after day, eventually something is bound to happen to make you blush. Here are some common ones, so we can all share in the embarrassment. Read more.