A blog by runners. For runners.

Lessons learned from my daughter on stroller runs

Arguably, the most powerful scene in Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird is when six year-old Scout approaches the lynch mob gathering around her father, Atticus, who stoically stands guard for imprisoned Tom Robinson. As readers, we imagine the worst from the mob – blind violence. But Scout identifies and imagines the best. “Don’t you remember me, […]

Top 10 movies about running

Top 10 movies about running

In the last few months, two movies about running were released on the big screen: Unbroken and McFarland USA. There’s also a movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, appropriately named Boston Strong, in the works for 2016. These pictures join a host of other great movies about our sport. Check out some of our […]

How to prevent weight gain when you cut back on running

With no big races scheduled until the fall, I’m currently in the middle of an off season. I keep my runs short, ignore my pace, and aim for “only” about 20 miles per week. After running three marathons last fall, I’m really enjoying this break! However, there’s one thing I’m not too happy about. It’s a […]

Study: The factors that increase runners’ risk for injury

What I learned from *only* running for a few months

During training for your first marathon, it was your IT band. Last spring, it was your piriformis. Now you suspect plantar fasciitis is behind the pain in your feet. Sound familiar? Injury is all too common among runners, with 70 percent of us getting hurt at some point during our running careers. However, some runners seem to […]

Training in the real world: when you’re undertrained

Training in the real world: Undertrained. What to do if you're not prepared for a race.

Nowadays, races – especially large, popular ones – sell out months in advance. When you signed up to run a November marathon back in January, you likely had the best of intentions to train hard and do well in the race. But a lot of things can happen in the months between registration and race […]

How to add flaxseed to your daily routine

Flaxseeds: how to add the superfood to your daily routine

Flaxseed meal – or, simply, flax meal – is a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble), and antioxidants. You might think flax is just a health fad, but the stuff has been around since it was first cultivated in ancient Babylon. In fact, King Charlemagne felt so strongly […]

How to add protein to your smoothies without the powder

Beyond powder: 8 ways to add protein to your smoothies

Protein powders and shakes are costly, aren’t they? They also taste sort of, well, artificial. But there are plenty of whole food smoothie recipes out there that get their protein from other sources so you can save your dollars for that fall half marathon registration. Here’s a comprehensive list of awesome recipes to try this morning […]

6 strategies to get out of bed to run on cold, dark mornings

How to get out of bed on cold, dark mornings and go for a run

Winter is (hopefully) winding down, but many of us have several weeks – or months – of cold weather left before the warmer air settles in. And with daylight savings time starting across much of the United States, some of us morning runners are going to have an even more challenging time getting out of […]

Workouts you can do at home with hand weights

Working out with hand weights

Most of us have a random set of hand weights around the house. But do you use yours much? I sure don’t. I went on a mission to find a bunch of quick workouts that use hand weights. As a runner, I often focus on my lower body, so taking even 10 minutes a day […]

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia: seven recipes with chia seeds

Seven recipes that use chia seeds.

When I was young, I used to love those chia pet commercials. Who knew all these years later, I’d be downing the seeds for my health? Chia seeds have tons of nutrients and antioxidants with very few calories. They’re a great source of omega-3s and even have the power to fuel your workout as much as […]