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My First Run: Patricia Hensley

My First Run, Patricia Hensley

We all remember our first. Our first run, that is. We recently asked our readers to share stories from the first time they laced up their sneaks and hit the streets  (or treadmill or trails). Below Patricia Hensley shares her story. Want to submit yours? Email us! At the age of 61, I became a widow and moved […]

Running and osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is bone disease that occurs when you lose too much bone or when your body doesn’t make enough bone. The condition leads to thin and weakened bones, and increases the risk for fractures. Osteoporosis weakens the bones so much that they break easily. Fractures can happen as the result of falls or from something […]

How to breathe properly when running


Breathing is one of those things we don’t think much about. Luckily, our bodies do it for us so we don’t have to worry about the mechanics of it. Except when it comes to running. It’s not unusual for someone new to running to have difficulty controlling their breathing at first. You may feel like […]

I’m supposed to run but … I feel dehydrated (practical running advice)

I'm dehydrated ... should I run?

THE PROBLEM: If you wake up feeling excruciatingly thirsty, have a headache, and are kind of grumpy, you’re likely dehydrated. Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration include: Thirst Headache Dizziness Weakness Sleepiness Feeling sluggish Dry mouth and skin Muscle cramps Constipation Not urinating as much as usual Dehydration happens when you lose more fluids through […]

From hobby to habit: how I made running stick

From hobby to habit: how to make running stick

It wasn’t long too long ago I ran only to stay fit. I turned to running as a mode of exercise because I could do it anytime, anywhere. Well, in theory. The truth is that back then I had all of these excuses in the world not to run. If it was raining, too hot, […]

20 ways to spot a runner in the wild

20 ways to spot a runner

More people are running marathons now than in any time in history; up from 507,000 in 2010  to 550,637 today. The numbers have been on a meteoric rise since the early 2000s. Moreover, the couch to 5K and beyond mentality has and continues to spread like the common cold. Here’s a tell-tale guide to help you […]

Tips for treating a sunburn

How to treat a sunburn

With summer right around the corner, the sun is getting stronger each day. We’ve discussed sun safety and even shared our favorite sunscreens for runners on this blog before but burns can still happen. And when they do, it can be rough. So while the first step is prevention, here’s how to treat a sunburn: Take a […]

I’m supposed to run but … I’m hungover. What do I do? (practical running advice)

I'm supposed to run but ... I'm hungover.

THE PROBLEM: Your friends invite you to happy hour and you cautiously accept their invitation. You have a long run scheduled in the morning, but surely you’ll be OK if you only have one drink. But you’re having a good time and before you know it, one drink turns into two … then three… or more. […]

How to stay out of the medical tent: an interview with Boston Marathon Medical Coordinator, Chris Troyanos

There are two things Chris Troyanos, ATC Medical Coordinator for the Boston Marathon, wants you to do before you line up at the start of any endurance event: “Do your training and know your family health history”. Troyanos says these actions could keep you out of the race’s medical tent – and possibly even save your […]

My First Run: Tom McGinness

My First Run: Tom McGinness

We all remember our first.  Our first run, that is. We recently asked our readers to share stories from the first time they laced up their sneaks and hit the streets  (or treadmill or trails). Below Tim McGinness shares his story. Want to submit yours? Email us! There I was doing my usual lunchtime workout in […]