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Long distance walking races are much harder than you think

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Long distance walking races are a bit of an unsung phenomenon in most parts of the world – and an absolutely fascinating one at that. When runners hear about the concept of a long-distance walk, they typically go, “Psh, that sounds easy.” But talk to someone who’s completed one (or tried to) and you realize […]

Winter is coming, be ready

Preparing for winter running, now

Many runners say they dread winter and that the coldest months of the year are usually when they run the least or – gasp! – hit the treadmill. But don’t psych yourself out – psych yourself up! Winter running doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Mentally preparing for winter starts now, before the last leaves fall on […]

Float on: how floating can quiet your mind, relieve muscle pain, and make you a better runner

Floating is starting to garner buzz among the early adopters and health-trend aficionados of the world. It’s typically spoken of in conjunction with meditation, and offered in spas and salons. While it’s not quite a widespread technique yet, it’s definitely on the rise – and recent research indicates it might be particularly useful for athletes. […]

Runner’s Column: time to be thankful

Rob Haneisen and his son Isaac, 10, high-five before their races on October 31 in Ashland, Mass.

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular times of the year for running. Nearly every community has a 5K (or longer) turkey trot either on the actual holiday or in the weekends that frame it. Many of these races raise money for charities and local scholarship funds. The first race I ever ran in was […]

My first run: WJR writer Varia Makagonova

My First Run: Varia

This is an installment of an on-going series called “My First Run”. You can read more here and submit your first run story here.  Growing up, there was nothing I hated more than running. I loved dancing, rollerblading, long walks, hiking – but running was associated with angry gym teachers and grinding out circles around […]

The effects of running on testosterone levels

The effects of running on testosterone levels in men

American marathoner Ryan Hall recently said that in the past year he has been dealing with bouts of low testosterone that affect his running – a malady he has concluded is a risk for men who train and run marathons. Hall noticed a sudden onset of fatigue that obviously affected his training and race preparation, and blood […]

Strengthen your upper body with these three moves

I still remember my high school track coach yelling at me “use your arms” as I raced the 400 meters. He always stressed that our arms were just as important as our legs for speed and that we should use them to drive our runs. It turns out he knew what he was talking about. Running […]

Are the shorter days making you feel sluggish? Consider light therapy.

The benefits of light therapy for runners

  As the days get shorter, it can be challenging to find daylight hours to squeeze our runs into. While running in the dark can be an interesting experience, the lack of sun causes many of us to feel sluggish and lethargic. Studies show it also disrupts our sleep quality, lowers our mood, and reduces our desire for physical […]

“Hang” out: how hanging can help relieve back pain in runners

The benefits of hanging for runners

Running is a tough sport, not only physically and mentally but also on the joints and muscles. So it’s no surprise many runners suffer from back pain, especially in the lower back. There are many exercises you can try to relieve and decompress the back but if nothing is working, you’re short on time, or you simply […]

My favorite five post-race menus. What’s on your list?

Free what after a race?

The range of free food and drink offered after races runs the gamut from high-end, nutritious energy food to pure junk. Here’s a review of five different post-race menus at events near me. What’s on the menu near you? Slattery’s Turkey Trot, Fitchburg, Mass.: I’ll admit to a hometown bias here. This was my first race […]