A blog by runners. For runners.

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 […]

Running high, literally. Marijuana and running.

Running high, literally. Marijuana and running.

<Disclaimer> We’re not advocating marijuana use – especially if you live in a state or country where it’s illegal. </Disclaimer> Every runner knows there’s nothing quite like a runner’s high. But some runners are taking it to a whole new level. They’re running high – literally. With the legalization of medical marijuana in 23 states and Washington DC, and the […]

Stop and take a picture on your run. It’ll last longer.

Why you should definitely take the photo on your run

I love to take photos during my runs. Especially in the fall, running paths can be extremely beautiful – with the colorful leaves and the sunsets making for perfect Instagram-able scenes. But every time I stop to capture such a moment, I can’t help but notice other runners around me giving me the side-eye. “You can’t be […]

What scuba diving taught me about running that everyone can learn from

What scuba diving taught me about running

It goes without saying scuba diving and running are not very similar sports. One basically necessitates rapid movement, reactions, and breathing while the other demands stillness, calmness, and relaxation. But not unlike the relationship between running and meditation, there are several lessons runners can take away from the experience of scuba diving. The two actually […]

Deer. Owls. Skunks. Oh my! How to deal with wildlife encounters on the run

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If you run in the early morning or after dusk, you’ll embrace the tranquility of empty streets and quiet until you here something crashing in the woods next to you or see the glow of eyes down the road in your headlamp. Wildlife encounters when you are running can be an “oh, cool!” event that can […]

Tips for balancing running and strength training

How to balance running and strength training

At the start of every training plan, I have the best of intentions. I always vow to strength train regularly to prevent injuries and build speed. Usually, I’m good about sticking to a weightlifting regimen for the first few weeks. But eventually all the long runs, speedwork sessions, and lifting begin to take their toll on my […]

Why you should set goals that scare you

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Sometimes in our running careers, we need to be a little bit gentler on ourselves – relaxing our often harsh, high standards of our own performance and quieting that little critical voice in our heads. But other times, you need to take the complete opposite approach. If you’re stuck in a rut, if you’re lacking motivation, if your […]

Rain vs. wind: the pros, the cons, and how to run in both

Rain vs. Wind: The pros and cons of running in each

Weather conditions for a race were never worse – in my experience – than the 2014 Eastern States 20-miler. It was 38 degrees, raining with winds gusting at 30-35 mph. I suppose the only thing that could have been worse is if the heavy rain that pounded the New Hampshire seacoast all morning kept going […]