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Probiotics 101: how they can help your gut

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Probiotics seem to be popping up all over the place these days. But what exactly are they and do you need them? What are probiotics? Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria and yeast) that promote health, bolter your immune system and support a healthier gut. Probiotics have also been known to help prevent and treat some illnesses […]

Is it time to (strategically) lower your standards?

Is it time to (strategically) lower your standards?

The majority of runners are pretty much in charge of their own performance. We plan our own training; we keep our own score. We get ourselves out the door on days when people shudder just thinking about going outside. If we didn’t routinely set high standards for ourselves, none of this would be possible. We […]

Running advice to ignore when you’re starting out

What to ignore when you start running

The internet (present blog included) is full of all sorts of running advice, training plans, tips and tricks, and methods to improve your running. But when you are starting out, it can often be overwhelming to sort through all the different kinds of training techniques you “need” to implement in order to get faster or stronger. When […]

Racing with the runs

Running with the Runs

I woke up on Nov. 22, 2015 ready for the annual Slattery’s Turkey Trot 5-miler in Fitchburg, Mass. It’s my hometown race and I look forward to it every year. However, on this morning my stomach was not behaving – at ALL – and I spent the better part of the morning pre-race in the bathroom. […]

Use the “high stakes” strategy to accomplish your goals

Set the stakes high and accomplish your running goals

No matter how much we love our sport, it can still be a challenge for us to consistently stick to the behaviors we know will bring us closer to accomplishing our goals. Some of us struggle with hitting the gym for strength-training sessions; others procrastinate on hills training; many of us know the feeling of […]

Stay hydrated this winter with these healthy alternatives to water

Healthy alternatives to water to keep you hydrated

Did you resolve to drink more water in the New Year but the thought of filling up your water bottle for the fifth time today has you down? If you’re tired of plain water but want to keep hydrated here are a few alternatives to whet your whistle. Sparkling water: I’m a huge fan of […]

Foods to keep you energized and running all winter

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‘Tis the season for dark mornings, dark evenings, and grey days in between, with sleet, snow, and rain trying to prevent us from sticking to our training plans. But even if you’re one of the brave ones – a runner who dares to take on the elements, full of grit and determination – you’ll still have days when you […]

How to run less without sacrificing your speed in the winter

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We’re in a new year! And, unfortunately for us fair weather runners, we’re also in the two darkest, coldest months of the year. I find this season the most challenging when it comes to running. There are no birds chirping like in spring, no 5:30 a.m. sunrises as in summer, and no colorful leaves crunching […]

6 ways to get faster in 2016

How to improve your speed and run faster this year

Running is both a lifestyle and a sport. As a lifestyle, it influences what you eat and drink, how you sleep, and often, how you spend your weekends. As a sport, it comes with the trapping and inspiration of competition. Once you have raced, for most people, the goal is to get faster, to perform […]

The benefits of different teas on running performance

Tea and infusions for runners

I love coffee for a pre-workout energy jolt, as well as its health-boosting potential, but at 145mg of caffeine per 8oz of brewed coffee it can be disruptive to stable energy levels and a good night’s sleep. Teas, on the other hand, can provide you with an energy boost without the spike and crash, while […]