A blog by runners. For runners.

Why so serious? Inject some fun into your run

Inject some fun in your running

Fun is a word associated with running not often enough. Why? For starters, runners tend to be very serious about their training, about their times, about their race schedules, about what they eat , wear, and drink. We don’t want to get injured and are constantly looking at improving. Where’s the room for fun? Plus, […]

Gifts for the female runner

Gifts for the female runner

Running is an equal-opportunity sport, and that’s why we all love it. But it’s no secret that female runners and male runners have different, somewhat unique problem tendencies when it comes to running. So if you’ve got a lovely lady on your list this Valentine’s Day – or need some help with a birthday gift for that special someone […]

Running gear essentials: what you really need

Essentials for runners

  When getting started with running, it can be tempting to get carried away by bloggers and retailers recommending long lists of gear and gadgets that will make you a better, faster, more efficient runner. But the big secret is most of that stuff is completely non-essential. In fact, the list of things you really […]

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 […]