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Runner’s high: How to get, and stay, in ‘flow’

Runner's high: how to get and stay in the flow

We all know that amazing feeling when you become so completely absorbed in your run that it feels effortless; when an hour feels like 10 minutes, you don’t have a worry in the world and you have a stupid grin on your face. This is flow – the state originally identified by researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi […]

Use the habit pairing strategy to your advantage

Using the habit pairing strategy to accomplish your goals

As runners, we are lucky enough to have a hobby we can do almost whenever we want – unfettered by opening times, budgets, and even daylight hours. And as a result, many of us have a well-formed, fairly consistent “running habit” on one or more days of the week. While establishing such a habit is […]

Being happier can make you a better runner

How being happier might make you a better runner

We all know running can make you happy. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of endorphins kicking in partway through your run, when you feel like nothing can stand in your way. But did you ever notice it can work the other way around as well? That on days when you wake up feeling amazing, […]

Protect your hair and skin when running this winter

Protect your hair and skin from dry, cold air this winter

All too often, I have sat down in my hairdresser’s chair in March or April after the winter training season only to have him cluck and tell me I have to say goodbye to a few good inches of dried ends. Well, not again – it’s not too late to prevent damage to hair and skin by the […]

From apps to watches, a comparison of GPS run tracking tools

WJR route

Editor’s note: This the WalkJogRun blog so of course the assumption is the WJR app will be at the top of any of our lists of “best” running apps. That said, we recognize there’s some pretty nifty competition out there and told our writer to be as impartial as possible. So while yes, the WalkJogRun app is the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]