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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 […]

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 […]

The benefits of cold showers for runners

The benefits of cold showers for runners

Despite growing up in Northern Russia, my parents used to get me out of bed every morning by throwing me into a cold shower. While this may sound like some sort of medieval torture technique, they were doing it with good reason: cold showers were supposed to boost your immune system, and I was growing […]

Too tired to run? Boost your energy in 30 minutes or less

How to boost your energy in 30 minutes or less

Running can be difficult to fit into the day, and it’s especially hard on days when we don’t feel entirely up to it. Like on the days where you didn’t get quite enough sleep, you had a stressful presentation at work, and you forgot to fuel properly throughout the day. When it comes time to […]

Training for an obstacle or mud run through the winter

Training for an obstacle run through the winter

Obstacle runs – like Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash – are tempting for many runners because they offer us a chance to pursue a drastically different kind of training, one that runners are normally not used to. It’s great to have a reason for doing strength training beyond just cross-training, and it’s a wonderful way to get […]

Want to eat healthier in 2016? Try a zoodler or spiralizer (aka that thing that turns vegetables into noodles)

Want to eat healthier in 2016? Try a zoodler or spiralizer (aka that thing that turns vegetables into noodles)

The zoodler – also known as a spiralizer – is a gadget that has slowly but surely been making its way through the food-blogger rounds over the past year or so. It started with the health-conscious cooks who were trying to reduce their carb intake, but quickly captured the attention of experimental foodies, who embraced […]

Cutting back on alcohol during training? Here are some tips to handle social situations

Detox in the new year: managing social situations without alcohol

December is a month of festivities, and every weekend seems to bring some opportunity for eating, drinking, and being merry. Unfortunately for runners who are training through the winter, this month can be a serious stumbling block. Alcohol and running don’t mix well, and so excessive or incorrectly-timed alcohol consumption can really screw up our […]

Why you should forgo resolutions and set a theme for 2016 instead

The New Year offers a wonderful opportunity for a fresh start, a way to re-engage with the things that really matter to you.

It’s that time of year again. That time when we reflect on what we’ve accomplished and what we would like to aim for in the year ahead. A time of wild optimism for many and a boon for local gyms. But while it’s tempting to start resolving to run three times a week, finally train for […]

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 […]

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. […]