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My first run: WJR writer Varia Makagonova

My First Run: Varia

This is an installment of an on-going series called “My First Run”. You can read more here and submit your first run story here.  Growing up, there was nothing I hated more than running. I loved dancing, rollerblading, long walks, hiking – but running was associated with angry gym teachers and grinding out circles around […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How affirmations work and why you should consider them for your running goals

The power of affirmations for runners

Affirmations are positive, specific, goal-oriented statements you repeat in some manner on a daily basis. They take a few minutes a day, and have been credited with contributing to all types successes. In fact, one study showed positive affirmations have improved self-esteem and reduced negative thought patterns in women with depression. Of course simply wishing for something to […]

The benefits of napping for runners

Naptime: the benefits of naps for runners

If you’ve never experienced the beauty of taking regular naps (or if you hated nap-time as child), it might be worth your while to (re)consider making napping a regular part of your day or week, especially before a workout. If you’re feeling tired, going for a run can help boost your alertness, but you’ll probably […]

How to deal with the mean voice in your head

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As runners we are constantly critical of – and in competition with – ourselves, and it can easily lead to negative, unproductive self-talk. Those demons in your head can take a toll on your motivation, and as a result, your performance – which can lead to you being more self-critical. Here are some tips for battling that little […]

Running in a place where no one ‘gets’ running

the lone runner: running in a place where no one gets running

Just as I decided to train for my first marathon, I moved from Vancouver, Canada (where running is more popular than walking) to a tiny little town called Maastricht in the Netherlands (where running is something you do to hide from the rain in a bar). Needless to say, it was an adjustment. Every time […]