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Exercise-induced asthma: when a cough is more than just a cough

exercise-induced asthma

It’s common for runners to cough after a tough run. Same goes for coughing after running in the cold and dry air. But what if that cough persists? A health condition known as exercise-induced asthma is something runners should be aware of because the very nature of their sport makes them possibly more susceptible to […]

Probiotics 101: how they can help your gut

the-skinny-on-probiotics

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Expert Q&A: Are there benefits to getting your blood tested as a runner?

Blood tests for runners: are there benefits?

Several companies offer blood testing for runners – a service that they argue provides a window into exactly what is going inside your body. What exactly is the benefit? We first spoke with Jonathan Levitt, sales manager from Inside Tracker, a Boston-based company that provides blood testing, before talking to two independent professional running coaches […]

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 […]

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 […]

The effects of running on testosterone levels

The effects of running on testosterone levels in men

American marathoner Ryan Hall recently said that in the past year he has been dealing with bouts of low testosterone that affect his running – a malady he has concluded is a risk for men who train and run marathons. Hall noticed a sudden onset of fatigue that obviously affected his training and race preparation, and blood […]