A blog by runners. For runners.

Injury-prone? It’s the worst. Here are 5 tips to stay healthy

Injury-prone and no solution in site? Try this.

What’s that? You’re following our rules for injury prevention to a T, but you’re still ending up hurt? We’ve been there, too! If you’re one of the unlucky runners who always seems to get hurt, these tips are for you. Know your own limits. It’s great your neighbor can run 70-mile weeks and not get […]

Expert Q+A on plantar fasciitis: what it is and how to treat it

Treating plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (PF) is one of those dreaded running injuries that can affect any runner – from beginner to veteran – and the painful symptoms can last for months.  We talked to two certified running coaches –  Meredith O’Brien in Virginia Beach, Virg. and Denny Krahe in Lakeland, Fla. – about the topic and got their advice on treating and preventing PF. […]

How to get a running injury: a step-by-step guide

Inject some fun in your running

Have you signed up for a marathon, but you don’t want to meet your goal? Are you sick of waking up early to go run and want an excuse to stay under the covers. Fear not! Just follow this guide to getting injured*, and we guarantee your race day will go horribly wrong or won’t […]

What’s the deal with cortisone shots? The pros and cons

What's the deal with cortisone shots?

There are few things worse for a runner than being injured – especially when you get hurt while training for a big race. Actually, scratch that. What’s worse is when you seek treatment for an injury – maybe you get fitted for new shoes, take time off from running, and even get physical therapy – but it […]

Study: The factors that increase runners’ risk for injury

What I learned from *only* running for a few months

During training for your first marathon, it was your IT band. Last spring, it was your piriformis. Now you suspect plantar fasciitis is behind the pain in your feet. Sound familiar? Injury is all too common among runners, with 70 percent of us getting hurt at some point during our running careers. However, some runners seem to […]

Home remedies for lower back pain

Treat your lower back pain at home.

Lower back injuries are common and can happen doing everyday activities. Lifting something heavy, bending down the wrong way, or stepping awkwardly during a run can spark back pain. Sometimes these injuries are serious. If you’re in extreme pain or feel numbness or tingling in your legs, call you doctor immediately. If your lower back […]

Running and lower back pain: Seven tips for prevention

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Studies show 4 in 5 adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. The severity of low back pain can range from bothersome to debilitating. Minor low back pain may not seem like a big deal. However if you’re a runner, even slight back pain can completely derail your training plans […]

Running when sore: when it’s OK and when it’s not

Backache

My alarm went off at 5 a.m. this morning and 10 miles were on my agenda. As soon as I stood up though, I realized my legs had other plans. I was sore. No doubt from the strength training session and 800m repeats I did earlier in the week. I thought I’d feel OK by […]

Prevent chafing with homemade balms and creams

Homemade lotions and creams to prevent chafing on the run.

Chafing. That stinging, burning feeling of skin rubbed raw. It leaves ugly marks and can take a while to heal, leaving you uncomfortable through many workouts. We all deal with it at one time or another. It can happen when we least expect it, like in the middle of a 20-miler. Or perhaps you have […]

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke in runners

Running during the summer has a plethora of benefits – extra light, runner’s tans, not having to bundle up in a million layers, etc. – but there is one downfall for many runners: The heat. In these dog days of summer everyone, it’s important to be extra vigilant about the power of the suns powerful rays. From protective layers, […]