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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Runner’s column: When the excuses come, you must run

Running is hard enough, but staying committed to running is where the real test is.

I almost didn’t run tonight. I had excuses that could have made sense. On this night – Aug. 4, 2015 – my ride home from work took an extra 15 minutes, stretching way past an hour in the car, my head swimming with the question about running. I knew technically the region would still be […]

Beginners: How to start running off on the right foot

How to start running on the right foot

If you’re just starting a running program, what you do over the next few weeks and months can make or break a running habit. A lot of people try to pick up running, but don’t last very long. Sure, some just realize that the sport is not for them. But others quip running is “too hard” […]

From hobby to habit: how I made running stick

From hobby to habit: how to make running stick

It wasn’t long too long ago I ran only to stay fit. I turned to running as a mode of exercise because I could do it anytime, anywhere. Well, in theory. The truth is that back then I had all of these excuses in the world not to run. If it was raining, too hot, […]

Commonly asked questions asked by beginner runners (no, you’re not alone!)

Find answers to FAQs from beginner runners

Find answers to frequently asked questions by beginner runners below. Don’t see your question? Asked us in the comments or Tweet at us and we’ll get back to you with an answer! I tried running, but I get tired and have to stop after a few minutes. How does anyone run for miles without taking breaks? […]

I am unable to quit because I am currently too legit

Too legit to quit

Remember to keep running. You’re too legit to quit. Photo: Unsplash

All about that base: the basics of building a running foundation

All about that base: building a running foundation

Almost every training plan assumes that the runner has a “base”. Your base is exactly what it sounds like – it’s your current fitness level. You cannot go from running zero miles per week to training for a marathon. Base building is the work that comes in between zero mileage weeks and training – it’s pre-training, if […]

Safety tips for beginner trail runners

Safety tips for beginner runners

Whether or not you’re new to running, hitting the trails is almost an entirely different sport. There’s totally different terrain to deal with, animals and insects, and – yes – even some tricky situations you might not expect. So, before you head on that gorgeous path in the wilderness, heed this advice. And if you’re looking for […]