A blog by runners. For runners.

Why do I smell ammonia after a run?

The effects of running on testosterone levels in men

I first noticed a strong ammonia-like smell in my nose after long, hard runs – more than 75 minutes – in warm conditions. Naturally, I asked my wife if she could smell it, too, but she couldn’t. It was all in my nose. I decided to investigate. Turns out, I was running too hard for my current fuel […]

Solving problems on the run: how running helps you think

Secrets of consistent runners

I don’t know about you, but running is my secret weapon for more than just physical health and wellness. Running helps sort out ideas in my head and come up with new ideas. It allows me to de-stress and cool off from all the things running through my brain. In other words: Running helps me […]

Study: health benefits of running only 6 miles/week

You don't need to run a marathon to get the benefits of running. Simply running 6/week is enough to see a difference.

In an age where it seems like everyone on your Facebook feed is completing marathons and Ironman triathlons, a new study comes with good news for those of us who don’t have the time, energy, or desire to train for long distance events. You don’t have to run a marathon In the study published in […]

Study: Can running too much kill you? (and how to properly read studies)

How to get the most out of your running shoes.

In grad school for my Master of Public Health, we had to take several courses learning how to properly interpret scientific studies – and how to tell the good studies from the not-so-good ones. (Bear with me. I promise this has to do with running.) One of the most important lessons we learned was that correlation […]

Don’t be a T-Rex: proper running arm form

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The Tyrannosaurus Rex is embedded in my childhood consciousness thanks to Jurassic Park. I can still feel the Dolby Digital thunderclap of its footsteps reverberating in my bones and John Hammond casually stating, “Well, we clocked the T-Rex at 32 miles an hour.” Quite the impressive speed but recent studies indicate perhaps T-Rex couldn’t chase […]

Study: Think twice before you take Vitamins C and E

vitamins C and E in supplement form may reduce runners’ fitness gains from workouts

Experts have long said it’s best to meet your nutritional needs through diet alone. Still, the supplement market is hot. Many of us turn to supplements thinking they’ll help our health. But more research keeps coming out that says some supplements don’t have any value. And, worse, some research has found that certain supplements interfere […]

Study: how exercise helps when you overeat

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How many of you went a little overboard with eating this holiday season? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. I can’t even type the word “gingerbread” without getting a stomachache. Luckily, I also stuck with my running routine from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. And if you did, too, new research says that all of those […]

How to be more creative: run

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Think back to the last time you were stumped at work. What did you do about it? Researched and ruminated over possible solutions? Talked it over with a coworker? Focused on another project and came back to it later? While all these tactics may help, the answer may be found in your running shoes. According […]

Study: women are better at pacing than men

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On runs over 10 miles, my husband and I average around the same pace. In fact, our half marathon PRs are a mere 11 seconds apart. However, we rarely run together because we run so differently. I always aim to keep an even pace or run negative splits. But my husband? I (lovingly) call him […]

Exercise today to prevent depression tomorrow (study)

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We all know that a good run has the power to turn a frown upside down. But this side effect of running can literally save some runners’ lives. Study after study has shown that exercise helps to treat clinical depression – and promising new research shows it may prevent it, too. Depression: 101 About one […]