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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 […]

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” […]

Study: Beginners should ease into running (very) slowly to prevent injury

Beginners: start running slowly

I remember when I first started running years ago. I wanted to be like my friends who were runners, meaning I wanted to be able to run 3 or 4 miles without taking walk breaks – right away. Well, of course, that didn’t happen. Getting into running shape takes time when you’re starting from zero. […]

How long should I run before training for a marathon?

can i train for a marathon?

After what happened during the Boston Marathon in 2013, one of my good friend’s was inspired to take up running and racing. But she didn’t want to race just any distance – she wanted to run a marathon. I was so excited for her until she told me the race she wanted to do was […]