A blog by runners. For runners.

Use the habit pairing strategy to your advantage

Using the habit pairing strategy to accomplish your goals

As runners, we are lucky enough to have a hobby we can do almost whenever we want – unfettered by opening times, budgets, and even daylight hours. And as a result, many of us have a well-formed, fairly consistent “running habit” on one or more days of the week. While establishing such a habit is […]

Is it time to (strategically) lower your standards?

Is it time to (strategically) lower your standards?

The majority of runners are pretty much in charge of their own performance. We plan our own training; we keep our own score. We get ourselves out the door on days when people shudder just thinking about going outside. If we didn’t routinely set high standards for ourselves, none of this would be possible. We […]

Use the “high stakes” strategy to accomplish your goals

Set the stakes high and accomplish your running goals

No matter how much we love our sport, it can still be a challenge for us to consistently stick to the behaviors we know will bring us closer to accomplishing our goals. Some of us struggle with hitting the gym for strength-training sessions; others procrastinate on hills training; many of us know the feeling of […]

You can do it! Don’t quit on your New Year’s resolutions, goals

Don't quit on your goals

“New year, new you!” Or so they say… While we all start off with the best of intentions, nearly 1 in 4 of us will abandon our New Year’s resolution by January 7, says the Washington Post. Yes, you read that right – January 7, i.e., TODAY. It’s one week into the year. Now, most of […]

Whatever your 2016 goal, we have an article for that

Tips for accomplishing your 2016 goals.

It’s a new year, and for many of us that means new goals – scary goals – but don’t get overwhelmed. We’re here to help! If your goal is … … to start running (YAY!) … Then the WalkJogRun Guide for Beginner Runners has you covered. It includes tips for training for your first race, selecting the right shoe, and more. Also, these commonly […]

Why you should forgo resolutions and set a theme for 2016 instead

The New Year offers a wonderful opportunity for a fresh start, a way to re-engage with the things that really matter to you.

It’s that time of year again. That time when we reflect on what we’ve accomplished and what we would like to aim for in the year ahead. A time of wild optimism for many and a boon for local gyms. But while it’s tempting to start resolving to run three times a week, finally train for […]

Expert Q&A: Planning your 2016 racing calendar

Setting goals: big and small

The 2016 racing season is right around the corner! To help you plan and organize your running goals, we talked to two running coaches – Jason Saltmarsh from North Hampton, NH and Albert Dell’Apa from Toronto, Canada – about the pros and cons of big goals vs. mini goals and why most runners would benefit from both. What are the pros and […]

Why you should set goals that scare you

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Sometimes in our running careers, we need to be a little bit gentler on ourselves – relaxing our often harsh, high standards of our own performance and quieting that little critical voice in our heads. But other times, you need to take the complete opposite approach. If you’re stuck in a rut, if you’re lacking motivation, if your […]

Accomplish your health goals through gamification

Use the gamer strategy to accomplish health goals

We all have something that holds us back on our path to optimal health and performance. It might be a persistent injury, a crazy busy lifestyle, a general lack of motivation, or any combination of things – but the point is, each one of us has something we wish we could tackle so we can […]

9 really challenging running goals that go beyond a single race

9 really challenging running goals beyond a single a race

Maybe you finally broke the 30-minute mark in the 5K. Or crossed the marathon off of your bucket list. Perhaps you even ran a race you had your sights set on for years. Now what? Some runners are thinking long-term and beyond one race when it comes to running goals. If you have the desire, […]