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My favorite five post-race menus. What’s on your list?

Free what after a race?

The range of free food and drink offered after races runs the gamut from high-end, nutritious energy food to pure junk. Here’s a review of five different post-race menus at events near me. What’s on the menu near you? Slattery’s Turkey Trot, Fitchburg, Mass.: I’ll admit to a hometown bias here. This was my first race […]

Big race vs. small race: the pros and cons of different race sizes

Big vs. small: the pros and cons of different race sizes

The great thing about racing is it takes what is normally a solitarily pursuit – running – and turns it into a group activity.  But your experience at a race can vary depending on its size. A local 5K or 10K from a running club is going to feel a lot different than a big, metro […]

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, […]

5 ways to measure your running success – beyond the PR

How to start running on the right foot

Many of us measure our running success with numbers – most often, our personal records. Shave time off XX:XX from year to year, and it feels like making a slam dunk every time. And that’s a fine way (and one of the surest ways) to see progress from point A to point B. However, that’s not […]

Can you stay in race shape year-round?

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With the New Year often comes new goals and ways to challenge ourselves. New ways to push ourselves and make this year our best one yet. One challenge we’ve seen making its way around the running community is 15 in ’15 – meaning 15 races in the calendar year 2015. Some people are striving for […]

Spotlight on the 15K race: a sweet-spot distance for many runners

The 15K: a sweet-spot distance for many. Learn why you should train for this different type of race.

One race distance that doesn’t get the attention it deserves in the 15K. It’s 9.3 miles of pure awesomeness, and it just so happens to be my favorite race distance of all time. And while we’re at it, we might as well lump in the humble 10-miler, since I’ve seen events of that distance popping […]

6 ways to stay motivated when dealing with burnout

I stuck to my 16-week marathon training plan like glue, and stayed motivated and excited by training right through the end. But now that the marathons are behind me? I’m less motivated than ever before. I’m feeling apprehensive instead of enthusiastic about my upcoming races. There’s no doubt about it – I’m dealing with burnout. […]

Inside the medical tent: what happens if you stop during a race

Inside the medical tent: should you stop or should you go

At its core, running is a very healthy hobby. It helps you reach and maintain a healthy weight, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve your memory, and more. But as we all know, running also taxes the body. Especially when we run long or fast, like during races. Even with proper training and execution, you […]

Coping with the post-marathon blues

Post marathon blues

You’ve made check marks on your training log for the past four months. You’ve woken up at 5 a.m. for five days a week for the past 16 weeks to run in the dark. You’ve done 20 milers, completed speedwork sessions, and logged hundreds of miles. You’ve worked hard to earn those calluses, personal distance […]

How to pack when flying to a race

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A few years ago, I flew to Florida to run the Walt Disney World Marathon. I checked the race day weather forecast before packing, and thought I was being smart when I tossed my race day outfit in my carryon bag. I packed the rest of my running clothes options in my checked suitcase. Unfortunately, […]