How To Fuel For a Half Marathon + 4 More Training Tips

Eat Nutrient Dense Food To Fuel For Half Marathon

If you’ve committed to running those 13.1 miles that are a half marathon, then you’ve probably got quite a few questions – especially if you’re a beginner.  One of the common questions is “how to fuel for a half marathon.”  In other words, what kind of things should I be putting in my body on race … Read more

How to Deal With Shin Splints

Of all of the injuries that runners face, shin splints are perhaps the most common and the most mysterious. Very few runners that have been running for any frame of time haven’t experienced these at some point and, while the cause can vary, the pain is no fun for anyone. The fact remains, however, that … Read more

How Can I Avoid Injuries as a Runner?

Running is one of the healthiest things that you can take part in, especially if you are overweight. No matter what kind of physical shape you are currently in, however, there is a very good possibility that you’ll become injured at some point. For many people, it is just unavoidable and a part of life. … Read more

How Much Water Should You Drink While Running?

Water makes up 70% of your body and is vital to life. Despite that fact, many people take in an amazingly small amount of it each day. Everyone has head that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day, but is that true for everyone? At what point should you be worried about having … Read more

Why Foam Rollers For Runners Are Important

Why Foam Rollers For Runners Are Important

No matter how much experience you have as a runner, injuries are going to happen. Whether you are a beginning runner that is plagued with shin splints and runner’s knee, or you are a lifelong runner that has to deal with more serious problems, injury prevention is of vital importance. Long term runners find that their … Read more

Can You Improve Your VO2max?

VO2max is a relatively strange concept to a lot of runners, and especially the general population. It turns out, however, that there is a relatively easy way to improve it dramatically and improve running performance. Important first, though, is to understand what exactly your VO2max is. What Is VO2max? Your VO2max is the measure of … Read more

What Is The Optimum Age For Peak Marathon Performance?

People worry about age a great deal. There are people who constantly feel like they are either too young to train properly or too old  to be able to withstand the damage that is possible during a marathon. The answer of the best age isn’t set in stone and is actually hard to pin down … Read more

Can Runners Be Successful On A Plant Based Diet?

Plant based diets have caused a lot of controversy in recent years. People say that a plant based diet cannot provide enough protein or fuel for a runner’s body, or any body for that matter. In truth, however, there is a large population of the running world that relies on a plant based diet and … Read more

Do Marathon Runners Have Bad Knees Later In Life?

One of the biggest concerns that runners, and non runners alike, have pertains to their knees. Knee problems can severely harm your life if they do not heal and running can certainly cause problems of its own. If you are a marathon runner, though, you should really have a greater understanding of what is at … Read more

Does Running Really Cause Long Term Knee Damage?

Most people run to be healthy.  Some are trying to lose weight, some are preparing for a marathon, and some are just trying to have a little fun.  No matter which of these categories you fall into, however, someone has no doubt told you that you are going to destroy your knees, that you won’t … Read more

How do you Stop a Side Stitch while Running

You woke up early today, had a quick drink, and headed out the door.  As the morning fog is lifting and the early workers are driving by, you are enjoying your morning run.  Just as you get going good, though, a side stitch starts creeping in.  This stabbing pain can quickly have you doubled over … Read more

Effective Carb Loading for a Marathon

Carb loading before a marathon is an essential way to build your energy stores prior to the big race. The body relies heavily upon these stores for a successful race. Pushing yourself through several hours of hard or even moderate running will deplete your energy more quickly than you think. While many runners carry gels … Read more

Most Common Running Injuries

Long distance running is a sport that contains risk.  Unfortunately, runners of any serious mileage caliber can claim a few injury stories.  On the road, we refer to them battle scars. Some of them can be serious enough to derail your training for a significant amount of time if they aren’t handled with the proper … Read more

Best Diet for Runners to Lose Weight

Losing weight as a runner is not always as easy as it might seem.  Sure, running is one of the best forms of exercise available and will burn calories both during and after your run.  However, because of the physical demands that running places on your body, you will want to eat enough to replenish … Read more

How to Treat Runner’s Knee

Injuries are the dark side of the running hobby that we all enjoy so much.  While running is a great way to keep your body in shape, keep your mind fresh, and simply enjoy the outdoors, it does come with a price sometimes.  All of those strides can add up to sore joints, ligaments, and … Read more

Benefits of Ice Baths after a Long Run

Any runner who has undertaken distance training for a half marathon or longer race understands the vital importance of post run physical maintenance. Stretching only goes so far when the demands of distance training are placed on the muscular tissue, particularly during the most intense phases of race preparation. Tissue breakdown is a natural occurrence … Read more

How Long Should You Run Before Training for a Marathon?

So last week I had a friend of mine mention that he was thinking about trying a marathon at some point but did not know when would be the correct time to go after a goal such as that since he was somewhat new to running.  He has been ripping it up at the half-marathon … Read more

3 Brilliant Pulled Hamstring Treatments that You Should Use

I recently pulled my hamstring while running a few weeks ago.  I took a few days off running and then tried to start up my regular running after that.  All was fine until I decided to play some basketball.  Why must I cross train!? Well, I pulled my hamstring again sprinting up and down the … Read more

Running to Lose Weight: Why it Works and Success Stories

As I embark on my journey to use running to lose weight (30 pounds of unwanted weight that is), I thought it would be interesting to look at why running is so effective and then share some inspirational success stories. As I have explained on my About me page, I have always been able to … Read more