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December 8, 2016
Looking for gifts or stocking stuffer for runners? We have the best running books of 2016 through recommendations of our run to the top podcast guests. These are the best running books as suggested by the 2016 runners connect podcast.

The Best Running Books 2016 (Run to the Top Guest Recommendations)

  If you are a longtime listener of the Run to the Top Podcast, you will know that at the end of the interview, we ask each guest five questions for the final kick round. If you are unsure what you would like to ask for this holiday season, and your... 

December 7, 2016
Running is a metaphor for life. Taking one step at a time, and planning out milestones, you can achieve in life and running. Back on My Feet is giving individuals in homeless shelters the opportunity to turn their life around, and this is a powerful episode to change your perspective on just what running can do.

Back on My Feet- The Power of Running to Overcome Homelessness

I’m excited to have a fellow Brit on the show today! Katy Sherratt is the CEO of Back On My Feet, a non-profit organization that helps homeless and those down on their luck get – you guessed it! – back on their feet. But they do it with running! Members... 

December 5, 2016
Fed up of being injured and staring at the wall of the gym or pool, there may be another option! ElliptiGO is popular with elite runners, but can everyday runners use it to prevent injury or maintain fitness? The science says yes, we can!

Is the ElliptiGO the Best Cross Training Tool for Runners?

You may have seen the strange looking “scooter” on elite runners training pages. You may have wondered: What does it do? How does it help runners? Why is this so much better than other cross training workouts for runners? Want to find out? Let’s... 

November 30, 2016
David Minkoff has competed in 41 ironman competitions, but has trained for these while working 60-80 hours a week. If you are busy, and struggle to fit your training in, David inspires us all to see that is will be worth it, but you can achieve any goals you want to. We also discuss long term health and how to look after your body better than ever before.

Dr. David Minkoff- You Can Overcome and Outlast Your Setbacks

My guest today participated in over 40 Iron Man competitions, which is admirable on its own. But when you hear about what he’s been doing for the health and wellness for the runners he has met, you are really going to be impressed. David Minkoff got... 

November 28, 2016
Training was going so well and you could tell a big PR was around the corner, but life got too busy, and now your race is in jeopardy. These 5 ways to cope with life setbacks will make you sigh in relief and stay confident that everything will be okay!

5 Reasons to Be Okay With Missed Workouts

We all seem to get busier and busier as the years go by, and this time of year becomes the busiest of all, and finding time to exercise can be almost impossible. How to stay motivated to run during the holidays? Motivation may not be the issue, but finding... 

November 23, 2016
You take your car in for a checkup 1-2 times a year, so why not take your body for a checkup when it does just as many miles. The Gait Guys are the best in the business when it comes to biomechanics and running form.

The Gait Guys- Runners Need Risk Management, Not Crisis Management

Today’s episode is going to completely change the way you look at running form. I’m sure we’re all guilty of saying we have “bad form” while running. I know my own peroneal arthritis effects my form and the way I think about it, and that’s... 

November 21, 2016
If there one best type of cross training for injured runners to get good cardio instead of running? It depends on the injury you have. Here are the alternatives to running to stay fit, broken down by injury.

What is the Best Cross Training for Your Running Injury?

One of the most fiercely debated topics in distance running is the effectiveness of cross training for runners. As is typically the case with heated debate, the pendulum often ends up swinging far in either direction. Some modern coaches believe that... 

November 16, 2016
Running does not make us sweaty or gross, but it shows us at our best. Become part of a wedding gift for two people brought together by running.

Find What You Love and Work for it- Chiara Gandolfi

Will you help me give a wedding present today? My guest didn’t start out as a runner, in fact, she did not start running until one year ago. Chiara was a springboard diver who was inspired to run by the most powerful force of all: love! As new runners,... 

November 14, 2016
For runners suffering from plantar fasciitis, the work shoes, dress shoes, and running shoes you wear all affect how long it takes to heal. We help you find the best shoes to cure your heel pain.

What are the Best Shoes to Wear When You Have Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the bane of many runners’ existence. It’s the third-most common running injury, accounting for one in every twelve doctor visits for a runner.1 The aching, stabbing pain in your heel that rears its ugly head every morning... 

November 9, 2016
Running may be a solitary sport, but our strength is in our numbers, and there is something so special about running with others that bonds us forever. Every single runner can teach us something new, and through running we learn about work ethic and setting goals. Chris Heuisler (Run Westin) discusses the beauty of our sport, and why running really is the best type of training out there.

How Running Shapes us into the People we Want to Be- Chris Heuisler

If you’ve ever run a marathon, you know how hectic race day can be. You’re out of your element, you’re in a new area, and everything about your routine is falling apart. This is where Chris Heuisler comes in! I brought Chris on the podcast today... 

November 7, 2016
Nutrition for runners is just as important as the training itself, but finding the best runner diet for you can be overwhelming. Here are the popular diet plans to help you decide which runner nutrition plan will help you with your running.

How to Find the Best Runner Diet for You and Your Training

This guest post was written by Heather Caplan For some runners, the way they eat is an integral part of their training plan. For others, nutrition for runners is a second thought, or may not be paid much attention to until it becomes a problem. Either... 

November 2, 2016
Molly Huddle is not just one of the best runners in the US, but in the World. This week Molly will run her debut Marathon in New York, and the world will be watching. Listen to her share how training has gone, how she sets her goals, and her proudest moment so far. Molly is an inspiration, and this is a must listen episode for runners everywhere.

Molly Huddle: Why New York Was the Marathon for Molly

My guest today is one of the best distance runners in the country. Molly Huddle finished 6th in the 10k at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is about to try her legs out on her first marathon in New York. Molly is already a superstar – and has been since... 

October 31, 2016
Interval training could be the answer to setting your personal record. Get all the details about interval training for beginners and advanced athletes.

Why Every Runner Can Benefit from Interval Workouts

This guest post was written by Runtastic It’s not surprising that interval training is one of the most popular training methods out there. Interval running for beginners to running for weight loss to advanced runners, everyone can benefit in some... 

October 26, 2016
Olympian Nick Symmonds is not afraid to speak his mind. We talk to him about the doping scandal, how to chose a team that is a fit for you, and how he turned his darkest moment into one of his greatest accomplishments. Nick is unlike any other professional runner that you will ever hear from, but it is a refreshing change, and one you will want to hear.

Nick Symmonds- Our Filthy, Dirty Sport: It’s Time to Make a Change

I’ve been wanting to talk to our guest today for a long time! He’s got a lot of experience, a lot of opinions, and he’s not afraid to share them. Nick Symmonds is an elite runner is a two time Olympian and competed in his fair share of world track... 

October 24, 2016
Everything you want to know about this treatment that is growing in popularity. Running injuries can last for a long time, and it seems like no treatment works, but dry needling is effective, and could save you more heartbreak.

Fed up of Being Injured? Will Dry Needling Work for You?

There is nothing a runner hates more than being told not to run. Unless you find a medical professional you can trust, it is hard to know whether it actually would be best to rest, or whether there is another treatment that is worth a try. It seems every... 

October 19, 2016
Ethan Newberry has never been a fast runner, never been on the podium, but the fulfillment that running in fun experiences brings will have you convinced that having fun is the way to go. Ethan shares how he took back ownership from bullying words, and how body image issues can be overcome, but you CAN control your self doubt, and here is how.

Ginger Runner- You May Never Win a Race, But You Can Have a Blast Doing it

Everyone has a body image issues, and overcoming them is a huge challenge. My guest today is no stranger to that. Ethan is from Los Angeles, so he knows better than anyone how detrimental body image issues can be to our confidence and our health. That’s... 

October 17, 2016
How many of these are you guilty of falling for? Masters running is a little different to running in your younger years, but older runners do not have to change everything, and actually many of the training aspects are the same as before; what works for you! Before you change everything about your masters running training, take a read of this.

10 Things You Think Will Change as a Older Runner (But, Don’t)

Remember the days you used to practically spring out of bed? Soreness, tightness, ashiness. What was that anyway? Maybe when you had a really hard workout the day before, you might feel a bit sore….for a day or two! Getting older has many downsides,... 

October 12, 2016
Running helped Perry Newburn overcome a 16 year battle with heroin, and he realized the positive effect running has on mental wellness. To give back to the runner community, Perry has completed ultra challenges all over the world, most recently, for his 60th birthday, running across the US, covering the 3000miles in 51 days. Hear his inspiring and motivational story, and learn how you can challenge yourself too.

How to Distract Your Mind When it Tells You to Quit- Perry Newburn

If you think it’s impossible to run 50+ miles day for weeks on end, our guest today is here to prove you wrong! After overcoming a 16 year battle with heroin addiction, Perry Newburn is lucky to be alive. He realizes what running brings to our lives,... 

October 10, 2016
If you have ever wondered what makes a good runner, or what the difference is between jogging and running, this is the article for you. If you are having trouble believing that you are an athlete, here are 10 ways to build your confidence as a runner, and start believing that YOU are a real runner.

10 Ways To Make You Believe You are an Athlete

There’s been quite a bit of social media buzz, and media in general, dedicated to the topic of what makes someone a “real runner.” It’s clearly something that many runners grapple with. Am I a runner or a jogger, and what is the difference... 

October 5, 2016
Nancy Clark is one of the best known dietitians in the running industry. Her knowledge about nutrition for runners is helpful no matter what level you run or train at. Listen to Nancy give her best advice on how to fuel correctly for your training and racing, and ask yourself, do you make the biggest mistake runners make that sabotages their running?

Are You Guilty of the Biggest Mistake Runners Make?- Nancy Clark

If you have some burning questions about your running diet, tune in now and listen to this interview with legendary nutritionist Nancy Clark. She’s a registered dietician with years of experience in the field of Sports Nutrition. She knows how important... 

October 3, 2016
Running with sciatica is a running injury that can cause pain or numbness in your back, thigh, hamstring, calf or hip. It can make us wonder if we will ever run without pain again. Here are the causes, sciatica symptoms, and treatment options to get back to running.

Will I Ever Run Pain Free Again? How to Overcome Sciatica

Sciatica can be a pain in the butt…and the back…thigh…calf…even foot. That may be a pun, but it has a lot of truth in it. Running with sciatica can make running almost unbearable, and a sciatica flare up can make us wonder will... 

September 28, 2016
Running isn't just about the medals or the rewards. It is about the camaraderie, the trial, the endurance, the lack of sleep, the scenery, and of course, the socializing with friends with a glass of beer (or bourbon) after the race. These unique events are fun and will change your perspective on just what you can overcome. No matter what level or speed you are, these races are about a diverse group of people tackling one goal. If you love a challenge, you will love this episode!

How to Overcome the Obstacles You Didn’t Think You Could Do- Matt Davis, Terry McMahon, John Sheryak

Have you run a Warrior Dash? The Warrior Dash is a part of this fantastic trend of obstacle races, a running race that combines all sorts of physical feats to spice up your run. They will show you that no matter what you look like or how fast you are,... 

September 26, 2016
If you have ever wondered if there is an ideal race weight for runners or how to find your ideal running weight for your body type, this post is for you. Is it going to help you run faster? Or put you at a higher risk of injuries and overtraining. This article considers both sides, and recommends the best way to lose weight as a runner, no matter when your next big race is.

How Important is it to be at Your Ideal Race Weight?

Race day is coming. You have put in the hours, followed your marathon training schedule exactly, and made it through days you were so tired you could barely make it up the stairs to go to bed. But now you want to make sure you do not do anything to mess... 

September 21, 2016
Pete Magill, author of Born Again Runner has advice for runners of every level and speed. He shares his story of being told he will die before his sons graduation, to using running to turn his life around, and eventually becoming one of the best masters runners in the world. Pete has advice on how to become the best runner you can be using drills, smart training, and of course, the running community. We can't run away from our problems, but we can use running to help us stay positive even in the worst of times.

How to Become the Runner You Were Meant to Be- Pete Magill

If you’ve ever given up on running once, or twice, or maybe twenty times, then this is the episode for you. Pete Magill is my guest today and we’re talking about why it’s so easy to quit running, and how it’s just as easy to start back up again.... 

September 19, 2016
Running is hard. Running never gets any easier. Running breaks your heart. So how do people get addicted to running? This glimpse into the mind of a pro runner helps to explain why its worth sticking with it, as the rewards are worth it, and it will help you discover who you really are.

How to Find Peace When Running Breaks Your Heart

Taking the good with the bad. It can be hard to find peace in a sport when things don’t go right, and actually things often go very wrong, over and over again. Running is for everyone (no matter what some people say!), but how long it takes to get addicted... 

September 14, 2016
Professional Runner and host of the Run to the Top Podcast, Tina Muir's coach and husband is on the show this week to share his training advice. He gives exact workouts to do for every distance from 800m- marathon! Very helpful for runners of every level.

Why You Need to Do The Workouts You Hate- Steve Picucci

Not many runners are able to have their spouses act as their coaches, but as you may know, my husband and I are an exception to that rule. Today we’re talking to Steve Picucci, who is the head cross-country and track and field coach at Moorehead State... 

September 12, 2016
New ultra runner questions answered: Ultra marathon training for beginners can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. This is a very helpful guide, especially as there are no real good training plans for ultramarathons.

What is the Best Training Advice for a New Ultramarathon Runner?

There are very few ‘ultra marathon training plans for beginners’ around for ultramarathon runners and there’s a reason for that. There are so many variables involved that it’s impossible to come up with a ‘one size fits all’ plan. When you’re... 

September 7, 2016
Safety while running is the most important thing we could ever have to think about. Todd Williams, Olympian, and founder of Run Safer, explains how to avoid putting your life in danger while you are out on a run, and what to do if you do find your life at risk. The most important episode you will ever listen to.

Do You Know What to Do if Your Life is in Danger When You are on a Run? with Todd Williams

Running has been in the spotlight a lot in the past few weeks, and not for a positive reason. Because there have been some recent physical attacks on runners, it’s important to understand how to stay safe while running. Do you know what to do if your... 

September 5, 2016
Running faster is not necessarily achievable through more miles, but these 3 ways to help you get better at running without running will help you run more efficiently, so you can become a great runner, without getting injured by running more.

Neuromuscular Fitness: The Secret To Improving Your Pace

Most runners are aware that in order to improve distance running performance, weekly mileage needs to increase. Research supports this: in the 2007 study ‘Training Characteristics of Qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials’, exercise physiologist... 

August 31, 2016
Power meters are revolutionizing the running world for good. They could help runners of every level and pace unlock the mystery of why they break down in racing and training. This will help you learn how to see injuries coming before they stop you, and know when you are recovered enough to do another hard workout. Jim Vance even believes every world record will fall because of this new technology. Listen in to see what you think.

How to Use Power Meters to Improve Your Performance- Jim Vance

We all know about power meters for cycling, but now there are power meters for running too. Today, Jim Vance the author of “Run with Power,” will explain what power meters are and how they can be used in training. Or, if you are new to running and...