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July 27, 2016
Running is 90 percent mental, but why do we not spend more time working on how to prepare mentally for a race. If you want to build mental toughness for running, Scott Welle has the experience and tips to help with the mental aspect of running.

How to Make Sure You Condition Your Mind the Way You Condition Your Body- Scott Welle

Do you ever feel like you are holding yourself back by the mental aspect of running letting you down in a race? If so, you’re not alone! No matter how good a runner you are, it’s likely that you spend a lot of time convincing yourself that you’re... 

July 25, 2016
Training for your first ultramarathon is not as hard as you may think. This guide helps runners prepare for an ultra after life as a marathon runner, and gives you the way to prepare your body and mind for the longest race of your far.

5 Ways to Prepare for Your First Ultramarathon

A few years ago you did not even know how far a 50k is in miles, you wondered what is an ultramarathon when other runners talked about racing their first ultra, and the idea of running more than a marathon made you feel nauseous. Fast forward a few years,... 

July 20, 2016
We know eating after running is important, that without refueling within that optimal window we are risking injury and preventing recovery, but how do you do it if you don't want processed foods? Matt Kadey talks about how to make easy, homemade snacks for before, during and after your run. This makes it so simple, I can't wait to try them out!

Finding the Best Fuel to Power Your Fitness- Matt Kadey

Do you know what to eat before you run, during a long run, and after a workout? Should you eat before you run? How about what to eat after a short run or jog? As a runner, you are probably aware of the importance of eating well, but do you know what... 

July 18, 2016
Injured? We know we need to see a doctor, therapist, chiropractor or osteopath if we are in pain and it is affecting our running, but how do you know who to trust? It can be really overwhelming to find someone who will not just say "don't run", but this guide is helpful for knowing what to look for.

How to Find the Best Sports Doctor or Therapist Near You

Let’s face it, when it comes to avoiding running related injury the odds are fairly well stacked against you. That’s not to say running is bad for you – far from it. Running is probably one of the most accessible ways we have of maintaining and... 

July 13, 2016
Running while pregnant was always a definite no, but in recent years, doctors have told us running during pregnancy is okay. Not only can you run while pregnant, but you can run faster after you give birth. Sarah Brown trained for the Olympic Trials during and after her pregnancy, and competed in the Olympic trials when her daughter was just a few months old! Inspiring story, and relatable advice for recreational runners from Meredith Mikell, author of Faster After Baby.

Running While Pregnant: How Sarah Brown Trained for the Olympics During Pregnancy

In the past, running while pregnant was always a definite no as it was not considered safe to run while pregnant, but in recent years, doctors have told us it is ok to run during pregnancy. Not only can you continue running during first trimester... 

July 11, 2016
Arthritis is painful, frustrating, and progressive. Does it mean the end of a running career? Science says yes, but this article has 7 ways to slow the degeneration and allow you to run as long as possible.

How to Keep Running With Arthritis Pain

As we live longer and scientists find cures for all kinds of health conditions, we can be lulled into a false sense of security thinking that if we can put it off long enough, we can dodge most of the diseases, and nurse almost any injury back to health. Anyone... 

July 6, 2016
Think elite runners have it all? They improve in their running every season with a sponsor like Nike behind them? Actually no, and Phoebe Wright does not mind sharing her struggles, and thoughts on eating disorders, doping, and the contemplation of giving up professional running. This girl is honest, real, and easy to relate to. A must listen for every runner!

From Mediocre to Magnificent with Professional Runner Phoebe Wright

On the Run to the Top podcast, I try to vary the types of guests that we have. Today, I’m excited to be interviewing a professional runner. Phoebe Wright has a lot of accolades, but first and foremost, she’s down to earth and simply wonderful to talk... 

July 4, 2016
Many runners think time off is only needed after a marathon (or longer), but 5k, 10k, half marathon runners could change their running lives forever by taking a few days off 1-2 times per year. You will be shocked how little fitness we found you lose after 5 days off!

The Best Decision You Will Make This Year: 9 Reasons You Should Take Time Off

Marathon training is like preparing for a boxing title match: months of lonely workouts culminating in one exhausting battle. Brings a lot of satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment, but what if we want to focus on the shorter distances? If you’re... 

June 29, 2016
Running through tiredness and pain is expected as a runner, but what about if you feel absolutely exhausted on every run and have no motivation to even train (but as a stubborn runner you do it anyway). Chris Kelly may have the answer for you, and it will change your life forever, and make you feel fit, healthy, and happy.

Chris Kelly: How Exhaustion is Slowly Killing Your Performance

Do you ever struggle with exhaustion? Whether you’re running or just going through the activities of daily life, there might be some issues that you’re dealing with that can make you feel “not quite right”. This can be particularly troubling... 

June 27, 2016
Running and traveling DO mix! Staying fit while on vacation can be tough to motivate yourself to get it in. This runner guide gives 10 hacks to get your running in this summer.

10 Tips You Need To Know For Successful Running While On Vacation

Off on a family vacation this summer? You can still train. Yep, not only is it possible, but it can be the kick we need to rekindle our passion for running again. Some of my best runs and races have occurred on vacation. I’ve run a 35k trail race in... 

June 22, 2016
Dr Jason Karp believes running brings so much more to our lives than just staying in shape. We can all be better than we currently are. Running gives us the chance to narrow the gap between where we are and where we want to be. If you love to run, you will love this episode.

Failure is Part of the Process. Are You Going to Let it Stop You?- Dr. Jason Karp

You already know the physical benefits of running, and if you run, you also know that there are countless emotional and mental benefits. From boosting creativity and productivity, to fostering a sense of organization, taking up running, particularly distance... 

June 20, 2016
How does recovery from an ultra marathon differ from a regular marathon? How do some of the best ultra runners in the world recover so quickly? It feels like we are never going to get back to normal, but using these tips, you can be back to chasing your next challenge quicker than ever!

25 Recovery Tips from the Best Ultramarathoners in the World

Bouncing back after a marathon is not exactly easy, but at least there are a lot of resources out there that you can turn to for guidance, like our free 9 part ultimate marathon training guide for example. With half a million Americans finishing a marathon... 

June 15, 2016
Why do people say running is an individual sport? We love to support and motivate other runners, and it allows us to build great friendships. Strava has changed the lives of millions of runners all over the world and by joining the Strava team, you can make running even better.

Run for Life, Not Just for Today- Strava Founder Michael Horvath

Although running is an individual sport, do you sometimes wish you had the camaraderie of a team? Michael Horvath, today’s guest, founded Strava, an online community for runners and other athletes. Through tracking, Strava is able to help you connect... 

June 13, 2016
Running more miles per week will help you get faster, but it can be difficult to know how much to add without ending up injured. This guide gives runners 8 things to consider to make sure you increase mileage safely without injury or overtraining.

8 Challenges to Increasing Mileage – How to Safely Get to the Next Level

Increasing your weekly running mileage from say 10 miles to 20 can itself present a series of challenges and potential pitfalls but stepping into the world of 60-100 running miles a week can be a whole new ball game. Though we all probably know someone... 

June 8, 2016
Born to Run Author Chris McDougall with his humor, fun loving attitude, and candor makes it easy to listen to this special edition of Run to the Top. Chris talks about parkour, using fat for fuel, and racing with donkeys. Plus the latest updates on the Born to Run Movie!

Chris McDougall: Why Should Runners Care About Parkour?

One of our previous guests, Chris McDougall, is back to talk about his new book, parkour, diet, and how it all relates to master runners, as well as to runners in general. After a career in international journalism, Chris, who is fascinated by the human... 

June 6, 2016
The pain on the outside of your ankle or foot could be caused by peroneal tendonitis. Here is how to know if you have it, understand what caused it (so it does not happen again), and treat it, so you can get back to running quickly.

Do You Have Peroneal Tendonitis? Here is How to Fix it

As runners, we accept that there is a certain amount of risk involved with our sport. When we are well into our marathon training schedule, hooked on trail running, or first 5k, we hear about the high injury rates, and know that there is a good chance... 

June 1, 2016
Ted Jaleta is one of the best masters runners in the world. His story is incredibly inspiring as he fled Ethiopia during the Civil War. This WILL change your perspective on your running (and life!)

When Opportunity Knocks, Will You be Ready?- Ted Jaleta

On today’s episode, we are talking to Ted Jaleta, a world-class master runner and former Ethiopian refugee who is now a citizen of Canada. He is now a motivational speaker, a Hall of Fame athlete, and a former winner of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.... 

May 30, 2016
Road racing in the summer CAN be fun, but it can be miserable for runners. Here's a helpful guide of how to enjoy your summer running, and suggestions of which races are good ones to try.

5 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Summer Racing Season

We have a few more weeks of somewhat pleasant running weather before the temperatures really soar and we start to question why we were so excited for the summer running season. We start to dream of snow and cooler weather; runners are never happy! For... 

May 25, 2016
Strength training is no longer just for weightlifters. It will mean runners stay safe from injuries, run faster, and get stronger (without getting big). Elite runner strength coach Drew Watts explains how to do it right.

Are You a Strength Training Baby?- Drew Watts

Today I’m speaking with my own trainer, Drew Watts. I sometimes hesitate to talk too much about myself, but Drew has been so helpful to me in the course of my journey, and he has some great insight on topics such as running form and strength training. Drew... 

May 23, 2016
We LOVE our coffee! Numerous studies have proven it improves performance, but could it help runners recover too? It looks to be the case! As if you need even more convincing, there are another 7 reasons to add caffeine to your diet.

9 Reasons You Need to Consume Caffeine (#7 Will Surprise You!)

The pre-race coffee or espresso shot is a ritual for many runners—the reliable performance-boosting effect of caffeine is just too good to pass up. We talked to Sweat Science author Alex Hutchinson about it, and he noted that taking caffeine is one... 

May 18, 2016
Nerd Fitness founder Steve Kamb talks about how important it is for us to cultivate discipline to stay committed to our training and running rather than relying on motivation from others. This podcast will change your perspective and attitude towards your fitness, and show you how you can improve yourself and make life more enjoyable in the process.

How to Level Up in the Game of Life- Nerd Fitness

On today’s podcast, I’m speaking with Steve Kamb, founder of Nerd Fitness and author of Level Up Your Life. Steve helps people change their lifestyles by making and sticking to small changes over a period of time. Steve is one of the most brilliant... 

May 16, 2016
Running during pregnancy is no longer dangerous, but is it good for us to run when pregnant? And how much is too much? There are so many questions, this post has all the answers in one place.

How to Stay Fit During and After Pregnancy

This guest post was written by Runtastic The days where training during pregnancy was considered dangerous thankfully belongs to the past. Physical activity during pregnancy is not only allowed, but actually encouraged. Of course, provided that you... 

May 11, 2016
Ultra runner Ellie Greenwood may have won Comrades in 2014, but she overcame a lot of setbacks to get to that moment. She shows dedication, perseverance, while maintaining her sense of humor and remaining relatable to every day runners. Even when you feel awful in a race, you can still come back and make it a great day.

How to Use Your Setbacks to Reach Unexpected Highs- Ellie Greenwood

Today’s episode features Ellie Greenwood, one of the best ultrarunners in the world. Her crowning achievement has been to win the Comrades Marathon in 2014, and she had a long and winding road up to that point. Ellie is not a stranger to setbacks, as... 

May 9, 2016
Packing for an ultra marathon can be scary! You're out there for so long, what do you need to bring without weighing yourself down? Be ready for any race day situation with this ultramarathon guide. Elites and experts give their opinion, and make this an easy to follow guide.

9 Things You Need to Do Before Your First Ultramarathon

Your eyes have been opened to the ultramarathon world. You have looked up “what is an ultra marathon”, you have converted 50k to miles to figure out just how much further an ultra is than a traditional marathon, and you have decided you would... 

May 4, 2016
I LOVE my carbs, can keep those pasta dinners! Carbs have been blamed for all of our health issues lately, but there is actually no evidence they are bad for us. Running is keeping us healthy (and alive), even if the health industry does not want us to believe it. Metabolic expert Dr. San Millan explains why.

Why Running is Saving Your Life and Carbs are NOT Evil -Dr. Iñigo San Millán

On today’s episode of Runner’s Connect, I’m speaking with Dr. Inigo San Millan, the Director of Exercise Physiology at the University of Colorado and a professional speaker on the topics of sports medicine, metabolic disorders and other types of... 

May 2, 2016
The runner blues are more common than we realize, but are often brushed under the carpet. Why do runners feel depressed after a big race, or especially, after we are sidelined with an injury? Here are 7 helpful tips to help you find your mojo again.

7 Ways to Overcome the Runner Blues When You Are Struggling

If anyone tells you that runners don’t get the blues, you know they’re not a runner. Yes, we enjoy all the lovely endorphins that come with our favorite pastime, but as a runner, we occasionally get depressed. Things like injury, bad races, or even... 

April 27, 2016
What a story! David Alley biked and then ran over 8000 miles around Australia to raise money for depression. From someone who had never even completed a marathon, this was a huge ask and he faced a lot of the same feelings experience in depression. This inspiring story of the setbacks he overcame, how he was told he could die if he kept going (yet, he still did), and made it in a world record time.

Do You Have One More Life Changing Challenge Left in You?- David Alley

During today’s show, I get the chance to speak with inspirational figure, David Alley. David was the first person to both cycle and run around the edge of Australia. I know listeners will appreciate hearing about David’s multi-year journey to train... 

April 25, 2016
Love that there is now research on social media! Interesting findings in this article! Sharing our news on social media is normal, but is it helping or hindering self-confidence and self-esteem of runners? To stay happy, here is what to share.

Are Your Online Sharing Habits Destroying Your Confidence?

Social networking sites have never been more popular among runners. You can share your training with your friends, check how your segment PRs stack up against other runners in your area, and check up on what pro athletes do for training, eating, and recovery. Whether... 

April 20, 2016
Runners get pain all the time, but how do we know which pains to run through, and when we need to stop running for a few days to let it calm down. This is the advice we have all been looking for, and any runner who is injured NEEDS to listen to this!

How to Change Your Perspective: Pain is Your Ally; Not Your Enemy- Brad Beer

Today’s episode features a return guest who you all seemed to enjoy in his previous appearance. Physical Therapist, Brad Beer, returns to discuss injuries, rehab, and listening to your pain. This was a great opportunity to sit down with Brad and chat... 

April 18, 2016
We hear how flexibility will help us run better, but what does the science say? This article has the results in an easy to understand way, and offers a flexibility program for runners to improve flexibility in a safe way.

Do Runners Really Need to be Flexible?

When you picture an old-school runner, it’s hard not to think of a leather-skinned veteran stooped over a park bench, aggressively doing the classic “runner’s stretch.” Popular opinion in recent years has moved towards a consensus... 

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