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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... 

August 29, 2016
9 helpful hacks to make sure you get your run in. We are busier than ever, and life makes it even harder to fit running in. Find out what you can do to stay motivated to keep running on your schedule.

No Time to Run? 5 Creative Ways to Find Time

Our lives are busier than ever. We are all frantically juggling family life and long working hours; some statistics showing the average working week in the US to be close to 36 hours, with some professions working 40 or more. That’s before we even include... 

August 24, 2016
85 year-old Ed Whitlock has shattered the "too old to run" theory by breaking over 40 world records, including running a 2:54 marathon at age 73, and 1:50 half marathon at 85. Hear his story and what motivates him to keep chasing those world records.

85 Years-Young Ed Whitlock: You Are Never Too Old To Run a Record (or 40!)

Today we are talking to Ed Whitlock, who is 85 and still breaking running records. Ed began his running career when he was 14. He continued running when he went to University, but took a break from running after he injured his achilles. Ed started running... 

August 22, 2016
What's the best way to treat bursitis injuries? It depends whether the runner has hip, heel, or knee pain. This guide to bursitis has the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for each to help get back to running as soon as possible.

How to Make Bursitis Pain Go Away For Good

Many of the injuries that hamper runners are the result of small, seemingly insignificant bits of tissue becoming aggravated. This is certainly the case with bursitis, an injury that can affect a number of different locations in the runner’s lower... 

August 17, 2016
Training Peaks founder Dirk Friel makes it very easy for all runners and coaches to plan out a season to peak when it matters; on your goal race day. Whether you are racing the marathon or a 5k, this is a very insightful running podcast episode from a very knowledgeable, yet relatable expert.

What Can You Do Today, To Achieve Your Goals Tomorrow- Dirk Friel

Hiring a coach to help train can get expensive, but today we are going to hear from Dirk Friel, the Founder and President of TrainingPeaks about why it’s a good idea to consider a coach. Or, If you are an experienced runner and thinking about becoming... 

August 15, 2016
Is it better to run in extreme humidity or heat, and just how much does dew point affect running performance? It is all here, and Runners Connect gives us great advice on how to get used to running in hot, humid weather. There is a dew point calculator to help runners calculate how much to adjust running paces depending on the temperature this summer. Really helpful article for running in all summer weather.

How to Calculate the Effect of Humidity on Running Performance

How many times over the last few months have you stepped outside, from the comfort of your home, into what feels like a sauna. The air feels so thick, you can almost feel yourself sweating before you even take a step. Running in hot, humid weather does... 

August 10, 2016
Steph and Ben Bruce are the perfect role models for runners. This power couple juggle marriage, parenthood, and their own professional running careers, but there is a difference; this couple don't mind sharing their struggles, and are real in a way most elites are not. Great interview, and inspiration for all.

Steph and Ben Bruce- How to Accept Who You Are and Where You Are, Right Now

Today we are talking to a couple who have grown up together in their running careers. They met in college, dated long-distance, got married, and are now the parents of two young children. This is in addition to having thriving running careers and keeping... 

August 8, 2016
Most people thought runners should stop once they got to a certain age, but now we know running over 40, 50, 60, and even 70 is good for us. Here is how to increase your speed as a older runner without ending up injured.

How to Avoid Injury and Increase Your Speed as a Masters Runner

Masters running did not always exist. There was no running advice for older runners, and running over 50 was considered rare. Many thought that running was harmful for middle-aged people. But slowly, more older runners training for races began to show... 

August 3, 2016
Matt Long's story is one of hope, courage, and determination. He was sucked under a bus, told he would never walk again, but against all odds, never let go of his goal of running the New York Marathon, which he did. Very inspiring, and a must listen for every runner.

Matt Long: Surviving When There is Have No Hope to Becoming a Marathon Runner

Today we are talking to a very inspirational guest. Matt Long is the author of The Long Run. Some of you may already know his story: In short, he was hit by a bus, spent six weeks in a medically induced coma in the ICU, and was told that he would be... 

August 1, 2016
Ever think running could be compared to cake? This 10k training plan can! Runners Connect uses helpful analogies to really make these confusing running topics make sense. After this, you will understand how to make your own 10k training plan based off your own paces and goals.

How to be Ready to Race Your First 10k in 6 Weeks

The ten thousand meters is in a bit of a rough patch these days. With few international-caliber track meets offering a 10k, and most top distance talent taking to the roads to capitalize on the huge prize pools at major city marathons, the formerly-premier... 

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 life....so 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... 

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