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November 20, 2017
what does racing mean to you

What Does Racing Mean To You?

Runners run races. We train hard.  Set big goals. And start and finish many races but what does “racing” really mean? Are you still racing if you’re not standing on a podium afterward with award money or prizes? Are you satisfied with your finish... 

October 23, 2017
debunking running myths

Debunking Running Myths. The First Will Shock You.

Any of these sound familiar? Ever blamed your injury on one or more one of the following? I don’t stretch enough I’m an overpronator I need to stop heel-striking I should be running at 180 steps per minute The fact is, many runners are... 

February 20, 2017
Allowing those mental barriers to defeat you in a race can quickly destroy all your hard work in training. Build your mental toughness with these 5 tips to building your emotional strength, so you can run your best on race day.

How to Break the Mental Barriers Preventing Your Running Success

This guest post was written by Allie Burdick How many times have you been out running, feeling strong, and confident, when for one reason or another, those negative voices start to creep into your mind. The mental aspect of running is important, we know... 

December 12, 2016
Which one to try first? Fartlek training can be used year round to help runners of every level to get faster and kick start your body back into hard running. Here are 7 fartlek workouts to try.

How Fartlek Runs Will Make You a Better Runner (Plus 7 Workouts to Try)

In this day and age of GPS watches and uploading your runs to Strava, many runners are dialed in to very specific paces and distances for their speedwork. And that’s fine; if you want to know how to run faster, this has its important place in your... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

February 29, 2016
I had no idea down weeks were so important! Your bones actually get weaker before they get stronger, but down weeks can help runners stay healthy and get stronger. We found some shocking research that could change the way runners look at building mileage.

3 Reasons You Need to Add Down Weeks into Your Training

Stress and recovery: these are the basic units of training. Everybody knows this; preserving the balance between stress and recovery is why you take an easy day after a long run or a hard workout. Hopefully by now you know that research has shown that... 

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