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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 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 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 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 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 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... 

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...