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June 26, 2017
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Mindful Eating For Runners – A Common Sense Approach

A Personal Journey As I toed the starting line of my eighth marathon, I was focused on hitting my goal time but distracted by the uncomfortably full feeling in my gut. Mindful eating wasn’t part of my vernacular quite yet. After the taper period, travel,... 

June 19, 2017
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Groin Pain In Runners: Diagnosing, Treatment and Prevention

The groin is an anatomically and biomechanically complex area for runners.  Groin pain in runners is challenging to diagnose and tricky to treat.  Though they don’t represent a huge proportion of running injuries, they have a reputation for being... 

June 12, 2017
compartment syndrome

Compartment Syndrome – What Is It And How To Fix It

Pain on the front of your shins after a run? Seems like a cut and dry case of shin splints (The Ultimate Guide To Shin Splints For Runners). But hang on, if that pain in your shin muscles, instead of the bone, it could be compartment syndrome. Though... 

June 5, 2017
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Why Improving Calf Strength and Checking Mobility Can Improve Performance (and How to Do It)

Of all the areas of the body susceptible to running related pain or injury, most runners will agree that the calves rank high. Logic would suggest that this is because the calves have to work particularly hard during running.  Which is indeed the case... 

May 22, 2017
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The Secret Weapon for Better Relay Races

When I was in college, my friends and I used to run an 80-mile relay race through the woods of rural Wisconsin. Each runner in a team of five was assigned three segments of the relay, ranging from two to five miles in length. A support van with the four... 

May 15, 2017
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Does Cupping Therapy Actually Work on Running Injuries

If you watched the 2016 Olympics, it was hard to miss the large, circular welts and bruises on the backs, shoulders, and necks of many athletes. Like with kinesiotape four years before, these marks—remnants of a therapeutic technique called cupping—were... 

May 8, 2017
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Why Missing Your Period as a Runner is NOT OK (and How to Fix it)

So, you may already be asking yourself – how come a guy is writing about menstruation? Well, here are three answers to help explain: Many female runners do not understand the significance and health implications of irregular/missed periods and... 

May 1, 2017
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Psoas and Hip Flexor Injuries in Runners: Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

The iliopsoas is a large muscle that runs from your pelvis and lower back down to your femur. As the primary “hip flexor,” it’s responsible for swinging your leg forward when you run, and because of this, it handles a lot of force. It... 

April 24, 2017
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5 Steps to Qualify for the Boston Marathon

Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is the pinnacle of running achievements. If it’s been your dream to make the famous trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square, this article will show you the 5 step process to achieve your goal. From helping you understand... 

April 17, 2017
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Can Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy Heal Your Running Injuries?

In the search for better and faster ways to heal running injuries, there’s always a new treatment or product on the market. One of the new trends in injury treatment is something called blood flow stimulation therapy, or BFST. It’s not so much a treatment... 

April 10, 2017
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Calf Strains and Runners: Why You Get Them and a 3 Week Plan to Treat

You’re cruising along in a workout, feeling great, when all of a sudden—pop!—you feel a gristly pop in your calf and you’re reduced to a hobble. Or maybe it doesn’t come on all at once; you wake up one day and head out for your morning... 

April 3, 2017
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3 Runner-Friendly Pilates Moves to Help Keep You Injury-Free

As runners, we all struggle with similar issues that range from tight and sore muscles, imbalances in movement, and injuries. Regardless of if you run marathons, on the trails, or 5ks and 10ks, one sure thing is that runners always want to know how to... 

March 27, 2017
Does caffeinated gum actually help runners and is it any better than drinking a cup of coffee? If you change how you take it, yes, it is worth it!

Is Caffeinated Gum the Tool You Need to Level Up Your Running Performance?

Runners are always trying to get an edge for better performance. With energy drinks, caffeinated gum, and pre-race or pre-workout vitamin supplements all being touted as highly effective performance boosters, it’s hard to tell what works and what... 

March 20, 2017
Stay dedicated to running without having a goal race on the schedule with these tips for runners on appreciating the simplicity of running.

Why Sometimes Running Without Racing is the Best Thing You Can Do

This guest post was written by Allie Burdick Some runners choose to never pin on a bib while others engage in a never ending cycle of races year after year. Both types of runners can be highly motivated but, if there is essentially no goal race, how do... 

March 13, 2017
What is the best injury prevention for runners? Could a biomechanical assessment give you the answers to your weaknesses? Consider this before you pay for an expensive movement screening.

All You Need to Know About Functional Movement Screenings

As runners, we are all naturally keen to discover ways to avoid injury. Despite this desire, the majority of us still manage to run into problems (pun intended) which suggests that we are all either really bad at listening to good advice, or the advice... 

March 6, 2017
If you are returning to running after an injury, it can be difficult to know whether the injury is coming back or whether it is just phantom pains. You can beat injury brain with these 10 ways to overcome the fear of reinjury.

Overcome Injury Paranoia With These 10 Tips

As my PT can tell you, there have been several occasions over the years where I have held back as I tried to figure out how to get over the fear of getting injured or reinjury. If I had a dime for every time phantom pains made me think I had a stress... 

February 27, 2017
FINALLY! A guide that actually gives solid advice on pacing. Learning how to pace yourself while running is difficult with GPS watches attached to our wrist, but you will race better if you practice pacing correctly in training

How to Pace Yourself Like a Pro

The art of pacing has, sadly, become a lost art. Gone are the times of heading out the door, running a 30 minute out-and-back and calling it four miles. No more coming home and trying to explain to your wife how you ran a distorted cloverleaf through... 

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... 

February 13, 2017
If you have back pain or tight hip flexors, is it really from sitting all day? Actually, no, it's not that simple, and standing desks will definitely not solve the problem. Here is what will.

Is Sitting All Day Really That Bad For A Runner?

Of all the pieces of advice runners hear from professionals trying to explain injury and performance issues, ‘sitting down for too long causes your hip flexors to shorten or hip flexor tendonitis’ must be up there in the top ten. With the busy, work... 

February 6, 2017
Is there a best diet for runners? In the past, we would have said no, but the 90/10 mindset actually works, and means we don't have to cut out entire food groups, nor abandon all social gatherings. Your diet doesn't have to be perfect, but keeping 90% of it healthy will go a long way.

Why the 90/10 Diet Plan is the Most Realistic for Runners

This guest post was written by Heather Caplan There’s no rule saying you have to wait until the new year to step back and reevaluate whether or not the way you eat is fueling your running goals. Now is as good a time as any! If you feel ready to try...