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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... 

January 30, 2017
You started off so excited, with high expectations, and no need for any motivation to get out the door on your run. But suddenly, the enthusiasm is seriously lacking. How do you keep going once the novelty wears off? Great advice here from 15 year coach, Sarah Russell.

How to Keep Running When Motivation Fades

You start your new running program with good intentions and high expectations. It’s exciting and you feel really motivated. Who needs motivation to run in the morning? You almost jump out of bed when the alarm goes, this feels great! Then somewhere... 

January 23, 2017
Build your confidence with treadmills. Nasty winter weather or blazing summer heat can force us inside onto the treadmill, but how do you use a treadmill at the gym (or at home) for the first time. These are the most important things to keep in mind for a beginner when running on a treadmill.

What Do You Need to Know Before You Start Running on the Treadmill?

One of the problems with being a runner during the winter time is that it is often unsafe to run outside. Slippery roads, snow covered trails, and limited hours of daylight often force us inside to the treadmill for our easy days, long runs and workouts. New... 

January 16, 2017

What is the Ideal Weight Loss for a Runner?

How fast can a runner lose weight? You know about racing weight, and maybe you’ve put on a few pounds over the holidays. You know how to shape up your diet, but you’re probably still wondering something: How long does it take to notice weight loss? And... 

January 9, 2017
I hate being injured! How do you stay in shape and prevent weight gain when you cannot run more than a few weeks without getting hurt again? This guide helps you to stay positive and stay fit, even if you are injury prone.

9 Ways to Stay Fit (and Sane!)When Injured

There is no wrath like that of an injured runner. Am I right? You can just about go out of your mind when you lose your favorite past-time, especially if you keep getting reinjured. Those endorphins are for real. Not only that, but you start to worry... 

January 2, 2017
Getting back into running after years off tests us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Sarah Russell is sure to give runner motivation to make it through the struggles and find new beauty in running using the growth mindset, even if your fastest running is behind you.

How to Use the Growth Mindset to Make a Comeback

Getting back into running after years off can bring physical, mental, and emotional struggles. Regardless of whether you are returning to running after an injury, you lost your passion for running, or life just got in the way, getting back into running... 

December 26, 2016
Snow, sleet, rain, heat. We rarely get to run in perfect conditions, but sometimes, trying to get motivated to run seems almost impossible. Helpful tips to get you out the door when you aren't motivated to do anything.

Finding Motivation to Run in Bad Weather

As much as we may love to run, every runner needs running motivation from time to time. Especially during the dark, winter months, when the bed is cozy and warm, and motivation to run in the morning is at an all time low. If this is you, and you are... 

December 19, 2016
Anterior tibialis tendonitis is frustrating and painful, especially as there is little out there for runners to recover and almost no recommendations for treatment. This guide helps runners diagnose, treat, stretch, and use exercises to rehab, and get back to running.

What is the Best Treatment for Anterior Tibialis Pain?

The anterior tibialis, or more accurately called the tibialis anterior is a muscle-tendon unit that runs down the front of your shin, just on the outside of your shin bone. The tibialis anterior muscle is the meaty part of that unit, and the tibialis... 

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... 

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...