I’m writing this during my recovery week. As a runner who’s cursed endowed with a type A personality, I’m not a big fan of rest days.  As I’m enduring them, I can’t help but wonder if I’m getting fatter (instead of fitter) by the minute. In my defense, the reason...
I start every day with a hot cup of coffee. I rely on caffeine to wake me up and keep me going strong, and I know I’m not the only one. Coffee and other stimulating drinks are used by millions of people daily to boost wakefulness, improve focus, and...
Run for a few months, and you’re bound to pick up a few bad habits. I’m talking from personal experience. For the longest time, I’d developed a few unhealthy running habits that I wasn’t even aware of. These bad training practices messed with my running success, helping me achieve nothing...
I love trail running. It helps me gain fitness while getting outside and enjoying nature. In fact, nothing compares to the natural high of getting off the beaten path. Despite all the positives trail running has to offer, sidestepping roots and rocks, traversing single track paths, and navigating twists and...
Summer is almost here, and that means longer days, warm weather, and time spent outdoors hitting the pavement and soaking up the sun. What’s not to love? For all of the positives outdoor exercise—especially during summertime—can bring an extra layer of challenge to your skin. When running in the merciless...
I spend most days sitting for hours on end, whether I’m working or “Netflixing” (those episodes of Daredevil won’t watch themselves.) For a long time, I had no idea how sitting negatively affected my posture. As we’re going to see in today’s post, proper posture not only makes you look...
As a runner, I’m no stranger to running-induced embarrassment. I’ve experienced plenty of bodily malfunctions. I don't usually admit to. I’ve farted, had diarrhea, suffered from bloody nipples, you name it so that you could call me an expert on all embarrassing running things. To try to save you from future...
When I first took up running a few years ago, I relied on sweat as my main indicator of how hard I was pushing myself. The more I sweat, the better and more accomplished I felt. As I got fitter, however, I noticed that I’d started to sweat a lot...
Your confidence, or lack thereof, determines how you act in the world, including your running plan. You can easily get in your own way if your mental game is not up to the challenge. Take it from someone who knows. I grew up as a painfully timid and secluded kid,...
Before getting on the fitness path I’m on today, my health was a complete mess. I didn’t exercise. I was stressed out all the time (I still am at times), and I ate anything and everything I could get my hands on. My turning point was my second year in...