RunRestRun Magazine

11 Great Cities for a Runcation

The order of this list may be up for debate, but these are all fantastic cities for sightseeing AND running. 1. New York City, USA Central Park. What more can be said about this famous park in the center of Manhattan? Make sure to find the bridle path for soft surface running, and get a couple of laps around the reservoir for the best views of the city skyline. One time I went running after a heavy rain storm, and it [...]

Women get real about what it’s (actually) like to run pregnant

You’ve probably heard that pregnant women are supposed to exercise. You may even know that pregnant women are supposed to be getting more exercise than we previously thought. In fact, The Journal of the American Medical Association says pregnant women are supposed to be exercising quite a lot— 20 to 30 minutes almost every day. (Well, I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s a lot!) Those guidelines are the same as for people who aren’t pregnant, by the [...]

5 tips for running in the (extreme) cold

Air is your friend.  When it gets really cold, I’m talking below 15F (-7C), wear a baggy outer layer.  Sweat pants, or loose running pants are your friend, as the air between your layers creates a great insulation barrier.  Tights or tight fitting clothing often allow the cold to cut through to your skin. It’s all about the gloves and hat. Focus on finding the right gloves and hat to guarantee your extremities stay warm (don’t be bashful, get the [...]

Get faster with REAL speed work, not just interval training

Interval training is not speed work. So often people refer to interval training as speed work, but by in large, it’s not speed, it’s pace training. If you’re training for a 5k, or even a mile, those repeat four-hundreds are just getting your body accustomed to race pace. True speed training for distance runners should mean working on sprint speed, utilizing distances shorter than two hundred meters (with a full recovery between), so you can fully tap into your fast twitch [...]

Get started running with this simple 14-day plan

Do you want to give running a go, but you’re not sure where to start? Are you worried you might get sore knees or shins?  The key is being patient, and taking gradual steps that slowly increase the amount of stress to your body. With this basic guide for beginning runners, you’ll be running a mile without stopping in two weeks. (By the way, we think training for “just one mile” is one of the healthiest ways to train!) [...]

Destination race: A Tennessee law professor runs NYC’s Fifth Avenue Mile

Fifth Avenue Mile: Competition and Community Negotiators are often told to “be hard on the problem, but be soft on the people.” Stated differently, compete to win, but be mindful of your community. Competiveness at its worst destroys community through jealously, cheating, and destructive obsession. Competiveness at its best builds community through teamwork, respect, and shared sacrifice. In my opinion, competition’s negative side is exposed most clearly when priorities are misplaced, when winning becomes the ultimate thing. Knowing my history with the [...]

Injured? Try pool running. This pro-runner swears by it

How do you maintain your hard-earned fitness when you notice an injury looming?  Many try to run through the pain, but that can be risky. Instead, look for cross-training alternatives that help you hang on to your fitness, while also easing the load on your legs. While battling chronic shin splints in March, April, and May, I found myself heading to the University of Michigan swimming pool every day to aqua jog (also known as pool running—and no, not how [...]

Nutritionist (and pro runner) gives 6 tips on how runners should eat on race day

Are you struggling to find the right eating routine before a race? Do you end up with stomach cramps or (heaven forbid) bowel issues on race day?  If you’re not running a marathon, the good thing is you don’t have to worry about fueling during the race, but attention still needs to be paid to race-day food intake, since the faster pace of a shorter race can lead to more stress for our GI tracts to handle. Here are [...]