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Most Valuable Tips for Running Injury-Free

October 22, 2012

Several months ago, I had to cut back on running. I was suffering from shin splints, foot pain, and leg soreness. My solution was easy – cut back on running. It seemed I was overtraining. I had been running around 18 miles each week, but my time in between runs was so preoccupied with recovery, […]


5 Benefits of Cycling for Runners

August 12, 2012

Over the past week, I have had pain in the back of my heel. It was so bad a week ago, that I was not able to run. The next week, I was traveling to Virginia, and despite my strong desire to run and explore the area, I resigned myself to the hotel’s fitness center. […]


Running in Ocean City, NJ

July 26, 2012

Vacation at the New Jersey shore has been one of my family traditions for the past 14 years. Last year during my beach vacation, I had only been running for less than two months. As a very new runner, I ran on the Ocean City board walk from 3rd Street to 14th Street and back […]


Product Review: Nike Free Sneakers

July 14, 2012

I just bought a pair of Nike Free 3.0 running sneakers. I have been training with minimalist shoes for my short runs using shoes that have about as much cushioning as surf shoes. My minimalist shoes have been building a lot of foot and calf strength, but I cannot run more than three miles in […]


Running in Denver, CO

July 3, 2012

I was in Denver, CO for a business trip recently. Whenever I arrive in a new town, I like to find a good place to run. This is always hardest in cities, where busy intersections and traffic lead to frequent stops. I was pleasantly surprised in Denver. Cherry Creek Trail is a short distance from […]


Tips for Saving Money on Running

June 17, 2012

I started running with the idea that it must be the least expensive way to get in shape. After all, all you need is a place to run. It should be free. Right? It was not long before I found out that I needed better sneakers to support my feet. Then I found that I […]


7 Tips to Ease into Minimalist Running

May 12, 2012

Do you want to run in minimalist shoes? Some people call this barefoot running. It is becoming more and more popular. Here are a few reasons you might want to try minimalist shoes: To improve your foot placement – Minimalist shoes reinforce proper foot placement. Striking the ground with your heel will always make you […]


My First 10K Race

April 29, 2012

I just finished my first 10K race! This was my goal for the year. I ran in the “Beat Beethoven” race in Reading, PA. This race was to benefit the Reading Symphony Orchestra and was hosted at Alvernia University. They offered both a 5K and a 10K run. At the start of the race, the […]


Five Tips for Runners with Leg Pain

April 21, 2012

Leg pain can be one of the most challenging things for runners. You have to deal with aching feet, sore calves, shin splints, and knee pains. Most of these pains will come and go, but they can really interrupt your training. They may even throw you off of your schedule and cause you to quit […]


5 Tips for Running Safely in the Dark

April 12, 2012

The best time to run for me is when my family is in bed. I wake up at 4:30 AM and hit the streets before 5:00 AM. Running this early has allowed me to be consistent with my schedule, since few things interrupt this sacred time. But it is dark. Very dark. At first, running […]


Beginners Guide to Running

April 7, 2012

Do you want to be a runner but are having trouble getting started? I just wrapped up the first edition of How to Run: A Beginner’s Guide to Running. It covers everything you need to get started in running – goals, gear, where to run, getting off of the couch, training, and running your first […]


Moving to Minimalist Running Shoes

April 6, 2012

Last night I bought my first pair of minimalist running shoes. I bought New Balance Minimus shoes with Vibram soles – not the five finger variety. I have been continuing to have problems with shin splints, and I read that minimalist shoes may help to correct for running problems that may cause shin splints. This […]


Finding Fun Places to Run

March 11, 2012

One of my favorite ways to keep running interesting and enjoyable is to find new places to run – especially for my long runs. If I am pressed for time, I have a 6.2 mile route that starts at my house, has relatively low traffic, and is well lit by street lights. If I have […]


How to Run Faster

February 18, 2012

I have been running for about eight months now, and until the last few weeks, it seemed like I could not achieve a faster pace. I tried all sorts of ways to increase my speed, but to no avail. My training breakthrough in the last few weeks, allowed me to shave 40 seconds off of […]


Runnning at High Altitudes

February 12, 2012

I just got back from a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. After I arrived, I learned that the elevation in Santa Fe is 7,260 feet above sea level, which is over a mile higher than where I live and run. I did not factor this change of elevation into my running plans. In fact, […]


Taking a Break to Recover

January 29, 2012

I took one week off from running to recuperate. I started the week with pain in my left foot that made it difficult to even walk. When my foot was almost functional again, I came down with a stomach virus that put me out of commission for another three days. Everything I read says you […]


Running Too Much

January 21, 2012

When I started running, my lungs burned. After several weeks, having improved my breathing, my calves started to hurt. Next, it was my shins, then my feet, and eventually my legs ached pretty much everywhere. I knew from what I read that recovery was important, but my mind became obsessed with how to recover so […]