Migraines and Running: Yep, It’s A Thing.

Cutting off my own head is not something I normally fantasize about, but last week in the grip of a migraine, decapitation seemed like the only logical way forward. It has been about a year since my last migraine and last week I had two. I hope it’s not going to become a trend. This throbbing, intense, one-sided pain behind one eye is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme fatigue. When I have one I can’t more » Read more

What Overtraining Taught Me About Running

There is no PR, no amount of running success, no breaking of the tape worth the constant physical and emotional pain of overtraining. Running is a joy, a gift and a symbol of health, vitality and humanity. Running is like the brightest sharpest Instagram filter for life. Or it’s supposed to be. When overtraining starts creeping, every run hurts. Wincing in physical pain through many many miles is one thing, but, more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: What Does a Runner Look Like?

My track team at West Point had an unofficial motto, “If you can haul it, you can have it!” As Army girls, we were required to do pushups, pullups, march with heavy rucksacks, and perform other physical tasks that most civilians in running programs didn’t have to do. All this work made us very strong, but also made us look very big and muscular. Standing on the starting line at competitions we always more » Read more

Clean Eating for Salty Runners: Let’s Eat Like Our Ancestors!

Every runner knows that food is fuel. And every runner knows that the cleaner the fuel the better the burn, right? I mean, science doesn’t say that, but a lot of people who sound like they know what they’re talking about sell books and stuff that say that, so it must be true! I mean, clean is totally better than dirty. No one likes dirty. Hmmm, let me rephrase that: more » Read more

10 Minutes to Better Recovery

We can all breathe a sigh of relief that we have finally found the other side of winter, which means it’s peak training time for upcoming spring and early summer races. As our miles increase and the workouts become more specific, it becomes increasingly important that we keep up with those little extra recovery things we do, like core work and foam rolling, so it all comes together on race day. more » Read more

Stop the Trots! Is Imodium Safe for Runners?

Experiencing ass issues (assues) while running? You’re not alone. Go on any group run and inevitably the conversation will turn to poop. That’s because, when it comes to running, not many things give runners more anxiety than poop. Raise your hand if you’ve ever arrived at the turn-around of your favorite out-and-back route, the one with no bathrooms along the way, only to suddenly realize you HAD TO GO, suffering as you more » Read more

Running and the Body Image Blues

Recently, I had a flare up of body image blues. Normally running helps me manage the menacing inner voice that tells me I am not enough. “The Voice” tells me to engage in destructive eating and exercise patterns for the sole purpose of making my body look better. I’m sure it has something to do with my recent struggles with injury and a move across the ocean leaving me less-equipped to more » Read more

5 Medieval Weapons for Women Runners

Spring brings flowers, blue skies, and a yearly flood of articles on how to run safely outdoors as a woman. With such original victim-blaming nuggets as “don’t run by yourself in the dark” or “don’t say where you plan to run on social media” and, my personal favorite, “don’t run on the trails alone!” Because if someone decides to attack me, it’s definitely the woods’ fault. I’m not making light of more » Read more

Caffeine and Running

Caffeine is everywhere these days. It comes in gum, gels, and jellybeans, and even in sprayable cans, powdered form, and, briefly (pun intended), in underwear. And certainly, for many, it comes in the form of a morning cup of joe. Runners especially seem to cling to the caffeine. After all, training can be exhausting, often taking place in the wee hours of the morning or after a long day at more » Read more

Lacking Motivation After a Big Race? You’re Not Alone

Have you ever had this happen to you following a big race? After a few days of celebratory with drinks, burgers, and congratulations, a deep nagging feeling of, well now what? surfaces, especially if you achieved a personal best. This feeling may be exacerbated, though, if the training segment went perfectly according to plan, but the dream race didn’t come to fruition. How often are runners told to use a disappointing race more » Read more

Stargazing

Recently, I met my friend for a crisp, cool, wintry 5 am run. After she left, I decided to add on a few more miles, weaving back and forth among the cul-de-sacs in my neighborhood. Each time I turned to face east, I was struck with the beauty of the night sky. There was a beautiful bright crescent moon with a trail of stars and one star in particular that was more » Read more

The Truth About Alcohol and Running

Drinking and running. Many runners enjoy alcohol, after all, there are a lot of carbs in beer and what calls for a celebratory drink more than a race well run? We’re even known to occasionally drink in the middle of a run or a race. With a name like Pimento, you’d be correct in picturing me with my favorite bloodymary brimming with green olives after a 20-miler. We might like to keep our more » Read more

I Run Marathons! I Don’t Need to Be Good at Anything Else

“You run bloody marathons?” My British snowboard instructor exclaimed as he helped me strap my boots to my rental board. I don’t normally drop my running resume in casual conversation, but when I was on the slopes ready to try snowboarding for the first time, I found myself declaring to a complete stranger that I’m a marathoner. And it wasn’t to make small talk. Yet, there I was sports-accomplishment dropping on more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: When Do You Train Through Pain?

Near the end of my treadmill tempo last week, I noticed a little soreness in my knee. I blew it off and did my cool-down according to plan. The next morning, my knee was definitely sore. Thus, I faced a conundrum all to familiar to all of us: do I attempt my easy run through the minor discomfort, cross train, or take a day off? Do I assume injury and more » Read more

When Running’s a Wheeze: Chronic Bronchitis

As I ran and breathed in the crisp cold air, an unwelcome and familiar grip squeezed my chest. In seconds, breathing became harder and more labored, forcing me to stop and try to reclaim my breath. Asthma, my dear enemy, was back, and I knew its companion bronchitis would potentially follow right on its heels. Unlike acute bronchitis, the chronic version is a lifelong condition; I should know, as I’ve more » Read more