The Effects of Various Types of Birth Control on Runners

This post was written by my friend and professional runner, Sarah Crouch for Runners Connect. It is sometimes hard to believe that there was ever a time before the Internet. Today, one can date, shop, attend school, chat, and share meaningful life events, all without leaving the comfort of home. In many ways, this age of technological dependency is wonderful. It seems that you can find an answer on the more » Read more

A Low Iron Case Study: How I Discovered and Recovered from Anemia

Iron is one of the most critical nutrients for runners. It makes red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your muscles; it’s like the gas to our aerobic engines. But some of us, particularly women runners, don’t get enough iron to keep up with our athletic body’s demands. Iron deficiency occurs when the body has low iron, and anemia occurs when the body has a low red blood cell count. more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: The Impact of Trans Runners on Women’s Running

Do we non-transgendered people have a right to care about Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner? While I am happy that because of Caitlyn more transgender people feel empowered and perhaps less afraid to be themselves, I do wonder what transgender-acceptance means for the world of competitive sports. I distinctly remember what happened to Caster Semenya who won some gold medals in the women’s 800 meters at the World Athletics Championships in 2009 more » Read more

5 Tips for Dog Walkers from Runners

Runners and dogs. Dogs and runners… Every runner has an unpleasant dog experience or two…or seventeen..in her history. I am an animal lover. I really do like them, but I admit I get scared of dogs when I run. I’ve been charged at, chased and jumped on. I’ve witnessed dogs biting other runners. Sure, the vast majority of dog owners are awesome considerate people, but not every dog owner sees more » Read more

Overtraining: It’s Real, It Sucks and It Can Happen to You

Salty runners are strivers. We train hard, we aim high and we’re tough. These are the qualities that enable us to succeed and blow the lid off what we ever thought was possible. But sometimes these qualities are the exact thing that gets us into trouble. Sometimes we train too hard. Sometimes we aim too high. And sometimes we are even too tough. I think most of us understand this, but the line between more » Read more

Hypnosis and Running: Are You In?

When you hear the word “hypnosis,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it an image of being on stage before thousands doing the chicken dance in your underwear? Is it an image of an old man with white hair dangling a pocket watch in front of you and droning, “you are getting sleepy, very, very sleepy…” While clichés of hypnosis may make it seem like a silly party trick, it is actually more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Do You Go Shirtless When It’s HOT?

While I type this in Ohio, it’s 46 and raining. On June 1. But just the other day I was sweating my proverbial nuts off at 5:45 a.m. While I wouldn’t say I hate running in the heat, I would say I feel greatly affected by it and I know it helps me to be as scantily clad as I dare be in public. As I get older and as more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: What’s Your Favorite Prerace Meal?

This has been a long time coming. It’s been four and a half years, actually, since I raced a half! But, in less than two weeks I plan to toe the line for 13.1 miles of sheer bliss (a girl can dream, right?). Since it’s been so long I’ve forgotten what it was I ate before big longer races. I’ve also been a bad runner and been kind of lazy more » Read more

Is Breastfeeding Slowing Me Down? Lactation and Competitive Running

Is breastfeeding slowing me down? To be clear, the benefits of breastfeeding for my son and me outweigh any short term negative impact on my speed. Fortunately my livelihood does not depend upon running so I am free to make that choice. Running is a key component of my lifestyle, however, and I have lofty personal goals! I’ve been sitting on a plateau of essentially identical 5k and 10k times more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Do You Experience Phantom Injuries During Taper?

Lots of us are tapering for our big spring race, myself included.  No, unfortunately it’s not Boston.  It’s New Jersey!  Everyone’s second choice!  (Badabing!) But seriously, I’m excited for my third marathon on the beautiful Jersey Shore!  My goal is conservative, but that doesn’t mean I’m taking training any less seriously.  I’m approaching my taper with a little more experience under my belt, and if this is like last time, more » Read more

Deadlift Dos and Don’ts for Runners

Do you deadlift? It may well be one of the single best exercises for runners, and if you don’t, you should! Most runners could benefit from strengthening their posterior chain – the muscles in the back of us like our glutes and hamstrings. These help propel us forward, and are necessary for good speed and stability while running. The deadlift can also help with core strength and stability. Mastering it more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Could Running Really Be Bad for Us?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen the headlines: “Jogging Could Actually be BAD for you: Too much running increases risk of early death,” From the Daily Mail. “Too Much Running Tied to Shorter Lifespan,” from WebMD.com “Running Farther, Faster and Longer Can Kill You,” from today.com. Even Active.com, a running site got in on the fun: “Why Too Much Running Is Bad for Your Health,” And my personal more » Read more

Recovering From Injury? Avoid Being A Helicopter Parent To Your Body

The analogies are endless. Just as a purple bruise initially hurts and then turns a healing yellow, so too does a running injury. Just as a cut initially burns but then begins to close up, so too does a running injury. Just as the storm comes before a rainbow, so too is the process of a running injury. Just as we may fall down mentally and emotionally, a painful experience more » Read more

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Winter Running with Babies and Pets

Oh baby, it’s cold outside. Like, realllly cold outside.  We are talking snot icicles. Snowy eyelash mascara. 5 layers of running clothes and a sexy gaiter face mask. Yea, it’s winter in the northeast! As of this writing it was 6 degrees with about 4 inches blanketing the streets of Columbus, Ohio. Icy patches made my 3 miler a bit treacherous. In a few days another clipper is supposed to more » Read more

When It’s OK to #sweatlikeagirl and When It’s Not

Many women worry that they sweat too much. How much is too much? It’s a tricky question with a more complicated answer. Before we explore this issue, let’s be clear on one thing: sweating is normal. In fact, sweating is needed. It’s your body’s way of cooling itself down. So, one of the first things you can do if you think you might sweat too much is recognize that when more » Read more