The Key to Better Running is Less Effort

The Key to Better Running is Less Effort

How much of your daily stress do you carry with you while running? Are your shoulders up around your ears, hands clenched, feet slapping the pavement? Most of us are unaware of just how emotional and mental stress contributes to physical tension. But it’s there,...
How Running Helps Women Break the Stress Cycle

How Running Helps Women Break the Stress Cycle

  It’s no surprise that Americans’ stress levels are on the rise. This is especially true among women, according to reports by The American Psychological Association and other organizations that track the different ways stress impacts men and women’s...
Stressed Out: When running poorly isn’t due to overtraining

Stressed Out: When running poorly isn’t due to overtraining

Jayne Perkins, 42, of Alexandria, Louisiana, never had a major setback. Then, while training for her 10th trail marathon, she felt she was running poorly, despite being sure she wasn’t overtraining. Then came a persistent case of plantar fasciitis. And then it...
Finding a Fresh Start at a Running Retreat in Spain

Finding a Fresh Start at a Running Retreat in Spain

After months of preparation, I was finally heading to Spain. And not a moment too soon. I’d been longing to travel abroad in order to regain my equilibrium. Events of the previous several months had ungrounded me. Not only was I deeply affected by the political...
Manage Your Workday Like Intervals, Not a Sprint

Manage Your Workday Like Intervals, Not a Sprint

Treat your day like an interval workout–including cycles of productivity and rest—to get more done and feel better doing it As a runner, you probably already know that you need to include rest days (no running) into your training so that your body’s natural...
Running Strengthens Voices As Well As Muscles

Running Strengthens Voices As Well As Muscles

On yesterday’s run along a snow-covered trail winding through stubby pinion tress and scruffy sage bushes, the sound of icy snow crunching under my feet soothed my scattered mind. With the volume turned down on the usual chatter that fills my head, one dominant...