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The Start Running Podcast

The Start Running Podcast
A podcast whose goal is to introduce 1,000,000 new people to fitness running over the course of its lifetime. While primarily targeted towards first time and beginner runners, the Start Running Podcast has something for all runners interested in training tips, motivation, encouragement and improving their running ability.

The Marathon Training Podcast

The Marathon Training Podcast
A podcast whose goal is to serve those who are training for half and full marathons. Includes advice on fueling, endurance nutrition, speed training tips, injury prevention and more! Check out for more information. (Note: will be the new home to this podcast over the next few weeks)

natural food alternatives to sport drinks and gels

Episode 46: Natural Food Alternatives To Sport Drinks And Gels

When it comes to marathon training, proper fueling for long runs and races is critical to keep your energy levels high and to avoid “hitting the wall”, or “bonking”.  With so many people using sport drinks and gels as a fuel source for long runs, is natural (or traditional) food an option to avoid “high sugar” engineered foods?  In today’s …

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beginner 5k training podcast

007 – The Beginner 5k Training Episode – Get Fit For 5k™

In this episode I introduce you to my Get Fit For 5k™ training program that addresses a lot of the shortcomings that many popular 5k training plans suffer from. Lack of flexibility. Most training programs focus on a calendar based schedule.  With these types of programs they schedule miles, or intervals (time based walk-run) against a typical monthly calendar.  The …

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Happy New Year From FitnessRunners

2014 – New Years Resolutions And What’s Next For Me

So today the house is quiet as everyone is off doing their own thing and I figured it was time to put out a post about what I accomplished in 2013 and what I hope to accomplish in 2014.  I wasn’t going to do this type of post but I thought it would be good for me to look back …

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Sports Massage And Foam Rolling For Runners

006 – The Benefits of Sports Massage And Foam Rolling For Runners

In this episode, I share the benefits of sports massage, the types available, as well as alternatives such as foam rolling. For years, I ignored the advice of others.  I though sports massage was a ‘luxury’, or unnecessary activity that just wasn’t worth the money.  Well, I was wrong.  After having tried it earlier this year, I am sold on …

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what are trigger points

Q&A: What Are Trigger Points?

What are trigger points? Trigger points are hyper-sensitive and irritable knots or areas that occur in various areas of the body.   Found within the fascia, which is connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, fascia helps bind some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other. Trigger points often develop over time, …

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couch to 5k

Gail’s Couch To 5k Training Plan Problems (And How To Fix Them)

So earlier this week, I received an email from a listener (We’ll call her Gail)  who was struggling with her 5k training and wanted to know if she should change her training plan.  She was using the official Couch To 5k® program from and was getting very frustrated at how she was progressing. Gail was having a hard time …

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couch to 5k review

Couch To 5k Review

I’ll be honest, I am not a big fan of the Couch To 5k® training program.  Let me explain why. It’s not that it is a bad program (its scientifically sound), but in my experience as a running coach, I feel it heavily favors and is geared towards younger people who generally recover faster and progress faster. First of all, …

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Best headphones for running

The Best Headphones For Running

There are generally two pieces of equipment that I rarely leave home with when heading out for a run besides my running shoes.  My GPS watch, and what I believe to be the best headphones for running, the Bose SIE2i sport headphones.  Since Christmas is here, I thought I would take a second and share my thoughts in case you …

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What Does The IPX6, IPX7 or IPX8 Waterproof Rating On My GPS Watch Mean

What Does The IPX6, IPX7 or IPX8 Waterproof Rating On My GPS Watch Mean?

Question:  I am looking to purchase a GPS watch for running. I also occasionally do triathlons and need a GPS watch that has a waterproof rating that will support swimming, yet versatile enough to train as I mainly run.  I see running watches that have various IPX ratings.  What exactly do these mean, and how do I know my watch …

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005 – The Running Shoe: Tips For Finding The Best Running Shoes For Your Style Of Running

In this episode, I share my best tips on how to select the best running shoes for your running style. I also briefly touch on barefoot and minimalist running and help you decide if it is right for you. I share: Why you should buy your shoes from a specialty running store. I explain the difference between “off the shelf” …

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