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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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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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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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cold weather marathon training

Episode 45: How To Train For A Marathon In Cold Weather

In this episode I share some cold weather training tips for runners who want to train through the winter for a Spring marathon.  One of my favorite times of the year to train is actually in the Winter.  I know it sounds crazy, but I would rather fight the cold over a 90 degree / humid day any day of …

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Shin Splints and Garmin 620

Episode 44: How To Get Rid Of Shin Splints, The Garmin Forerunner 620

In today’s episode I cover shin splints and why they just aren’t an injury that affects beginning runners.   I also take a moment and share my first thoughts on the Garmin Forerunner 620 and the Garmin Forerunner 220, two of Garmin’s newest GPS watches that I recently had the opportunity to play with. Finally, I also take a few minutes …

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Music Playlist For Runners

Running Playlist: Is Your Music Motivating Your Runs?

There’s science behind music,  running and your playlist. Sports psychologist Costas Karageorghis has been setting out to understanding runner’s need to groove while they move for over 20 years and even created a half marathon in london for his cause, “Run to the Beat.” Listening to your own mix of mp3′s while you’re running probably just seems like the fun, …

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