Training Tips

How to Build Endurance for Beginner Runners
For runners of all experience levels, there are often two primary goals: To run faster and to run longer. As a new runner, building up endurance is especially important. It allows you to participate in longer races whether for you that means a local 5k or your first marathon. If you want to learn how to build endurance while running, these top tips can greatly improve your training and put you on the right track toward running success.    Distinguish Between Easy Runs and Hard Runs A common mistake among newer runners is running at the same pace every time you lace up your s..
Where to Hold Your Phone While Trail Running
For many runners, keeping your phone nearby is a must. For trail runners, that need is even more pronounced. When you’re miles from your car parked at the trail head or you’re heading up to elevations where weather can be unpredictable, it is critical to have access to your phone right when you need it most. (Plus – you need a phone to snap that obligatory selfie at the top of the mountain trail, right?) Whether you are checking out your local trails for the first time or you’re gearing up for a trail ultramarathon, there is one thing all trail runners have in common: The need to figure out ho..
A Woman's Guide to Finding the Perfect Running Shoes
Getting into the running routine can be exciting. Whether you are gearing up to train for a 5k or a marathon, the right shoes really can make all the difference. All too often, however, women are hesitant to invest in running shoes. Sure, you can wear the same pair you always wear to the gym, or you can toss on those old sneakers from the back of your closet. But remember that not all running shoes are created equally. Use this guide to find the perfect running shoes, in the right size, that support you and your running.   Don’t Fall for the Pink Shoe Trick We have all seen an ad..
Trail Running Year-Round: 9 Tips and Tricks for Winter Trail Running
Trail running can be an incredible experience, but many summer trail runners start to hit the pavement or the treadmill once the first signs of ice and snow arrive. While some trails are just not runnable in the winter months, there are plenty of miles of single-track that are perfect for winter trail running. If you want to extend your trail running season, use these 9 trail running tips and tricks to stay safe and warm this winter.   1. Layer, Layer, and Layer Some More During winter runs, layers are your best friends. Start with a warm base-layer that wicks moisture away from ..
Exploring FlipBelt Running Light
As the long days of summer slip away, more and more runners find themselves starting or ending their runs in the dark. Logging miles no matter the season may be the mark of a truly committed runner, but no one should battle the darkness or put up with sub-par lighting options. Out of this struggle came the inspiration for the FlipBelt Running Light. One goal and tireless efforts for over two years culminated in a way for runners to have the best possible running experience in the dark.    Inspiration Research began by asking one question: Is there a light that can be used fo..
Time for Solitude: How Solo Running Gives You a Positive Outlook in Life
Sometimes, the best therapy doesn’t come from a trip to the doctor. It can come in the form of a simple pair of running shoes, as farfetched as that may sound for some people.  While going on a run can seem like a torturous exercise that is far from most people’s idea of relaxation, it actually has plenty of benefits beyond the realm of fitness.  For one, solo running gives you time for solitude. Running is (ironically) a chance for you to slow down and a time for reflection. That's because when you run by yourself, it’s just you, your body, and the open road ahead of you. This..
How to Become a Morning Runner
How many of us go to bed each night with the hopes of waking up early and squeezing in some miles before the day begins? And how many of us, even with the best of intentions, end up hitting snooze and then pushing that run until later in the day? Although pre-dawn runs come naturally to some, you might have to work to become a morning runner.   The good news is that it takes three weeks to make something a habit. By adopting these morning running tips for the next 21 days, you could turn yourself into a morning runner!   Say Goodbye to the Snooze Button One of the bigg..
Why Does Your Phone Battery Die on a Winter Run?
If you live in a place where cold winters are the norm, then you've probably experienced the dreaded "dead phone" on a snowy run. Being in freezing temperatures can cause your phone battery to lose its charge suddenly, leaving you without your preferred means of communication. So what's a runner to do? If taking to the treadmill for a few months each year isn't an option, then learn more about why your phone battery is so quick to die in the winter and what you can do to stop it.   The Science Behind It All If you want a one-sentence answer for this winter phenomenon, it's this: ..
How to Breath While Running
As a new runner, you probably haven’t given much thought to how to improve breathing while running. After all, who needs to be taught how to breathe? But soon into your journey into the world of running nearly you begin to think of concerns on improving performance and want to gain a better understanding of proper technique and start to wonder how to improve breathing while running. In fact, most runners could benefit from learning a few breathing techniques. Understanding how to improve your breathing while running will not only boost your performance, but also reduce common injuries that ..
Setting the Perfect Pace for Your Next Race
The horn blares and you blast off from the starting line. Feeling great, you pass by a bunch of runners in the first two miles of your half-marathon. But by mile seven, most of the runners you passed earlier in the race are now passing you. What happened? Whether you’re running a 5K or a half-marathon, your running pace matters. Without a proper pacing strategy, it’s all too easy to burn out quickly at the start of a race and sabotage your chances at setting a new PR. To avoid a repeat of this mistake, here are a few tips to help you find and calculate your perfect running pace for yo..