Use Real Food as Your Mid Race Fueling Choice

Is There a Better Mid Race Fueling Option Than a Gel?

When you’re running a long race, whether it’s a half, full, or an ultra, what do you for fuel during the race?

Many runners turn to gels for mid race fueling and nutrition, even though I’ve never met a single runner that enjoys a gel. (Seriously, if you like gels, let me know because I don’t think anyone really does.)

Most longer races provide gels at some point along the course, and I have a suspicion that is part of the reason that runners have flocked to the gels. We all like things that are free, and since they will be handed out for free at races, we train using them in an attempt to “avoid any race day unpleasantness”, if you will.

I took a quick poll in our Facebook Group yesterday, and I got what I expected. A lot of people said that they use gels, but a surprising number also said that they had used gels, but had to switch to another option because of tummy issues.

But what if there was a better option than a mid race gel?

There is. Read more

Pablo Rodriguez, and visitors during a Running Costa Brava tour.

Pablo Rodriguez: The Man Behind Running Costa Brava


Since I started running regularly, one of my favorite things to do when visiting a new place is to take a self-guided running tour of the area. On today’s run, I’m joining Pablo Rodriguez who is the founder of Running Costa Brava, which takes runner’s on tours of one of the most beautiful parts of the world, Costa Brava, Spain.

Pablo Rodriguez, and visitors during a Running Costa Brava tour.

Pablo Rodriguez of Running Costa Brava (center, blue shirt)

Our conversation was amazing, and Pablo was able to really paint a beautiful picture of what you will experience running along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Read more

All Runners Need to Learn About Preventing Injuries

What is One Thing Many New Runners Overlook?

I love new runners.

Well, I love all runners, but there is something about the excitement that I usually see on the faces of new runners that gets me fired up. I love being able to share tips, tricks, and pertinent information with them. I love seeing the rapid progress that they are able to make, and I’m sometimes slightly envious that they are able to progress so rapidly while I feel like I have to push myself to the brink just to shave a few seconds off of my 5k time.

New runners are like little kids on Christmas morning, and I love that.

New Runners Can Be A Lot Like Kids on Christmas. But Too Much Excitement May Cause Them to Overlook One Important Thing.

Isn’t My Niece Adorable?

 

There is, however, one thing that new runners tend to avoid worrying about until it’s too late. Read more

What Is Runners Knee? [post with video]


 

Runners knee is an issue that many runners deal with more often than they would prefer.

In this video, I’m going to address exactly what runners knee is (hint, just because you run and have pain in or around your knee DOESN’T mean you have runners knee), and give you the simple scoop on what actually causes the issue to begin with.

Then, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll give you some tips on how to alleviate the symptoms of runners knee as well as what simple things you can do to prevent the issue in the first place! Make sure you follow the blog and/or subscribe to my YouTube channel so you won’t miss those videos when the are released!

Have You Ever Dealt with Runners Knee Before? What Did You Do to Get Back to Running?

Rachel Mitchell is Transitioning From College Runner to Pro


Rachel Mitchell is testing the waters as a professional runner, after graduating from Sacramento State in 2014 after a successful career as a collegiate runner.

Rachel Mitchell is transitioning from a college runner to a professional.

Rachel Mitchell

The transition hasn’t always been easy, but as she continues to gain experience and adjust to the demands of running as a means to earning a living, she is focused on continuing to improve. We talked about this transition, as well as several other topics. Read more