Quick Tip: Remember to Follow the Rules of Vacation Running

I’m officially on “vacation.”

To be honest, I’m not sure if what we are doing counts as a proper vacation or not. (I don’t think it does…)

Beks, Adi, and yours truly are taking a trip back to the homeland to visit Mama and Papa Diz back in good old Northern Michigan.

Will it be a break from work? I guess so.

But I’d struggle to call staying with family for seven days a true vacation.

I love my family, but going back “home” for seven straight days is hardly a break. Read more

Serenity Now

QT: You Can Survive the End of the Year Madness, I Promise

The end of the year is a crazy time for most of us.

It’s easy to focus on the craziness surrounding Christmas and the week between that and the New Year, but if you think about it for a minute the entire month can be one big blur.

Depending on your profession, there is the madness associated with tying up all of the loose ends of one year before diving headfirst into the next one.

If you have kids of a certain age, there is going to be a holiday concert at school that you’ll have to go to.

And if you’re “fortunate” enough to have kids at a couple of different schools at the same time, you’ll be blessed by the “opportunity” to see basically the same holiday concert more than once.


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QT: Best Christmas Gifts (or Anytime of Year Gifts, Really) for Runners

Pop quiz: How many shopping days are left until Christmas?

Answer: I have no fricking clue! But whatever the number is, the countdown is on and Christmas will be here before you know it.

Buying Christmas gifts for runners can be a bit tricky.

We runners are a peculiar bunch.

There are 40 ba-jillion different running shoes out there, and yet I’ll only wear one or two different models from one shoe company. If a well meaning family member or friend buys me a different pair of running shoes, I’ll politely smile, say thank you, and literally never put that pair of shoes on my feet.


And shoes aren’t the only thing we are peculiar about. We also have pretty strong opinions when it comes to apparel, fueling options, accessories, and just about anything else that we use while running.

Runners Not Crazy

It’s not that we aren’t open to trying new things, but most runners have a pretty strong “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it philosophy”.

So if you don’t know the exact preferences of each item for the runners on your list, it can be tough to get the right Christmas gifts under the tree.  Read more

A Sample of Holiday Fun Runs

Quick Tip: Holiday Fun Run Survival Guide

No matter where you are in the world, it’s the time of the year when holiday fun runs/races start popping up left and right.

There are Santa Runs, Reindeer Runs, Jingle Bell Runs, Last Run of 2015, and Lord knows how many other “fun titles” for races themed around Christmas and/or the New Year.

A Sample of Holiday Fun Runs

A Sample of Holiday Fun Runs

If you find yourself signed up for a local holiday fun run, here are a few things you might want to keep in mind.

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Best Gifts for Runners

Give The Gift They Really Want: The Best Gifts for Runners

When you’re shopping for a runner, what is a gift they are sure to love?

Best Gifts for Runners

The Reaction You’re Going For…

On the surface, that sounds like a pretty easy question.

As an example, runners need shoes, so a new pair of running shoes would make a great gift, right?


If you get the “right” shoes for the runner that you’re shopping for, then a new pair of shoes is an amazing gift! The problem is, there are roughly 4,723,289 different running shoes available and only 1 or 2 of those would be the “right” shoe.

As a runner, I can confidently say that if you got me a brand new pair of shoes that weren’t one or two specific styles of a particular brand I would NEVER wear them running.

As runners, we are peculiar like that.

And here’s the really bad news, we are peculiar about all of our gear that we use on a regular basis.

Clothes, gels, shoes, drinks…

There are, however, some gifts that work for most runners no matter what their particular peculiarities happen to be.

Some of the Best Gift Ideas for Runners (For Any Gift Giving Occasion)

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