The Effect of Seasonal Allergies

Quick Tip: Seasonal Allergies Don’t Have to Wreck Your Spring Runs

Growing up, I really didn’t suffer from seasonal allergies at all.

But once I moved to Florida for college, I discovered just how miserable seasonal allergies can be.

The Effect of Seasonal Allergies

The Effects of Seasonal Allergies…

I don’t know what it is that I’m allergic to, but something down here gets me good in the spring and in the fall.

Or at least, something USED to get me…

My Un-Official Methods for Overcoming My Seasonal Allergies

Let me get this out of the way, I’m not guaranteeing that my methods will work for you.

I know a lot about running injuries, but seasonal allergies… Not so much.

That’s why I consider the following methods to be “un-official”; I think they’ve helped me virtually eliminate my allergy symptoms but I’m not 100% sure.

But I can honestly say that I haven’t had a bad allergy season in the past 3-4 years.

What has changed? Read more

Becki Spellman in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon

Becki Spellman is Still Going Strong After 20 Years of Competitive Running

On today’s episode of the podcast, I’m joining 3 time Olympic Trials qualifier Becki Spellman for a few easy miles!

Becki Spellman in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon

Becki Spellman in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon

In addition to being an elite distance runner, Becki is also a wife and mother of twins that runs as part of the Oiselle Haute Volee team.

Even though she has seen most of her professional success as a pro at the marathon distance, her favorite race distance is actually quite a bit shorter: 3,000 meters.

Her love of the shorter distance goes back to her college days of racing the mile and the steeple chase, and even though she doesn’t get to race that type of distance much anymore, she still loves running the “shorter” stuff.

Exercise physiologist Matt Woods talked with her while she was working in a running store, and after running some tests on her (including a VO2max test), he was able to convince her to start running some longer distances events.

It’s easy to see that she made the right choice in going long.

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As with many of us, running the longer races has almost been as much of a struggle mentally as it has been physically for Becki. Read more

Jacob Puzey

Jacob Puzey Has Seen the Value of His Hard Work First Hand

On today’s episode of the show, I’m joining elite ultra distance runner Jacob Puzey for a few easy miles.

Jacob Puzey

Jacob Puzey

Jacob is definitely a beast in the ultra world, feeling most comfortable in races lasting from 2-6 hours. And his results speak for themselves, with several wins and course records to his name.

Unlike a lot of the elites that I’ve talked to, Jacob wasn’t one of the best runners as a kid. In fact, during his first cross country season his goal was to be able to finish a 3k race without having to stop and walk. But he kept working hard, and eventually his hard work started to pay off.

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We covered a lot of ground today, including a recent move to Canada, his work ethic as a high school runner, why he finds joy in the hard work require to be an elite runner, coaching, and more. Read more

Bored? You Can Rediscover the passion for Running, I Promise

Quick Tip: How to Rediscover the Passion for Running

One of the most common suggestions/requests for content that I receive from you guys involve tips to rediscover the passion for running.

Bored? You Can Rediscover the passion for Running, I Promise

Bored with Running? You Can Rediscover the Passion, I Promise

I get it.

As much as I love running, there are times that running can become boring.

Or monotonous.

Or tedious.

Or any number of other adjectives that could be used to describe an ebb in passion for an activity that is near and dear to my heart.

The fact of the matter is that we all go through cycles where running goes from awesome to burdensome and back.

And while that may be perfectly normal, and it is you know, there are some strategies that you can employ that will help you to rediscover the passion for running once you realize that you’ve lost it.

5 Ideas to Help You Rediscover the Passion for Running

  • Variety is the Spice of Life: If your motivation for running is waning, one way to rediscover the passion is to introduce a little variety back into your running life. If you’re more of a distance runner, you could do this by adding a couple of local 5ks to your calendar and then mixing up your training for several weeks to focus more on improving your speed. Or you could go big here, and sign up for an obstacle course race like a Spartan or a Tough Mudder. (For some tips on finding the right obstacle race for you, check out my interview with Jay Bode who’s a big OCR fanatic.)
  • Adopt a Cause: One thing that always helps keep me motivated (in any area of life) is when I’m doing something for a reason much bigger than myself. If running is starting to wear on you a little bit, try signing up for a race and running to support a cause. Pick a cause that is near and dear to your heart, and you’ll not only rediscover the passion for running for yourself but you’ll be making a difference for others as well. (And if you don’t want to do it as part of an official race, get the Charity Miles app and make a difference every day.)
  • Help Out a New Runner: Remember when you first started running, and you didn’t know anything? You made all of the new runner mistakes (which we all have made, btw), you didn’t know any of the jargon, and had to learn everything the hard way? I can pretty much guarantee that someone in your town/area is thinking about getting started as a runner and doesn’t have a clue what he or she should do. Help them. Make a new friend, or see a new side of an old buddy, and be their “coach” as they dip their toes in the running water. Sure, the pace is going to be slow, but as they begin to find a joy for running with your help there’s a good chance you’ll be energized as well.
  • Mentor Others: This tip goes hand in hand with the previous one. In this case, recognize that there are probably some other runners in your area that are slower than you. If you’re dealing with a case of the running “blahs”, try slowing your pace and running/mentoring others that are slower than you. Maybe you’ll help them get faster (or maybe not, if that’s not one of their goals), but making new friends is a great way to rediscover the passion for running after things have gotten a bit stale.
  • Take a Break: You know what? Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. If running isn’t doing it for you at the moment, give yourself permission to take a break. Walking away from our sport for a few weeks or months (or even years!) doesn’t mean that you’re walking away from running forever. In my experience, taking a few weeks off from training is a great way to rediscover the passion for running because I realized I was almost taking running for granted. As soon as I stopped running, I started missing it. All of a sudden getting up early to run was enjoyable again, and so was running.

Take a Break from Running to Rediscover the Passion

This Too Shall Pass

If you find your motivation to run has diminished, take a breath.

It’s a normal thing.

Give yourself permission to skip a run or two, and see if that helps.

And if it doesn’t, try one (or more) of these tips that can definitely help you rediscover the passion for running that you’ve had in the past, and almost assuredly will have again in the future as well.

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What are Your Go To Tips/Tricks for Overcoming a Lack of Running Motivation?

Teal Burrell in the 2016 Olympic Trials

Teal Burrell Achieved Her Goal of Running in the Olympic Trails. What’s Next?

Today I’m catching back up with Teal Burrell, almost a year to the date after our first chat.

Teal Burrell in the 2016 Olympic Trials

Teal Burrell in the 2016 Olympic Trials

When I last talked to Teal, she had recently qualified for the Olympic Trials. That had been her big goal for a number of years, and was the namesake of her website (

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This time around, Teal was about a month and a half removed from the Olympic Trials and we spent the bulk of the chat talking about the trials from her perspective. We also talked about what her new goals are now that she’s run in the Trials, the benefits of keeping a running journal, some science talk, and a whole lot more! Read more