Runners rejoice: We’re recognizing National Running Day with more than a jog around the block. Here are 71 resources to offer inspiration, help prevent injury, and even make us faster. Take a read and then hit the roads!
The Starting Line
1. How to Run Your Best 5K Ever [Infographic] Want to run a 5K, but not sure where to start? Here's your go-to guide to run that perfect first race!
2. How to Run Your Best Half-Marathon Ever [Infographic] Whether it's your first or your fiftieth half-marathon, why not make it your best race yet? Read on for everything you need to know about training, fueling, and running right in this ultimate training guide from Greatist.
3. The Ultimate Runner’s Guide [Infographic] Looking to hit the road (or trail)? Our Ultimate Runner’s Guide has all the necessary info to keep you going strong, from warm-ups and racing tips to equipment and training.
4. 30 Convincing Reasons to Start Running Now We Know: Running can be tougher than it seems. Luckily, we’ve got 30 kick-butt reasons to get off that couch and out the door.
5. I Want To… Run a 5K! Running isn't for everyone, but with this beginner-friendly program, that 5K finish line is well within reach.
6. I Want To… Run a Half-Marathon Conquered the 5K and looking for a new challenge? Read on for a foolproof plan to tackle the 13.1-mile distance and have fun doing it. Half-marathon, here we come!
7. How to Breathe for Every Type of Exercise Breathing may seem like a no-brainer, but when it comes time for exercise, technique is everything. Find out the best way to breathe for every physical activity from running to basketball to strength training.
8. The Runner's Guide To Prevent and Treat Blisters Bad blisters are enough to ruin any run and keep even the most determined runners from hitting the pavement for a while. Read on for the need-to-know on how to prevent, treat, and even pop those pesky suckers — the safe way.
9. How to Stop Muscle Cramps In Their Tracks Cramps, stitches, and spasms — oh my! They sure are painful, but can we stop the pain or prevent them from happening in the first place?
10. Know Before You Go: Mud Runs Sliding through mud slicks, hopping over hay bales, and running for miles? Not for the faint of heart, mud runs are a serious full-body workout.
11. Know Before You Go: Trail Running Ready to take a breath of fresh air and break up the running routine? Find out all you need to know before hitting the trail!
12. 15 Things You Didn't Know About Olympic Steeplechase And you thought plain running was hard. Learn about steeplechase, an Olympic race that has athletes hurdling and jumping through water pits!
13. 15 Things You Didn't Know About Olympic 200 Meter Dash Dashing isn’t just for the spice rack. Check our 15 facts on the 200 meter dash — the middle child of Olympic sprinting. We've got the low down from Usain Bolt's world record run to the event's origins.
14. Interval Training for Newbies Slow and steady doesn’t always win the race. Three Greatist Team members and one of our Experts joined forces to test out programs for interval newbies and veterans alike.
15. The Ultimate Guide to Running Lingo Everyone know runners are a little, well, different. So it's no surprise they have a language all their own. Read on to learn the difference between a PR and a BQ, and just what the heck a fartlek is!
Hitting the Road
17. The Complete Guide to Interval Training [Infographic] The complete guide to interval training: targeting maximum fat loss through high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
18. 25 Ways to Run Faster Now Feel the need for speed? Here are 25 ways to run faster this year and earn that new PR. Ready, set, go!
19. The Most Common Running Injuries and How to Avoid Them Are you a runner? Yes. Have you been injured? Probably. Learn about the most common running injuries and how to help stop them in their tracks (or trails).
20. 17 Ways to Get More Out of Cardio Finding the time and energy for cardio isn’t easy. But there are ways to get more out of those minutes. Read on for easy-to-implement and research-backed workout tips.
21. 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Marathon Marathons are hard, but how you prepare the day-of is just as important as the run itself. Here are 5 ways to make sure you perform your best from running coach Jason Fitzgerald.
22. Alcohol and Exercise: One Trail Runner's Journey Is it possible to balance a crazy nightlife (booze!) with a passion for staying fit? Greatist talked to professional mixologist and award-winning trail runner Bryan Dayton on how to live healthy, no matter the drink.
23. Lauren Fleshman On Running, Blogging, and World Domination When faced with a tough injury and a long recovery period, pro 5K-er Lauren Fleshman got busy. Three years later, she's still running her must-read blog, making allergy-friendly protein bars, and, yep, running. Read on for the full story.
24. The 21 Most Incredible Themed Races There’s a perfect race for everyone — competitive eaters, exhibitionists, and wine lovers alike. Check out our top 21 picks that’ll really knock your socks off. On your marks, get set, go!
25. My Minute-by-Minute Interval Workout Greatist’s own founder shares his favorite interval run workout, minute-by-minute (or sprint by sprint).
26. Up, Up, and Away: The 35th Annual Empire State Building Run-up Greatist contributing writer Emily Milam challenged herself (and gravity) in the 35th Empire State Building Run-up. Read on for her journey scaling one of the world's most famous landmarks.
27. 5 Fun Winter Treadmill Workouts Learn to love (or at least like) the treadmill this winter! We’re giving the often-dreaded gym machine another spin with these fun, certifiably not boring workouts.
28. Christopher Brisley Can Run 100 Miles Hardship hasn’t stopped this ex-Royal Navy. From completing 100-mile runs to motivating thousands to get active themselves, we talked to Christopher Brisley about his own fitness, health, and happiness.
29. Stairway to Hell: Racing Up The Empire State Building One personal trainer's account of the hardest race of his life: from the bottom to the top of the Empire State Building on foot (that's 86 stories and 1,576 steps in less than 15 minutes!).
30. Why All Runners Should Strength Train What’s the key to staying injury-free? Guest contributor Jason Fitzgerald breaks down why strength training is so important for runners today.
31. There's Running, and Then There's High 5 Running Love to sweat, but hate sweating it alone? Join the High 5 Running Club and get ready to feel the love from fellow joggers!
32. How To Become a Better, Stronger Lifetime Runner Running coach and marathoner Jason Fitzgerald shares his tips on making running a lifelong habit.
33. How I Used CrossFit to Become a Better Runner Trainer Jess Allen talks about using CrossFit to improve her running performance, and how readers can apply the same lessons to their training.
You Asked, We Answered
34. Can I Be Allergic to Running? Peanuts, pollen, and puppies are common allergy triggers. But can running also be cause for concern? Read on before running to the allergist.
35. What's the Best Way to Build Endurance? Falling flat during the final mile? Found out how to boost endurance to help feel super strong when crossing the finish line.
36. Can Too Much Cardio Hurt My Heart? When it comes to cardio, is going the distance always a good thing? Find out if those extra miles may actually be doing more harm than good in the long run.
37. Could Running at Night Make You Faster? Some things go bump in the night, but is your running tempo one of them? Read on to find out if the sensation of running faster at night is real — or all in our heads.
38. Can Athletes Handle More Pain? Challenging yourself on the field, court, or in the weight room is no easy task. So when push comes to (literal) shove, can athletes actually be able to endure more discomfort?
39. What Are Shin Splints? Running's all fun and games until there's shin splints. A general term used to describe lower leg pain, shin splints are mainly caused by excessive stress on, well, the shins. The pain is generally mild, but enough to render a runner couch-side.
40. Is Walking as Good a Workout as Running? Sure, lap for lap, running burns more calories than walking, but there are plenty of benefits to taking it slow. Read on to find out which pace is the best fit for you.
41. How Often Should I Replace My Running Shoes? Those old running shoes won't last forever. Learn how to spot the signs that it's time for a new pair.
42. Study: What Burns More Fat, Aerobic or Strengh Training? A recent study suggests aerobic training may be more efficient than strength training when it comes to burning fat. But should we all really trade in resistance bands for running shoes?
43. Does the Runner’s High Exist? Running does wonders for the body and mind. And for years, runners have been claiming a sense of elation akin to an actual high. But does this mysterious sensation really exist?
44. How Do I Recover From a Marathon? It seems like running a marathon is on everyone's bucket list. But how long does it take the body to recover, and are there ways to speed up the process?
45. Is Distance Running Good For You? Less is more, but does that apply to running too? Find out if logging all those miles does more harm than help.
46. Should I Do a Cooldown After Cardio? Contrary to popular belief, recent research suggests cool-downs after cardio might not help reduce soreness or speed recovery. But they can still be effective in keeping post-workout wooziness in check.
47. How Often Should I Do Interval Training? Interval training might cut time and burn calories, but diving right in might not be the best bet. Learn how to incorporate interval training into any workout program, from beginners to fitness pros.
48. Ask an Expert: Which Should I Do First, Cardio or Strength Training? Does it matter if we hit the squat rack before or after the roads? We headed to our expert network to find out!
49. The “Fat-Burning” Zone…Fact or Fiction? Can reaching our fat-burning zone be as easy as a push of the button?
50. Ask An Expert: Should I Run On an Incline On the Treadmill? That level belt cut may not cut it. Find out if we need to put the treadmill on an angle in order to get in a good workout.
51. Do Calorie Monitors Really Work? If the treadmill says it, it has to be true, right? Not so fast. Calorie trackers may not always be as accurate as you’d think.
Gadgets and Gear
52. Legit Barefoot Running Shoes That Are Made from Medieval Armor
New, chainmail-like PaleoBarefoots claim to provide the same comfort and protection as other types of minimalist wear while making runners feel more connected to the ground.
53. Like Crocs? Then Check Out the Crosskix Running Shoe Crosskix is a new running shoe with the same material and look of a Croc, but takes to the track and trail. Learn more about what makes these shoes cool.
54. Tech Spotlight: RunKeeper The Runkeeper smart phone application lets users track their outdoor workout activities in more ways than one.
55. Milestone Pod Tells You When to Replace Your Running Shoes Not sure when to replace your running sneakers? A new device tracks how many miles you’ve run in them, so you don't have to.
56. 11 Best Mobile Apps to Run Faster and Smarter Think you need a fancy watch to get the most out of your miles? Think again. Use your smartphone and these 11 apps to hit the pavement and get the most out of your runs.
57. CharityMiles App Donates For Every Step You Take CharityMiles is a new mobile app that turns your daily run into a daily donation. Launched just in time for National Running Day, will it be a runaway success or stumble out of the gates?
58. Pick the Right Athletic Socks, A Case Against Cotton Don’t skimp out on good socks — they may be more important than we think to steer clear of injury and perform at our best.
59. Erica Sara Designs: Using Jewely to Achieve Fitness Goals Erica Sara crafted a simple piece of running bling and turned her charms into a booming business thanks to online fitness communities and the love of literally wearing your goals.
60. Can Compression Clothing Make Me a Better Athlete? Compression gear may be different than average workout gear, but can these skintight duds really make workouts better and ease post-workout problems?
61. Proper Running Technique in 30 Seconds Rediscover the joy of proper running technique in this instructional short.
62. Raining? Running Will Keep You Drier Than Walking So it's raining and you don't have an umbrella. You've got to get from point A to point B and try not to get soaked. What do you do? Science says run.
63. Beating the Clock: Breaking a Running Record At 97 Watch as 97-year-old Ida runs her way to a new 100-meter dash record. And you thought your Grandma was cool.
64. Rick and Dick Hoyt Run To Show Life Goes On What motivates Rick and Dick Hoyt to complete hundreds of races together, despite Rick's immobility? Inspiration. Dare you to watch this and not be completely and overwhelmingly moved.
From Greatist HQ
65. We Did It: The Color Run The Greatist Team added some color to the day at The Color Run NYC. See how we did at the so-called “happiest 5K on the planet.”
66. Barefoot Running, From Brooklyn to Berkeley What does it feel like to ditch the kicks and join the barefoot running craze? See how Greatist’s fitness editor fared on her first barefoot adventure.
67. Greatist Hits the Road: Hood to Coast with Nuun Greatist’s outreach director and staff writer, Laura Schwecherl, is running one of the largest running relays in the world. Follow along on her journey from Mt. Hood to the Oregon Coast with a pair of sneakers and some awesome teammates!
68. 199 Miles Later: Takeaways From Running Hood to Coast Greatist’s staff writer and outreach director just returned from Hood to Coast, one of the largest relays in the world. Read all about her experience and the lessons she learned along the way!
69. We Did It: NYC Endurance The Greatist Team met up with the coaches from NYC Endurance to learn the finer points of running form, with an emphasis on intensity over mileage.
70. Hands on Review: The AlterG Antigravity Treadmill Not signed up for space camp? No problem. Antigravity treadmills are popping up at gyms and PT facilities to help athletes train harder, faster, and smarter. Greatist takes the “AlterG” for a spin in this cutting edge review.
71. Eat, Run, Repeat: The New York Hot Dog Challenge Greatist's Chief Research Officer and Fitness Editor David Tao tells the tale of competing in the inaugural New York Hot Dog Challenge, a race covering 2.5 miles and lots and lots of hot dogs.
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