#ThursdayVibes Week Two: Runner Spotlight – Celeste

Lexxi Conroy   This week's #ThursdayVibes is a #runnerspotlight on @cb_runnerchic  In an amazing feat, Celeste ran FIFTY half marathons in FIFTY states! We're honored to have been the last leg of her race, pun definitely intended. Here's what Celeste had to say: "I am a person who has fallen in love with running later in life. To ... More

#ThursdayVibes Week One: Meet the SoCal Sisters

  Lexxi Conroy “If you’ve never run this race before, you are missing out!” A direct quote from Felicia Canales, a loyal runner to the San Francisco Marathon for the past six years. Felicia and her SoCal sisters, Shelley and Gayle (who are actual sisters!) return year after year from Anaheim and Los Angeles just to soak in the ... More

Battle Buddy Series – A Prayer for Beginning the End

By Darian McIntosh  At the commencement of September, it is evident that autumn is near. Fall is, unequivocally, my favorite time of year. I surround myself with the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of all things pumpkin-related, much to my husband’s chagrin. Yellow, orange, brown, and red are nowhere near being my typically favorite ... More

Micronutrient Misconceptions: Sodium and Iron

By Ben Connelly When it comes to micronutrients, the operative question is, “how much?” Too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. While vitamins and minerals are vital to health, some can be harmful in high enough quantities. (Other will not harm you but will not provide any extra benefit.) For marathoners, who need higher ... More

Battle Buddy Series – A Prayer for Those Stuck at a Crossroads

by Darian McIntosh   A few months ago, my husband and I decided to invest in a couple of kayaks. With the summer months coming, we knew it would be an excellent way to spend family time together and give our young daughter a way in which she can appreciate nature in all its glory.    The few times we have been out with ... More

The Long Run

by Ben Connelly The long run holds a special place in marathon lore. Runners who run no other workouts in their entire training (which I do not recommend), will run long runs.  This workout serves a variety of purposes:  It prepares the legs and feet to handle long hours of continuous running It allows runners to practice ... More

Battle Buddy Series – A Day in the Life of the Seriously Unmotivated

A Day in the Life of the Seriously Unmotivated   by Darian McIntosh   10:00 AM -  Got my Covid shot and stopped at the park with my daughter where I am currently relaxing underneath the shade of a weeping willow. I am feeling motivated to get started on my journey.   3:30 PM -  Now we are home and it is ... More

Marathon Diet: Avoiding Nutrient Deficiencies

Marathon Diet: Avoiding Nutrient Deficiencies Ben Connelly Most runners know nutrition matters. But oftentimes, runners focus on macronutrients (carbs, protein, and fat), while neglecting micronutrients. It turns out, micronutrients are far more important. As long as your diet is reasonably balanced between carbohydrates, protein, and ... More

Battle Buddy Series – A Prayer for the Weary, Part 2

Recap from Part 1   Jay Hewitt, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, had decided to begin training for an Ironman in 2019. He started exercising to build up his endurance as soon as he underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment. He needed to do this in order to launch into the real training; a grueling 16-week regimen ... More

The Lone Runner Series: Interval Training for Marathon Runners

Interval Training for Marathon Runners by Ben Connelly In a previous post, I introduced the topic of speedwork for marathon runners. I explained that, contrary to common belief, marathoners should not run all their runs at an easy pace. Beginners focused solely on completing the marathon can get away with skipping speedwork (although ... More