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How to Select the Best Running Shoes for Women with Flat Feet

Jun 1 2017 - 12:21am
Woman Running at Dawn

Flat feet or fallen arches can come with a lot of other issues and for runners with flat feet it means four things: they have to take extreme care with stretching, training, knowing warning signs of problems, and selection of running shoes. There are a lot of considerations when selecting the right footwear so I decided to consult the experts regarding how to select the best running shoes for women with flat feet.

“For people with flat feet, support and cushioning are very important,” says Andrew Smith of True Grit Running Company in Fort Smith, Arkansas, “and if y

How One Woman Broke Marathon Barriers for Women and Is Still Running 50 Years Later

Apr 18 2017 - 9:18pm
Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Switzer made history in 1967 as the first official female registrant to enter and complete the famous Boston Marathon, although she was not the first woman to run the race. In 1966, Roberta Bingay Gibb, ran the marathon without being registered. Women runners were rare because many people had the misconception that women were the weaker sex and physically unable to run long distance.

Switzer’s athletic career began early when her father encouraged her to begin running a mile a day. At James Madison and George C.

This Research Followed 1600 People Who Walked 30 Minutes a Day and Were Surprised To See The Benefits of Walking In Older Adults

Feb 9 2017 - 4:45pm
Benefits of walking

Exercise now for independence later - as if you needed another reason to get out and exercise. See the benefits of walking as you age.

Have you thought about how you would like to live out your older years? I’m certain you would like to remain as independent as possible, avoiding the need for skilled nursing care.

Running Safe For Your Knees, Says Exercise Experts

Jan 9 2017 - 3:58pm
running and knee health

If you have been worried about damage to your joints from running, worry no more. The strenuous exercise has more benefits than risk.

It does seem that the pounding from running might increase wear and tear on your joints, particularly your knees, but exercise science research has shown this not to be true in the majority of case

Are Your Shoes Causing Long-term Foot and Ankle Disease?

Oct 22 2016 - 9:21pm

Being cheap is great. Many religious lessons preach humility and being happy with what you have. But when it comes to your shoes, sticking with an old pair for too long can hurt your feet.

If you pride yourself in not coveting material things, like new phones and shoes, doctors say it might actually be bad for your health.

This is How Hiking Can Make Our Brains More Positive and Keep Us Happy

May 31 2016 - 8:43pm
Hiking and weight loss

Getting out into nature can do more than just make us feel better, it can actually cause our brains to grow in functionality. Exposing ourselves to fresh air, problem solving without technology, and being disconnected from the world can help our brain to reach its maximum potential.

Just picture yourself stepping out onto a balcony with a beautiful river flowing beneath. Your phone is turned off and your laptop is powered down.

I Asked Runners Why They Exercise And This Answer Brought Me To Tears

Apr 29 2016 - 1:11pm

People do not exercise for weight loss only. Sometimes there are other primary reasons causing people to become daily runners or do fitness regularly.

In one forum, dedicated to runners and fitness, I asked members why they exercise. This response was very interesting to share with our readers.

Running 101 For Newbies - What You Need to Know

Nov 6 2015 - 6:52pm
Running 101

Running was the one thing I had always wanted to do and never thought I had the talent. I remember running a race at school when I was about 10 and finding myself so out of breath I couldn’t cross the finish line. That was perhaps one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. Then when I was 13, I had a coach who really encouraged running and I bought my first pair of running shoes. I ran cross country, but, still didn’t believe in myself enough to give running a real shot.

Fast forward 5 years and I became a runner, no coach this time, just the will to do it.

Get Lost on Your Next Run: America's Most Scenic Running Trails

Jan 12 2015 - 2:22pm
Scenig running trail

The world is a beautiful place and it has many scenic places for runners. Each season holds its own grandeur and allure, and the different ecosystems that exist on our planet provide even more variation in scenery and captivating views - which is simultaneously great news and hugely beneficial for runners.

The right location paired with appropriate weather conditions create a situation where nature is not only able to provide runners with terrain to cover, but also with a gorgeous view.

What It Means to be a Runner

Jan 3 2015 - 4:17pm
Marathon runners

“This year I am going to run my first full marathon." "I’m going to make sure I run every single day." "New Year, new me: Couch to 5k, here I come!” Sound like any resolutions of yours? If so, there are a couple of things you must know before you start your New Year as a runner and attempt to adopt the running lifestyle, because there is so much more to being a runner than simply running.

To simplify things, let’s break down the world into two groups: runners and non-runners. The separation into these two groups seems simple, but it makes all the difference.

50 Marathons Finishes & No Signs of Stopping

Dec 23 2014 - 2:07pm
Marathon Running

1310 miles. That distance is just a couple hundred miles shy of the length of US Highway 101 that stretches from Oregon through California. And as of the finish line at the 2014 Kiawah Island Marathon, it is also the total amount of "race miles" (not including miles of training!) run by South Carolina marathon runner, Ferris Stewart. This successfully finished marathon marking Stewart’s 50th marathon.

Even more impressive than the staggering number of marathons run by Stewart, is the time span it took him to run these 50 races.

Head-to-Toe Reasons to Run

Dec 12 2014 - 3:38pm
Running for excercise

We all know that running is good for us. But what most people aren't aware of is just how beneficial this cardiovascular workout is for our entire body - head to toe, inside and out. Nearly every body system is positively affected by a run, and benefits ranging from overall better sleep to stronger bones can be experienced.

The best part? Running is one of the easiest and simplest types of workouts to add to your daily routine. It can be done nearly anywhere and doesn't require a gym membership or fancy equipment.

2015 New Year's Resolution: Run with a Purpose

Dec 9 2014 - 4:49pm
running a marathon

There are a number of reasons why a runner chooses to run. Weight loss & physical fitness, stress relief, and cardiovascular endurance and strengthening are all excellent examples of excuses runners use when explaining why they love to run. But when superficial benefits cease to be enough for a runner, races supporting charitable causes easily add to the multitude of reasons and benefits obtained from running.

For as many variety, types, and styles of shoes available for a runner to choose from, so are there charitable runs, walks, and events for a runner to choose to participate in.

Sprints & Distance Runs: How the Two Stack Up Against Each Other

Dec 5 2014 - 2:41pm
Spring and Distance Running

Sprinting and distance running are both effective workouts for runners; however, that’s essentially where their similarities end. The results your body experiences from a long-distance run are vastly different from the benefits offered to your body by a series of short-distance sprints.

The difference between these two workouts is expressed by how your body operates and performs during them and can be simply defined as either an anaerobic or aerobic workout.Both anaerobic and aero

Christmas Shop for the Runner in Your Life

Dec 1 2014 - 6:20pm
Christmas Shop for Runner

The Christmas season is here, which means it’s time to start holiday shopping for your favorite runners! To the non-runner, unfamiliar with popular and essential running gadgets and accessories, this might seem like a dauntingly impossible task, a recipe for disaster and an unhappy runner on Christmas morning. Fortunately for you, however, you now have an escape from this terrifying fate.

A recent poll with runners across the country reveals what pavement pounders desire most under the tree this year (you’re welcome). Happy shopping!

How Long Do I Have to Run to Burn Off Thanksgiving Day?

Nov 26 2014 - 4:10pm
Thanksgiving running

Thanksgiving Day marks the beginning of the holiday season. It is a day centered around food, drinks, and excessive feasting – which is why more often than not, it leads to a new, larger number on the scale.

For all those interested in keeping the “holiday sweater” off this season, the following information could serve useful. Allow yourself to indulge, but get ready to lace up afterwards!

Marathon Spectators, Who Knew They Could be So Creative

Nov 8 2014 - 12:16pm
Marathon runners

Distracting, entertaining, and somewhere between motivating and/or insulting; marathon spectators sure know how to express love and support to their runners.

It wasn't until my sister completed her first full marathon that I became aware of how creative and inspiring (is that the right word?!) the spectators at these events could be.

10 Tips to Keep Your Runs Happy this Winter

Nov 6 2014 - 9:43am
running in winter

Over the years, many useful tips have been shared and discussed amongst runners and with those interested in becoming more educated and well-versed on the matter. “Don’t run with scissors,” “Run like you stole it,” “Run, Forrest, run!” are all excellent examples of some of the best running tips you can receive.

Unfortunately, however, none of those tips provide solid advice in regards to running in the cold – and with th

Compression Socks - Worth all the Hype or Just Another Running Trend?

Oct 20 2014 - 2:19pm
Compression socks

Compression socks initially made their debut as medically necessary apparel for diabetics, airline pilots, and women fighting unsightly varicose veins. In more recent years, these knee-highs have transitioned their reputation into a fashionable, performance enhancing accessory for athletes and runners alike. When speaking of their medical benefits, critics can attest to their necessity and effectiveness, however, when it comes to their role in providing an athletic edge to runners, said critics are skeptical to say the least.

Let’s first start with what exactly compression socks are: as the name implies, compressions are socks are knee-high athletic socks, similar in appearance to tube socks, that fit snugly around the

Love them or Hate Them: Running Hills is Good for Long Distance Training

Oct 8 2014 - 8:35am
Running for long distance

Training for a long-distance race? Most training programs will include not only progressively longer runs, but will also incorporate workouts that are meant to improve speed and strength. Many runners dread hill training. But here’s why you should embrace them.

Researchers at South Dakota State University have found that running on a 10% incline can improve overall performance of long distance runners.