Announcing The New Midpack Runner Shop!

If you’ve ‘liked’ the Midpack Runner Facebook page, you may recall seeing a proof of the Midpack Runner tech shirt.

Up until now, the only way to pick up one of these high-quality, wicking tees was to harangue me directly (which, I’m happy to say, many of you already have).

Today, I’m proud to announce that has changed with the opening of the Midpack Runner shop. Just check out the menu bar.
With the opening of the shiny [...]

New York City Marathon Changes Qualifying Standards, Gets More Exclusive

Image Courtesy Young Yun

It’s been a rough year for midpack marathoners.

In February, the Boston Athletic Association lowered the Boston Marathon qualifying times, effectively barring slower runners from the oldest and most prestigious American marathon.

Surely the Boston Athletic Association expected at least some blowback.

In the hours and days following the announcement, runners, fitness bloggers, and even the 1968 Boston champion Amby Burfoot came forward and condemned the change. It was a public relations disaster.

Well it [...]

Fall Into Running With Candied Yam Chia Muffins

Is anyone else in hibernation mode already? Once fall hits, I may as well just hang up my running shoes and strap on a bib. No. Not a race bib.

As the leaves turn, so my thoughts turn to the bounty of the harvest. The good news is that squash, pumpkin, and yams (yams, as it turns out, are actually all sweet potatoes in the United States) are both good and good for you.

High in fiber and packed with [...]

The Best New Training Technique You’ve Never Tried

Image Courtesy Dave Morris

Have you ever wished that you could run faster, further, or with fewer injuries? Believe me, you’re not alone.

In fact, several new techniques have sprung up over the last few years to address exactly this concern. Take, for example, the rise in popularity of barefoot running. Or, for that matter, ChiRunning. And let’s not forget the resurgence in popularity of the pose technique.

All of these running techniques share one thing in common: an [...]

Getting Back On The Proverbial Horse

Life is full of obstacles.

Some are small. Others, large.

Sometimes you see them coming but, most often, you don’t.

However, it’s not the bumps in the road that define your life. It’s how you react to them.

I’m embarrassed to say that, lately, I haven’t been dealing with them well.

We’re the Fugawi!

Since moving to Boston, I’ve been feeling a like the friendly Fugawi tribe. Google it. You’ll see my point.

Those of you who have been keeping track have probably noticed that it’s been [...]

How To Motivate Yourself To Run (Even When You Really Don’t Want To)

Left To Right:Bart Yasso, Me, Mark Remy, David Graf

It was hot out when this picture was taken. Too hot.

According to Mark Remy’s take on our run outside of Emmaus, Pennsylvania on day six of the running roadtrip, it was 112°, accounting for humidity.

That kind of heat was like some sort of joke.

Have you heard the one about a man lighting a fire to cool down? Or the one where two fire hydrants are fighting over the [...]

Running In The Hot, Hot, Heat

What do the Badlands of South Dakota, Jurgensen Woods in Illinois, and Summit Lake Park in Akron, Ohio all have in common?

This week, they’re all damn hot!

Seriously. Could I have picked a hotter week for the Running Roadtrip?

Here we are with a heat index of 115°, and I’m stopping in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio to sneak in my eighth, ninth, and tenth cross-country runs in these temperatures anyway.

To put that in perspective, OSHA’s maximum recommended temperature range varies

Training Is Like Roadwork, And Other Lessons From The Road

Since my last running roadtrip update, I’ve run in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Before this roadtrip, I never realized what amazing sights you can find covering this country.

You know what you can’t find?

A working wi-fi hotspot.

Consider that the first lesson.

Here are a few other things I’ve learned running “across” America.

Great Runs Happen When You Least Expect Them

Leaving Butte, Montana, I didn’t really have a plan for where I’d be running over the next few states.

Sure, [...]

Running Roadtrip: Washington & Idaho

Do you find it difficult to make time for running while you’re on the road?

You’re not alone.

I’m writing tonight from a motel in Butte, Montana en route to Boston, Massachusetts. I’m also training for the Portland Marathon in October. Am I letting my six day roadtrip get in the way of my running?

Heck no!

In the past, I’ve talked about strategies to combat travel malaise. Chief among them: integrating your running closely with your trip.

That’s why I decided to [...]

How To Run While Traveling (Without The Hotel “Dreadmill”)

Image Courtesy C. Jill Reed

Keeping up with your training while traveling can be difficult.

If you don’t do adequate research, you could find yourself stuck in a hotel gym. And if you try to keep your regular training pace, you’re facing a burn out nightmare.

Whether you’re traveling for work or for pleasure, these tips can help you get the most out of your out-of-town running.

Have a Plan

Before you leave, investigate the local running clubs at your destination. Many [...]