The Wicked Sweet Sugar Q&A

Photo courtesy Uwe Hermann

Since I first published the recipes for my chia seed energy chews and energy gels, more than a few astute readers have contacted me with the same question.

Aren’t these recipes essentially just sugar?

You’re darn right they are! And with good reason, too. But, to explain, we’ll need to venture into a bit of a biology Q&A.

Strap on your lab coats. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Okay. It’s been a while since [...]

Bred To Run: The Best Dog Breeds For Runners

Keely & Eddie.Different dogs with different aptitudes.

There’s nothing like the bond between a man and his dog. But, for a runner, dogs offer far more benefits than simple companionship.

Having a dog for a running partner provides extra motivation to get out and run. And having Fido around offers a measure of protection while running, from animals of both the human and non-human varieties.

If you find yourself considering adding a four-legger to your running pack, you may be [...]

Updates From The Midpack

There has been a lot of exciting stuff happening here at Midpack Runner over the last few weeks. Unfortunately, it’s all kept me quite busy, hence the lack of updates.

Sorry about that.

Now that the dust is starting to settle, you’re going to start hearing a lot more from me. And I’ll start it off with an update on just what the heck has been keeping me away from the pack.

And The Winner Is…

First, a huge thank you to all [...]

The Holiday That Work Forgot!

Greetings, fellow midpackers, and a Happy National Running Day to one and all!

Wait… What is National Running Day, you ask!?

According to the official website: “The mission of National Running Day is to designate one national day to promote running as a healthy, easy, and accessible form of exercise”

How do you celebrate National Running Day? Well, for one, feel free to take the day off. Just tell your boss that Mark Remy said it was okay. If she questions [...]

Book Review: The Mid-Packer’s Lament

First, a brief announcement
There are only a few days left to get your time entered for the Spring Into Summer Virtual 5K. With Memorial Day this past weekend, I was hoping that people would have extra time to get their runs in. However, based on the number of panicked emails I’ve received, it seems that the vacation was more of a hinderance than a help.

As such, I’m extending the entry deadline to midnight on Sunday, June 5th. [...]

Spring Into Summer Virtual 5K

It seems as though this cold, wet spring may finally be giving way to summer here in the Pacific Northwest.

With the end of National Runner’s Month upon us (even if it is just some fancy marketing on the part of Dick’s Sporting Goods), and National Running Day arriving on June 1st, what better time to celebrate all things running? And what better way to celebrate than with a virtual race for a chance to win some [...]

Book Review: My Life On The Run

“Never limit where running can take you”

Those were the words carefully inscribed on the inside cover of my copy of My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon.

If ever there was a man who embodied this philosopy, that man is Bart Yasso.

Runner’s World’s Chief Running Officer, Bart’s running career has spanned more than three decades. His running has carried him through over 1,000 races across all seven continents. It has even earned [...]

The Static Runner’s Guide To Embracing Change

Have you ever had a moment when you realized that something in your life just wasn’t working for you?

Don’t worry. I’m not implying anything about the future of Midpack Runner. You continue to be the highlight of my day.

I’m talking about the training plan that has you doing too much, too soon. Or the track workout that you were told you should be doing, but that you just hate. Or, hardest of all, the race you signed up to run [...]

21 Uses For Your Old Race Bibs

If you race frequently, you’ve probably built up a lot of extra race swag. From tees to finishers medals to race bibs, all that race memorabilia starts to build up after a while. What is a runner to do?

Earlier this week, runners and readers on the Midpack Runner facebook page responded to that query regarding race bibs.

As you can see, answers were all across the spectrum.

I’ve saved all mine, they’re stowed away in my hutch. I find them a [...]

The J-Word, And Other Running Controversies

Image courtesy David Rader II

Most people think of runners as a friendly group.

However, there are some issues that can get even the most polite runner riled up. While it’s generally considered good form to not bring up these issues, ignoring them doesn’t make them go away. Besides, what’s the internet without a little controversy?

Here, from least to most contentious, are the three topics most likely to send a group of runners into fits of rage. Or, at least [...]