Race Review: The Second Annual Top Pot Doughnut Dash 5K

The lion of March, which ushered in the coldest April on record in the Seattle metro area, finally yielded to the lamb on Sunday. The sun shone brightly as runners began lining up for the 2nd annual Top Pot Doughnut Dash 5K to benefit Childhaven.

Nearly 1,900 runners and walkers completed this year’s race. And among the finishers was none other than Top Pot co-founder himself, Mark Klebeck, proving that doughnuts and running are not mutually [...]

Ace The Race With These No-Nonsense Training Plans

In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. Love of the race, that is.

Certainly that’s what Tennyson meant. Just check out lines 168-169. All. About. Racing.


With race season just beginning, there’s no better time to pick the races you want to run this season. And, with that, to decide on a training plan.

However, finding the perfect training plan isn’t always easy. In fact, the most common questions I receive are from runners looking [...]

Make Your Own Energy Chews (With Chia Seeds!)

How would you like to save a ton of money on your gels, chews, and sports beans? What if I told you that you could save, while also eating healthier?

For me, these gels and chews make up a substantial portion of my annual running budget. Or at least, they did.

The problem is that there are few really good commercial alternatives to these expensive, highly artificial gels, and chews. Compounding that problem is the necessity of staying well-fueled on longer runs. [...]

The Balinese Secret To Perfect Rice

For as long as I’ve known my wife, she’s talked about travelling the world, learning to cook the local specialties at each port of call. The first stop on our world cooking tour was Bali.

Bali, for those who don’t already know, is an island in the Indonesian chain located in the south pacific. It is the only predominantly Hindu island in Indonesia. Beef would definitely not be on the menu.

Neither would much meat of any sort, were you Balinese.

The average [...]

Put Down That Gatorade! Why Your Dog Doesn’t Need It.

There’s something fantastic about a dog on the run, isn’t there?

As a running partner, Keely’s always been outstanding. Get it? Out. Standing. You know, because in the picture she… Oh, nevermind! (I honestly apologize for that joke. However, I’m not sorry enough to remove it.)

Having Keely goading me on is the largest part of the fun of running for me.

I know most of us would do pretty much anything for our four-legged companions. Therefore, as a responsible running partner, [...]

Why Sweat When You Could Pant?

Getting old sucks! It’s even worse if you’re a dog, since your parts reach their expiration dates that much more quickly.

That’s the issue that we ran into with Keely recently. After six years of carefree ball chasing, she’s developed arthritis in her cranial cruciate ligament (the canine equivalent of our ACL). The effect of her condition is that she’s no longer allowed to do anything that would cause her to turn sharply, especially chasing a ball.

As I was digesting this [...]

The Irish Catholic’s Guide To Missed Workout Guilt

Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned! It’s been three days since my last run.

I fell off the horse last week (not that I completely understand why a horse should be the thing most commonly “fall[en] off of”).

Of course, we all have occasional periods where it can be difficult to do even the things that we love to do.

Sometimes it’s a lack of motivation. Other times you’re overtraining and burning yourself out. And sometimes it’s factors completely beyond your control, [...]

Running Scared? You Could Be Suffering From Sports PTSD!

Brace yourselves, Midpack Readers! I have an embarrassing confession to make.

I’m… afraid to run!

There, I said it! I harbor a great sense of fear around my favorite sport.

My fear is there each time I lace up my running shoes. It stands with me, elbow-to-elbow, as I line up in the starting corrals. And, as fast as I try to run, it’s always right behind me: my silent, unshakeable running partner.

It’s an awful way for a runner to live. But [...]

Yin Yoga For Runners: Frog

Yin Yoga Essentials for the Active RunnerPart I:Toe SquatsPart II:DragonFlying LowPart III:Cow FacePart IV:SaddlePart V:Frog

About the asana

Hi! This is Tim with MidpackRunner.com. I’m here today with the final stretch in the Yin Yoga Essentials for the Active Runner series.

This stretch targets the hip adductors and glutes. The frog asana is found in both yin and other styles of yoga. It provides a great, deep stretch for the muscles that [...]

Death by Caffeine? Plus, An Easy Green Tea Concentrate

Image courtesy Jason Dunn

Yesterday, I was fortunate to be able to share my recipe for a natural, homemade chia energy gel with the folks at NoMeatAthlete. It’s a great recipe, especially for the cheap frugal among you. I strongly recommend you check it out.

One of the first comments mentioned something I’d been thinking about myself. My gel recipe, unlike the majority of commercial gels, doesn’t contain any caffeine.

Caffeine has been shown to improve [...]