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A New Approach to Goal-Setting for Runners in 2022

It’s time to throw out the traditional SMART goal setting approach. I have a new science-backed goal-setting for runners strategy for 2022. Instead of being Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based (SMART), I challenge runners’ goal-setting to be vague and open-ended. (However, VMARO isn’t as catchy of an acronym). How to set the right goals … Read more

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7 Marathon Recovery Tips to Recover Faster

Running a marathon is an amazing physical and mental achievement, one that requires an ample amount of time to recover. However, many marathon runners run a marathon only to be eager to jump right back into training—ignoring the best marathon recovery tips: REST and RECOVER. Marathoners think they can capitalize on their marathon fitness or … Read more

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9 Mental Training Tips for Runners from Sports Psychologists

Running is a tough sport. And it arguably takes more mental toughness than physical toughness to do it—from getting started, sticking with it, and going after a goal. Mental training for runners can be the difference between not only a personal record but whether running becomes a permanent fixture in your life. What is mental … Read more

What Happens When You Taper

How Do You Taper for a Marathon?

The marathon taper is a CRITICAL component of any marathon training program in order to absorb your training and get to the start line fresh. But tapering for a marathon can be tricky. You can taper too much or too little and end up feeling flat on race day. The marathon taper also messes with … Read more

How to Start Running: A Complete Guide for Beginner Runners

Friends, I’ve been running most my life (since I was 6 years old) but I have had to learn how to start running many times—especially recently. First, it was the two beautiful children I had. Then, once I aced postpartum running, it was a torn hamstring that required about a year and half of rehabilitation. … Read more

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7 Science-backed Reasons Running Makes You a Better Mom

When you become a mom, suddenly your time is no longer your own—and that includes taking time to go for a run. But many research studies show that running makes you a better mom. Obviously, I believe this in my heart—otherwise, I would not have founded The Mother Runners. Related: The Mother Runners coaching services … Read more

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Smart Treadmill Running Tips for Mother Runners

As running outside gained popularity in 2020, so did treadmill running. Many people discovered what moms of young children already knew—treadmill running is a saving grace when you can’t leave your house. Running on a treadmill comes in handy when your kids are too young to be left alone so you can run, or they … Read more

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