Best Running Posts from First Year of This Runner’s Recipes

Hi, everyone! How is your week going?

Don’t forget to enter to win one of two free copies of the Domestic Chic cookbook!

I’m deep in the process of formatting and copyediting my e-Cookbook, Eat to Run, which will be released in a couple weeks. More on that tomorrow, when I share official release information and a teaser recipe!

We did not go hiking this weekend due to a severe windstorm on Saturday, so no Pacific Northwest adventures to share with you this week (unless you count braving traffic to go to the grocery store during a power outage, along with every other person in Bothell). Most of the greater Seattle area lost power for several hours and we did not want to risk our safety to go out hiking when the gusts were in the 45-55 mph range. We did need the break, however, after the strenuous hike at Gothic Basin the previous weekend.

This Runner’s Recipes turned one year old on Tuesday! Last week, I shared a round-up post of the most popular recipes from the past year; today, I want to round up my most popular and my favorite posts about running.

I also want to express my deep gratitude to all of you, my readers! Without you, This Runner’s Recipes would not be possible. Thank you so much for reading, sharing, and supporting! 

This next year will hold many exciting things for This Runner’s Recipes, including the release of Eat to Run, the launch of my coaching services in later fall after my RRCA certification, some exciting writing opportunities, and my first marathon.

10 Most Popular Running Posts

Marathon Monday: Core Work for Runners is my most popular running-related post. Have you done your core work this week? Get some workout ideas from this post and learn about why you should be doing core work!

Core Work for Runners

Training Hacks to Improve Speed and Endurance reminds us that the little things can make a big difference in training!

How to Recover After a Half Marathon, because you shouldn’t simply jump back into hard running after a pushing yourself in a big race.

How Far Should You Run Before a Half Marathon or Marathon will help you determine how far your long runs should be before your race, as well as compare the long runs in different marathon and half marathon training programs.

What Runners Should Know About Overpronation and Underpronation, because we runners can talk about our feet for hours on end and never get bored.

Associative Thinking and the Benefits of Running without Music argues for why you should ditch the headphones on your next run. I only listen to music or podcasts when I run on the treadmill now and keep all of my outdoor runs silent, and it’s been such a benefit to my training!

The Benefits of Running Without Music | This Runner's Recipes

Marathon Monday: The Benefits of High Mileage is already one of my top-viewed running posts. Learn why you should run high mileage in your training (there’s more benefits than getting to eat a lot!).

How Fast Should You Run is a quick and easy primer to what workouts should be run at what paces. This one is from my first month of blogging!

8 Week Half Marathon Training Plan is a short half marathon training plan that I developed to train for my half marathon PR (1:43) at the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon in April. (Note: I’m not yet a certified running coach, so I came up with this plan by doing lots of research and looking at what had worked for me in the past.)

Tips on How to Become a Faster Runner will help you run a PR at your next race! I need to review these, as I’m setting some big goals for the next few years in running.

10 Personal Favorites

The How and Why of Tapering explains everything you need to know about tapering for your next long distance race.

How and Why of Tapering

Ab Workout for Distance Runners is a challenging ab workout that utilizes free weights and the stability ball to hit every muscles in your core.

Threshold Intervals and a Workout describes one of my favorite running workouts. I love threshold intervals, probably because my crazy distance running brain has been rattled by too many miles.

Are You a Short Distance or Long Distance Runner is a question every runner should ask themselves! Not all of us were meant to be marathoners, and not all of us can whip out amazingly fast 5Ks. Figuring out what you are will help you enjoy running and make the most of your training!

5 Kettlebell Exercises for Runners uses one of my favorite fitness tools to give you a quick and effective strength training workout that will prevent injury and help you run faster.

The Best Free Running Apps reviews some of the most popular iPhone apps out there and assesses their accuracy, ease of use, and special features to help you find the best option for you.

Best Free Running Apps | This Runner's Recipes

The Benefit of Coffee for Runners justifies my morning cups of coffee examines the health and performance benefits of a daily cup of coffee for athletes. The lesson: coffee is good for you!

10 Ways to Salvage a Bad Training Run offers tips for what we all encounter: a long run, tempo run, or speedwork gone bad.

Iron Levels and Running explains everything you want to know about iron levels, pseudo-anemia, anemia, and running, plus offers tips on how to get more iron in your diet.

Spice Up Your Sports Nutritions teaches you how to utilize staples of your spice cabinet to fight inflammation, regulate blood sugar, boost your immunity, and benefit your training.

Spice and Sports Nutrition

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12 Responses

  1. I don’t know if I can run without music. I know we are supposed to but I just can’t! I have done a few miles but more than that upsets me lol. I have to go back and read all of these posts. Love your insight on so many great running subjects.

    1. It was HARD for me to make a transition – I still can’t do even 5 minutes on the treadmill without music. Honestly, if I wasn’t afraid of being run over by a bunch of cyclists who forget their bikes have bells, I’d probably listen to music more. And thank you so much! 🙂

  2. So many good pieces – lots of information too! I think my favorite posts so far have been my Boston recaps. It was the first post for my blog, and it was a really special race for me!

  3. Congratulations on your first successful year, Laura! I am always impressed with how much running and nutrition knowledge you have. You are going to be an amazing running coach! Are you a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies? I am reading (via audio book on my trip!) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I figured a thriller would keep me entertained in the car 🙂

    1. Aww, thank you so much, Lauren! 🙂 I do love the Lord of the Rings movies – Ryan and I watch them at least once a year. I’ve heard good things about Girl on the Train – I hope you’re enjoying it!

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