Foam Rolling Basics

A quick guide to foam rolling basics and foam rolling tips - when to roll, how to do it, and what the benefits of self myofascial release are for athletes and runners.

If you're a total novice to foam rolling, watching someone do it at the gym might make you think it's a special kind of torture. There's grimacing, gritted teeth, and sometimes even audible cries of pain. Why do something that looks like it hurts so much? How could that help anything? Well, foam rolling is one of the best methods for recovery … [Continue reading]

Smoothie Makeover with The Rungry Health Coach

Smoothie Makeover with The Rungry Health Coach - tips on how to make your smoothie a nutritional powerhouse, not a sugar bomb!

I'm excited to welcome back my guest contributor, Beth Roessner, aka The Rungry Health Coach! Today Beth is sharing some tips on how to make your smoothies total nutritional powerhouses, instead of sugar and calorie bombs. You know I'm a big fan of smoothies (here's my review of smoothie delivery service Green Blender, as well as a round up of 20 … [Continue reading]

Life Lately

Life Lately - all the running, fitness, food, work, and family fun recently!

I thought it was time for a little catch up post on what was going on in my life lately... I've been so busy with training, and my boys, and life in general this summer, that I haven't been blogging as often. So, this is what I've been up to! RUNNING I'm loving trail running, and it feels like forever since I've been out on a road run. That's … [Continue reading]

Run It – Mental Workouts for Runners

Mental Workouts for Runners - visualization tricks and key mental workouts to get you ready for an event. Part of the Run It series of tips and tricks for runners.

This month for the Run It series, we are discussing a fascinating area of running and competing - the mental side of the sport. In case you're new to Run It, every month 6 of us running coaches and bloggers share articles with you on a specific topic. You can find our past Run It topics here: Rave Runs Beat the Heat  Hydration … [Continue reading]

Workout Clothes Under $50 You’ll Love

Workout Clothes Under $50 You'll Love

A couple of weeks ago, a new client came to my gym to meet me for her first session. She asked at the front desk how she'd recognize me. They told her, "Oh, you can't miss Carly. She's always in bright colors and crazy patterned tights." As it turned out, that day happened to be the rare occasion I was dressed head to toe in black (sometimes my … [Continue reading]

Be Well: Wellness Weekend at the Woodstock Inn

Be Well - Wellness Weekend at the Woodstock Inn

Woodstock, Vermont has been my home for just a few months now. It wasn't a carefully researched, planned move, and honestly I had no idea whether it was the right decision. One thing that has made this move a positive one for me is the sense of community I've experienced in this town, and a huge part of that has been due to my job working at the … [Continue reading]

Tips on Trail Running for Beginners

Trail Running tips for Beginners - If you're thinking about trying trail running, read these essential tips for beginners at trail running first!

One of the things I was looking forward to when moving to Vermont was trying out trail running. My experience of running was so tied to living in a big city. There were organized races on almost every weekend. City streets and bridges usually made up a portion of every run, and heading into Prospect Park or Central Park was about as close to … [Continue reading]

Does Sweating More Mean a Better Workout?

Does sweating more mean a better workout? Find out why we sweat and if it's the best way to gauge a workout's effectiveness here!

I am a serious sweat machine. When I work out, it doesn't matter if it's air conditioned indoors, or there's a cool breeze outdoors, I'm going to sweat a lot. After a long run or race, there are telltale white streaks of salt residue on my face. I see people doing a similar workout to me who barely break a sweat...but does sweating more mean a … [Continue reading]

Run It – Trail Running in Woodstock, Vermont

Run It - Rave Run. Trail running in Woodstock, Vermont (plus links to gorgeous running routes on the seacoast of NH,; Brooklyn, NYC; and Seattle, WA!)

When you run somewhere you love, your run automatically becomes better. Not necessarily easier...but better. Today on Run It, Angela, Laura, Nellie and I are inviting you to our favorite running spots, and why we love them. So come run vicariously with us in Woodstock, Vermont; the seacoast of New Hampshire; Brooklyn, NY; and the suburbs of … [Continue reading]

5 Ways You Can Make Starting Running Easier

Here are 5 unexpected tips to make starting running easier - everyone was a beginner runner once, and these are the running tips you wish you'd had!

Starting running isn't easy. Starting anything isn't easy, let's face it. Learning a new skill means that in the beginning, you're not sure what you're doing, probably making every mistake in the book, feeling like you're out of your depth, until it all just clicks. Or you give up before that happens...which is why I wanted to share with you these … [Continue reading]