How To Prevent Runner’s Diarrhea (+ What Causes It)

As someone with celiac disease and ulcerative colitis, I have a highly sensitive digestive tract and had my fair share of experience with gastrointestinal problems. As a kid, I was quite self-conscious about my frequently upset stomach and all of the foods I had to avoid in order to maintain some semblance of a calm … Read more

Chafing And Running: How To Prevent Chafing While Running

Chafing is most common in long-distance runners, cyclists, triathletes, or other endurance athletes because it takes time and repetitive friction for skin abrasion to develop. The good news is that there are effective steps you can take to help prevent chafing while running. In this guide to chafing and running, we will do a head-to-toe … Read more

The Runner’s Itch Is Real: Here’s What Causes It (+ How To Treat It)

The aptly named condition runner’s itch refers to an itching sensation that typically occurs on the legs and/or stomach while you are running. That said, according to the Mayo Clinic, you can also experience the symptoms of a runner’s itch, such as itchy legs, while doing other types of cardio exercise aside from running. The … Read more

Runner’s Toe: Causes, Symptoms, And Prevention

Between common issues like toenail fungus, bunions, ingrown toenails, blood blisters, and fungal infections between the toes, distance runners don’t tend to have the best-looking feet and toenails. And then there’s the dreaded black toenail from running, so common that it’s actually called runner’s toe. Although most distance runners cringe in disgust when they take … Read more

DOMS Explained: A Runner’s Guide To Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness

Almost everyone has experienced acute muscle soreness after exercise, which is referred to as delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS for short. Delayed-onset muscle soreness can be uncomfortable because the ensuing muscle stiffness and muscle pain can decrease your range of motion, leave you feeling achy and tight, and could even make it difficult to sleep, … Read more

Should You Go Running With A Cold? When It’s Time To Take A Break

When your immune system is trying to fight off a viral infection, there are fewer resources to help your muscles recover from a workout.  This means that running may increase the risk of developing a more serious illness due to the added stress of your training session.  Furthermore, running with a fever or other prominent … Read more

Headache After Running? Common Causes + How To Treat Them

Although it is not particularly common, some runners experience a headache after running or performing some type of strenuous exercise. For example, some runners may experience a headache after a long run or the pulsating discomfort of a migraine after a high-intensity weightlifting workout to supplement their running training program. Understanding the causes of headaches … Read more

Runner’s Nipple: How To Prevent and Treat Nipple Chafing

Runners often complain of inner thigh chafing, underarm chafing near the armpits, or chafing under the sports bar band at the bottom of the breasts, but nipple chafing while running is also quite common. Chafing, which refers to skin irritation or abrasion due to friction against the skin of the nipples, is so common that … Read more

Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy When Running? + What To Do About It

As a running coach, one of the most common complaints or concerns that I get from athletes who are looking to start training is that their legs feel heavy while running.  Interestingly, while beginners often complain of having heavy legs or tired legs when they first start training, it’s also common to see experienced long-distance … Read more

10 Piriformis Syndrome Exercises To Relieve Discomfort

Piriformis syndrome is an all too common but often overlooked source of discomfort and pain in the lower back and buttocks. It can arise from direct injury to the affected area or, similar to many running-related injuries, when your training volume surpasses your body’s capacity, resulting in overuse. If ignored, it can lead to symptoms … Read more

Quad Cramps During Exercise? Why, What To Do, + How To Avoid It!

Almost every runner, cyclist, triathlete, and even weightlifter has experienced a dreaded quad cramp or quad muscle spasm during a workout or a quad spasm after your workout is over. Leg cramps while running or exercising are quite common, though that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with. But, what causes cramping in quads … Read more

Why Do I Struggle To Breathe When Running? 4 Potential Causes

Lots of new runners ask questions such as, “Why do I run out of breath so easily?” or “Why do I struggle to breathe when running?” Feeling like you’re huffing and puffing or totally out of breath while running is certainly not uncommon. There are quite a number of potential causes of shortness of breath … Read more

Acid Reflux When Running? 4 Causes + Helpful Tips To Prevent It

Running can be associated with uncomfortable sensations such as feeling out of breath, like your legs are heavy or on fire, and potentially feeling nauseous or like you need to run to the bathroom. Although less common, some runners also experience acid reflux when running or what may be described as heartburn when running. But, … Read more