• July 19, 2019

    Running and Recovery Tips with Master Trainer Emily Hutchins

    Chicago-based Master Trainer and owner of On Your Mark gym, Emily Hutchins, shares last-minute running tips and advice on what runners should be thinking about before and after they cross the finish line at the Humana Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon.

  • July 19, 2019

  • January 08, 2019

    Fuel Up on Race Day with this Powerhouse Food

    It’s no secret that as an athlete, the food you eat before, during and after race day can make or break your progress and your performance. Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods available, acting as a canvas for herbs and spices, protein-packed toppings and additional veggies, while also delivering essential nutrients to the body.

  • March 13, 2018

    How Well Does Running Fitness Translate to Other Sports?

    If you’re familiar with CrossFit Endurance, you know that one of its claims is that runners can improve their long-distance race times while reducing their weekly mileage.

  • July 19, 2017

    How to Pack for Your Next Rock ‘n’ Roll Race

    When race time rolls around, the last thing you want to worry about is packing. Or, more specifically, overpacking. Although you may have tourist adventures on the horizon, the number one goal of this trip is to run your race. Once you have your marathon packing checklist created, you can refer to the same one for every Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series race you get a bib for.

  • June 05, 2017

    What is the Remix Challenge?

    This weekend I completed my first Rock ’n’ Roll Remix Challenge in San Diego!  

    What is the Remix Challenge?

  • May 19, 2017

    5 Tips to Survive Running in Rain

    Have you ever checked the weather forecast a few days before a race and cringed? Before the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville half marathon, I rarely checked the race-day weather. If it were raining, I would make sure I had a dark color shirt. 

  • April 12, 2017

    6 Reasons to Volunteer

    Here are six reasons why you should consider supporting your running community and volunteer at a race near you!

    1. Stay connected to running.

      If you’re recovering from injury, in between races or simply looking for a stepping stone into the running sphere, volunteering helps connect you to the sport.

  • February 28, 2017

    Why You Should Use Water Stops on Race Day

    For my first several long-distance races, I always wore a water belt or hydration pack. I was worried about losing time going through water stops, which are often crowded, as well as getting enough liquid in me to stay steady throughout the course.

  • February 27, 2017

    5 Ways to Make Your Running Fantasy a Reality

    They say that experience brings wisdom. That’s certainly true of running. When I look back to my younger running self, I remember all of the doubts and fears I had of even trying to run.

  • February 25, 2017

    Why Do A Half Marathon? Here Are 6 Reasons To Run!

    It’s a solid challenge.

    Training for a half marathon takes a significant amount of time and commitment. It’s not easy to just whip out a half marathon on little to no training, without getting injured of course. 

  • February 24, 2017

    Video: Why Are Specialty Running Stores So Special?

    What makes specialty running stores so special? I sought out the advice of Charlotte and Dave, two shop owners, to find out. 

  • February 14, 2017

    Stop “Just”-ifying Your Races

    Are you a “just”-ifier?

    Do you put the word “just” in front of your race if you haven’t registered for the longest distance at an event weekend? When friends ask you what race you’re doing, do you say “just” the half marathon?

  • February 13, 2017

    10 Tips for Dressing Up Your Race Gear

    Tina Fab’s Top 10 Hints for Making “Dressing Up” Easy!

    Races in October are the perfect opportunity to have fun dressing up your race outfit!

  • February 12, 2017

    10 Things New Runners Need to Know

    I remember when I started running eleven years ago, I was totally clueless. Now, 11 years, three marathons and countless half marathons later, I have a lot more knowledge and experience. What do I wish I knew 11 years ago as a new runner?

  • February 11, 2017

    Things Runners Take For Granted (But Shouldn’t!)

    As members of the running community, there’s often a secret language we use to talk to each other: fartleks, splits, Clydesdale, LSDs (long slow distance runs, not the drug, people), and minimalism, just to name a few. 

  • February 10, 2017

    15 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Marathon Runner!

    Interested in dating a marathon runner? There are some things you should know!

  • February 10, 2017

    What’s The Right Running Book For You?

    While running might not be too conducive to reading, at least not at the same time, there are awesome books for runners. They come in many different forms, from serious training programs to humorous stories, but they all have one thing in common: they were written by runners for runners.

  • February 10, 2017

    10 Race Etiquette Tips Every Runner Should Follow

    Have you ever been at a race and thought “I can’t believe that person just did that!!!” It’s not uncommon to have your foot stepped on, be shoved aside as you exit the starting corrals or have another runner steal your finish line photo moment.

  • December 09, 2016

    Running GPS vs Certified Running Course

    WHEN YOU FINISH THE LENGTH OF A HALF MARATHON, WHY DOESN’T YOUR GPS SAY EXACTLY 13.1 MILES?

  • December 09, 2016

    Should You Run the Las Vegas Strip at Night?

    That’s an excellent question! Check out this highly informative and neon infographic that is sure to answer it for you!

  • December 09, 2016

    How Long is a Marathon? A Marathon Distance Infographic

    THE MARATHON DISTANCE IN PERSPECTIVE

    Most people have running a marathon on their bucket list, but before that they may ask, “how long is a marathon in miles?” 

  • May 18, 2016

    What is a Bus Box on Course?

    During a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event, you may notice some interesting things on course. This can include alternating race routes, volunteers and staff members making adjustments to change the course for runners, or even a bus box! Have no fear, this is done on purpose.

  • November 11, 2015

    Respecting Local Communities on the Race Course

    Three friends of mine who are race directors have been put in a situation they never expected. They had to go to city or town council meetings to fight to retain the permits for their races.

  • August 14, 2015

    Red, Raw and Sore: How to Recover from Chafing

    *Guest post by Robert Kramers

    Last Tuesday, in sunny-but-not-hot conditions, I went for a run.

    Cool story, right?