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RunHelper Connect 30-day Free Trial Membership

You asked for it and we delivered: Trial RunHelper Connect accounts are available now.

Experience the benefits of a RunHelper Connect membership with a free 30-day trial. It’s quick and easy to register—No credit card required . Plus all free-trial members will enjoy all the same benefits as paid members.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Automatic workout backups
  • Weekly progress emails
  • Ability to export all your training data
  • See your entire workout history across multiple apps

Turn your training history into actionable information and see how much you have improved. Continue reading

UPDATE: Contest Closed, Winners Announced!

Hey there runners…our contest closed at the end of the day Monday and winners are confirmed and ready to be announced.  Congratulations to Marianne who won our grand prize and will be receiving the entire package listed below.  Marianne’s winning entry was earned by Liking Rock My Run on Facebook.  Continue reading

Earn a bonus entry!

Happy Friday, everyone! Today we’re giving you a chance to win extra entries into the contest we’re running with our friends Hal Higdon and Rock My Run. All you have to do is answer the question below in the comments of this post and then confirm that you did via Rafflecopter by clicking here or using the widget on our Facebook contest tabContinue reading

Big Giveaway: Prizes from Bluefin, Rock My Run, and Hal Higdon

Good news, runners!  We’ve got a great giveaway kicking off right now that’ll give you a chance to win some great prizes and also get to know a couple of our friends in the fitness community.  We’ve teamed up with running legend Hal Higdon and training music aficionados Rock My Run to offer a fun prize package.  To earn entries, all you have to do is follow Hal, Rock My Run, and Bluefin on Facebook and Twitter, then confirm that you did via Rafflecopter, below.  The grand prize includes…  Continue reading

Real Food: Crescent Veggie Pizza

As runners, we’ve all made a commitment to good health. But to be as healthy as we can be (not to mention perform our best as athletes), we need to eat the right stuff. Real runners need real food. Our new “Real Food” series will give you some ideas.  Continue reading

Five ways to get faster today (as told by runners across the web)

We’ve talked before about how you can perform better starting with your very next run and ways to avoid slowing yourself down for no good reason.  Both of those posts show that although most of what makes for a successful runner takes time and patience, there are some quick tips and tricks that can help you start getting faster right away.  Continue reading

Real Food: Parmesan Broccoli Fritters

As runners, we’ve all made a commitment to good health.  But to be as healthy as we can be (not to mention perform our best as athletes), we need to eat the right stuff.  Real runners need real food.  Our new “Real Food” series will give you some ideas.  Continue reading

10 Ways to Bootcamp

Back during New Year’s Resolution season, we talked about how much runners can benefit from working circuit training (like our Bootcamp app) into their training program.  That said…one thing we can’t help but admit is that it’s hard enough to find time to run without worrying about finding time to Bootcamp.  

Well it turns out that it may be easier than you think.  Here are ten (10!) ideas for squeezing a quick Bootcamp workout into your busy schedule.

  1. First thing in the morning.  Yes, we know this is one of those “easier said than done” things, but even if you’ve struggled to run in the morning, you may find that Bootcamp comes a little easier in the wee hours.  You can stay inside and don’t need to worry about what you’re wearing.  Roll out of bed and make it happen.
  2. Before bed.  When you’re winding down for the day, lacing up your sneakers and jogging off into the night might not be realistic, but pounding out a quick Bootcamp circuit may be just the ticket.  Give it a shot, especially if the day gets away from you and didn’t get to run.
  3. Before any shower.  Getting showered, dried off, and dressed can  be kind of a chore and is often the deal-breaker in getting a workout in during the day.  But if you’re headed to the shower anyway — in the morning, after work, whatever your routine may be — you might as well get sweaty beforehand.
  4. After work.  Work can be stressful and chances are you have some kind of wind-down routine that helps you make the transition into being home for the evening.  Powering through an intense workout can a great way to let go of stress and set your mind on relaxation.  Try hitting the gym on your way home or doing your circuit work as soon as you get home for the day.
  5. During lunch. If you have access to showers during the day (at home, at work, at the gym), chances are you have time during your lunch hour to to a Bootcamp routine, cool down, and get cleaned up.  Try sneaking a workout in at lunch a few times a week and pay attention to what it does for your energy level and general attitude for the rest of the day.
  6. Before dinner.  Depending on your particular schedule, you might find yourself dealing with an awkward space of time between the end of your work day and the beginning of dinner.  Don’t let that time slip away.  Bootcamp!
  7. After dinner.  Okay, working out might not seem like a delightful idea right after a big meal, but you might find that Bootcamp treats you a little better than running when it comes to post-meal training activities   Give your food a little time to settle and then reenergize with some circuit work.
  8. On the weekend. Even if you just aim for one circuit workout a week, you can still see substantial benefits.  If you run all week long, consider taking the weekend off from pavement pounding but staying active with circuit work instead.
  9. After your run. You’re more than warmed up.  You’re already sweaty.  You’ve already conquered the big motivational hurdle of getting off the couch in the first place.  Finish off your workout right by adding a circuit.  It won’t add that much time and will keep you from having to find another time to do a dedicated session.
  10. When you’re feeling burned out.  This is huge.  If you ever feel like you’re hitting the wall with your running, don’t let yourself end up off track because you aren’t feeling motivated to run.  Reset your brain by giving running a rest but stay active with a circuit.  You might even spend a week staying off the road altogether — whatever you need.

The bottom line is that adding circuit training to your fitness arsenal is a great way to build strength and ultimately make you a better runner.  Even if you just keep it in the back of your mind for occasional cross-training, we think it’s well worth adding to your stable of fitness apps.  

Four reasons to try yoga (and be a better runner)

Just like a couch potato might be completely baffled by your desire to go log miles every chance you get, a lot of runners just don’t understand the appeal of yoga.  Sure, running and yoga are both physically and mentally challenging activities that are great for fitness-minded folks, but there isn’t always a lot of overlap between the two camps — at least not as much as there should be.

Why should runners consider spending some time on a yoga mat?  We can think of a few good reasons.  Here they are!

Stretching shouldn’t just bookend a workout.  We all know that stretching is important, but how often do you do it aside from before or after a run?  Chances are, if you are stretching as part of your warm-up or cool-down, you’re more focused on limbering up or wrapping up your workout than you are with really pushing yourself to increase strength and flexibility.  Spending dedicated time working on your flexibility, especially on a day when you aren’t running at all, can pay dividends.  If you’re looking for some specific routines to get you started, there are a number of great posts over at Runner’s World that can give you some good recommended yoga moves geared towards runners.  

You’ll get stronger (physically).  Yoga is a workout.  If you’ve done it, you know.  If you haven’t, give it a shot and you’ll be sold.  But more important than the physical challenge of the yoga session itself are the amazing benefits that come along with having more flexible muscles.  Quite simply, the more elastic and flexible your muscles are, the stronger they’ll be.  If you really care about improving your strength and building speed in the real world, even a single day of yoga a week can be an unbelievable investment.

You’ll get stronger (mentally).  Any serious runner can tell you that a huge portion of the running equation is mental.  Whether you are pacing yourself out for a personal best or just toughing through a particularly challenging workout, what’s in your head can be every bit as important as what’s in your shoes.  And while running can be a great tool for sharpening your mental toughness, there’s a lot going on in the heat of a run that can distract you from learning who you are between the ears.  Yoga, on the other hand, is built around mental focus and allowing time to breath and concentrate on what you’re doing in the moment.  Give it a try and see if it doesn’t pay off next time you’re facing the wall during a tough run.

Yoga is great for preventing injury.  If there’s one thing that can separate successful runners from the pack over the long term, it’s injury prevention.  Taking responsibility for your body and making sure you don’t end up hurt is a huge part of being able to run hard year after year without ending up sidelined on the couch, derailing your training for weeks or worse.  Yoga will strengthen your core, help integrate your muscular systems, and make you generally less prone to injury.  It’ll also improve awareness of your body so that if something does start to give you trouble, you might pick up on it before you end up taking a funny step off the curb and finding out the hard way.

We came up with this post after reading this one from Stephanie Taylor Christensen at MindBodyGreen.  She’s a solid distance runner with a great perspective on yoga if you’re looking to learn more.

Join a CSA and up your nutritional game with local produce

Eating right can be a challenge.  Even if you’re doing a pretty good job of watching your calories and focusing on the good stuff, certain parts of an optimal running diet — especially vegetables — can fall through the cracks.

Some of us just aren’t big veggie fans to begin with and others are just caught in the same old frozen rut (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, repeat).  Either way, it can be tough to keep vegetables interesting when you’re always cooking up the same old stuff.

Joining a CSA can help you turn the day’s veggies from a so-so side dish into the highlight of your meal.  When you’re part of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), you basically buy a “share” of one or more local farms.  You pay a weekly or monthly fee and as they harvest their crops,  you get an allotted amount of super-fresh, seasonally-appropriate produce, often dropped right on your doorstep.

CSAs will often deal in vegetables and other goodies that you might not even think of at the grocery store — think beets, gourds, or okra.  When great recipes and meal ideas are just a Google search away, having a variety of starter ingredients showing up in your kitchen on a regular basis can really expand your culinary horizons.