running guides and books

Our goal is to help you achieve your goals and max out your running, whether you are a complete novice or an experienced amateur runner. Over the years the team at Mr Run has gathered extensive knowledge of all things running, and you can tap into that knowledge right here in these running guides and resources (also check out our articles on all things running). If you have any questions or suggestions on the type of resources you would like to see in the future, please drop us an email or post a comment under one of the blog articles.

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running articles

Here you will find a collection on articles on various running related topics. You can search by categories:

New runners – information, tips and advice for those new to running, including avoiding the newbies running mistakes

Common running injuries – what are they and how to avoid them (runner’s knee, anyone!)

Nutrition and eating for runners, including running hydration

Articles aimed at older runners and how to start and get the best out of your running in your forties, fifties and beyond

Running inspiration & motivation – avoiding excuses, dealing with boring runs, things to keep us running

Outdoor running – picking the right clothes, shoes and accessories for different types of terrain and weather

‘My story’ articles where authors reflect upon their personal running journeys, such as going from a 52 year ex-smoker couch potato to a super motivated ultra marathon runner

nutrition & hydration

What is the Best Pre Workout for Running?(or the Best Energy Drink Powder)

What is the Best Pre Workout for Running?(or the Best Energy Drink Powder)

what makes the best pre workout for running? It is more likely than not that you’ve come across discussions on the best 'pre workout before running’ in online chats and forums. Or you even asked that question and searched for an answer yourself? We certainly did. And what we found was a cacophony...

What is HMB and can it help me run better?

What is HMB and can it help me run better?

(aka ‘new secret weapon’ for a better sports performance)During my running journey I have learned lots about running technique and gear. I know why some shoes are good for my feet but some aren’t and I wear customised insoles because I learned the importance of balance and hip alignment. I also...

8 Hot Weather Run Rules – Useful Tips For Running In The Heat

8 Hot Weather Run Rules – Useful Tips For Running In The Heat

First thing's first: Should you even run in heat and humidity? and should you run in the summer at all? I love outdoor running throughout the year. I’ve had some great runs in all kinds of weather. But when it comes to favourites then warm, even hot, summer days will always be something I look...

What & When Should Runners Eat – Running Nutrition For All Types Of Runs

What & When Should Runners Eat – Running Nutrition For All Types Of Runs

In an ideal and care-free world a runner should just lace up and go. We shouldn’t think of such unnecessary terms like, say, ‘fuelling’. What is fuelling anyway? What and why do we need to fuel? Can’t we just run? My first running steps were all about careless jogging in the park but the moment...

The Importance Of Electrolytes For Running: What Every Runner Needs to Know

The Importance Of Electrolytes For Running: What Every Runner Needs to Know

What are electrolytes? and why electrolytes for running? Electro-lite-whaat?! (I can hear you ask) Basically, electrolytes are a band of little guys that conduct electricity in water. Our cells and organs use tiny electrical signals to communicate with each other, and so we need a constant supply...

avoiding & healing running injuries

How Different Personality Runners Cope With Running Injuries

How Different Personality Runners Cope With Running Injuries

Running is a high impact sport. We thunder and pummel the ground with each step, sometimes for very long miles. Most runners simply never think of injuries, but then, like it or not, running injury does happen. Some even say that running is...

5 Reasons Why Some Runners Avoid Stretching & Why You Shouldn’t

5 Reasons Why Some Runners Avoid Stretching & Why You Shouldn’t

Runners and stretching. Some say ‘yes’, some say ‘no’, some ‘maybe’. For some it works, some believe it doesn’t work for them, some don’t care either way and do it whenever, if ever, they feel like it. Some preach the benefits, some get injured due...

5 Reasons Why Runners Get Injured & How To Run Injury Free

5 Reasons Why Runners Get Injured & How To Run Injury Free

We, the runners, participate in impact activity where we pummel the ground with our feet and send shockwaves throughout the body. Body doesn’t like shocks and the moment will come when the alarm will ring and we might get injured. Not the most...

Personal running journeys

How I Built My Running Endurance And Became A Faster Runner

How I Built My Running Endurance And Became A Faster Runner

Running endurance was probably the last thing on my mind when I started running. Didn’t even know what that meant. I could probably only think of ‘basic survival’ because all I could do was 90 seconds of ‘running’ followed by a minute of gasping...

How I Achieved My First 10K Run After Completing Couch to 5k

How I Achieved My First 10K Run After Completing Couch to 5k

I started running by following the Couch to 5K program which took me 9 weeks to complete. After finishing the C25K plan I was able to run for 30 minutes three times per week. I knew that I achieved a milestone target and was aware of the importance...

Advanced running

5 Reasons Why Some Runners Avoid Stretching & Why You Shouldn’t

5 Reasons Why Some Runners Avoid Stretching & Why You Shouldn’t

Runners and stretching. Some say ‘yes’, some say ‘no’, some ‘maybe’. For some it works, some believe it doesn’t work for them, some don’t care either way and do it whenever, if ever, they feel like it. Some preach the benefits, some get injured due...

The Importance of Strength and Cross Training for Runners

The Importance of Strength and Cross Training for Runners

We’ve all been there. Just started to run, struggling with reduced lung capacity, pains all over the body as well as self doubting through the whole ordeal. And then we hear that on top of it all we should be doing strength training. And there is...

Step Up Your Running – How To Run Beyond 5K

Step Up Your Running – How To Run Beyond 5K

I have written blogs about each of my running journeys, including my first steps to run beyond 5K, but I keep getting asked about a simple ‘all-in-one-place’ guide. The long wait is finally over, the guide is here, fresh and crisp! Whether you are...

Running gear & outdoor running

11 Top Basic Running Accessories –  WHY You Might Need Them & WHEN

11 Top Basic Running Accessories – WHY You Might Need Them & WHEN

When I first started running I didn’t know much about running accessories. I’d heard of some but wasn’t sure if I needed any. Unlike the top 3 runner’s essentials - shoes, shorts and top - the accessories would start to interest me as my running...

8 Hot Weather Run Rules – Useful Tips For Running In The Heat

8 Hot Weather Run Rules – Useful Tips For Running In The Heat

First thing's first: Should you even run in heat and humidity? and should you run in the summer at all? I love outdoor running throughout the year. I’ve had some great runs in all kinds of weather. But when it comes to favourites then warm, even...

7 Great Benefits of Solo Running – Why I Prefer To Run Alone

7 Great Benefits of Solo Running – Why I Prefer To Run Alone

In the beginning I thought I should try and join a running club to learn more about running. Instead I started to run alone, and carried on my own. I simply got to like it that way from the start. It felt good and natural, I felt at ease. Running...

running inspiration and motivation

6 Amazing (And Mostly Unknown) Benefits Of Running In The Morning

6 Amazing (And Mostly Unknown) Benefits Of Running In The Morning

Some people run whenever they can, even to work. Some swear that there is nothing better than romantic sunset runs. Some aim at midday sun running and then some add that running at the start of the day is the only way to go. Those runners claim the...

New runners

Are You Ready to Start Running? My Top 7 Running Beginners Tips

Are You Ready to Start Running? My Top 7 Running Beginners Tips

If you’ve decided that running could be the starting point in your new health plan that will turn you into a fitter, leaner and faster human machine with healthier blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stronger heart and clearer mind, then I...

Running And Weight Loss – How To Start Running When Overweight

Running And Weight Loss – How To Start Running When Overweight

Running and weight loss have been friends for a long time. Calories have been known to disappear after those sweaty runs, as many will testify. Some argue that cycling and swimming can also be calorie shredders, and yes, I do agree, but running has...

Older runners

What is HMB and can it help me run better?

What is HMB and can it help me run better?

(aka ‘new secret weapon’ for a better sports performance)During my running journey I have learned lots about running technique and gear. I know why some shoes are good for my feet but some aren’t and I wear customised insoles because I learned the...