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Welcome to the RunnersConnect Extra Kick Podcast, where our expert coaching staff answers your running questions 5 days per week.

Get actionable lessons in our bite-sized podcast while you run, when you’re at the gym, and on your commute

May 31, 2017

Many runners with flat feet or very high arches are told they need custom orthotics to improve gait and prevent injury, but how true is this?

Are there other methods to improving form that don't require spending lots of money?

In today's episode, Coach Michael explains how to determine whether or not orthotics are worth...

May 30, 2017

Lactic acid is your friend.

You read that right. Thanks to some faulty science from the 1970s, lactic acid gets a bad rap and is commonly held responsible for that oh-so-pleasant muscle fatigue at the end of a race. 

Truth is, this isn't lactic acid's fault but rather your body's inability to use it efficiently, and...

May 29, 2017

Most of us know how important eating something within 30 minutes after a long run is to recovery, but what about the rest of the day?


How do you fuel to ensure your glycogen stores are repleted and you're recovered in time for the next workout?

Coach Michael breaks it down in today's episode.

May 26, 2017

Everyone metabolizes food differently, so something that works great for some might not for others. 

The same is true for gels.

If the products you consume mid-run seem to upset your stomach (or maybe you'd just rather have something more natural), there are plenty of options out there to serve your fueling...

May 25, 2017

Simply put, VO2 max is a measurement of your body's ability to consume oxygen, which, ya know, makes it pretty important to running.

But how important is this number to marathon performance?

Should marathoners worry about increasing their VO2 max or do they have bigger fish to fry when preparing for those...