Directory of Active.com Running Guides

Directory of Active.com Running Guides

From training tips and injury prevention to trail running and the biggest races, here is your guide to step up your stride and improve your runs.

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5 Biggest 5Ks

Find out where runners are heading for a 5K run. Here are the five biggest 5K races in America, according to the most recent finisher numbers from Running USA.

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10 Biggest 10Ks

Want to run longer than a 5K but not ready for a half marathon? Now's the time to tackle a 10K. Here are the biggest 10Ks in the U.S., according to Running USA.

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13 Biggest Half Marathons

Run 13.1 miles at these 13 races you don't want to miss. These are the biggest half marathons in the U.S., according to Running USA.

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10 Biggest Marathons in the U.S.

Are you ready to run 26.2? Here are the 10 marathons with the biggest number of finishers, according to Running USA.

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10 Biggest Running Races

From 5Ks to marathons and everything in between, these are the 10 biggest races in America--based on the number of finishers--according to Running USA.

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10 Best Boston Qualifiers

Want to get to Boston? Here are the 10 races with the biggest percentage of finishers who qualified for Boston, according to Running USA.

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10 Races to Do With Your Dog

Want to mix training time in with your mutt? Hit the road with your furry friend at a dog run event near you.

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Run Rock 'n' Roll

This is your year to rock 'n' roll! From the live music to the Elvis impersonators and more, take on a marathon or half-marathon experience you won't forget.

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The Dirty Dozen

Forget about playing clean--here's your chance to get downright dirty and trudge through sludge at a mud run near you.

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6 Most Popular Marathons for Men and Women

What draws men and women out to marathons? Find out which races own the field with these top three races for men and top three races for women, according to Running USA.

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A Runner's Guide to Weight Loss

Runners drop pounds at different rates. Here's what you need to know to push past your plateau.

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Base Building Tips for Runners

It's important to build your mileage slowly to avoid overuse injuries. Use these tips to build a solid foundation for your future running success.

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Build Your Endurance

Wonder how some people can just cruise through long runs? Learn how to increase your endurance one run, meal and workout at a time.

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Cross-Training Tips

Add cross-training to your weekly workouts to avoid injury and enjoy quicker recovery.

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Find Fun in Every Run

Variety is crucial in order to avoid hitting the plateau and looking forward to every run. Follow these tips to spice up your routine and help you become a stronger runner.

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Your Guide to Trail Running

Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned trail runner, here are some tips to remember before you hit the trail.

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Your Guide to Strength Training

Strength training can build up your muscles and boost your endurance for a faster run. Here's how to incorporate it into your weekly routine.

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Your Guide to Downhill Runs

Downhill running is key to building all-around leg strength. Here's how to incorporate downhills runs into your weekly routine.

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How to Avoid Common Running Mistakes

Are you self-sabotaging your run? Here's how to avoid the common mistakes that can ruin your run, your race and your fun.

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How to Organize Your First Race

Follow these steps to race directing success and enjoy a great event from inception to finish line...and beyond.

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How to Improve Your Form

Use this guideline to learn how to improve your form and get the most from your run.

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Recovery Tips for Runners

From training to race day, your recovery is key to building back your speed and strength. Use these tips to recover the right way.

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Shin Splints 101: Treatment and Prevention

Use this guide to better understand the pain in your shin, learn how to treat it, and prevent it from coming back.

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Spice Up Your Speed Workouts

Speed workouts are crucial to your running success. Use this guide to improve your run and bring speed to your weekly mix.

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Tapering Tips

You've put in the time and the training--now it's time to taper. Here's how to wind down to race day.

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The Mental Side of Running

Your mental toughness can be just as important as your physical preparedness. Use these tips to keep your mind right on the run.

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Tips for Running in Cold Weather

Don't let the cold weather freeze up your runs. Here are a few tips to stay on top of your training even in the icy weather.

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Tips for Running in the Heat

Just because the summer sun heats up doesn't mean your runs have to cool down. Use these tips to stay on top of hydration and enjoy your workouts safely.

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Tips for Safe Night Runs

Think night runs are too risky? With the right gear and awareness, you can make the most of running at night.

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Tips to Plan Your Race Calendar

It's time to build your race calendar and look ahead to the endurance adventures that await you. Here are a few tips to get you started for another successful racing seaso.

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Your Guide to 10Ks

If you've got a few 5Ks under your belt and are thinking, "What's next?," it might be time to try a 10K. Here are a few tips to help you make the leap to the next distance.

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Your Guide to a Healthy Offseason

It's the offseason! Time to rest, relax and reflect on all your hard work. Learn how to make the most of your offseason to come back stronger and smarter for next year.

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Your Guide to ChiRunning

Form and efficiency go hand in hand. Learn how to run faster, stronger and injury-free with these Chi Running tips..

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Your Guide to Perfect Pacing

Training to reach your target pace takes time. Here are some tips to develop the right pace for race day.

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Your Guide to Spring Training

Spring is the perfect time to ramp up your training, reach running breakthroughs and get ready for race season.

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Your Guide to the Right Running Shoe

Here are a few tips to help you find the right running shoe. A proper shoe is key for success and will keep you injury-free.

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Your Guide to Treadmill Workouts

Take your training indoors with treadmill workouts. Here are a few tips to mix up your routine, stay motivated, and have fun.

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Your Guide to Warm-Ups

A solid warm-up will help your muscles prepare for a workout, reduce your risk of injury, and get your heart rate up.

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