The Grind Blog

4 Tips for Managing Burnout

Photos by Kristen Michaud, Lead The Way Photography “It’s better to burn out, than it is to fade away,” so says Neil Young, but that was before COVID. 2020 has been a physical and mental test of our endurance. Few or no races, limited socializing, carefully managed group runs. We are all likely pretty burned out, and not in a good way! To be burned out can mean different things to various runners, but regardless of their level of activity, runners often realize they’re burned out when it’s too late. When an easy run turns into the hardest workout of…

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Off Season Training

It’s finally fall, with cooler temperatures, and (some would say) perfect conditions for running! But especially here in the Northeast, fall is fleeting, and before you know it, the temps will really drop, snow will fly, and ice will make running outdoors treacherous. No problem! you may say, I’ll turn to the dreadmill and keep up those miles! Not so fast, friends. There are benefits to be gained from an off-season that is truly a reduction in weekly miles in favor of cross-training. Whether you swap out a run each week for a yoga class, a cross fit session, kettlebell…

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5 Trails for Perfect Leaf Peeping

Living in New England requires any resident (and runner!) to always be prepared for whatever weather may come your way. Often unpredictable, fall in Maine could mean weeks of sunny 60 degree days and low 40s nights – or it could mean 50s and rainy for days on end. No matter the weather, the temperatures begin their slow decline in September, foreshadowing the cold, dark months ahead. It’s one of my favorite times of year. The air is clean, with none of summer’s humid closeness or winter’s harshness. These are the mornings you’ll find me on the trails – logging…

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RFH: Running from Home

Photos by Alex Busack With virtual competitions and staycations on tap for many this summer and fall, we asked a few Portland-area runners how they had adjusted their running plans this summer. Despite disappointment about canceled races and vacations, we feel privileged to live in Maine, where spring through fall offer optimal weather for discovering local trails, beaches, peaks and valleys. Here’s how these local runners have been making the most of running in 2020: What are your favorite local running routes/areas and why? Shamus Shea When doing solo runs, I often like to go to Twin Brook, Pineland Farms,…

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Shirts & Skins – The Sports Bra Squad (The Right to Bare Bras)

“Shirts!” “Skins!” It instantly conjures up sultry heat, sweat, and pick-up basketball or soccer games, as common as ice cream in summer. It’s also almost exclusively male territory. Men tend to pull off their shirts in public spaces with little thought, and seemingly no repercussions. That’s not to say men aren’t body conscious, they certainly are, but it’s a different awareness. Men generally don’t get catcalled, openly stared at, followed, groped or told that they “must have wanted people to look.” So it makes sense that there are few topics among women more charged and emotional than the decision to…

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Community & Connection, The Most Essential of Services

During March and April, more than 15 members of the Runaways Run Club completed a F(ans of) U(nlimited) K(udos) 55K ultra-marathon, solo. Double that number completed the F@ck Corona Run Club challenge, featuring 10 “races” ranging in distance from 1K to 10K. During May and early June, many club members are exploring nearby towns, cities, trails, and local landmarks to complete the Tour de Maine challenge, still solo. Day after day, the running community continues hitting the trails and the pavement, despite a non-existent race season, and cancellation of group runs and gatherings. The lack of in-person motivation and encouragement…

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Women Who Run

We all have our own personal story about how we started running. For some it was for competitive sports, others for a healthy lifestyle, and some for no reason other than the love of it. No matter how we came to find running, most of us can agree the community we found through it is just another benefit. As a female runner, it can be difficult to find your place in the sport, as it is with many other things. For many of us, women competing in the running world was normalized within our lifetimes, however, even with the progress…

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Get on the Cross Train!

Runners are a stubborn, routine driven bunch when it comes to switching up workouts. But this lack of variety can be both mentally and physically exhausting. Cross-training, while at times difficult to fit into a training plan, is essential to runners of all experience levels. Whether you’re running 10 miles a week or 100, you should focus on taking a few workouts off the road. Here are a few of our favorite ways to get some crucial cross-training: Strength Training You’ve heard it a thousand times – runners need to add strength training to their weekly routine. Just one of…

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3 Reasons to Sign Up for a Spring Race

Whether you’re new to running outdoors in the cold weather, or a hardy New Englander, we all hit a point in the season where we feel like we just can’t take another step. In Maine especially, we never know what we’re going to get. One day it’s mid-40s (shorts weather) and the next it’s -12 with a wind chill and we’re wearing so many layers range of motion becomes near impossible. These factors can often discourage the most dedicated of runners from outdoor winter training, but you are seriously missing out if you let that happen. Though our training is…

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