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The mental health benefits of running

The mental health benefits of running

While the physical benefits of running are well-established, there is plenty of evidence to suggest running can improve your mental health, too. Running has been a large part of managing my own well-being over the years, and I expect many other runners would say the...

Reap the head-to-toe benefits of the run

Reap the head-to-toe benefits of the run

DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE The content in this post is intended for informational or general educational purposes only and it is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the...

3 of the Best Nutrition Tips for New Runners

3 of the Best Nutrition Tips for New Runners

Tip One Just like your new running muscles are now getting used to running, your gut is also adjusting to this new exercise routine as well. Most of the time runners experience gut upset/distress because their gut simply isn’t used to digesting fuel in and around the...

Running on empty?

Running on empty?

Not so fast. Let’s demystify hunger on the run.    Is “runger” a thing? That’s a term we just made up for running while hungry. And the answer, according to Dr. Kyle Pfaffenbach — a professor in the Health and Human Performance program at Eastern Oregon...

Marathon week nutrition do’s and don’ts

Marathon week nutrition do’s and don’ts

Before you go on to read race week do’s and don’ts, the most important lesson here is that the gut is highly trainable. Therefore, in the weeks and months leading up to race day when we are training our body and muscles to handle to 42.195km distance, we also want to...

What to eat post-workout

What to eat post-workout

Starting Point Good Nutrition; before focusing on pre and post workout meals it is important to assure that you are having well balanced meals and offering to your body the fuel it needs.Pre-Workout Your pre-workout meal can be done in a window of 3 hours to 30...

Run stronger in 2021: Improve your mental strength

Run stronger in 2021: Improve your mental strength

Training your body is just a start if you want to run at a high level. Understanding and building mental strength can boost your performance, too.  A missing piece in the performance puzzle Many runners spend lots of time and energy on the physical aspect of the...

Run merry Christmas recipes

Run merry Christmas recipes

Yes, it’s a lot of fun opening all the presents on Christmas day. But let’s be real here, one of the best parts of Christmas is the FOOD! Nutritional Therapist Luana Marchi has put together some healthy and delicious Christmas recipes that are sure to become family...

Inspiring stories

Get rewarded for recycling your old running shoes

Get rewarded for recycling your old running shoes

Brooks is proud to partner with UPPAREL, Australia’s first digital textile recycling solution, to make it easier for our running community to give their gear a second life and keep our environmental footprint to a minimum. Better yet, we’re rewarding you for doing so....

Suit up with Mike Tozer

Suit up with Mike Tozer

Meet Mike Tozer, a Team Brooks athlete who broke the world record (1: 18: 10) for running a half marathon in a business suit while raising awareness and funds for autism.  When and why did you start running? I started running competitively in my 30s, so I was quite...

We’re proud to sign The Climate Pledge

We’re proud to sign The Climate Pledge

We live, work, and run as part of a global community. The planet is our home. And because more than 150 million people worldwide run outside, it’s critical we take care of it.   Why we signed The Climate Pledge   Brooks believes that climate change demands...

5 reasons why I run

5 reasons why I run

Running has a plethora of benefits, from improving your fitness to allowing your mind a time-out from the stresses of day-to-day life. Over the last 10 years, I’ve come to realise that the benefits of running are far greater than what meets the eye. Running is...

Length of New Zealand

Length of New Zealand

How do you feel completing the Length of NZ? It was bittersweet. Although I didn’t complete it in the 14 day timeframe I had set out for, it wouldn’t be 2020 without a covid interruption. This does not take away from the fact that I am the first person to ever...

Gear & technology

What Brooks shoes are best for supination?

What Brooks shoes are best for supination?

Biomechanics are as unique and varied as fingerprints. We all have our own quirks and patterns, and no two runners are exactly alike. It’s important to find a shoe that will accommodate your individual needs. And while no two runners are the same, many runners will...

Best Brooks shoes for pronation

Best Brooks shoes for pronation

Best Brooks running shoes for Pronation Biomechanics are as unique and varied as fingerprints. We all have our own quirks and patterns, and no two runners are exactly alike. It’s important to find a shoe that will accommodate your individual needs. And while no two...

Brooks bra experts debunk 5 common fit myths

Brooks bra experts debunk 5 common fit myths

Wondering how to sort through all advice on running bras out there? We’re here to help. Our bra designers and developers teamed up with biomechanical researchers to find out the truth behind five common myths.   Myth 1: There’s only one correct support level for...

Find the best running shoe for you

Find the best running shoe for you

No two runners run alike. Your preferences, natural stride, body type, skills, and experience are all unique to you — and  while that's awesome, it can also pose a challenge as you look for the right shoe. Fortunately, we know a thing or two about matchmaking. To find...

Behind the seams: From sports bra to run bra

Behind the seams: From sports bra to run bra

Running with boobs is a tricky business. That’s why we strive to create bras that let you go all out and feel held in. We pride ourselves on years of supporting your best run with high-quality bras made for mileage.  The unique, high-impact demands of running require...

Nitrogen infusion technology is ready for landing

Nitrogen infusion technology is ready for landing

The Aurora-BL offers out-of-this-world cushion and gravity-defying softness on the run.   These aren’t your parents’ moon shoes   The Aurora-BL is one small stride in innovation from Brooks, and one giant leap for runner kind. This new, limited-edition shoe...

True grime: how to clean running shoes

True grime: how to clean running shoes

Scuffs, caked mud, and grass stains on your running shoes are marks of pride. A little dirt here and there shows they’re getting good use, but don’t let it get out of control. Here’s how to clean running shoes and extend their life.   Rub-a-dub-dub, keep them out...

Advice & tips

How to run longer without getting tired

How to run longer without getting tired

When you're first starting out as a runner, you may notice you feel increasingly tired as you add more volume and distance to your runs. While fatigue is normal to a certain extent, it can initially be tricky to determine what's part of the training process and what's...

Jogging vs. running: Are they different?

Jogging vs. running: Are they different?

Ever thought about the difference between jogging vs. running? Many newer runners prefer the former as it has a slower, more casual connotation. But you don't need to be blazing fast to earn the title of "runner." And there's no graduation ceremony from being a jogger...

Why it’s important to understand running pace

Why it’s important to understand running pace

As a new runner, once you enter the recreational running scene and consider training for a short race, you'll quickly become acquainted with the term "running pace." Using pace to measure your speed is much easier than measuring miles per hour, and understanding your...

A new runner’s guide to summer running

A new runner’s guide to summer running

    Now that we're emerging from pandemic lockdowns, summertime 5Ks and other running events are also making a comeback just in time for the warmer weather. And summer running is when strength is cultivated and personal records (PBs) are made — or so they...

Running in the Rain

Running in the Rain

Do you sing “rain, rain, go away” at the first sign of a drizzle? Follow these wet-weather tips to help you embrace the downpour.   Why run in the rain?   Running is hard enough, but doing it soaking wet can be unfun. No one likes getting weighed down by...

Running with dogs? Yes, please.

Running with dogs? Yes, please.

Follow our tips for running with your doggo and you’ll be ready for trail wags and pavement pitter patter in no time.   What are the benefits of running with your dog? Running can be kind of a paradox. Many embrace the sport because it offers solitude. But...

Expert tips for running in the cold

Expert tips for running in the cold

Do you struggle with your run when temperatures drop? Here is some advice on how to run in the cold. It’s important to stick to your routine, weather be damned The air is stupid cold. The condensation from your breath is as thick as fog. You can’t feel your hands or...

Runner’s high vs. Runfulness

Runner’s high vs. Runfulness

Learn how Runfulness is different from a runner’s high and how it can help you find more power in your run.   What is a runner’s high? You’re 30 minutes into your daily run. The initial stiffness in your legs has worn off, you’re breathing easy, and your stride...

Top ten trail running tips

Top ten trail running tips

1. Set 'YOUR' race day goal That's right, it has to be YOUR goal and have meaning to you. Not others or you won't be able to make it happen. These race day goals can be things like - stick to race day nutrition, nail your pacing, have a strong second half of your race...

Training & workouts

Engage your core

Engage your core

Pro running coach and yoga instructor Tywon Thompson shares six core exercises for runners.   Why is core work important for runners? When we talk about our core, we are referring to the group of muscles in the middle section of the body — your abdominals,...

Why you need to run long

Why you need to run long

The Long Run is a staple in most runners weekly training schedule and is often seen as the base for building aerobic endurance. Ideally, the purpose and goal of your long run is to teach your body to sustain running for an extended period of time, without failure and...

Competing in your first Ironman

Competing in your first Ironman

Ironman Triathlon   An Ironman Triathlon consists of a 3.8km swim, 180km ride and the marathon (42.2km run). Training for this all-day-multisport endurance event can take up to 3-6 months of preparation depending on your athletic history.   An Ironman Triathlon...

Home exercises for runners

Home exercises for runners

Sometimes it’s just not feasible or desirable to train outdoors. Brooks Beasts coach Danny Mackey shares a sweat-inducing routine you can do inside.   Work(out) from home Bad weather? Traveling in an area that lacks familiar or safe running paths? Alien invasion?...

Training with heart rate

Training with heart rate

Why Train with Heart Rate? Because by monitoring your heart rate, you know exactly how hard your body is working. Getting the most out of training doesn’t always require working faster or harder: it requires working smarter. Heart rate training equips you with the...

Training tips for your first ultra marathon

Training tips for your first ultra marathon

Last May I ran my first ultra marathon at the Great Ocean Road. It was one of the most incredible experiences in my life and the hardest so far. I like to say that the most difficult part wasn’t the 60k from the ultra marathon but all the preparation involved to it....

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