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Health & wellness

Smoothie recipes for runners

Smoothie recipes for runners

Pair one of these three frozen treats with your next run or workout.  Smoothies can be a healthy and tasty way to supplement nutrition for runners. A few fresh and frozen ingredients into the blender and chef’s kiss, you have yourself a nutrient-packed snacked perfect...

The Great Aussie Hike

The Great Aussie Hike

The last two years have been filled with nothing but activewear uniforms, unmuting ourselves on zoom, mental health walks, and of course that all too familiar banana bread-making phase. However, there have also been plenty of positives to come out of this period, not...

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...

Inspiring stories

Brooks × parkrun = The Perfect Run Happy Partnership

Brooks × parkrun = The Perfect Run Happy Partnership

Every Saturday around the world, 229,000 people lace up their trainers and head to their local park to walk, jog or run a 5k – for free. Whether you’re new to running or testing your speed, you’ll find a great community of like-minded people at parkrun. That’s why...

A running retreat for everyone!

A running retreat for everyone!

Just like a marathon, the year can be filled with highs and lows, presenting unpredictable moments at any time. You can run six kilometres straight, easy no worries but then you get to kilometre twelve and it feels like you’ll never escape the pain cave. Life has many...

Jacqui Bell’s ULTRA-mate experience

Jacqui Bell’s ULTRA-mate experience

Running is a powerful tool, used by many of us to challenge ourselves, see new places, hit our step goals and more. However, for one of our very own Brooks Running ambassadors, Jacqui Bell – the run is only as powerful as the ambition to push the mind. The word Ultra...

Dads on the run.

Dads on the run.

Dads can be heroes. Dads can be single. Dads can be gay. Dads can be everything to their kids and their families. To celebrate all that dad can be, we spoke with five cool dudes about running, why they are proud to be a dad, ultimate dad jokes, and more. Matt...

Who is a runner: Kenzie Collins

Who is a runner: Kenzie Collins

Runner, Personal trainer, goal setter and head of communications at 1Ds Collective, McKenzie Collins helps create an environment where everything is within reach; all you have to do is set your mind to it. Learn more about her in the first instalment of our "Who is a...

Finding my way back to running

Finding my way back to running

Well, where do I begin? Like most, the last couple of years has been an absolute rollercoaster - a quick snapshot - working full time, pregnancy, two young children, a pandemic, Melbourne lockdown, remote learning, a husband working full time/new business/run coaching...

Pack a bag we’re going to Boston!

Pack a bag we’re going to Boston!

It seemed like international travel was something we could only dream of just over a year ago. But, this year, we’re back hopping on and off flights, creating itineraries and chasing dreams.  The Boston Marathon is a renowned and iconic event held in April every year....

Gear & technology

Ghost vs. Ghost Max: What you need to know

Ghost vs. Ghost Max: What you need to know

You may already know that Brooks’ cushioned running shoes offer pillowy protection for mile after mile of distraction-free comfort. But how does the new Ghost Max compare? Join us as we put Ghost and Ghost Max through their paces. We’ll reveal exactly why these Ghost...

Brooks shoe comparison: is the Ghost right for you?

Brooks shoe comparison: is the Ghost right for you?

From dehydration to the dreaded bonk, running is full of challenges. But discomfort shouldn’t be one of them. A little background before you hit the ground Your gear should always enhance your miles. That’s why a lot of runners go for the Ghost. Neutral support,...

What to look for in running shorts

What to look for in running shorts

Looking for the perfect shorts for your run? Nothing slows your momentum like gear that doesn't support your best run. Watch this video on what to look for in running shorts.Some of the features of our shorts are: - Ample storage options Carry what you need with ample...

Thinking on our feet: innovating the run at Brooks.

Thinking on our feet: innovating the run at Brooks.

Welcome to our tech talk, a place where we dive into how we power our running shoes. Tech is a key focus and part of what we do here at Brooks and we wouldn’t have the range that we have without investing the time into research, testing and of course, you, the runner....

There’s no right way to run. You run you!

There’s no right way to run. You run you!

What’s behind the advanced footwear at Brooks? If you peel back the laces, it all starts with the run. Our biomechanics scientists in the run research lab meticulously study and analyse the mechanics of human movement to better understand how to help prevent injury,...

Advice & tips

4 running books to keep you motivated

4 running books to keep you motivated

No matter how much you love running, virtually every runner deals with a lack of motivation at some point or another. There are various things you can do to try to get your mojo back — watch a race on TV, spectate a local one in person, or pick up one of the many...

Trail running tips for beginners

Trail running tips for beginners

New to trail running and wondering how to get started? Our experts will have you running on the beaten path in no time. What is trail running? There’s a great big world out there beyond the pavement, and trail running is a wonderful way to experience it. It’s a simple...

Training & workouts

What’s the best time of day to workout?

What’s the best time of day to workout?

When it comes to exercise, the time of day can make all the difference. But is it better to be an early bird or a night owl? Let's take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of each. Discover your ideal sweat time Your workout plan isn't set in stone. It may change...

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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