Minneapolis Running top Posts of 2014
As 2014 is coming to a close, we can’t help but look back and reflect on the year. Like most of you, the year has been filled with ups and downs. Thankfully, more ups than down.
We tried several new things in 2014: Challenges, tweet chats, google hangouts, training plans and more. We had LOTS of guest posts: 44 runners are writing content, 12 of whom are contributing on a regular basis. We hope it has motivated you to become a stronger runner while living a happier life.
To wind down the year, I wanted to share (or rather, re-share) the top posts from 2014. These have been the most popular both in unique views and social shares. I intentionally didn’t include our monthly race calendar previews, since those have all past. If you’d like to find a race in 2015, checkout the calendar!
These are the 10 posts you loved the most from 2014.
1. Why You Should Start Running Stairs Today
All runners will benefit from having stronger glutes. Follow these simple suggestions to get a stronger butt and become less injury prone in the year to come.
2. Do These 5 Things To Become a Stronger Runner
These 5 tips aren’t revolutionary, but they are important reminders to take care of the basic elements of your training.
3. How to be a Spectator at the Twin Cities Marathon.
If you have not been able to see the most beautiful urban marathon in the United States, you need to. Here are a few tips for being a spectator at the Twin Cities Marathon
4. 7 Marathon Quotes to Inspire You
These 7 quotes from current and former elite athletes will inspire you in whatever your next race happens to be. Print them out and hang there someplace you’ll look at frequently.
5. Best Dog Breeds for Running: Where to Find One in MN
Considering a four legged running companion? Here are several helpful suggestions to consider when picking one out. Jennifer also shares links to some local shelters around the Twin Cities. Call them for the most recent pups.
6. 10 Local Places to Avoid Winter Running Without Using a Treadmill
7. Two Supplements Runners Should Consider Taking
Almost a year ago, Dani shared with us some supplements that you might consider taking. Personally, I began taking vitamin D, and can definitely feel myself having more energy. Try it!
8. 3 Ways to Happier Running
This post is so simple, yet was one of my favorite reads this year. Ladia did a great job capturing three things that will help you relax and learn how to make running fun again (if you have forgotten).
9. A Strength Training Plan that Will Make you a Better Runner
If you’re not doing some form of strength training, you’re probably not reaching your full potential as a runner. Here is a strength training plan I found this year that really helped me hit my audacious running goal.
10. The Importance of Hip Extension for Runners
Two important goals for runners should be efficiency and injury prevention. Your hips play a critical role in this process. Dr. Ty explains why hip extension is important for runners.
Your Favorite Posts
What were some of your favorite posts or topics from 2014? Is there something you’d like us to write about more in 2015? Share it with us in the comments below to help us plan our 2015 content.