5 Healthy “New Runner” Tips

By Francesca Ricotta –  Running properly is easier said than done. There are endless tricks of the trade that extremely helpful for the newbie runners out there that are struggling. The following are 5 tips that will can help new runners go from a hate to love relationship with running. 1. Take in lots of fuel. This is simple math folks. When you burn calories, you need to gain them back by eating nutritious grub. In order to perform well, you must make sure that you should be eating and drinking properly. Feed your body! (this is not an excuse to eat a whole pizza and pint of ice cream after a mile jog) 2. Hydration should be a priority throughout the day not just before and after your run. It’s even more imperative that you hydrate throughout the day to avoid dehydration while working out. You’ll increase your body’s…Keep Reading

#Runlatable: Tissue Trouble

By Francesca Ricotta –  Whether it be a long distance run in the middle of the woods or a calm jog through the neighborhood, unless you pack some tissues you’re pretty much out of luck.  The best way to go is always bring your own, but on my last run I had completely forgotten my usual trick.  In the morning, my routine is to wake up, text Sarah, my best friend since high school who lives a block away to wake her up, and meet her outside for our three mile run.  Before I leave the house I always – no sorry, correction – ALWAYS bring a few tissues neatly folded and tucked into my sports bra for when I get the sniffles (which usually happens).  Yesterday morning I went through my morning routine as usual, except I forgot the tissues. Big mistake.  Sarah and I started our run which is…Keep Reading

Remove the Excuse

This past Wednesday evening I ran with a group of runners that come together every week at the Montclair Bread Company in Montclair, New Jersey. During the run I had a great conversation with Mary, who was also pushing her 2 year old daughter Olivia on a stroller. I joined the group to meet and thank Rachel Crampsey, Montclair Bread Company owner, for using the Runopia app to organize her group runs. I got to the run after the group of over 100 people already had left. I spent the first 1.5 miles just catching up with the first pack. At mile 1.5 I ran by Mary, who was going on a very nice clip. I decided to run with her and learn about her along the way. As she run with Olivia’s stroller in hand, we started talking about how she learned about the group run. She had just…Keep Reading

Runopia Inspiration

Weekends are a great time to reflect on the prior week, learn from our failures and celebrate our successes no matter how small. It’s also a great time to reflect on what’s important in life and use it to shape our coming week. At Runopia, we are sharing a series of “Sunday Inspirations” that we hope will inspire you to have a great week ahead. Follow us and share your own inspirations. Welcome to our #RunopiaInspirationSunday.    

The Miracle of the Motivation to Start

This morning I woke up at 7:00 am. Laid in my comfy warm bed and looked outside to the rainy cold morning. Today was supposed to be my long run. But as I laid there, my mind was coming up with one excuse after another not to go out and run. It was easier to reach over and grab my iPhone then to get up and put on my running shoes. I got on Instagram and checked out all the great pictures my followers are sharing. After about 30 minutes I managed to get on Facebook and get caught up with all the happenings within my circle of friends. By 8:30 am, I had already convinced myself that it’s too cold outside and that it’s much more fun to just lay there and continue getting sucked deeper into the social networking web. Deep down, a voice kept nudging me to…Keep Reading