Running with Sparrow Rodgers: Racing the CS12, 12 Years Post-Accident

Running with Sparrow Rodgers: Racing the CS12, 12 Years Post-Accident

On Sept. 3, Sparrow Rogers ran the Charles Street 12 with her left leg “filled with all kinds of plates and pins” from an accident abroad 12 years ago. In 2004, she was told she might never walk again and would need an amputation after being hit by a drunk driver in Croatia.

Now, Sparrow has completed her goal of finishing a long distance race. “I was so ecstatic to cross the finish line, even though my time was far from inspiring,” she shares, “the 12 mile distance was the perfect ‘push yourself’ length.”

Navigating Runner Fuel: From Gels to Gummies

Navigating Runner Fuel: From Gels to Gummies

In visiting any Charm City Run location, you’ll find an outstanding selection of sports nutrition products. There’s packet after packet of colorful gels, gummies, cookies, bars, drink powders and concentrate. If you’ve ever stared blankly at those shelves, not sure where to begin, let’s break down the what, when and why for the most common varieties of products.

10 Reasons to Train with a Running Group

10 Reasons to Train with a Running Group

Interested in training for your first long distance race? Tired of calling your watch your only running partner and coach seven days a week? “You can’t underestimate the power of a group,” says Kelly Maurer, Charm City Run Training Group Director. If you need convincing, check out our top reasons to join a training group below. Or, if you are already a training group regular, enjoy nodding your head in agreement as you read through our list.

5 Nutrition Rules to Follow the Week of the Charles Street 12

5 Nutrition Rules to Follow the Week of the Charles Street 12

You’ve been logging miles all summer training for the Charles Street 12 miler. With the race just a few days away, the time to build strength and speed is behind us, and now it’s time to recover and prepare our bodies for a strong race. Nutrition should be a part of that preparation; do you have a plan to eat well this week?

Running with Deirdre: Making Peace with One Mile

Running with Deirdre: Making Peace with One Mile

At some point in my life I thought I was too good for a one mile run.

I certainly wasn’t always like that. I now manage a running store and most people who have grown to know me in the past eight years probably associate me with Baltimore and fitness, but prior to that I spent most of high school and college a little overweight. Fast forward a few years and a lot of details and I'm a busy mom, who is single at that.  I have a son to support, a job I love, and a village of friends and family to nurture who have helped me step into this single working mom role with grace. To say it can be hard to find time to workout is an understatement. The expectations I had for myself morphed over the course of my pregnancy and first year of life as a mom.

Why I Love Trail Running (Part Two)

Why I Love Trail Running (Part Two)

Two weeks ago Alex Harris wrote about the amazing individuals that he has met through the trail running community. Although each has different reasons for turning to trails, he says a common lesson is that trail running is "a passion to do better, push further and overcome any pains or aliments in your life." The responses to the question he posed to his fellow trail runners, "why do you love running trails?", were so overwhelming that we posted the quotes in two installments. Enjoy reading all the reasons this community shares a passion for climbing rocks and crossing streams mid-run.

August at the Farmers' Market: Filling the Healthy Runner's Plate

August at the Farmers' Market: Filling the Healthy Runner's Plate

Staying healthy while training for a summer or fall race doesn’t require runners to spend a fortune on supplements, shakes and sugary energy bars to fuel runs and recover quickly. You don’t have to drop a paycheck at specialty stores on bizarre ingredients, either. Look no further than your local farmers’ market plentiful produce bursting with flavor and nutrition!