Becoming a Hill Running Hero

Many runners' biggest fear or weakness is running hills. Being a strong hill runner is a huge advantage to have in races. Read our top 5 tips to becoming a hill running hero!


Training for a Turkey Trot

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the most popular running day in the country? Every year over 1 million runners take the start line of Turkey Trots across the country. In Pittsburgh, we have a great one of our own. The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Turkey Trot presented by UPMC Health Plan on Thanksgiving Day for the 31st year! Will you be joining us? Keep reading for our 6 top tips for completing a successful Turkey Trot.


Benefits of Taking a Brain Break

What are brain breaks and how can they be used at home or in the classroom? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about brain breaks and their benefits.


Soccer Skills Workout

This soccer-themed workout is a great new way to get moving, no matter if you're a soccer pro or just a beginner!

fleet feet liberty mile start line
05.12.21About Running

All About the Mile

How many feet are in a mile? What are some strategies for running a one mile race? What is the fastest mile time ever? We answer all of those questions and more in this blog post. Keep reading to learn all about the mile.

Kids crossing a 5K finish line
04.06.21Training Tips, Middle school age, High school age

How to Build Your Own Training Plan

Starting a new workout plan or committing to get in shape can be a daunting task. Where do you start? How often should you workout? Keep reading as we answer important questions like these and help you every step of the way!

Olympian Jared Ward stands in front of a sunset with his wife and four young children.

Guest Blog: Olympian Jared Ward shares "A Goal-Driven Approach to Screen Time"

Jared Ward is an Olympian, husband, and father of four. Now, he's sharing some parenting advice and inspiration with us!

Warming up before a race

How and Why to Warm Up

Ever wondered why warming up is important?  What a great warm-up routine consists of? You’ve come to the right place!

virtual race plan
03.03.21About Running

How to Make Your Virtual Race Even More Fun

Move this Spring with Kids of STEEL and be ready for the 2021 Virtual Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon! Run your race on your own at any time and at any location. A virtual run can be a rewarding experience because you have a goal to train for, you can personalize your race, and celebrate your training season!
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01.14.21High school age, Middle school age, Training Tips

Introducing the 4RUN2 Varsity Strava Club

We are so excited to launch our newest opportunity for teenage runners, the 4RUN2 Varsity Strava Club! The club is a great way to track your mileage during your training, view our running resources, participate in fun and challenging contests, and much more!

Girl receiving a medal after a race

New Year, New Goals!

At the start of each New Year people across the country set New Year’s Resolutions for themselves. This blog will help you decide on what to make your New Year’s Resolution, but more importantly, how to stick to it throughout the whole year and beyond!

Teenage runner stretching before a race

Learning Your Running Lingo

Just like any sport, running has its very own language. Some of the vocabulary and terms that are used by runners might be hard to decode by those who are new to the sport. Don't worry though, this blog will explain the most popular running terms that you need to know!

10.26.20About Running

MOVE this fall with the EQT Kids Virtual 10, Presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods

07.30.20About Running

Pro Advice: Mile Race Strategy - The 4 P's

06.26.20About Running

Conquering Your Running Goals