Just about every runner has experienced "runners high" at some point and most of us have seen the physical benefits of running as well. But for many of us, really getting into running can be a life changing experience. Today I want to talk about peoples changes and share my story with you. Read More
A lot of runners working their way up to marathon-level fitness are concerned about common problems like fatigue, injury, and boredom, all of which are possible and even probable if you don't find ways to combat them. There's also a high potential for burnout. When you're pounding the pavement for hours each and every day in preparation for those 26-plus miles on race day, months down the road, burnout is a distinct possibility. Read More
Any activity can be fun when you're seeing consistent improvement, and this is true for running. We all have our physical limits, though, and eventually you're going to reach a point where no matter how you try, you simply can't seem to improve your running speed. Read More
If there's one thing runners love, it's that feeling of exhilaration and freedom that comes from hitting the open road, breathing fresh air, and keeping pace to a favorite song. Running is something you do for yourself, and it feels great...until it doesn't.
Like any worthwhile pursuit, the act of running, and particularly setting goals such as entering and completing races, infers both hopes and fears. By setting personal goals, you are establishing hopes of improving yourself and earning accomplishments. This naturally comes with a counterpart: the fear of failure.
Hitting trails and city streets in search of some exercise is a great way to stay fit, lose weight, and feel great, but running day in and day out can quickly become mundane. If you're bored, you're going to start finding excuses not to run.
What can you do to alleviate boredom when you hit the road? Here are some running hacks to combat boredom and keep you on track.
Running is more than just a hobby or a sport. While it is first and foremost a form of physical fitness, and a great way to lose weight, tone muscle, build stamina and endurance, and improve cardiopulmonary function, it's so much more. With all these amazing benefits, you might wonder why you never seem to find the time to run. After all, most people who consider themselves runners are lifelong lovers of the activity. There doesn't seem to be much middle ground. Read More
The answer is a resounding yes. It is absolutely okay to take breaks when you're running if you feel out of breath, you have a cramp, you're suffering from nausea, or something hurts a lot more than it should, for example. It's always important to listen to your body, slow it down, and take stock if something doesn't feel right. The last thing you want is an injury that's going to impede your progress Read More
Pregnancy and childbirth are truly miraculous, but there's no denying that the process of bringing life into the world can wreak havoc on your body. Not only will you have to give up on high-impact exercise like running at some point during your pregnancy, but returning to your favorite physical activity post-baby will take some time.
There is a lot of contention about the best time of day to exercise, and the debate is especially relevant to runners, most of whom have very specific goals attached to their jogging routine. Are early morning runs best? Here are a few things to consider. Read More
Marathon running is no walk in the park - in terms of exertion the two concepts are pretty much polar opposites. That said, running a marathon needn't be a lesson in self-abuse. With proper training and preparation, you can avoid marathon fatigue, make good time, and still feel grand (if tired) when you finish your race. Read More
Many people training for a race will spend a lot of time running on their own. Some people even prefer this. In truth, running with a group isn't for everyone, especially those who would rather not have distractions so they can focus on form and speed. Read More