Do you have a big race coming up?
Whether it's a marathon, an obstacle race, or a 5k charity run, you're probably wondering what you should eat beforehand. The way you fuel your body could make or break your performance, so it's important that you do it right.
While running a marathon is a difficult feat in itself, knowing how to train well for such a long race is often where many runners encounter the biggest challenges. Read More
First, there's getting the balance right between training enough and not over-training. Then there's pace, dehydration, carb-loading and the worry of becoming hyponatremic to consider.
There are plenty of reasons why people run - for health, fitness, fun, and social activity - but no one would say that this form of physical fitness is easy. Running is a high-intensity activity that can be physically and mentally taxing, despite the benefits it also infers. Read More
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
Many people decide to adopt a vegan diet as a way to improve their health, embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle, support animal activism, or all of the above. Of course, since most of us grow up eating meat and animal products, there is a learning curve associated with going vegan. Read More
When you have a race coming up, you naturally want to train so that you are prepared when race day rolls around. This generally includes several weeks or months of practice runs to fine-tune your form and improve your speed. 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
Runners spend a lot of time preparing for races. The last thing you want when it's time to hit the road is for mistakes in your dietary regimen to throw a wrench in the works, slowing you down or even stopping you from finishing the race. Read More
Like any type of physical exertion, running is going to make you sweat. The volume of liquid you lose will depend on the distance and difficulty of your course, how hard you push yourself, environmental factors like temperature, and a variety of other influences.
What you can be sure of is that you're going to sweat. When this happens, your blood volume is going to wane. What does this mean?
Running seems to be a polarizing experience. Some people hate it while others can't seem to live without it. In truth, most people who take up running for the purposes of fitness eventually find that they enjoy more than just the health benefits it provides.
Within a short period of time, new runners will begin to see improvements in muscle tone and cardiopulmonary function. With regular, continued practice, endurance will improve. Those with a competitive spirit will enjoy running with friends or a local running club, as well as training for races, perhaps starting with a 5K and working all the way up to a marathon or even more challenging contests.
You don't have to be running for very long before you start to realize the impact weight has on your performance. This is especially apparent for those who turn to running as a way to shed excess body weight.
It's not just that your body is being conditioned through a running regimen; when extra pounds start to fall away you'll notice less strain and pain in joints like ankles, knees, and hips when you jog. In addition, running will just become easier all around.