The Science of Foam Rolling: Evidence-Backed Benefits for Runners

foam rolling for runners

Are you ready to dive into the world of foam rolling and discover its magic for your muscles?

Well, you’ve landed in the perfect spot to get started!

Here’s the truth. Not too long ago, I was completely clueless about foam rolling. It wasn’t even on my radar. But then, fate intervened as I found myself knee-deep in the world of p90X2. That’s when I had my first encounter with this strange-looking foam roller, and let me tell you, I gained a new perspective on fitness.

Stretching, mobility, and recovery work took on a whole new meaning. It was like unlocking a secret treasure chest of relief and flexibility. Those tight hamstrings and glutes, oh boy, I had no idea they needed some serious TLC until the foam roller came along.

In simple terms, foam rolling rocks! It’s no gimmick; it actually works wonders for runners like us. But hey, if you’re scratching your head right now, wondering what on earth I’m talking about, don’t worry. I’ve got your back (and your legs) covered!

In this article, I’ll be your foam rolling sensei, guiding you through the ins and outs of this fantastic self-massage technique. You’ll learn the ropes, from the proper techniques to nifty exercises that’ll target those pesky tight spots in your body.

Shall we begin? Let’s do this!

What is Foam Rolling?

Let’s unravel the mysteries of foam rolling, shall we? Picture this: your muscles wrapped up like presents, snugly hugged by the magical layer called fascia. But hey, life happens, and all sorts of stressors, injuries, and the occasional lack of stretching can lead to those sneaky knots, also known as trigger points. These knots are like those unwelcome party crashers, making a grand entrance and disrupting your muscles’ smooth moves.

And guess what? When those knots take center stage, your flexibility and muscle efficiency might do a disappearing act, leaving you feeling like a stiff robot rather than a nimble athlete.


Ignoring these uninvited guests can lead to a dance of chronic pain and potential injuries. But it’s not hopeless—foam rolling to the rescue!

Imagine having a personal masseuse at your beck and call, but without the hefty spa bills. That’s precisely what foam rolling offers! It’s a self-massage technique that’s like hitting the reset button for your muscles. With a trusty foam roller in hand, you’ll bid farewell to those tender and stiff muscles, leaving your fascia happily loose and ready to party.

Sure, it might not be quite as luxurious as a hands-on massage from a pro, but let me tell you, a foam roller is the next best thing, and it won’t break the bank.

Plus, the perks are fantastic—improved range of motion, flexibility, and smoother movement. Talk about getting your groove back! And that’s not all; foam rolling also revs up your blood flow, promoting better muscle recovery.

The Benefits of Foam Rolling For Runners

Regular foam rolling is the secret sauce to your running success!

By giving those hammies some much-needed TLC, you’re actually improving their flexibility. And you know what that means? A fuller range of motion during your runs! That’s right – you’ll be striding and gliding like a gazelle in no time!

But wait, there’s more! It’s not just about your hamstrings, my friends. You see, those tight hamstrings can be sneaky little troublemakers, contributing to lower back discomfort. Ain’t nobody got time for that, right? But fear not, foam rolling to the rescue! By releasing that tension, you might just say goodbye to lower back pain or stiffness. Imagine running with a lightness and freedom you’ve never experienced before!

And here’s another cool benefit – enhanced recovery! You know those intense workouts or long runs that leave your muscles begging for mercy? Well, foam rolling is like giving them a spa day! It increases blood flow, kisses muscle soreness goodbye, and helps you recover like the champion runner you are. It’s like your muscles are getting a standing ovation for their hard work!

But hey, it’s not just about feeling good – it’s about staying injury-free too! And flexible hamstrings are like your body’s best bodyguards against strains and injuries. They’ve got your back, or should I say, your hammies have your back! So you can stay on track with your training and performance goals without any hiccups.

Now, listen up – incorporating hamstring foam rolling into your regular routine is a game-changer. But, and this is important, listen to your body! Don’t go overboard with the foam rolling enthusiasm. If your body gives you any feedback, pay attention and take it easy. And if you’re dealing with specific hamstring injuries or severe pain, don’t be a hero – consult with a healthcare pro or a physical therapist. They’ll give you personalized guidance and support to keep you running strong and happy.

The Benefits of Foam Rolling – Supporting Evidence

Alright, let’s dive into the fascinating world of foam rolling and how it can benefit us runners. But hey, we can’t just take someone’s word for it, right? We need some scientific evidence to back it up!

So, picture this – a group of researchers from the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation (Smith et al., 2020) got curious about how foam rolling could impact hamstring flexibility. They rounded up a bunch of willing participants, including some dedicated runners with tight hamstrings (you know we’ve all been there). And what did they find?

Drumroll, please! Regular foam rolling worked its magic, folks! It significantly increased their range of motion and loosened up those tight hamstrings. That’s music to a runner’s ears, isn’t it?

But wait, there’s more! Another crew of researchers, led by Cheatham et al. (2015), embarked on a grand adventure known as a systematic review. They scoured the vast lands of scientific literature to gather all the knowledge on foam rolling and its effects on muscle soreness and recovery. And what did they discover? Brace yourselves! Incorporating foam rolling into your post-run routine could be a game-changer! It may help you say goodbye to those pesky muscle soreness issues and even speed up your recovery time. Now that’s something we can all get behind!

And here’s the cherry on top – many other studies have also delved into the wondrous world of foam rolling for runners. They’ve explored its impact on performance, injury prevention, and more. You see, we’re not just rolling around on those foam cylinders for fun – there’s some serious science behind it!

So, the verdict is in: foam rolling can be an invaluable tool in a runner’s arsenal. It can help us improve flexibility, reduce muscle tightness, and recover like champions. And you know what? As a runner, that’s music to my ears.

Potential Risks of Foam Rolling For Runners

we all know how fantastic foam rolling can be for our muscles, but just like with anything in life, there are a few things to keep in mind to stay on the safe side. So, here are some cautionary notes and potential risks to consider when diving into the foam rolling game:

First and foremost, don’t get too carried away with it! Too much of a good thing can sometimes lead to not-so-good outcomes. If you go overboard with foam rolling the same muscle group or apply too much pressure, you might end up with some unpleasant results. Think muscle bruising, tissue damage, or even more soreness than you bargained for! Ouch! So, listen to your body and be gentle when necessary.

Next up, if you’ve got any injuries or medical conditions, be cautious! Foam rolling might not be the best idea for everyone in those situations. So, if you’re dealing with any issues, it’s crucial to have a little chat with a healthcare pro or a qualified trainer before rolling away.

And remember, when you’re foam rolling, avoid those joints like the plague! Foam rolling directly over joints can be a recipe for discomfort and potential injury. Yikes! Stick to those soft tissues, like muscles and fascia, and steer clear of bony areas.

Now, here’s a pro tip – foam rolling works best when you warm things up a bit first. So, before diving into your foam rolling adventure, give your muscles a little love with some light dynamic stretching or a short cardiovascular warm-up. It’s like giving them a heads-up that the self-myofascial release party is about to begin!

And hey, if you’re new to foam rolling, don’t go full-on superhero mode right away! Start with some lighter pressure and shorter sessions. As your body gets the hang of it, you can gradually turn up the intensity and duration. It’s like leveling up in a video game – but for your muscles!

If you’re feeling a bit uncertain about your foam rolling techniques or have any concerns, don’t fret! Seek help from a qualified trainer or a trusty physical therapist. They’ll be your guiding stars and ensure you’re rolling your way to glory, safely and effectively.

Foam Rolling For Runners Technique

Although I choose to refer to them as exercises, the focus should be on relaxing your muscles, not flexing them.

Therefore, make sure to relax into each exercise with slow and intentional movements to release and undo the knots.

Here are the 6 guidelines you need for the perfect foam rolling technique.

1. Take Your Time

Some areas might feel tighter than a pair of jeans after Thanksgiving dinner. But hey, that’s all part of the process. If you encounter a bit of discomfort, fear not; you’re on the right track! You’re like a knot-dissolving magician, freeing those muscles from their tangled mess.

2. Roll Slowly

Picture yourself on a leisurely stroll through the park, scanning for the hidden gems. Similarly, roll over those muscles at a relaxed pace, keeping an eye out for the tight and troubled spots. And when you do stumble upon those tender areas, don’t be a scaredy-cat! Take a deep breath, find your Zen, and offer some support with your arms or opposite leg as you apply gentle pressure.

3. Small Areas

Focus on those tiny spots rather than going on a wild rollercoaster ride around your entire muscle. We’re aiming for precision, not a wild goose chase! Precision means less chance of inflammation and more opportunity for your muscles to sing in harmony.

4. Target’ em Right

Make sure to position the roller under the soft tissue you are aiming to loosen and/or release, and then slowly and gently roll your body weight back and forth across the roller while releasing the targeted muscle.

5. The Golden Rule

Roll on the soft tissues, never on the joints.

6. More Water Please

And drink plenty of water when you are done.

Foam Rolling For Runners – The Routine

Try these 8 foam rolling exercises for runners.

This preventative foam rolling routine will take you only 15 to 20 minutes. Do this two to three times a week.

Foam Rolling Exercise – 1. Glutes


The glutes—gluteus maximus, minimus, and medius— take so much load when running and they are key when it comes to boosting running performance and preventing injuries like IT band syndrome, piriformis syndrome and runner’s knee.

Roll’em Right

Start by lying on the floor, then raise your legs and place them on the roller at the sacrum—the back of your pelvis.

Next, to roll the glutes, slowly twist your lower body to the right, then to the left.

Keep it up for 30-second to one full minute.

Foam Rolling Exercise – 2. IT Band & Outer Thigh


The IT band is a thick strand of fascia that runs along the thighs.

This vital band stabilizes the knee during running, therefore, if you have a troubled or tight IT band, then you are risking the knee to track out of alignment, which can lead to runner’s knee and other overuse injuries.

Roll’em Right

Lie on your right side (think side plank position) with the foam roller under the right leg and on the outside of your thigh just below your hip.

Next, roll between the bottom of the hips and the top of the knee joint.

Roll for 30 seconds to one full minute, then switch sides.

Foam Rolling Exercise – 3. Quadriceps


The quads are usually a tight area for runners, and this tightness can tug on your patellar tendon, leading to tenderness and pain around the kneecaps.

Roll’em Right

Lie on your stomach with the foam roller under the front of your thighs.

Next, while holding your body straight, pull with your arms to roll yourself back and forth from hip to mid-thigh—down the length of the quad.

Make sure not to roll over your knee joint.

For more pressure, try bending the knees.

Keep rolling for one to two minutes, and then proceed to the next exercise.

Foam Rolling Exercise – 4. Calves


Tightness and tension in the calves can lead to sprained ankles and knee pain.

Plus these muscles can be overworked from running too much, so they need as much release and care as possible.

Roll’em Right

Sit on the floor with your right ankle crossed over your left, and place the foam roller under your left calf.

Next, put your hands behind you to raise your body up and support your weight, then start rolling up and down the length of your calf, from the back of your knee to the Achilles’ tendon.

Make sure also to roll along the inside and outside edges of the calf.

Roll for 30 to one full minute, then switch sides.

Foam Rolling Exercise – 5. Adductors


The adductors are the muscle group that runs along the inner thigh, and they are commonly tight in runners.

Tightness in this area can inhibit proper glute function which can lead to serious overuse injury and stalled performance.

Roll’em Right

Lie facedown with your right leg extended slightly to the side, knee bent, then place the foam roller in the groin area of the extended leg.

Begin with the roller close to your groin and roll down towards your knee.

Keep rolling for 30 seconds to one full minute, then switch sides.

Foam Rolling Exercise – 6. Piriformis


The piriformis is a small muscle group that runs laterally from the back of the pelvis—aka the sacrum—to the outside of the upper thigh.

The whole region can also get real tight, leading to some serious biomechanical problems.

Roll’em Right

Sit on the floor and place the roller in under the gluteus region—the middle of your glutes, then cross your left leg over your right quad.

Next, to start rolling, lean into one buttock and use tiny movement to roll out the posterior hip, scanning for any troubled spots.

Make sure to use your supporting leg to control (or increase) the pressure.

Foam Rolling Exercise – 7. Lower Back


The lower back is a troubled area for most people—runners and non-runners alike.

This pain is usually the by-product of high stress, too much sitting, weak and tight back muscles, bad running form and so on.

Plus, making sure that your lower back is flexible can directly affect the mobility and flexibility of your glutes, enhancing performance as well as warding off a lot of trouble and injury.

Roll’em Right

Sit on the floor, raise your pelvis and place the foam roller directly in the small of your lower back.

Next, while using your hands for support, roll up and down the length of the lower back.

Please be careful with your spine.

Roll for one to two minutes, then proceed to the next exercise.

Foam Rolling Exercise – 8. Hamstrings


As a runner, the hamstrings withstand a lot of stress, and in case of the absence of a regular stretching routine, these important muscles can become chronically tight, which can lead to a host of running injuries.

Plus, rolling your hamstrings can prevent lower back pain as well.

Roll’em Right

Sit on a foam roller with your legs outstretched, and roller placed under your right thigh.

Next, place your hands behind you for support, then slowly roll back and forth from the base of your glutes to the top of your knees, taking your time to any troubled spot.

Make sure to turn your feet in and out to work different parts and angles of your hamstrings.

Roll for one minute then switches sides.

How to Heal Peroneal Tendonitis and Get Back to Running

RPE Explained for runners

Ever experienced that annoying pain on the outer aspect of your ankle that just won’t quit?

Well, you might be dealing with peroneal tendonitis—a less-than-friendly inflammation of the peroneal tendons. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back (and ankles) covered in today’s guide!

So, get ready to kick off those shoes and let’s dive into the runner’s handbook on how to conquer peroneal tendonitis and get back to pounding the pavement with a smile.

I’m dishing out all the tips and tricks you need to treat and prevent this pesky injury so you can run strong, run pain-free, and run like the wind!

Ready? Let’s do this!

What is Peroneal Tendonitis?

Alright, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of peroneal tendonitis!

Picture this: your peroneal tendons are like those mighty ropes that keep everything in sync as you conquer the running trails. They’re located on the outside of your ankle, just hanging out behind the fibula, attaching muscles to bones like a trusty bridge.

Now, each leg is blessed with not one but two of these peroneal tendons, standing tall like loyal guardians on the outer side of your calf. They run together, side by side, down the fibula, and gracefully anchor themselves behind that bony lump known as the lateral malleolus – your ankle’s stylish accessory!

But here’s where things can go haywire.

Peroneal tendonitis sneaks in when these robust ropes endure too much stress, often caused by our relentless running pursuits. Those microtears start popping up, causing some serious inflammation and damage to these hardworking tendons.


And guess what? We runners are more likely to roll our feet outward while we conquer those miles, leading to a not-so-friendly friction party between the tendons and the bones. So, you see, it’s not a party we want to be a part of!

Now, here’s the kicker. If we ignore those warning signals, those tendons will go all hulk-mode, trying to withstand the pressure and repair themselves.

But let’s face it – even the strongest ropes have their limits! Thickened tendons are more susceptible to tearing, and we definitely don’t want any of that..

Symptoms of Peroneal Tendonitis In Runners

Picture this: you’re out for a leisurely stroll, but your ankle has other plans – it’s throwing a full-on protest party!

The first guest to arrive is that pesky, progressively growing pain on the outer aspect of your ankle. And trust me, this uninvited guest knows how to make its presence felt!

As you try to navigate through your daily activities, especially while turning your ankle in or out, it’s like your ankle has taken up a rebellious dance routine. Inversion and eversion are no longer smooth moves; they’re now accomplices in this pain party!

But wait, there’s more! Walking and running suddenly feel like a balancing act on a tightrope – you feel unstable at the ankle joint, like you’re one step away from a slip and slide extravaganza!

Oh, and the grand finale of this pain party? Every time you push off the ball of your foot, a sharp reminder of discomfort shoots through your ankle. It’s like a dagger of pain telling you to take it easy.

So, dear runner, if you find yourself nodding in agreement with these symptoms, don’t ignore your body’s cry for help! Your peroneal tendons are sending distress signals, and it’s time to give them the attention they deserve. More on this later but for now let’s delve into the culprit behind this pesky condition.

Causes of Peroneal Tendonitis in Runners

The primary suspect I’ve already unmasked is none other than overuse! Picture your tendons as hardworking assistants, tirelessly supporting you on those runs. But when you push them beyond their limits with excessive training, they start to rebel.

The result? Your tendons begin to rub against the bones, causing a raucous ruckus of swelling and pain. It’s like a mini-war happening right inside your ankle!

But wait, there’s a lineup of other potential culprits that could be collaborating in this tendonitis drama. First up, we have bad running form! Imagine your body as a well-choreographed dance, with each movement flowing gracefully. But a misstep in your running form can throw everything off-balance, causing extra stress on those vulnerable tendons.

And let’s not forget about the importance of proper running shoes! Think of them as trusty sidekicks, providing the support and cushioning your feet need. But when you choose the wrong shoes or keep using worn-out ones, it’s like leaving your tendons stranded without a lifeline.

Next in line is increased running speed, like a sudden burst of adrenaline that sends your tendons into overdrive. Speeding through those miles without proper preparation can put a strain on these vital ankle supporters.

But that’s not all! The case gets even more complex with the presence of muscle imbalances in the lower legs. It’s like having a party where some muscles are over-enthusiastic and others are shy wallflowers. This imbalance affects ankle mobility and can lead to trouble for your peroneal tendons.

History tends to repeat itself, and so do ankle injuries! If you’ve had ankle sprains in the past, your peroneal tendons may bear the scars of those previous mishaps, making them more susceptible to future troubles.

Now, here’s an interesting twist—the arch of your foot! A high foot arch is like adding an extra layer of complexity to the mystery. The higher the arch, the higher the risk of peroneal tendonitis. It’s like a unique footprint that increases the chances of encountering this condition.

And as if that wasn’t enough, we have the enigmatic change in running surfaces. Imagine going from the smooth roads to the rugged trails—it’s like putting your tendons through a wild adventure! This sudden switch requires extra ankle strength, and if your tendons aren’t ready, they might protest.

Can You Yun With Peroneal Tendonitis?

Let’s talk about the burning question on every runner’s mind—can you still hit the pavement with peroneal tendonitis?

Well, it’s a bit like playing detective with your own body, assessing the severity of the situation.

But truth be told, I wouldn’t recommend running with peroneal tendonitis. Picture this: your tendons are like little workers in a construction zone, repairing and rebuilding after all that running.

So, what’s the best thing you can do for them? Give ’em a well-deserved break!

Taking a few days off from running can do wonders for your recovery. It’s like allowing those hardworking tendons to kick back, put their feet up, and sip on a nice cup of herbal tea (figuratively speaking, of course!).

With some rest and relaxation, you’ll bounce back more quickly, ready to conquer those miles with renewed vigor.

Think of it this way—your affected limb needs a bit of tender loving care. The pain may be persistent now, but with time and a touch of patience, it’ll gradually fade away, leaving you ready for action.

Now, I get it; running is like a soulful connection—it’s tough to resist the siren call of the open road. So if you really can’t bear the thought of staying away, here’s a golden rule: keep that ego in check. Slow down your pace and reduce your overall mileage.

Think of it as a leisurely stroll through the park instead of an intense sprint.

But here’s the catch—if the pain starts raising its voice or messing with your running form, it’s time to call it quits. Listen to those warning signs and give your body the attention it deserves.

In some advanced cases, you might even want to avoid other weight-bearing activities that could exacerbate the injury. Picture yourself exploring the world of low-impact exercises like swimming or cycling.

Consult Your Doctor

If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms we’ve chatted about—those pesky pains, instability, or discomfort around your ankle—it’s time to call in the reinforcements.

Yes, I know, it might seem like a minor inconvenience, but trust me, it’s worth it. Your doctor is like your running ally, the one with all the knowledge and expertise to diagnose exactly what’s going on. They’ll perform a tendonitis diagnosis.

And here’s the best part—you’ll finally know what you’re dealing with. It’s like deciphering a secret code that’s been causing those niggling pains. Armed with this knowledge, you can take the right measures to start the healing process.

Now, I know a trip to the doctor’s office might sound daunting, but think of it as a detective’s quest for answers. Plus, your doctor has some pretty cool tools in their arsenal—X-Rays and MRI scans. It’s like having a peek inside your body to rule out any unexpected surprises—no fractures or abnormalities left undiscovered

Treating of Peroneal Tendonitis in Runners

When it comes to tackling that feisty peroneal tendon injury, we’ve got an array of treatment options up our sleeve. Just like a menu at your favorite restaurant, you get to pick what suits you best, depending on how serious your condition is.


First up on the menu, we have medication—your trusty pain-relievers and inflammation warriors. Think of them as the superheroes that swoop in to soothe your pain and bring down that pesky inflammation. From oral tablets to injected solutions like ibuprofen and cortisone, they pack a powerful punch against discomfort.


Next, we’ve got a special item on the menu—brace yourself! No, seriously, a brace can be a game-changer. It’s like giving your foot a warm, supportive hug. You can use it for a short period or during physical activity, providing that extra support while your tendon takes some much-needed healing time. Think of it as your running buddy, helping you stay on track while you recover.


Another measure to assist with your recovery is immobilization.

This is perfect for giving your foot a well-deserved break. During the acute phase of your recovery, it’s all about limiting those movements, like a spa day for your foot. A splint or cast works wonders, keeping your affected limb still and allowing those healing powers to work their magic faster.

When Surgery is Needed

Ah, surgery—the last resort when all else fails, but fear not, it’s not the end of the road! If your peroneal tendonitis is putting up a real fight, surgery might just be the hero we need to save the day.

When those stubborn pains refuse to budge despite all the non-surgical tricks, it’s time to call in the experts. The surgeon will swoop in to fix those tendons and even the supporting structures of your foot if needed. Think of them as the magical healers, performing their craft to set things right.

If there’s a pesky tissue causing trouble around the tendon, they’ll work their magic with a “tendon release” procedure. It’s like clearing the way for smooth sailing, removing the obstacle that’s been causing all the fuss.

But that’s not all! If there’s a tear or rupture in one of those peroneal tendons, the surgeon will work their wonders with a “tendon repair” procedure. Think of it as stitching up the tendons, putting them back together like a pro.

Now, I know surgery might sound daunting, but rest assured, you won’t be in this alone. After the heroic surgical intervention, you’ll need some downtime for rest and recovery. Trust me, it’s the perfect excuse to put your feet up and indulge in some well-deserved R&R.

And just like a good sidekick, physical therapy will be by your side throughout the rehabilitation process. They’ll guide you through exercises and treatments, helping you regain your strength and mobility.

How To Prevent Peroneal Tendonitis

We all know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and when it comes to peroneal tendonitis, it’s no different.

So, listen up, fellow runners, because I’ve got some valuable tips to keep those tendons happy and healthy.

Improving Flexibility

First up, let’s talk flexibility—cue the superhero theme music! Runners, we’re notorious for having tight calves, and boy, can they cause some trouble.

When those calf muscles get all tensed up, they start tugging on the muscles around your ankles, leading to some not-so-fun pain. But fear not! Stretching to the rescue!

Regular stretching is like a magic spell that improves collagen synthesis and muscle fiber organization. Translation: stronger muscles and tendons that can handle the challenges of running like champs!

Now, here’s where the doctor’s orders come into play. They may recommend a set of home exercises that include some top-notch stretching routines.

You’ll want to consult your friendly neighborhood doc to figure out which stretches are best for soothing those symptoms and keeping that ankle flexibility in tip-top shape after battling peroneal tendonitis.

And now, drumroll, please! Presenting the three stitches in our quest to prevent peroneal tendonitis:

The Towel Stretch: Picture yourself with a towel in hand, wrapping it around the ball of your foot, and gently pulling it towards you. Feel that satisfying stretch in your calf?

Stretch 2: This one’s like a secret move from a martial arts movie. Stand tall, step one foot back, and bend your front knee while keeping the back leg straight. Feel that stretch along the back of your leg? Oh yeah, that’s the stuff!

Stretch 3: Imagine you’re about to break into a dance move. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, then cross one leg in front of the other. Bend the front knee slightly and push your hips back. Whoa, that stretch will have your calves singing praises!

Choose The Right Shoes

As we’ve discussed, my fellow runners, improper footwear can be a sneaky culprit behind peroneal tendonitis.

And if you happen to have a high arch (cue the under pronation music), well, you might need some extra TLC for those precious feet.

Fear not, dear runners, for I bring you the golden rule: choose your running shoes wisely, and they shall be your trusty sidekicks in the battle against peroneal tendonitis.

Look for shoes that offer more support and stability, like a superhero cape for your feet, to keep them from rolling inward during your runs. These shoes will be your mighty allies in warding off those pesky injuries.

But hey, what if you’ve already got a pair of running shoes that you absolutely adore?

Don’t fret, because there’s a nifty solution! You can call in the reinforcements by using insoles to amp up the support of your current shoes.

These magical inserts can work wonders in providing that extra cushioning and support your feet crave.

Now, picture yourself flying through the trails or zooming along the roads, your feet enveloped in the perfect pair of running shoes, embracing every stride with comfort and stability. Peroneal tendonitis, be gone!

The Conclusion

Peroneal tendonitis is a common overuse injury in athletes doing high impact sports—runners are no exception.

But by taking the right treatment measures, you can often return to running after peroneal tendonitis without surgery.

Running Shoe Lacing 101: Techniques for Happy Runners Feet

Let’s talk about something we all do every time we head out for a run – lacing up our running shoes. Now, you might be thinking, “Tying shoelaces? That’s child’s play!” But hold on, because there’s more to it than meets the eye!

You see, the standard lacing method might not be the best fit for your running feet. Different lacing techniques can work wonders for various foot problems. Whether you’re battling toe pain or dealing with a slippery heel, the right running shoe knot could be the game-changer you need!

So, in today’s article, we’re diving into the world of shoelaces and exploring my all-time favorite running shoe lacing tips and guidelines. We’ll discover how these nifty techniques can solve common running issues and make our runs more comfortable and enjoyable.

Are you ready to up your lacing game and experience a whole new level of running comfort? Awesome! Let’s lace up those shoes and embark on this exciting journey together. Trust me; your feet will thank you for it!

Let’s dive in and unravel the secrets of perfect running shoe lacing! Ready, set, go!

Heel-Lock Lacing

Alright, fellow runners, let me share a little secret that could put an end to those pesky heel slips during your runs. Imagine you’re in a marathon, and with every stride, your heel is playing a little game of peek-a-boo inside your shoe. Not fun, right? But fear not, because I’ve got a nifty technique called the Heel-Lock Lacing, and it’s here to save the day!

This lacing method, also known as the marathon loop, is like having a secret weapon against heel slipping. It’s all about taming that wild heel movement and keeping it snugly in place, so you can conquer those miles without any distractions.

Now, picture this: your running shoes are like a cozy home for your feet, and you want to make sure your heels stay securely nestled inside, just like Goldilocks finding the perfect fit in the three bears’ house. Not too loose, not too tight – just right!

So, here’s how the Heel-Lock Lacing works its magic. First, lace up your shoes normally, crisscrossing the laces all the way up to the top two eyelets, including that extra one at the very top.

Then comes the magic touch – pull each lace up on the same side, skip the second-to-top eyelet, and slide the laces normally into the top eyelet on that side. But wait, we’re not done yet – now, create a loop. Voila! You’ve got two little loops, one on each side of the shoe, holding your heel in place.

But remember, my fellow runners, don’t go overboard with the tightening. We want to keep those heels happy, not feeling like they’re in a vice grip! Just a snug and secure fit will do the trick, so your ankles can enjoy a pain-free running experience.

Overall Wide Feet

If you’ve ever felt like your shoes are trying to squeeze your feet into submission, fear not – I’ve got a genius lacing technique that’ll give your tootsies the space they deserve. It’s time to break free from the narrow shoe struggle and embrace the Wide Feet Wonder!

Imagine your feet as adventurous explorers, eager to roam freely inside your shoes, but the narrowness of the shoe feels like a tight alleyway, limiting their exploration. Well, fear no more, because with this lacing technique, you’re about to open up a world of comfort and freedom for your feet!

Picture this: your running shoes are like the gateway to a wide and open meadow, and with each step, your feet can prance around like happy little gazelles, liberated from the constrictions of narrow shoe confines. It’s like your feet are saying, “Finally, some breathing room!”

So, here’s how the Wide Feet Wonder works its magic. First, start lacing up your shoes in the good ol’ crisscross way. But now comes the exciting part – skip every second row of eyelets on both sides, like skipping rocks on a tranquil lake. By doing this, you’re creating little windows for your feet to enjoy the view and spread out comfortably.

Now, tighten up the laces as usual, but not too tight! We want your feet to feel cozy, not like they’re trapped in a shoe straightjacket. As you lace up, you’ll notice the laces forming a beautiful horizon of horizontal lines all the way up the shoe, like a picturesque sunset on the horizon.

With the Wide Feet Wonder, you’ll have the freedom to move, wiggle, and savor each step without any discomfort. Your wide feet will thank you, and you’ll feel like you’re running on cloud nine, gliding through your runs with newfound ease and joy.

The Window Lacing

If you’ve ever felt like your foot is protesting during your runs, going numb or feeling irritated, it’s time to pay attention to those precious tootsies. You might just have a high instep, and don’t worry, you’re not alone in this adventure!

Imagine your foot as a majestic mountain, with the peak being that little bigger part in the middle and near your ankle. It’s like your foot is showing off its high arches and saying, “I’m unique, and I deserve a perfect fit!”

So, let me introduce you to the ultimate solution for your high instep woes – the Window Lacing technique, also known as box lacing. It’s like giving your foot a cozy window seat inside your shoe, where it can stretch out and enjoy the ride without any pressure points.

Picture this: your shoe is like a snug, little house, and the Window Lacing creates a magical window that your high instep can peek out of, feeling relieved and cozy. It’s like giving your foot a gentle hug and saying, “There, there, no more discomfort for you!”

Now, here’s how to work this shoe magic. Start by unlacing your shoe from the top three eyelets down to the one just below the pressure point, giving your foot some breathing space.

Next, it’s time to create that enchanting window. From the outside of the shoe, take the end of the lace up and skip a hole, like a skipping stone gliding across water. Then, lace straight up to the next eyelet, crossing the lace over like a graceful dance move. The lace should run up the outside of the shoe, then get inserted into the next hole.

Now, repeat this magical window creation on the inside of the shoe, giving your foot the perfect fit it deserves.

And that’s it! You’ve now mastered the Window Lacing technique, and your high instep will forever thank you for the extra room and comfort.

For A Wide Forefoot

Hey there, runners experiencing some pesky tightness in the front of your foot! If you’ve ever felt like your shoe is giving your toes a tight bear hug, fear not – I’ve got a fantastic lacing technique that’ll loosen things up and set your toes free!

Now, let’s imagine your shoe as a magical slipper, but alas, it’s feeling a bit too snug around the front, like Cinderella’s stepsister trying to fit into that glass slipper. Well, don’t worry, because with this lacing technique, you’ll be saying “bibbidi-bobbidi-boo” to tightness and hello to comfort!

Picture this: your shoe is like a cozy nest for your foot, but the front part needs a little extra room to let your toes wiggle and breathe. It’s like giving your foot a mini vacation, so it can savor each step without any discomfort.

So, here’s the secret sauce – the Front Foot Freedom technique! While getting a wide shoe is usually the way to go for a wide foot, this method might just be the magic wand you need if you’re already stuck with a tight-fitting shoe.

Now, let’s get to it! First, unlacing your shoes all the way down to the bottom, so they’re threaded straight across the bottom eyelet on both sides. We want to create a smooth canvas for our lacing magic!

Next, starting with the lace on the lateral side of your shoe (the outer side), lace up to the second hole from the inside and push it through like a little peekaboo. Then, repeat the same on the other side, creating a little window for your toes to breathe and relax.

Now, keep repeating this magical window-creation method all the way up the shoe, giving your toes that extra freedom they deserve.

Finally, tie off your laces at the top as you’d normally do, and voilà! Your feet will thank you for the extra space and comfort.

And here’s a little bonus – this technique might even help soothe and prevent those bothersome running bunions, like a gentle massage for your feet!

Diagonal Lacing

If you’ve ever felt like your shoes are a bit too tight or too short at the toe, fear not – I’ve got a lacing technique that’ll come to the rescue and provide your toes with some much-needed wiggle room!

Now, let’s imagine your shoe as a snug little cocoon for your foot, but alas, it’s putting a bit too much pressure on your precious toenails. It’s like your toes are throwing a tiny tantrum, saying, “Give us some breathing space, please!”

So, here’s the magic spell – the Diagonal Lacing technique! It’s like a gentle lift for the toe box, creating a cozy little haven for your toes to spread out and release the pressure.

Now, let’s get lacing! First, unlacing your shoe completely – we want a fresh canvas for our toe-friendly creation!

Starting on the side of the shoe, thread the end of the shoelace into the bottom eyelet closest to your big toe, as if inviting your toe to join the party.

Now comes the fun part – start lacing from the eyelet at your big toe, moving all the way up to the eyelet at the top on the opposite side, like a zigzag dance across the shoe. Then, crisscross by threading the lace at each bottom diagonally, and at the top, lace them parallel to each hole, like a symphony of diagonal lines.

As you lace up, you’ll notice your toe box getting a little lift, creating the perfect space for your toes to stretch and breathe

And just like that, you’ve worked your magic! Once you reach the top, tie the lace as normal, and your toes will be forever grateful for the extra room and comfort.

Tips on Shoe Laces

Now that you’ve mastered some awesome lacing techniques to level up your running shoe game, let’s talk about another crucial factor in the ultimate shoe experience – the laces themselves!

Believe it or not, the quality of your laces can make a world of difference. You wouldn’t want to embark on a magical quest with a worn-out shoelace that’s just barely holding on, right?

Fear not, though, because most running shoes come equipped with laces that are long enough to accommodate various lacing techniques. So go ahead, give those awesome methods we’ve discussed a whirl using your trusty current laces!

But wait, there’s more – if you find that your laces are feeling a bit too snug or they’ve seen better days, it’s time for new laces! Choose ones that match the length and shape of your shoes.

Having knot-tying woes? fret not. You can switch from round to flat laces or vice versa, and see which style works like a charm for you. It’s like discovering the perfect incantation for your running shoe spell!

And here’s an exciting tip – dabble in the world of different lace materials! Try out laces made from natural fibers like cotton, or delve into the realm of synthetic fabrics. See which one feels like the ultimate potion for your foot comfort and runs like a charm.

Get The Right Running Shoes

Let’s not forget the holy grail of the ultimate running shoe experience – finding the right pair of shoes in the first place! While lacing techniques are awesome, the perfect fit starts with the perfect shoe.

So, if you’re unsure about how to find your soulmate shoe that suits your foot type and running needs, don’t worry! Seek the wisdom of the shoe wizards at your nearest running specialty store, and they’ll guide you on the magical path to shoe enlightenment. Or, you can check out our full guide to finding your running shoe match!


There you have it ! Now you know more than average runner how to lace your running shoes for the perfect fit and comfort. The rest is really up to you.

Please feel free to leave your comments and questions in the section below.

In the meantime thank you for dropping by.

David D.

Is Running Bad for Your Bones? Debunking the Myth with Scientific Evidence

You might have heard the rumors swirling around that running is tough on your bones, but let me tell you, that’s just a myth waiting to be busted!

In fact, running can be a game-changer when it comes to whipping you into shape, boosting your stamina, and toning your body.

But wait, there’s more!

Running isn’t just about shedding pounds and staying fit; it’s a powerhouse of goodness for your bones and joints too!

Don’t believe me?

Well, buckle up because I’m about to unveil some fascinating research that proves how running can do more good than harm to your precious bones.

Now, I don’t want to keep you in suspense for too long, so let’s get right into the nitty-gritty of how running can increase bone strength, kick inflammation to the curb, and even act as a superhero in preventing joint degenerative diseases.

By the end of this article, you’ll be raring to sprint out the door and embrace the joyous benefits of running, not just for your fitness, but for your bones and joints too.

Let’s dive in!

Running & Bone Strength

Alright, let’s talk bones and running – two things that may not seem related at first, but trust me, they’re about to become best buddies!

Picture this: you’re out for a jog on a sunny morning, your favorite tunes blasting through your headphones, and your legs feeling strong beneath you.

Little do you know that with every stride you take, you’re actually giving your bones a secret boost! Say hello to bone density – the superhero that fights off osteoporosis, a sneaky villain that affects millions of people worldwide.

Now, osteoporosis might sound like a big, scary word, but simply put, it’s a condition where our bones turn into delicate, fragile creatures that break at the slightest touch. Not cool, right? Hips, spine, wrists, and shoulders are its favorite spots to strike, leaving us feeling like we’re walking on eggshells.

But here’s the thing: running to the rescue! Research papers and studies have shown that regular running can beef up your bone density, making those bones of yours stronger than ever. Imagine your bones doing a little victory dance, thanking you for every jog, every dash, and every marathon you conquer!

You see, when we run, we’re actually putting some healthy stress on our bones. It’s like a friendly challenge – they respond by becoming denser, just like a muscle getting stronger after a workout. So the next time you’re out there pounding the pavement, remember that your bones are cheering you on, cheering for more density and resilience.

Now, I know what you might be thinking – “But wait, won’t running be too hard on my bones? Can’t it lead to injuries?” Well, that’s a common concern, my friend. But here’s the thing, research has got our backs on this one too!

A study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy found that recreational runners actually had a lower risk of developing knee osteoarthritis compared to non-runners.

But hold up, we’re not done yet! You know how some things get better with age? Like a fine wine or a classic song? Well, turns out, running might just be one of those things.

A study in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity discovered that older adults who ran regularly had stronger bones than those who didn’t.

Is Running Bad For Your Bones?

Hey there, bone enthusiasts! Let’s hit the ground running and explore the amazing relationship between our trusty bones and the thrilling world of running!

Imagine this: as soon as your foot meets the ground, it’s like a bone-bouncing extravaganza! You’ve got a full-on bone party happening inside your body with the stars of the show being the major bones among the 200 brave ones in your human frame.

Meet the cool squad: the thigh bone, also known as the femur (the long-legged champ), the trusty duo of tibia and fibula, the backbone of the crew, the spine, and the ever-steady pelvic girdle. These are the real MVPs of your running adventure!

Now, running might seem like a breeze, but let’s face it, those bones are putting in some serious work.

It all starts from the moment your foot taps the ground, and the action continues as you gracefully move through each step of your gait motion.

No wonder you’ve experienced sore shins and knees after a challenging run – it’s a sign that your bones are giving it their all!

But fear not, my fellow runners! Feeling a bit sore doesn’t mean your bones are turning against you. In fact, this stress is a hidden blessing in disguise.

You see, just like facing challenges in life makes us stronger and wiser, the stress placed on your bones during running does the same for them. It’s like a bone boot camp, toughening them up and making them more resilient for the long haul.

Now, here’s a mind-blowing fact: depending on how you run – your style, speed, and distance – running can put up to three or four times your body weight on those precious bones and joints with every single step. Yes, you heard that right! So, if you’re a lean 160-pound individual, you’re subjecting your bones to an additional 450 to 500 pounds of impact. That’s like carrying an Olympic weightlifting champion on your back while sprinting!

Speaking of sprinting, imagine cranking up the speed and going full-throttle. The impact skyrockets to a whopping seven times your body weight! It’s like your bones are participating in an epic heavyweight championship match. But, just like any battle, overdoing it can lead to trouble. Pushing your body beyond its limits might land you in pain city or, even worse, injury town. We don’t want that, do we?

That’s why it’s essential to listen to your body and build up your running routine gradually. Avoiding common villains like shin splints and stress fractures means giving your bones the time they need to adapt and grow stronger.

Think of it as a harmonious cycle: just like exercising breaks down your muscle fibers, only for them to come back bigger and mightier, your bones undergo a similar process, but at a slower pace.

What Does This Mean for Runners?

Alright, my fellow bone champions, let’s dive into the fascinating world of bone strength and running! It’s time to unravel the secrets of how running transforms your weight-bearing bones into rock-solid fortresses.

Imagine your spine, pelvis, and legs as a trio of superheroes, ready to take on any challenge that comes their way. Well, in runners, these bones are the real deal – stronger and mightier than those of our sedentary counterparts. It’s like they’ve been hitting the gym and pumping iron while we dash through our favorite running routes!

Now, here’s a fun twist: the harder you move, the harder it is for those bones to break. It’s like a thrilling action movie where our bones become the unbreakable heroes, shielding us from any bone-related troubles.

Study I

Don’t just take my word for it – let’s talk about some cool research to back up these bone-boosting claims!

In a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, a team of scientific masterminds set out to uncover the bone density secrets of runners. They rounded up an army of 122 marathon runners, along with 81 half-marathon and 10K race athletes. And guess what? They didn’t stop there – 75 sedentary individuals joined the investigation too!

Now, get this – the researchers took a peek at the runners’ bone density by conducting an ultrasonographic assessment of their right and left calcaneus.

The results were jaw-dropping – the running group boasted much healthier bone density compared to the sedentary bunch. But wait, there’s more! The endurance athletes, the half marathoners, and the marathon runners had even denser bones than those who participated in shorter distance races. Talk about leveling up!

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m all for classic cardio exercises like swimming, cycling, and rowing. They do wonders for our cardiovascular fitness, after all.

But when it comes to bone strength, running takes the crown. Those other activities may not be targeting our bones in the same way, leaving our heroic weight-bearing bones craving a proper bone-boosting workout.

Study II

Gather ’round, because we’ve got some fascinating bone news straight from the University of Missouri – running is the ultimate bone-booster, leaving traditional resistance training in the dust!

Now, let’s dive into the magical realm of bone density. It’s like peeking into a treasure chest to discover the precious mineral content hidden inside your bones. And here’s the golden nugget: those lucky folks with elevated bone mineral content are like superheroes with unbreakable shields – they’re less likely to suffer from those pesky osteoporosis-related fractures. Talk about bone power!

But here’s the real secret sauce – when it comes to building strong bones, running is the undisputed champion! Picture your bones as lively beings, ready to take on life’s challenges. When faced with the impact stresses of running, they don’t shy away. Oh no, they embrace it with gusto!

It’s like they’ve mastered Wolfe’s Law – the law of growth and adaptation. Just like a phoenix rising from the ashes, your bones grow, adapt, remodel, rebuild, and transform in response to stress. They’re like master architects, reimagining their structures to become even stronger.

Now, let’s meet the real MVPs of bone-building – the osteoblasts! These bone-forming cells are like a team of superheroes, working together in perfect harmony. The more stress your bones face, the greater the osteoblast reaction – it’s like a bone-building party happening inside you!

So, here’s the burning question: “Is running bad for your bones?” Drumroll, please! The answer is a resounding “Of course not!” Running is like a love affair between you and your bones. It’s their favorite activity, their secret recipe for becoming unyielding warriors.

How to Take care of Your Bones While Running

Now, let’s face the facts – surveys estimate that around half of the running population experiences injuries within a year. That might sound like a daunting number, but don’t worry – we’re here to help you beat those odds!

Here’s the hard truth – up to 40 percent of these injuries target the knees, with the dreaded runner’s knee or PTFS taking the spotlight. But hold on tight, because we’ve got some good news – running itself isn’t the culprit. Nope, it’s the way you train that can make all the difference.

So, let’s buckle up and get ready for some joint-saving tips to keep you running strong and injury-free:

  • Train Smart. If you’re a beginner, don’t try to chew more than you can swallow. Instead, start with walk-running to safely build your stamina and get your body used to the high impact nature of running.
  • Do not overtrain. Be aware of the terrible too’s research also shows that runners risk stress fractures in the lower limbs when they do too much too soon and/or when they lack certain dietary and nutritional ingredients.
  • Warm-Up and Cool Down: Think of your body like a race car – it needs a proper warm-up before hitting top speed. Warm up those muscles and joints before your run, and don’t forget to cool down afterward. It’s like giving your body a high-five for a job well done!
  • Strengthen your glutes. According to research, adding strength and stability to your lower body muscles, especially the glutes and the hips, can provide better support and stability to your knees, which in turn may help alleviate and prevent knee pain. You should also work on your hip flexors flexibility.
  • Take Enough rest. Space out your running days with at least one day of full rest or low-impact cross-training workout. This way you ensure your muscles and joints have well-rested and recovered following a run.
  • Build a proper form. This is fundamental.
  • Get the right shoes. Head to your local specialty running store and get fitted with the most appropriate pair that’s in line with your running gait and foot type. You should also replace your running shoes regularly.
  • Check your history. If you have a history of bone or joint injury or have a genetic disposition for such conditions, then long-distance running might not be a good idea. Instead, change up your training approach, take things slow, and see what the future holds for you.
  • Vary Your Running surfaces. Hard surfaces, such as concrete and asphalt, increase the stress load of each footstep you take, therefore, a possible overload of the bones and joints. Instead, remember to change up the surfaces you run on, alternating hard and soft, such as trail and grass.
  • Listen to your body. The most important measure you can take to avoid all sorts of pains and injury is to pay attention to your body. If you feel like you’re coming down with an injury, slow down, ice the affected area, or stop training altogether until you’re pain-free. Don’t always hold on to painkillers.

Increase Your Mileage Safely: Insider Tips for Runners

crossfit and running

Ready to unleash your full potential on the track? Well, buckle up those sneakers and get ready to take your running game to the next level!

We all know that running mileage is the secret sauce to becoming a true running maestro. But hey, it’s not just about pounding the pavement; it’s about doing it right and safely.

So, if you’re wondering how to build up your mileage without breaking a sweat (in the wrong way), you’ve landed in the perfect spot! In today’s post, I’ll be your trusty running guide, leading you step by step on this exhilarating journey to running greatness.

And believe me, I’ve got all the insider tips to make this a smooth and injury-free ride. No burnouts allowed!

So, whether you’re just starting out or aiming for that marathon finish line, get ready to lace up and hit the ground running.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

What’s Baseline Mileage?

Alright, let’s break it down and demystify some running lingo, shall we?

Baseline mileage is the amount of running you can rock without feeling like you’ve run a marathon every single day. It’s that perfect balance where you don’t end up sore, fatigued, or mentally drained.

We all have our own unique baseline mileage, that special volume of miles that feels just right, not too tough and not too breezy, to conquer week after week.

So, how do you find it? Take a little trip down memory lane and look at your last three to six months of training. Find that number of weekly miles that makes you go, “Yep, this is the sweet spot!”

But wait, there’s more! Let’s dig deeper into the art of mileage mastery. Whether you’re starting from scratch or aiming for the stars, we’ve got some golden rules to keep in mind.

For building weekly mileage, there are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind. Some of the include:

  • Beginners should aim first to feel comfortable relatively short distance before trying to increase mileage
  • More isn’t always better, and too much of it can prove problematic
  • Mileage increases should be slow, gradual, and cyclical to allow for recovery and adaptation.
  • The 10 percent rule is a good rule to follow but doesn’t apply to every situation.

Let me unpack these in the rest of the article.

The Golden Principle – Start Small

Ah, the Golden Principle of starting small and mighty! You know, I’ve seen it time and time again—enthusiastic runners charging full speed ahead, only to crash and burn before they even hit the finish line.

It’s like trying to sprint a marathon from the get-go—ouch! Trust me, that’s a recipe for disaster, my friend.

Here’s the secret sauce: take it easy, ease into it, and let those running wings grow nice and strong. Think of it as a beautiful journey, and every step you take is a stepping stone to greatness.

Begin With Long Walks

So, if you’ve been a bit lax on the exercise front lately, worry not! We’ve got the perfect starting point for you—walks, my dear.

Lace up those shoes, and let’s take a leisurely stroll. Walking is a fabulous foundation to build upon, and it sets the stage for a spectacular running career. Trust me on this one!

Now, I’m not saying you’ll be walking forever, oh no! As you get more in sync with your inner running ninja, we’ll crank it up a notch. See, the key is gradual progression.

Slowly but surely, you’ll spend more time jogging and less time walking until you hit that magical moment when you’re breezing through a 30-minute jog like it’s a piece of cake.

It’s all about embracing the journey and relishing each milestone along the way. So, don’t rush it, savor the process, and let’s hit that runner’s high together! Ready to take the first steps? I knew you were!.

Going Beyond The Walk/Run Method

Alright, my fellow running enthusiast, let’s kick it up a notch! You’ve already got a set mileage, and that’s fantastic! But hey, we’re here to level up and unleash your inner running beast, so buckle up!

Here’s where the 10 percent rule swoops in to save the day. Picture it like a gentle, guiding hand that keeps you on track while preventing any potential overexertion. It’s like having a wise running guru whispering in your ear, “Take it slow, my friend. We’re in this for the long haul!”

So, let’s break it down. You’ve got your weekly mileage number—the foundation of your running empire. Now, take that number and sprinkle a bit of 10 percent magic on it. What does that mean? It means you’ll increase your weekly miles by no more than 10 percent of your current mileage.

Now, I know what you’re thinking—1.2 miles doesn’t sound like much, right? But trust me, those small steps add up!

This gradual approach gives your body the chance to adapt and embrace the newfound challenge without throwing a full-blown revolt. We’re aiming for success, not a rebellion of the muscles!

But hold on, don’t get too eager just yet. It’s essential to give your body the time it needs to settle into this new training load.

Like a delicate dance, you’ll find your rhythm and sync up with the extra miles effortlessly. So, don’t rush it, enjoy the process, and let your body do its thing. You’ll be amazed at how your running prowess grows with every step, and soon enough, you’ll conquer that weekly goal mileage like a champ!

Remember, my friend, it’s all about steady progress and treating yourself like the running superstar you are.

Have A Recovery Week

Ah, the sweet embrace of a recovery week—a true gift to your hardworking body! In fact, even the most seasoned runners need some downtime to thrive and conquer new running heights.

So, let’s dive into the art of the recovery week, and you’ll soon find yourself on cloud nine!

Here’s the truth.

Your running journey is a delicate balance of pushing your limits and giving yourself the TLC you deserve. We can’t go all out every single week, or else we’ll risk overtraining and setting ourselves up for a not-so-happy ending. That’s where the recovery week swoops in to save the day!

Picture it like a well-deserved vacation for your muscles. After a few weeks of gracefully increasing your mileage and conquering new milestones, it’s time to slow the tempo just a bit.

You’ve earned it!

During your recovery week, you’ll decrease your mileage—oh-so-gently—by about 20 to 30 percent. Now, I know it might feel a bit counterintuitive, but trust me, it’s a recipe for success!

By giving your body this periodic break, you’re allowing it to recharge, rejuvenate, and adapt to the demands you’ve placed on it. It’s like treating your muscles to a soothing spa day—a little rest and pampering go a long way, my friend!

Plus, this recovery week is a great opportunity to indulge in some delightful, easier sessions. Think of it as a playful dance rather than a high-intensity race. Your body will thank you for it!

Now, I know you’re a determined runner, and the thought of dialing back might feel a bit odd. But remember, this is a strategic move to set you up for even greater success in the long run.

Like a well-crafted masterpiece, your training cycle will ebb and flow, with each recovery week setting the stage for a more powerful comeback.

Watch Your Form

Your running form is a crucial element that can make all the difference in your performance. So, let’s dive into the art of running form and unlock the secrets to running with elegance and efficiency!

While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to running form, there are some timeless principles that stand the test of time. Picture this—your head held high, chin parallel to the ground, and eyes gazing ahead like a champion setting their sights on victory.

Oh, it’s a powerful sight to behold!

Now, let’s talk about those arms—the unsung heroes of running form. Swing them back and forth like a well-oiled pendulum, with your elbows bent at a perfect 90-degree angle.

Trust me, those arms will carry you through the miles with grace and ease!

And oh, those shoulders—give them a little love! Relax them by rolling them gently back and down, as if shrugging off any tension that might be tagging along for the ride.

You’ll feel lighter than air, I promise!

Ah, the core—the powerhouse of your running prowess. Engage it like a coiled spring by pulling your navel towards your spine.

Oh, but here’s a pro tip—keep those hips and shoulders in check! Minimize any lateral movement to avoid wasting precious energy. Remember, we want every ounce of effort propelling you forward, not side to side!

Now, you might be wondering, “Is there a right way to run?”

Well, my friend, the beauty of running is that it’s uniquely yours. Embrace your running style and find what works best for you. After all, you’re crafting a masterpiece with every step you take!

So, as you increase your mileage, don’t forget to fine-tune your running form.

Listen To Your Body

Here’s the deal—running is a beautiful adventure, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes, pains and injuries sneak up on us like mischievous little imps. But fear not, my friends, because knowledge is power, and we’re about to equip you with the tools to spot those pesky red flags before they wreak havoc.

Now, as we embark on this mileage-building journey, it’s important to remember that we’re not superheroes—although sometimes we feel like we could fly! Even if you’ve got your running game down to a tee, there’s no guarantee that some aches and pains won’t come knocking at your door.

So, listen up and listen well—your body is your best friend, and it knows how to send signals when things aren’t quite right. If you experience any of the following symptoms for a few days in a row, it’s time to hit the brakes and scale back, my friends:

First up, the heart—a marvelous muscle that keeps us going. If you notice your heart rate going through the roof, it’s a sign that you might be pushing a little too hard.

Ease up, take a breath, and let your heart find its rhythm.

Next on the list—chronic pains and soreness. Sure, a little muscle soreness can be a badge of honor, but when it sticks around like an uninvited guest, it’s time to reassess.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I cherish my sleep like a rare gem. So, if insomnia or trouble falling asleep starts creeping in, don’t ignore it—your body is telling you something.

Unwanted weight loss might sound like a dream for some, but if it’s not intentional, it’s a cause for concern. Our bodies need fuel to thrive, so make sure you’re nourishing yourself properly.

Last but not least—fatigue and subpar performance. We all have our off days, but if they become the norm, it’s time to listen to your body’s cry for rest and recovery.


If you’re looking to build your weekly mileage as a beginner, today’s post should be enough to get you heading in the right direction. But, it’s by no means the complete guide to weekly mileage.

So please feel free to check out some of my other articles, or simply send me an email at [email protected] to start a conversation.

Breathing Techniques for Running: A Complete Guide

female runner doing Tabata Workout routine

Are you ready to take your running game to the next level? If so, get ready to discover the powerful secrets to optimizing your breathing while you hit the pavement!

Breathing may be an automatic bodily function, like blinking your eyes, but when it comes to running, it’s time to put some mindful effort into it.

Worry no more.

In this post, I’ll unveil the essential tips that will revolutionize your breathing technique, propelling you towards the peak of your running performance.

Are you ready? Let’s get started.

Beginners – Slow Down

Let’s start with the crucial step on your journey to breathing like a pro while you hit the trails – Beginners, Slow Down!

Now, before you start beating yourself up for feeling out of breath, take a deep breath and relax! Trust me, it’s not about your lung capacity or your running form. It’s just that you’re taking off like a racehorse right out of the gate!

So, what’s the secret to conquering this pesky breathlessness? Easy peasy! Gradually build up your mileage over time, and you’ll witness your stamina skyrocketing.

But hold your horses, speedy sprinters! At the beginning of your running adventure, let’s keep it chill and cozy. Picture this: you and your buddies having a laid-back chat, casually reciting the pledge of allegiance without gasping for air.

That’s the perfect conversational pace you need to embrace!

Now, if you’re huffing and puffing like a steam engine on steroids, it’s time to ease off the gas pedal. Slow down, my friend, and regain control of your pace. By keeping your training intensity in check, you’ll have a magic wand to control your breathing rate.

Synchronized Breathing

Once you’ve graduated from the beginner stage and have a few months of running under your belt, it’s time to upgrade your breathing technique. Picture this: with every footstrike, your breath flows rhythmically, like a symphony playing in perfect harmony.

Sure, it might sound a bit daunting at first, like mastering a powerful incantation, but trust me, it’s the secret potion to becoming a breathing maestro while you run. And don’t worry, we’ll take it step by step.

First things first, slow down the pace a bit to give yourself some breathing room (pun intended). Practice synchronizing your breath to your foot strikes like a dance partner in perfect sync.

Finding The Ideal Breathing Ratio

Now, let’s talk about the golden ratio – the key to unlocking your breathing mastery. Most running experts, recommend the 3:2 ratio for beginners. Here’s the magic formula: inhale on the RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT foot strikes, then exhale like a dragon releasing fire on the LEFT, RIGHT foot strikes.

But hey, as you gain confidence and unleash your inner roadrunner, you can experiment with different ratios. Try a 2:2 or 2:1 ratio for those lightning-fast training sessions like interval training or tempo runs.

And when it’s time to cast that final spell of speed and power in a race, go all out with a 1:1 ratio! It’s like unlocking the ultimate power-up to rocket towards the finish line.

Deep Breathing While Running

Let’s unravel the secret to Deep Breathing, a magical technique that unlocks the full potential of your lungs, like a treasure chest filled with pure energy!

In this enchanting art, you’ll be tapping into the depths of your core, engaging every inch of your lungs to breathe like never before. Say farewell to those quick, shallow breaths we take when at rest, and embrace the power of deep breaths that fuel your body with pure vitality.

As you inhale, your rib cage and belly gently expand sideways and forward, like a graceful dance of air within your very being. With each exhale, you release any tension and fatigue, as if you’re casting away negative spells.

But wait, there’s more magic in store! Deep breathing isn’t just a charming display; it brings real benefits to your running journey. It keeps your muscles relaxed and nimble, ensures a steady flow of oxygen, and banishes the weariness that may try to hinder your progress.

And fret not, brave souls, for mastering this art isn’t reserved for the wizards alone. I’ve got a delightful surprise for you! An awesome YouTube tutorial awaits, guiding you on a journey to practice deep breathing right in the comfort of your home.

Nose and Mouth Breathing While Running

We all know that at rest, our trusty noses handle the breathing duties. But when the intensity rises and the quest for oxygen becomes fierce, the nose alone may struggle to keep up.

Ah, fear not, for this is where the tale takes a twist! As the oxygen demand increases, it’s time to unleash the full power of both nose and mouth. Yes, you heard it right! Let them work in harmony, like a duet of life-giving breaths.

By embracing this perfect pairing, you’ll unlock a treasure trove of oxygen, fueling your body’s magical engine to perform like never before. So, adventurers, as you venture forth on your running quests, remember to tap into the art of deep breathing and unite the forces of nose and mouth. The reward? A journey of limitless possibilities and majestic running feats


There you have it!

If you’re serious about improving your breathing technique while running, then today’s post should get you started on the right foot. The rest is just details.

Please feel free to leave your comments and questions in the section below.

In the meantime, thank you for dropping by.

Keep training strong.

David D.

Tips and Guidelines for Preventing and Treating Back Pain While Running

Let’s talk about something that might sound all too familiar—back pain. Yep, it’s like that pesky friend who keeps showing up uninvited to the running party. But fear not, my friend, because you’re not alone! Back pain, especially in the lower back, is a common nemesis for many of us runners out there.

Believe it or not, research shows that more than 80 percent of U.S. adults have experienced some form of back pain in their lifetime.

It’s like a worldwide club with millions of members! And brace yourself for this jaw-dropper—$50 billion is spent each year in the U.S. alone to tackle this sneaky troublemaker called back pain.

But hey, I’ve got your back (pun intended)!

Today, I’m here to spill the beans on some of my best tips and guidelines for treating and preventing back pain while you hit the roads and trails.

So, are you ready to bid adieu to that nagging pain and get back to your running adventures? Well, fasten your shoelaces and let’s dive right in!


I’m not a medical doctor. Thus, my advice should not be considered as such. All I’m sharing is the result of my own experience and research on the topic. Hence, feel free to consult your doctor before you put into action any of the tips below. Or, at least do your own research. You’ve been warned; now let’s proceed.

Basic Back Anatomy

Alright, let’s get to know the rockstar of our body—the back! It’s like a bustling city filled with bones, discs, ligaments, and a whole lot of cool stuff working together to keep us standing tall and rocking our daily activities.

Imagine this: your back is like the superhero that ensures you can strut confidently, run freely, and do the everyday dance of life without a hitch. It’s not just about looking cool; it’s about protecting our precious lungs, heart, and other internal VIPs, which, by the way, are working hard behind the scenes to keep us kicking.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I could talk about the wonders of our back all day, but let’s save the superhero stories for another time.

Today, I’m diving into the nitty-gritty of back pain prevention and keeping our mighty back in tip-top shape!

So, let’s roll up our sleeves and explore the amazing world of back anatomy together. Are you ready for this spine-tingling adventure? Let’s go!

Enter Back Pain

Picture this: your back is a high-stakes game where muscles, ligaments, and disks play their roles like seasoned actors.

But sometimes, amidst all the action, a strain here, an irritation there, or a sprain somewhere else can throw the whole production into chaos! It’s like a symphony gone wrong, and your back is playing all the wrong notes.

Diagnosing back pain is like being a detective on a challenging case. There are so many possible culprits—strained muscles, irritated ligaments, sprained joints, and pesky disk ruptures—that it can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack.

But hey, don’t throw in the towel just yet! Armed with the right knowledge, we can start narrowing down the suspects and get to the root of the problem.

Causes of Back Pain While Running

Ah, the pesky culprits behind our back pain while running! It’s like a mystery novel with a twist at every turn.

Let’s uncover the leading causes, shall we?

If you are a newcomer to running

First up, we have our eager newcomers to the running world. They dive headfirst into intense workouts and push their limits like there’s no tomorrow. But guess what? That can leave their back feeling like it’s been through a rollercoaster ride. Ouch!

Wrong running intensity

Runners usually suffer from back pain after abruptly increasing their training load/mileage, especially while running on harder surfaces, such as a paved road, or a sidewalk.

If you’re Running with Bad Form

Now, let’s talk about running with bad form. It’s like dancing with two left feet, my friend. Imagine running in a forward hunch, head dangling like a pendulum, and shoulders all rounded up in a tight ball. Your back is screaming, “Hey, we’re not doing yoga here!”

You see, many recreational runners skip the running form 101 class. It’s like they missed the memo that proper posture matters!

And boy, does it matter. When your spine is out of whack, it’s a domino effect on your mid back, lower back, shoulders, neck—pretty much the whole shebang!

If you Sit too Much

Ah, the sedentary lifestyle, the silent enemy of our backs! We live in an era where sitting seems to be the national sport.

You’ve probably heard of the saying “sitting is the new smoking.” Well, guess what? It’s not just a catchy phrase; there’s truth behind it!

Our modern-day routines have “doomed” us to desk-bound lives. If you work at an office, chances are you’re spending a hefty 7 to 8 hours slouched in front of that screen, like a human question mark. And that’s not all! Surveys reveal that we average around 9 hours hunched over our screens daily. That’s like adopting the posture of a human banana for extended periods!

But here’s the catch: our bodies were never designed to withstand this prolonged sitting. Nope, we were meant to move, explore, and, yes, run like the wind! Our ancestors didn’t spend their days lounging on chairs; they were hunters and gatherers, constantly on the move.

If you’ve Weak Core muscles

Speaking of movement, let’s talk about those core muscles. They’re like the superheroes of your body, the mighty cranes that support your every move! But, alas, many of us have neglected these powerhouse muscles, leaving them weak and underdeveloped. It’s like relying on a rusty bicycle to carry a heavy load—ouch!

When your core muscles are weak, your back takes the brunt of the burden, and that can lead to those dreaded back pains. So, it’s time to give those core muscles some love and attention. Strengthen them up, and they’ll have your back—literally!

Too much Downhill Running

Ah, the joy of downhill running! It feels like you’re flying, right? But let’s talk about the impact it can have on our backs.

Those hill climbs can be a real back buster! You see, running downhill changes the game when it comes to biomechanics.

The postural adjustments needed to tackle those slopes can put a ton of stress on your back muscles. It’s like your back is playing a high-stakes balancing act, and if it’s not up to the challenge, ouch, here comes the pain!

And hold your horses if you’re flying down that hill without engaging your core muscles. It’s like going full speed without a seatbelt! Your core is there to stabilize you, but if you’re not giving it the attention it deserves, your lower back might end up paying the price.

A sore back after a downhill run? No thank you!

If You are Over 50

As we age, it’s no surprise that back pain becomes more common. It’s like an unwelcome guest that decides to stay for an extended vacation. Sometimes, that age-related back pain might have started knocking on your door even in your 30’s or 40’s! Talk about an early arrival!

If you are Overweight

And if you’re carrying a few extra pounds, your back might be feeling the strain. Those extra pounds can really throw your back out of whack. It’s like trying to carry a backpack filled with bricks all day long—no wonder it’s screaming in pain!

If you Have Foot Imbalances

Foot imbalances might seem like a minor issue, but believe me, they can cause some major trouble.

When your feet are not playing nice and distributing your weight evenly, it’s like a teeter-totter gone wild, and your back is caught in the middle of the chaos.

Those imbalances can throw off your whole body alignment and, eventually, translate to back pain. So, if your feet are feeling a bit rebellious, it’s time to show them some love and get them back in sync!

If you have Hernia Disc Issues

Herniated discs are like tiny troublemakers hiding within our spines. Picture those vertebrae as building blocks, perfectly stacked together. And guess what’s keeping them all cozy and cushioned?

Those intervertebral discs! But sometimes, one of those discs decides to go rogue, bulging or slipping out of place, causing acute pain.

It’s like a sneaky intruder crashing the party, and boy, does it bring the pain!

Degenerative Disease

Let’s not forget about degenerative diseases like sciatica. That sciatic nerve, it’s like the boss of all nerves, starting from the lower back and running all the way to the feet.

But sometimes, it gets cranky and inflamed, and boy, does it make its presence known! Sharp pain in the lower back, buttocks, thighs, and knees? Yep, that’s the calling card of sciatica.

Other Conditions to Blame

Oh, back pain, you sneaky trickster! It’s not just those usual suspects like foot imbalances and herniated discs causing all the commotion. No, no, it can be a whole circus of conditions playing their part in this grand show!

Ever heard of blood clots? Yep, those little troublemakers can cause some serious back discomfort, especially when they decide to take a detour from where they’re supposed to be.

Kidney infections and kidney stones, they might seem far away from the back, but trust me, they can bring the pain right to your doorstep! It’s like they’ve got a secret mission to make our lives more exciting, and our backs are caught in the crossfire.

Let’s not forget about Spondylolisthesis, Fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and Spinal stenosis. They’re like a mysterious league of pain, targeting our backs and keeping us on our toes.

Each with its own unique way of causing discomfort, they make sure we never have a dull moment. And arthritis and osteoporosis, they may be associated with getting wiser with age, but they also come with their fair share of backaches. It’s like they want to remind us that life is a wild ride, and our backs are holding on for dear life!

Identifying Back Pain For Runners – The Symptoms

Although there is no such thing as Runners Back overuse injury (to the best of my knowledge), it helps to know how to safely diagnose yourself and know when it’s time for a doctor’s visit.

You have runners back pain if you feel the following, either during or after your runs.

Upper Back Pain In Runners

Ah, the dreaded upper back pain – a pesky little reminder that our bodies aren’t always as invincible as we’d like to believe!

Picture this: you’re out on a run, feeling the wind in your hair and the thrill of the road beneath your feet. But suddenly, there it is – a sharp pain in your upper back, right between or under the shoulder blades. Ouch!

At first, it might seem like a minor annoyance, just a dull ache in the upper back or shoulders. You might try to ignore it, thinking it’ll magically disappear on its own.

But alas, it has other plans! Before you know it, that seemingly innocent ache has transformed into an intense, mind-numbing pain that takes center stage in your run.

It’s like your upper back has decided to put on a dramatic performance, stealing all the attention and leaving you feeling helpless.

You try to adjust your posture, hoping it’ll ease the pain, but it’s like a persistent little gremlin that refuses to be appeased.

Trouble Bending

Imagine this: you finish your run, feeling accomplished and ready to take on the world. But as you go to tie your shoelaces or reach for that water bottle, you notice something is off. Your once supple and flexible upper back feels like it’s turned into a rusty old hinge, creaking and protesting with every movement.

Bending or twisting at the waist becomes a mission impossible, and you find yourself contorting into awkward positions just to avoid that nagging discomfort. It’s like your upper back has decided to turn into a stubborn brick wall, resisting any attempt at bending or twisting gracefully.

And let’s not even talk about lifting heavy objects! The pain jumps into overdrive, as if to say, “Nope, not today!” It’s like having a tiny backache monster that wakes up at the mere thought of any back-twisting motion.

It’s frustrating, to say the least. But fear not, my resilient runners! There’s hope in this tale of limited mobility. With a little patience and some targeted stretches and exercises, we can coax that stiffness to loosen its grip.

Lower Pain In Runners

Again, imagine this. You’re out on a blissful run, feeling the wind in your hair and the pavement beneath your feet. But suddenly, there it is – that nagging sensation in your lower back, like a tiny pebble lodged in your shoe. It starts innocently enough, a subtle reminder of its presence.

As you continue your run, that pesky pain becomes bolder, rearing its head during the downhill section like a mischievous trickster. It’s almost as if your lower back is conspiring against you, waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

But here’s the kicker – lower back pain doesn’t always play by the rules. It can show up even when you’re not running, turning simple everyday tasks into a delicate dance of discomfort. Sitting at your desk, reaching for something on a high shelf, or even tying your shoes can suddenly become a challenge.

It’s like your lower back has a mind of its own, deciding to join in the daily activities when you least expect it. And just like that, your once joyful run turns into a quest to conquer this elusive pain.

But fear not, valiant runners! You’re not alone in this battle. With the right strategies, we can outsmart that cunning pain and reclaim our joy on the road.

Sore Spot

A sore spot is usually a tender area on your back that seems to protest with every touch. It’s like a secret code between your body and the universe, a signal that something is amiss.

You see, your back is like a finely tuned instrument, and when it’s not in harmony, it lets you know with that soreness. It’s like a gentle warning sign, urging you to pay attention and take action.

Big Word of Caution

Here comes the big word of caution – pain in the knee or tingling feelings in the legs? That’s a different story altogether! It’s like the sore spot’s distant cousin, coming to visit uninvited. And trust me, you don’t want that uninvited guest crashing the party.

If you find yourself experiencing pain in your knee or strange tingling sensations in your legs, it’s time to hit the pause button and seek expert advice. That’s when you call in the specialists, the heroes of the medical world, who can unravel the mysteries of these symptoms.

Remember, my fellow runner, self-care is essential, but there are times when you need the guidance of those who know the human body inside and out. They can be your allies in deciphering what’s causing those sensations, ensuring you get back on track swiftly.

Treating Back Pain In Runners

When it comes to tackling that pesky back pain, the comfort of your own home can be your haven of healing. Unless it’s a major medical emergency, you don’t need to be rushing to the hospital or booking a surgery ticket. No siree!

Allow me to introduce you to the R.I.C.E method – the superhero of self-care for runners like us. R.I.C.E stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, and it’s like having a personal first-aid kit at your disposal.


If you find yourself grappling with mild back pain during or after a run, remember this mantra: Rest, rest, and more rest! Taking two to three days or even more to let your body fully recover is the secret sauce to a speedy rebound.

Here’s another nugget of wisdom: give those hard surfaces and downhill trails a break during your recovery period. Opt for softer, flatter terrains to pamper your precious back. Think of it as a relaxing spa treatment for your spine – smooth and soothing!

Remember, my running comrades, pampering your back during the healing process is like giving it a well-deserved vacation. So, lay off those tough trails for a bit, and your back will thank you with every pain-free step you take.

Cold Therapy

Cold therapy is like a breath of fresh air for your achy back. So, picture this: you’ve got a frozen bag of peas or beans, wrapped up like a cozy winter scarf in a cloth or towel. Oh, the relief it brings!

Now, here’s the scoop – some scientists might not have a diploma in “Cold Therapy Magic,” but trust me, it works like a charm for most folks. While the scientific evidence might be playing catch-up, ice has some superpowers of its own. It’s like the superhero that swoops in to ease your pain, reduce swelling, and relax those pesky muscle spasms.

But, wait, before you go piling ice straight onto your skin, hold on a sec! Let’s play it safe, my friends. Always remember to wrap that icy wonder in a cloth or towel – think of it like a cozy blanket for your back. We want your back to feel the chill, not your skin!

Oh, and here’s a friendly reminder: while R.I.C.E works wonders for mild back pain, don’t forget that it’s not a magical fix for everything. If your back pain lingers or gets worse, don’t be a lone wolf – call in the experts! Seeking medical advice is like having a wise sage by your side, guiding you towards a lasting solution.

Seek Medical Attention

Now, I’m all for empowering you to take charge of your health, but there comes a time when you might need the big guns – and that’s where the medical squad comes in. If all these cool tricks don’t cut it, don’t hesitate to call in reinforcements and seek medical attention.

Here’s a secret tip: if you start feeling any leg or groin numbness, or if your strength decides to take a hike, or heaven forbid, you experience bladder or bowel issues – it’s time to sprint to the medical room, my friend. Don’t mess around when it comes to your health.

So, if your back pain decides to go all stubborn on you, take a deep breath, don your cape, and seek help from the professionals. They’ll run some tests, and together, we’ll crack this case like detectives solving a mystery.

Some of the tests your doctor might order include (but not limited to):

  • Blood test
  • X-rays
  • Computed tomography, or CT.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

Preventing Back pain While Running

Ah, my favorite topic – preventing back pain while running! After all, why deal with the pain when we can take a proactive approach, right?

Here a few measures to consider.

Strength Train

First up, we’ve got the ultimate hero – Strength Training! I know, I know, you might think running is enough of a workout, but trust me, a little extra muscle love goes a long way. Think of it like suiting up in a super-strong armor that shields you from common injuries.

Those resistance exercises are like a secret weapon, targeting your rhomboid muscles, lower and mid trapezius, and shoulders – those vital postural muscles that keep you standing tall and proud!

Exercises For Upper Back Pain

For starters, I highly recommended resistance exercises that strengthen the rhomboid muscles, the lower and mid trapezius and the shoulders—vital postural muscle.

Therefore, if you’ve serious postural challenges and/or suffer from severe muscle imbalances, then work on increasing strength in your postural muscles—especially the lower portion of the trapezius muscles.

Some of the best exercises include pull-up, shoulder extension, and Superman.

Exercises for Side Back Pain

Now, if you’ve got some postural challenges or you’re battling muscle imbalances (we all have our kryptonite, right?), then let’s work on boosting the strength in your postural muscles, especially those lower trapezius muscles. They’re the real MVPs, trust me.

So, put on your cape and get ready to conquer those exercises – pull-ups, shoulder extensions, and the Superman move (no, not Clark Kent stuff, but it’s just as cool!). These exercises are like the sidekick that has your back (literally) during those tough runs.

But wait, there’s more! We’ve got a whole arsenal of strength exercises just waiting to be unleashed. Strengthen your core like the mighty warriors we are – think planks, bridges, and those weighted crunches that make your abs feel like they could bench press a car.

Exercises for Lower Back Pain

To strengthen the muscles on the lower back, do plenty of deadlifts (all variations), along with kettlebell swings, bridges, and the sort.

Also, strength your core.

As I have already stated, weakness in the core is a leading cause of back pain.

Some of the best core exercises include the plank, the bridge, the windshield, Russian twists, weighted crunches, and T-pushups.

Stretching and Foam Rolling

Ah, let’s talk about the wonderful world of stretching! It’s like giving your muscles a delightful, rejuvenating stretch that leaves them feeling all loose and limber – just what we need for those epic runs!

Now, picture this – you’ve got some lower body mobility issues or your hamstrings are as tight as a clenched fist. Well, fear not, my fellow runners, because stretching is here to save the day! Tight hamstrings can be a real pain in the back (literally), as they can exacerbate that pesky lower back pain we’re trying to avoid.

You see, those hamstrings are like the trusty support beams that hold up the grand architecture of your body during every walking and running movement. But when they’re too tight, it’s like putting too much pressure on your back – not a great combo!

But fear not, there’s a hero in the form of stretching! By stretching those vital hamstrings, you’re giving them the much-needed love and care they deserve. It’s like giving your muscles a relaxing spa day – they’ll thank you with every pain-free step you take!

So, let’s limber up, shall we? Incorporate some awesome hamstring stretches into your routine, like reaching for those toes with a gentle touch, or doing some dynamic hamstring stretches like leg swings. It’s like giving your hamstrings a dance party they won’t forget!

And guess what? Not only will your hamstrings feel like they’re walking on clouds, but you’ll also be reducing the strain on your pelvis, helping to soothe that low back pain that can sometimes tag along on our runs.

Run with Good Form

Ah, the magical power of good form – the key to unlocking a world of pain-free running bliss! Believe me when I say, it’s like having a secret weapon in your running arsenal!

Listen up, fellow runners, because this is where the magic happens. Good form is like having a guardian angel watching over your back – literally! From my own experience, I can vouch that nailing that perfect form can work wonders in preventing back pain – no critical conditions required!

Picture this – you’re out on a run, gliding like a gazelle, and your form is on point – back straight, core engaged, and posture on fleek! Not only will you feel like an unstoppable force of nature, but you’ll also bid adieu to those nagging back pains that used to slow you down.

It’s all about being a form detective – keep a keen eye on yourself while running. Straighten that back like you’re showing off for the runway, engage that powerhouse core of yours, and keep that upper body as steady as a rock throughout your run. Trust me, your body will thank you!

Oh, and here’s a little tip – avoid excessive twisting at your waist like you’re a human pretzel. You’re not, and your back will appreciate you for it! Stay stable, my friends, and let that upper body ride the smooth, steady wave of your run.

Sit With Proper Posture

If you’re spending more time glued to that computer screen than you’d like to admit, it’s time to give your sitting posture a much-needed makeover!

Picture this – you’re sitting like a posture pro, exuding confidence and comfort. Say goodbye to those dreaded backaches and hello to a whole new level of productivity and focus! Let me spill the beans on how to nail that perfect sitting posture.

First things first – get yourself a lumbar support. Trust me, it’s a game-changer! Grab the Original McKenzie Slimline for that extra boost, or simply use a small cushion to show your back some love. Your spine will thank you!

Now, let’s tackle that computer setup. Keep that monitor right at eye level, and your forearms horizontal with elbows comfortably bent at right angles. No more slouching like a couch potato! Keep those hips and knees level, feet planted firmly on the ground. Need a little extra boost? A footstool’s got your back!

But here’s the thing – sitting for hours on end isn’t doing you any favors. Time to shake things up! Take regular walk breaks, at least once every hour. Let those legs stretch and get that blood flowing. And don’t forget to switch it up – shift your position every 10 to 15 minutes, keeping those muscles happy and loose.

Now, let’s jazz up that office space with an epic makeover! Say hello to the stand-up work desk – a fantastic way to break free from the shackles of sitting. Give it a whirl for a few weeks, and you’ll feel like a brand new you!

And for some extra spice, throw in some dynamic exercises! Roll those necks, shrug those shoulders, and get those muscles moving. Your body will thank you for the mini workout session!

Make Your Running Shoes Last: Tips to Extend Their Lifespan

Are you ready to unlock the secrets of making your beloved running shoes go the extra mile (literally)? If the answer is a resounding “yes,” then you’re in for a treat! We all know that finding the perfect pair of running shoes is like finding that elusive treasure chest on a daring quest.

But hold on tight, because once you’ve found those sole-mates that have your heart pounding with every stride, you’ll want to keep them with you for as long as possible!

But here’s the thing – high-quality running shoes don’t come cheap. With price tags reaching sky-high heights, we’ve got to treat them like the precious gems they are. So, let’s equip ourselves with some nifty tricks to boost the lifespan of our trusty kicks, without compromising an ounce of comfort or functionality.

Today’s post is your go-to guide for ensuring that your running shoes stay by your side, mile after mile. I’ve got the strategies, the know-how, and the pro tips to keep your shoes in tip-top shape, ready to hit the ground running like never before!

From cleaning hacks to drying techniques, from stories of shoe triumphs to picking the perfect pair for your terrain, I’ve got it all covered. Get ready to lace up, as we explore the magic that will make your running shoes last a lifetime.

Sounds great? Let’s get started.

Running Shoes Are Made For Running

Let’s have a heart-to-heart about our precious running shoes – those trusty companions that make every stride feel like floating on a cloud. We all know how they provide us with unparalleled comfort and protection, but here’s the secret sauce to keeping them in top-notch shape.

You see, your running shoes were born to run – it’s in their very soul! They were engineered to handle the impact and demands of running, making each run feel like a symphony of motion. But here’s the thing – when we start using them for everything under the sun, from shopping sprees to evening strolls with our furry pals, we’re unintentionally adding unnecessary miles to their already busy life.

Let me hit you with some numbers straight from the experts! According to the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the average American may be walking up to 2.5 miles per day. Now, let’s do some quick math here – that’s over 70 miles in just a month! Imagine all that precious mileage being put to better use during those energizing runs.

Oh, and don’t think you’re off the hook if you’re just casually strolling around town. Even those leisurely walks are slowly wearing out your beloved shoes, bit by bit. It’s like taking a sports car for a leisurely Sunday drive – it’s just not what it’s built for!

So, here’s the golden rule that will make your shoes eternally grateful – reserve your running shoes for their true calling, those exhilarating runs that make your heart soar and your spirit come alive! Save them for logging those precious miles, as they were born to do, and they’ll thank you by lasting longer than ever before.

Clean Your Running Shoes

Let’s talk about something we all know but often overlook – the secret to keeping our beloved sneakers in tip-top shape! You see, it’s not just about making them look good (though that’s a nice perk), but it’s also about extending their lifespan and ensuring our feet stay happy and injury-free.

Picture this – you’ve just conquered a thrilling outdoor run, feeling the wind in your hair and the earth beneath your feet. But alas, as you finally catch your breath, you glance down at your sneakers, only to find them covered in mud, grass, and a hint of puddle splashes. Oh, the battle scars of a great run!

But here’s the thing – all that grime and dirt can wreak havoc on your shoes! Those stubborn stains not only make them look worse for wear but can actually put undue strain on your precious feet. Nobody wants blisters and foot pain to be their running companions down the road, right?

Let me hit you with some hardcore facts – research shows that all that build-up on the outside of your shoes can compromise the rubber, undo stitching, and shorten their lifespan. That’s like pushing your trusty running shoes to their limits, and we want to keep them running with us for as long as possible!

Now, here’s a lesser-known tidbit – you sweat a lot during a run (I know, shocking revelation!). And guess where all that sweat goes? Straight into your shoes! A warm and cozy environment for bacteria and mold to have a party. Eek! We definitely don’t want our shoes turning into a funky breeding ground, do we?

So, here’s the good news – we’ve got the ultimate guide to keeping those sneakers sparkling clean and smelling fresh as a daisy! But first, a word of caution – never, and I repeat, never throw your running shoes into the washing machine. That’s a recipe for disaster! Laundry detergent can melt the glue that holds the fabrics together, and nobody wants their shoes falling apart like a house of cards.

Instead, grab a trusty bucket filled with warm water, anti-grease soap, and a sponge. Give those shoes a gentle scrub, removing every stubborn stain with care. And if they’re a bit stinky, fear not – a nice soak in a water and soap mixture will do wonders. And for that extra oomph of freshness, sprinkle some baking soda magic to deodorize those shoes.

Check the following YouTube Tutorial on how to wash your shoes the right way:

Air Dry Your Shoes

We all know that after a thrilling run, our faithful sneakers can be a soggy mess. But here’s the deal – if you even think about tossing them into a dryer or sticking them near a radiator, you might as well be baking a batch of cookies!

Not exactly the recipe for happy and healthy shoes, let me tell you why.

You see, the scorching temperatures from those appliances can wreak havoc on our precious shoes. They’ll be melting like a snowman in the summer sun, and that’s definitely not the kind of meltdown we want! Trust me, I’ve seen it happen, and it’s heartbreaking.

So, what’s the harm in a little heat, you ask? Well, that fiery inferno can break down the materials of our shoes, compromising their very structure and drastically shortening their lifespan. It’s like throwing our shoes into a fiery furnace – a shoe apocalypse!

But wait, there’s more – drying our sneakers the right way isn’t just about saving them from a fiery demise, it’s also about protecting our feet from the villainous athlete’s foot. Picture this nasty little fungus, called tinea, having a party in the sweaty and damp confines of our shoes. It’s like a horror story for our feet, and nobody wants to star in that gruesome tale!

So, here’s the hero’s guide to saving our shoes and our feet! First things first, after a wash or a rainy run, give your shoes a little breathing room. Unlace those babies, remove the sock line, and take out the insole.

Let them bask in the glory of fresh air – outside in the sun is the dream scenario!

Oh, and here’s a pro tip – flip your shoes upside down, so any lingering water can make a quick escape. It’s like giving your shoes a little headstand yoga session, minus the Zen music!

But what if you’re in a rush? Fear not, we’ve got a quick fix – stuff those damp shoes with some trusty paper towels or newspaper. They’ll soak up that moisture like superheroes on a mission! And once they’ve done their duty, replace them with fresh dry paper and keep that cycle going until your running shoes are good as new.

Now, here’s the catch – patience is the name of the game. Drying out our shoes properly might take a whole day, but trust me, it’s worth the wait! Think of it as a little detox retreat for your shoes – they’ll come out feeling refreshed and ready to hit the roads again.

Rotate To Make Your Running Shoe Last Longer

Let’s talk about a little trick that’ll keep your running shoes kicking and bouncing for longer!

So, picture this – you’re out there, pounding the pavement day in and day out, giving it your all. But wait, have you ever wondered if there’s a way to give your beloved running shoes a little break without sacrificing your daily runs? Well, fear not, because I’ve got a game-changing strategy for you – rotation!

Now, I know what you’re thinking – rotating shoes, really? But trust me, it’s like having a secret weapon in your running arsenal. Here’s the deal – if you’re a running warrior, hitting the tracks almost every day, having two pairs of running shoes is a total game-changer! Why stick to one, when you can have a dynamic duo ready to tackle any challenge?

Think of it this way – having two pairs of running shoes is like having a trusty sidekick that’s always got your back! When one pair needs a little rest after a muddy adventure, the other steps right up to the plate. It’s like a relay race, but instead of runners, it’s your shoes taking turns!

And you know what’s even better? This rotation magic works wonders, especially during those unpredictable winter days. We all know the weather can be a bit moody, and you don’t want to send your favorite shoes into a slushy battle every single day.

But there’s more – the science behind it is pretty fascinating too! 🧪 Experts say that alternating between two pairs of running shoes gives each pair enough time to decompress and bounce back to their best form. It’s like a mini spa day for your shoes – they get to relax and rejuvenate, ready to take on your next adventure!

But here’s the kicker – having multiple pairs of running shoes isn’t just about variety, it’s about being prepared for any challenge! You see, different workouts demand different footwear. For those thrilling outdoor runs, you want shoes that can conquer any terrain. And when it’s treadmill training time, you need the perfect pair to take you to new speeds!

Oh, and here’s a little secret – rotating your running shoes isn’t just great for your shoes, it’s fantastic for your feet too!

You see, bacteria love warm and damp places, and guess where they love to party?

Between your toes and under the balls of your feet – yikes! But rotating your shoes gives them a chance to air out and dry completely, putting a stop to that sneaky bacteria’s wild fiesta! Want to have sock lint between your toes, right?


Store Your Running Shoes Properly

Alright, my fellow running enthusiasts, let’s talk about giving your precious kicks the TLC they deserve!

Listen up, because how you store your running shoes can make a world of difference in their long and happy life. Think of it this way – you wouldn’t leave a friend out in the cold or under the blazing sun all day, right? Well, your shoes are like your trusty running companions, and they need some love too!

So, here’s the deal – extreme conditions are a big no-no! Stashing your shoes in a freezing garage during winter or leaving them to roast under the sun is a recipe for disaster.

Trust me, it’s like pushing them through an obstacle course they weren’t meant to conquer.

Instead, let’s create a cozy home for your beloved shoes – a dry, cool spot where they can breathe and air out like champions! No more throwing them in a sweaty gym bag, locking them up in a garage, or even worse, leaving them stranded in the dark trunk of your car. They deserve better than that!

And hey, if you decide to use a shoebox to keep them safe, make sure it’s got some breathing holes! After all, even your shoes need to feel that sweet, fresh air to stay fungus-free and happy.

Here’s the full guide running shoe anatomy.

Replace Your Running Shoes Regularly

Now, let’s talk about when it’s time to say goodbye to your trusty companions. sniff I know, it’s tough, but all good things must come to an end, including running shoes.

Remember, they’ve got a mileage limit, and pushing them beyond their boundaries might lead to some serious pain and injury. Ouch!

So, the rule of thumb is to give them a well-deserved retirement party every 400 to 500 miles. It’s like honoring their service and letting them go out on a high note. And hey, keeping tabs on their mileage is a piece of cake with running apps or training journals.

Plus, it’s like a little trip down memory lane – you’ll know exactly how many miles of adventures you’ve shared with your trusty steeds!

Now, I know parting ways can be tough, but look on the bright side – it’s a chance to welcome a shiny new pair into your running family! Trust me, I’m guilty of getting a new pair every 4 to 5 months, and let me tell you, it’s like welcoming a new friend into the squad.

Oh, and here’s a little secret – the right shoes for the right terrain can make all the difference!

Trail shoes are like the fearless explorers, ready to conquer any uneven, wet, and challenging terrains. But don’t expect them to dance gracefully on the road – that’s where the road runners shine! Choose shoes designed for your favorite terrains, and they’ll thank you with extra miles of companionship

Embracing the Solo Runner lifestyle: Tips for Delightful Solo Running

If you’ve ever found yourself hesitant to hit the pavement solo, fret not – you’ve come to the right place! I’m about to unleash a whole bunch of tips and tricks to transform your solo running experience from daunting to delightful!

Picture this – no more feeling like a lone wolf on those winding trails or empty streets. I’ve got your back, and I’m here to prove that running alone can be an absolute blast!

In today’s post, we’re serving up a buffet of fantastic ideas that will make you fall head over heels for solo runs. No more dreading the solitude – we’ll show you how to embrace it and make every mile an adventure to remember.

Awesome, let’s dive right in!

Focus on the Scenery

Let’s talk about the magic of immersing ourselves in nature while logging those miles. We all know running is fantastic for our physical and mental health, but hold on to your running hats because I’ve got some research-backed good news for you!

Studies have shown that running in natural settings takes our endorphin game to a whole new level! Yes, you heard it right – it’s like a double shot of happiness for our souls! The lush greenery, the scent of the earth beneath our feet, and the soft rustle of leaves – all of it contributes to lifting our moods and kicking stress to the curb.

It’s like running through a dreamy paradise, and you’re the star of the show! Trust me, when you’re out there, surrounded by nature’s beauty, you’ll feel like the luckiest runner on the planet. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that truly makes you appreciate the wonders of being alive.

So, my friends, I dare you to explore the uncharted territories of running! Take that road less traveled, venture into new routes, and embrace the unexpected. Run through the parks, forests, or along scenic trails – it’s like embarking on a soul-nourishing adventure every time you lace up your running shoes.

Do Intervals

When you’re running solo, you’re doing your own thing. You are not worried about speeding up When you’re out there conquering the trails all on your own, you’re the boss of your pace – no more worrying about keeping up with your buddies or slowing down for the team. It’s just you, your determination, and the open road!

Now, hold on tight because I’m about to let you in on a little secret that’ll take your solo running to the next level – intervals! It’s like adding a dash of adrenaline and a sprinkle of excitement to your runs. Imagine interval training as your very own superhero cape – it’s tailored to your pace and running goals, making you feel like a running superstar!

Ready for some real fun? Allow me to introduce you to the thrilling world of “fartlek” – a Swedish term for “speed play.” Fancy, huh? It’s the ultimate game of catch-me-if-you-can with yourself! Here’s how it goes:

First, give yourself a 10-minute slow jog warm-up – just a little prelude to the adventure that awaits. Now, keep your eyes peeled for a landmark in the distance – it could be a stop sign, a parked car, or even a majestic tree. Ready? Now sprint towards it with all your might, like a cheetah chasing its prey!

Feel the wind on your face, the rush of endorphins, and the thrill of pushing your limits. You’re unstoppable! Once you reach your landmark, take a breather for one to two minutes – catch your breath and let the excitement build again.

Then, it’s time for round two – pick another landmark and speed up like a rocket! You’re like a superhero soaring through the city, faster than a speeding bullet! The best part? You get to repeat this epic cycle as many times as you like – the world is your playground, and you’re the superhero calling the shots!

Listen To Music

let’s crank up the rhythm and talk about the magic of running to the beat of our favorite tunes! Music has this incredible power, don’t you think? Whenever I feel stuck in my own little world, a killer playlist can be the ultimate push I need to get out that door and conquer those miles like a pro!

I mean, come on, we all know that pesky inner voice that tries to slow us down or tell us we can’t do it. But with the right beats blasting in our ears, that voice doesn’t stand a chance! It’s like having a personal cheerleader that keeps us going, no matter what obstacles lie ahead.

Now, hold up, my friends, before you start cranking up the volume to a concert level – let’s talk safety. As much as you love rocking out to our favorite jams, you need to be mindful of your surroundings too.

So, keep that volume in check or better yet, use just one earbud. It’s like having the best of both worlds – the motivation from the music and the awareness of everything happening around us.

Stick to your Schedule

Now, let’s get down to business – schedules! Trust me, having a well-thought-out running routine is like having a superpower to conquer the chaos of life. So, take a deep breath and decide how many times a week you’d like to embrace those runs and how long each workout will last. Plan it out in advance like a boss!

You know what happens when you have a strict schedule in place? It’s like making a promise to yourself, and you know what? You’ll be surprised at how seriously you take that promise! Each run becomes a “must-do” activity, no more optional miles for us! Even when work or family obligations pop up out of nowhere, you’ll find it easier to prioritize your running routine over impromptu plans..

Here’s how to overcome your running excuses.

Running Made Easy: Tips to Fit Exercise into a Hectic Schedule

Are you caught up in the fast-paced whirlwind of modern life, where running and exercise often get tossed to the side, lost in the shuffle of endless priorities? It happens to the best of us! Sometimes, a touch of laziness creeps in, and before we know it, weeks pass without a single run.

Yet it’s not a hopeless case.

In this article, we’re diving headfirst into some practical ways to seamlessly integrate running into your daily life, even if you find yourself juggling 16-hour workdays.

So, get ready to put on your running shoes and embark on this exciting journey with us. Let’s explore how to prioritize running amidst life’s hustle and bustle, and turn it into a rewarding and achievable part of your daily routine.

Let’s get started!

Have A Plan

You know what they say: failing to plan is planning to fail. So, if you’re serious about making running a regular part of your life, you need a solid plan to make it happen.

Here’s the deal: simply saying you’ll go for a run won’t cut it. You’ve got to be intentional and map out your running workouts like a pro. Figure out the best times that fit into your busy schedule, and then jot down your sessions in your calendar.

Treat those runs like non-negotiable meetings – you wouldn’t bail on your boss, would you?

And here’s a little secret: planning doesn’t stop at work or school. Nope! Look for clever ways to fit running into other events too. Got a family gathering? Sneak in a morning run before it starts.

Traveling? Pack those running shoes and explore new routes in the city you visit.

Bottom line, having a plan ensures you’ll never miss a run and helps you stay on track with your fitness goals.

Analyze your Day

Now, let’s dive into some powerful strategies to seamlessly integrate running into your jam-packed schedule!

First off, let’s conduct a little detective work: analyze your day like a pro! Take the next couple of days to closely monitor everything you do. Trust me, it’s worth the effort! You’ll gain an objective overview of how you spend your time, and that knowledge is pure gold.

Once you’ve identified those sneaky time-wasting culprits, it’s time to reclaim those precious minutes! Whether it’s through delegating tasks, finding more efficient ways to handle routine chores, or mastering the art of multitasking, you’ll uncover a treasure trove of extra hours.

Run in the Morning

Now, let’s talk about the magic of morning runs! There’s something truly invigorating about lacing up your running shoes and hitting the pavement before the world wakes up. Sure, waking up at 5 am might not sound like the most enticing idea, but trust me – the sense of accomplishment and energy you’ll feel is unmatched!

Beyond the morning motivation, there’s science backing the power of AM workouts! Research suggests that people who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick to their fitness routine in the long run.

So, by starting your day with a refreshing run, you’re setting yourself up for consistent success in your training journey.

Are you ready to embrace these game-changing tactics and turn your running goals into a reality? It’s time to seize the day and make every moment count on your running adventure!

Be Ready to Run

Remember the saying, “fortune favors the prepared mind”? Well, when it comes to running, truer words have never been spoken!

It’s all about being ready to hit the ground running (literally!) and seizing those golden opportunities for a great workout.

So, here’s the deal: have your running gear on standby and at the ready! Your trusty running shoes, comfy shorts, killer playlist, maybe even some spare change – get them all lined up, folks!

Oh, and don’t forget to set up your running kit the night before, just in case that sneaky motivation strikes for a morning run.

Relinquish the ‘Too Tired’ Excuse

Now, let’s talk about those dreaded moments when exhaustion tries to weasel its way into our running plans. Life can be tough, and trust me, we get it!

Especially if you’re juggling a full-time job and taking care of a few adorable little munchkins at home. But here’s where the magic of running comes into play!

Running does wonders for your cardiovascular health, pumping oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, giving you an energy boost like no other!

Say goodbye to that feeling of being too drained to do anything. Lace up those running shoes, and watch as the stress melts away like snow on a sunny day.

So, the next time life throws you a curveball, don’t give in to the “too tired” excuse. Reach for those running shoes instead, and you’ll feel recharged, revitalized, and prepared to take on anything that comes your way!

Remember, running isn’t just about physical exercise; it’s a powerful tool to boost your mind, body, and soul. Embrace it, and let those endorphins work their magic!

Build The Habit

Let’s dive into the amazing world of building the running habit – the key to making running an integral part of your daily life, no matter what’s going on around you. Humans, you know, are fascinating creatures of habits – it’s like we’re wired that way!

But hey, I get it, sometimes it can be tough. So, picture this: you wake up each morning, check your calendar like a pro, and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back for every bit of progress you make. You’ll be surprised how rewarding it can be!

But wait, there’s more to it! Consistency is the name of the game. Even if you can’t exercise every single day, try your best to lace up those running shoes at the same time daily – whether it’s the energizing morning, the bustling afternoon, or even the peaceful late-night hours.

Trust me; your body will thank you for the routine.

Get A Baby Jogger

If you’re a parent and think having kids might hold you back – think again! I discovered the wonders of a jogging stroller.

Yep, that’s right! With this nifty piece of gear, you can log in those miles without needing to hire a babysitter or compromising on quality time with your little ones. It’s like killing two birds with one stone – staying active and being a great parent!

I did some digging and came across research papers that supported my idea.

Running with a jogging stroller might pose some mechanical challenges, but it’s still excellent exercise.

Plus, guess what? Most kids absolutely adore going along for the ride!

It becomes a delightful adventure for them, and you get your workout – it’s a win-win!

Imagine cruising through the park, your child laughing gleefully, and the wind in your hair as you run towards a healthier and fitter you.

It’s like a beautiful metaphor for life – pushing forward despite the obstacles, with your loved ones cheering you on every step of the way.

Ditch The Guilt

Let’s have a heart-to-heart about ditching the guilt and making life easier for ourselves. Life can be a rollercoaster, and trust me, I get it – we’ve all been there! But here’s a little secret: it’s okay if we can’t tick off everything on our to-do list each day. Seriously, cut yourself some slack!

The real deal is all about prioritizing what truly matters – your sanity and your health. You see, we often put too much pressure on ourselves, and it’s time to let go of that guilt. So what if you couldn’t go for that run today? Life throws curveballs sometimes, and nobody’s perfect, not even the most seasoned athletes. Embrace the imperfections.

Now, let’s talk about running. It’s fantastic, no doubt about it, but there’s no need to lose sleep over missing a day. We all have those moments when life gets in the way, and that’s perfectly fine.

The key is to remain committed to your training program, and guess what? There’s always a tomorrow – a fresh chance to hit the ground running!

I stumbled upon some fascinating research papers that highlighted the importance of being kind to ourselves and not letting guilt hold us back. It turns out that accepting our imperfections and being forgiving actually improves our overall well-being and motivation. It’s like unleashing a superpower – the power to focus on what truly matters and keeping our fitness journey on track for the long haul!

Let me tell you a little story about my own journey. There were times when I beat myself up for not sticking to my exercise routine religiously. But you know what I learned? Guilt only adds unnecessary weight to our shoulders, making it even harder to stay on track. So, I made a decision – no more guilt, just progress!

As we grow older, we must prioritize our health and fitness. It’s like laying a strong foundation for a future full of vitality and joy. But hey, I can’t force you to make that choice – it’s something you’ve got to decide for yourself. However, I do have some awesome tips and guidelines that can nudge you in the right direction.


No matter how busy your life can get, one of the biggest and vicious lies you can tell yourself is that you don’t have time to take care of your fitness and health.

As we get older, it’s really important to prioritize our health. You’ll find it easier to stick to exercise for the long haul. But it’s a decision you have to make on your own. I cannot force you to take that road.

Nonetheless, the tips and guidelines above can surely help you get on the right path.