One of the best things about running is that you can do it almost anywhere, any time of the day or night. Nonetheless, most runners, including me, prefer logging in our miles during the day when the sun is out and shining. But that’s not always the case. In fact, daytime savings, busy schedules, family obligations, and so on, can get in the way of a regular running program during the daytime. That’s why we sometimes are forced to make the shift to running in the darkest hours of the day, whether it’s the early morning or late in the evening. And the thing is, if you find yourself hitting the road during these hours, you gonna have to take extra precautions to ensure a safe running experience. Staying safe while running in the dark requires a bit of planning. But fret no more. I got you covered buddy. Today I decided to spill the beans on nighttime running.
Leg cramps, those painful muscle spasms, plague many a runner—especially during the summer and on race day. It starts like this: you are running along with no problems. Maybe you didn’t even experience them when you started running. But after a few miles, out of nowhere, your calf starts to cramp and it gets so severe that you have to stop running, and wonder whether you are going to run ever again. Regardless of the frequency of the occurrence, these muscle cramps are total bombs. That can be a problem if you are serious about keeping your runs pain-free, or looking to reach your next personal best on your upcoming race. Cramps hurt and they will slow you down and compromise months of hard training by messing with your precious time (and body and mind) in a race.
How can I measure my training intensity? If you don’t know the answer to that question, then you are in the right place. Workout intensity is vital to measure as it can tell you whether you are training too hard or not pushing it hard enough. Do too much, and you risk injury and/or burnout. Do too little, and your fitness level will plateau, even decline, which is not what you want. One of the commonly used methods is the Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE). Using this rating system is a crucial component of any training program—regardless of your current fitness level and goals. In this post, I will give you an overview of RPE—what is it, why you should use it, and how to efficiently use for maximum effect. So, are you excited? Then here we go.
In today’s post I’m going to spill the beans on one of the most important and yet often ignored aspects of running: Proper recovery. This piece of the training puzzle is key whether you are beginner runner or an elite athlete. See, the truth is running, sooner or later will take a toll on your body and mind. Therefore, you NEED a multitude of ways to help you recover properly. Otherwise, you will be risking injuries and painful burnouts. How much recovery runners needs? As a runner, the amount of recovery you need depends on a variety of factors, including your own fitness level, the intensity and volume of your runs and your own experience. For example, a beginner runner may need more recovery between relatively easy runs than an elite marathoner who runs 60+ miles per week. So how can you ensure proper recovery? Well read on to discover all the answers you seek.
So you decided to train for your first race. Maybe it’s a 10K, a half marathon or whatever got you going. Anyway, you are determined to run as hard and as fast possible so you can be prepared on the big day. Then after a couple of weeks of training, you start getting plagued by blisters, especially around your arches and your training becomes a “running” hell. Even if you are only running for leisure and fitness, blisters can be a big annoyance. But fret no more. You are not alone. Blisters from running are very common. I know, I had at least two races ruined because of a painful foot blister. So what’s a blister anyway? How Running Blisters Occur
If you’re currently experiencing calf pain caused (supposedly) by running, then you came to the right place. Calf issues are a pretty common complaint about runners. But if you take good care of your calf muscles...
Therefore, it’s no surprise that the knee is the most common site for injuries among runners (and athletes from all backgrounds). In fact, knee injuries make up roughly 50 percent of all sports injuries, according to research. Knee pain/injury can affect anyone, from beginner joggers who are just starting out, to elite runners who push themselves a bit too hard.
Running might be one of the most beginner-friendly sports out there. It requires no special instruction. And the fact is, we are born to run. Our bodies are designed to perform the motion of running (just look at your limbs, buddy, that ain’t an accident). After all, running is all about putting one foot in front of the other (in a speedy kind of a way). With that said, not everyone knows how to run properly. In fact, proper form eludes most—especially the beginners who’s got no clue on how to proceed. The Importance of Proper Form
Want to know how to run like a pro runner? If your answer is yes, then keep on reading… Why should you consider training like a pro? The fact is, if you are serious about reaching your full potential, you’ll need to imitate the strategies of those on top—no need to reinvent the wheel. By training like a pro runner, you’ll be able, without a shadow of a doubt, to achieve your running best.