Squeezing in miles first thing in the morning, during lunch break, and gathering up the energy and courage to run later in the evening or at night is a big challenge. And truth be told, it’s not always easy to strike balance between work obligations, family responsibilities and running.So you have to find time in for running; otherwise you are hosed.But where there is a will, there is a way, as they say.That’s why the run commute has gathered some much steam lately. It’s really an effective “time-finding” strategy to keep your running program humming—especially if you are running a hectic life schedule.
Hill running is one of the most running-specific resistance training that there is.Hills are your best ally when it comes to building strength and power in your legs.Nevertheless, I know of a lot of runners who shy away from the hills.Well, this is bad news since the hills are...
Iliotibial band syndrome is an overuse injury of tissues of the outer thigh and knee, and it’s one of the most common injuries experienced by runners from all training backgrounds and fitness levels.This injury does not discriminate nor differentiate. It can hit the beginner runner and elite runner alike. According to research, this injury accounts for about 10 percent of all running injuries.ITBS is usually known and marked by a burning and sharp knee pain, and it’s really painful and debilitating.So before I delve deep into some of the treatment and prevention strategies for this incapacitating condition, let’s first take a quick look on the medical definition of ITBS and some of the main factors that cause it.
The 11 Steps for Making Running a Habit for LifeIn today’s post I’m going to share with you some of the lessons I learned about building a successful running—and exercise—habit for life. So here are some practical tips on how to make running a habit and stick with it for the long haul.
This piece on gastrointestinal problems during running and the exact steps you need to take to prevent it for good.Call it “runner’s trots”, “the runs”, “workout stomach”. Whatever you call it; GI issues are no stranger to most runners.In fact, if you have ever done a hard run (or any type of strenuous workout), then chances are high, that at some point, you have had to high-tail to the nearest secluded tree or bathroom ASAP. I doubt that there is no runner alive who hasn’t experienced some type of stomach issue while pounding the pavement.
Nutrition is a crucial aspect of long-distance running. What you eat before, during, and after training is a critical element of any running program, and if you’re going to do a long run, you need to have food to eat along the way.This is something I learned the hard...
I hate to sound like a broken record, but the type of food you eat (before, during and after each run) has a significant influence on your running performance and overall health well being.In fact, the kitchen is a major piece of your training arsenal. Fail to address your nutrition needs, then expect mediocre performance, trouble, injury, you name it.A simple questionLet’s assume that you could only stockpile your kitchen with only 10 foods. As a runner, which foods should make your list?I hope you are picking the right list. And in case you don’t know which foods should make up the list, then fret no more. I have done the research for you.According to my personal experience from trying out different foods and studying a multitude of diets, I came up with this short and sweet list of the foods that you should make a priority.Top Nutrient-dense Foods only
The glutes are the source of power when it comes to running or any other athletic endeavor. When you run, your glutes muscles keep your pelvis steady and level, and also keep your torso, pelvis and legs aligned.Therefore, these muscles should the focus of every runner’s oriented strength workout program.But truth be told. The glutes are usually ignored. And most runners end up paying a hefty price when they don’t give the glutes the attention and care they require. Don’t be one of them.Speaking from my personal experience, glute training was never my thing. And I still have glute weakness issues that I’m dealing with.We have our weaknesses. Nobody is perfect.But one can always get on the endless path for perfection.
Truth be told. It’s not always easy to find the perfect running pair that offers the ideal combination of comfort and style, without a cringe-worthy price tag.And when you finally find your sole-mate you will have to do your best to make them last for the long haul.As a...
As a runner, it’s only practical to take good care of your feet. After all, they are the foundation of every stride you take. Ignore them and they will definitely fail you on the running track.After all, the feet have the power to marking running enjoyable—or a march through hell.Yet in most cases, not until runners suffer from pain, swelling, blisters, or worse, serious injury that we start paying attention to our feet, which is a sad truth.So if you are serious about keeping your feet healthy and happy, you need to start giving them a little bit of attention before they become a problem.So if you love running but your feet are killing you, here is what you need to do.Today I’m sharing with you some of the simple stuff I do to take care of my feet. I admit. I’m not a podiatrist. Actually, I’m not an “official” expert on any subject. So what I’m sharing here is the result of my own research and experience. Take it with a grain of salt.In fact, I encourage you to do your own research, and find what works the best for you. And when you do, please share with us your findings.In the meantime, here is what works for me.