When it comes to preventing knee pain, knee strengthening exercises are the way to go. In fact, as a runner, if you are plagued with knee pain and you are serious about preventing any future pain, or God Forbid, serious knee injury, then you should really start working on adding strength to your knees by doing the exercises I’m going to share with you today.
Encountering chest pain—especially those usually referred to as heart palpitations—while running can be a scary thing, but, hopefully by the end of this blog post, you will learn that in most cases it’s not something worth having a panic attack about. In fact, heart palpitations are a normal condition, and can be prevented by making some simple lifestyle changes.
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.
Are you thinking of starting to run again after a long break? Then you are in the right place. Today, and with my help, you are going to learn how to make a strong running comeback. Yes, I know, sometimes it feels like an impossible feat. I’ve been there, and to be...
PALEO IS LEGIT, AND IT WORKS. Oh God! Not another diet! I know, it sounds like the type of diet trends/marketing nonsense you see on late night commercials; nonetheless, Paleo is actually the real thing. Today is my first attempt to get you started on the paleo path. Please before you decide to leave this blog or pick another post to read, hear (read) what I have to say. This blog post is about sharing with you my insights on the Paleo diet and how it can help you as a runner. I will be also sharing with you some practical tips to help you experiment with this amazing nutrition regiment.
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 Life In 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.