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1000 Miles: Reflections on a Challenging Year

I just reached the 1000-mile mark last weekend. This alone is a miracle for me, even though I have reached the milestone several times before.

2021 came for me with many challenges that go beyond the Covid pandemic completing its second year. I faced serious health challenges that, held by the hand of the Lord and with the support of my wife, family, and friends, I have been able to overcome. It has been quite a journey.

On June 23 I underwent open-heart surgery after two years of trying to manage the issue. My arteries had a wiring problem since birth that suddenly, at age 53 and having been active all my life, started becoming an issue. I also got a coronary artery by-pass. Continue Reading →

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How to Maintain a Healthy Immune System While Training for a Marathon

It is no secret that training for a marathon is no walk in the park. It takes a significant amount of time, discipline, and effort to be successful at marathon training. The amount of preparation it takes to train for a marathon can certainly take a toll on your body which is why many are concerned about maintaining their immune system while going through their training program. So, how does one stay healthy throughout such a grueling process? This article will provide some tips and tricks that help even the most seasoned runners reach the finish line of their training program. Continue Reading →

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Benefits of CBD for Professional Action-Sport Athletes

Many professional athletes, from soccer legend Megan Rapinoe to extreme surfer Albee Layer, use CBD for its purported health benefits.

Numerous medical studies have highlighted CBD’s impact on pain, inflammation, anxiety, focus, and even energy.

Because of this, it’s no surprise that many extreme-sport athletes are curious about how useful CBD may be for both training and competition recovery. But how much do we really know about this compound? Continue Reading →

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Are Endurance Athletes More Prone to Oxidative Stress?

If there’s one thing any endurance athlete knows, it’s that proper oxygenation is key to performance. Whether you run, bike, swim or are fond of combining all three, breathing is at the heart of training and execution. The name of the game is maintaining your target heart rate, to keep blood pumping and to ensure your body gets the oxygen it needs to keep you moving at peak performance. Continue Reading →

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Is this Pain Really an Injury or Not?

4 Steps to Identify if you need to engage in a Formal Rehabilitation Protocol or just Rest

Runners are accustomed to a certain amount discomfort. Training can be hard and uncomfortable at times which is exactly why it’s so rewarding and addicting.

It can get a bit confusing when it comes to physical injuries and pain. Most runners have experienced that out of nowhere pain in a foot, knee or hip that had us wondering if we should really keep running.

Then just as suddenly as it appeared, it faded away. How about the all too common sentiment: “It takes me 2-3 miles just to feel warmed up from all my aches and pains.” Continue Reading →

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How to Self-Treat a Calf Strain/Pull

If you have ever suffered from a “pulled” or strained calf muscle, you know that running is difficult to near impossible and even walking can be an issue.

Calf injuries are common and occur in both competitive and recreational athletes of all kinds (such as runners, soccer players, basketball players, gymnasts, and dancers) and are frequently seen in weekend warriors as well as active individuals.

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Benefits of Joining an Online Class that You Should Know

Online classes are common today due to the benefits they offer to both the tutor and the learner. The new normal is now a modified concept of education focused on online learning. Online learning is now one of the resources most learning institutions invest in and use to improve their services. All these learning centers, like Illinois Children Recreation Centers, had to adopt these education systems because of the benefits. With advanced technologies, online learning has also become a means of extracurricular activities for adults and kids. Before joining an online class, you have to think of the following advantages of taking online courses.  Continue Reading →