When training for a marathon, sleep should be an important part of your schedule. Sleep studies on marathon runners are surprisingly scarce, but one study looking at elite tennis players found those who increased their sleep time to ten hours a night ran faster sprints than usual. So, although everyone’s needs are different, elite athletes should get at least eight to ten hours of sleep a night. Getting enough sleep will lead to faster recovery and therefore faster running. Continue Reading →
While it may seem like your wealthy friends look good because they can afford to enlist in a personal trainer, there is actually a much deeper connection between your fitness and your finances. According to research, those who tend to overspend on their purchases, tend to overeat as well, and vice versa. The more this cycle continues, the more they tend to feed off each other. Continue Reading →
“Sometimes we do hard things,” I wrote on the MTA Facebook page as a way to announce the completion of my first 100K recently.
It was a hard day for sure, just under 15 ½ hours, well off my A goal at the Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. But it was good enough to finish 38th overall out of 121, many of whom did not finish the race.
For me, the race was about the finish — and just getting to the start line. Crossing the finish line was the culmination of more than a year of training, with more ups and downs than UROC (11,000 feet of elevation gain and an equal amount of descent). Continue Reading →
A couple of years ago during a business trip, I went to see the Boston Marathon finish line. I did not step on or pass the famous blue and yellow street decoration. I will run through it at another time, I told myself.
I repeated the same scenario last summer during a family vacation to Boston. At that time, I was going through a mix of emotions. I felt confident that my qualifying time from the November 2017 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon would be strong enough to get me into the 2019 race.
However, on that Boston trip, I was only a month out from emergency abdominal surgery. I had not been cleared to resume full activities at that time. Gentle jogging was as hard core as I was able to get at that point. Would I be able to regain the speed, endurance and fitness that I had developed since I began running in 2011? Would I still find the joy in the struggle? Would I still answer the alarm at oh-dark-thirty for training?
It did not take me long to answer my own questions. Continue Reading →
To some, athletics is a way of life. It comes with great rewards such as fame and glory. But all this may be at a greater risk. An athlete can sustain injuries during training or while engaging in sports. One can attain a hip, knee, foot or ankle injury. This’s severe and if not treated it could lead to permanent damage or even life loss. There’re some tips to improving sporting performing thus reduce injury risk they include: Continue Reading →
If arthritis pain and inflammation are interfering with your marathon training, don’t miss this essential guide to making smart adaptations to reduce symptoms and improve your performance:
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Most of us can’t get through a marathon training season without a pair of running headphones.
We just love to listen to music, podcasts, and even audiobooks to help pass the time.
I’ve definitely found that having something good to listen to can make those three-hour long runs a lot easier – not to mention the early-morning and super-cold runs.
But has it become a habit to the point where you don’t even think about it anymore?
I for one often plug my headphones in and get going, never really making a conscious decision about whether I’m going to listen to something or run in silence.
It turns out there are some great benefits to running headphones-free sometimes. Here are four reasons you might consider leaving them at home for your next run. Continue Reading →
Worldwide, running is a very popular choice of exercise and there’s no denying the number of health benefits that it can provide. Increased energy, weight loss, muscle strength, improved heart health, and better stress level management are just some of the widely reported benefits from people who run. But, could running too much be causing a spike in your cortisol levels? Continue Reading →
Compression socks are popular among runners and fitness enthusiasts. These over-the-calf socks stimulate the blood flow that helps runners recover quickly after a prolonged run. This post is dedicated to helping runners select the best compression stockings for running. Continue Reading →
By Henry Howard
Running was the furthest thing from Nicole Hart’s mind until her mid-20s. She started running at age 26 when she met her Army husband.
“He was really fit and active and I decided I wanted to be that too,” says Hart.
But her “why” goes deeper than that. Much deeper.
When she was in nursing school, Hart experienced tachycardia symptoms, and was diagnosed with Wolffe-Parkinson White Syndrome. After seeing a cardiologist, she had the problem surgically corrected by ablation at age 24. Continue Reading →
If you have a passion for running, it may make sense to turn that passion into a business. Before you start, you need to make sure that coaching is really for you. Do you simply enjoy running yourself, or do you have the passion, and people skills, to help other people develop a love for it to? Continue Reading →
Looking for a way to marry your love of running with your desire to help others and give back to your community?
Get inspired by National Volunteer Week this April and try one of these 7 ideas: