Category Archives: Running Tips

Outdoor Running Alternatives

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Runners who live in parts of the country where winter means cold temps, biting winds, limited daylight, snow and ice have to be highly dedicated (and sometimes a little crazy!) during this challenging season. Depending on conditions in your area, with proper precautions, you can run outside most of the winter. For those diehards who thrive on logging miles outdoors, consider the following: » Read Full Story

How to Succeed in Trail Running

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Many more runners hit the pavement, beach, track or treadmill than the trail, and yet trail running is increasing in popularity, with more than 6 million trail runners in the United States alone in 2012, the most recent year for records. Trail running is somewhat limited by one’s nearby scenery, as it typically takes place on hiking trails, often located in the mountains. Runners appreciate the softer terrain, the gorgeous landscape and the connection with nature.

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How To Recover From a Race

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For runners who like to compete in races, a lot of attention is typically spent on training, gear and race selection, with less thought – if any – to race recovery. Every race, no matter the distance, requires adequate recovery to help minimize overtraining, injuries and burnout, as well as to keep you performing well in future competitions. As quoted in Runner’s World, Corey Hart, a physiologist and doctoral candidate at the University of Utah’s Vascular Research Lab, “What you do to recover after a race plays a big role in how you will perform at the next one.”

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Maximizing Your Potential in Masters Running

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Running tends to be challenging when we are young, and it gets even harder when coping with aging muscles and bones. Certainly, there are those that seem to defy aging and continue with impressive running performance over many years, but for most people, getting older makes it much more difficult to achieve the same running results of decades earlier. » Read Full Story

Preventing Common Running Injuries

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The high-impact nature of running can lead to common injuries such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral stress syndrome and piriformis syndrome. These injuries result in running with pain, running less or being sidelined altogether. Some research estimates that as many as 79% of runners will suffer a moderate to severe injury each year. » Read Full Story

How to Address Common Weaknesses in Running Technique

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For most of us, running is tough. And yet it is extremely popular, with races of all distances drawing record numbers of participants. So despite its challenges, running offers an undeniable appeal among both recreational joggers and elite athletes. And committed runners are always seeking ways to improve – whether by fine-tuning their form, taking on cross training, participating in a runner’s club, consulting a coach or trying out gadgets, shoes and apparel.

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Tips for Running in the Heat

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Summertime brings us outside, where we are free to escape the gym for a bit and enjoy fresh air and new sights. And outdoor running can be invigorating and motivating if you are near some beautiful scenery. However, the summer elements require a bit of preparation, from applying sunscreen, to staying hydrated, to avoiding poison ivy. » Read Full Story

How Runners Can Take Care of Their Muscles

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With running participation in the United States growing 70% in the past decade, more people are reaping the many benefits of this great way to exercise. However, this jump in the number of runners also has led to more aches, pains and injuries that accompany this high-impact activity. Recreational and elite runners both are familiar with sore, tense muscles, nagging issues or common injuries such as shin splints, hamstring pulls or iliotbial band syndrome.

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How to Get Ready for Your First Marathon

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A marathon is a significant commitment that thousands of ambitious people undertake each year. As a marathon can be a grueling experience, making the decision to prepare for one is a milestone – whether it’s your first one or your 20th. For newbies, here are some valuable recommendations on how to get ready for your first marathon. » Read Full Story