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- I love running through the fall, but when the holidays hit, my motivation to log miles drops. What can I do to inspire myself to run throughout the holidays? The holidays are a busy time between work, family, shopping, and parties. It is easy to understand why many people struggle to keep up a consistent routine. Here are six strategies to keep you motivated this year: 1) Set microgoals Break your season up into individual weeks, and every Sunday... [read more]
- I fell in love with running the year Joan Benoit Samuelson won gold in the Los Angeles Olympics. Like most American families, we turned the television on when the games were on. In 1984, I was 11 years old, and gymnastics, swimming, and track & field were background noise from morning to night. We listened to most everything, but took our seats on the couch after commentators announced it was an American coming into the L.A. Coliseum to claim gold in the first... [read more]
- After an exhausting run or race, you might be tempted to sit or lie down. But getting off your feet too soon could cause muscles and tendons to tighten up, says Chris Ramsey, D.P.T., O.C.S., a physical therapist and triathlete from Portland, Oregon. A better recovery plan is to immediately hydrate and then do these stretches to increase elasticity and reduce stiffness. Ramsey recommends doing them in a dynamic manner: Hold each one for a second or two (to the... [read more]
- Take note of these six health tips the next time you head outdoors for a run on a boiling-hot day. Summer is the perfect season for exercise buffs: The days are longer, the weather is consistently better, and cooling down requires porch-sitting with recovery beer. But it’s important to prepare for running in hot weather. As temperatures rise into the triple digits, Exertional Heat Illness (EHI)—an umbrella term for heatstroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, and heat cramps—can interfere with your training... [read more]
- Strategies that won't leave you tied up in knots. Finding the best-fitting shoe among the many choices at your local running store isn't always easy. To ensure you walk out with happy feet, you need to make sure the shoe fits properly from heel to toe. Here are some secrets that will give you a better idea how your next pair should feel on your feet. 1. Heel Your heel should fit snug, but... [read more]
- 1.Running too much too soon. Coming back from an injury? Now's the time to take things slowly and stay healthy. Follow the standard rule of upping your mileage by only 10 percent each week. 2.Refueling badly. After hard runs, grab a high-carb snack, then a meal with carbs and protein to rebuild muscle. 3.Forgoing SPF. Up to 20 minutes of sun exposure a day can be good for you, but you need sunscreen on runs longer than that (even when it's overcast). ... [read more]
- Follow the rules of the race outlined on the race entry form. All runners have a collective responsibility to keep the event safe. Races generally discourage running with dogs, headphones, cell phones and jogging strollers. Pre-register even if same day registration is offered. This will help ease the registration process for everyone involved. Arrive early for the event, especially if you are picking up your number on race... [read more]