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- Everyone starts as a beginner. Over time, though, if you stick with it, what is hard becomes second nature and what is impossible becomes merely difficult. Trail running takes an investment of time to get to that point of expertise. But when you allocate that time the right way, you can get the ultimate return on your investment. When starting out in trail running, it is essential to plan strategically to avoid injury or burnout. In addition to designing smart running... [read more]
- Follow these techniques to strengthen your knees for optimal weightlifting performance. If you suffer from knees that feel like they have been bludgeoned with a scalding hot tire iron, you are not alone. One study from Gallup-Healthways found that 26% of the adult population in the US suffers from knee pain. Causation can be varied. Over use, under use, mobility restrictions and muscular imbalances are some of the big factors than can factor in to knee pain. Whatever the reason... [read more]
- If the sun’s out, you can pretty much guarantee that the running trails are packed—and the weight room is empty. But if you want to get the most out of your summer runs, you need to spend some time in the great indoors, getting your strength on. “More strength equals more speed and more endurance,” says Janet Hamilton, C.S.C.S. an exercise physiologist at Running Strong in Atlanta. “And it reduces the risk of injury by improving running mechanics and aiding... [read more]
- Let’s face the truth: running has some unattractive moments. From blisters and chafing to clothing malfunctions and stomach issues, we’ve all been in the midst of humiliation from running gone wrong. Even if you try to prevent pain or embarrassing moments, it’s bound to happen. These are six common things runners do wrong. Take these lessons and run with it—pun intended. Doing the pre-race pasta dinner Drowning your face in endless amounts of pasta... [read more]
- When approaching an aid station to hydrate or re-fuel, move to the right and grab your fluid/nutritional needs from the volunteers or the aid tables and continue forward away from the volunteers or aid table. If you need to stop at an aid station step to the right side of the road and proceed to the aid station, but do not block others from accessing the aid tables or volunteers handing out fluids. Throw... [read more]