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- 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]
- Trail running enlists different muscles than road running, which creates different needs for strengthening. The uneven nature of a trail, the ups and downs, and the challenges created by the varied terrain all call for different sources of power. Whether you're an elite-level trail runner, or someone who just likes to get out on the dirt once in a while, these five exercises recommended by Boulder, Colorado-based physical therapist and accomplished trail runner, Charlie Merrill, can make you stronger, faster... [read more]
- Devotees of the training regimen say you don’t need long runs to train for distance running. CrossFit continues to grow in popularity—you probably have some friends who swear by it. While you may not think CrossFit can benefit you as a runner, Brian MacKenzie, a power lifter turned ultraendurance athlete based in southern California, would beg to differ. It’s not all about crazy lifting moves you couldn’t fathom performing. In fact, MacKenzie developed CrossFit Endurance, a training program that has cross-over appeal for endurance... [read more]