Ice Bath…Can You Handle It

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Before my daughter started running cross country I, for the most part, would say her pain tolerance was about a 4 on a scale of 1-10. She wasn’t big on pushing through things or the whole No Pain No Gain theories. It wasn’t long into her first summer training with the team that she was having some soreness after practice and it was suggested she try an ice bath. So you have to picture this middle school girl sitting down into a huge tub filled water and more ice than Coors uses for its cold brewing. She sat in that water, which came up to her chest, for 8 minutes. We soon found out that frequently team members, especially the boys, give up before their timer is done. I immediately jumped her score in my mind from a 4 to at least a 7. Continue reading Ice Bath…Can You Handle It

Trail Runs…A Leisurely Trip Through The Woods?

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Trail running is a completely different sport than road running. Your average runner that will run a few 5k races per year or maybe even bump up to a 10K or Half Marathon love to find flat courses so they can run fast and PR. Trail runners must accept the fact that no matter how much you train finishing is not guaranteed. What is guaranteed are those hills the road runners are trying to avoid. Continue reading Trail Runs…A Leisurely Trip Through The Woods?

Morning Runs Really Are Worth It

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90% of my training runs have been morning runs. When I started running for weight loss I was doing most of it after work because the idea of getting up at 5:30 to run seemed crazy to me. After deciding to sign up for a half marathon I realized that the running required to meet my goal was going to require more time than I was willing to give away from my family. Unless, I did it while they slept, so morning runs became my thing. Continue reading Morning Runs Really Are Worth It

Sometimes I wonder why I run!

Running doesn't love me2I have been pretty lucky since getting this new running life started. I haven’t had any major injuries that put an end to my trying for an extended period of time. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t had injuries though. I can almost guarantee that if you decide to step up a level from just walking to some serious training that  involves running you will pay some sort of price. There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of injury, and most likely you can avoid any serious stuff, but you will have pains. Continue reading Sometimes I wonder why I run!

Shoes…Runners Best Friend or Worst Nightmare

Shoe imageIt goes without saying that a runner has a special relationship with his/her shoes. You may assume that most long time runners figure out what they like and stick with it until the end (or until they are discontinued). So as a new runner you may ask around and see what your “runner” friends suggest.

Here is the problem with that…people have different types of feet and feet change. Your shoe needs can change for many reasons, most notably injury and age. Running shoe manufacturers make shoes to work with all different types of feet. Some people have extremely high arches and some people have no arch. These people have drastically different shoe needs. So seeing that your really fast friend down the street runs all the time in Asics doesn’t mean you should go out and buy a pair of Asics. Continue reading Shoes…Runners Best Friend or Worst Nightmare

You win some and you lose some…wait if you are up and moving you just win.

Ideal day for a runnerIt’s amazing how much a win of some kind can improve your moral. Maybe its a PR, maybe its losing more weight than you expected that week, it could even be someone noticing the changes in your body/life and mentioning it. The important thing is to ride the emotional wave that creates for as long as possible.

There is nothing wrong with feeling good about our accomplishments. Just like we shouldn’t feel guilty for being down when things don’t go as good. It really sucks to go out for a 10 mile run and have to turn back at mile 3 because you feel like crap and you know it just isn’t going to happen or you feel the start of an injury. You don’t have to pretend that doesn’t bother you, but at the same time you can’t let the hard times set you back. Push on and see if you can fix the issue for next time. Continue reading You win some and you lose some…wait if you are up and moving you just win.

One way to get unstuck

speed workAfter you have ran for a while it is common to end up feeling stuck. Maybe you have done 20 5ks and never broke 21 or even 30 minutes or maybe you have been trying to get to where you can just run 3.1 miles without walking. This is a common complaint from runners. The big plateau! You hit was seems like your ceiling and there doesn’t seem to be anything you can do to go to the next level.

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