//Injury Prevention

Treating the Problem Rather Than The Symptom

It’s 4 months from that big fall marathon when the pain begins.  The discomfort starts as a twinge on the outside of the knee, but quickly progresses into a much more debilitating pain.  All eyes turn toward the knee and you start to remember all that hearsay from your Uncle Don and Aunt Nancy about [...]

Iron Deficiency – What Is It and Why Are Runners at Risk?

Iron deficiency is one of the more common medical conditions among runners. Especially women. Consider the fact that more than one out of every five American women between the ages of 13 and 50 suffers from iron deficiency. That rate is certainly higher among American women who run. (Among men, about one out of every [...]

The 10 Commandments of Healthy Running

Regardless of your ability, speed or body shape, the greatest challenge almost all runners face—especially beginners—is staying healthy. By the very nature of the aerobic benefits running provides, we are certainly healthier than our sedentary counterparts, but runners tend to pick up all sorts of niggling injuries. Usually our injuries aren’t too serious, but even [...]

Tired, Having Trouble Sleeping? Could Be Overtraining

It happens to every runner at some point: Fatigue sets in. Not just during a race or a hard training run in summer, but afterward. Periodically, runners simply get extremely tired and seem to lack all the energy they can ordinarily muster to go for a run. Don’t worry. It's completely normal. Fatigue is so [...]

Abdominal Strength Leads to Better Form and Endurance

To runners, a strong, rock hard six-pack means more than just looking good on the beach. Healthy, well-constructed abdominal muscles are essential for effective distance running. Strong abdominals are important because they help provide good running posture, a stable stride and some degree of protection from lower-back and leg injuries. Clearly, strengthening the abs is [...]

To Keep It Going, Mix It Up

One of my favorite quotes ever about running comes from Robert deCastella, who, back in the day, ran pretty fast: “The only secret is that it is consistent, often monotonous, boring, hard work. And it's tiring." The single thing most likely to help you improve in running is consistency.  It isn’t beet juice.  It isn’t [...]

Are We (Runners) Our Own Worst Enemy? (SchrupThink)

What do you do when you get injured?  What do you do when your training and your recovery don’t balance out and you have to take time off?  What do you do when you’ve found yourself hobbled such that you have to take three or six weeks off—doctor’s orders—and finally admit that hitting reset is [...]

Is Running Bad For Your Knees?

How many times have you heard this one? “If you keep up with all that running you do, it’s going to ruin your knees.” Typically, such advice is from some well-meaning, non-runner who knows as much about running as one-time vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan does about his marathon PRs. If I had a nickel [...]

Injuries Suck: 10 Ways To Stay Healthy This Spring

Injuries are an unfortunate part of the running life. They just are. Either because of training errors, poor biomechanics, improper shoe selection or numerous other variables, nearly every runner gets injured at one time or another. It’s been said time and time again, but we runners are the fittest group of injured athletes in the [...]

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Older Runners Alert: How To Guard Against Injuries

Many folks never even begin running until they are well into their 40s and, in some cases, their 50s. Heck, Vance Taylor of the Austin Runners Club, didn't start running until he was nearly 60 and now wins his age group. Good for him. It’s never too late to start a running program. Typically, older [...]

Coming Back To Running After An Injury

A fact in nearly every runner’s life, is that at some point he or she will suffer a running-related injury. Fortunately, such injuries are rarely serious. Unfortunately, they are often serious enough to temporarily derail your training and possibly, racing plans. The mental pain of not being able to run like you normally would is [...]

Newbie Alert: Stay Off Concrete Roads and Sidewalks

There's no getting around it: Road running is hard on the body. It just is. Especially since the two predominant surfaces are either concrete or asphalt (macadam). Or a combination of the two. Both are hard, unforgiving surfaces and, given a choice, many newbies wonder which one is best for running. A better question might [...]