started running again about 3 years ago and I’ve been mostly injury free as I trained to run a 5k and have since worked myself up to running half marathons. I’ve done three of them and my times are pretty flat at around 2 hours, even though my mileage has gone up. What can I do to get faster beyond increasing my mileage while not putting myself at risk of injury?
Spring here in Central Texas is a great time for running. The summer heat and humidity hasn't kicked in yet but when it does, you can bet it will also usher in plenty of air pollution. In the spring, we suffer from pollen but in the summer the pollen is replaced with all sorts of disgusting air.
Without a doubt, the most common gastrointestinal problem which bothers runners, especially during races and long runs, is something commonly called the runner’s trots. It is—ahem—the urge to defecate and/or have mild diarrhea at the most inappropriate time. Having to stop during a race or a long run to defecate is not only embarrassing and costs time, but it can be extremely inconvenient and troubling. This condition is especially prevlalent among morning runners.
Runners are generally very positive, upbeat, highly motivated people. But, irony of ironies, negative running is a good thing. Particularly for racers. Allow me to explain. A negative-paced race is more properly termed “negative splits” and what it means is running the second half of any race or long run faster than the first half. [...]
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 [...]
Right now is a great time of year to begin a running or walking program. Sure, it's hot, but by starting now you can be fit and ready when the cooler weather arrives. Fortunatley, we live in the perfect environment for a beginner walker or runner with terrific places to exercise and numerous beginner-friendly events [...]