Healthy this; healthy that. At this time of year, so many of us are making New Year's Resolutions to eat healthier in 2016, but some of us labor under the false impression that eating healthy is boring and counterproductive to the taste buds. Sometimes all you want for a post-run breakfast is something that explodes with refreshing taste—and isn't loaded with fat and grease.
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.
The common cold. It nails each and everyone of us sooner or later with all the classic symptoms: Raw, raspy throat, stuffy nose and an achy body. Some days it’s just tough to get out of bed. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta estimates that this year there will be more than [...]
The Flo Beer Mile World Championship is three weeks away and Austinites are prepping to defend their home turf against some top competition that includes Olympian Nick Symmonds, former Beer Mile world record holder Corey Gallagher, and many others from across the country. Last Sunday at a local track, Todd Gerlach, Lon Breintenbach, Lance Parker, [...]
Has this ever happened to you? You had a great long run or race in the morning and when you go to bed, you quickly drifted off into a deep, deep sleep. You’re right in the middle of some fantastic dream, when all of a sudden, a cramp slams you right in the belly of [...]
There is no such thing as the ideal weight for a runner. Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way. Runners are so diverse with so many different body types and builds that even the ideal weight for a certain frame isn't relevant. But there is a very real relationship between a runner’s body weight and [...]
Heart disease can generally be traced to a single cause: Narrowing of the coronary arteries. This is a medical condition called “coronary atherosclerosis” which occurs when your arteries become congested and clogged with cholesterol. If this condition becomes severe enough, you will have a heart attack. Fortunately, regular exercise, such as running, greatly reduces the [...]
Whether or not you're a serious roadie or triathlete cranking out 6+ hours in the saddle or the daily commuter pedaling across town. Caffeine is a source rocket fuel when the legs are feeling bagged, nothing is more integral in cycling than the essential café stop. A dose of caffeine and maybe even a pastry [...]
Performance-enhancing drugs have been in the news for the past couple of decades as various athletes—including plenty of world-class runners—have attempted all sorts of means to boost performance. Some have been legal; some are not. (See Barry Bonds, Ben Johnson, Manny Ramirez, Roger Clemens, Jose Canseco, Lance Armstrong, Nellie Cruz, ad nauseum). But the most [...]
At times, I wonder whether doing weekly long runs is just an excuse to eat. Probably not, but inhaling a huge breakfast with my training partners after Saturday morning long runs is just about as important to me as the 20-milers are. In this, I can assure you I am not alone. Massive post long [...]