Marathons aren't just tough to run and get through the 26.2 miles. It's tough to recover from one too. A marathon pushes the body to the max and stresses every part of your system and structure.
We all probably remember the old maxim that our mothers told us: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. If you’re a runner—especially a newbie--that should be amended to include bananas. Without a doubt, eating a banana every day is one of the best fruits for your general health and success in racing and training.
Just the other morning, I finished another hot, long run with my training group and while we were attempting to rehydrate, a relative newbie came by and asked the best to treat a sore calf muscle that had been bothering him. He was diligently stretching the calf after every run, followed immediately by a heated whirlpool and then placing a heating pad on the calf for another 10 minutes. The calf hasn't been responding, was still bothering him and he was worried.
As runners, we all recognize the importance of recovery from hard workouts and races. Without adequate recovery, our running becomes stagnant and if the training is hard enough and the recovery is inadequate, injury is certain to follow. One of the most important components of recovery is also the simplest: Sleep. Obviously, we all need to sleep but the more we train, the greater its importance. And yet, due to our stressful lives full of responsibilities, adequate, quality sleep is often something which is overlooked.
You see it after nearly every race. The top runners—the fastest folks in the field—finish the race, grab a drink and head off for another few miles, while the rest of us lie down trying to recover. What's up with that? Do the best runners know something we don't?
The 3M Half Marathon certainly wasn't easy—especially if it was your first—but after the exhilaration of finishing the race has passed, you might still be sore and tight. And if you're running the Austin Marathon or Half...
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 [...]
If you finished the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon on Sunday, congratulations. Clearly, it was a tough race with plenty of challenges. The oppressive humidity made for difficult conditions and the up-and-down course is never easy. But finishing is the entire point of the race. Any way you slice it, 26.2 or 13.1 miles of [...]
Training and racing offer a fantastic way to challenge the body and mind, but what happens when things start to break down from fatigue and wear? For a lot of us, this problem requires us to find someone to help alleviate the aches and pains we all experience when pushing our bodies. Finding the right [...]