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Easing Into Speed This Summer

August 4th, 2015|

Yeah, I know it's hot and humid (it always is this time of year)but now is a good time to start doing speed training for the upcoming fall season and Austin Distance Challenge Races. Very few runners don’t want to run faster. Regardless of your level of ability and fitness, nearly everyone would like somehow to run faster. The desire to improve is part of human nature.

Summertime Cramping Got You Down? Eat A Banana Every Morning

July 30th, 2015|

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.

Keep Injuries At Bay With These 10 Tips

July 20th, 2015|

Injuries are a fact of the running life. Especially for a newbie. Nearly every runner will get injured at some point, but fortunately most of the common running injuries that plague runners are minor—and avoidable. Obviously, prevention is the best way to go either by eliminating the causes or by listening to the body’s warning signs and taking a break.

How Going Backwards Can Move Your Training Forward

July 14th, 2015|

When done on a regular basis, backward running strengthens the legs muscles (hamstrings, calf muscles and soleus) that aren’t used as much as the primary muscles for forward running. The benefits of backward running are better overall muscular balance as well as stretching and lengthening foot and lower leg muscles such as the Achilles and soleus muscles.

Sore, Injured Muscles? When In Doubt, Ice

July 6th, 2015|

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.

Summer Recovery: The Hard/Easy Method Explained

June 24th, 2015|

If you have started your training this summer for a fall marathon or half (or about to start it) and have been closely following a training schedule, you probably will have noticed that there’s always an easy day, recovery run or complete rest day following every hard or long run. This is the classic hard/easy training method that nearly every runner follows. Even though there’s a huge difference among training schedules, every reliable schedule incorporates this hard/easy style of training.

Best Recovery From Hard Workouts: Deep Sleep

June 16th, 2015|

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.

Positive Ways to Cope with Day-to-Day Stress

June 15th, 2015|

Stress is quite simply a fact of modern life. It just is. Stress is also one of the reasons so many people start running. Certainly, running can’t limit or end the stress in your life, but it can help you cope with it better.

How To Protect Your Skin From Summer Sun

June 8th, 2015|

As dedicated runners, we tend to pay far more attention to the inner workings of our body than the outside. We run in the Central Texas summer heat and oppressive sun and assume if our legs, heart and lungs are OK, we must be fine. Maybe, maybe not. Many of us suffer in silence as our skin takes a beating.

Beat the Heat? Not So Fast…

June 1st, 2015|

It's that time of year again when newspapers and running magazines all will have similar headlines that proclaim: "Beat The Heat." (Runner's World has the same cover line every summer.) Good luck with that. Bet none of those folks who write those headlines actually live and run in the summer in Austin, Texas.

Summer Hydration Questions Asked and Answered

May 26th, 2015|

Despite the Great Flood of 2015, summer hydration is still an important fact of our running life in Texas. Certainly, we all have had the wisdom of drinking plenty of fluids in summer drummed into our collective heads. Drink before, during and after hot, steamy summer runs is clearly part of our summer running lifestyle. Our bodies are mostly water so it’s obvious that hydration is key to maintaining a proper balance of fluids that allow us to run despite our brutal summer heat. (Point of fact, summer doesn't officially begin until June 21st but my reckoning it's already here.)

How To Prevent and Treat Ankle Sprains

May 18th, 2015|

There isn't a runner alive who hasn't suffered at one time or another from a simple ankle sprain. It is - by far - the most common injury that puts runners on the injury list. According to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, physicians see more than a million patients a year complaining of ankle sprains.

Will Running Ruin Your Joints and Lead to Arthritis?

May 11th, 2015|

How many times have you heard this one from some of your non-running friends and family: “If you keep up with all that running, the pounding will catch up with you and ruin your joints sooner or later.” Your well-meaning friends and family are bringing up a logical concern—one that even maybe you have considered. We all love running and it's certainly a great activity/sport, but if I continue with it, will I end up stiff, in pain and more prone to arthritis when I get older?

The Runner’s High: Urban Myth or Reality?

May 6th, 2015|

The Runner's High? We've all heard about it, but is it real? Yes and no. A runner's high is a very real, tangible by-product of running. So yes it exists and it's not an illusionary, mythical condition.

How Running Can Stave Off The Aging Process

May 4th, 2015|

A familiar refrain from many of our non-running, but well meaning friends is: You aren't getting any younger. Never been exactly sure what that's supposed to mean. Obviously, it's true but not a soul ever gets younger. Anyway, simply because all of us are getting older doesn’t necessarily mean we also have to slow down. Eventually we will slow down, but because you’re about to turn 30, 40 or 50 doesn’t mean that the ravages of time are going to force you to the sidelines.

Heat and Humidty Getting You Down? How To Pool Run This Summer

April 28th, 2015|

My calendar says it’s still spring, but sure feels like we're already knee-deep into summer. Don't let this brief cold front fool you after last weekend's temps topped 90 degrees. It hasn't gotten disgusting quite yet, but it's just around the corner (otherwise, known as May). You don’t need me to tell you that the heat and humidity around here makes running pretty darn tough. That is, running on dry land.

Pollutted: How Bad Air Will Affect Your Training

April 14th, 2015|

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.

The Importance of A Postrace or Long Run Cooldown

March 31st, 2015|

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?