I highly recommend squeezing into those lycra leggings, dusting off your cap, and slipping on a slicker with some upbeat tunes and going out for a jog in the rain! You too may feel refreshed and energized!
If you fell off the training wagon this summer, don't fret, there is still hope for a great race day! As long as you have a reasonable foundation of fitness, you can prepare for a race in about a month's time -- and steer clear of injury in the process.
Runner or non-runner, whichever you call yourself, I've been there. And I think I've finally figured out that whole label thing. When running is fun -- when, even when it's hard, it comes easy -- that's when you feel like a runner.
It's fall, the light is pretty, and the air is crisp -- a perfect cocktail for exploring woods or hills. But remember, this isn't like pavement. Before you head out, heed these expert tips to avoid injury and fatigue.
It is too soon to tell the most ideal landing and running patterns. Each person's genetic makeup is unique as is their biomechanical alignment. Thus, I believe it is important to try to use a few basic tenets to help prevent injury.
When it comes to running, toenails are for sissies, and without pain there is no gain, but in my opinion you're less grumpy and your feet look prettier if you do what you can to feel good and stay comfortable.
I took notice the other day when I heard someone say that "running families are always the nicest people." Of course, I always thought that was true, but it was gratifying to hear my secret theory being confirmed aloud in public by a complete stranger.
My running actually looked a lot like walking to those who saw me struggle down the road during the first few months. However, the thing that helped me get on track was having a plan and sticking to it.
Below are a couple dozen of my personal running quirks. Some I picked up from fellow runners, others came by way of trial and error or by accident. Some are mere superstitions, others may strike you as a bit silly.
It's important to stretch after you run in order to reduce muscular tension and maintain a healthy degree of overall mobility. The next time you head out for a jog, take five minutes to integrate these four yoga stretches into your post-run cool down routine to keep your body functioning right!
Maybe it's because running is so quantifiable, but most runners I know love "magic bullets." We want to improve -- it's why we run in the first place -- and we'll typically try anything (within reason) that might help us run more miles or faster times.
I eased off the pace. Got my breathing back under control. And the epiphany struck: I don't need to run at any particular pace or register any particular time. All I need to do is run at the speed of fun.