While we are still enjoying the last few moments of summer, it is hard to believe that in a few short months, a good part of the country will start seeing colder weather. If you live in one of the colder regions, does the thought of continuing with your training in the cold bum you out? This winter, don’t let the cold stop you from training outside by following these helpful tips.
Okay, so you’ve been running races on and off for a while now and you pretty much have your pre-race training routine memorized like the back of your hand. However, you’re not getting the results you were expecting, so what’s going on? Even though you may have a few races under your belt, it is easy to develop bad habits or make mistakes that may be sabotaging your training goals.
Take a look at some of the most common mistakes rookies and even novice runners may make occasionally in their training routines.
So maybe you’ve been considering making the switch from marathons to triathlons. One of the things to consider with this switch is whether this change will have an effect on your running times. Doing a side-by-side comparison of the top 20 male runners in the 2014 New York Marathon and the top 20 male triathletes in the 2014 Ironman World Championships , you will see that the in most cases, the top triathletes’ run splits are nearing the three-hour mark. The top marathoners are barely over 2 hours.
Don’t let the difference in run times alarm you. This is because the triathlete competing in the Ironman competition is running a marathon after swimming 2.4 miles in rough water and cycling 112 miles. With your current training regimen, could you do that and still make your best marathon time? Both athletes require a strong physique, strong endurance and speed. However, the triathlete needs to have even more.
Running is an exercise that requires strength and endurance. Being able to sustain a specific level of activity for a long period takes strength. However, it also means your body must have the ability to maintain that level of activity without becoming injured or fatigue.
Having the perfect balance between weight and endurance means knowing:
As a long distance runner, you have probably tried everything to help improve your performance. Recently, there has been a lot of talk about plyometrics to help you do just that, but does it work? We know that it can help burn more calories and help those who are crunched for time get in and out of the gym faster, but what are its benefits for runners?
Marathon running is a popular past-time favorite for many people and continues to increase in popularity. The fitness aspect of this form of exercise entices some people to try it. However, many runners simply get a thrill and sense of accomplishment from beating their personal best marathon times and competing with others.
If you are one of these people, then you should consider these proven tips and tricks that can aid in improving marathon times through speed training. Even if you are not an advanced runner, these hacks also pertain to novices or those just starting out.
There's no question that training programs for runners have greatly evolved in the past few decades, or for that matter, even in the past several years. Gone are the days when a runner's daily workout routine consisted of running, and nothing but running. However, runners need to do more than just run. They need to get stronger, not only to become a better runner, but also to avoid injury.
Avoiding injuries is very important when you consider that some studies have shown that runners are being injured at a greater rate than professional football players are. The good news is how far training programs for runners have come. Myths about how lifting weights will create bulk that will slow you down have not only been dispelled, but also wiped clean from the slate. What follows is not only some myth busting, but also training trips for runners who want to get stronger, faster, and less injury-prone.
Now that you've put in the long hours of training and preparation it's finally time - race day is here. Although the hardest work is done, you don't want to neglect the race day planning and not be prepared to perform at your best. This includes prior to and during the actual event. Having a plan and routine will help ease those race day nerves.
Here are some tips that will help make your race day experience as stress-free as possible and may just enhance your performance in the process.
Not all foods are created equal. A big Sunday dinner consisting of fats, carbs and sweet desserts may whet your appetite, but it’s not a good dietary regimen if you are in training for a marathon. Of course, you can occasionally cheat a little. When you have a hard workout day, have a little ice cream as a reward. However, you should mainly keep to a training diet.
Whether you want to run a competitive time, are just hoping to survive, or anything in between, here are some of the best types of foods to eat that will help maximize your performance.
The name itself can invoke giggles; at least in grade school boys. However, fartlek training is much more than that for runners of all levels. Fartlek, meaning "speed play" in Swedish, is a form of training that involves periods of fast running mixed with periods of slower running.
Fartleks cater to a wide variety of runners, fitness levels and training schedules. It is training designed to help the body take on a higher workload by combining short bursts of speed and sustained hard effort. Developed by the Swedish running coach Gosta Holmer, fartlek training enables runners to engage different muscle fibers during the course of a run.