Getting ready to run your next race? Whether you are running your first race or have been running for years, follow these basic tips to help prepare you for the big day.
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.
The facts surrounding the dropping of Nick Symmonds from Team USA before the start of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing continue to be discussed in sporting news. The question we have to ask ourselves is whether sponsors are given too much leeway when it comes to the stipulations for competing on the national team that have little to do with their athletic ability.
At what point is this considered overreaching, especially when the sponsor goes as far as to require athletes to only wear their brand, including underwear, but still allows them to wear other branded footwear and sunglasses.
Lately it seems that everyone is jumping on the compression sock bandwagon. In the past, they have been used for medical reasons, including preventing deep vein thrombosis, also known as blood clots in the legs, as well as aiding in circulation for diabetics. However, in the last few years, they have become more popular among marathon runners and even casual runners.
Advocates of compression socks believe that they help their muscles to recover quicker and help to prevent shin splints, muscle damage and lactic acid buildup. Scientific research on the subject seems to be on the fence, however. Should you pay for a pair of tight-fitting knee socks to help you with your running, or are the claims presented bogus?
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:
The manufacturers of the Vibram FiveFingers were recently sued for falsely advertising that their shoes would reduce injury and strengthen feet, Vibram did settle the case in order to save legal fees; but continue to stand behind their shoe. Is barefoot running and minimalist shoes just another fad? We think it is a good idea to take a look and see what the experts have to say about the practice of running barefoot.
The first actual pair of running shoes did not hit the market until 1970. Before then, people ran in flats, thin sandals, moccasins or barefoot. Research shows that when a person runs this way, their forefoot or midfoot strikes the ground first. This reduces the impact of your foot on the ground. Researchers are blaming more injuries on the new cushioned running shoes that have become so popular in the last 30 years.
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.
An inspirational person is someone who’s made an impact on many lives. The world of runners has many such inspirations that have completed extreme athletic feats through perseverance by overcoming personal loss or disability. Their achievements, attitudes and values have affected those who encounter them, whether personally or by media coverage and encourage us to better ourselves.
Everyone can use a little inspiration now and then. Check our slideshow to learn more about 15 inspiring individuals, listed in no particular order that should serve as inspiration for all.