Professional runners always aspire to get better, with new goals for distance, speed, and time. But running faster and longer requires more than just sprinting. It is as much about building your endurance base and maintaining your motivation levels. If you can manage both fronts, it will be easy to push your limits and level up your stamina. Here are some strategies that professional trainers recommend for runners who want to go faster and longer.(more…)
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So you want to run long distances. Perhaps a friend talked you into signing up for a race, or you’ve decided to exercise more, and running doesn’t require a gym or special equipment beyond a good pair of shoes. Whatever the reason you’re here, David Reagan – personal trainer and avid runner from Atlanta, shares the basic principles of long-distance running that could be useful regardless of the race and your long-term running goals.
The first (and essential) step to safe training is building a base. For a beginning runner, building a base can take around three months. The good news is that it’s not complicated: you go out and run, and work your way up in mileage. Run three to four times a week, and start with whatever goal works for you. If you start at a mile, do that for a week or so before moving up to two miles. Slowly build up to about four miles per run. These miles are often called easy miles because the only goal is to keep running, it doesn’t matter how fast. They probably won’t feel easy, though, and that’s okay! The first part of running is the hardest; once you get into shape (and the routine) it will be a lot easier.
Once you have a base built up, it’s time to make a training plan. Each plan will depend on your goals. Training for a marathon is different than training for a half-marathon, but the basic concepts are the same. Plans will differ based on your time goals, as well. For the first big run, many people choose not to make a time goal, which can make building a plan easier as it’s about distance instead of time. There are three main components of a training plan.(more…)
Project Swole has signed up for a Spartan Race! It will be a 5k spring with multiple obstacles to break up the run. While preparing for this, we’ve been running more than usual, and the wear and tear on the old piggies add up after even just a few runs. Therefore we’ve decided to seek out and publish some of the best tips we can find to help runners protect their feet.
Today we will be sharing 7 solid strategies to help you alleviate the pain and soreness in your feet, and also help to prevent foot injuries that might sideline you from being able to follow your running regimen.
Running’s been more popular than ever, and for a reason: it can be fun, liberating and healthy. Yet, many people are not ready to fully commit themselves to jog regularly or simply don’t want to even try because they don’t consider them sporty or athletic enough. If this is you, you might change your mind when you learn all of the benefits of running.
There are many benefits to running and even if you are still unsure whether to start or not, you should know that you can always start slow. You don’t need to exhaust yourself unless and until you’re completely ready to run like a pro. So, for those who wish to start running, here are some benefits that regular jogging sessions can have on your mental and physical health.(more…)
Finding the right pair of running shoes is more than going to the nearest shoe store and picking up the first pair you find. It requires you to study its features that will help you to run smoothly. You can’t just wear a pair of your old sneakers; running shoes, as opposed to regular sneakers, need to provide you comfort and avoid any foot or back pain.
Consider these features below before you buy the perfect pair of running shoes.
- Stretching your hamstrings and quads.
- Maintaining proper posture.
- Being aware of your surroundings.
All of these things are important elements and rituals for runners to perform. They all support a healthy, safe, and productive workout where you can push your pace and strengthen your craft. But the rituals you perform after your runs and on your rest days are equally as important as what you do on the road. Active recovery is an essential part of any runners training program. Not only does active recovery give your body and muscles the time it needs to heal and strengthen, but it helps prevent injury.
Depending on your pace, distance, and terrain, running is considered a moderate to high-impact exercise. That’s because running places strain on your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back. When done correctly, running is a full-body workout that incorporates core strength and upper body stability. Working your body and all its muscles at the same intensity every day isn’t always best. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise at all on your “rest” days”. In fact, you should perform some type of active movement 7 days a week. But knowing which type of exercise to do on your day “off” will help improve your performance the next time you lace up your running shoes.