• The Importance of Strides

    If you have been running for any length of time you have probably heard someone refer to doing strides. Some may mention doing strides before a workout or race while others talk about strides after a run. It can be a little confusing if you have never been trained on strides, so let’s provide a quick overview on What is a stride, What is the purpose of strides, and How best to perform them. What is a Stride? Strides are 20-30 second sprints at about 80% - 90% of your all-out-effort. Runners will usually perform 4-6 strides with a 2:00…
    Category: Running
  • 10 Pre-Run Warm-up Exercises to Help You Avoid Injury

    If you are like me, when you started to train for your first distance run, you didn’t give a lot of thought to it – just put on some sneakers and began running. You kept running longer distances several days a week until you could complete your goal distance. I was 53 and had rarely run more than 1-2 miles at one time in my life. Fortunately, I received a little advice along the way from runners with more experience, but no formal plan or training to get me ready. 2 months before my 1st half marathon, I had IT…
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  • Tips for Masters Runners (and All Runners) From Masters Runners

    We recently asked a group of experienced Masters Runners to share their running advice with other Masters Runners. We asked them for tips or words of wisdom for their fellow Masters Runners, secrets to their longevity, advice for avoiding injury and burnout, and whatever else they thought would be helpful. We present their comments, with many recommendations applicable to runners of any age, for your consideration. For context, A Masters Runner is a runner, male or female, over the age of 40. CG (75), North Carolina: It really is a gift/blessing to be able to run injury free later in…
    Category: Running, Safety
  • 20 Strategies to Help Motivate You When You Don’t Feel Like Running

    There’s a famous sporting goods company that uses the slogan “Just do it!” While this mindset may work for some, it certainly doesn’t work for everyone. Even the most determined athletes face stretches in their training where they struggle for motivation. Maybe it’s cold or hot or rainy, maybe you had a tough day at work, or didn’t get much sleep the night before, or maybe the kids have been a challenge, or maybe there is a ton of work to do around the house. For one reason or another, sometimes we just don’t feel like going for that run…
    Category: Running

    We have all been there at some time in our lives. We have the best intentions to run or workout or diet, or whatever it is you want to do, but suddenly (or gradually) we are losing the motivation to do so. We try giving ourselves a pep talk, but it just isn’t working. We come up with lots of excuses why we can’t go for a run- I’m exhausted from the kids, I had a bad night’s sleep, I’m sore from yesterday’s run, I’ve got a cough, work was so tough today, it’s too hot, it’s too cold…. And…
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