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4 Reasons to Run a Race on the 4th of July

4 Reasons to Run a Race on the 4th of July

I read the blog below from PodiumRunner, and wanted to share it with you; coming from a military family, the 4th of July has always been a special holiday (along with Memorial Day and Veterans Day). I know, with the COVID 19 pandemic, there are few races today but I thought it was a nice, light blog about combining running with this special holiday. Hope you enjoy, and have a great 4th of July.

 

The only thing better than running a race is running one on the Fourth of July. It seems many Americans agree:...


8 Ways to Recover Faster between Runs

8 Ways to Recover Faster between Runs

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No matter what level of runner you happen to be, how you recover from your runs is just as important as your warm up for your run and the type of training you follow. Every time you run, your muscles and tissues are temporarily damaged, your body and mind are fatigued and may crave rest to restore their natural balance. Not only that, your body also gets dehydrated, and your energy tanks are depleted. 

As a result, as a runner, you need to address all of these physical and mental aspects...


Is Polarized Training Right for You?

Is Polarized Training Right for You?

I’ve mentioned this before, but when I started running there was no “plan” in place; I just thought I would go out, run different distances and feel my way to the right pace. Unfortunately, when I started running 5K’s and 10K’s I was never able to improve my speed and, when I ran longer distances, I noticed fatigue setting in towards the end.

Finally, after diving into the research on this it became apparent I was running almost 100% of my time in the “threshold” level; just enough effort to feel the workout, but not in the right zone to...


Are All Runners Crazy....

Are All Runners Crazy....

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to find new and different ways to entertain myself during the Covid 19 pandemic. I’ve been lucky enough to work from home, and healthy enough to keep up my string of running every day since the quarantine around the pandemic. 

The string of running every day has led some people I know to tell me I’m crazy, and my first retort is “I’m a runner, it’s part of the job description” which made me think aren’t all of us runners a bit out there. 


4 Interval Workouts Each for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Runners

4 Interval Workouts Each for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Runners

 

The purpose of the interval run is to increase your speed, improve your running economy and teach your body to increase or “push back” your anaerobic threshold. During your interval workout, you should combine shorter periods of high intensity of extreme effort with recovery periods of jogging or walking.  

The pace of your high intensity period should be based on perceived effort levels, and you should feel the need to gasp and grab your knees at the end of the high intensity period to get the full effect (but not so much...