• 12 Ways to make Half Marathon Training Easier and More Enjoyable

    Half marathon training

    You love to push your body, to feel your muscles and stamina reaching their limits. There is something undeniably uplifting about how your feet can carry you for miles, the wind blowing in your face. Which is one of the many reasons you've decided to train for an upcoming half-marathon race. Whether you're doing it for a good cause or just for the opportunity to run with a few hundred other people, half-marathons can be a great deal of fun.

    Training, on the other hand, has its ups and downs. Half marathon training involves months - ideally three or four months - of measured runs, long and short, to build up your stamina and increase your speed. While you may love running, over months of intensive training there will be moments where it's hard to get yourself

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  • 10 Tips to Help Avoid Sprained Ankles and Running Injuries

    If you have ever sprained your ankle, and most of us have at least once, then you know how much of a pain in the rear recovery can be. Weeks of 'taking it easy' is enough to drive any athlete up the wall even if you're not officially an athlete. Everyone from recreational runners to people who are simply always up and active at work rely on their ability to move around, respond quickly to situations, and enjoy the sensation of moving like a fast and well-oiled machine. 

    Unfortunately, when your ankle turns or gives way, that step could be the last smooth movement you experience for a while. After the ankle turns, you can't un-sprain it and are stuck hobbling carefully around for weeks if not months afterward before you're fully up to your old physical capabilities again. 

    However, while you might not be able to undo a sprain once it's o

  • 11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Half Marathon
    11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Half Marathon

    Are you gearing up for your first half marathon? Moving from running casual distances to running that full 13.1 miles is an incredible high. You'll push your body to do things that you never thought you could do, and you'll make incredible memories along the way--not to mention gaining bragging rights that will stick with you for the rest of your life! 

    Before I ran my first half marathon, I was convinced that I wasn't "that kind" of runner. Not so many years ago, I would have said that if you saw me running, you should probably look behind me for a bear! Before I knew it, however, I'd caught the running bug. Suddenly, I was out there, running my heart out--and I made it (and have the shiny finishers medal to prove it). If I had it to do over again,

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  • How to Treat Runner's Knee Pain and Get Back to Training
    How to Treat Runner's Knee Pain and Get Back to Training

    Avoiding knee joint pain from runner's knee is all about maintaining form. When you run on a regular basis for sport or training, form is the most important thing to maintain. Yes, you need to stay hydrated, wear the right clothes, and eat a light breakfast before your run. But form is what will ensure that every step is doing the best possible benefit for your body, and avoiding any potential to do harm.

    Of course, no one's form is perfect all the time. Fatigue, uneven terrain, breaking in new shoes, or even just running while distracted can cause your form to slip. For many runners, form is more challenging because of physical conditions that make it difficult to achieve a perfect alignment from the spine to the hips, knees, ankles, to the bottoms of the feet. Conditions that make perfect form impossible will make a runner more susceptible to running injuries like sprains and runner's knee.

  • Marathon Training : How to Increase Your Speed and Avoid Trouble

    Man running a marathin wearing Mueller compression socks

    Thousands of people every year come together to run in local marathons. Some walk, some run. Some do it for a cause, some for fitness, and some for the pure love of marathons. We participate in marathons for different reasons. We each have our own motivations and our methods to prepare for the serious effort. But when it comes to running over 20 miles in a single day, we all share the same common problems.


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  • Off-Season Training for Marathon Runners
    Off-Season Training for Marathon Runners

    Woman running along a wooded trail wearing a knee brace

    Competitive runners are by nature mentally and physically tough. In other words, external conditions, distractions, internal emotions, and weather conditions rarely inhibit their performance. The traits that make runners more apt to be mighty individuals, include:

    • Focus - which enables them to tune in to the job at hand. 
    • Preparation - which gives them the strength and knowledge to stay mentally ready.
    • Flexibility - is the state of bouncing back in spite of poor performance, pain, or adversity.
    • Teachability - means the athlete listens to all possibilities, takes feedback, and learns from
  • What to do During and After Shin Splint Injuries
    What to do During and After Shin Splint Injuries

    If you participate in sports or regular exercise, then you know the advantages feeling healthy and fit. You have more energy to live life to the fullest, you feel great about your exercise accomplishments, as well you should, and you probably are in fantastic shape. Exercise is a invigorating experience that refreshes the body, mind, and spirit. And, of course, doctors everywhere are encouraging people to participate in more exercise. However, whenever you get involved with sports or exercising, you are bound to have a setback or two along the way. You may trip and fall, overwork your muscles, strain a muscle, or even endure a sprain. Whatever the case may be, it doesn't have to be the end of exercising or even a completely "down" time for you. With the proper support, you can be up and running again. That doesn't mean you won't feel some pain and be discouraged, but you can heal faster. By educating yourself about your condition and taking proactive steps to care for your injury, you can alleviate pain more quickly.

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  • 11 Yoga Poses For Runners
    11 Yoga Poses For Runners

    It's likely that you've heard about yoga, and perhaps also know about some of its benefits. But if you're a runner, you may have wondered if it's really the best thing for you. Is a yoga practice likely to improve my running performance? Does a yoga practice help prevent running injuries? 

    As it turns out, there are good reasons (lots of them!) for runners to include yoga as a cross-training activity. We'll outline these reasons below, and provide you with a sequence of yoga poses especially beneficial for runners. But first, let's have a look at some of the overall benefits of yoga. 


    Physical, Mental & Emotional Benefits Of Yoga 

    Whether you're a runner, a cyclist, a swimmer, a climber, a gymnast, a basketball player--or simply someone trying to take good care of your body--an intelligent yoga practice is almost guaranteed to help. As you'll discover (if you haven't already), there are many different styles of yoga. What they al

  • Training For Your First Half Marathon
    Training For Your First Half Marathon

    Crossing the finish line of your first half marathon is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding moments a runner will ever experience. However, the thought of training for weeks to run 13.1 miles can be intimidating, even for casual runners who always welcome a challenge. Fortunately, there are some simple measures you can take to make the training process safe and enjoyable. Below are eleven tips to help you finish your first half marathon safely and effectively.

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