Prevent running injuries with the Year of Injury Free Running! Happy New Year! 2014 is going to be YOURS – are you ready? Every January I like to reflect on the annual highlights and set goals for the next 12 months. And 2013 was our best year ever. How do I know? Well, I judge these things by the accomplishments of the runners that I coach – either directly in my 1-on-1 coaching program or through custom training plans, Run Your BQ, or the SR Boot Camp. Jogging Jogging is a form of trotting or running at a slow or leisurely pace. The main intention is to increase physical fitness with less stress on the body than from faster running, or to maintain a steady speed for longer periods of time. Performed over long distances, it is a form of aerobic endurance training. Definition Jogging is running at a gentle pace. The definition of jogging as compared with running is not standard. One definition describes jogging as running slower than 6 miles per hour (10 km/h).
Get Fit Without Leaving the House Imagine a gym you can commute to in seconds. It’s open 24-hours, so you can come and go as you please—on your time. It’s comfortable, and you feel completely at ease when you work out there. Oh, and membership is free. You may be daydreaming, but the perfect gym is a dream that can come true…in your own home. It's All in the Hips Watch a video of Kenenisa Bekele winning a 5,000m or 10,000m, and it is quickly apparent that he and the rest of the world-class pack with him are doing something different from what most of us do every day. They float around the track, hardly seeming to touch it. They accelerate smoothly and effortlessly. Their legs seem to spin beneath weightless bodies. Barefoot Ted's Adventures The start of LUNA Sandals can be traced back to March 2006 on the day Manuel Luna made me my first pair of huaraches. By 2007, I was able to run the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon in the first LUNAS that I made myself with Vibram soling material. Things really got fully underway when I was joined by co-founders Scott & Bookis Smuin and moved from my garage to the "Factory" on Capitol Hill in Seattle in 2010.
Marathon mantra(s) If all goes as planned, I’ll be running a marathon when this post goes out. This will be the first one. While training, I tried to keep in mind a few things to maintain the best running form possible. I experimented with a few running chants, but eventually boiled it down to seven items of three syllables each. Dos and Don'ts of Running Do... ...start off SLOW. Walking is a good way to warm up. It also helps you lower the exertion level, which conserves resources for the end of your workout and reduces heat build-up.
Running On Air: Breathing Technique This article was adapted from Running on Air: The Revolutionary Way to Run Better by Breathing Smarter, by Budd Coates, M.S., and Claire Kowalchik (Rodale, 2013). The book teaches how to use the principles and methods of rhythmic breathing across all levels of effort. It includes training plans for distances from 5-K to the marathon, as well as strength-training programs and stretching workouts. In my early days as a runner, I, like most, didn't give any thought to my breathing. I took up the sport in high school—back in the '70s—and as a senior on the cross-country team, I won the individual league championship, a good but not great accomplishment. I continued to run at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where I majored in physical education.
Running A man running in Chicago Runners approach mile 4 of the F^3 Half Marathon in Chicago, 2013 The ancestors of mankind developed the ability to run for long distances about four and a half million years ago, probably in order to hunt animals. Chi running: can a habitual heel striker learn to land midfoot in one day? A nice mid-to-forefoot strike, which drastically reduces impact on the body compared with a heel-strike. Photograph: Joe Wigdahl/Alamy "Shoulders back" "Stand tall" "Shoulders down" "Chin in" "Fall forwards" "Kick back" … Trying to follow snippets of advice gleaned from magazines and blogs on how to stop heel striking and start landing on my mid or forefoot had left me confused.