Running in the cold: to many that phrase sounds pretty unpleasant. In fact, doing anything outside in the winter can sound pretty unpleasant. Especially when you have the choice of being warm and cozy inside.
But after spending some time with the “it’s too cold to run outside” mentality, I finally decided to at least give it a try and, to my surprise, found that it can be not just bearable, but actually enjoyable. … Read More
I told y’all I’d be back with my final review of the marathon training plan I followed for this year’s NYC Marathon.
Well, I’ve finished training, I’ve crossed the finish line and after four weeks or so of recovery, I’m ready to share my final thoughts on the plan as a whole. … Read More
Most runners are no stranger to aches, pains and, unfortunately, full-fledged injuries. Most runners also know that it’s hard to determine when something that feels off is a cause for concern, versus when it’s simply part of normal fatigue that can be remedied without much fuss.
I had this very problem during my most recent training cycle. One day, all of a sudden, after I stood up from my desk I noticed a strange pain in my right calf. I was confused because there had been no sign of this at any time while I was running.
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You could call me what some would refer to as an “introvert.”
I’ve always enjoyed my “me time.” When I was younger I would plop myself down in the playroom and I could easily entertain myself for hours on end with Barbie, Ken, baby Kelly and their new RV camper, complete with built-in bunk beds and a Barbie barbecue. I was perfectly content exploring my imagination and creating fairytale worlds of my own. I didn’t need a say from anyone else.
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First let’s make one thing clear: It’s not unusual for a runner to get sick during marathon training.
Why? “Because our bodies’ resources for immunity against viruses are shared by our bodies’ attempts to adapt to training stimuli,” Marty Beene, a Level 2 USA Track & Field certified coach and creator of Be the Runner told me when I interviewed him about this subject.
In other words, your body is working hard and using resources for your workouts and recovery, some of which would normally be used to bolster your immune system. As a result, your immune system is weaker than usual. … Read More