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
During our early-morning run through the tree-laden, shady paths of Prospect Park last week, Ashley and I happened upon the topic of smoothies.
As you can probably gather on your own, this is not a preposterous or surprising occurrence. Think about it: two healthy living bloggers and runners who schedule workouts together on an almost weekly basis. The topic of smoothies is almost inevitable. In fact, I’d say there’s about a 75% chance it will come up. But I digress.
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I recently received the following question from a reader: “I’m eating healthy food, and a good amount, but lately I haven’t been feeling full or satisfied. Any tips?”
This is a really good question and a situation that I can definitely relate to!
I’ve experienced this before, especially during marathon training or other periods where I’m exercising more than what my body is typically accustomed to, although it can also happen if you’re not active or simply exercising moderately.
I’ve found that it can be for a number of different reasons. Here are some suggestions based on my own experience. … Read More
Strides: what are they, how do you run them and why do you need them in your training?
Until maybe a year or so ago, I had no idea what strides were or even that they existed. I only found out they’re an essential part of smart training after reading about them on StrengthRunning.com by Coach Jason Fitzgerald.
So that you can incorporate them into your training, I’ll go over all of the above questions and explain in detail how to run strides.
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Recovering properly after running is arguably just as important as the actual act of running.
I’m not going to go too far into why it’s so important, but basically, while you run you’re sweating out important minerals, breaking down your muscle fibers and just generally putting your body under an increased amount of stress. If you want your body to feel good and be ready to go for your next workout, proper recovery is absolutely essential.
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