Stretching is as important to running as running. Left untreated, tight muscles can be the difference between lining up on the starting line for a race, or watching it from the sidelines.
photo credit: Robert Bejil Photography This Off Season, Cross Train with Yoga for Improved Athletic Performance The off season is an ideal time to add yoga and flexibility to your training routine to help you build a stronger, more limber and balanced body, recover faster, and reduce your chances of injury all while increasing […]
When it comes to eco-friendly exercise, outdoor running is about as low-environmental-impact as you can get. It doesn’t require much in the way of gear. You don’t have to drive to a field or other location in order to train. You can run in virtually any environment or weather conditions (except lightning storms). If you […]
Fred, you have a blog, what is its name and what can people expect to see or read when they visit it? The name of my blog webite is “http://www.fat2fitfred.com” and I started it late in 2012. What they can expect to see are blog posts that include […]
Those cross-training workouts – like core work, pool running or cycling, and strength exercises – have dramatic benefits for marathoners and shouldn’t be skipped. Knowing when to implement them in a smart training plan can help you recover faster, run more, and ultimately get that new personal best.
New York City Marathon 2012 Race Report Cancelled L Oh wait! Now what? What do I do with all that fitness?? Space Coast Marathon 2012 Race Report Way back in the summer I filled out an application to be a race reporter for Marathon Nation. I was registered for NY Marathon […]
Where are you from? I am from a town called Remscheid in Germany. It is located near Cologne and Düsseldorf. I currently live and work in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. What’s your one “key” workout before a big race? My key workout before long races is a weekend double of 3 hours on Saturday and a […]
Why Patience Plays a Huge Role in Breakthrough Marathon Performances Marathoning is one of the most challenging, rewarding and character-building sports you can participate in. I have never experienced more trials and tests in athletics until I began training for the classic 26.2 mile distance back in 2002. Ironically, the same issue that plagued me […]
photo credit: RVWithTito As runners, our shoes are the most important piece of equipment we utilize. Accordingly, one of the most important decisions we can make is choosing the right shoes for our foot/running style type. Our shoes absorb the impact of running, help properly align our legs, hips, and spine through stabilization, and keep […]
photo credit: Noel Feans Mark Tominaga Marine Corps Marathon, Washington DC, 10/30/2011 Race Website: http://www.marinemarathon.com/ Overall Time: 4:02:20 PR Goal Time: 3:56:00 Background: My running (jogging) began in Jan 2010 after I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 51. I learned that aerobic activity combined with a low carbohydrate diet helped me reverse my […]
photo credit: BozDoz Often when we think of yoga, images of stretching, meditating, or even awkward gumby-like poses come to mind. As a runner, we thrive on forward motion and the thought of sitting still to stretch with a bunch of “flexible people” is not so appealing. And besides that, it’s unrealistic for many runners […]
photo credit: electric.porcupine [bmazz.tumblr.com] Marathons are becoming more and more popular. In fact, 8.6% more people participated in marathons in 2010 than in 2009! As they become more accessible, it’s important to remember that a marathon isn’t like any other race. It’s much more. Because of its distance, the marathon will inflict more damage to […]
photo credit: IABoomerFlickr From a very early age I was taught the power of visualization and have used it in many areas of my life, including running. So it was no surprise to me that many elite athletes use this tool to help them achieve their training and racing goals. If you haven’t heard of […]
photo credit: maryames Note: This is another installment in the Marathon Nation Guest Post Series. I hope you enjoy the fresh perspective! For many years, I avoided the marathon because of its distance. I couldn’t fathom how I would train for the 26.2 miles, let alone race it. And so I bought a book on […]