Regular advice is to buy expensive running shoes or have custom orthotics made to avoid common running injuries. As injuries are so common nowadays, many runners are looking for alternative options. A small minority believe in the growing trend of barefoot running and the idea that the best running shoe may be none at all. Vibram Five Fingers (also refereed to as VFF’s) attempt to take your feet back to basics to strengthen your running stride and decrease injury. Instead
In this marathon tapering guide I’m going to try and provide you with everything you need to know to prepare you for your next marathon. I hope that this will help first time marathon runners whilst acting as a reference for those that are more experienced. There are many questions surrounding the marathon taper. Why should I taper? How long should I taper? Do I completely or partially rest? Is cross training a viable option to maintain fitness? Hopefully all
Junk miles are a frequently discussed, and often debated concept in running publications and communities. There are valid points on both side of the argument which can make it difficult to know where they fit into your training. There is one slight problem. If you search “junk miles” in Google and look at just the first page of results, nearly each website will have a different definition and idea of what junk miles are. How can there possibly be a
There are many reasons why runners go through temporary periods of low motivation. Whatever the reason may be, there are many ways to overcome this mindset and get back into your training. Obviously if you are reading this article, you have a desire to motivate yourself so you are already ahead of most runners suffering this problem. There are many suggestions in this article on how to become motivated again. Start off slowly and don’t try to implement these all
I purchased this book thinking it would be about what the title builds it up to be- a book with information on what a runner’s diet should consist of. To my disappointment, the book is actually about weight loss. A better title for the book would be: “Start running to lose weight”. I got the impression that the book was written from a weight loss and dieting perspective rather than from a runners point of view. The overall theme of
1. Embrace Your DNA A common suggestion to solve low motivation in the running world is to simply enter a race. By signing up to a race all your problems will be solved. While this is extremely effective for some, it’s just simply a bad idea for others. Embrace your DNA. You can ask yourself every question you can think about in regards to your personality, but it comes down to one very simple question. Do you like running to train?
A few years back, the argument against barefoot running was that there was simply no concrete evidence that barefoot running is good. Since recent research by Daniel Liberman and other evolutionary biologists, it’s becoming clearer that humans are evolved to run. There will probably be a lot more research in the coming years. The fact is that there has never been a single study that has shown that running shoes have any positive impact on reducing injury rates. Since there is
There are many good reasons to start running in the morning. You can listen to as many different opinions as you want: “running in the morning makes you run faster”, “running in the morning burns more fat”, “running in the morning is more natural”; but the only reason you should start running in the morning is because you find it fun. Morning runners often say how much more they enjoy their training, while afternoon runners say they attempted it once or twice and found