The best advice I’ve been given.
It was February 2016. I was preparing to race the 1500 meters at the USATF Masters Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With only one month to go, it suddenly occurred to me I had no business running at a national event.
Three months before this event, I ran my first ever mile race. I was totally inexperienced at racing this distance. In college, I ran the 5k, and when I graduated, I started trying out longer distances. I even ran two marathons.
When I had my kids, I stopped racing altogether. While I kept up my training, it was too difficult to commit to a race while raising young children. My husband traveled for work and had an erratic schedule. Besides the one race I had finished a few months prior, I hadn’t raced in over ten years. …
If you are reading this because you hate running, I am going to go out on a limb and say I don’t think you do. Chances are you have tried running several times throughout your life and claim you just can’t stand it. But unless you’ve remained consistent and taken your time over the course of a year or more, I’d argue you never got the chance to enjoy the fitness of running. The best part about the sport is when you are able to relax and run efficiently.
Three killjoys in running I see are:
Fifteen paces. That is how many steps it takes to reach the refrigerator from where I am sitting at my desk. It’s no wonder gaining the COVID 20 is so prevalent.
So many of us are working from home (WFH) now which means all of those crackly packages and crunchy chips are waiting to be consumed — spilling on our computer keyboards while we work.
For those of us who are not in the office anymore, the good news is we are no longer being tempted by the never-ending birthday cakes, chocolate for pretty much every occasion, or the Friday Krispy Kremes people happen to bring in on the way to the office. …
There are many articles out there about good running technique. The problem is few discuss the best time to implement the adjustments. Making sweeping changes to your running style in your program can lead to injuries since you are using your muscles differently or even muscles that haven’t been used much before. Additionally, it can be burdensome to focus on your form when you are trying to work on speed or pacing.
So when is the best time to work on running form?
Before we talk about that, I need to segue here for a second and talk about whether it is a good idea to make changes to your running style — something hotly debated by many coaches and exercise professionals. Many have argued that Michael Johnson had horrible form, but he was the fastest in the world at one time. There is a long list of professional runners with imperfect form. In short, there are styles of running that may not be optimal in a perfect world, but work for some runners. …
Click. It’s the sound my tape player makes when I press play. The triangle on my machine is worn into a now unrecognizable symbol after twenty-five years of pressing it, over and over again. Billy Idol’s voice dominates the room with his 1982 top hit, “Dancing with Myself.” The music rides the sound waves through the living room and into my office. When it makes its way into my ears and the beat drops my heart rate increases. I’m at my desk writing — fingers rhythmically typing away as if my ten digits have a secret dance of their own.
The power of music is a mystery to us all. It moves us. The beats cast a spell on us as listeners. …
Morning runs don’t work for everyone
I just read another article touting why running first thing in the morning is the best time to run. Ugh.
I consider myself a morning person. On top of that, I’ve also been running for 28 years. However, I hate the idea of rolling out of bed and hitting the trails first thing.
While I like the idea of getting sweaty before I start my day so I can shower and be fresh afterward, there are too many things I’d rather do at that time. …
I’m sitting at my desk right now with a giant ice pack on my shin. Under the ice pack is a goose egg, with a bright-red, oozing cut going down the middle.
Just thirty minutes ago, I was riding downhill on my mountain bike and I took a spill into the dry Southern California brush. The pedal hit my leg as I landed in the bushes. When I looked down, I could see the bump rising on my shin.
While riding home, goose egg still growing, I suddenly remembered an incident that happened about twenty years ago.
I was on my first mountain biking outing with my husband. It was a regular trail, nothing too difficult, but at that point, I had not experienced trail riding with rocks, crevices, and the like. …
Last week, I was talking to a friend about concerns epidemiologists voiced over potential clashes between COVID-19 and the flu. It reminded me of the tropical storms Laura & Marco — two already fierce storms joining to become one deadly mix. Disease experts fear potentially bad outcomes if patients contract both illnesses simultaneously, creating a Fujiwhara effect in the world of infectious diseases.
The official flu season doesn’t start for another couple of months, so time will tell if this concern comes to fruition. However, the good news is the flu season hasn’t clashed with COVID-19 at this point. In fact, what we have seen since the spring are sharp declines in influenza cases. Of course, the number of flu cases normally declines at the end of spring as the flu season ends, but this year the numbers were additionally impacted by measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Broadfoot, 2020). …
It was February 2020. Sitting at my computer, planning my upcoming track races, I could almost smell the synthetic rubber, enhanced by the summer heat. After having spent the past several months training, I was prepared physically and mentally to have a strong racing season.
March came and everything changed. It started with the NBA suspending their 2020 season. Then one sport after another — canceled. Eventually, the news came that the track season was suffering the same fate. I was disappointed.
For the next four weeks, my training was non-existent. The track was closed. Many of the trails around me were as well. I wasn’t even sure where to run anymore. I could feel those months of training going to waste. All of those hours spent pushing my speed, heart rate, and VO2max, closer to my threshold — for nothing. …
Our country is not in a good place. We are in the midst of a major pandemic and economic recession. We are experiencing racial and political tension. Now, more than ever, we need accurate, reliable journalism so we can make informed decisions.
To be clear, reliable journalism is information collected and disseminated by professional researchers and writers who are skilled in obtaining, vetting, and carefully communicating information to the public with the intent to inform. As much as possible it should be done without the journalist’s personal opinions.
How do we know when the information we are reading online is true or at least responsibly reported? …