While some runners are ready for a break after training for and finishing a race, not everyone embraces recovery so completely. After all, for many people, there are concerns about lost fitness, weight gain, boredom, inability to manage stress, or preparation for upcoming races. I know I’ve been guilty of not taking the proper amount of recovery time on more than one occasion!
Runners who struggle with tightness, cramping, or pain in their lower legs while running are willing to try pretty much anything to alleviate their symptoms. One popular solution is running in compression socks or tights. Benefits like increased blood flow, improved circulation, prevention of cramps, and improved recovery are espoused by manufacturers of compression garments. But does running in this specialized gear actually make a difference?
With the wild temperature swings that can sometimes come at this time of year, it can be hard to get your body adjusted to running at any given temperature. Before you know it, though, warmer weather will be here to stay. If you typically have a hard time when the mercury rises, these simple tips might help your running sail into spring more smoothly.
It’s a new year, and men and women across the world are embarking on new fitness and running routines to start 2017 off right. For many people, especially those who have struggled with their weight, exercising in public can be nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing. Running in public? Even worse. I’ve been there. Even though I have never been overweight, I had tremendous anxiety about running outdoors when I first started because of my speed, or lack thereof. I mostly ran in the dark until I felt “fast enough” to be seen during the daylight. What does that have to do with running a women-only event? Plenty. Whether you’re male or female, the stress of being a new athlete can be overwhelming. If you’re hoping to run your first race, you may be worried about finishing last, not knowing what to do, getting lost, etc. If you want to guarantee a great experience, read on for why you should consider running an all-women’s race:
With a taste of cold temperatures, snow, and less than ideal conditions underfoot recently, (and the option of a fire in the fireplace…) you may have found your motivation lagging to consistently get out there and adhere to your workout schedule. While we often think that motivation comes entirely from within the individual, it’s important to recognize that motivation is actually a function of both the individual (you) and the situation.
Training through the long, cold winter is not for the faint of heart. It takes guts to get out there in the dark and cold day after day! For many runners, the light at the end of the tunnel is the promise of a strong spring race. While you might be thinking of keeping it local and running your hometown event this year, there’s some amazing spring events out there for every month of the season – and you’ve probably never heard of them! Here are four events sure to put a little extra “spring” in your step during this winter training season!