Like many runners afflicted with these unexplained pains, I concocted my own theories: It’s all about breathing patterns. You simply need to get in better shape. Is it just me, or do side stitches seem to come on when I change running speeds back and forth?
Take It To The Turf: The Benefits of Training on GrassBuild strength and stay healthy by taking some of your workouts onto softer surfaces.
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There are many reasons why training on grass is a great idea for all runners—regardless of experience or ability level. Most obvious is the fact that grass offers runners the benefit of a softer surface, which is an excellent way to reduce the chances of impact-related injury. There are non-intuitive benefits as well. “Grass workouts are an excellent way to improve overall balance and proprioception as well as strengthen the feet,” says Pete Rea, the elite athlete coach and coordinator at ZAP Fitness in Blowing Rock, N.C.
Dennis Barker, the head coach of Team USA Minnesota, agrees that balance is developed on grass, as the slightly uneven surface engages smaller muscles in your feet, ankles, legs and hips—areas that don’t get worked as much on a flat, smooth surface. “The softer surface requires more strength to run on quickly,” he says.
Barker also says that grass running provides mental benefits. “If you are training for a track or road race, it’s a mental break from the workouts done on those surfaces,” he says. “You know that your times will be faster once you go back on the track or road.” Original Article on Competitor
When it comes to building real endurance, piling on miles is not an evolved approach. Sure, distance days have their place, but they must be carefully interlaced with speed, incline and core work to get you to your goals most efficiently and injury-free.
Scoop running coach David Siik’s scientifically-proven formula.
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Paleo energy bites to fuel your bodyKANSAS CITY, Mo. â Summer is usually the time of year that people try to eat healthier and fuel their bodies for the grueling heat. Heather Page and See Original Article
Shoe Talk: Pearl Izumi Trail N2
A popular shoe on the Peal Izumi line, here’s a look at how the Trail N2 was updated for 2015.
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Med Tent: Tips for Injury-Free Running
How do you stay injury free? Nothing’s guaranteed, but there are things you can do to cut down the risk.
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The Shoes of the 2015 Boston MarathonDozens of shoe brands were represented at the 2015 Boston Marathon. Photo: PhotoRun.netAn extensive review of participants at the 2015 Boston Marathon found several interesting facts regarding the running shoes that they wear.
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Market Watch: What’s Trending in Running Apparel This Season?
We asked eight owners of specialty running stores around the country about the apparel that’s flying off the shelves this spring.
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How To Run the Tangents In A Race (And Why You Should!)
How well are you cutting the tangents when you race? Photo: Shutterstock.comUnless you actually run the tangents in a race, you’ll probably be running farther than you think.
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Video: American Elites at 2015 Bolder Boulder
One of the top 10Ks in the U.S. had strong American representation.
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