Running in icy and snowy winter conditions can be very dangerous, especially if you’re getting your runs in before the sun rises or long after it goes down. Run SMART coach Vince Sherry covered this subject in the Arizona Daily Sun yesterday and offered a few great tips.
Came across an interesting article I’d like to share from the NY Times, titled: How to prevent stress fractures.
A recent study showed a correlation between smaller or weaker calf muscles and greater risk of acquiring a tibia stress fracture, one of the most common forms of stress fractures. The article talks about even a minor increase in calf muscle mass or strength can go a long way to help prevent tibia stress fractures, especially in women runners.
The other half of the article focused on a separate study which showed that shorter stride lengths, or a higher running cadence helped minimize the risk of tibia stress fractures.
Coach Jack Daniels was quoted in the Arizona Daily Sun about how runners should approach training in windy conditions. The wind can certainly be a drag (yes, pun!) on your training, so make sure to be aware of weather conditions ahead of time, especially during the winter and summer, then plan out where you’re going to do your run for the day. Jack does a great job of explaining how you can actually use the wind to your advantage with a little planning.
Check out Coach Sherry’s column in the Arizona Daily Sun about the benefits of trail running shoes.
“Many runners would rather take their chances with a sprained ankle or bruised foot than trade in their favorite road runners for the running equivalent of a tractor trailer. Want to add a little more difficulty to 30-minute climb on a 15 percent grade at 8,000 feet? Throw on a pair of trail shoes from about 10 years ago. Fortunately, a lot has changed in 10 years. Technology has advanced and every major running shoe manufacturer offers a lightweight, stable, protective, breathable trail running shoe.”
Run SMART coach Vince Sherry contributes a column titled, “High Country Running,” to the Outdoors section of the Arizona Daily Sun. His latest piece is on barefoot running. Check out Vince’s take on the latest running fad. Below is his opener from the article…
I came across an important article on RunningTimes.com titled, When a Workout is Going Badly – Should you cut it short or gut it out?
It’s an important article because every runner has encountered this problem when training towards a specific goal. If a key workout isn’t going as planned because you’re sluggish or not in it mentally, make a quick adjustment by cutting it short and taking another day or two until you’re ready to run it effectively. On days when you’re struggling to hit your workout splits, maybe due to poor weather conditions, focus more on the effort and less on how fast you’re actually running.
I think it provides some very interesting insight into the question that we all face: “how good a runner can I be?”
Listening to the interview that Coach Daniels gave Flotrack made me think about how goal setting relates to every athlete. He primarily discussed high school athletes but goals serve as the compass for every athlete from recreational joggers to world record holding elites. So much has already been said about this topic that many runners and coaches forget the basics in goal setting. A few years ago Pete Pfitzinger wrote a great article for Running Times on the subject and it’s worth rereading. Here is a link to the article on his personal website:
After reading the article, the next step in the process is evaluating your current progress and working with your coach to establish appropriate goals for the coming weeks and beyond. Pursuing goals and reevaluating during the process isn’t easy but with patience and guidance from an expert coach you will surprise yourself with how far you can progress. I’ve experienced it as an athlete and coach and I continue to learn daily about goal setting. I recently posted on my personal blog about the process of working toward my athletic goals. Hopefully you can find something useful in my experiences. Here’s a link to the post:
Great insight here from Coach Dr. Jack Daniels.
Run S.M.A.R.T. Project Advisory Board member, Dr. Brian Fullem, wrote a cool article in Running Times recently. It’s titled, “Improve Your Running by Improving Your Balance.” We recommend you check it out.