Winter Running Footwear Tips

By Vince Sherry

I wince every time I see more than a couple inches of snow in the forecast. It’s ironic, considering one of my favorite Bill Bowerman quotes is “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only soft people.”

This is a relatively new qualm of mine. I grew up in Rochester, NY. Since Rochester rarely sees the sun in the winter (and the winter is very long), the snow sticks around much longer. But I never missed a day of running due to snow in Rochester, and the fresh white powder made the otherwise dismal winter landscape a little more pleasing to the eye. I actually enjoyed running on snowy days. So what happened?

Run SMART Friday Soundtrack – Christmas All Over Again

This week’s Friday Soundtrack is what I like to call the greatest Christmas song of all time. Here’s Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers doing “Christmas All Over Again” at the White House Christmas special in 2000.

Confusion About Which Fats Are Best

By Alicia Shay

The below guidelines should help you sort through the confusion about which fats are best for maximizing your training, performances and health.

Polyunsatured Fats:

1. Omega-3 Fats: BEST-eat at least 1-2 times per day

Nuts and Seeds: flax seeds, flax oil, flax meal, chia seeds, walnuts, soy nuts, hemp seeds

Take Back Your Run

By Blake Boldon

As Christmas and New Year’s quickly approach, we runners find ourselves in the middle of the most challenging time of year to train.  The stress associated with normal work obligations, family commitments and social events is amplified by seasonal deadlines, holiday celebrations and travel.  Adding insult to injury, days are nauseatingly short and the characteristically brutal weather conditions can send even the insanely brave among us scampering for the nearest treadmill.

Holiday Gift Ideas

If you’re still struggling to come up with a good gift idea check out our brand new training plans and nutrition consultation services. Both options are great motivators for the annual New Year’s resolution guilt fest. If your friend or family member runs 5ks, 10ks, half marathons or marathons get them a customized training plan for their race. And we highly recommend Alicia’s nutrition packages – her detailed analysis and feedback based on the client’s dietary journal is truly comprehensive.

Avoid that awkward sweater moment (they’re probably not going to like it) and get a gift with real value.

Coaching Partnership With Scranton Running Co.

Recently, the Scranton Running Co. announced its coaching partnership with The Run SMART Project:

We’re extremely excited to announce that the SRCo. has entered into a coaching partnership with the esteemed Run SMART Project.  Proper instruction and guidance from the most knowledgeable coaches in the business will go a long way in helping us to achieve one of our primary goals:  grow the wonderful sport of running in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Stuart White Executes Great Race Plan

Run SMART client Stuart White was 2nd masters finisher at the 2010 Metro PCS Dallas White Rock Half Marathon. The 47 year old from Argyle, TX was 13th overall out of nearly 10,000 finishers, finishing in 1:17:35 (full results).

Preparing For A Race

One more session left in the first ever Run SMART Kids program at The Anderson School in New York City. This week we focused on “how to prepare for a race” to help the kids get ready for their mile fun run next week in Riverside Park. The handout for the day was broken down into three sections:  Before the Race, Day of Race and After the Race.

Our goal throughout the program was to teach the kids the basics about proper pacing, running form, stretching, nutrition, etc. but we also wanted to provide the full experience of what it’s like to train towards a goal and finish a race. They’ve worked hard logging their schoolyard laps each week so now it’s time for all that work to pay off! We’ll be handing out shirts and bib numbers at the fun run next week.

Winter Running Tips

Winter Running Tips

By Rod Koborsi

As a Houston native, I never ran indoors, never ran in pants, and wouldn’t dare be seen in tights. Then again, I had never seen more than three inches of snow. As I ventured into the world  and experienced winter training in Washington, DC and Colorado Springs, I realized that my stubborn ways had to change or I would risk injury or illness that could have been easily prevented.