This is a great article in Running Times. Not only does it refer to Jean Claude Van Damme as the “Muscles from Brussels,” it hits the nail on the head when it comes to preventing ITBS and understanding the cause of the problem. It’s the second most common running injury and can easily be prevented and quickly treated through strengthening of the hip stabilizers and glut muscles, not simply stretching and foam rolling.
Run SMART coach Anthony Gallo contributed an article to New England Runner titled, ‘Training Smart is the First Step in Injury Prevention.’ It offers a wide variety of key points and reminders about easy ways to lower your risk of injury.
Run SMART coach Blake Boldon offered Fitness Magazine readers a few cross training exercise tips to help reduce the risk of injury and strengthen your stride at the same time. First…
Targets: Hips, butt, quads, and hamstrings
- Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms overhead, palms facing each other.
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?”