About three weeks have passed since my last half-marathon — and you know what? I feel like I’m still recovering. Throughout those three weeks, I have been doing a few short runs, but I felt sluggish and fatigued from early on during those runs. It makes me think back to the day of my last half-marathon. And what I did during that time as a stepping stone towards recovering. (Or, perhaps, what I didn’t do that is hindering my recovery.)
Vinyasa. Savasana. Namaste. They may sound like made-up words but to yogis worldwide, they have great meaning. These words represent their practice. A practice that cleanses, restores, and rejuvenates. The practice of YOGA.
There is NO way I am spending $50 dollars on a pair of socks! I thought as I looked through the endless options of compression socks online. I had read through at least a hundred different reviews and paged through multiple websites looking for the best fitting, the most efficient, and the most cost effective way to try out some compression socks.
Why you ask?
In my search for a solution to shin splints (read that post here) many places suggested compression socks to help heal and prevent shin splints. Naturally, I was curious and wanted to give them a try myself.
What I discovered may surprise you!
The human body is incredibly resilient. It can withstand the everyday abuse and pressures that we put on it for an extraordinary amount of time. Running is no exception. And, if you are a runner, chances are that you have had experience with planter fascitis, IT band syndrome, or those dreaded shin splints.
Running on the treadmill can be a great way to reach your goals. The treadmill allows you to run inside when the weather is nasty and it makes you keep a steady pace during your workout. But after a while, the treadmill can turn into the…
Boredom sets in, the whining of the machine below your feet grates on your ears, and before you know it, you want to hop off before your first mile is complete. Check out these tips to keep your next treadmill workout interesting!
“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” — I heard Jillian Michaels calmly say as sweat poured down my face and every muscle in my body quivered holding the pretzel-like pose she had instructed us to get into. “I’ve never been more comfortable, Jillian” I muttered sarcastically back at the TV screen.
And although at that exact moment I believed it was a terrible idea, her sentiment stuck with me. There is no improvement without discomfort. Challenging yourself is the best way to get better and accomplish the goal you set for yourself. Therefore, I am pushing myself to run a 10k (6.2 miles) in less than an hour. Read More
Let’s face it. Our lives aren’t slowing down. Work, home, school, and family are pulling at us in all directions. If we manage to sneak in a quick workout we also have to plan for the time is takes to freshen up after the workout — especially us women with a whole lotta hair! Showering, washing, drying, styling hair, re-applying make-up can feel like another additional workout (not to mention the acrobatics it takes to preform some of those tasks)!
Save Time — Keep These Essentials Ready To Go!
Common Fears Had By New Runners
Being too slow. Even if you feel like a turtle stomping through molasses – hold your head up high! You are bettering yourself with every step you take. Don’t worry about who might be “judging” you. If people at the gym or passing you on the street are more focused on you than their own workout, they are not working hard enough.
In my experience, I find runners are a very inclusive people. The last few years I have participated in a race that is an out and back. Every single year so far, I have been amazed by the amount of support and encouragement coming from the leaders of the pack when we cross throughout the race course. They always say “Keep it up guys” or “You got this!” They never are laughing at the “slower runners” who haven’t gotten to the halfway point yet… even if we are a mile or two behind them already.