Let’s talk injuries and running. It’s one of those dreaded situations that no one likes to think about, however is part of the sport (or in my case, life). A few weeks ago my 3-year-old left his duplo blocks out on the porch. This is a common occurrence and usually something I’m more mindful of. As I was chasing him out the door I forgot…and I rolled my ankle. Ultimately it was diagnosed as a sprain so I’ve been pretty quiet on any form of movement for just over a month. For the last few weeks I’ve taken this time to slow down (literally and figuratively) and try some different exercises. Injuries suck, there is no doubt about it. Luckily this week I have been able to ease my way back into running, slowly. If you’ve found yourself frustrated or injured lately, I have a few ideas for you! Other
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Not long before my Sophomore year of high school my friend Nathalie showed up at my door and asked me to join the cross country team. For some reason, I said yes. For three years I fought injuries (mostly) from gymnastics and ongoing ankle problems. After a three year running career I said goodbye to running forever and transitioned to throwing shot-put and discus on the track team. Or so I thought that was the end of my running career.  Fast forward a decade to early 2014. I was a new(ish) mom struggling to lose that pesky baby weight. We had joined a gym and I was ready to use that membership to become the healthiest mom ever. Okay, maybe I was a little too competitive back then.  One snowy February day, I found myself face to face with a treadmill. The ellipticals were full and I didn’t have the patience
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One of the biggest objections I hear to running is “oh my gosh, it’s so boring.” You know what that means? It’s time to try something different. When you’re starting to experience running for the first time, it can take a bit to settle into your running entertainment. Through the years I’ve learned that everyone has their own way of entertaining themselves through a run. Whether it’s one mile or twenty-two miles, you have to figure out what works best for you. Our brains are all different! Some runners choose podcasts, others prefer to stream a tv show (if they’re on a treadmill), some like music, others like silence. Spotify Playlists Personally, I’m a pop on some music and let my brain wander type of runner. Spotify is my go to music solution, mainly because I’ve found so many other playlists I love on there. There is something for everyone
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Of all sports, running is one that requires very little equipment. Let’s be honest, you could grab a pair of shoes and head out the door right now for a run. Yet, as humans we tend to want stocked with all the right gear before we get started. If you are new to running or just looking for some new gear, I have a few of my favorites to share with you. A Good Pair of Shoes Lace Up and Go is my running motto, however I do believe that shoes are the most important gear to get right. The wrong pair of shoes will break a run (and maybe you). The biggest mistake new runners make is grabbing any pair of tennis shoes and heading out the door. I will tell runners until the day I die the best thing you can do for your body is get fitted
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One of the most important parts of running is also the part that is often the most overlooked…stretching. It’s easy to lace up our shoes and go for the run. After our runs, it’s easy to sit down and call it a day. However, we are doing a disservice to our body by just running and stopping there. Over the years many runners have debated what the best stretches are, when the best time to do them is and how long you should do them for. I’ve researched, tested and learned my lessons through many of these theories. I learned from experience. When I first got back into running, I ignored stretching all together. As it turns out, that can result in injury. Through training for a half marathon, I realized that my IT band had some issues with it. They were minor issues and nothing that would end a
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