It happens in just about any sport, not just running. At some point you will find that your motivation is wavering. This does not mean that you now have to hate your chosen sport, it is just a momentary lapse in interest. Do not fear – this was bound to occur, especially if you are training hard for something or are participating in an individual sport. Look at Chrissie Wellington – the best female Ironman triathlete in the world. She has never lost an iron distance race and appeared to be on a bit of a roll. However, after winning the world championships in Kona for the fourth time in 2011 she decided to take a year out. In professional sport people need to be at their physical peak to succeed, so when their motivation starts to diminish they often make the smart move to take a step back an reassess. Often they come back to the sport re-energized and better than when they left.
Every runner knows there is a super fine line that separates a successful workout or race from a major bomb, based on eating too much or not enough. Not eating enough could lead to hitting a major wall right in the middle of the run and eating too much or the wrong thing could lead to gastrointestinal distress that is no fun to experience. Take it from me, when GI distress hits, you just hope it is a day you are on a trail run deep in the woods, because I don't think the little old ladies in the neighbourhood appreciate lending their bathroom to a desperate, sweaty runner. So what can be done to better prepare for a workout and make gastrointestinal issues a thing of the past? Is it best to eat pre-workout and mid-workout calories or should you drink them for best results?
Drinking Your Calories: Pros and Cons
Both the treadmill and the elliptical machine have been the preferred machines for people who want to lose weight at the gym for years. Some people prefer the treadmill and some the elliptical, the truth is that they are both good machines, and they both have its pros and cons.
Are you the runner that has been guilty of getting sucked into starting the race at a near sprint, surviving through the middle and then working your hardest just to shuffle your feet over the finish line? This is a pretty common racing mistake and is easy to do with all that pent up pre-race adrenaline. However, this type of racing will almost always cost you in the end and rarely results in achieved goals and personal records. One type of racing that works to prevent hitting a major wall at the end of a race is using negative splits.
What Does it Mean to Run Negative Splits?
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common foot related injuries commonly experienced by runners. It is a very painful problem resulting when the plantar fascia (the thick connective fibers that run along the bottom of the foot connecting the heel bone to the toes, forming the arch), become inflamed and irritated.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
It may be hard to make the transition, but the days of running a few laps and then sitting down and stretching for 20 minutes prior to exercise are over. Research has shown that this is just not the most effective way to prepare for physical activity. If fact, studies prove that static stretching really does not reduce the occurrence of injuries like previously thought and may actually lead to a reduction in the amount of force produced during dynamic sport performance.
What Is a Dynamic Warm-Up?
Hill running is a training component that most runners dread, and many purposefully neglect to do. Climbing a hill can be as mentally daunting as it is physically challenging, but the benefits are too impressive to ignore. In many ways, running hills is like a running specific strength training workout.