Which is best: walking or running…hm

walk-run

Potomac River Running Feet by Mr. T in DC, on Flickr

Here is the winner of this week’s no duh award…

Walking and running are low-cost, easy-to-do anywhere, year-round activities. Both are social activities — you can walk or run or with a friend. But since running is more rigorous than walking, it is my opinion that you should select a running program to maximize aerobic conditioning in minimum time.

Read the rest at Fitday.

5 Running Tips for the Non-Runner (From a Non-Runner)

Tips from a non-runner

If you enjoy reading random running tips, then this article is for you. There are some nice reminders here.

It wasn’t until I was preparing for an indoor rowing competition that I came face to face with my thoughts and feelings about running. Ironically, I had gotten into rowing because I originally hated it and thought I should get over that. Little did I know rowing would also prove to be the vehicle for a running-related breakthrough.

And, I like the first tip. If you can’t tell from my previous posts, I really hate music when running…outside. The few times I have been on a treadmill, I put on some headphones to drown my misery from running inside.

I know I’m going to lose a bunch of you right off the bat with this one, but please don’t listen to music while you run.

The article is at Breakingmuscle.com.

Video Game Fools with Random Runners Title

To bring you the latest and greatest hype in the world of running, I sometimes get random stuff into my inbox. For example, this “meh” video game called Random Runners. It reminds me of the old Sonic video games I had 10-20 years ago. But, now I’m obligated to tell you about it simply because they used runners in the title.

Here’s a review of Random Runners.

 

How to Get Kids Into Running

How to get kids into running

OMG Someone writes in to RunnersWorld concerned that her 11 year old daughter hates running in her PE class at school. Here is the response:

I’d highly encourage you to share in this journey with your daughter. Teach her how to tune into her body, listen to her breath, and modulate her running effort with walking when things get challenging. This will give her the tools to control how she reaches the finish line, and more importantly, it will allow her body time to adapt to the demands of running without hurting.

There’s nothing wrong with the advice from the article. But, I think most kids will be better off if you simplify and not focus on the running. I have a 14 year old daughter now, who joined the high school cross country team this year. She hated PE in middle school. Now, she’s a mid-packer who loves being with her friends at meets and at practice. Middle school PE is not a journey. And, most of the kids in middle school are undergoing dramatic changes, emotionally and physically. Enjoying her PE running is not what she wants. Talk to her about school, friends and enjoying herself while being overburdened with homework.

Here’s the article at runnersworld.

Please Don’t Run Me Over, I’m Wearing Headphones for Running

Running with Music by Chris Hunkeler, on Flickr

Running with Music by Chris Hunkeler, on Flickr

When you first get into the market for some headphones for running, you’ll probably be surprised. There are a LOT of different models to choose from.

Some are “normal” headphones that just have the small plastic round pieces you put in your ears.

Others have a plastic hook that goes around your ear, securing it in place.

Some running headphones have a small rubbery piece that sticks into your ear, holding it in place.

Each of these has its advantages and disadvantages. To help you choose the best type of headphone for running, we made up three factors to consider. It’s the Internet, of course we make these up.

(Psst: scroll to the bottom for some shameless product recommendations)

 

Factor #1: Headphones Price

Would you be surprised to hear that headphones for running can be anywhere from $1 to over $200? I’m not, because I just did the research.

The first time I got a pair of $35 headphones, I felt like I’d spent a fortune. Apparently I was on the lower end of the spectrum, with “serious” runners willing to pay a lot more for their gear.

Generally, we’ve found that higher prices have almost zero effect on quality. Sure, they may look a little cooler or have slightly better audio- but as for utility? There’s very little difference.

A set of $8 headphones with hooks that go around your ears tend to work just as well, if not better, than that $150 set that has nothing to keep them secure in your ears.

All of that said- some runners swear by the more expensive gear, saying that it stays in place better and provides much better quality sound.

What it really boils down to is your budget. How much can you afford to pay to get the tiny incremental improvements that you may or may not notice with a more expensive pair?

Factor #2: Usage during Running

Some runners log 3-5 miles a week. Others log more than 2-3 more than that every day.

If you’re in the first group, chances are you don’t need extremely high quality headphones for running. You really aren’t using them too much, so they should be able to last a long time before they need replacing.

Meanwhile, folks in the second group may need to get a higher quality pair of headphones. If you’re logging 5 miles a day, you’re probably running at least 10 hours a week, right? That’s a lot of time spent in those headphones, so you need to make sure they’re sturdy and comfortable.

Yellow and green sprint by KaiChanVong, on Flickr

Yellow and green sprint by KaiChanVong, on Flickr

Along with usage comes the idea of sound isolation. Do you need to cancel all of the noise around you to really concentrate? Or are you in a situation where you need good situational awareness?

For example- many runners who spend their miles on treadmills tend to like sound isolation. They don’t want to hear weights dropping, random gym chatter, and the slowpoke next to you huffing and puffing. You also probably want to isolate the sound of your own breath and feet hitting the ground.

Meanwhile, street runners can’t be so picky. Safety should always be a top priority, and on the street you need to hear cars, bikers, muggers, other runners, etc.

Bottom line- how much time are you logging, and where is it?

Factor #3: Comfort in Your Ears

Everyone’s different.

My head is shaped differently than yours. My ears are probably either bigger or smaller, higher or lower, rounder or less round… you get the point.

Because our bodies are all shaped differently, a headset that feels great to your buddy may feel extremely uncomfortable to you.

Running should be a fun, enjoyable experience. Everyone loves that runner’s high, especially while jamming out to your favorite music. But nobody wants to do that with uncomfortable headphones in their ears.

Think about what you think you’d like best regarding comfort. Would you be okay with having a piece loop behind your ears? Or would you rather have a small piece of the headphones stick deeper into your ears for stability?

Either way- just pick one and try out a set. If you like it, great. If not, you can (hopefully) return them and get a different set to try out.

Also, is the cord too short, too long, or just right? Too much cord adds a lot of bounce, while having too small of a cord could cause you to knock the headphones out.

The bottom line? Don’t try to force yourself to like your earphones. Get some that you feel comfortable with and roll with it.

Conclusion and Shameless Promotion

Generally, these are the 3 main things to consider when shopping for headphones for running. Typically the more expensive headphones are higher quality and last longer, but they may not provide better stability or sound.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you buy from my links below. It tells me that I should make up more articles like this one in the future.

Cheapo Headphones:
Philips Flexible Earhook Headphones SHS3201/28 (White) (replaces SHS3201/37)

Mid-Price:
Sennhesier MX685 Adidas Sports In-Ear Headphones – Black

You Want the Best Headphones for Running:
Bose SIE2i Sport Headphones – Blue

I have money to burn:
Shure SE315-K, Sound Isolating Earphone, Hi-Definition Micro Speaker with Tuned Bass Port (Black)

Do Waterproof Running Shoes Work on Treadmills?

A lot of readers ask me if waterproof running shoes work on treadmills. Even though some might consider this a silly topic, I think it does need to be addressed.

First off, let’s look at where these types of shoes are typically used.

Who Needs Waterproof Running Shoes?

There are 3 main times that you need these types of shoes.

The first is if you live in an area that receives huge amounts of rain. The first place that comes to mind is Seattle, considering that place is always soaking wet.

The second group of people that should get these shoes is swamp people. As you might expect, these are the people living in regions such as the Everglades or southern Louisiana. Swamp people tend to get into a lot of trouble, so they’re constantly running away from alligators, snakes, and man-eating mud monsters.

PHOTO CREDIT:  Muddy shoes by vitahall, Flickr

PHOTO CREDIT: Muddy shoes by vitahall, Flickr

The third group, which is probably the group you belong to, is the group of people who like to run in the ocean naked. Obviously you’re just asking for trouble by not having any shoes on, so you better keep those feet dry if you partake in this kinda thing.

But even though these are the main times you’d want shoes, you can, in fact, use them on a treadmill. Here are a few things to consider though.

Waterproof Shoes and Treadmills

Personally, I don’t recommend taking these shoes on a treadmill.

The first reason is that a good set of shoes isn’t cheap. You’re going to spend at least $100, so why would you tear them up while running on a treadmill?

Don’t get me wrong- I’m not saying that your treadmill is made out of sharp rocks or concrete or something. But generally, there’s no reason to take your nice running shoes onto a treadmill.

Instead, try using flip flops. They’re meant to be destroyed anyway. You could also try wearing something like Crocs. They’re made out of rubber- kinda.

That said- maybe you still want to run on a treadmill. Make sure you do the following before you get going.

Treadmill Running Checklist

First, make sure that your running shoes are laced up nice and tight. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to run with the laces untied, only to wind up flat on my face. It doesn’t feel very good- I don’t recommend it.

Second, strap on your GPS running watch. I know, I know- what good is a watch using GPS if you’re just on a treadmill? Well, here’s the thing. If you got attacked by a pack of zombies while you’re on the treadmill, the only way someone will ever find you is by tracking your GPS watch.

Third, get some good quality running gear. Cotton works okay, but typically isn’t the best material for running. It gets hot and absorbs all of your sweat- not fun. Instead, invest in running shorts, shirts, underwear and socks that wick away moisture. That way you can at least feel comfortable.

PHOTO CREDIT: Legs by Håkan Dahlström, Flickr

PHOTO CREDIT: Legs by Håkan Dahlström, Flickr

Fourth, spend at least 5 minutes stretching before and after your workout. Stretching has been proven to reduce your chances of injury, quicken recovery time, and give you the powers of Superman. The most important stretch, as you might imagine, is laying on your stomach and then stretching out your arms in front of you, while straightening your legs out behind you.

Finally, attach a footpod to your waterproof running shoes. This will help you keep track of your pace and cadence.

Now let’s talk about a few things to look for in your shoe.

What Makes a Good Running Shoe?

The most important feature of a good running shoe is the support it provides your foot. Most runners don’t have perfect running form, so your shoe should compensate that. For example, someone with high arches usually needs a shoe that provides great arch support.

Another important feature is a grip on the bottom of the shoe. If you’re running on treadmills, this isn’t extremely important. But if you decide to take a run up a cliff or on the ceiling, you’ll want the best grip you can get.

Finally, make sure that your foot gets extremely hot while running in the shoe. This verifies that no moisture is getting in. Sure, maybe your foot will smell bad enough to knock out small animals and children with one sniff, but at least they didn’t allow in moisture.

The Soggy Truth

Waterproof running shoes work pretty well on treadmills. Even though that isn’t exactly what they were designed for, don’t feel too silly about trying it sometime. You might be surprised and realize that you like it, similar to that time you tried an egg, beet and Snickers sandwich.

(PHOTO CREDIT on Featured Image: Treadmill by maHidoodi, Flickr)

Running Times

There’s been a revolution in running science in the last few years. For a century, researchers have focused on the role of the heart, legs, and lungs to explain the limits of human endurance, but they’ve ignored the brain.

Turns out, that was a mistake. It’s not lactate levels in your blood or oxygen shortages in your muscles that force you to slow down, it’s how your brain interprets those signals. In other words, the effort of running is only as hard as your brain perceives it to be. Scientists have since demonstrated that seemingly absolute physical limits are imposed by the brain—not the body.

New research once again tells us what we already know, running is mostly mental. Getting past the “wall” in any race has nothing to do with your muscles, but everything to do with your head.

Read the full article at Runnersworld.com

Photo copyright by Comrade.

Tips for Running in the Dark this Winter

The winter season poses  a lot of challenge to runners.  Aside from the freezing  temperature outside, this season also has shorter day  which leaves runners no choice but to run even it’s  still dark.  Being outside in the dark exposes runners to variety of dangers like speeding cars, gangs, and higher chances of tripping over, to name some.  Here are some guidelines to keep safe when running in the dark, be it  a night or an early morning run.

Racing after dark is an entirely different sensation. After-dark races have been popping up all over the place in recent years. Some are organized as traditional races, while others have a glow-in-the-dark theme. The Zappos.com Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon will send runners down the Las Vegas strip once again, while the Honolulu Marathon continues its before-dark 5 a.m. start near Waikiki Beach.

“It’s cool, something different than what you’re used to,” says Ted Woodward, a marathoner from San Francisco who’s training for Zappos.com Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon. “Most of the races I’ve done have been during the day, but running at night has a fun vibe to it.”

RUNNING SAFETY TIPS

November is Running Safety Month and there is no better way to celebrate than to go for a run. But as daylight savings ends, sunlit days get shorter and going for a run before dawn or after dusk may be the only time to squeeze in a few miles. Use these tips to stay safe when running in the dark.

✔ Wear bright, reflective clothing, head- lamps and glow-in-the dark items that all make it much easier for drivers to spot you.

 

Read more tips at running.competitor.com.

 

Photo copyright by Flickr user calmenda. 

 

 

Gift Guide for Runners

Holidays are around the corner. This week, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving and in just a month, Christmas is here! Santa, I’ve been good this year! (Hope Santa hears this). If you are unsure what to give to the special runners in your life, here’s a list for some ideas:

It’s Thanksgiving week which means Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner. I started making my shopping list but am kinda clueless about what to buy the other adults in my life. I don’t have the first clue what to buy for my dad or brother and I’m sure they feel the same about me! I asked them for a list so I’ll have some ideas – I’m hoping I can get some shopping done this weekend.

And if there are people in your life that may be clueless about what to get you – here are a list of great suggestions of gifts to buy runners this holiday season. If you’re on the Nice list, pass it along to Santa and your fam.

Read the full article at Run Eat Repeat.

Photo copyright by asenat29. 

Beijing Marathon Lifts Order to Ban Japanese Runners

Beijing Marathon which is scheduled on November 25th earlier released an order to refuse Japanese runners due to security threats. Recently, they  reversed their decision and now includes  Japanese nationalities eligible to the marathon.  What happened to the threats? I don’t know either! Let’s find out from this article:

A source at the organising committee had earlier said “If they choose other nationalities including China, Japanese can take part,” the Asahi Shimbun daily’s online edition had reported Saturday.

Japanese companies such as Canon had sponsored the annual event until last year but they did not renew their deal this year.

In Beijing, officials from the organizing committee were not immediately available to comment on the report.

The two countries have been at odds over the sovereignty of the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.

Tokyo’s nationalization of islands that are at the centre of a territorial row with Beijing sparked violent mass anti-Japan demonstrations in Chinese cities in September. Japanese nationals, businesses and diplomatic missions were targeted.

 

Read the full article at Japan Today. 

 

Photo copyright by Flickr user  poeloq.

New York City Divided as NYC Marathon Proceeds

Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath caught the organizers of New York City Marathon between a rock and a hard place. Whatever they choose, somebody will surely be upset.  The marathon is said to unify the city but with the current situation, it actually divides the city as emotions go high with organizers decision to continue the race.

The comments by elected officials were echoed by thousands of people on social media. While some support Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s notion that the marathon can help get the city back on its feet, many others are disgusted that precious public resources will be used for a sporting event while millions of New Yorkers are without power, heat and food. Several online petitions and message boards have sprung up with thousands of signatures calling for the marathon to be postponed or canceled.

“This will forever tarnish the marathon as a brand and an event,” said Stephen Robert Morse, a 27-year-old from Brooklyn who started stopthemarathon.tumblr.com. “There are still thousands of people downtown and businesses that still lack necessities and it’s insulting to have tourists prioritized over the people of this city.”

The New York State Nurses Association has also asked the mayor to postpone the race.

Bloomberg, aware that the marathon generates hundreds of millions of dollars for the city, has repeatedly said the race will go on. He did not expect the Police Department to be overly burdened because the race is on a Sunday, when street traffic is limited. Many parts of the city, including Lower Manhattan, are expected to have their power back, freeing other workers.

 

Read the full article at The New York Times. 

 

Photo copyright by Flickr user Pam_Andrade. 

Amputated War Veterans To Join ING NYC Marathon

“If there’s a will, there’s a way”. 
True enough. How many times have you tried doing something but ended up failing to do it? I bet you have come up with a couple of excuses to defend your failure to do so. Thinking of  joining  a marathon? Ditch all those “what ifs” and read this article to get some inspiration.
 Of the 250 Achilles International athletes competing in this year’s ING NYC Marathon, 28 are combat wounded servicemen. They will be competing as a part of the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. The veterans, most of them single and double amputees injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be using handcrank wheelchairs or running on their prosthetics to complete the marathon.

GUEST PROFILES: Notable Achilles Freedom Team participants include SSGT Alfredo Delossantos, Marine Cpl Tyler Southern, Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Hayes and Army SSGT Michael Kacer.
FOCUS:
  • SSGT Alredo Delossantos lost his right leg and suffered traumatic brain injury when struck by a Rocket Propelled Grenade in Afghanistan in 2008. Delossantos connected with Achilles while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and competed in his first marathon in a handcycle in 2009. Since then, he has competed in nine marathons with Achilles and is now considered an elite racer.
  • Marine Cpl Tyler Southern lost both legs and an arm to an IED explosion during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2010. In January 2012, Southern finished the Disney Half Marathon in a handcycle as part of the Achilles Freedom Team. This June, He participated in the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5 Miler in Central Park, walking five miles on his prosthetic legs for the first time. He will be handcycling in his first NYC Marathon this November.

 

Read the full article at Let’s Run. 

 

Photo copyright by Flickr user The U.S. Army. 

80 Year Old Otto Mond To Finish Another Marathon

I often hear that the secret to a long life is to live an active and healthy lifestyle. No wonder, many athletes can reach an old age.  The question on how old can  a person continue running intrigues me.  This article tells me that nobody gets too old to run.

EVERY morning, Otto Mond, 80, gets out of bed and runs a mini-marathon at home.

With a soft barefoot trot, he does exactly 500 steps, divided into five little circular routes of 100 steps each, in all five boroughs of his Upper West Side apartment: around the coffee table, then the dining room table, then up and down the hallway, and so on.

“Running a marathon is all in the head, it’s all mental,” said Mr. Mond, who also puts in real roadwork, logging up to a dozen miles a day on the pathway along the Hudson River.

Mr. Mond has entered and completed 18 New York City marathons, as well as a few dozen marathons — he’s lost count — in other places around the country over the past 30 years.

He plans to finish another one next Sunday, as one of the 36 entrants age 80 or older in this year’s ING New York City Marathon.

 

Read the full article at The New York Times. 

Armstrong to be Removed from NYC and Boston Results

I don’t know how to start this but I know everyone was really disappointed with  Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal. The issue has gotten really serious this week.  Sponsors are backing out. Nike  gave up on him. He was stripped off his seven Tour de France titles and on top of that, it’s highly possible that he will be removed from NYC and Boston results!

 

Armstrong ran the New York City Marathon in 2006 and 2007. A spokesperson for race organizer New York Road Runners provided this statement to Runner’s World Newswire:

We anticipate that his results will come out of our records, but will wait for the appeals process to be completed before officially acting. We will stick to the rules and support USADA. Cycling said that Lance doesn’t have a place in cycling, and, unfortunately, he will not have a place in running.

His cancer foundation, Livestrong, will continue to be part of the marathon, and we will always remember  the support and encouragement Lance gave to Grete Waitz through her courageous five-year fight against this hideous illness.

 

Read the full article at Runner’s World. 

 Photo copyright by Flickr user David Ortez. 

 

Women’s Running Pioneers to be Inducted as Hall of Famers

We have  two female hall of famers this year! Nina Kuscsik and Michiko Gorman, known as women’s  running pioneers will be inducted into the prestigious New York Road Runners Hall of Fame this November 1. If they hadn’t protested along with other female runners way back 1970s, women would still be running 10 minutes ahead of men! A sweet deal, I think. Just kidding!

Announcing this year’s inductees today, NYRR president Mary Wittenberg said, “Nina and Miki are brave athletes, opening endless doors and opportunities for female runners, and Alberto’s legacy lives on, shining through in America’s best runners due to his unparalleled coaching abilities.”

Nina Kuscsik talks with reporters after the 1980 Empire State Building Run-Up. Photo courtesy New York Road Runners

For Kuscsik and Gorman, the honor is a reversal of fortune. Forty years ago, on October 1, 1972, Kuscsik was sitting defiantly on the New York Marathon start line with the five other women competitors, in protest against an AAU ruling that they must start ten minutes ahead, to avoid the supposed health and morality risks of “competing with men.” Kuscsik still managed to win that year’s women’s race, and repeated in 1973. She also took her dissenting energies inside the sport, joining management committees to press for rule-changes that eventually achieved equal status for women.

She gives the New York Road Runners a generous share of the credit.

“This honor highlights not only my own running but how much the New York Road Runners seized the opportunity to grow women’s running,” Kuscsik told Runner’s World Newswire. “When I ran unofficially at the 1969 Boston Marathon, I first met other runners from New York, and they gave me encouragement and helped me learn how to legislate with the US governing body. At that time women’s running was limited to two miles.”

Read the full article at Runner’s World. 

 

Photo copyright by Flickr user billac. 

 

The Long Term Effects of Running

Runners have different purposes and goals set in mind. Whatever their reasons are, one thing is for sure — running surely affects their life, most likely in a positive way.  So, how can running dramatically change your life? Here’s the list:

It’s easy to overlook the subtle ways that running can transform your life. These 10 hidden benefits to running are much more important to me than ‘feeling the burn’, ‘torching the kcals’ or other such ‘gym-speak’.

  1. You stop caring what insignificant people think about you – Running has gave me the strength to dismiss those who think ill of me, especially in the street. I get called all sorts of names and I just don’t care anymore. When I’m outside running, I’m thinking about getting ready for a race. Other people don’t matter, especially if they are being nasty without reason. I get overly frivolous about the abuse at times and blow kisses in their direction.  I know this is asking for trouble. One day I’ll do it without looking and end up being bum-raped by a Lithuanian drag-king in heels.
  2. You learn that self doubt is only a temporary mental barrier – I’ve doubted my ability to finish all 11 of the races I’ve entered so far, but I managed to get through each of them just by trying to take my mind off the discomfort. When self-doubt hits, it’s paralysing. Once you realise it’s only a mental construct, then you know that you can defeat it. The first time it hits you though, it’s the loneliest feeling in the world. Finishing seems an impossibility.

Read the rest of the list at Angry Jogger. 

 

Photo copyright by Flickr user Tobyotter. 

 

When is the Best Time for a Run?

What time of the day do you run? I prefer running in the morning simply because I feel energetic after doing so.  There’s no sufficient research about the best time to run but based from this research, night runners would be really grateful!

After you awaken, your body is in a “heat gain” mode to increase its core temperature, so the body shunts blood flow to the extremities. In the late afternoon and early evening, your body is in a “heat loss” mode and blood flow to the extremities is increased.

It’s unclear whether this is the primary cause of increased athletic performance in the late afternoon and evening, but it makes sense from a physiological point of view: in the evening, your body is already primed for shedding excess heat, which is a necessary part of exercise. We know from studies on exercise in hot temperatures that your brain appears to limit your body’s ability to perform when it can’t get rid of excess heat fast enough.

However, other factors probably play a role too, since various hormone levels are known to fluctuate throughout the day as well (a point made by Waterhouse et al.). Some additional questions arise when we begin to consider the ideal time to schedule an event in the heat: should it be in the evening, when the body’s thermal radiator is already primed? Or should it be in the morning, when there is more “headroom” between the body’s set temperature and the maximum safe temperature tolerable during exercise? This is an issue that’s yet to be resolved with research.

 

Read the full article at Runners Connect. 

Photo copyright by Flickr user Live Zakynthos.

10 Things Beginner Runners Should Know

Beginner runners often have a lot of questions in mind, to dos and not to dos included. Do you know that stretching is not really necessary before running? Well, I didn’t!

Let’s face it when you’re starting out as a runner you’re forcefed a never ending buffet of horse shit by people who are mostly interested in your money or breaking your spirit.

Here are 10 things I wish I’d known before I started out.

  1. Stretching isn’t necessary – One of the things I dreaded about starting a running regime was stretching. You see I have all the agility of a lamp post. I tried stretching once by pulling my leg behind my arse and I nearly pulled a muscle AND collapsed at the same time. A perfect recipe for a prolapsed rectum if you ask me. Stretching isn’t a necessary warm up. Running itself is a warm up. If stretching doesn’t seem to work for you but you enjoy it as a pre-run ritual, may I suggest flailing your balls to magnetic north, praying to Larry David and/or drying your ass crack with your Aunt’s blowdryer before your run?
  2. The no pain, no gain ethic is bullshit – You can gain a hell of a lot by just running at a slow pace. It can be relaxing. It can alleviate stress. If you’re constantly running out of your comfort zone and it’s making you miserable, then either slow down, suck it up or stop running.

 

Read more at the Angry Jogger. 

 

Photo copyright by Flickr user Tobyotter. 

Get the Most Out of Your Trip – Do Running Sightseeing

Have you ever regret going back from a business trip – simply because you didn’t have the chance to do sightseeing? How about having to deal with many meetings  so you have to skip your exercise? Or are you a traveler on a shoestring budget so you skip some of the tourist destinations in the area? Here’s running sightseeing for you! Aside from getting exercise while on a trip, running sightseeing is also a budget savvy mode to explore the city, a totally win-win situation!

I believe most runners can say yes to some, if not all of the questions above. Personally I can and this was the reason I founded Running Copenhagen (www.running-copenhagen.dk). This is a group that provides running sightseeing tours in Copenhagen. Our concept is simple – a local guide leads runners through Copenhagen and past the city’s many sights while sharing historical facts, anecdotes and personal recommendations. It’s a great way to discover a beautiful city with a local Copenhagener, while getting your daily exercise.

The above are the obvious benefits of joining a running tour when you are on holiday. But apparently that’s not all. Much to our surprise, we have heard from our female runners that the main benefit of our running tour is that they can order dessert in the evening without feeling bad. For the men, it’s usually an extra beer!

In addition to running, holidays and business trips are an opportunity to get your core and flexibility exercises done. When you are in the hotel room, there are fewer distractions than being at home and most of the time you can’t understand the TV channels anyway. So use the time (even if it’s very little) to do crunches, planks, etc. If you are feeling too exhausted to do anything strenuous or are jetlagged, then simply focus on stretching and let yourself relax into each stretch.

 

Read the full article at Runtastic. 

 

Photo copyright by Flickr user Alex E. Proimos.

Top Canine Breeds Suitable for Running

It is said that a dog is a man’s best friend. Not only that, a canine can also be the best running buddy! If you are looking for a jogging companion or a long distance running partner, there’s a breed that can catch up with you or even run faster!

 There’s no perfect running breed for all conditions, and a dog’s personality and temperament are as important as its pedigree, says Susan Dicks, D.V.M., an Albuquerque-based veterinarian and marathoner. Mongrels can make fine runners, espeically if they’re medium-sized, alert, and eager.

Some breeds, such as huskies and greyhounds, were bred to run, and most working dogs are naturally suited to running. By contrast, squishy-nosed dogs, such as pugs and bulldogs, don’t make good distance athletes, because they’re prone to overheating. That’s not to say your pug can’t run, but he probably shouldn’t join you for a late-summer 15-miler. If you want to go long, run in the snow, or hit technical trails, some breeds definitely rise to the top. So say Liz Devitt and professional dog trainer JT Clough, who cowrote a book about training dogs to run.

 

Find out what dog breed suits you at Runner’s World.

 

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