Life Time Fitness
There is a definite learning curve in the marathon. Tips and tricks are passed on from coach to runner, from veterans to first-timers. A successful race is the result of managing many small tasks. By planning ahead, you can make your marathon experience a whole lot smoother.
If you’re training for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, TC 10 Mile, or any other fall event, you don’t want to try anything new on race day. Everything should be tested during training. This goes for shoes, clothing and – possibly most importantly – your race day fueling plan.
Summer is (finally) here, and it’s time to start training for your fall event. Life Time Fitness has some advice about how to choose the right training program for your needs.
Shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome account for nearly 20% of all running related injuries. Runners of all levels have been plagued by that lower leg pain and wonder what they did, how long to rest and how to fix it. As a coach I am frequently asked about shin splints. It seems that almost every runner has dealt with it to some extent.
Running is a sport for all ages. Some runners start when they are in elementary school and some lace up their shoes when they are in their 60’s, 70’s or beyond. Getting your children and your family running together is a way to help promote a healthy way of life for everyone. The physical activity provided by running can aid in creating a strong, healthy, and happy life for all members of your family.
February can be a tough time of year for those of us in the northern climates. Spring races are coming up soon, your training is more focused, but the weather can be unpredictable. Snow and ice make for difficult footing, especially for up-tempo running. We asked some of Minnesota’s elite distance runners – as well as our own National Training Manager – for tips what to do when it’s difficult to run outdoors.
It seems natural to set goals in January. There’s a blank calendar in front of us. A new year that we can fill as we see fit. So we look at the empty squares and imagine who we want to be later in the year. For runners, the first month of the year is often a time to regroup and get back to training after a busy holiday season. Spring races are suddenly right around the corner. Registration windows are open. It’s time to set goals and determine the focus of your running.
It’s been interesting to hear the feedback from participants in our Commitment Day 5K training program. Most of them are beginning runners who are experiencing group run training for the first time. When asked why they chose to join the training program, many respond that they feel like the group will keep them motivated. They want someone to rely on, and others to rely on them.
We’ve all seen the statistics. The average American is not in good shape. The percentage of the population who are overweight or obese continues to rise. For some demographic groups, life expectancy is actually declining.
This is your chance to bring someone over to the other side.
As we talk to beginning runners about marathon training, they always have questions about The Long Run. Although they have signed up to run 26.2 miles on race day, the idea of running 18 or more miles in training can be daunting. Even seasoned veterans adjust the long run to find out what works best for them: What distance is necessary to prepare for the marathon without overtraining? How fast should it be run? Why is it necessary to go that long?