Now that the Twin Cities Marathon is behind you, it may be a good time to start thinking about cross-training, if you haven’t already. Not only does it help break up a monotonous running routine, but it can help runners develop a more efficient running stride, increase flexibility, become less fatigued, train harder, and recover faster.
Marathon runners should seek to make the most of every stride by achieving the perfect technique for their body type. As with any sport, proper technique can help you optimize performance and avoid injuries.
Congratulations to all runners who recently participated in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon! As a new marathoner, you may find yourself experiencing a running injury first-hand. Long-distance runners are at risk of overuse injuries in the lower extremities. One of the more common conditions that arises as runners advance their mileage is Iliotibial Band (or ITB) Syndrome, where pain occurs on the outside of the knee. Other knee pains can be related to patellar tendon irritation (patellar tendinitis) or pain underneath the kneecap (patellofemoral pain). Hamstring strains and plantar fasciitis are also common.
If you’re a first-time marathoner, congratulations on your decision to take on a new challenge and best of luck as you head into the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon!
If you’ve ever been sidelined with an injury, you know the mental anguish of required rest feels nearly as difficult as the physical pain. Mayo Clinic is here to offer a perspective on mentally coping with your running injury.
Often a 5K is considered a gateway race for many people – opening doors to other distance races. Training for a 5K provides a goal for your exercise program and a new challenge. Mayo Clinic has some advice and a training plan for 5K runners.
Barefoot, or minimalist, running has been around for a few years now but is still growing in popularity. The Mayo Clinic offers some tips on selecting running shoes -- whether barefoot or traditional.
As you are planning your upcoming long runs, are you also considering your meal plans? Good nutrition can help your body function at its best but certain foods can even help optimize your performance.
Spring is just around the corner and soon many runners will begin transitioning from the treadmill to outdoor running. Running outdoors provides fresh air and new scenery, but it might be rough on your joints. Mayo Clinic is here to provide you with some tips on how to safely transition to outdoor running this spring.
Studies have shown that stretching can deliver many benefits, from improving your athletic performance to decreasing the risk of an activity-based injury. Mayo Clinic acknowledges the significance of stretching and offers tips on stretching, including how it can improve your performance.