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’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.
Whether your training moves indoors or adjusts to the winter elements outdoors, take precautions to avoid off-season injuries. Bridget Lawler, a health and wellness specialist at the Mayo Clinic Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, provides insight into smart training. A lifelong runner who enjoys everything from the weekend 5K to marathons, Bridget offers advice for runners looking for ways to winter train.
With the temperatures getting closer to the negatives, it’s hard to find motivation to stay fit during the winter months. Jennifer Lintz, registered dietitian and group fitness instructor at Mayo Clinic’s Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, offers some advice to get you committed to fitness in December. Jennifer leads an active life and has completed multiple 5Ks and 10Ks, finished half-marathons in Des Moines, Chicago, and Minneapolis, as well as the Quad Cities Marathon.
In this article, Jennifer will answer the following questions:
1. As it gets colder, running in wintry weather can be difficult. What are some things people need to consider when they decide to be active outdoors this time of the year?
2. During the holiday season, I get so busy and the cold weather makes me feel sluggish. How do I maintain motivation for training?
3. What strategies do you suggest to get people committed to exercising, working out at the gym, or being active outdoors?
4. What is your favorite way to stay motivated during the winter?