Steps to Marathon Recovery

Steps to Marathon Recovery
Congratulations on completing your marathon. Whether it be your first or fifteenth, it’s always a great feeling to run or … crawl across that finish line.  You did what a lot of people cannot do, run 26.2 miles!! Now you must be having problems going up and down stairs, walking fast, whole...

Running Faster

Running Faster
Every runner wants to run faster.  So it’s important not only to work on endurance but to strengthen your legs to improve your running speed.  A good technique to incorporate into your Tempo Speed training is use a technique called “Speed Play”. Speed Play is great training for racers...

Keep Hydrated During Races

Keep Hydrated During Races
The most common question about running races is how to  keep hydrated without having to stop to go to the washroom.  The worst thing for me when running any race is to stop for anything.  One time I was running this 2 mile race and my shoe laces got loose and during the race it got untied.  I saw...

Running with Power Gels

Running with Power Gels
I sweat a lot during my runs, ew yah, but I sweat even MORE during my races and training runs in the spring and summer seasons.   So during my training runs, I run with my running belt and fill the bottles with gatorade which is great for replenishing the body with electrolytes.  But problem is,...

Climbing stairs is a good cross training idea

Climbing stairs is a good cross training idea
Stair climbing is a good cross training idea for runners as it is similar to running hill repeats.  I try to avoid the stairmaster at the gym simply because I find it’s the hardest machine there.  After 2 minutes on the stairmaster, my legs are burning and lungs out of air.  But since looking...

What to eat for post race recovery

Most runners know that it’s important to eat properly before a race, but it’s just as important to refuel after running a long race.  It remains optional to refuel for races less than 6 miles.  Eating the right foods will allow your muscles to recover and maintain your peak performance. Replenish...

What to eat during a race

What you pack for fuel during your race depends on the mileage and your comfort level.  Most runners do no pack gels for races less than 6 miles.  If it’s only going to be an hour run, most runners have enough energy stored up from the night before and do not require additional energy.   You...

What to eat before a race

What to eat before a race
Modifying what you eat  a few days before race day can give you an running edge over your competitors.   There is no super foods that will make you run faster, expand your lung capacity or make your legs fly thru the course, but you can all eat smarter and prepare your body so it is in prime condition...

How to run a perfect race

Every runner wants to run a great race.   Below are some running or racing tips that I picked up to help you manage the road and maneuver between runners safely and quickly. Running Start your watch when you cross the start line.  Runners are tempted to start their watch when they hear the gun go...

What to expect at your first race

If it’s your first time running a race it can be a little nerve-racking.  I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for my first race either but after a few under my belt I had the process down pat. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the race starts. Line up for the washroom...