Glute strength for runners

Lately there has been a big push in the world of physical therapy for runners to improve their glute strength -- and it's not just so that we can look better in our tights. The reason for this fixation on glute strength for runners is...

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Practice balance to be a better runner

One thing that sets running apart from other sports is that you never have both feet on the ground at the same time. So all the stabilizing work your body has to do happens with only one foot on the ground -- and that's an...

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Dress Rehearsal Run

Tapering for a marathon or half-marathon is a pretty individual thing. Each runner reacts to stress and rest differently and the recipe for a great race will be different from runner to runner.   But, there is one ingredient that EVERY runner needs to include the week of...

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How to not waste your warm-up

If you look around at a 5k or 10k road race, you're probably pretty confused about how you're supposed to warm-up. Some runners will do some light jogging. Others will add some drills or strides. A few will literally just sit around until the start --...

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Train for your race tactics

When most of us enter a road race, we're trying to run as fast as we can. But a lot of times place matters, too -- either overall or within your age group. And you need to approach a race differently if all you're concerned...

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Tips to get back into running

No matter how much you like to run, everyone takes a break from it from time to time. Sometimes it's because you just finished a marathon cycle. Sometimes it's because of injury, sickness, stress at work, vacation, and on and on.   When you get back into...

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3 steps to turn a bad race into a positive

Run enough races and you're going to have a bad one. Maybe you didn't train enough. Maybe you didn't follow your race plan. Maybe the weather was bad, or you just had a bad day.   Bad races happen, but that doesn't mean it was a wasted race. Follow...

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Smarter cross-training in 1 chart

Cross-training has a bad reputation. It's not just something to do when you're injured and can't run. It can be a great way to supplement your running routine. Used correctly, it reduces injuries, helps you recover, and makes you a faster runner.   But not all cross-training...

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Find your best running form

Running is a natural activity for humans. We've been doing it for, oh, 200,000 years or so. But just because it's natural doesn't mean that you're born knowing how to do it. It's a learned skill; some running forms are better than others. We know...

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20 miles is NOT enough (but what is?)

"The long run is what puts the tiger in the cat" -- Bill Squires   Everyone agrees that the long run is a crucial part of your marathon training. What people DON'T agree on is how long your longest run needs to be. Look at cookie-cutter programs and you'll...

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