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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Cross-train the Right Way

Cross-training can get a bad rap among runners. For a lot of us, the only time we're on an exercise bike or in the pool is when we're injured. So we start to associate those exercises with all kinds of negative thoughts and feelings. The...

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To stretch or not to stretch?

Should runners stretch is always a tough question. For every piece of advice about stretching for runners, there is someone saying the exact opposite. So SHOULD runners stretch?   The short answer for me is yes -- for most people.   As with most things in running, the long answer is...

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Get off your heels: Ankling Drill

The evils of heel-striking is a popular topic of conversation among runners. Although I don’t believe there is one true “correct” form for all runners, I agree that landing more on your mid or fore-foot is a good goal.   That might seem easier said than done...

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Balancing act

As runners we do most of our physical activity in one direction — forward and backward. Because of that, our balance often suffers. That may not seem like a big deal (especially if you run on roads instead of trails), but good balance is key...

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Essential Equipment: Foam roller

Getting started as a runner doesn’t involve a lot of gear. Sure there are GPS watches, heart rate monitors, and apparel that warms you up or cools you down. But none of that is really necessary to run. Once you’ve got a pair of running...

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Find your inner sprinter

Most distance runners aren't that fast. There's a reason that we gravitated towards cross country or marathons rather than soccer or football.   That's why when you hear runners talk about "speed" work they could mean a progression run, repeats at 5k pace, or a tempo run.  We...

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“Dumb butt” syndrome

Beginning in the next month or so, I'll be writing the "Maintenance Plan" column for Running Times. It will cover injury prevention, training issues, all sorts of small things that can make you a better runner.   The first one has to do with "dumb butt" syndrome...

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