Friday Tip of the Week – Run Faster with Strength Exercises

The HAT Run 50k training has me really wanting to find a routine to build stronger legs. Stronger legs equal faster speed. I found this fantastic video on Runners World’s website. I remember doing these exercises years ago with my trainer, but I haven’t done them lately. Guess what’s getting added back into the routine. Enjoy!

It’s Taper Time! (Alone and Naked at the Track)

Two weeks before the marathon and I’m now in taper mode. After Saturday’s half marathon, I decided to take off on Sunday and do Yin Yoga. Yesterday, I didn’t do a damn thing. I planned on doing “something,” but it just didn’t happen. Tuesday’s are our normal track workout days, but our training group was having a celebration for all those who ran in the Baltimore Running Festival today. While I wanted to be with my runners, I needed to stay disciplined and stick with the training. So, I went to the track, alone and naked. No, not naked as in not wearing clothes, but naked as in no running belt, no cell phone, no inhaler, no iPod, nothing…oh wait! I had my Garmin, so I guess I was semi-naked. Continue reading

Dynamic Warm Up Exercises Before Running

I’ve gotten into the habit of not properly warming up before a race. Don’t get me wrong, I do warm up, but with the excitement of the race and the hassle of the crowd, I’m sure I don’t do enough. I have to thank my friend for capturing this picture in action at yesterday’s Baltimore Running Festival. Couldn’t have planned it any better. Continue reading

The Importance of a Recovery Run

As I sit here with a heating pad on my back, I’m now realizing that no matter how tired I was on Sunday, I should’ve went out for a recovery run. After speaking with my personal trainer/coach, apparently, Saturday’s long run took a harder toll on my body than I thought. And being sedentary on Sunday allowed for my muscles, in particular my back, to stiffen up. Because of this, I will now have to skip tonight’s track workout (partner 800s) and tomorrow’s personal training session. Continue reading

MCM Training – Week 5 (Track Workout – Form Drills & Mile Repeats)

I really wanted to bail out on this week’s track workout. I was still catching up on work that I missed while I was out for the family vacation and I still hadn’t packed for my 6AM flight to MN to attend the Dup15q Conference. (See below to learn about Dup15q) And, if it weren’t for the encouragement of the folks on my So What? I run. Facebook page, I totally would’ve bagged it. Continue reading

MCM Training – Week 1 Track Workout

First track workout of the season and it sucked. Not only did it suck, but it sucked cheese balls. It was 93 degrees with bad air quality and I, of course, forgot my inhaler. Yesterday’s drill was partner 800’s, which I typically love…except for yesterday. I knew I was in trouble when I started to feel my knee ache during the warm up jog to the track and my legs were feeling like they were a bazillion pounds. Continue reading

Get Them Started Early!

I LOVE that my friends encourage their children to run. Too often I see overweight children and it saddens me. I’ve had conversations with parents who tell me their children are “big boned” or just “husky” and I bite my tongue because there’s not sense in fighting a losing battle with a parent who’s in denial. Continue reading