Many beginner runners don’t warm-up because they think the only reason to warm-up is to prepare to run fast; they know they don’t run fast, so they skip the warm-up. [Read more…]
The single most common beginner runner complaint I hear from beginner runners is that they can’t breathe. Often new runners say they struggle to breathe because they feel like they’re breathing through a straw; they say they just can’t get enough air.
If you’ve ever been in that situation, you will find answers in this episode. That may be the number 1 problem that you know you must overcome to be a successs, to be able to build endurance and run for miles. It just makes sense, that if you can’t breathe, you can’t run very far and you can’t be comfortable for even a few minutes. So, this is a problem we must fix and do it now.
For a more extensive discussion of this topic, please check out this earlier podcast episode:
BRV 008: How to Breathe When You RunStitcher Radio
It’s not unusual for coaches of beginner runners to disregard form in lieu of total emphasis on building endurance. I believe the opposite is the far better, more effective route. [Read more…]
You need a plan.
You wouldn’t set out on a road trip without a map because the chances of arriving at your destination, assuming you hadn’t been there before, would be zero. There are far too many possibilities and far too many possible directions. [Read more…]
If, where you live, it gets cold in the winter – and I mean cold – then you’re probably just coming into the time of year when you need to make accommodations to be able to run outside, safely and comfortably.
No matter how cold it gets, in most cases, if you’re healthy, you can dress in a way that will keep you adequately warm.
Cold weather need not be a problem, and the answer is not to run on the treadmill, either. Most runners I know would say they’d rather run outside, even when it’s brutally cold, than run on a treadmill. Well, if you utilize all the options, you can almost always still run outside.
In this episode, I discuss how to dress for different levels of cold, i.e., below 40, below 30, and so on. There are plenty of options. If you do it right, cold weather will almost never be an obstacle.Stitcher Radio
Every runner of every level needs a constant stream of motivation, and while that may seem to be a challenge, the fact is that once you establish the habit of running, which experts say takes 28 days, then the habit takes over, and you only occasionally need more of a boost than that. [Read more…]
It’s the time of year when every day seems to get shorter, and I don’t mean the amount of daylight; I mean it seems like there are fewer of hours in the day. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, the days seem shorter and the ‘to do’ list is always longer. [Read more…]
No matter who you are or what your situation, there will be times when, try as you might, the end of the day rolls around, and it starts to look like you won’t have time to get in your workout. Has that happened to you?
It’s a sad feeling, not terrible, but it’s not the way you want to end your day. It’s just one reason why running early in the morning makes sense, if you can swing it, because then, if something interferes, you still have options. Maybe it means you go out and run on your lunch hour or maybe on your afternoon coffee break or, hopefully, you have some flexibility in your afternoon time, but all that is really beside the point of this podcast. This episode provides you with a safety net for those days when, no matter what, no matter the reason, you just weren’t able to get out and run.
In such cases, BAT workouts provide mental reasurance because you know a BAT workout will prevent any loss in fitness. BAT workouts are your running training safety net.
Now, what does this have to do with Halloween? Nothing, except that when I was about to record this episode, I got to thinking that bats and Halloween go together; I’ve always called them BAT workouts, which stands for best alternative training, but it was just a coincidence that I recorded this episode the week before Halloween.
By alternative training I mean alternative to actually going outside to do your planned workout. This BAT workout will keep your fitness from sliding backwards. Even if your schedule – and your daily life – results in you only having time to run on two weekdays, if you do this workout on the other days, you’ll be fine. You can still continue to improve your running fitness with just those two running workouts and your two weekend workouts. So, these BAT workouts can be critical.
Two great things about this workout:
- It’s completely customizable. Once you understand the structure, you can swap out exercises or change the time frames.
- It can be a complement to your running. Feel free to add in one or two BAT workouts per week. BAT workouts don’t have to be just alternatives for days when you don’t have time to run.
No matter who you are and no matter how long you’ve been running, you have days when you need a reason to get out and run, a reason beyond the fact that you are a runner, you believe in running, you love to run and you know you shoud run. [Read more…]