The Revel Big Cottonwood race weekend was an adventure I won’t soon forget. Well, who am I kidding, I’ll never forget it. Every destination race is unique, and this one, especially so, because it was mostly downhill and because it was the most beautiful race course I’ve had the good fortune to run, postcard scenes around every bend in the road. [Read more…]
Whether you’ve travelled to Podunk or New York City, on a plane or in a car, with four friends or 24, you know that a destination race is the bomb; you know how much fun that can be. [Read more…]
It’s Saturday morning. Katie, your daughter, has a soccer game at 9:00, and your husband has to work. [Read more…]
When you look outside and see that it’s raining, do you reluctantly move on to the next thing on your ‘to do’ list? Do you cheer because now you have an excuse not to run? Do you head for the gym and the dreadmill? Or do you put your shoes on and smile?
Rain provides the opportunity to enjoy your run on a whole new level.
Today’s podcast is about the pleasure of running in the rain, and why you can and should enjoy it, if it’s not already one of the things you treasure most in the world.
“Anyone who thinks sunshine is pure happiness has never danced in the rain.”
“Everyone wants happiness; no one wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.”
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about getting out there and dancing in the rain.”
“Some people run in the rain; others just get wet.”
“The person who dances with you in the rain will most likely walk with you through the storm.”
“Childhood is that state which ends the moment a puddle is first viewed as an obstacle instead of an opportunity.” –Kathy WilliamsSubscribe with Stitcher Radio
This is the fourth in a series of podcasts about cross-training. If you haven’t already done so, please check out MFR 108, Cross-Training Basics, MFR 109, Swimming as Cross-Training for Runners and MFR 110, Cycling as Cross-Training for Running.
You may count your steps every day if you have a fitness tracker, but have you ever counted how many times you stepped up? You get extra credit from me for every ascending and descending step because it does your body good, a lot of good.
This, the fourth and final podcast in the cross-training series focuses on stair-climbing. You probably think there’s not much to this topic, but you’ll be surprised. Stair-climbing is excellent cross-training for runners. Whether you do it to replace a running workout or as a supplemental one, you’ll soon be running faster and stronger. Your muscles will be stronger, you’ll have a higher lactate threshhold, and a better VO2 max, but that is just the start.
Stair-climbing offers many benefits, and I explain them all. Now, listen to this episode and then go climb some stairs.
Watch your step, but if you do fall, do so, fabulously.
Every journey begins with a single step.
Life is too short to climb stairs one at a time.
Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
You can’t climb to the top if you don’t start at the bottom.
There is no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs.
Which step have you reached today? I won’t do it. I can’t do it. I want to do it. How do I do it? I’ll try to do it. I can do it. I will do it. Yes, I did it!
Hard work is like stairs and luck is like a lift; sometimes the lift may fail
but stairs will always take you to the top – Titu Ghatourey
“Why Stair-Climbing is Good for Runners” by Matthew Solan, 1/22/14
“Benefits of Taking the Stairs,” Duke Human ResourcesSubscribe with Stitcher Radio
Cycling is ideal cross-training for running. Like swimming, it fits into the category of cardio cross-training, but what is unique to biking is that it trains you to move your legs in the perfect pattern for running. [Read more…]
Related article: Cross-Training Basics
Episode 108 was an overview of cross-training for runners. In that episode, I grouped all cross-training into three categories. In this and the next episode, we’ll look at the two most popular forms from the cardio category of cross-training for runners, swimming, in this episode, and biking will be Episode 110. [Read more…]
One of my favorite quotes is the simple cliche, “Everything is relative.” I express it often because it has such a profound effect on virtually everything, and remembering it, keeping it in mind, has the potential to massively impact our perspective on everything from miles we run to all the rest of our lives. [Read more…]
During the weeks before my most recent marathon, I tried two changes to my usual pre-race regimen:
- Drinking tart cherry juice
- Soaking in epsom salts