In the face of tragedy, we seek normalcy and are heartened by even small acts of kindness. Such was the case after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. This podcast tells several brief stories of runners' experiences and their feelings. It is not sad but rather a celebration of the pervasive goodness of humanity.
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If you don't run trails, please consider broadening your horizons. This running podcast explains why you should trail run and provides information on how to find out about running trails in your area and the trail runners who run on them. This is Part 1 of two episodes about trail running.
Did you ever want to talk to a race director, or more likely, do you have a message for all race directors? I bet if you race frequently, you have a lot to say, a lot of advice and/or input about what you like, what you don't like, and what you'd like to see at your next race. You've probably got some stories about race day disasters that a race director could have prevented, and sometimes, we, as runners, feel like the race director must never have done a race before or something - sometimes, many things - would be different.
This podcast suggests a way for you to express your views and in that way, hopefully, create a better race day experience for many runners.
The famous runner's high is sacred in the running community, right? Sure. It is what keeps us coming back to run again, hitting the pavement or the trails, day after day, year after year, but there is a downside. There is one occasion when endorphins can be a problem.
Running probably require less gear than any other sport, but the one piece of essential running gear is a pair a shoes. In this third podast about running shoes, we discuss how you can safely and effectively wash your shoes, how to get the smell out of them, and more.
Everybody loves a challenge, especially runners. So, I've got a doozey for you. I challenge you to do 13 half marathons in 2013. That's more than one a month, which means it's not appropriate or reasonable for new or inexperienced runners, but for experienced half marathon and marathon runners, this will be great fun. In this running podcast, Coach Deb explains how to enter and complete the 13 x 13 in 13 Half Marathon Challenge.
This is the second in a series of three podcasts about running shoes. Last time we talked about what should happen when you go to a runner store, what you need to know, and where to go to buy running shoes. We also talked about terminology.
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In this podcast, I discuss the advantages of minimalist shoes, the philosophy, transitioning into minimalist shoes, degrees of minimalism, and the impact the whole movement has had on running.
Article: "Are You Ready to Go Minimal?" by Dr. Mark Cucuzella on the Running Times website: http://www.runnersworld.com/barefoot-running-minimalism/are-you-ready-go-minimal
Video: Dr. Mark Cucuzella, the director of The Natural Running Center, explains the principles of natural running. This is THE best running form video I have ever seen. I recommend watching it regularly. http://youtu.be/zSIDRHUWlVo
Video: Dr. Silverman analyzes a split screen video of a woman running on the same treadmill at the same speed, but the two sides of the screen were shot two weeks apart. On the left side she is heel striking. Then, Silverman schooled her on improving her form to land midfoot before making the second video. It's compelling. http://youtu.be/zSIDRHUWlVo
Article: "The Ideal Running or Walking Shoe Complements Natural Foot Function" by Dr. Mark Cucuzella. http://naturalrunningcenter.com/2011/12/08/2652/
Article: "Are You Running in Too Much Shoe?" by Mark Douglass on the Runner's World website http://www.runnersworld.com/barefoot-running-minimalism/are-you-running-too-much-shoe
Article: "The Key to Minimalist Running" by Danny Abshire, author of the book Natural Running, and (with wife Jennifer), inventor of Newton running shoes. http://running.competitor.com/2012/03/injuries/the-key-to-successful-minimalist-running_48696
Article: "Zero Drop Shoes" by Jay Dicharry on the Competitor Magazine website.
Article: "Minimalist Heal Thyself," by Phil Latter from Running Times Magazine http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=25804
Article: "Podiatrist Addresses 10 Myths of Barefoot Running," by Dr. Nick Campitelli. Found this on the Natural Running Center website, but it is an essay originally published in Podiatry Today.
Article: "Ask the Experts: Should Heavier Runners Used Heavily Cushioned Shoes?" by Dr. Casey Kerrigan on the Natural Running Center website. http://naturalrunningcenter.com/2011/07/03/ask-the-expert-should-heavier-runners-use-thickly-cushioned-shoes/
Article: "The Altered Meaning of Popular Running Shoe Terms: Third Installment of "Voice from the Running Shoe Store Floor" on the Natural Running Center website. http://naturalrunningcenter.com/2012/08/28/meaning-shoe-terms/
This is the first in a series of three podcasts about running shoes. In this episode of the Mojo for Running Podcast, I talk about how to know whether the salesperson is knowledgeable, considerations when selecting running shoes, and I explain some of the terms you may want to know.
These articles provide more in depth information from professionals:
"Heel Forefoot Drop, Foot Length, and Ramp Angle: How Shoes Alter the Oriention of Your Feet" by Pete Larsen, author of the RunBlogger.com blog
"Five Ways to Tell If a Running Shoe is a Good Match for You," by Peter Larson
My favorite way to run a race - no matter the distance - is to negative split it, which means to run the second half faster than the first half. In this Mojo for Running Podcast I explain why you would want to negative split how to train to run negative split races.
It's time to talk about breaking up the long run. That's right. Sometimes, it is advisable to break up your long run, but to still do the two runs close enough together for them to have the same, nearly the same, or even a better, more advantageous effect.
Here is an excellent article by Patrick McCrann: “Should You Split Your Long Run”
This is the story of how Michelle Eley became something she never thought possible. She became a runner. I'm telling her story because it's a story that virtually anyone could have as their own because becoming a runner, no matter how far fetched the idea may seem, is an achievable goal for almost anyone. Enjoy this 'feel good' motivational narrative of Michelle's running journey.
I apologize to all Mojo for Running Podcast listeners. I know I've been absent for a while, but I'm back and anxious to get caught up on podcasts. Unfortunately, September and February are my busiest months of the year, and as a result, sometimes I get behind on podcasts, but when I am not working on a podcast, I am working with my local coaching clients and local running club. In this podcast, I want to talk about that club. I've been approached several times lately by people who would like to start their own coaching business and running club, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to give you a bit more insight into what I'm doing as regards my running business and my running club. If you are thinking about starting a club, this will give you plenty of information, and even if you are a member of a running club, it will likely give you many ideas of ways you can create new opportunities for runners in your group as well as ideas for ways to grow your running club.
Did you jump rope as a kid? Most likely. Well, turns out jumping rope is a darn good form of cross training for running. So, it's time to get yourself a jump rope, but it'll probably need to be a bit longer. Learn how to incorporated rope jumping into your running training and find out how it can benefit, add vitality to your running training and improve your running form.
Last time we talked about the value of running friends in enriching your life and motivating your running; so, today I provide ideas for how you can find a running group in your town. Doing so will provide you with motivation while helping every other member of the running group.
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This Mojo for Running Podcast is about the value of running friends. It is great if you are intrinsically motivated to get out there and run every day or almost every day, but if you develop a circle of running friends, if you join a running group, you'll find that you miss fewer runs, get in more miles, do a better job of sticking to your training schedule; however, none of those is the most important reason to run with a group. In this Mojo for Running Podcast, I explain how I came to join and running group and later start my own running group. Listen or subscribe on iTunes here.
When I recorded Mojo for Running Podcast #27 and#28, after I discussed the value of using a metronome to improve running cadence, aka stride rate, aka leg turnover, I recorded my metronome for a few moments for you to get the idea of what that was like. Later, it occurred to me that it might be quite helpful to my listeners if I recorded a podcast that was almost entirely the metronome, the idea being that it would be like a chance for runners to actually see what it is like to run with a metronome to work on increasing stride rate. So, in this podcast, I play my metronome for four minutes at each of three different stride rates. Give it a try, and I guarantee increasing your running cadence will improve your running by increasing your speed and improving your form.
In this Mojo for Running Podcast we discuss bad race experiences. The longer you've been running, the wider the variety of experiences you've had, and most of you will eventually have a really horrible, dreadful race. Maybe you've already had one. The good news is that bad races, over the time span of a running career, will be greaty outnumbered by the good ones. In this podcast we discuss what to do if race day turns out to be an unpredictably, unseasonably hot race, causing it to be much more difficult than expected.
This Mojo for Running Podcast begins a regular feature of the Mojo for Running Podcast titled One Runner's Story. In some cases it will be about how running changed the person's health. In other cases it's something motivational. I already have received many stories, and I look forward to getting more. In this podcast I tell Pete Nelson's motivational running story.
If a runner doesn't stay healthy, if he becomes injured, no matter what his running goals, he will not achieve them anytime soon. Preventing injury, therefore, must be every runner's top priority. These tips will help you to keep running.
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We discussed the importance of improved running cadence in the last Mojo for Running Podcast. This time we will discuss ways that you can improve your cadence, also known as stride rate, to improve your running form, increase running speed, improve running economy, and prevent injuries.