Posts Tagged ‘ running basics ’

Race Is Over, Now What?

May 4, 2010
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Race Is Over, Now What? Don’t let all that good training go to waste! By Alix Shutello It’s done. You had your big race day. You’ve run your best, now what? If you don’t have your next race planned, even if you jump for joy and say, “I’m going to do this again next year!” consider that unless you are planning on doing your long training runs and continue on your training schedule, you’ll lose all that good fitness. Here are some things you can do to keep yourself motivated and in shape from now until next year. Find Your Next Race Racing is not like a marriage. You do not need to be committed to it, nor do you ever need to run that race again! In fact, I tend to be a fan of the “Been There, Done That” club and I always scour the running magazines for other…

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Running Foods: Eating that First Gu

March 6, 2010
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Running Foods: Eating that First Gu

Running Foods: Eating That First GuHow you eat it can set the tone for how you train with it.By Alix Shutello  The instructions to my student were very simple. When she gets to mile 4 of her 7-mile run she is to literally stop and take out the little packet she’s been carrying in her pocket.  “Open it slowly and take a little of it.  Then, drink some water so you don’t gag.”  In order to eat a gu, gel, or any running food for the first time there are many considerations. Do you want to try a few brands when you are not running to see which one you like? Do you want to trust you’ll just like the chocolate one and squeeze the whole thing in your mouth so see if you can actually swallow all of it at the same time? (Note: I do not recommend this). Should…

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Get Motivated!

February 17, 2009
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How can one motivate themselves to run? There are times when even I lose my desire to run (that may shock the people who know me).  Let’s face it, with a full-time job, two kids, and other side projects that I am involved in, time for exercise is limited. Running is important enough for me, however, that I make time to get in a few miles every other day, but when the dead of winter hits, or I get depressed or worried, or if I have any other human-related issues that I cannot clear from my mind from running, or an injury, my natural inclination is to stop running and find something else to do. For the last few weeks, I have had a very blasé attitude about running. My plantar fasciitis has been acting up and my famous left hamstring (hence the name of this blog, tighthams) is still a…

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Running Resolutions 2009

December 31, 2008
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What are your running goals for 2009? Do you want to finish a race? Get fit? Run faster? Run Greener? Run while pregnant? You can do anything - just put your mind to it.

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Race Virgins – Two Women Run their First Road Race

September 18, 2008
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Karen Rossi and Amy Rauschman have a few things in common. Both are in their thirties, both work, both have families. Both are tall and slim. Both wear the Asics 2120 series running shoe. Both are running their first races this fall. Karen has been a runner for a number of years but never took the plunge to run her first race until a friend egged her on. This friend, a runner who was also a “race virgin,” wanted someone to run with. Karen met that challenge and completed her first 5K race last weekend. “I was hooked” she told me over the phone.  Karen’s goal was simple – run and maintain a 10 minute pace for the duration of the race. She found it easy, considering she’s been running up to 4 miles a few times a week pretty consistently over the past year. Proof that even running 15 miles…

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Running Partner vs Ipod

April 30, 2008
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I realized that I prefer the solitude of running alone with my music rather than running with others.

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Pre-Run Run

December 4, 2007
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Pre-Run Run

Preparing for your run is even more important than actually running it. Since it’s winter time – planning ahead is crucial – will I run inside or out? I prefer when the weather is below 40 to run on the treadmill if I am doing a tempo run. Today, that is my goal – to run at a sustained pace about a 1/2 minute to minute faster than my jogging pace of 9 and 1/2 to 10 minutes per mile. As you can see in this photo, merely donning a hat and gloves will not be enough – I need more gear than that and because I hate running with all the “stuff” on, I’ll be training on the treadmill tonight. Treadmill running can get boring so I chose instead of running on my treadmill at home, to pack up the kids and bring them to Bally Total Fitness where…

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