Month: April 2014

Heart Walk 2013-2014

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I’ve finally picked my next run! As you can see, I have chosen the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. More specifically, the Wall Street Run and Heart Walk, which will take place on Wednesday, June 18 at 6:45 pm.

The race is a timed 3-mile run/walk. It should be interesting considering I haven’t done an actual 5k since 2007! It’s been so long, I can’t even recall my personal best.

I have exactly 51 days to prepare and my foot still doesn’t feel up for any running. Normal people would probably wait until they can run pain-free to sign up for a race, but I’ve always been a bit stubborn. I’ve been biking and swimming a few times per week and will continue doing so until I’m ready to hit the pavement. I also tried some strength training on Friday- let’s just say that I have neglected my arms for far too long. I perform much better on leg day, I swear!

Anyway, before I go I wanted to share my donation page in case this cause is special to any of you, or if you just want to help!

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My New Next Run!

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Hello all!

My next race was supposed to be The Zombie Run on May 10, however, it has been pushed back to October 25, which happens to fall a few days before my birthday and Halloween. Seems fitting to me.
That means I need to find a new race, because races are my motivation to train. I’ll be extra lazy otherwise! Ever since I received the email notification of the date change I have been thinking about what type of race I want to sign up for next. I’ve decided that since I am already signed up for one fun run and will likely sign up for The Color Run again (SO much fun), I should look for an actual no-frills race.
I’m thinking about a 10k or something a little longer, but shorter than a half marathon. Here are my top picks:
  • A 5k or 10k walk/run that raises money for the American Cancer Society
  • A 10k in NYC for women
So, I have a decision to make. I’ll let you all know what I decide after I sign up for one.
A great resource for finding upcoming runs: runningintheusa.com
I’ve been browsing it to find potential runs.
Do any of you have upcoming races or know of any? Tell me about them in the comments below!

Dynamic Stretching

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Happy Monday Runners! 

A few weeks ago I covered when to stretch and gave you all my favorite static stretches. I didn’t comment much on dynamic stretching, but I know many runners prefer it. So I decided to do some research and share what I’ve learned with all of you!

Dynamic stretching differs from static stretching in that you are moving. Livestrong defines it as “stretching comprises controlled movements, such as leg and arm swings, that slowly bring the muscles close to their range of motion limit without exceeding it.” They are useful before activity that requires a lot of mobility. Cough, cough- like running!

Some examples also given by Livestrong are:

  • Torso twists (gently please!)
  • Arm circles (try large and small circles)
  • Knee-highs while jogging
  • Stretching lunges while walking
  • Standing leg lifts 

After reading up on dynamic stretching I realized my team used to do some of them in practice as part of our warm-up.

  • Leg swings- stand with your hands on a wall or fence for support and swing your right leg up to the right. Then swing it back down in front of your left leg. Go back and forth a few times and then switch.
  • Butt-kicks while jogging
  • Karaokes- the strangest movements, but we thought they were so fun! I can’t really explain this one in words so here’s a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEbVqwLX8xY

Dynamic stretches are good to incorporate into your warm-up if you have the time. If you don’t think you have time, it would take less than five minutes to do each one listed above for 20-30 seconds each! Now, power off your computer/phone so you can get outside and enjoy this lovely weather with a nice run.

How To Safely Increase Mileage

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Happy Monday! This weekend was MUCH better than last weekend in terms of weather, don’t you think? In fact, the sunshine might encourage you to run longer and increase your mileage. Have you considered how to do this safely? Increasing your mileage too suddenly can lead to painful injuries, like shin splints. And no one wants shin splints!

There are two common methods used by runners to safely increase mileage. The first is the 10% rule. The second is known as the equilibrium method. Neither method is right or wrong; it depends on your own personal preference and what works best for your body.

The 10% Rule

This rule recommends increasing your weekly total mileage by 10%. It’s up to you where you incorporate the extra distance. You can opt to make one run longer to give your routine some variety. Or, if you prefer to run the same distance each time, you can distribute it evenly per run.

Let’s say you run 20 miles per week. Your 10% increase over 8 weeks would look something like this, depending on how you choose to round the numbers. I rounded to the nearest half:

  • 20, 22, 24, 26.5, 29, 32, 35, 38.5

The Equilibrium Method

The equilibrium method involves a 20-30% increase in one week and then remaining at that mileage for a few weeks before the next increase. Starting at 20 miles per week over 8 weeks, at a 25% increase this method will look like this:

  • 20, 25, 25, 25, 31, 31, 31, 39

As you can see, both methods bring you to a very similar total mileage by week 8. Each just takes a different path. Some of you might choose to forgo both methods and base your increase solely on how you feel. However, I would not recommend that for new or injury-prone runners. Has anyone used one of these methods before? Share your thoughts/experiences below!