How to Taper For a Race Without Losing Your Mind

If you’re preparing for a spring marathon or half marathon, the week leading up to the race can be an exciting yet confusing time. You’ve worked hard and done all the training, but as the big day approaches, you’re being instructed to barely run at all. This pre-race process is called tapering, and it’s intended to conserve your energy and set you up for a positive outcome on race day. Continue reading “How to Taper For a Race Without Losing Your Mind”

Is Hill Training Really Necessary?

Some runners view hill training the same way kids view eating green vegetables: they know it’s good for them, but they can’t muster up any enthusiasm for it. Does every runner have to do hill training? Not necessarily. Your training plan should be personalized to your needs and goals. Some runners are perfectly satisfied with their running routine without tackling any hills. Running on flat terrain is still a wonderful way to build your fitness level and endurance. However, if you’re preparing for a race with a hilly course or you’re trying to achieve a personal best time in a given distance, hill training is a proven way to challenge yourself, strengthen your running muscles and rev up your cardiovascular system. Here is a re-cap of the ins and outs (or should I say, ups and downs) of hill training. Continue reading “Is Hill Training Really Necessary?”

Wearable Technology

It has been reported that 88% of runners who participated in official road races in the last two years have used wearable technology and/or running-related apps for training optimization and distance recording.Interestingly, over half of all runners who use a wearable sensor reported “mileage tracking” and “injury prevention” as the top two main reasons why they had such devices. In fact, for both 2016 and 2017, wearable technology was the number one worldwide fitness trend. Devices such as basic activity trackers, smartwatches with heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices are found on nearly every runner. Continue reading “Wearable Technology”

Lower-Body Strengthening

with Dr. Leif Sigurdson, BSc, DC

A recent study in the journal Sports Medicine confirmed what we already know: running is good for your health. It demonstrated that running improves body fat, resting heart rate, cardiovascular efficiency and cholesterol levels. In short, the time spent on running (and the activities that support it) is worth it. I have witnessed these benefits as a former Running Room employee and group leader, and now as a sports injury chiropractor and presenter to in-store training programs. Continue reading “Lower-Body Strengthening”

Fractured Fibula

The fibula is the bone on the outside of the leg and is the smaller of the two bones of the lower leg (the other is the tibia or shin bone). The tibia handles most of the weight bearing responsibilities while the fibula contributes to the stability of the knee and ankle joints. The fibula keeps the ankle joint in line and helps, along with the ligaments, to prevent ankle sprains. Continue reading “Fractured Fibula”