Hydration Orientation

by John Stanton

Now that summer has finally arrived, you’ll need to start paying closer attention to your hydration needs, especially in hot weather conditions.

Water is essential in all seasons for regulating your body temperature, transporting glucose and other nutrients to your cells, and removing waste products. All these processes suffer when water intake is inadequate, and dehydration can occur. Left unchecked, dehydration will hinder your physical performance and can be dangerous to your overall health. Allow me to clear up a few questions about fluid intake, to save you from any hydration frustration. Continue reading “Hydration Orientation”

Medical Information on the Run

by John Stanton

 If you’re a runner with a medical condition, it’s important that you carry the appropriate ID and medical information with you every time you’re on the road. Obviously the hope is that no problems will arise, but if you require immediate medical attention for some reason, the details of your condition should be readily available to the paramedics, first responders or hospital staff. In 95% of cases, first responders look for a medical ID when assessing a patient during an emergency. Continue reading “Medical Information on the Run”

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?”

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”

What Your Running Shoes are Trying to Tell You

by John Stanton

If your running shoes could talk, think of the stories they’d tell. While you’re probably grateful that they can’t share the play-by-play of the time you stepped in goose droppings, your well-worn shoes do have a lot to say about what kind of runner you are. Before you purchase a new pair, give your old shoes a proper once-over to learn more about your running style.

Remove your pair of “old faithfuls” and follow these steps. Continue reading “What Your Running Shoes are Trying to Tell You”

Avoid the “Dreadmill” Effect

by John Stanton

 For some, the idea of treadmill running conjures up expectations of monotony and boredom—but that doesn’t have to be the case. As with any run, a positive experience starts with a bit of planning, some knowledge of the logistics and a sense ofcommitment. Here are some tips to help you avoid the “dreadmill” effect and get the most out of your treadmill workout. Continue reading “Avoid the “Dreadmill” Effect”