Feeling Stressed? Running and Walking Can Help

by John Stanton

If you currently run or walk for exercise, you are familiar with the stress release it can generate. The euphoric feeling experienced while exercising is usually attributed to endorphins, which mask pain and produce an overall feeling of well-being. Scientists believe that running or brisk walking can increase the secretion of neurotransmitters that control our emotions and mood, including dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline.

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10 Reasons to Love Running This Season

by John Stanton

The weather has cooled down, the year is wrapping up, and it’s a wonderful time to be a runner. Not convinced? Here are 10 reasons:

1. Fresh air is even fresher.
In contrast to summer, when air quality readings can climb to unhealthy levels, you’ll be inhaling crisp, clean air on your next run or walk. Head to a nearby nature trail and breathe it in.

2. Staying cool.
Instead of griping about the fall and winter temperatures, be grateful that you don’t have to worry about heat stroke or other complications brought on by heat and humidity.  Continue reading “10 Reasons to Love Running This Season”

Your Race Day Questions–Answered

by John Stanton

At race expos, I frequently field questions from first-time marathoners and half marathoners. I look forward to these interactions and I’m always happy to provide answers and encouragement. Prior to a race, it is completely normal to feel a combination of excitement and nervousness. Asking questions is a great way to ease any concerns and get helpful tips from experienced racers. Here’s my best advice for your next race.

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Visualization

by John Stanton

As you prepare for a marathon, it can be helpful to imagine the experience in advance. Read on for a sample play-by-play of a marathon race.

After months of self-discipline and hard training, it is the morning of the marathon. You are rested and well hydrated. At the start line, some runners are silent and pensive while others are laughing and joking. There is a mixture of nervous adrenaline and anticipation all around you.

The horn sounds and you are off. At first, it is more of a shuffle than a run as laughter and noise fill the air. You hear a mixture of race chatter, both from the runners and the people lining the course at the start. Continue reading “Visualization”