by Lisa Podlecki
Athletes may choose to eat vegetarian or vegan for a variety of reasons, such as environmental considerations, animal welfare, personal preference, and/or religion. While eating a well-balanced vegetarian diet can have a number of positive health outcomes—including lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and hypertension—athletes may also believe that becoming vegetarian may be a way to lose weight, improve their performance and help with recovery. As with any diet, cutting out a particular food group can result in insufficient calorie and nutrient intake, which may lead to potential nutritional deficiencies and decreased performance. With the proper guidance, however, vegetarian athletes can be just as strong and healthy!
Continue reading “Eating Well as a Vegetarian Athlete”
by Tim MacKay
Crunch, crunch. Breathe. Crunch, crunch. Breathe.
The snow underneath my feet responds to my pace with a rhythmic crunch, matched by a parallel rhythm in my breathing. There’s great comfort in the rhythm. It’s soothing, healing. It’s important. Maybe essential. The rhythm—the consistent beating—is what keeps me going. It marks the mental space I find the most comfort in, with a steady ‘left, right, in, out’ bringing calm and peace. And when set along a trail in the woods, the forest bathing me in solitude and simplicity, this healing rhythm is as close as I can come to perfection. Continue reading “Running Through the Bush of Ghosts”
by Bruce Bowen with apologies
to Clement C. Moore (the original author)
‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And I found it quite funny,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a Pace Bunny.
The sneakers were arranged by the fire with care
In hopes that John Stanton soon would be there. Continue reading “Running Room’s “A Night Before Christmas””
by Cara Hazelton
Runners are always in search of ways to improve their performance. As an Authentic Pilates specialist, the one thing I often see missing from regular training regimes is a strong, supple and stable relationship between the pelvis and spine.
In simple terms, a human body is a torso with levers. If the torso is weak, rigid or unstable, the levers will not work properly or with ease. The levers (our arms and legs) are attached to the torso (which contains the spine) by a variety of muscles. The legs are not solely attached to the pelvis, just as the arms are not solely attached to the shoulder blades. Both the arms and the legs are attached to the back, which is why a strong, supple and stable spine allows for healthy movement of the limbs. Continue reading “Pilates for Runners”
by Mitchell Starkman, Registered Physiotherapist
Now this one is a big topic, folks. Our foot is not only the first thing to contact the ground when we run, but also our only means to generate force to propel ourselves forward while running. When it comes to foot pain for runners there is one condition that by far outweighs the others and that is Plantar Fasciitis. There are a few other common causes of foot pain in runners, like fat pad syndrome–even a stress fracture–but given that the number one killer of a runner’s season is Plantar Fasciitis, that will be our focus today.
Our goal is to cover three general questions to give you all the info you need to solve this age-old question.
- What is Plantar Fasciitis and why do I have It?
- How do I know if I have this issue?
- How do I fix It?
Continue reading “Ultimate Guide to Foot Pain for Runners: Plantar Fasciitis No More!”
Two words that can really stress out a runner: stress fracture.
A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone brought on by repetitive loading and strain, resulting in pain and tenderness at the injury site. Stress fractures occur most frequently in the foot (metatarsals), the shin (tibia) and the hip (femur or pelvis). The condition can be accelerated by inadequate muscular support; therefore, maintaining balanced muscle and bone strength is the best way to avoid a stress fracture.
Bones are the skeletal structures that provide attachment points for muscles, ligaments and tendons, which exert force in order to generate movement. The bones also receive their strength from proper use of the adjacent muscles, so any situation where there is muscle weakness or misalignment can lead to weakening of the bones, which may in turn lead to fractures. Continue reading “Stress Fractures”
by Chris Bonyun
The Running Room teaches a “SMART” approach to goal setting, but sometimes goals come from somewhere else. In 2017, my goals were based on a deeply personal, irrational and obsessive drive to get my life back. And, on December 31st, I showed myself that I’m well on my way with my fastest 5K of the year, in the bitterly cold weather of the Ottawa Resolution Run. Continue reading “Getting My Life Back”
by Kieu Dung
When my wife proposed that we take our vacation in Eastern Europe, I immediately started researching races. There were no races in Prague in September 2017 but I found one in Usti Nad Labem, a two-hour train ride from Prague. According to the information on the RunCzech website, the course was flat and it was a road circuit; the race took place in afternoon. This last detail gave me the motivation I needed to register since I would have plenty of time to make the trip to Usti Nad Labem and prepare myself for the race. Continue reading “Half Marathon in Prague”
by Ben-Zion Caspi
Twenty years ago, approaching half-century age, living a completely sedentary life style, and having hard time climbing stairs, a decision was made: my way of life had to change dramatically.
I needed a goal and made a hefty one: to run a marathon at the age of 50. Continue reading “Me, an Athlete?”