Sunday, February 26, 2012

Name That Tune


Running should always be fun. If you are having a hard time, Perhaps you're putting to much into it. By that I mean, overtraining, not training enough or running when you are just to tired. Relax, take it easy. In fact, take it easy like Sunday Morning. To help bring the fun back, try this: On your music player, playlist number one should have your inspirational music.Tunes that get and keep you going. The songs that you do your best moves to on the dance floor.You know, shake your groove thing. I'm a little off topic now, but you know what I mean. On the second playlist, fill it with slow, soft tunes.You know the magical, dreamy ones. The songs you slow danced to in high school. The ones you heard that made you realize you were in love. Getting off the topic again aren't I? Anyhow, you get where I'm going right? Playlist # 1 when you have work to do and playlist #2 when you're thinking Sunday Morning. Don't forget to change the tunes on your playlist often. Keep them fresh. Every 3 to 6 months should do it. At our age we've heard thousands of songs.

Now Go Name That Tune!  Run, Have Fun, Stay safe.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Knee Pain?

If you run long enough, some minor pain is inevitable. However, some aches can be avoided altogether. Knee pain is one of those aches that can be limited to a minor inconvience at worse. We've all heard stories about runners who needed knee replacements after years of running. I don't know a single person who has had a knee replaced due to running. But, I do know a few who have had replacements due to obesity. They were just to heavy for their knee joints. Having said that, here is how to avoid  knee pain. First, you should always run in the shoes that are right for you. Secondly, you will need to strengthen the muscles around your knee joints. Leg extensions, squats and leg curls work best. Another myth you might have heard is "I'm to heavy to  start running, I'll destroy my knees."  I have seen runners who were heavy. But, they were very fit and very fast.

Pain Free My Friend! Until Next Time, Stay Safe.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Focus

Today is a good day to take the boys out for a run. Today is a day you need to focus. You've trained hard and you're ready. So now it's time to do your thing. Try this while racing any distances. Find a target in front of you and match his pace. If he slows, pass and find another. As you approach the last mile or so, focus on your speed training practice . I bet you remember those. If you have your afterburner ready, switch it on. If not, just relax, maintain your pace and bring it home . And that's how you keep it moving.  Always keep your eyes on the prize. In this case, it's the finish line!   Race on 1/21/12
      

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Body In Motion

We've all heard that old saying, a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest. What exactly does that mean? Well, I'll hip you . This is Newton's first law. Simply put, it means that if you start exercising, you will continue to exercise. If you choose to be a couch potato, you will bud. Feel me on that? Futhermore, lets take the phrase (a body in motion) a little bit further. Broken down, in motion is, cutting your own lawn, taking the stairs at work and parking further away from the entrance at the mall. Remember, you got to get up, to get down. Can you dig it.

  Now lets get down! Till next time, stay safe  and always Keep It Moving.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Think

-The body does not want to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop. But the mind must be strong. You always go to far for your body. You must handle pain with strategy. It is not age, it is not diet, it is the will to succeed.
   Jacqueline Gareau-



-Running should be a life long activity. Approach it patiently and intelligenty and it will reward you for a long, long time.
   Michael Sargent-


  - Until next time, Run, Run and Run!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Running Form

Which form of running is right, Leaning slightly foward or running as straight as possible. That question my friend is a topic of hot debate among most runners. Conventional wisdow would lead us to believe that, leaning forward will cause a runner to run faster. On the other hand, if you are running with a  straight posture, shoulders squared, wouldn't your running be more efficient?  Here again, this is a matter best solved by the old adage. (To each his own.) If you are a sprinter or you race to improve your times, then the fist style of running might be right for you. However, if you are a long distance runner, the latter is probably your thing. If you aren't sure about your form, look at the pictures taken of you during your runs. Most local road races have photographers there. They have pictures of you available for purchase. Check them out. Better still, buy them and start a running album. It will be a great conversation piece for years to come. Just run, purchase and paste.   See you next time. Stay safe and run strong. And, as always Keep It Moving.

Hint! Look at the picture to the right.

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I have been running for more than 30 years injury free. I've run distances from 5K to marathons. My running consist of 30 to 40 mile weeks.I enjoy road races on weekend.