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Hill Workouts: Intense & Short or Slower & Long?

Hill Workouts: Intense & Short or Slower & Long?

Fri May 26, 2017

Hill training is commonly used by distance runners to increase running speed. It’s been associated with increases in VO2max, lactate threshold, and running economy. But how can we get the most out of our hill training? (Because let’s be real, we all know it can be our most dreaded training day of the week.)

Heart Rate Variability Training: What’s the Deal?

Heart Rate Variability Training: What’s the Deal?

Fri May 12, 2017

Like most athletes, runners are constantly looking for ways to make their training more effective. We have been hearing about "heart rate variability", or “HRV," more and more often in recent years.

Hamstring Tightness & Heel Pain

Hamstring Tightness & Heel Pain

Tue Mar 21, 2017

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common injuries runners experience throughout their running lives. The most well-known symptom is heel pain when you get out of bed and take your first few steps in the morning.

When to use Music

When to use Music

Wed Mar 1, 2017

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the influence of fast tempo music on running pace. The study I talked about found that the fast tempo music caused an increase in speed, but without an increase in perceived effort. The runners went faster but didn't feel like it was harder!

The Competitive Edge

The Competitive Edge

Fri Feb 17, 2017

Picture yourself on the starting line of a race or anxiously awaiting in your corral. Maybe you focus on your race strategy, your goal(s), or positive self-talk...

Core Stability Risk Factor for Leg Injuries

Core Stability Risk Factor for Leg Injuries

Mon Feb 6, 2017

Core stability. Planks. Ab work. Core strength. At this point in the game these are all terms we’ve heard about (or in my case, written about, talked about...) and learned to include in our training regimens. You know you’re “supposed” to do your core work, but are you doing it? Consistently? With purpose?

Quality Over Quantity

Quality Over Quantity

Fri Jan 27, 2017

In the past few years, the benefits of HIIT programming have become more common knowledge in popular culture. We know that HIIT programming has been shown to improve performance in runners.

Music’s Subconscious Influence

Music’s Subconscious Influence

Thu Jan 19, 2017

Anyone who has been to a class at Mile High can attest to the fun playlists that the coaches set up. Music is an enjoyable part of our workouts and can be motivating when we start to fatigue.

The Short vs Long Warm Up

The Short vs Long Warm Up

Wed Jan 11, 2017

In our ever-busy society, so many runners often skip their warm up. They either run out the door first thing in the morning to be sure to get home in time to get ready for work, or they are rushing out of the office at the end of the day to squeeze in their run.

Strength Training for Runners? Won’t I Get too Bulky and then Become Super Slow and Then Fade into a Nice Running Memory?

Strength Training for Runners? Won’t I Get too Bulky and then Become Super Slow and Then Fade into a Nice Running Memory?

Wed Jan 4, 2017

Strength Training for Runners? Won’t I Get too Bulky and then Become Super Slow and Then Fade into a Nice Running Memory?

No Pain, No Gain?

No Pain, No Gain?

Wed Dec 21, 2016

It is commonly said that sports toughen kids up, and we often see athletes in pop culture that have extremely high pain tolerances. It is widely accepted that athletes are tougher and can handle more pain.

The Latest on “Runner’s Knee”

The Latest on “Runner’s Knee”

Tue Dec 13, 2016

We've all heard the term "runner's knee" thrown around--maybe at the track, during a group run, in a fitness class, or maybe in your doctor's office. This can be confusing because it's an umbrella term that includes a few different knee issues that all cause anterior (front) knee pain.

Why do interval training on a treadmill

Why do interval training on a treadmill

Wed Dec 7, 2016

With the NYC marathon recently behind us, we are reminded of the importance of mental toughness and readiness. The marathon is littered with perfect examples of how you are capable of much more than you think.

Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

Wed Nov 30, 2016

With the NYC marathon recently behind us, we are reminded of the importance of mental toughness and readiness. The marathon is littered with perfect examples of how you are capable of much more than you think.

Do Your Kinematics Change Throughout a HIIT or Speed Running Workout?

Do Your Kinematics Change Throughout a HIIT or Speed Running Workout?

Thu Oct 13, 2016

Do Your Kinematics Change Throughout a HIIT or Speed Running Workout?

So, You’re Going to Buy Running Shoes…

So, You’re Going to Buy Running Shoes…

Wed Oct 5, 2016

Buying a new pair of running shoes is like buying a new car: you need to do your research, try several models, and test drive the final pair before you make a purchase.

Run Intervals to Up Your Mental Game

Run Intervals to Up Your Mental Game

Fri Sep 30, 2016

We are all familiar with interval and repetition training for speed work - but what about the effects on the brain? Are you able to mentally perform better with interval training?

What Happens to your Body on Hilly Courses

What Happens to your Body on Hilly Courses

Wed Sep 21, 2016

We all know hilly race courses make for slower race times, and we can feel that hills are more demanding than level running. But what changes, physiologically? Why do we feel these changes on hills?