Running with the Tarahumara

by Roman Urbina, Race Director of La Ruta Ultra Run. The Tarahumara have this wonderful expression that I learned to appreciate after recently spending several days with them, the first time in Costa Rica last November  and the second occasion recently in Mexico. Both times centered on 100-kilometer running...

Your First Ultra

Daddy Ultra Runs is a running specialty store that’s located in Cocoa Village, Florida, heart of the Space Coast. Daddy Ultra Runs  is also a member of the Natural Running Center store partner network.  DUR’s owner Hernan Garcia is passionate about minimalism when it comes to footwear; and...

Comrades “Marathon”: What Goes Up…Goes Up

Why would I travel half way around the world to run The Comrades “Marathon” in South Africa? Not sure. Anyone who has ever run this race, which is the oldest and largest ultra run in the world, talks about it with a  reverence and describe the amazing emotional and cultural experience. This run...

“On the Run” –Amazing Short Film from New Zealand

Every now and then, you come across an old movie or documentary that stops you right in your tracks. “On the Run,” a 1979 documentary about New Zealand’s legendary running coach Arthur Lydiard and his training methods is one such treat. In this 19-minute short film, you are witness to some...

Why Isn’t Cross-Country Running in the Olympics?

by Bill Katovsky. The 3,000-meter steeplechase is always a fun event to watch at the Olympics. Runners must leap over 28 hurdles and 7 water jumps. The Kenyans usually dominate. The race’s origin dates back to 19th century England. Runners hoofed it from one town’s church steeple to the next....

Aerobic Training — What About Strength Workouts? (Part 3)

In the two previous parts of Principles of Aerobic Training, Dr. Steve Gangemi, aka Sock Doc, reviewed the critical components of building a healthy aerobic base that can lead to enhanced performance for all runners. In this part, Sock Doc turns his attention to strength training.– NRC We all can...

All Runners: No Immunity from Heart Disease

The circumstances surrounding Micah True’s untimely death while he was out on a routine 12-mile trail run in the Gila wilderness area of New Mexico have caused many runners to look inward…to their own hearts. According to the Associated Press, “While medical examiners couldn’t point to the cause...

Aerobic Activity for Runners — Gradually Build Your Endurance Base and Understanding High-Intensity Interval Training (Part 2)

Gradually Build Your Endurance Base. This the second installment on Aerobic Conditioning for Runners, by Dr. Steve Gangemi (aka Sock Doc). Go here to read Part 1.   Building your aerobic system is vital whether you’re a marathon runner, or an average guy or gal looking to be as healthy as possible. But you...

Health Risks of Drinking Too Much Water Before or During a Race: Beware of Intoxication and Hyponatremia

by Dr. Phil Maffetone. Drinking fluids during training and racing will soon be reaching a boiling point of controversy and not for reasons most runners might suspect. Dehydration, and how to keep it under control, is nothing new. What’s been bubbling up in the media for the past few years is...

Aerobic Activity is the Foundation to Your Health and Fitness (Part 1)

Aerobic is one of those fitness terms that doesn’t get much respect these days. An analogy is the late Rodney Dangerfield in a sweaty T-shirt on the treadmill at the gym. (No, that gross-out movie was never made, but a working title might have been called “Humping Iron.”) The fitness term...

Running a Marathon, 100 Meters at a Time

Kevin Lyons, an Austin-based runner, journalist, and blogger at 5Ksandcabernets.com, posted an interesting take on how speed is indeed relative when compared to distance covered. Kenya’s Patrick Makau set the world record time for a marathon by running the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds...

Avoid Overtraining! — Keeping Your Body Healthy Means Active Rest and Recovery

Laura Bergmann is living example of a home-schooled athlete and teacher. I met Laura two years ago when we were both spreading the word on fitness in our small town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  She was not excited about running since it often led to discomfort.  Yet, in time she changed her gait; it...

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