Thursday, November 3, 2011

A New Form Is All You Need To Avoid Running Injuries [Exercise]

A New Form Is All You Need To Avoid Running Injuries [Exercise]:

Modern society has seemingly decided that barefoot runners, including runners that don the weird/gross looking Vibram FiveFingers shoes, may know the secret to injury-free running, but nobody will listen to them because they're such extremists. But the injury statistics show that out of all current runners, 79% of them are injured every year. That's insane. We're obviously doing something wrong. More »

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Stress Fracture???

The day after my Shoreline Shuffle race I had some weird pain in my left calf. I thought for sure it was a stress fracture from pushing too hard on the trail. After some rest and applying R.I.C.E. for a few days it appears to have gone away. I ran 3 miles on the treadmill last night and had no pain at all. I'll give it another couple days of treadmill runs before heading back out on the road.

Prove it, or pay

Prove it, or pay:
No study has ever shown that running shoes do anything to reduce injuries or improve performance. Yet the whole multi-billion dollar industry business is based on the marketing lie that running is dangerous if you’re not wearing some kind of super-cushioned or motion-controlling footwear. It’s amazing the shoe companies get away with it. But one of them, finally, has been spanked: the FTC announced it was hitting Reebok with a $25 million fine for claiming its rocker-bottomed sneaks strengthen muscles.

Could this be the beginning of the end of running shoe scam? Look at what the FTC had to say about Reebok:

“Advertisers cannot make claims about their products … without having some basis for it,” he said. “If you’re going to make specific claims, particularly about health benefits, about your product you better have some kind of adequate substantiation about those claims before you make them.”

—David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection

By that standard, what kind of substantiation can Asics provide for this claim about its Gel-Kayano 16?

“The result is better protection from injury and outstanding ride.”

—Simon Bartold, Asics research consultant

“Better protection from injury” — really? Now that it’s exploded the toning shoe swindle, it will be fascinating to see what happens if the FTC begins tearing into the video-gait analysis/pronation-must-be-controlled/every-runner-is-unique ripoff.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Shawnee Mission Park Trails

I found a map to the Shawnee Mission Park Trails so I had to post it.

Shoreline Shuffle

I am officially a "Master" I guess. Being 40+ I've known this for a while now but this passed weekend I claimed my first Masters Trophy at the Shoreline Shuffle. I was a surprised due to the amount of people in front of me but I guess they were all younger than I thought. It was a great race on a beautiful course. The route along the shoreline is terrific but can be a little hazardous. My time came in at 25:35 which was better than expected given the rocky terrain. I've run those trails many times but I have never timed myself on that route. I was certainly pleased. Oh, and the scones at the finish line were completely amazing.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Red Dog 5k Results

I managed to get first in my age group at the Red Dog 5k over the weekend. Of course I bolted right after the run and didn't get my award but I have emailed the race director and I'm hopeful I'll still be able to pick it up. Here are the results.

Monday, July 25, 2011

My First Official Race Bling!

Last weekend I did the Start2Finish 5k at finished second in my age group. I got my first actual medal! I was very happy with my time and happy that the first place finish was a full minute ahead of me (no chance for me to catch him).

Start2finish Results

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hydration Madness!

Grabbed myself one of these from The Clymb this morning. No more dual water bottles for me and maybe I can plan a long run around the North Shore.

It's hot, let's RUN!

The outside temperature gauge in my car read 105 degrees yesterday on the way to the Clinton Lake trails but I went anyway. I also found the secret white trail around Lake Henry (okay, I just never looked at the map close enough). I went out on white (mostly) and back on blue. I couldn't make it all the way to Trails End. It was just too hot. Now I have to rest for the Start to Finish 5k on Saturday morning.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Eudora Horsethief 5k

I ran the Eudora Horsethief 5k this morning and apparently I was running like a horsethief. I managed a personal best of 22:45. I was shooting for a 24:00 so when I rounded that last turn and saw 22:30 I was stunned to say the least. It was a great crowd and a nice course through downtown Eudora. I'll be checking later for some pictures. No results posted yet but that should be interesting as well. I'll try to get them up here when I find them.

Horsethief 2011 Results

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mass Street Mile and more...

We ran the Mass Street Mile over the weekend. It was my first timed event on a mile run. I was proud to put in a time of 6:31 and smack dab in the middle of the pack. Julie surprised herself and me by coming in with a fantastic time of 8:04 which was much better than what she expected (10:00).

I was a little sore the next day from my lack of interval training. Julie said she was fine. She does a lot of interval stuff in her class as well as general muscle work in that area. I generally just run with some push-ups and crunches thrown in.

Now I need to decide on a race for this weekend. It's looking like the Eudora Horse-Thief 5k. The shirt alone would be reason to do this one. But, since I'm not guaranteed a shirt as a late registration, I'm kinda bummed.

Mass Street Mile Results

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Running Form and Technique

Best Running Tips

Chris McDougall, of Born to Run fame, has 4 great running tips. Certainly the best I've seen.

4. Get Naked: The more studies that come about cushioned running shoes, the more overwhelming the evidence that they're a hindrance at best. Even Alberto Salazar, the great marathoner and Nike-sponsored coach, believes that a barefoot-style foot strike is the key to swift, efficient running. The best way to learn proper running form is to strip down to first principals: shuck your shoes and re-acquaint your feet with planet Earth. Once you've mastered barefoot-style form, you're free to wear any footwear you like.Patrick Sweeney wins marathons in Barefoot Ted's huaraches, while Emil Zatopektrained big miles in combat boots and did just dandy.

3. Air=good. Earth=Not So Good: The old joke about the guy who leaps off the top of a skyscraper applies to distance running: as he plummets toward the ground, he shouts "OK so far!" You're fine as long as your foot is in the air; the trouble only starts when you land. So spend as much time aloft as possible by making your footstrikes quick and light. I like to occasionally check my cadence with a four-count (1,2, 3,4...1, 2, 3, 4). I count as each knee comes up, making sure each foot is lifting as quickly as the other.

2. Learn, Don't Burn: When it comes to learning a new footstrike, less isn't just more; it's everything. If you feel your calves burning or your Achilles tightening, you have to back off and re-assess. The problem isn't a lack of strength; it's faulty technique. The beautiful thing about minimalist running is that everything means something, so if you try to ignore discomfort and muscle through, those muscles ain't going to cooperate for long. Stop; take a breather; compare what you were doing to what you should be doing; and try again.

1. To Get Fast, Forget About It: One of the first and most lasting lessons I was taught by Caballo Blanco, the "White Horse" I met in the Copper Canyons, is this: "The problem with most people is they only care about getting fast, and think that once they get fast, running will get easy. They got it backwards. First focus on getting easy, because if that's all you get, that ain't so bad. Once you can run easy, focus on light. Once you get light, focus on smooth. By the time you're easy, light and smooth, you won't have to worry about getting fast--you will be."
--Christopher McDougall

Monday, June 20, 2011

Head cold drama continues...

I can't seem to shake this head-cold. I've been battling sinus headaches and a stuffy nose for a week. It seems to clear up when I run (not completely) but then returns shortly afterwards. Oh well, maybe some vitamin C will help.

Anyhow, my morning run was okay. Seemed to be a lot of people out. It was a warm windy morning. Supposed to be a cold front this afternoon that will lead to cooler weather all week.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Clymb

Found a great new site this afternoon from a local running club.

The Clymb

Go ahead and click this link so I can get some credit for a referral =)

Great run this morning...

Nice 65 degree temperature and a light breeze. What's not to like? I even woke up 15 minutes early. It was karma's way of saying "do a longer run this morning".

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hot one this morning...

I think it was 75 when I finished a quick 3 mile run this morning. Possible severe storms this afternoon. We can only hope it will bring in some cooler air.

Runkeeper Activity

Monday, June 13, 2011

Run Loats, Run!

Well, here is the first post for Bill's new running blog. See what I can create here.