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Consider the Nordic skier. I know, I know, but bear with me.  There’s a lot of chatter about when it becomes “too cold to run.” Some people transition to the treadmill as soon as the first frost hits, while others will dutifully log all their winter miles outside, come snow or freezing temps. Nordic skiers do not get to head inside as soon as the snow hits. In fact, that’s exactly when they bundle up and head outside. But bundling up is the key – Nordic skie...
Posted on 2019-11-06
Each year in the United States, approximately half a million runners complete a marathon… …and it has been reported that during marathon training or racing up to 80-90 increase per week has stood the test of time.  Sharp spikes in weekly mileage volume or running intensity are strongly linked to running related injuries, so it’s essential to stick to a steady and predictable increase. Injury Threshold. Running is a high volume, high impact, repetitive sport that req...
Posted on 2019-10-23
A treadmill can be your best friend for training in icy conditions or getting in early morning runs when dark conditions make outdoor running dangerous.  Treadmills are great for pre-programmed speed workouts to keep you from constantly checking your watch and stressing about pace. They can even be the difference between skipping a workout and knocking out a few miles close to home.  Yet, there’s this pervasive school of thought that puts treadmill training below running overg...
Posted on 2019-10-09
I’m sure you’ve heard it before…“Lifting weights as a kid will stunt your growth!” This dogma has been passed down as fact for decades with stories retold of “so-and-so” who lifted weights too early and didn’t reach a normal height. Whether this is some type of fear tactic created by parents who didn’t want their kids getting injured in the gym or hanging around “gym rats” and “muscle heads” or if the idea just seeme...
Posted on 2019-09-25
Some of us are early birds, while others are night owls. Whether you feel more productive in the morning or do your best work after the sun has set, we all tend to question when we should work out.  With health advice that runs the gamut and is as polarizing as it is helpful, it’s hard to pin down a “best time.”  At the end of the day, the answer is: it depends. What’s good for you might not be good for your neighbor, and it all depends on goals, schedules, an...
Posted on 2019-09-11
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