Back in the Saddle: How to Survive a Return to Running After a Break

When you fall off a horse in riding, the best thing you can do is get back on and ride again. It helps you overcome your fear of falling again. Is the same true for running? Returning to running after a layoff, especially one related to injury, can be tricky. Two things typically happen. You’re either mentally raring to go, but your body takes longer to respond. Or, you’re physically more » Read more

Can I Stay In Marathon Shape in the Pool?

One week out from the beginning of my taper, while cruising through a ten-mile tempo run, I felt a terrible pain in my right shin at mile seven. I’m tough, I thought, and pushed through. After I completed the prescribed workout at 6:25 pace the pain got worse and I hobbled home. Subsequent days of frantic icing, stretching, icing, stretching, and PT sessions ensued. After numerous PT sessions, including (terribly painful) more » Read more

How To Take A Cutback Week

Spring marathon season is coming to an end and many of us are already signing up for fall races and laying out our training plans! I don’t know about you, but I get excited when my coach’s training plan arrives loaded with solid chunks of mileage and challenging workouts. But I also like to look ahead to see when I might get a little break from the effort, the little more » Read more

Should Runners Track Heart Rate Variability?

Heart rate. It’s one of those things runners either track obsessively or scoff at the mere thought of thinking about it. While I’m not quite obsessed with tracking my heart rate, I do find tracking it very helpful. For me and many others, tracking resting heart rate, if not while running but at the very least first thing in the morning, can reveal a lot about how our training is going or our overall health. more » Read more

What Overtraining Taught Me About Running

There is no PR, no amount of running success, no breaking of the tape worth the constant physical and emotional pain of overtraining. Running is a joy, a gift and a symbol of health, vitality and humanity. Running is like the brightest sharpest Instagram filter for life. Or it’s supposed to be. When overtraining starts creeping, every run hurts. Wincing in physical pain through many many miles is one thing, but, more » Read more

10 Minutes to Better Recovery

We can all breathe a sigh of relief that we have finally found the other side of winter, which means it’s peak training time for upcoming spring and early summer races. As our miles increase and the workouts become more specific, it becomes increasingly important that we keep up with those little extra recovery things we do, like core work and foam rolling, so it all comes together on race day. more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: When Do You Train Through Pain?

Near the end of my treadmill tempo last week, I noticed a little soreness in my knee. I blew it off and did my cool-down according to plan. The next morning, my knee was definitely sore. Thus, I faced a conundrum all to familiar to all of us: do I attempt my easy run through the minor discomfort, cross train, or take a day off? Do I assume injury and more » Read more

Plantar Warts and Running

How’s this for a topic switch. Jacksonville amazingness to … warts. WARTS! A couple of weeks ago I was walking around my kitchen and felt like I had a little pebble stuck to my foot. I brushed it off, but it persisted. Why is a pebble stuck to my foot? I wondered. I brushed it again, and again, and the stupid thing wouldn’t come off. This called for a visual more » Read more

On the 4th Day of Christmas Running Gave to Me: a Stress Fracture

I live in Central Ohio. Usually, December weather kind of sucks for running. But this year? Au contraire! The temperatures have been hovering in the 50-60 range, with little humidity, little wind, and very little precipitation. Perfect running weather! So want did Santa put in my stocking to go with El Nino? Stuff to keep me enjoying runs outside in this gorgeous weather? New running shoes? Tons of running dates? A more » Read more

Aqua Jogging: An Alternative to “Real Running”

Injured? Is the weather bad, but you’re sick of the treadmill? Looking for cross training alternatives to improve your running? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then maybe you should consider giving pool running (or aqua jogging) a try. Why aqua jogging? Running is high impact. Running in water is almost no impact, as your body weighs about 10% of your land weight in water. Your weight-bearing more » Read more

Terror on the Treadmill

Last weekend sealed the deal; I am a terror on a treadmill. It was a fairly normal weekend to begin with; I registered at the very last minute for The Sweet Tea half marathon, held in the birthplace of sweet tea, Summerville, South Carolina. Who knew? Until last year, not me. Then all I did know was that Charleston has the only tea plantation in North America. Anyway, that is how more » Read more

Basil’s Hip Surgery Recovery Log – Week 3

I’m now three weeks out from hip surgery, and my recovery continues to go well. At the two week mark, I was allowed to transition to one crutch (or two crutches with partial weight bearing). It felt really strange at first to put weight on the leg, and I couldn’t believe how weak I’d become in just two weeks. Even now, after a week of partial to full weight bearing, more » Read more

Basil’s Hip Surgery and Recovery Log: Week One

It’s been one week since my hip arthroscopy, and I am feeling great! I expected the recovery to be a lot more painful and difficult than it has actually been, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I was able to stop pain meds within 48 hours and am now relying on ice, rest and Mobic (an NSAID) for pain control. The post surgical pain was a breeze compared to having babies, more » Read more

Basil’s Hip Surgery and Recovery Log: Day One, Post-Op

Hip hip hooray! My hip surgery is complete, and I’m on the road to recovery. If my writing is less than coherent, please forgive me. I’m only 24 hours post op, and the pain pills are doing a great job of keeping my hip fairly comfortable and brain fairly foggy. So here’s a little background to start. In July, 2014, I injured my hip racing a half marathon. I didn’t more » Read more

Running Injury Insurance: The Low Cost Plan You Might Already Have!

We’re all going to get injured. I know that is not something we like to plan for or even think about, but it happens. Did you know that there is injury insurance out there that is incredibly cheap, might reduce your out of pocket costs for treating injuries to zero and … here’s the real kicker … that you might already have it! I pick on USATF for a lot more » Read more