Blisters will, at some point, afflict most runners. They are not pleasant, they can lead to a decrease in performance and efficiency and, if poorly looked after, are an amazing vehicle for infection. The discomfort of running with a blister and the resulting antalgic gait that we adopt, i.e. changing the way we run because of blisters, can lead to dysfunction and a higher potential for injury. Let’s explore some causes of blisters and some strategies to prevent and treat.
A Running Update
Article by Leah Anstis
I’m not sure how many weeks it’s been since I last wrote you but woweee I’ve been up to all sorts! Sometime in May I resigned from my job and was fortunate enough to be put on leave for 5 glorious weeks. I knew it was going to be the perfect opportunity to think about all the chores I should be doing and then put them off for another day. But more important than endless days of procrastination... training. I could use this time off to make myself into a self-proclaimed full time athlete.
Article by Matt Rayment
Sometimes an aid station is just that, a table with some liquid on it, with a couple of hardy volunteers handing out said liquid and offering encouragement. Some aid stations are much grander affairs. These aid stations become almost as famous as the course itself, like Mt Luxmore in the Kepler, the rolling buffet that are the Tarawera 100 km aid stations or the literal Shangri-La of Kroger’s Canteen at Hard Rock. Don’t even get me started about the bedrunkening Marathon Du Medoc, with it’s 23 aid stations dispensing wine, steak, ice cream and oysters (Think you are tough completing a beer mile, homey? The French do it right).
Quality training is like good music. It has central themes and it has a certain rhythm to keep, but it also needs variation.
There are a number of reasons why runners do not to reach their goals, do not progress and ultimately fail. This occurs at all levels of ability. You can fail as a beginner trying to establish a good running routine. You can crash out as an elite athlete, pushing yourself to repeated injury or even retirement.
In my experience the most susceptible of all are those somewhere in the middle, with enough confused knowledge to be dangerous.
Here’s a list of only the most common ways in which things can go pear-shaped.
Inspired by those runs in the mud that conclude with the back of your shirt covered in a glorious display of splattered mud art, meet the Splatter Tee.
Not just your average tee shirt, this shirt is made with a lightweight, breathable, quick dry, 4 way stretch fabric.
We have designed a shaped women's tee in pink, and a men's (unisex) tee in white. Now is your chance to get some swag and feel like part of the team. Pre-order by Monday, June 18, for delivery late July.
The Marathon des Sables is a six day, 254 kilometre race across the parts of the Sahara Desert in Southern Morocco. The race, run since 1986, offers a unique set of challenges. The race demands that participants deal with sand, heat and multiple days running long distances carrying all the food that you will need over the course of the six days. With a minimum calorie intake of 2000 cal. a day, there is further complication between calculating adequate nourishment and backpack weight.
Synergy Health Article
Written By: James Kuegler
Want to stay motivated over winter? Stop focusing on goals and pay attention to the process instead.
Along with New Years, the beginning of winter is the time of year where running shoes, gym memberships and yoga mat sales soar. A panic sets in, we fear the notion of inactivity and developing what is euphemistically called “a winter coat”. Deals are made with the self and with others...some reasonable, others less so. The focus on the endpoint, not the process itself becomes paramount, and can dramatically affect our motivation and wellbeing in a negative manner.