Running is among the most elemental of human activities. It requires nothing, no wheels, skis, sails, sticks, balls, ropes, helmets, tools or other extraneous hardware. Our bodies alone are the vehicles of our sport. Of course, most of us wear shoes and some clothing and, particularly for ultra runners, we tend to bring along a few basics such as fuel and water.
Born in San Antonio, TX
I’ve been a runner for as long as I can remember and I dreamed of being a runner before that! It’s just something I have always done, something I still do and probably something I will always do. [..]
The new year is here and with that comes New Year’s resolutions. Unless things have changed,I would say that weight loss is at the top of many lists. When deciding how to go about this endeavor most people know that eating better coupled with exercise is the sensible and lasting approach.
In addition to diet, cardiovascular exercise is typically how most people attempt to lose weight. You hit the gym to get on the elliptical, exercise bike, treadmill or perhaps you start running. A few months later, if you have managed to get past two weeks, and you are lucky, you may have dropped five pounds. Determined, you figure that you probably just need to do more. So now you are doing cardio five times a week for one hour a day. A month later you are only down that initial five pounds and in fact, it seems the scale is heading upward a little. Do more cardio, right? I’d say no. And here is why. [..]
by Megan Zetter
To stretch or not to stretch has become quite the controversy in the sports and rehab arena. Some sources say stretching is good, but only at certain times and some say never stretch. Dynamic stretching is better than static. Don’t do it before you exercise. And then there is yoga, which is heavily based on stretching. Additionally, pilates touts that it lengthens muscles. So the million dollar question is, “Who is right?”. Unfortunately, as with most things in life, the answer lies somewhere in the mix of, do stretch, don’t stretch, do yoga, don’t, do, yes, no. I don’t know!! Lets shed some light on why muscles get tight and from there I think the answer, for you, will be more evident. [..]
It has been quite some time now, since I’ve done any sort of race predictions/odds. It is about time I step up and take a crack at “guessing” who will take home the $10,000 at this ridiculously stacked race. Both the men’s and women’s field should be close all the way back to Ft. Barry in the Marin Headlands on Dec 7. So….it’s off to the races for me as I hope to NOT get chicked once again. Last time Anna got me, this time….we shall see. So here it goes, Ladies first: 1. Emelie Forsberg 3-2. Emelie has proven her dominance at distances up to 100k. Her win at UROC showed she could hang long enough. As long as she has still been running and not skiing entirely, I think she’ll win by 10 minutes, chick me, and go sub 7. 2. Stephanie Howe 3-1. Why not […][..]
by Megan Zetter
Respect stress fractures
Stress fractures are a common injury among runners. The most frequent bones to be effected are the tibia (lower leg) and metatarsals (bones in the mid-foot), but it’s not unheard of to get a stress fracture in the femur (upper leg) or pelvis. I’m not sure why, but stress fractures are often viewed as a minor injury and just an annoyance more than anything. However, they are are serious and they should be treated as you would any other fracture of your bone. If treated correctly you can recover in as short as six weeks, with the typical time frame being 8-12 weeks, but if you don’t respect them they can persist for years. [..]