Archive for February, 2012

The Boundaries of Fear

The Boundaries of Fear

Do you ever feel stagnant? Held back by something yet you cannot quite put your finger on it? Perhaps it is fear: fear of the unknown, fear of failure or even fear of change. Fear becomes an obstacle in every person’s life at some point. The key is to understand what fear really is, what […]

Racing To Train: Race Your Way to a Better 2012

Racing To Train: Race Your Way to a Better 2012

In 2005 I had worked my way into good shape and ran the St. George Marathon in a time of 2:36:08. My wife is also a runner and we planned a month break from serious running. For a variety of reasons that break turned into 5 years and two children. We continued to run but […]

Dashing Through the Snow

Dashing Through the Snow

Hey for those of you who are looking to get fit and don’t want to give up running outdoors just because the temperatures have plummeted (for instance all the way down into the upper 50′s here in Arizona), here are some tips to lessen the pain of butting heads with Mother Nature: Dress in layers.  Innermost should […]

Roasted Vegetable Medley – Sprouts, Spuds & a Flower

Roasted Vegetable Medley – Sprouts, Spuds & a Flower

We can all agree that whether or not you add up, intuitively know the numbers, or not, the key is making the “calories count” vs. just counting the calories – thinking nutrients with numbers, or nutrients over numbers. A bowl of roasted vegetables will leave the nutrients numbers high, and the calorie number low – […]

Aid Stations and Post Race Fare

Aid Stations and Post Race Fare

In the running world, there appears to be a trend at most races; low quality foods.  I have seen everything from Twinkies and Popsicle served post-race at major road running events, to Gummy Bears and Oreos at aid stations during trail races.  This puzzles me quite a bit.  Aren’t runners in the “know” when it […]

Ultragen by First Endurance

Ultragen by First Endurance

The running population and technology continues to increase tenfold each year but our knowledge of what we put into our bodies before, during, and after a run doesn’t seem to be keeping pace.  I know lots of ultra runners and marathon runners out there that think every Gu, gel, and recovery drink is the same […]

Muscle Soreness: Why You Get It, How to Relieve It

Muscle Soreness: Why You Get It, How to Relieve It

Whether you are training for a 100 miler or running a local 5k, at some point you have felt it. Getting out of bed 24-72 hours after a tough workout, your body starts revolting against you. You have the dreaded DOMS, or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Although it seemingly strikes without warning, it is most likely […]

“Good” Runners find Ways to “Win”

“Good” Runners find Ways to “Win”

Mental toughness: it is not magic and you are not born with it. It is the will to win and the will to put everything on the line.  It is something that can be developed… learned. Before I elaborate, when I use the word “win” I do not only mean the literal win (first place) […]

Salomon XT Advanced Skin S-Lab 5 Set

Salomon XT Advanced Skin S-Lab 5 Set

After several years of searching, I have finally found the Cadillac of hydration packs. The Salomon XT Advanced Skin S-Lab 5 Set is all I have wished for, and more! When I first laid eyes on it, I knew I had to have it. It’s sleek design stays put in spite of my body’s constant jostling […]

Strength Training and Stretching to Avoid Injuries

Strength Training and Stretching to Avoid Injuries

Let’s start with strength training: I have found that most runners know running. It’s what they love to do and they do it as often as possible. It’s addictive; it’s amazing…I love it, too. I have also found that in general, there are strength-training people: They are all about weight training but couldn’t care less […]