Archive for July, 2012

5 Muscle Groups Runners Should Target

5 Muscle Groups Runners Should Target

Dr. Dane Treat with University of Minnesota Team Physician Dr. Robert Johnson, himself the finisher of 72 marathons (to date). This 10 minute video starts with a brief introduction by Dr. Robert Johnson on how to keep it simple. After Dr. Johnson’s introduction Dr. Dane Treat demonstrates exercises, with proper technique, runners can do at […]

5 Things I Like About Tifosi Sunglasses for Trail Running

5 Things I Like About Tifosi Sunglasses for Trail Running

By Vanessa Runs The Podium is a pair of sunglasses for athletes made by Tifosi Optics. Here are my thoughts as a trail runner after testing them out on San Diego’s beautiful trails.

5 Calcium Sources Better Than Milk

5 Calcium Sources Better Than Milk

By Vanessa Runs Many people associate calcium with strong bones, but for athletes and weekend warriors, calcium is also important for the healthy functioning of nerves and muscles. It fuels our activity. When most of us want to increase our calcium intake, we reach for a glass of milk. But for many people the lactose […]

What is it that Drives the ATHLETE in Us?

What is it that Drives the ATHLETE in Us?

We athletes thrive on challenge, training, and competition. We go out each day with determination, courage and ingenuity to achieve the goals we set for ourselves! It is no less essential than our career, family or social standing, because it is WHO WE ARE! So what drives the ‘athlete’ in us? Is it the competition, […]

A Summer Post-Workout Beverage Worth Considering

A Summer Post-Workout Beverage Worth Considering

The weather is warming up and hot weather running is well underway. Sure, we could drink sports drink to rehydrate and replace electrolytes after a workout, but there’s another option worth considering. It’s tomato juice. New research published in the Nutrition Journal points to tomato juice for having the potential to reduce stress related to […]

Electro Mix is an portable, inexpensive electrolyte replacement product.

Electro Mix is an portable, inexpensive electrolyte replacement product.

Endurance athletes are always looking for portable products to carry with them on long rides, runs and during events. It is vital to keep our body in balance and replace any electrolytes lost during exercise. I have found this awesome, portable product by Alacer Corp. called Electro Mix. It comes in individual packets for easy […]

Chi Running Hills & Trails

Chi Running Hills & Trails

Five years ago I checked out a Chi Running book from my local library, started to read it, scoffed at the concept, sat it aside until I received an overdue notice with a fine, then took it back. Chi anything is not my style, I’m an aikido kind of guy, you know…Steven Seagal…kicking ten big […]

Alaska…The Great Trail Running Frontier

Alaska…The Great Trail Running Frontier

It’s bigger than anything you’ve ever seen.  It’s massive.  It’s wild.  It’s incredible. Bears. Moose. Snow capped peaks. And very, very few people.  (but they do have Geoff Roes!) Alaska is an adventurers’ dream.  A playground of wilderness, abound with outdoor pleasures, experiences and challenges. In a full disclosure I have an affinity for Alaska […]

Ultraspire Spry

Ultraspire Spry

This past winter, I was in the middle of a five 50-mile race series. I had run the first two races, and I was looking for ways to become more efficient at aid stations. All these races had aid stations that were less than 5 miles apart, so I felt comfortable carrying my hydration in […]

Speedwork and Interval Training – Part 2

Speedwork and Interval Training – Part 2

Most of us can come up with plenty of reasons to avoid speedwork: we might say it hurts; it increases our chances of picking up an injury; it makes us too tired for our other runs…the list is endless. The thing is, they’re all unnecessary fears. What’s more, whether you want to beat an ancient […]