Archive for July, 2012

Leadville Trail 100 Run: Live Low, Train Low… Race High

Leadville Trail 100 Run: Live Low, Train Low… Race High

I live at about 800 feet here in San Antonio — give or take 100 feet. (Probably take.) So signing up to run the Leadville 100 in 2010 was a bit of a leap of faith. The race starts at 10,152 feet, never drops below 9,200 feet, and climbs up and over Hope Pass at […]

How Does Speedwork Make You Faster? – Part 1

How Does Speedwork Make You Faster? – Part 1

Afraid of the oval? Fear not. Track workouts help you more than you think. What do you think when you hear “speedwork”? If you are a sprinter its very likely that this word is like music to your ears but, if you run any distance longer than a 10k (and most of us do) or […]

Ever Get in a Vegetable Rut?

Ever Get in a Vegetable Rut?

Do you ever tire of the same old spinach salads and steamed broccoli? It’s easy to get in a vegetable rut. Try to not dismiss the many other vegetables that line the produce section. Parsnips are one of my favorites. They work great sautéed, roasted, mashed, or tossed into soups and stews. Why it works: […]

Blister Shield by 2Toms

Blister Shield by 2Toms

Blisters. If you’re a runner you’ve most likely dealt with them at one point or another during your running history. Many runners deal with blisters on a continuous basis. I used to be one of those runners until I discovered Blister Shield by 2Toms. I don’t want to go as far as calling it a […]

5 Exercises for the Glutes

5 Exercises for the Glutes

Practice these 5 exercises for the gluteus medius muscles to help prevent common running injuries. Lateral Hip Abduction – Shuffle steps with resistance bands. Lunges – Also do side lunges and walking lunges with dumbells. Single-Legged Squat – Also called a “Pistol” squat. Step-ups Hill runs You can view more instructional videos from Trail Running […]

Are ultra runners normal?

Are ultra runners normal?

So what is normal? I have been asking myself this question ever since I crossed the finish line at the San Diego 100. Is it normal for a person to be an overweight man sitting around the house one day and three years later become a person who runs ultras or 100 mile races? I […]

Runners…yeah, we’re different and it shows at the doctor’s office.

Runners…yeah, we’re different and it shows at the doctor’s office.

I recently had some routine blood work done and the results were scary! I always had high creatine levels, but the doctor pushed it off on dehydration. This time, my level was elevated to the point that indicates Stage 3 Kidney Disease! Of course I’m not buying this. I am a runner, in perfect health, feeling […]

The End of Crunches?

The End of Crunches?

In my recent studies, I have come across some intriguing  information on the safest way to train your core muscles.  According to Stuart McGill, a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, the core muscles should be trained for stability while flexion and hyperextension of the lumbar spine should be avoided.  He found through his […]

Train Low, Compete High – Food for Thought

Train Low, Compete High – Food for Thought

Train low, compete high is a hot topic among competitive endurance athletes these days. Training low is suggested to be defined as training with about 50% of resting muscle glycogen about half the time we train. This can be done in different ways, by training with low blood glucose and/or training with low muscle glycogen. […]

Worth the Hurt

Worth the Hurt

The number of charity walks, runs, biking, tri and endurance related events has grown into the tens of thousands. You can find an event for any worthy cause you can think of; cancer, diabetes, aids, the hungry, the homeless, animal rescue shelters, domestic violence, school fund raisers, prevent underage drinking, etc. The list goes on […]