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Fighting Inflammation With Food

Fighting Inflammation With Food

Inflammation happens for a reason, it is actually part of the body’s immune response to certain stressors, designed to protect us from acute physical trauma, stress, allergens, and even fever.  Through remodeling, the body is able to adapt (become stronger and more fit) until too much stress overcomes the inflammation response, inviting injury or illness. […]

Summer Running

Summer Running

Summer temperatures are on the rise and there are a few things to keep in mind to avoid becoming a victim of heat related illnesses. Knowing how to properly hydrate, deciding when is the best time to train, and recognizing the signs and symptoms of heat related illness will make your summer running season safer […]

Energy Expenditure While Running

Energy Expenditure While Running

When it comes to energy expenditure, our body is designed to utilize three different sources of fuel; carbohydrates (glucose & glycogen), fats, and ATP/CP.  For those of you doing a great deal of distance running, pay attention to the last three rows of this chart as it will be the most important while logging all […]

Strength Training Benefits

Strength Training Benefits

Runners have a tendency to stick with what they know best; running.   If you were once skeptical about adding a little weight lifting into your routine, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of strength training and how it could improve your running performance.  You might change your mind! Here are a few key reasons: 1) Strength training builds a […]

Importance of High Intensity Exercise – Part 1

Importance of High Intensity Exercise – Part 1

High-intensity exercises sequentially recruits all the different types of muscle fibers in your body, starting with the smaller motor units made up of slow-twitch fibers, also known as Type I.  These are the muscles involved in aerobic metabolism (i.e. steady state running).  They recover quickly and have a lot of endurance; perfect for long distance […]

Going Out Too Fast

Going Out Too Fast

Let’s be honest here, we’ve all done it.  Standing at the starting line, you anxiously await the sound of the gun, rehearsing your race strategy and continually telling yourself to go out easy…  Then the gun fires and you are off like the Terminator chasing after Jonathan Connor.  A glance down at your GPS and […]

Effects of Dehydration

Effects of Dehydration

We’ve all heard how important it is to stay hydrated, instead, let’s look at what happens to our body when we lose fluids while training. A number of factors can speed up the rate of water loss including hot and cold temperatures, high humidity, altitude, caffeine, excess body weight, restrictive clothing, illness, and prolonged exercise.   […]

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 […]