5 Basic Eating Habits Every Runner Should Follow

This article was originally posted in Lumo Run Coaches Corner

Contributor: Matt Fitzgerald 

The two factors that affect running performance most powerfully are training and diet. The most effective training methods were discovered not by scientists but rather through a generations-long process of trial and error at the elite level. What this means is that, if you want to get the most out of your own training, you should emulate the practices of the world’s best runners.

Can Running Save Our Cities?

Contributed Post by Peter Abraham, Content and Brand Marketing Expert and Running Guru

I recently gave a talk at the TEDxUCLA event. I wanted to articulate the work that I’d been doing in the running space over the past 10 years. This talk offered a chance for me to reflect on why I left advertising and dove into the running business with no prior experience.

[Infographic] The 5 Pillars of Running Form

While many runners know the importance of nutrition, hydration and mileage, far fewer focus on proper form. Optimizing how your body moves can help you run faster, farther and help avoid injury in the long-run. Check out our infographic on the 5 pillars of running form and tips for each so you can start improving today.

Blending Consistency with Variety to Gain Peak Fitness

Contributed Post Mark Allen, Six-Time Ironman Champion, and Renowned Coach

Human beings are hardwired to become efficient at the things we do consistently. Artists perfect their paint strokes over time. It becomes easier and more automatic for a ballet dancer to perform a specific routine when practiced again and again. Endurance athletes are exactly the same. The more we do our sport, the more efficient we become at doing it. But there’s a downside to getting more and more efficient!

13.1 Reasons Why You Should Sign-up for a Half Marathon

Signing up for a race is an intimidating task — regardless of whether it’s a half or full marathon. It took me a full two weeks to rack up the courage to sign up for the San Francisco Half Marathon, and it’s not even my first race! But that doesn’t mean you should pass up the opportunity to run a half marathon. Here are 13.1 reasons why you should sign up:

Are You Strong Enough? 5 Strength Evaluation Tests for Runners

Do you have the muscle strength it takes to run in good form? 

As natural and easy as the motion of running seems, running in good form actually takes a whole lot of muscle strength and coordination. Many runners tend to rely on quad muscles to power their stride, but the powerhouse muscles we should be tapping into are our core and glutes. A strong, activated core and glutes help to stabilize the pelvis and control movements in our arms and legs — all leading to an efficient stride and beautiful form.

Run To The Beat: Cadence Tools We Love

One of my favorite things to do while I run is to plug in my headphones and blast my music to tune the world out. It’s a great way to kickstart my morning, and also an amazing stress releaser after a long day. Recently, a coworker of mine introduced me to Spotify Running (as well as a few other tricks), and it’s changed the way I run.

Safety Tips for Running in Hot Weather [Infographic]

As we head into the height of the summer season, it’s hard to not enjoy the extended daylight hours, warmer weather, and our sun-kissed complexions. But as runners, summer training can be a real challenge, and not to mention dangerous. With the temperature on the rise, it’s time for a bitter sweet goodbye to our breezy mid-day long-runs until the cool fall weather returns.

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