Questions Every Runner Should Ask: A Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Shultz

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Running isn’t always as simple as lacing up your shoes and hitting the road. Whether you’re training for your first 5K or your tenth marathon, chances are that you will face some challenge during your running career, such as an injury or a setback in your performance. At this point, it’s critical to ask questions and find the resources that will steer you in the right direction.

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.

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.

Step More, Not Far – The Dangers of Overstriding

When the goal is running faster and farther (as it is for many of us), we tend to fall into a nasty habit of controlling speed by increasing our stride length rather than increasing our step count. It is one of the most commonly seen form faux-pas for runners, and it’s also one of the most common causes of injury. Yikes! So what defines overstriding?

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.

Gait Retraining: 4 Red Flags to Look Out For In Your Running Form

Contributed Piece By: Dr. Rebecca Shultz, PhD in Biomechanics 

Gait training is the clinical term for learning to walk or run. Gait retraining then is learning to walk or run again. This relearning may need to occur after an injury and after an assessment that found a red flag that may predispose a runner to injury or reduce a runner’s performance.

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