Holiday Reading for Runners

The end of the year holiday season is often a time of a brief running hiatus for many of us. With travel, so many holiday parties, and something about it being the end of the year makes for regular and consistent running difficult. However, just because we can’t be out there running, it doesn’t mean that we can’t still read up on our favorite sport and gear up for the new year.

Hollywood Running Form

Nothing in Hollywood is ever as it seems. Good lighting and award-winning writers can turn an everyday Joe into a superhero or a villain. But the one big mistake any avid runner notices when they’re intently watching the latest blockbuster on the big screen? How terrible that superhero’s running form is.

We’ve picked out some of the most iconic runs in Hollywood — good and bad — and brought in our running expert Rebecca Shultz to take a closer look at how each character fares.

[DATA POST] Lumo x Color Run SF

What better way to spend your weekends than getting sprayed with color!

Last Sunday, eleven eager Lumo Team members participated in our first local running event: The San Francisco Color Run. A fun and festive 5k race, the color run consists of 5 “checkpoints” where runners dressed in white run through a crowd of people that throw colored powder at you. The run is described as “the Happiest 5k on the planet”, and with all of the bright colors, enthusiastic runners and loud music playing, we have to agree.

Is Your Posture Affecting Your Running?

When considering your running form — whether to improve your time, mileage or preventing injuries — an important element that is forgotten all too often is your posture. Admittedly, as runners we already have a million and one things to consider every time we hit the road (or trail) — where are my feet landing? Am I overstriding? How many more miles? What’s my pace? The list goes on. It can be a challenge to add in yet another form faux-pas to avoid, especially when we’re running long distances and battling fatigue.

4 Common Running Injuries and How to Avoid Them

If you’re a runner of any distance, you’ve probably already experienced your fair share of aches and pains in various parts of your body. Some of these aches, like sore abs or a little tenderness in your muscles after a tough run or a hard strength training workout is perfectly normal and is probably a good sign that you’re pushing yourself within your limits.

Is Your Ground Contact Time Slowing You Down?

When watching professional and elite athletes run, one thing you’ll notice, aside from their incredible speed, is that their running form makes them look like they are effortlessly gliding through the air. Look carefully and you’ll see that many of them have impressive stride lengths, very little bounce, and smooth transitions from foot to foot.

A Better Way to Run Faster

In a previous post, we discussed the dangers of overstriding and how it is one of the most common faux-pas of running form, as well as a very common cause of injury for many runners. The solution there was to increase your cadence to reduce stride length, which also affects your other running biomechanics like bounce and braking — both measures of running efficiency.

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