How to use Running for Stress Relief this Holiday Season

It’s no secret that the holiday season often brings on a downward spiral of stress and fatigue.  You might notice that you feel exhausted or frazzled as you pass by hundreds of Christmas cards and plastic-wrapped gift sets at the mall, or maybe you find yourself a little more easily angered now that the season of pumpkin spice lattes and beautiful fall colors have passed their prime.

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.

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!

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?

How to Fall in Love with Running

Guest post from Harry Wilson, the author of GoodHealthPlanning

Running is the easiest and cheapest way to get fit fast and it’s unbelievably therapeutic too! But what if running just isn’t your thing? Growing up I was always much happier playing in a field with a ball or on a court with a racket than going on a run. Until I signed up for my first marathon in 2013, and after that I kept on running. It just clicked and now I can’t stop! Here are my tips on how you too can fall in love with running:

How I Use Cadence As A Tool For Recovery (And Why You Should, Too!)

Guest Post by Lindsey Scherf, Lumo Run sponsored athlete and member of our product team. 

Let me start my intro with a brief mention of what cadence is and some of the terminology that is used when talking about it. Cadence is the number of steps you take per minute while running.  The term step is sometimes confused with or used interchangeably with the term stride.  A stride is considered 2 steps or the number of times the same foot (counting just the right foot) strikes the ground—so 90 strides per minute = 180 steps per minute.  

Long Run Nutrition: How, What, and When To Eat

Whether you’re training for a marathon or long-distance running is just your healthy choice of stress release, long-runs are a crucial part of every distance runners regimen. Typically, a long-run is considered to be anything over 6 to 10 miles, and unlike shorter tempo runs, they require a little extra planning beforehand. Think: water stops and bathroom breaks. But your long-run planning is much more than just route logistics. To get the most out of your long-runs, it’s crucial to think about pre, during, and post-run nutrition to optimize for efficient fueling and muscle recovery.

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