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3 Simple Questions to Ask When Buying a Fitness Watch

3 simple questions to ask when buying a fitness watch

Black Friday is fast approaching and if you find yourself in the market for a new, or upgraded, fitness watch, you might find yourself quickly overwhelmed by all the brands, models, features and choices that have flooded the market in the last few years. Everyone really wants you to get your 10k steps each day.

Asking yourself three simple questions when starting the buying process can make sorting through the options and offers a whole lot less stressful. Continue Reading

Iron for Endurance Athletes

Iron for endurance athletes

One silver lining to having a chronic disease is that you visit the doctor quite often and have your blood tested quite often. For someone that enjoys running and endurance events like I do, those blood tests can be a great tool when things suddenly and unexpectedly go off the rails during training. 

Sidenote, it’s also very helpful to have a doctor that is an athlete/runner herself or is used to working with and interpreting blood tests from dedicated amateur athletes. I’ve found my doctor (a dedicated cross-fitter and ultra-runner) very sympathetic to the mental aspects of training, too. When I tell her my frustrations or need to run, I know she understands. Continue Reading

My 2 Favorite Fitness Benchmark Tests

It’s easy to get lost in all the fitness data you can collect now during your workouts. Does anyone really need to know their power output when running? So far, I’m convinced most of it is just noise. Maybe interesting noise, but not really all that helpful in helping you get more fit or get more competitive.

Of course it’s not all junk data. Some of the data is helpful to track. I like to use two particular fitness tests, one for cycling and one for running, and tracking the resulting data from those tests really helps me judge my current fitness, any improvements, and just what I can expect in any upcoming races. Continue Reading

6 Essential Arm Exercises for Runners

6 Essential arm and upper body exercises for runners

As a lifelong runner, I’ve never had what you would call shredded or chiseled arms. I’ve largely gotten by with sporadic attempts at circuit training or weight lifting, but nothing long enough to have much of an impact.

As I’ve gotten older, embraced master’s running and tried to hold on to my speed as long as possible, I’ve found strengthening my upper body through regular gym workouts to be an essential cog in staving off father time. Continue Reading

5 Steps to Start Running

Left, right, left, right.

This could be a very short post. Actually going out for a run isn’t difficult, but really getting into running, making it a lifestyle habit can take a commitment and if you’ve never done it or it’s been a long time, it can be intimidating. 

I joined a running group in the past year and it has a list of nearly 100 members, but only 20-25 regularly show up for the weekly runs. Why? A lot of people find ripping the band-aid off to get started overwhelming. Here are 5 steps to get started in running. It’s worth the effort. Running is one of the most beneficial exercises for both mind and body.  Continue Reading

3 Ground Rules for Running in the Heat

3 Ground Rules for Running in the Heat

Just drink plenty of water and you’ll be fine. Right? Not exactly. Anyone that has run in the heat and ran face first into “the wall” can tell you that sometimes figuring out what enough means can be complicated. With summer training comes the heat and humidity, two of Mother Natures tougher foes for endurance athletes. 

If you don’t have access to a coach or a lab, how do you figure out how best to hydrate so you don’t end up crawling along the sidewalk?

There are a couple simple rules of thumb that should keep you safe and running.  Continue Reading