Cross Training with Box Drills

Box drills are an excellent addition to any runner’s regimen—especially for anyone desiring a quick burst of speed. Some gyms are starting to put out boxes in the free weight area, which shows their up-and-coming popularity. For those unfamiliar with box drills, the “boxes” are simply very sturdy elevated platforms. Generally there are a series…

Pre-Competition Meals for Runners

Any long-distance runner is no doubt aware of the importance of eating an optimal pre-competition meal. Your pre-competition meal has three purposes: to keep you from feeling hungry during your race, to keep your muscles fueled, and to maintain your blood sugar. Ideally, you should eat about 3 hours before you compete. You do not…

Review of Running Hydration Packs

Running hydration packs are one of the neater running innovations of the last few years. The market is swamped with different models, sizes, colors, types, and prices. The original design of the first Camelbak is essentially still the norm for these hydration packs. A hydration pack is essentially a aerodynamic water bladder “backpack” with a…

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is one of the newest—and oldest–running crazes. Runner’s World recently ran an article featuring commentary from leading voices in the field entitled, “Barefoot Running: Two Sides of a Very Hot Topic.” On one side, where (realistically) are you going to run without your shoes on in today’s world safely? Back and forth around…

Marathon Training Tips

The first basic tip of marathon training is to inform yourself. Remember knowledge is power. Research the course you plan to run, marathon nutrition, marathon injury prevention, and other issues you feel are relevant to your upcoming race. Reading this blog post is a good start. Plan and evaluate how you’re going to run the…

Proper Running Form

Maybe you’ve been a devout jogger for years. Maybe you just joined the track team for the first time. Regardless of who you are or what brought you to reading this, there is one thing all runners need to continually study—proper running form. This is a crucial element for preventing injury and reaching new levels…

Running with Music

In this day and age, with the advent of iPods, MP3s, earbuds, and instant music downloading, music has become more accessible to everyone. People have music on their phones, in their cars, and, of course, during their runs. For younger runners, it is hard to imagine a time when running and music did not go…