Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday Tidbits - 101 Greatest Running Tips

Here are some of my favorite from Women's Health "101 Greatest Running Tips."  To read them all, check out  Women's Health online (tip - use the print button, to see them all on one page).

Accept the challenge -  "Everyone is an athlete. But some of us are training, and some of us are not." --Dr. George Sheehan, runner/writer/philosopher

Be a minuteman "The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments--1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles. Beginning runners need to think in minutes, not miles." --Budd Coates, four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier/coach

Relax to the max "When running, let your jaw hang loose, don't bunch up your shoulders close to your ears, and occasionally shake out your hands and arms to stay relaxed." --Dave Martin, Ph.D., exercise physiologist

Try a "nooner" "Noontime running provides a triple benefit: daylight, a break from the workday, and a chance to avoid eating a heavy lunch." --Joe Henderson, runner/writer

Build with care "If you put down a good solid foundation, you can then build one room after another and pretty soon you have a house. After your base mileage, add hills, pace work, speedwork, and finally race strategy." --Rod Dixon, New Zealand Olympian and 1983 New York City Marathon champ

Have fun on your easy runs "I make sure I have some really enjoyable training runs, remembering to 'smell the roses' along the way. That way I don't become caught up in the training-is-everything syndrome." --Sue Stricklin, top masters runner from the 1970s

Have fun on your hard runs "Do tough workouts that you enjoy. Mile repeats and quarters are more fun for me than fartlek. ["Fartlek" is Swedish for variable-paced, up-tempo running.] I feel better about my running when I do the workouts I enjoy and that I know I benefit from." --Dan Cloeter, two-time Chicago Marathon winner

Rest assured "Back off at the first sign of injury. Three to 5 days off is better than missing a month or two. Take regular rest days." --PattiSue Plumer, two-time U.S. Olympian

Adapt--or weaken "Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to new stresses. The result? You become stronger." --Eamonn Coghlan, Irish Olympian and only 40-year-old to break 4 minutes in the mile

Get up to speed "Three half-mile repeats on the track at 5-K race pace with a short recovery jog in between shouldn't scare anyone away--and it will improve your speed." --Frank Shorter

Find a reason why "We run to undo the damage we've done to body and spirit. We run to find some part of ourselves yet undiscovered." --John "The Penguin" Bingham 100.

Feel the magic... "For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I'm far more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics." --Lorraine Moller

What's your favorite running tip?

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  1. I agree with Budd Coates that minutes rather than miles is the way to go.

    A nooner sounds fun, we'll have to schedule one soon. :)

  2. I still do the minute rather than mile thing on the mill...I'm hating it that much lately that's how I get through.
    Hope you're out enjoying our incredible temps!

  3. One of my favorite tips I got when I first started -- compete with yourself and don't worry about others' paces, times, etc.

  4. I like the minuteman advice! That's what I tell myself on the treadmill.

  5. One of the best things for me to realize was that it was ok to take walk breaks. Also, find a running partner because running with other people is way more fun.


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