Julianne Hodges likes to participate in almost all things physical activity. She used to play softball, swim, golf, and cross country and now regularly exercise in a variety of different ways. Sports and fitness have always consumed a large part of her life and after she quit playing competitively, she had to shift to recreational and lifestyle fitness. She used to do a lot of running, swimming, and biking because that’s what she was comfortable with but within the last year, she’s taken up lifting and calisthenics while still doing cardio. She likes to participate in a variety of different training styles to prevent boredom, burnout, and to stay healthy overall. She's been able to build muscle while still being able to maintain a consistent running pace and flexibility. She thinks it’s so important to find an exercise that you enjoy rather than participating in the exercise you feel like you have to do simply because it works for others.
Kerry V. is a 38-year-old middle school counselor, mom of two, and an avid runner. She's been married to his best friend from middle school for almost 12 years and resides in Orange County, CA. She's been active her whole life growing up as a dancer and owning a fitness studio at one point, but running wasn’t on her radar until she got older. She hated running when she was younger and complained at any time and had to do it! But after she got married and knew they planned to have kids soon, she got the itch to run a half marathon. She loved it but vowed to never do it again because 13.1 miles is just way too far to run.
Fast forward 6 years later, she has given birth to both her kids and the idea of running another half marathon came into her head, but she wanted to do it faster than the last one.
She finished her first full marathon at the end of 2018 in 4:26. She's gotten her half marathon time down to 1:43 and her marathon time to 3:47, with her 5th full marathon coming up on 11/13 where she’ll attempt to BQ for the first time. The time goal for her age group is under 3:35.
Alyssa Lombardi is a Certified Running Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and a Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She has been involved in sports all her life and has been at every level from beginner to college stand out and conference champion and this is how she did it. She started out playing soccer as a young child and loved it but found herself loving the running part of it the most. When she got to high school, she did both soccer and track but had a clear love for running. Even though she had a love for running, she wasn’t always the best. She started out running 2-3 miles at a time around 12 minutes per mile during practice, but she always raced pretty fast. She got down to running 5:15 for the mile and under 19 for a 5k.
She then decided to quit soccer and just focus on running so that is what she did. She got to college and she focused only on running. She started out her freshmen year one of the slowest ones on the team, barely being able to keep up with the team on practice runs.
Social media started as her own journal. For the first 2 years, she didn’t tell anyone she had a fitness profile. She felt a little embarrassed by it. But, as time went on, she saw she was connecting with more people so she thought of using her growing platform to help people just like she wanted to from the beginning.
From then, she started posting more educational posts. She has found that many people have learned a lot from her posts so her small social media page that she was keeping a secret has turned into a page where she helps runners succeed and hit goals they never thought they would.
Runner's knee has been a problem for many athletes and runners. In this article, we will talk about what a runner's knee is, how to identify if you have it, what the symptoms are, and how to get relief from your pain.
Hot/cold compression wraps can help relieve some of the pain that comes with the runner's knee by applying cold therapy or heat therapy when needed to stabilize your temperature and reduce inflammation in the area.
Remember that a good recovery run should leave you feeling refreshed and ready for more hard work on the track. Contrary to common belief, it shouldn't leave you exhausted, sore, or in pain. The goal is to recover from previous workouts without doing any damage to yourself! So how can we go about achieving this goal with our running?
Recovery runs are a fantastic sometimes underutilized tool in any runner's training arsenal. It's all too easy to feel that each training run has to be done at a high intensity for the needle to move when you're focusing on performance, especially during events like marathons. Recovery runs, when done correctly, can be very strategic they may assist you to recover from hard exercises while also increasing your overall running mileage and generally improving your running game.
Before your next run or race, get a head start with our dynamic warmup moves that can be done anywhere. These exercises are quick and will help you to go stronger for longer at any distance!
When it comes down to it, there is nothing more important than being able to train consistently. And if you aren’t warming up properly before each session, then all of your training could be in vain. Make sure that doesn't happen by following these simple steps below!
Have you ever been injured and been unable to run?
Maybe it was a sprained ankle, or maybe your knee started to ache after every run. Either way, it’s frustrating when you can’t do the one thing that makes you feel good. You want to get back out there and start moving again! But how do you know what to expect as your body recovers? And is there anything else you can do to speed up the process?
These some great tips for returning to running after an injury so keep reading! It will help give your body time to heal properly while still allowing yourself the chance of getting back into shape. The key is knowing what exercises are best suited for recovery and which ones are best avoided until your muscles are fully healed. By following these 5 simple steps, we guarantee that in no time at all, you’ll be able to return out on the road with no pain or discomfort whatsoever!
Do you have difficulty coping with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues?
Running is an excellent way to improve your mood and mental health. It can also help you learn new things and remember them better. You don’t need any special equipment or a gym membership to run either! All you need is some good running shoes and the willpower to get out there.
If you want to make yourself happier, healthier, smarter, and more capable of learning new things then this book is for you! We’ll walk through everything from how running works in your brain down to what kind of shoes are best for running so that we can ensure success on our journey together. So let’s get started!
Running is a great way to lose weight. Running gives you the opportunity to build muscle mass and burn fat, which will lead to a slimmer physique. Running also increases your heart rate so it's an excellent cardio workout as well! Running can be intimidating for beginners but with these running tips for beginners, it won't seem so scary!
It is an excellent way to burn calories and get in shape. It’s also one of the cheapest ways to exercise, so it won’t break the bank either! You can run on your own or with friends. If you want to start running but don’t know where to begin, this guide will help walk you through everything from how long it takes before you see results.
Erica Leota is into long-distance running. But instead of road running, she runs on the trails, and in the mountains. She loves to be surrounded by nature and feel the dirt crunch underneath her feet alongside her own private sympathy of birds singing. Running from 5km to 100km is her joy!
She first started running by running light post to light post in her local street and eventually, the way she ran made her feel so good. From there, she started running longer and longer. She's a mid-pack runner. She managed a few podiums in races in 50, 75, and 100kms where the playing field is thin but her determination to keep going gets her to the finish line.
She's addicted to running but she had a few health issues this year and with the current world status, she is contented in taking a step back and enjoying taking it easy. According to her, she’ll keep running but she won’t be racing. Instead, she's volunteering at events and giving back to the running community. For her, volunteering is just as rewarding as running and it comes without all the aching legs and prep involved.
Do you want to know how to recover from an ankle injury?
Ankle injuries are common in sports and physical activity. They happen when the foot twists inward, causing the ankle to roll over and bend awkwardly. Ankle sprains refer to an injury of one or more ligaments that hold your ankle joint together. This can lead to instability, swelling, bruising and pain for up to two weeks after the injury occurs.
Knees are the most fragile of joints. They twist easily, and any sudden movement during physical activity can lead to a knee sprain in which ligaments get stretched or torn due to an uneven distribution of weight on your leg muscles when you suddenly reach for something that is just out of arm's length. You might be doing some light stretching before getting up from bed one morning only to find yourself limping away with pain shooting through your knees because they went beyond their natural range-of-motion while still being slightly bent at the joint due to gravity pulling them down towards earth as if it were sucking us into its underworld depths like an unrelenting vortex.
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