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Archive for April, 2012

April 27th, 2012

Running Form Tips: Cadence and Stride

Cadence and Stride

Use these quick tips to make immediate improvements to your running form!

  1. You’re probably over striding. Especially if you’ve never thought about or practiced your running form before. Shorten your stride. Just do it.
  2. Shoot for 180 strides per minute. Yes, that many. I’ve heard the optimal number is 182, but I’ve never gotten a good explanation of why exactly 182 is “perfect”. Anything around 180 is fine. Click to continue reading…
April 24th, 2012

Common Running Injuries: Plantar Fasciitis

Today we will cover plantar fasciitis – what it is, how it develops, how to treat it, and how to prevent them from happening. Plantar fasciitis is an injury that can take over a year to totally heal, so it’s important to make sure it’s prevented. After reading this, you’ll know what you need to do to make sure you avoid it. Click to continue reading…

April 20th, 2012

5 Quick Tips to Prevent Running Injuries

Here are 5 quick tips that will help you prevent running injuries.

  1. Warm up before your run. Try a slow jog.
  2. Cool down after your run. Again, slowly jog.
  3. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. This will speed up your body’s natural healing process and reduce the amount of time you need to recover from training. Thus, you are helping to reduce the chance of overuse injuries.
  4. Drink enough water. 8 glasses a day isn’t enough when you’re running.
  5. Wear shoes that fit your feet well. But, also make sure they fit your goals.

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April 17th, 2012

Breaking It Down: Forefoot Striking vs. Rearfoot Striking (Part II)

Forefoot Striking 2In the last post, we covered Force A (when your heel strikes the ground) and Force B (when the ball of your foot strikes the ground).

We covered that  Force A is present in only a rearfoot strike, while Force B is present in both forefoot and rearfoot strikes.

But there is even more to this. Eliminating Force A by using a forefoot strike is more significant that just removing one of two forces. Because Force A is happening in such a small amount of time (hence my referring to it as instantaneous), your body can’t spread the force out as it can like Force B.

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April 13th, 2012

Breaking It Down: Forefoot Striking vs. Rearfoot Striking (Part I)

Forefoot StrikingI’ve always advocated forefoot striking as opposed to rearfoot striking. The benefits have a growing scientific body of evidence to lean on. Whether you’re looking to prevent injuries, improve your performance, or increase your efficiency, forefoot striking can help you achieve your goals.

However, I’ve never explained exactly what makes forefoot striking better. For those of you who haven’t just accepted my statements at face value, this post is for you.

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