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Archive for June, 2012

June 29th, 2012

The Best (and Worst) Ways to Track Your Runs

As a follow-up to the last article, which focused on why you should track your runs, I wanted to explain some of the best ways to do it. There are many ways, and some are better than others. However, what works for you depends on how you are training and what your goals are. Tracking is one of those things that you know will help you, but the laziness in all of us sometimes makes it a struggle to actually do. Rather than continually give reasons why you should do it, I’m going to focus on how to do it easily.

Therefore, I’m again going to break the article down by your goal and describe the best way to track runs for you. Here they are:

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June 26th, 2012

Track Your Runs (Or Die!)

Track Your Runs Or DieTracking your runs is important, but many runners do not bother to do this. I’d like to make an appeal to you, that no matter what your purpose for running is, tracking your runs will help you achieve your goals and objectives. It not hard, but it does require preparation. To properly do this, you need to either map out your runs beforehand in a car, get a device such as a watch that records your distance as you go, hire a coach, or go to a place where tracking is not necessary (a track or treadmill). This takes work, and many people don’t have time to do it. But, by tracking yourself, you can ensure you’re training properly, and that’s something that you need to do regardless of your purpose.

Below are some common examples of how tracking your runs can help you based on your purpose for running. Scroll down and find yours.

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June 22nd, 2012

How To Automatically Check and Correct Your Form Mid-Run With No Effort

Runner during a raceIf you’re the person who gets tired near the end of the race and starts to fall back, this could be the most valuable information I’ll ever give you. And, if you’re the person who starts out training strong, but eventually succumbs to injury, this can help immensely with your ability to train to the level you desire.

Recently, we’ve paid a lot of attention to running systems. We’ve explained what they are and how they can help your training. One of the best uses for running systems is to perform a self-correction of your form periodically throughout your run. Doing this helps when you’re deep into a run, getting tired and starting to slip. Once you’ve made good form a habit, you can you quickly run through these steps at any time, correcting your form, preserving energy, and preventing injury.

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June 19th, 2012

Tracking Your Runs – Nike Plus SportBand Review

One of the keys to being a successful runner is following a training plan. And, unless you’ve hired a coach, to follow that training plan you’re going to need to track your runs. There is a lot of equipment out there to help you track your runs. One of these is the Nike Plus system. It is a cost-effective alternative to a true GPS watch. It uses a chip that you place in your Nike shoe, which links to the SportBand. Instead of measuring your location from a satellite, the chip measures the length of time and force your foot strikes the ground with to determine how fast and far you’re moving.

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June 15th, 2012

How Training Slower Helps You Race Faster

Most runners train too fast.

Now, that’s not to say you shouldn’t train fast. But you shouldn’t train fast. Except when you should. Thoroughly confused? Good. Because I want you to throw out the idea that you need to train hard all the time. In fact, you need to take it easy on the vast majority of your runs. Intense training (above your lactate threshold, sometimes misleadingly referred to as your anaerobic threshold) is definitely necessary. However, too many people train at a middling level that doesn’t help increase either threshold. Instead, they develop a level of fatigue as their training progresses, ultimately preventing them from achieving the results they want.

Running more slowly than normal can be quite difficult. While it’s seemingly an easy to thing to do, many runners eventually speed up to their regular pace, either by accident or out of frustration.

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