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Archive for December, 2012


December 25th, 2012

U.S. Army-Baylor – Minimalist Runners Report Fewer Injuries

Running at NightAnother study has been published suggesting that minimalist runners experience fewer running injuries. Just a few short years ago, there was no scientific evidence that running barefoot or minimalist could help you prevent injuries. If anything, the thought seemed ludicrous. Yet here we sit, with a new study that notes that runners in traditional shoes are getting injured nearly 3.5x more than those wearing minimalist shoes.

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December 18th, 2012

How To Create Your Own Mantra

Runner on a track staying focusedWe’ve previously talked a lot about mantras. We’ve learned what they are and identified what elements make them successful. But we haven’t talked about how to make your own.

Creating a mantra is straightforward and easy. However, creating a great mantra requires a lot of thought and some time to refine it. Let’s create one that is customized to an individual’s needs.

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December 11th, 2012

Intrinsic Motivation in Runners

Drive is a best-selling book by Dan Pink, a an American journalist and author. While the book was very good and I do recommend it to those interested in the concept of motivation, this article is not a review of the book. What Drive does do is touch on running. It’s very brief, but it got me thinking about how runners stay motivated. At Sleek Running we’re already written about ditching motivation and using habits to consistently run, and about the concept of “flow” – getting in the zone. But flow requires intrinsic motivation and those runners who are trying to create habits are compensating for a lack of motivation, or trying to find some from deep within.

Does this mean that creating a habit to get your run in is a bad thing? Absolutely not. If that’s what you need to do, it’s an option that you should be aware of. But this book really got me thinking – how do some people stay motivated, if they’re just running for pure enjoyment, for years and years? If there are no external goals like hitting a certain time in a race or losing X number of pounds, what force exists to motivate?

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December 4th, 2012

Our Best Tweets – November 2012

We’ve worked hard to build a Twitter account (@sleekrunning) that shares not only articles from our own site, but articles from other websites and tweets from around the internet. Our mission is to help keep you healthy so you can enjoy running while achieving your goals. Wherever we find the best information, we’ll share it with you – no matter who it’s from. This month we’re focusing on misleading articles.

Here are our best tweets from November.

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