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  • Variety in Running to Lower Overuse Injury

    Many new athletes make the error of lacking variation in their training.

    This can come in the form of wearing the same pair of shoes for every single workout, running on the same terrain all of the time, or training at the same pace for almost every run.

    We'll start with shoes, which us here at SKORA are ever so fond of.

    A recent study determined that athletes who use different shoes for different runs have a 39% lower injury rate than those who used the same shoe for all of their training. ...

  • Purposes of the Long Run

    Long training sessions are a defining characteristic of endurance training. All athletes know they need to be done, but many often do not consider why. Below is a list of many of the important benefits for performing such a workout.

    Increase glycogen storage
    Glycogen is the storage form of a carbohydrate, an important fuel source for athletes during endurance sport. When muscle glycogen is depleted during long runs, the body will slowly adapt and increase it's ability to store higher levels ...

  • Winter Running - How & Why


    There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.
    - British adventurer Ranulph Fiennes

    Before Winter

    Being an endurance athlete in the winter is expensive. You have two options. Either spend the money on a gym membership or purchase cold weather gear. Many may prefer to slowly accumulate winter gear during non winter months. This way less is spent at once and can be picked up through sales. Other than the apparel, there are many other ways you can make winter running more ...

  • Get Ahead of Overuse Injuries

    "Similarly, persistently running in the same manner reduces the variability of our individual stride "signature." Gradually, structures become overspecialized. When excess monotony, fatigue, soreness or injury reduce our ability to vary aspects of our stride, our capacity to disperse mechanical stress diminishes. Loading stress becomes focused on an ever decreasing set of hot spots on -- bones, tendons and muscles -- and the risk of overuse injuries escalates. Conversely, when our variability ...

  • What does DOMS really mean?

     

    Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

    But it's not quite that simple, there is more to it than that.

    Every sensation your body provides your brain is its way of speaking to you. Telling you something.

    Some runners feel soreness should often be a workout goal. Yet athletes are quick to look for methods to reduce the duration of this soreness so they can get back to training.

    Let us take a quick look into what causes this post workout soreness.

    There are three main explanations.
    1) Microtrauma in ...

  • Running with the Kenyans

    Below are two articles from Neil Scholes at Kinetic-Revolution.com, where he discusses observations from his time spent with the Kenyan Olympic Team.

    Kinetic Revolution is a wealth of information, and definitely worth spending some time at to increase your knowledge base.

    While the Kenyan athletes he worked with have abilities far beyond most of ours, we can still learn from them and apply their work ethics and habits to our own, in a hope to better ourselves.

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    Over the last two weeks it ...

  • Take Your Time

    Patience and time do more than strength or passion. -Jean de La Fontaine

    In today's fast paced world, it's often difficult to think long term.

    However one of the best indicators of how successful a person is, no matter the endeavor they choose, is how long they've been at it.

    During my own training and coaching, I practice and advise a much slower and cautious build than many would normally do on their own. This is mainly to avoid injury and maintain as consistent of a running pattern for as ...

  • What your mile PB means for your marathon

    Many would assume that the top speed you can run a mile at has little impact on how fast you can run a marathon or even an ultra marathon.

    However your top end speed does indeed affect how comfortable you are at longer distances.

    The 100m and 200m events are considered maximal efforts. That is about as long as a person can sustain their highest power output and speed. Anything longer is considered sub-maximal.

    In a 1500m event you may average 60% of your maximal stride power of a 100m race.

    In ...

  • Confidence

    "I know what I can do, so I never doubt myself"
    Usain Bolt

    Whoever you are, good running comes down to being confident.

    You take two equally fit runners, but the one with the confidence of Usain Bolt will always prevail.

    But what is the best way to actually determine what you need to do? What methods can be used to gain confidence?

    Enter the benchmark workout.

    These are basically training sessions that cover close to or all of the goal distance at the goal pace, with some recovery between ...

  • Benefits of Running Without Music

    You sign up for the big race.

    Training is going so well, you're ready for a PR.

    The week of the race arrives, and you're looking over the race website.

    That's when you see it.

    The no headphone policy.

    Commence freak-out!

    You can't remember the last time you ran without music. You've even postponed workouts to let your iPhone charge. How are you going to cover 13.1 miles without Miley Cyrus?!?!

    There are many benefits to running sans music and it would likely be in the best interest of most ...

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