Awesome bridge running NYC from the Manhattan Bridge to the Brooklyn Bridge this morning! Way to go Team Runstreet! It was a scenic run crossing over the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan, running by morning tai chi in Chinatown and then winding back to Brooklyn and running the Brooklyn Bridge. Everyone did a stellar job on our longer than normal run, and with the bridge inclines to boot! Killer workout and lots of laughs, beautiful sites and brunch afterwards.
If you’ve already done one, you probably understand the thrill of scaling 10-foot walls, crawling under barbed wire or pummeling over military barricades. If you haven’t, this fall racing season is the perfect time to sign up for a new thrill. And if you’re more of a ‘Walking Dead,’ zombie kinda fan, there are zombie runs all over the world spreading faster than the plague. Continue reading “The Bored Runner’s Guide to Exciting Fall 2013 Races” »
Pros: Comfortable, versatile and breathable running tank, reasonable price
Cons: No extra lining or built-in sports bra
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars
In a world of $50 and up running shirts, the Road Runner Sports Everyday Favorite Scoop Tank is a great buy and a versatile tank top that you can wear beyond the running world. I like how the shirt is sleek and solid colored, with no big logos, so you don’t feel like a walking billboard. The soft, breathable fabric has a relaxed fit, eliminating the chafing issues that can come with tighter tanks. Continue reading “Road Runner Sports Women’s Everyday Favorite Tank Review” »
Whether you’re injured or taking regularly scheduled rest time, missing your daily dose of adrenaline-fueled post-run happiness can be a bummer, especially if you’re sidelined for days, weeks or (gasp) even months with injury. But rest days are vital for recovery, injury prevention and healing. Think of them as your body’s refueling time.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your rest time without sweating it: Continue reading “Running Injury Woes: Making the Most of Rest Days” »
Running is amazing, as we know, but what if you could do something to get stronger, faster and fitter while having the time of your life? And all right in your neighborhood. Say goodbye to the dreadmill, the gym rat race, vacant stares, sweaty weight benches, awkward dodging of personal trainers and humdrum runs around the block. And step into a new world of possibilities. Where everyday objects like fences, benches and poles become new toys to test your strength and balance. Your only limits are your imagination.
Crush your fitness plateau with urban obstacle training (UOT). Whether you live in NYC, Chicago or California, you can incorporate urban obstacle training into your running workouts to add thrills, spontaneity and challenge to your workouts. UOT will prepare you for anything – from a zombie apocalypse to having to pull your own weight (literally) in an emergency situation.
Think about it: A lot of runners just run. And that is awesome and more than what most people do, but why not take it a step further and do something epic? Add that element of oomph to your runs. Go renegade and strike out on your own fitness journey to be the strongest, fastest, smartest, most adaptable athlete you can be. Kill that muffin top, get flat abs, tone those delts and be prepared for any wild cards life throws you.
With UOT you can create your own workouts using everyday objects in your neighborhood. Everything from benches to swingsets, fences, tennis courts, walls, poles, bars and playgrounds suddenly become beacons of possibility for your new training ground. You’ll find yourself sizing up subway poles, dashing toward bars and flying over benches. And having the time of your life.
I was talking to an elite level marathoner about running recently and he said all of his running friends had become obsessed with qualifying for the Boston Marathon, and times, numbers and places in their marathons. He said he got injured and had to re-think his strategy and decided to stop paying so much attention to the numbers and enjoy his races more, which meant doing less prestigious marathons at times and “just run,” he said.
I thought this was an interesting story because I have also at times obsessed over meeting weekly mileage goals, maintaining certain race paces or qualifying for specific events or heats. I finally stopped doing this in college, when I was in a high-mileage running phase and each day was made or broken by the number of miles I could mark on my calendar by nightfall. I realized I wasn’t happy running anymore: I was seeing it as a never-ending to-do list that started over each day. I’d skip out on social events and even be late to classes to get in my daily long runs. In short, my life was out of wack. Continue reading ““Just Run:” Putting the Joy Back in Running” »
Even if you go for long runs, workout 5 times a week, and do high-intensity training, getting rid of that extra muffin top, belly roll can be difficult. Here are tips to get flat abs by eating better:
1. Cut the extras. If you’re consuming a lot of calories with little to no nutrients, you’re setting your belly up for the fat life. Carbs or sugars in the form of processed foods or alcohol will just expand your waistline and leave your body still craving the nutrients it needs.
2. Go green. Green veggies are packed with nutrients. If you’re not big on salads, add kale, spinach or other greens to your sandwiches, pasta, burritos and other dishes for an extra dose of nutrients. Skip the iceberg lettuce, which is very low in nutrients.
3. Spice it up. Use spices and seasonings instead of creamy dressings or oils (or use olive oil instead of processed vegetable oil). Spices and peppers can add a whole new level of flavor to your foods and leave you feeling satisfied without the empty calories and bad fats in most cream and oil-based dressings. Lemon and lime juice also make excellent, natural seasonings for salads and cooking. Continue reading “Flat Abs 101: Get Rid of Your Gut With These Healthy Eating Tips” »