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Running for Healing

I was riding a runner’s high, excited and celebrating life, but then I hit that wall. At this point in my life, I was in the middle of training for my first Half Marathon with Santa Clarita. I felt my quad start to become irritated after my weekday runs, but I ignored it and went ...

Marathon Training- The Long Run

With about a month to go, you should already be in the middle of your long training runs, slowly increasing your mileage each week or two.  Whether your training for the full marathon or the half marathon the long run is a test of your endurance and of the equipment and fluid/food intake you’ll be ...

The 12 Standards of a Runner, are you “Ready to Run?”

After recently acquiring a position as coach of a new gym in Ventura, my fellow coaches pushed books full of physical knowledge into my hands.  As an avid reader, of course, I willingly accepted. One of my fellow coaches (a Boston Marathoner) was really surprised I had never heard of Kelly Starrett. After taking me ...

Kettle Bells and Ropes and Box Jumps…OH MY!

I’m a baby. Let’s just get this fact out of the way.  I’m a HORRIBLE sick/injured person.  I whine and moan and I hate when I can’t do what I want to do or what I used to do. When the doctor (finally) found a partial tear in my semimembranosus tendon (you know, that one in ...

An 18-Minute Mile Never Felt So Good

I’ve wanted to write a piece on embracing slow for a while. When it comes to running, I define slow. Do I care that I’m slow? No, I embrace slow. I am just blessed to be moving. That’s a gift for me. For those who don’t know, I was disabled for most of my life from ...

Mentally Preparing for the Half

I’m 2 weeks away from my next half marathon. I’m having those thoughts.. “Am I ready?,” ‘Will I do well?,” “Will I even finish?” I think we all go through the same emotional and mental roller coaster upon approaching a big race. After all, it’s not just a physical endeavor, it’s a mental game. It’s 5:15 ...

Running Clubs: Like a Second Family

Running alone can be a great way to clear your mind and reconnect with nature. However, you may find out that running clubs can have some major benefits both socially and with your overall race performance. My wife Lori and I first began running together in 2011, but it was not until 2013 that we both discovered ...

Benefits of Foam Rolling for Runners

Ambassador Michelle is a proponent of foam rolling.  She recognizes her foam roller as one of the many ‘must-haves’ for runners. Here’s what she has to say… “Using a foam roller as a runner is a great tool to use on a daily basis. It can provide similar benefits as getting a deep-tissue massage but without the ...

Prehab for Injury Free Running

After 25+ years of running and coaching I know of two types of runners; those that have been injured and those that will get injured. Research says that in a given year anywhere from 50-80% of runners will be injured.  Why is that number so high?  One reason is that “too much too soon” is ...

Goal Setting

Goals, most of us have them, or have had them. We target losing weight, saving more money, or learning a new skill. Running and exercise are often items that we use to try and achieve weight loss, but whether you are a brand new runner or walker, or a seasoned veteran marathoner, goal setting is ...

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