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Friday, June 12, 2009

A New Way to Work Those Laces

Blisters left on your feet after a walk/run most often occur when heat is generated by your skin rubbing against your shoe. Here is a quick and easy fix I use to keep my heel from sliding in my shoe. I've also noticed an overall better fit with all my running shoes when I've changed how I lace them up. I get better ankle support which in turn leads to less injury.

Here's how you can put that extra hole on the top of your running shoes to good use. Thread your shoelace back through the top hole on the same side of the shoe. Do not pull it tight.

Then do the same thing on the other side. Now you should have a loop on either side of your shoe. Thread each shoe lace through the opposite loop.

Then pull tight. For added support you can start this lower down on your shoe or lace them up like this the whole way. Happy running!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Currently My Fav Ab Excercise

As a runner I focus a lot on keeping my core strong. This helps me keep my form proper while pounding out the miles, especially when I'm feeling tired or near the end of my run.

This is my favorite core exercise that I do after each run.

The Plank

Rise up onto your forearms while focusing on keeping your abdominals tight. Hold position for as long as you can without breaking form. Then rest and repeat.

This is the routine I follow:
Do 50 crunches then hold the plank pose for 50 seconds. Then do 40 crunches followed by the plank for 40 seconds. Continue down to 10 seconds.


While in the plank position, raise your left leg then right then left...

Side plank

Turn to the side so you are raised onto one arm.
Again focus on tightening the abdominals. Hold as long as you can until
you break form, then repeat.


Lower onto one forearm and raise leg for 15-20 reps. Repeat on other side.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Healthy Meals Made Easy

I've found the BEST resource for healthy recipes and wanted to share it with ya'll. I'm a big fan of Runner's World Magazine and an even bigger fan of their website. They've got so many resources to help you in your nutritional and fitness goals.

Their Recipe Finder is amazing!

There are THOUSANDS of recipe's and the best part is most of them are pretty simple. At the bottom of each recipe are the nutritional facts. Also, if you register to join the RW community then this tool will keep track of your favorite recipes and create a shopping list for you. The next one I'm going to try is the White Chicken Chili. YUM!