Running and marathon

How to Win Dates During a Marathon

If you’re Steve Bergstrom, age 30, the answer is this: take off your shirt, write a personal ad across your back, and then run in a marathon. And, in the Chicago Marathon on October 17, that’s exactly what he did.

After removing his shirt, he got his cousin to help him by first writing “Single” across his back. Then, he made sure to include his first and last name and mention that he could be found on Facebook. From there, all that was left was to run the 26.2 miles for everyone to see.…

Try Trail Running to Beat Anxiety

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science recently released an article that shows a clear connection between spending time on trails and relieving anxiety. Researchers at Stanford University did a study to determine whether or not time in nature could help break people out of the vicious cycle of negative thinking which leads to a greater risk of depression as well as other mental illnesses.

There were two groups in the study. One group went for a 90-minute fast-paced walk in nature while the other group spent the same amount of time at the same speed but in an …

6 Things I Learned from Running

The challenges, gifts and accomplishments we find in running parallel our everyday lives. Here are some lessons we can all learn about life from running.

1. Control what you can, and let the rest go. During training time, you have to put in all that you can and prepare yourself well for the upcoming test, but when it comes time to taper, it’s also time to just let things go and trust that you’ve done all that you can do, and that when you face the test, you will prevail because of the hard work you put in.

2. Be …

3 Quick Tricks to Take Your Running to the Next Level

Preparing yourself mentally is just as important as the physical training you do with your body. These 3 quick tricks will help you overcome your mental obstacles which will in turn help you overcome any physical obstacle that you may encounter, and they come from Traci Statler, who is one of the motivators of the USA Track & Field team.

1. Visualization

When you play out scenarios in your mind ahead of time, you will be more prepared to deal with them when they actually arrive. Before you even begin a run, take a moment to close your eyes and …

10 Steps to Making Running a Habit

Making running a habit is easier than you think, so long as you follow these simple steps and set your mind to it.

1. Start Small

Whether you choose the walk-run method or begin by just doing one lap around the block, starting with small, easy-to-accomplish goals will help you stay motivated and stick with your routine during the first couple of weeks as the habit is forming.

2. Have a Plan

Over-planning is better than under-planning, so make sure you are prepared for everything, including the days and times that you will be running to the type of running …

How to Re-Motivate Yourself to Run

If your relationship with running is on the rocks because you haven’t had the time or motivation to run lately, there’s still hope for you. Although getting re-motivated to start running regularly again can be difficult, if you really want to do it, you will find a way. Here are some tips to help you get yourself motivated again so you can get out and run again.

Start Small

If you’ve been spending the last few months chilling on the couch, keep in mind that you will not be able to simply pick up where you left off. Instead, start …

Cheered to Third Place

During the Austin Marathon, Hyvon Ngetich of Kenya spent most of it in the lead. However, when she hit her wall, she hit it hard. Despite the fact that the race organizers were bringing her a wheelchair to be transported off of the course, she kept going, refusing the help.

When onlookers realized what was happening, they began cheering for her. She crawled slowly and painfully to the finish line to place third with the overwhelming support of the crowds behind her. She finished with a time of 3:04:02, amazing for someone who spent part of the race on her …

Homeless Man Completed the Twin Cities Marathon

Ricardo Flores’ running career started about two years ago when a homeless shelter in St. Paul, Minnesota by the name of the Listening House offered an incentive program for being a part of their running club known as Next Steps.

By attending the club twice a week and participating 24 times, they would cover his cell phone bill for the next month, which gave Flores the chance to talk to his family who still live in Mexico. Unexpectedly, he found a passion for running and is now a regular member of the club. He participates in at least one race …

The Best Way to Train for a Marathon is to Run a Marathon

As marathons are becoming things that runners do several times per year instead of once to cross it off their bucket list, medical experts have had to take a second look at the previous thought process that running marathons too close together can be dangerous.

Recent research is revealing that runners who are physically fit and experienced runners, do regular strength training, and who have the right body types could actually see their performance improved by regularly running full marathons more frequently throughout the year.…

Can Intense Exercise Also Be Fun?

One of the biggest problems faced by many people who are looking to lose weight through exercise is that most intense exercises are not fun, which makes them more difficult to complete often enough to actually be successful in weight loss, leading to disappointment.

However, Denmark researches have recently explored this issue and have been developing a different approach to exercise that will help even the most unmotivated person push themselves. It is known as interval training, and allows people to have more fun during their exercise time which encourages them to spend more time doing it.

Interval training means …