Recovery

Tweet Running captured my heart in 1998 – and it still holds it firmly in its grasp more than 16 years later. As my running career matured, my thoughts on how to run faster, prevent overuse injuries, and truly enjoy running have changed as well. When I first joined my high school’s cross country team, I […]

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Tweet In 2004, my wife Meaghan was having a terrible cross country season. No matter what she tried, her running performances kept getting worse. Workout splits got slower. She felt exhausted, stressed, and couldn’t sleep. The muscle aches she thought were from training kept her up at night. After talking with her coach, seeing the […]

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Tweet As a coach, I’m most nervous during the two weeks after a marathon. Aerobic fitness remains high but the body is still reeling from the aftermath of racing 26.2 miles. The injury risk is significantly higher post-marathon, when the heart and lungs are in great shape but your “structural fitness” is weak. If you’re coming off […]

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Tweet “I call them business meetings,” pro marathoner Ryan Hall once said about his daily nap. Ryan is the fastest American marathoner and half marathoner of all-time and is so adamant about his regular nap that he insists it’s part of his job: “Everyone else seems to call their afternoon shuteye ‘naps.’ I call them […]

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Tweet Do you love a good massage? You should: the benefits of massage for runners may help you attain your next personal best. Study the training of professional runners and you’ll notice that they have an entire team helping them succeed. Their coach is just the leader – most elites also see sports psychologists, strength coaches, nutritionists, a variety of doctors, […]

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Tweet The latest evolution of the running shoe industry is what many are calling maximalism. I’m undecided if I actually like the term “maximalist” but I’ll use it because most runners understand the type of shoe the term implies. These shoes are typically highly cushioned. But other than that one similarity, it’s hard to lump all […]

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Tweet In 2012, I nearly convinced a friend to run a 6 day, 120 mile trail race in the Rocky Mountains that reaches an altitude of over 12,500 feet. That race is the Transrockies Run, a mostly singletrack ultra that includes nearly 20,000 feet of elevation gain. Needless to say, it’s a daunting endeavor. And […]

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Tweet Of the dozens of questions I get every week, the most common is How do I return to running after an injury? Because injuries are (unfortunately) so abundant – and as runners we love to run – I’m not surprised I get this so frequently. But it’s also exceptionally complex. I always have even more […]

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Tweet For the last five years, I haven’t had a serious running injury. Until recently – when I injured my Achilles tendon by making a slew of poor training decisions… This was a real injury. Not just the very beginning of an injury that a day off and an aggressive treatment approach will fix. Or a sore or […]

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Tweet There’s something I haven’t told you: treating my IT band syndrome didn’t just revolve around the ITB Rehab Routine. Effective IT band syndrome treatment is much more involved than doing a 10 minute strength routine a few times a week. Sure, this routine was instrumental in getting me healthy. And it’s helped literally thousands of other […]

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