On Being a Nice Person

I generally try to be a nice person, so when I find myself in a situation where most people act like douchebags, I get extra credit just for being nice.

Running Meme Friday: Admit It

Admit it, you farted. That’s okay, you’re already running away from the stench.

From the funny folks at Runner’s World.

#runningmeme Friday - Admit It

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Running Meme Friday: I Don’t Know Who You Are…

Be careful of Liam Neeson, y’all. He has a certain set of skills/

I don't know who you are...

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Running Meme Friday: Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris #runningmeme

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Running Meme Friday: Batman & Robin

#runningmeme batman & robin

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Running Meme Friday: Muscular Guys

Yay for skinny-fat runners! This week’s running meme comes from Bust A Gut Running, who posts a new running meme every Monday. Now you can start and end your week with some well-deserved running humor!

muscular guys

 

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Running Meme Friday: Room for Dessert

Just a reminder of why you really run.

More Room for Dessert

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Running Meme Friday: Ridiculously Good Looking Guy

I can’t believe he hasn’t shown up on a running meme Friday yet. Here’s Ridiculously Good Looking Guy for your viewing pleasure:

Ridiculously Good Looking Guy

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5 Tips for Avoiding Injury During Marathon Training

graphic by OpenClips (via Pixabay)

graphic by OpenClips (via Pixabay)

Today’s guest post comes from the folks at Integrative Spine & Sports, a medical and physical therapy group in New York City.

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is running marathons and half marathons. Facebook newsfeeds are getting filled with Map My Run stats, marathon photos, and PRs.

Marathon training is a true test of endurance, motivation, and physical strength. As anyone who has trained knows that it is a test that challenges the body both mentally and physically.

Now that more people are running, it’s more important than ever to be aware of how to best take care of yourself to avoid injury during the running season. Below are the top five tips expert runners and trainers suggest.

  1. Hydration – drink water before, after, and during the race and all training sessions. Water is important for muscle healing and overall well-being. It will help minimize soreness after the race as well.
  2. Stretching – So many people don’t stretch nearly enough! Factoring in a stretching only day in your training schedule will help to reduce injury and muscle strains.
  3. Carbo-load appropriately – While it important that you’re appropriately nourished and have enough carbs in your system before the big day, it is equally as important that you’re not filling your system with fats that will slow you down. Stick to whole-wheat pastas and bread and make sure not to over do it to the point that you’ll feel sluggish on race day.
  4. Pace yourself – Yes, everyone has a goal finishing time. But this is a long run! Starting slow will help you to save your energy for later in the race when you really need it.
  5. Warm up – Jog in place, go for a quick brisk walk, and do a nice stretch before you start your run. Starting when your muscles are stretched and warmed up will help you avoid injury during – and pain after – your race.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner, consulting a doctor or medical center before beginning your training could make a huge difference in your physical well-being and your experience on race day.

Medical offices like New York-based Integrative Spine & Sports offers physical therapy, help for those with acute injuries, and education for patients to use in order to live a pain and injury-free, yet physically active life.

Happy running!

Note: While I think these tips are super helpful, I have never actually used the services at Integrative Spine & Sports, so cannot speak to the quality of their services.

Running Meme Friday: Go For a Run

Mixing it up a little bit. Here’s a poem, brought to you by Mara-Mon.

go for a run

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