As endurance athletes, we’re trained to push beyond our limits. When it feels like we’re falling apart, we push our bodies even harder believing that our will can overcome any weaknesses. This attitude often leads to overtraining or burnout, which experts say at least 61% of runners experience in their careers. When you’re burnt out, your performance deteriorates because you pushed your body beyond its capacity to recover. Experts say it’s not so much a problem of running too much, but more of not getting enough sleep, nutrition, and recovery. (more…)
What does one do after completing the six World Marathon Majors? One runs more marathons!
In 9 days, this Bull will be running Buffalo Marathon in New York. Truth be told, I’m as excited as I was when I was about to run Boston Marathon. Sure, this marathon is relatively smaller and less popular than the majors, but—in a weird way—that’s exactly what attracted me to this race. (more…)
7 days to Boston Marathon and I’m a bundle of nerves. While this is a dream come true for me and I’m crazy excited, I know it’s normal for my legs to feel a bit wobbly whenever the big B word comes up. Everyone gets nervous! So, whether you’re training for your first 5k or a half-marathon, I thought I’d write about my top 5 tips for managing pre-race jitters: (more…)
Belated Happy Easter! How did you celebrate easter? I started easter morning, as I’ve done every year, with a long run with friends. I covered 21k, my 2nd to the last long run before Boston Marathon, and I must admit that I’m soooo looking forward to tapering next week. I usually love long runs preparing for a marathon, but the heat and humidity the past week has just been excruciating! If you’re dreading the summer heat like me, here are 10 cool tips for running outdoors… (more…)
It’s been over 2 months since I started circuit training with my Personal Trainer at Fitness First. The workouts are exactly one hour, but they are lung-busting, sweat-inducing, and downright exhausting. (Just the way I like my workouts!) If you ask me, I think every runner should include circuit training into their routine.
What is circuit training? It’s a form of resistance training where you quickly move from one exercise to the next using high-intensity aerobics. It builds strength and muscular endurance at the same time. (more…)