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Alleviate hip and knee pain with these IT band stretches from Runners World Magazine.

Alleviate hip and knee pain with these IT band stretches from Runners World Magazine. Hip and knee pain can develop while running.  If you are beginning to train for a race that is taking place this spring or summer, these stretches from Runners World may help. Our gluteal muscles and our calves are important because they feed off each other.  If the calves are tight, the gluteal muscles will often go weak since the tight calves restrict ankle and foot movement.  Motion in the foot is vitally important to walking and running. If the gluteal muscles are tight, your pelvis Read More »

Is a good running form needed to win a race, or is it just one factor in how you have adapted to running?

Is a good running form needed to win a race, or is it just one factor in how you have adapted to running? Is there a good running form?   Many coaches may suggest how to run but does science prove that a certain running form is good for everyone?  Recently, Runners World Magazine explored this idea. Many marathon winners such as Paula Radcliffe have peculiar running forms, yet, they win marathons.  Sure, Priscah Jeptoo who is a silver medal winner at the Olympics marathon in 2012 had horrible knee form, yet she is a winner as well. While I Read More »

The dreaded DNF; when should a runner call it quits during a race?

The dreaded DNF; when should a runner call it quits during a race? If you are an avid runner, and had been training for a race for a while, you want to make a good time during the race but more importantly, you want to finish. Sometimes, we need to call if quits even though all of that training and hours have been logged in prior to race day. When you are all warmed up and in the middle of the race, the focus is on completion.   If you are having unusual pain, or a health problem that can be more serious, Read More »

The posture problem that can cause many running injuries according to Runners World.

  The posture problem that can cause many running injuries according to Runners World. If you are training for the big marathon, an injury is the last thing you need as you prepare for the big race.  Posture plays an important role in how we run, and maintaining that posture over 26.2 miles can be challenging for most of us. The Washington Post talked about running posture and muscular endurance during a marathon a couple of years ago and offered some great exercises you can do now. There is another running posture problem that plagues runners known as the dropped Read More »

Learning about the soleus muscle in the calf the hard way and some injury prevention tips from Runners World

Learning about the soleus muscle in the calf the hard way and some injury prevention tips from Runners World. This past winter I was playing tennis and having a great game until I chased a ball on to the side line of the court and felt a double pull deep into my calf.   This type of scenario may sound familiar to those of you who have had a similar injury.  I realized later I had pulled the soleus muscle in my calf.  I could still walk, although with some pain with the wrong type of step. This was my education about Read More »