Our Best Running Posts of 2015
Every runner faces similar challenges, while running is an experiment of one every time. We all struggle with finding enough time to run, balancing our goals with other life commitments, and 72% of the time, motivation is 50% dependent on the weather – true statistic I am 99% sure are true.
Yes running is also the only activity where the “common folk” like myself can be involved with the elite level of the same sport. Where Olympians run with run/walkers. It is unlikely that you will rub elbows with Joe Mauer at your next bar league softball game.
Minneapolis Running is all about motivating Minnesotans to become stronger runners while living happier lives. Becoming a stronger runner is something everyone can do. From elites to beginners, or those just happy to be out there – running gives us an opportunity to push ourselves faster or farther than we thought possible. It’s about a lifestyle of taking care of our physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. Living a happier life is simply doing what you love to do with people you care about for causes that make an impact in the world. It’s about living with purpose and surrounding yourself with those who support that.
Here are some of our most popular content from 2015.
Why the 20 mile marathon long run may not be for everyone
Wow, the internet exploded the day this came out (at least the tiny little corner of it that I live in). In this post, I argued that the popular 20 mile marathon long run might not be a good idea for those planning to run slower than a 4:30(ish) marathon. The best part of this was not the amazing comments (read them), but that Hal Higdon said he “highly disagreed with this author.” Which is amazing!
Give it a read and decide for yourself – 3 reasons to stop doing a 20 mile long run
What We Should Know about Eating Disorders
Dani shared this post with us at the beginning of the year and wow, it was powerful. So many amazing comments. It really seemed to touch a nerve. All she did was share her story – A D1 collegiate runner who was sucked into a dangerous pattern of disordered eating to get “faster.” She shares her journey and it’s very powerful, even if you haven’t experienced this.
Baby We Were Born to Run!
During one period this month, I received several emails asking for advice about running while pregnant. This was a bit out of my depth, so I recruited a mom I know who ran through all four of her pregnancies to share some helpful tips about running for two. While you should always consult your doctor before engaging in any sort of physical activity when you are with child, this is a great place to start.
Oh and dads, if your wife happens to be pregnant, you’ll probably find this interesting as well.
How to Make Time While on the Treadmill
I do not enjoy running on the treadmill, but if I need to, the only way to make it tolerable is to be watching some for of entertainment. I was highly curious when Alisha Perkins first shared this idea for a post. While we do not share a similar taste in TV viewing, we do share the necessity to watch something highly entertaining while running in place.
The Mental Side of Racing
We’ve all been there. We train and train only to fall miserably short of our goals on race day. Sometimes, we cramp up, and blame dehydration or some other external cause as the culprit. That might be a poor excuse. New research has shown that cramping is something creating in our minds, and if we are able to train those brains to push further and faster, we could see some significant breakthroughs in our training.
Don’t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet
For April Fool’s day, I wrote this little piece about the health benefits of consuming only read food. The “research” suggested that red food boasts the oxygen carrying red blood cells in our blood, and enables us to run faster before fatiguing. It was compete fiction, and meant to be a joke. That didn’t stop a few commenters from arguing the merits of the “study” before realizing it was a joke.
What will we think of next? – How The Red Food Diet Will Help You Become A Faster Runner
Here is a Great Marathon Training Plan
In 2015, Antonio Vega and I put together this marathon training program that was downloaded nearly 2,000 times. If you’ve never had a structure plan, this one will give you quite a bit of instruction (but unfortunately not as much as something more customized). If you’ve run a marathon or two, and looking to get faster, this is for you!