Posts in Running
Getting Back into Running

In any case, getting back into running or even starting for the very first time can be tough!  The mental barriers surrounding working out are real and when we start looking around at our neighbors thinking we don’t measure up, it makes things even tricker.  

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Strength Workouts for Your Legs

Of course there is and has been a plethora of research around cross training benefits, but I personally wasn’t willing to listen to any of it until the value of strength and mobility was thrown into my face in that one simple sentence. Now, the bulk of my belief on my daily runner accountability relies on this premise. Strengthen each leg. Strengthen them separately. Strengthen them often. Strengthen them and then feel your power as a runner increase.

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The One Needed Thing

During Lent, it is easy to forget that the the reason behind our sacrifices is to draw us closer to the Lord and His cross. I, for one, have been guilty of serving my own needs under the guise of serving Jesus, such as the many years when I have given up sugar for Lent in an attempt to lose weight. Rather than pulling my focus outwards towards God, this “sacrifice” turned my focus further in on myself.

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Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

There is an incredible balance of science and servanthood that makes up the role of an athletic trainer. After having a visit with an orthopedic surgeon as well as physical therapy appointments I realized that sports medicine was the route that I wanted to take for my career. I knew growing up that I loved math and science and wanted to have a job that combined that with my love of sports and helping people. I love that I get to apply my knowledge to situations in order to help my athletes resolve their problems and get started on the road to recovery from their injuries.

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Leaving the Competition on the Track, Treadmill, or Trail

“Be like a child...practice all the virtues and so always lift up your little foot to mount the ladder of holiness, but do not imagine that you will be able to ascend even the first step. No! The good Lord does not demand more of you than your good will. From the top of the stairs, he looks at you with love. Very soon, won over by your useless efforts, he will carry you up.” - Saint Therese of Lisieux

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4 Tips for Injury Prevention

Every runner is an athlete; so that means there is always a risk for some type injury. Did you realize that you actually do have time to decrease your risk of running injuries and increase your performance capabilities? Even the busiest runner can incorporate the following into his or her routine.

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Best Gear for Winter Running in the South

In the last few weeks, our country has experienced huge swings in temperatures and weather. In the South, I suppose it’s just a typical winter. I’m used to the days starting out in the 20s or 30s and reaching as high as 70 in the same day. I do a lot of questioning of Mother Nature and her objectives. Sometimes I think she wants us all to hibernate until the first Spring bloom.

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Need Motivation to Deal with the Pre-Race Day Jitters? Give these Podcast Episodes a Listen.

Below you will find a list of podcast episodes that I turn to when I start to feel the jitters set in – or even when I find myself in a bit of a training rut. These conversations with well-known figures in the running community, elite runners, and running coaches offer me sports motivation / excitement akin to watching Rudy deliver the Knute Rockne speech in the ND locker room.

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