Diz Runs With… Bart Yasso


In today’s episode of Diz Runs With, I’m joining a one of the more iconic figures within the running community for a few easy miles, the Mayor of Running himself, Mr. Bart Yasso.

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As the Chief Running Officer for Runner’s World magazine, Bart has literally been around the world running events of all distances and has even finished a race on each of the 7 continents.

Over the course of our run, our conversation covered a variety of topics. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Trail running vs. road running.
  • The inspiration that mid-pack and back of the pack runners provide.
  • The increasing number of women runners.
  • The pros and cons of traveling to races almost every week.
  • How Lyme Disease altered Bart’s running career.
  • Running a 56 mile marathon.

If you’d like to connect with Bart, here are the best places to do so.

Website-BartYasso.com

Twitter-@bartyasso

Facebook-Bart Yasso

 

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Diz Runs With… Sarah Stanley

 


On today’s show, I am joined by endurance athlete and nutrition aficionado Sarah Stanley.

Sarah Stanley

If you don’t know who Sarah is, you really need to check her out. She has a passion for running and cycling, but she also has a passion for helping others. She has run races to raise awareness and funds for some great causes and is always willing to help out anyone who has questions about health, wellness, and nutrition.

Here are a few highlights of the conversation we had on our run:

  • A 36 mile training run without bringing adequate provisions.
  • A 100 mile run to raise awareness for the Blood:Water mission.
  • Busting popular runner myths, such as pre-race carb loading, mid-race sports drinks, and chocolate milk as a post-race recovery drink.
  • “Runners can be some of the most unhealthy people.”

Whether you would consider yourself a serious runner or not, there is no question that the food you eat is vitally important.

Sarah’s passion for health and nutrition is on full display over the course of our run, and it’s amazing how much information we packed into this brief conversation. If you’d like to learn more about the role that your food plays in your health, there are a variety of ways that you can connect with Sarah and pick up some of the bits of wisdom that she so freely shares.

Website-Sarah Stanley Inspired, and make sure you sign up for her newsletter. It’s well worth it.

Twitter-@sarahstanley

And if you’re on Twitter on Thursday evenings at 8 EST, make sure you check out #wellnesschat.

Do me a favor and send Sarah a quick tweet to let her know what your biggest takeaway has been from listening to her on the show.


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Diz Runs With… Mick Jurynec


On today’s episode of the Diz Runs With podcast, I am running with ultra-marathoner Mick Jurynec.

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Mick is a fantastic guy, and while our conversation seemed to revolve mostly around running really long distances, we did cover a few other areas as well.

Some of the highlights of our conversation include:

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  • The process of going from a non-runner to an ultra-runner.
  • Dressing for a winter run when it’s 90* outside.
  • The most important component of running really long distances while avoiding injury.
  • The give and take of training for a long distance race while being married to an ultra-runner and having a young child at the same time, all while still working full time.
  • The joys of running in nature and the rush of being chased by a moose!

And these are just a sampling of the turns our conversation took. You’ll want to hear the moose story for sure, it’s fantastic!

If you’d like to connect with Mick to learn more about his ultra-marathon adventures or to compare stories about ornery moose chasing you through the woods, here are some of the places you can find him.

Twitter-@mjurynec

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Website- Miracle in the Wasatch

 

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Diz Runs With… Mark Remy


 

In the first episode of Diz Runs With, I’m chatting and running with Mark Remy, editor at large with Runner’s World and the writer of the Remy’s World blog on runnersworld.com.

Photo by: Robert Reese

Photo by: Robert Reese

A few highlights from our run–

  • The electric atmosphere of the 2014 Boston Marathon
  • Mark’s favorite rules from his book, The Runner’s Rule Book.
  • The best and worst parts of working for Runner’s World.
  • There is a sequel to The Runner’s Rule Book in the works, stay tuned for more updates!

10441418_787953677905460_7335061232884571890_nWe also talked about how awesome Meb and Shalane ran at Boston this year. For Meb to win Boston this year, because of the events of 2013, was so amazing. And the fact that Shalane pushed the pace and PR’d by 3 minutes shows not only how tough she is, but also how she ran a perfect race.

Mark even mentioned a picture that he has on his Facebook page that would suggest that Ms. Flanagan is a fan of the Remy’s World Blog.

Connect with Mark on Facebook

Mark’s Website

 

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The Benefits of Strength Training for Runners

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Strength training is something that many recreational runners, and even a lot of semi-serious runners, tend to omit from their training regimens.

The prevailing feeling of many runners is that to get faster, one simply needs to run farther and run faster.

And the prevailing feeling is wrong.

The Many Benefits of Strength Training

In most sports, the notion that lifting weights and getting stronger will improve performance is widely accepted. Football players spend hours in the weight room, as do hockey players, basketball players, and even baseball players.

So why do runners think we wouldn’t see a benefit from regular resistance training?

Here are just a few of the many benefits of strength training that runners can see if they commit to regularly doing resistance training.

  • Stay Healthy–Believe it or not, endurance runners have one of the highest rates of injury of any athletes. This may sound crazy at first, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Running requires that you repeat the same motion over and over and over again, sometimes for hours without a chance to recover. Any motion that is that repetitive in nature can cause muscle imbalances and overuse injuries. But regularly performing strength training exercises, runners are able to limit muscle imbalances and strengthen the muscles that are used in running, which helps to prevent them from breaking down over time.
  • Finish Stronger–Nothing is more frustrating for a runner than fading fast down the stretch (believe me!). Regular strength training helps to improve muscle endurance, so hopefully the fading will be minimized. For those of us crazies that run marathons or longer, this is especially important. Those last few miles are where you need that additional strength to make it through the finish line the most.
  • Improved Running Form–This is an addendum to the previous points, but as you fatigue your form breaks down. By working on your strength and improving muscular endurance, you’ll be able to maintain good form for a longer period of time which will help you finish stronger and stay healthy. To be clear, strength training won’t improve poor running form but it will help keep your form from breaking down over the course of a longer race.
  • Increased Metabolism–Strength training, without getting too technical, is a great metabolism booster because the effects of the exercise are felt for up to 36 hours after the workout is completed. Whereas running burns a lot of calories during activity, unless you’re really killing yourself in your workouts, running won’t keep burning a lot of calories once you finish your run. Strength training works exactly the opposite–not many calories burned during exercise but a continued burn for hours after exercise is complete. (If you want more info on the reasons this happens, shoot me a message and I’ll go into specifics.)

For most of us, we run to improve our overall health and push ourselves to new limits in terms of speed or distance.

Both of these goals are best achieved by including regular strength training to your routine.

If you’re not sure what kind of exercises are best for runners, stick around. I’ll be giving out some great ideas in the next post.

Do You Regularly Do Any Strength Training? What Does Your Routine Look Like?

 

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