Diz Runs With… Charlie Engle


On today’s run, I’m joining ultra marathoner Charlie Engle for a few easy miles.

Charlie Engle

Charlie Engle

Charlie’s story is an almost unbelievable combination of highs and lows in both running and life. I could have talked with him for another couple of hours, but in our short time together we still managed to cover some areas of his life in pretty good detail.

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2014 Christmas Gifts for Runners-Training Aids

Christmas 2014



As the holidays approach, the search for the perfect gift for each person on your list will only intensify. If you are shopping for a runner this year, over the next few weeks I’ll continue to give you dozens of gift ideas for runners in a number of different running categories. To revisit the categories I’ve already talked about, click here.

Best Gifts for Runners

Today, I will be looking at some of the training aids that many runners can use to help them get faster/run farther/stay healthy/become better overall runners.

If you’d like to download a list of all of the items listed on this post (with clickable links to make shopping easy) and talked about in the podcast episode, simply click here.

Training Aids for Runners

  • Coaching–One of the quickest ways for a runner to improve his or her performance is to work with a running coach. Hiring a coach may seem like something that is for elite runners only, but there are a lot of reasons why new runners can benefit from working with a coach, as well as those that have been running for awhile. A good coaching program will help all runners improve, while minimizing risk of injury or burnout, faster than many runners will be able to improve on their own.
  • TRX System–For whatever reason, there is still a large portion of the running community that thinks that strength training isn’t important. I can’t stress the importance of strength training enough, and the TRX System is the perfect piece of equipment for runners to work their entire body from the comfort of their own homes. There is literally nothing you can’t work with the TRX, and I believe that all runners will improve if they start working the muscles in their entire body.
  • Resistance Bands–Another great option for runners to get a whole body workout is to use resistance bands. Buy a pack with a few different levels of resistance to work different muscle groups and to progress as they build strength.
  • Exercise Ball–An exercise ball is a great tool for working the entire core, and it can also be used to work the upper and lower body as well. Core stability is vital for runners, especially those running longer distances, and doing work on an exercise ball is much more difficult than doing many of the same exercises on the floor.
  • Namaste Yoga DVD–Most runners have poor flexibility. A great way to improve as a runner, and to feel better overall, is to do yoga on a regular basis. Most yoga videos have a stigma about being long and boring, but the Namaste Yoga series is my absolute favorite because each yoga routine is only 22 minutes and there is constant movement throughout each session. I’ve tried a handful of other yoga DVDs, and this is hands down the best I’ve ever used.
  • Gift Card to Local Running Store–I love supporting small businesses, and the local running store is perhaps my favorite place to support. And believe me, every runner on your list has something at the running store they’d love to buy but haven’t, so a gift card makes a great gift!
  • Membership for Gym/Pool/Yoga Studio–Another way to support local business and help your runner improve is to give a gift certificate/membership to one of these options. All offer great cross training opportunities for runners, and also a chance to improve their all around fitness.

Click here for a downloadable list of my favorite training aids, with clickable Amazon links, to make your holiday shopping as easy as possible!

Diz Runs With… Ian Sharman


On today’s run, I’m joining Ian Sharman for a few easy miles. Now, if you don’t know who Ian is, you’re obviously not a member of the ultra marathon community.

Ian Sharman

Ian Sharman

Since he started running, which was only about 10 years ago, he has completed 200 marathon or longer races! He has also set a new record for the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, become the director of the US Sky Running Series, and coaches some of the top ultra marathoners in the world. To say this guy is a pillar in the ultra running community is obviously an understatement. Read more

2014 Christmas Gifts for Runners–Electronics

Christmas 2014



As the holidays approach, the search for the perfect gift for each person on your list will only intensify. If you are shopping for a runner this year, over the next few weeks I’ll continue to give you dozens of gift ideas for runners in a number of different running categories. To revisit the categories I’ve already talked about, click here.

POSTAGE-3

Today, I will be looking at some of the electronics that many runners appreciate having/using during their runs.

If you’d like to download a list of all of the items listed on this post (with clickable links to make shopping easy) and talked about in the podcast episode, simply click here.

Electronics for the Runner on Your List

  •  Garmin–A good Garmin, or any other quality GPS Watch, is something that many runners use on a regular basis. I use my Garmin to keep track of my distance, my speed, average pace, overall time, and heart rate. While that may seem like a lot of information to be keeping track of, it is just the tip of the ice berg in terms of what different data fields can be monitored. Anything that you want to measure can probably be measured with a  quality Garmin.
  •  Heart Rate Monitor–If you only want to keep an eye on your heart rate, you can get just a heart rate monitor at a fraction of the price of a Garmin. Sometimes, we think our workouts are harder (or easier) than they really are, and a heart rate monitor is a great way to keep you honest about the effort you are putting in.
  •  iPod Shuffle–I love my shuffle because it’s small, cheap, and doesn’t bounce around at all while I’m running. There are other options, both Apple and non-Apple, but I can’t recommend a shuffle enough.
  •  Yurbuds–Best headphones for running (or any type of exercise) by far. Why? They don’t fall out of your ears. It’s really that simple.
  •  Arm Bands–A popular way to carry a phone or other music device is with an arm band. With an adjustable velcro strap, you can guarantee that your phone/mp3 player stays in place and that you can see the screen to switch songs or access other information without taking the phone out of the pouch each time.

Runners love their electronics, so if you give one of these items as a gift, there is a pretty good chance it will be VERY well received!

Click here for a downloadable list of my favorites, with clickable Amazon links, to make your holiday shopping as easy as possible!

Diz Runs With… Spirit of the Marathon?


On today’s show, I deviate from the normal type of show where I’m chatting with another runner, and instead talk about the documentary Spirit of the Marathon.

If you’re a runner and you’ve never seen this film, you seriously need to get a hold of a copy (or find it on hulu) and watch it right away. It’s that good!

Spirit of the Marathon, Film, Documentary, Movie

Spirit of the Marathon

The film follows 6 runners as they prepare for, and race in, the 2005 Chicago Marathon. For anyone that has ever run a marathon before, you know that the training and race are seldom smooth sailing, and sure enough, the runners in this film deal with their fair share of trials and tribulations along the course of 26.2 miles. Read more