Stress Fx Defined

My Epic Stress Fracture Guest Post on RuntotheFinish.com

In late December, I got an email from Amanda over at RuntotheFinish.com.

If you haven’t visited her website before, you need to because it’s really awesome! She’s been blogging for several years now, and her website is a regular whenever sites start compiling lists of the best running blogs on the internet.

Anyway, in the email Amanda asked me if I’d be willing to write a guest post for RuntotheFinish.com on one of the more serious running injuries out there: stress fractures.

Stress Fx Defined

I obviously said I’d be more than happy to write the post, and once the holiday chaos subsided I got in the zone and started typing.

And typing.

And editing.

And typing some more.

The result? What I like to think of as a pretty damn epic piece of content where I’m talking about stress fractures and the process of coming back to running after such an injury.

And if you haven’t had a stress fracture before, there are some tips in there for you as well about continuing to run and staying stress fracture free.

Earlier this week, the post went out on her blog.

So click on over to RuntotheFinish.com and check out my guest post about running after dealing with a stress fracture!

What is the Worst Running Related Injury You’ve Ever Had?

We Fear Change

Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Change to Your Running Routine

As I was going through the most recent (and sadly, the final) issue of Running Times magazine, an article jumped out at me that I had to share.

The article talks about 6 things you can do to make a change to your training/lifestyle that can help you improve your running this year and beyond.

We Fear Change

We Fear Change.

Honestly, there isn’t anything to be afraid of with any of these changes. But any time I get a chance to pay homage to one of my favorite 2-3 movies ever, I’m going to take it.

And in this case, it can be a good thing to make a change.

If you want to check out the full article, here is the link.

If you want the Cliff’s notes, enjoy.

6 Ways to Make a Change & Improve Your Running in 2016

  • Emphasize Endurance: Want to get faster at just about any distance? Run more! Seriously, there are plenty of physiological benefits of endurance training that will help you get faster. No matter what distance you’re training for, increasing your training volume (intelligently, of course) will help you get faster.
  • Make Recovery a Priority: So wait, rest is important? Yeah, it sure is. Getting enough sleep, taking days off, and keeping your easy days easy all play a role in helping your recover (and improve).
  • Become a Complete Athlete: Running is good and all, but we function better as humans (in all facets of life, including running) if we are well rounded. Running can still be the priority, but don’t forget to do some other physical activity once in a while.
  • Switch to High-Octane Fuel: Eating healthy food gives your body the vitamins, minerals, and fuel that it needs to function optimally. You don’t need to eat perfect all of the time, Lord knows I don’t, but making more good choices is only going to help you.
  • Embrace Positivity: Turns out, the Little Engine That Could was on to something. Thinking positive thoughts can definitely help you get through the hard times in a run or a race.
  • Be Persistent and Consistent: Let’s be honest, reaching your peak as a distance runner takes time. If you can be consistent in your training over months and years, you’ll see the improvement much more rapidly than if you only train sporadically. Seems obvious, but it’s a good thing to remember.

Like I said, none of these things are rocket science.

You may already be doing a few of them, and if you’ve been following along here on the blog for awhile you know I’ve been talking about most of these ideas for awhile.

That said, most of us (myself included) can still improve in one or more of these areas.

So if you’re looking to take your running to the next level, in 2016 or beyond, these are some good places to focus on to start!

What are You Doing to Make a Change to Your Running Routine to Help You Improve?

Who Says It's Impossible?

Everything is Impossible Until it No Longer Is

“Some of the World’s Greatest Feats were Accomplished by People Not Smart Enough to Know They Were Impossible.”

~Doug Larson

What a profound statement, eh?

Think about all of the things that were “impossible” until they weren’t.

  • 4 Minute Mile
  • Sub-10 sec 100 meter dash
  • A woman running a marathon without losing her uterus along the way…

The list of things that were thought to be impossible until proven otherwise can go on for awhile, especially if we expand beyond the realm of running.

Why Put Limits on Yourself?

Who Says It's Impossible?

Who Says Something is Impossible?

What is impossible in your life right now?

One of the life lessons I’ve learned as a runner is that we are very often our own biggest obstacle. We have this nasty habit of convincing ourselves that something is impossible before we’ve even given it a shot.

Think about it, have you ever said “Oh I couldn’t do that”?

Maybe someone asked you to run a 5k with them, and you didn’t think that was possible.

Or the first time you thought about running a marathon?

Or my personal bug-a-boo, thinking about racing longer than 26.2 miles?

“Oh I couldn’t do that.”

Bull shit.

We (and believe me, this is directed squarely at me as much or more than it is at anyone reading this post) need to stop worrying about what we don’t think we can do and put ourselves out there to see what really is possible.

Because if we allow ourselves to believe that we can’t do something, we have a 100% chance of being right. But if we give ourselves a fighting chance, we might surprise ourselves…

Impossible is a Reality

Now, I’m not saying that you can do anything you set your mind to, if you’ll just work hard enough.

The second time that I had Dane Rauschenberg on the podcast, he caught me off guard when he said that some things actually are impossible.

Not what I expected from a motivational speaker.

But as he elaborated on that statement, it made more and more sense.

Some things just aren’t possible. Allow me to be the example here.

It would be safe to say that I’ll ever run a sub-4 minute mile. For me, that is impossible. But can I get faster at a mile? Sure!

If I dedicate a significant amount of time and effort training to improve my time in the mile, I will definitely get faster.

Eventually, I’ll reach my peak where due to my genetics and physiology I won’t be able to get faster. I don’t know what that top speed would be, but it’s safe to say it’s much faster than I probably think I could possibly get.

By going after things that seem “impossible”, even if we never reach that goal, we will often go far beyond what we think we capable of and find out what our limits actually are.

And more often than not, that which we truly are capable of is mind blowing.

Stop Holding Yourself Back

It’s time to blow your mind.

What are you currently preventing yourself from achieving? What have you convinced yourself is impossible, that you’ve never really even tried?

Maybe it’s running a 5k without stopping.

Maybe it’s running an ultra marathon.

Honestly, it doesn’t matter what “it” is. The fact is, we could all do a lot more than we’ve done before if we would dare to attempt that which seems impossible.

Do it.

What is Something That Seems Impossible to You Now That You’ve Never Really Tried? What is Holding You Back from Attempting the Impossible?

Why Runners Talk About Running

You know you’ve seen the meme…

Talking About Running

There are a dozen variations that all basically say the same thing: that we as runners talk about running too damn much.

And you know what I have to say about that?

Deal with it!

Passion Wins Again

You know why we talk about running so much? Read more

How I'll Celebrate Achieving My Goals for 2016

The Master Plan for 2016! aka My Goals for the Year

Can you believe it? 2016 is a week old and I haven’t written a New Year’s resolutions post yet outlining my goals for the year!

Yeah, about that…

It’s time for some goals!

My Goals (Running and Otherwise) for 2016

My Goals (Running and Otherwise) for 2016

My 2016 Goals (Running and Otherwise)

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