Shoe Review: The Altra Instinct 3.5 (with Video)

I have a long relationship the Altra Instinct running shoes.

My first pair of Altra’s were the Original Instincts, the 1.0s, and I LOVED those shoes!

Altra Instinct 1.0

I Was a “Little” Excited to Get My 2nd Pair of 1.0s

I kept buying them until my size was no longer available, and I still have a pair that only has a few hundred miles of wear that I put on for a short run from time to time.

When I could no longer get my hands on a pair of the originals, I made the move to a newer (at the time) model of my beloved shoe, the Instinct 2.0. And let’s just say that I wasn’t fond of the updates that had been made to the original model.

So now, after a couple of years away from my beloved Instincts and lots of good reports from my fellow Altra Ambassadors, I decided to give the newest iteration a shot.

The Good, the Bad, & the TBD of the Altra Instinct 3.5

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How to Speed Up Recovery Post Race or Hard Run (with Video)

We aren’t exactly known for our patience, are we?

As runners, we seem to want to do everything faster.

  • We know our race times down to the second and what pace we need to run to nail that next PR
  • We want to speed up our progress by doing every workout as hard as we possibly can
  • If we get injured, we want to heal up and get back to running ASAP
  • After injury, we waste no time diving back into our training instead of easing into it

So it comes as no surprise that one of the most common questions I get from my fellow runners has to do with how one might speed up recovery after a race or hard training run.

Slow Down for a Minute

Slowing Down Helps Speed Up Recovery

Slowing Down Helps Speed Up Recovery

I get it.

I’m not the world’s biggest fan of taking time off and allowing my body to do the healing necessary after a race.

That idle time can really be a tough pill to swallow. Remember, the healing process takes some time physiologically, and allowing your body to do what it does is the only way for a full recovery to take place.

There is no magic cure all for post race soreness.

Sorry, there’s just not.

That said, there are certain things that we can do to help speed up the recovery process. Read more

How Do You Make Running Fun Again?

For even the most dedicated of runners, it is possible that over time running can become a bit stale.

Maybe running becomes a chore that “needs” to be done.

Maybe it’s something that you’re expected to do by others.

There are dozens of reasons running can become stale, but if/when it does, what can be done to make running fun again?

Follow Their Example

Kids Definitely Make Running Fun

Kids Definitely Make Running Fun

Pretty safe to say that they are having fun.

I was  having coffee recently with Nicole Welch from Rap with Nic.com, we started talking about our kids and the joy that kids have for running.

When kids are running, they don’t care about what other people are thinking. They don’t care about what they look like. They don’t care about anything.

They simply are fully present in the moment and are having a blast.

The joy is evident on their faces, and captured quite well in the above photo.

You simply can’t convince me that these kids aren’t having fun.

How We Can Make Running Fun Again

Just as their are many reasons that running can lose its luster, there are many ways that we can make it more fun again.

  • Recruit Some Friends to Join Your Team: A team event, like a Ragnar or other relay type event, can make running fun because it’s no longer a solo thing. If you grew up playing team sports, you know how great the camaraderie of the team environment can be, and that is one thing easily lost as a running adult. Even if you normally run with friends, your races are still solo endeavors. Doing a relay event as a member of a team is almost guaranteed to add an element of fun to your running.
  • Get a Change of Scenery: One thing that I struggle with is running in the same place day after day. Running the same streets and routes over and over gets old, and sometimes you just need to experience the grass on the other side of the fence to find out if it truly is greener. Whether you go on a legit race-cation, or simply take a road trip to a neighboring town, just running in different locations once in awhile can make your running a lot more fun.
  • Go All Out in a Themed Race: If you’re going to participate in a themed race, you might as well go all out! Running in costume isn’t really my thing, but if it’s yours go for it! Don’t worry about your time, just make sure you look the part and have fun!
  • Run All Out: I don’t know what it is, but there is something about running as fast as you can that’s just fun! While a handful of all out sprints may not be part of the standard training plan for a lot of longer races, there’s nothing wrong with just getting after it once in awhile. You might be completely beat after just a few minutes, but odds are you’ll also have a smile on your face.

These are just a few of the ways you can change up your running in order to inject a little more variety (and fun) into your running routine.

But there are many others.

What do you do to make running fun when you find yourself in a running rut? 

Leave a comment below, and let me know!

 

Stop Sacrificing Runs Because You’re “Busy” (with Video)

We are all busy.

Life is blowing by us at a million miles and hour, and sometimes we just wind up with so much on our plate that something has to give.

As much as it saddens me to admit this, there are (too many) times that running is the thing to go to make room for other “stuff”.

Stop Sacrificing Runs Because You Have a Busy Life

Life isn’t going to slow down for many of us any time soon.

Are You Sacrificing Runs Due to the Speed of Life?

Are You Sacrificing Runs Due to the Speed of Life?

So in order to continue to find time for the things we most need in our lives, and running is definitely on that list for me, we may have to be willing to be creative and/or make some sacrifices. Read more

The Best Strength Training Equipment for Runners (with Video)

If you’ve been following along with any of my content for the past few years, you know that I’m a big believer in the benefits of strength training for runners.

More and more, it seems that runners are starting to come around to the idea of regular strength training, which is a good thing.

Yet many runners are still struggling with understanding what an effective strength training routine consists of, which is why I’ve done several videos in the past year demonstrating simple and effective routines designed specifically for runners.

One of the common threads in most of those videos from the past is that each of the exercises involves virtually no exercise equipment.

And that’s by design.

You do not need to to join a gym or buy any fancy strength training equipment for runners in order to get a challenging, effective, and beneficial workout.

That said…

Body Weight Training Can Get a Bit Boring

You can combine the dozens of the equipment free strength training exercises that I’ve talked about before in an infinite amount of ways in order to keep your workouts from getting boring.

Shoot, I mix up the routine for almost every workout, just because I hate doing the same exercises ad nauseam.

Yet even with all of the possibilities that exist, you can get even more variety if you add just one or two pieces of equipment to the mix.

The 4 Best Pieces of Strength Training Equipment for Runners

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