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Difference Between Running on Asphalt or Concrete

Quick Tip: Which is Better, Running on Asphalt or Concrete?

Every so often, I’ll hear someone talking about the difference in the amount of pounding that our bodies take when we are running on asphalt or concrete.

There are some that claim that running on asphalt is much easier on our bodies than running on concrete.

And there are some that would argue that there is absolutely no difference.

Today I want to talk about whether or not there is a difference when it comes to running on asphalt or concrete.

Difference Between Running on Asphalt or Concrete

Difference Between Running on Asphalt or Concrete

Reasons Cited That Asphalt is Easier on Our Bodies Than Concrete

  • Concrete is More Dense than Asphalt: If it’s more dense, it’s going to produce more force/stress with every step. Makes sense right, since trails are even less dense and they are clearly easier on our bodies to run on.
  • Just Run on Both, You’ll See the Difference: Nothing like some serious empirical evidence to try and back up your claim, eh?

The Common Rebuttals for These Reasons

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The Health Benefits of Running (Even Low Mileage) May Surprise You

You don’t have to be a genius to understand that there are definite health benefits of running.

I think even non-runners can agree with that statement.

But according to a recent study released by the Mayo Clinic, the amount of mileage required to see the lasting health benefits of running may be significantly less than expected.

Health Benefits of Running

The Health Benefits of Running are Many

From one runner to another, I assume you are aware of some of the many health benefits of running regularly.

There are the more obvious benefits like weight loss and improved health, and some of the less obvious like improved bone density and brain health/function.

But how much running is required to get all of these benefits?

Turns out, not much. Read more

A Runners Guide to Treating Tendonitis (with Video)

For runners, tendonitis can be one of those annoyances that never really goes away.

Too often treating tendonitis for runners feels like you’re playing with a yo-yo; the symptoms are gone and now the symptoms are back. And repeat. And repeat again.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. Treating tendonitis, and making sure it stays gone, is doable but it requires a little patience and proactivity on the part of the runner.

Admittedly, we runners tend to be low on patience when it comes to dealing with injuries, so perhaps that is where the problem lies.

In any event, in this video I’ll give you the “secrets” to treating tendonitis and preventing it from flaring back up, but it’s up to you to follow the advice.

Click here if you missed last week’s video about the causes and signs/symptoms of tendonitis.

Have You Ever Had to Deal with Tendonitis Before? What Kind and How Long Did You Battle It?

Starting a Running Club

5 Tips for Starting a Running Club in Your Community

There are many cities and towns across America with well established running clubs that provide a wealth of benefits to their members.

I’m very fortunate to be living in one such community that has an absolutely amazing running club and culture.

That said, there are also many cities and towns across the country that don’t have an organized running club for one reason or another.

If you find yourself living in an area without one, you should really think about starting a running club for your community.

Starting a Running Club

5 Ideas for Banding Together and Starting a Running Club

Starting a running club may seem like a big undertaking.

If you’re like most modern day humans, you’re already so busy with life and family and running that adding another thing to the mix seems out of the question.

I get it. But remember, starting a running club doesn’t have to be solely your responsibility.

It’s a club, remember?

If I was going to try and start a new running club, here are the first five steps I would take. And as you’ll see, none of these steps are really that difficult or time consuming.

  • Connect with Other Runners in Town: A club of 1 isn’t much of a club, so the first step to starting a running club needs to be connecting with the other runners in your area. Organize a weekend long run and invite every runner you know. Don’t know any runners in your area? Meetup.com is a great resource for getting people together and it’s free to use. Even if only 2 or 3 others show up, you can plant the seed with them and see what they think.
  • Talk With Members of Other Clubs: I feel like we’ve already established runners as good people who don’t mind helping each other out/offering advice when asked. So ask! Contact other running clubs both near and far and ask those in charge what advice they would have for starting a running club.
  • Get On the  Internet: If you haven’t done so already, at this point you NEED to get a presence on the internet. You don’t need to spend any money on a fancy website yet, but getting a site with some basic information and contact details is huge! If I’m new to an area and I’m looking to find a running club, the first thing I’m going to do is google “<city name> running club”. If you’re starting a running club, get online and allow people to find you! Down the road you can worry about a fancy site, an interactive FB group, and whatever else you want to have. But you need a simple page online, and there are plenty of high quality and free options available.
  • Find Your “Spot”: Every club needs a club house. Talk to locally owned restaurants and see if they wouldn’t mind hosting running club meetings. At first, meetings don’t have to be super fancy, but bringing the club together on a semi-regular basis helps to build momentum, foster community, and spark ideas for ways to continue to grow the running club.
  • Start Running Together: There are many things where the “if you build it, they will come” philosophy is off base. That said, if you’re serious about starting a running club I believe that putting it out there will attract others. The best way to put it out there is to get your group together and go for a group run. Then when you meet other runners, just let them know that y’all are putting the group together and every Saturday you meet at the local coffee house at 6 am for a group run. And then invite them to join you next week.

Starting a running club may seem like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. These five steps will help you get started, gain traction, and add some new members without a huge time or financial commitment.

And I promise, the relationships that you create/nurture during the process will far exceed the time and energy that you put into it.

A running club is an awesome thing to be a part of, and if there isn’t one in your area I can’t encourage you enough to consider starting one for your community today.

Running and Tendonitis: Why Do They Go Hand in Hand? (with Video)

If you talk to more than a handful of runners, there’s a pretty good chance at least one of them will have dealt with a case of tendonitis at one point in time.

Is there are reason that running and tendonitis are often linked?

In this video, I’ll be talking about the causes of tendonitis, why runners are especially susceptible, and some of the signs and symptoms you should look for if you think you might be dealing with a little case of tendonitis.

And in next week’s video, I’ll be breaking down how to get rid of your tendonitis and prevent it in the first place.