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You Should Never Run on the Treadmill

Quick Tip-Why You Should Never Run on the Treadmill Again!

In last week’s quick tip post/episode, I talked about why you should get outside and go running in the summer heat instead of staying inside and running on the treadmill.

Today I’m going to go one step farther, and explain why you should never run on the treadmill again.

You Should Never Run on the Treadmill

You Should Never Run on the Treadmill. Seriously.

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The Best Foods to Eat Before a Marathon, or Other Race Distance (with Video)

Running a marathon or other distance event involves lots of training in order to prepare yourself physically for what it takes to finish the race.

One question that I get asked quite often is what the best foods to eat before a marathon are.

In this video, I’ll be explaining why there is no “best food” and what you need to do to make sure you have the right breakfast on the morning of your next race.

What is Your Typical Race Day Breakfast?

run when you're on vacation

Do You Run When You’re on Vacation?

To me, going for a run when you’re on vacation is one of the best parts of going on a vacation!

Last year when I went to podcast movement, I made sure to go for a run with no idea where I was going. I just went, got a little lost, and eventually found my way back for the conference.

And it was awesome.

I’m looking forward to some more travels in the not too distant future, and you can bet I’ll be packing my running shoes.

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My Suitcase Before a Typical Vacation

I might even bring the tripods for an idea I’ve been kicking around for my YouTube channel, but I’ll keep those thoughts to myself for now.

Anyway, I saw an article written by Jen Miller where she shares some tips and tricks that she has learned while running on a variety of vacations over the years and I thought I’d share it with you.

This article originally appeared on the philly.com blog.

Now that we’ve crossed the Memorial Day line into summer, vacations are coming around the bend. That means sleeping in, going someplace else, and trying to stay away from your email.

For a lot of us, that also means running.

Or does it?

When I go on vacation, I try to run where I’m at, and take in new sights/terrains/trails while I’m at it. I don’t really run for distance or time – I become a running tourist to see the best that the area has to offer.

But not every vacation run is the same. Here are some tips for different kinds of vacation-popular running environments:

1. Down the shore

Two big differences about shore running from home running is that there’s almost no shade, and the road can be very crowded, especially in popular routes with slow moving bikes. As for the shade, run early or late, or wear a hat or visor (I don’t like sunglasses because they fog up, and my visor keeps the sun off my face).

As for the crowds, avoid the boardwalks during peak bike time (most towns allow bikes on in the mornings only), and on main driving streets, like Dune Drive in Avalon and Stone Harbor, and the Ocean Drive in Sea Isle. Usually, bay-front streets will be less crowded because you won’t be competing with the crowd itching to get to the water. Bonus, though, if you can jump into the ocean when you’re done to cool off.

2. In the mountains

Mountain running can be glorious, but running at elevation can zap your breath out of your lungs before you even get started. Either plan a shorter than at-home run, or know you’ll be taking some walk breaks to catch your breath. Also, carrying water when you may not otherwise will help deal with elevation changes too. I don’t use trail shoes when running on trails here, but I bought a pair after my first run in North Carolina because the paths were harder to navigate. If you find your shoes lacking, locate the local running store. If they’re near hills and mountains, they’ll have plenty of trail shoes in stock.

3. In the heat

Headed to Florida for your family trip this year to see a certain mouse? Expect our region’s usual summer heat and humidity – but worse. The same rule about sun coverage at the Jersey Shore applies, and you may want to tack on sports sun block if you don’t already use it since the sun is stronger down South. Running before the sun comes up or after it goes down, and carrying water, will also make things a little less uncomfortable. I can’t stand hydration belts, so I go with a Nathan bottle that wraps around my hand (plus I carry cash in case I need to stop for a refill).

4. In a foreign country.

When I’ve run in Rome and Vancouver (yes Canada is a foreign country), I ran with a paper map in hand. Both times, my hotel had them for free at their concierge desks. With a paper map, I didn’t drain the out of state data packages I’d bought before I left the U.S., and I could see what main, big tourist attractions I could run to from my hotel. For both cities, I took a long walk before starting a run. It helped me learn the local running etiquette, like in Vancouver where parks have separate paved lanes for people on wheels and people on foot. In Rome, I knew that streets were narrow and motorcycles tended to zip around traffic, which kept me on sidewalks.

Now my question for you is: do you consider time off from work time off from running? Or time to explore something new? Or a little bit of both?

I’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts to the Questions at the End of the Post. Are You a Vacation Runner?

Choosing the Right Running Coach for You and Your Goals (with Video)

For many runners, especially us “regular runners”, the thought of working with a running coach may seem like a luxury.

While it’s true that hiring a coach is not a requirement, there are many benefits for working with a running coach no matter how much experience you (do or don’t) have, and regardless of how fast you run.

But how do you go about choosing the right running coach for you?

Too often, the decision is made based on price and/or name recognition. I would argue that those factors should be considered, but they shouldn’t be the primary reason that one coach is hired over another.

When it comes to choosing the right running coach for you, the most important thing to consider is how you and the potential coach get along. Because the better you get along, the better your chances are of success.

No matter how famous the coach may be.

Have You Ever Thought About/Have Experience Working With a Running Coach? What are the Most Important Things About a Coach You’d Consider Hiring?

ECHO Half Marathon

2015 ECHO Half Marathon: The Good, The Bad, & The Heartbreak

There are two mottos that I tend to live by in life:

  1. Peer pressure is no fun until you give in.
  2. If it’s free, it’s for me!

So when the world allows itself to become aligned such that I’m being peer pressured into something that’s free, it’s nearly impossible for me to resist.

Especially if it involves racing.

When the opportunity arose to run the 2015 ECHO Half Marathon for free, I simply could not resist the temptation.

So I signed up for a half marathon in Central Florida in June.

ECHO Half Marathon

Just Past the 13 Mile Mark at the ECHO Half Marathon

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