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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!

 

Breaking Through a Training Plateau (with Video)

If you run long enough, you’re almost destined to endure a training plateau or two along the way.

If you’re not familiar with that terminology, basically a training plateau is when you’ve been training just like always but you no longer seem to be making any progress.

Needless to say, finding yourself on a plateau can be frustrating as hell.

So what can you do to break through a training plateau and get back to making progress toward your running goals?

That’s what I’m talking about in today’s video.

What Causes a Training Plateau?

In most cases, training plateaus are a result in continuing to do the same types of workouts over an extended period of time. And what happens is that you body adapts to the demands you are placing on it and what was once difficult/different is no longer taxing or exotic.

Basically, you stop challenging your body with harder workouts and your body stops making progress towards running faster/farther.

And since your progress levels off, it’s said that you’ve plateaued.

Get Off of the Plateau!

Need some suggestions for getting off of your training plateau and getting back to making progress towards your goals?

Press play, and I’ll show you the way!

Have You Been Stuck on a Training Plateau Before?

How Did You Get Off of It and Get Back to Making Progress on Your Running Goals?

A Strength Training Routine for Runners: Feb/Mar 2016

How have you been doing with your strength training?

Let’s be honest, it’s easy to get off track when it comes to consistent strength training as runners even though we know how important it can be in terms of avoiding injuries, improving performance, and maintaining overall body functions.

If you need a new routine to get you back in the strength training saddle, or if you just want to add a little spice to your current strength training routine, today’s video will do just that.

I’m switching things up a little bit this go round. Gone is the idea of doing 2-3 sets of the circuit of exercises.

Instead, we will be doing a certain number of reps of each exercise, resting as needed, before moving on to the next exercise on the list. Once you finish the last exercise, you’re set for the day.

Sounds easy enough, right?

Hehehehe….

Enter your info below, and I’ll send you the PDF guide outlining the Feb/Mar 2016 strength training routine ASAP.

Have You Done this Type of Workout Before? What are Your Thoughts?