In this issue:
- Trail Running
- Running Socks – Are Your Feet Happy?
- This Month’s Book Recommendation
Has a month gone by already? Well I actually think that it was more than a month, but thanks for hanging in there. I hope that all of you have been able to enjoy some great spring running. It’s definitely the best time of the year for running; weather is great and not too hot yet.
For anybody that has just joined our online running community in the past month, I wanted to include the philosophy of my monthly newsletters. My wish is to inspire and inform the running community on a variety of topics including motivation, running gear, running shoes, race reviews, sports nutrition, health and training tips and anything else that could and would be of interest to my subscribers. I hope that you will enjoy reading the newsletter and you will take away useful information from it.
It has to have been six weeks now since I purchased my new running shoes – the Saucony 3D Hurricane Grid 7‘s, online through Zappos. What a great pair of runners. I haven’t had a bit of trouble with them and they are keeping my feet so comfortable during my runs – both long and short runs. I love how much room they have, without feeling sloppy. But I think my favorite feature is the breathable upper mesh that lets the air circulate through my toes. I think that I will be sticking with this brand for a while.
I just love trail running. Where I live, we are fortunate enough to have trails everywhere, by the water, through the urban forests or just greenbelts in behind the sub-divisions. Once when we were training for a marathon, our training program called for a 3 hour run. We were able to run throughout our little town and only end up doing about 20 minutes on the road. I sure noticed what a difference that it makes in my recovery time, with the majority of my run on dirt and bark mulch. I just finished reading some interesting information on trail running in an article provided by Road Runner Sports and I wanted to share some of its pointers because anybody that is training for a special running event should take note of these statistics.
- Trail running provides 25 – 30% more training effectiveness than training on the road
- 85% of those that incorporated trail running in their marathon training routine came within 15 minutes of their estimated goal finish time as opposed to only 50% of those that only trained on road runs. Did you know that the Kenyans train up to 30 miles on the trail.
- Trail running improves a runner’s ability to concentrate for long periods of time. A trail runner gains the ability to sense rocks and roots through feel and not through sight.
- And probably most importantly, when using the right gear, runners can reduce their risk of overuse injury due to running on softer surfaces.
So if you’ve never ventured down the path least followed, give it a try, you will be rewarded in more ways than one. There will also be no car exhaust fumes to swallow and the scenery is the best!
By the way, in case you’re wondering what exactly are the differences between trail runners and road runners. They are:
- Gusseted Tongue – keeps loose trail debris from getting into your runner.
- Waterproof Upper – needs no explanation
- Toe Guard – Protect toes from sharp objects (kind of like a bumper)
- Outsole – Extra durable and typically have a deep-lugged tread for enhanced traction
- Stone shield – located between the sole of the shoe and the body to protect your feet from jagged rocks and roots
Running Socks – Are Your Feet Happy?
Running socks play a huge role in contributing to a comfortable run. They ensure that your feet stay dry and keep painful blisters at bay. Read more at this blog post on the best running socks.
Book Recommendation: No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running
I would like to include a book recommendation in each newsletter as everyone needs a good book when they’re not running. I know that my library of running books have kept me inspired through many years of running. They have brought me through training programs, proper nutrition and just generally kept me connected and motivated as a runner. The other thing that I have noticed about all my running resources is that though running gear may have changed and there have been different schools of the thought on proper nutrition for runners, I still find that much of the information is still very useful. In many ways, resources have remained timeless and I still enjoy picking up a running book, having a look through and usually I walk away with some great information.
Last month I recommended Running Kids: Happy Feet, Healthy Food – a wealthy resource for all of you "parent" runners. I hope you had a chance to have a look at it. Also, don’t forget that, although I will usually recommend Amazon to purchase a book because you usually can’t do better in price and ordering from Amazon is quick and easy, the best price is your local library. Most books should be available from your local library or can be ordered in from another library. The only downside is that you won’t be building your own resource centre.
This month’s book recommendation is: No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running – This book is great because it is inspirational and helps would-be and could-be runners take that all important first step. Written by John Brinham for those thousands of dedicated runners who have learned that the greatest joy in their sport comes not from how fast they go or how thin they become, but from simply having the courage to take the first step. Bingham shares the wisdom that took him from couch potato to columnist for Runners World magazine. With information both practical (how to find the right running shoes for you, when to enter a race, what to eat before a run) and inspirational (focus on where you are instead of where you want to be, accepting the body you have, the beauty of being realistic about goals), Bingham extends a trusted hand and expert advice to beginners and veterans alike.
Until next time.