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029: Are You Stretching Correctly?

podcast running stretching Mar 29, 2018

 

Make sure you stretch so you don’t get hurt!  Sometimes there is sage wisdom that can stand the test of time.  Other times, it’s just a training method that has been passed down for years without anyone actually questioning the point.  As real life runners, we are often pressed for time when working out. We hate wasting time with any activity that does not have an actual benefit on performance.  

In this episode we discuss the myths of stretching, the three main components that actually lead to flexibility and mobility, and how to deal with tightness in the body.  We cover why most of what we do for stretching, while not a negative, does not serve the purpose we think it does. Most importantly, we cover what should be done as a replacement for the generic static stretching that many people have been doing for years.  

In this episode you will learn:

  • The difference between flexibility and mobility
  • What 3 main things limit the motion...
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028: The Highs and Lows of New Runners and What Experienced Runners Can Learn From Them

podcast running Mar 22, 2018

 

In this episode, we discuss the benefits and difficulties that come from being a new runner.  While new runners are able to quickly adapt to new stresses on the body, everything is a new stress and that greatly increases the chance of an injury.  

New runners tend to get caught in a couple of traps. Recognizing the pitfalls will hopefully help any new runners, or runners that seem to have plateaued, move forward in the best way possible.  

Focus on one of the biggest keys of all running.  If you want to be a better runner, you need to run.  In a world filled with the fear of missing out, any runner, but especially new runners, can get distracted by the latest training buzzword and lose focus.  

Runners don’t like to take the slow and steady path even though that gets the best long term results. All of us need to take a step back from running, eating, or our general health and make sure that whatever we are doing to improve ourselves is...

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027: Current Eating Trends

food podcast Mar 15, 2018

 

There are so many terms floating around in the world of food nowadays - paleo, vegan, vegetarian, plant-based - what the heck do they all mean?  In this episode, we try to provide some clarity on several terms inside the food and diet community.  

As a teacher, I often get education companies emailing me about their products and one that caught my eye was a vocabulary company.  They asked what appeared like a simple multiple choice question, but had replaced some of the words in the question and answer section with new made-up words.  It did a great job of highlighting the importance of fundamental vocabulary knowledge before comprehension.

When trying to improve our health, we can get trapped in the confusing world of diet and exercise vocabulary.  Without an understanding of what the words mean and what the options are, how can one make an informed decision?  

We are not here as nutritionists or trying to push one method of eating over...

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026: Finding Your Motivation

motivation podcast Mar 08, 2018

 

When it comes to getting anything done in our day, we need a reason.  The more challenging and new a task is, the greater reason, motivation, and focus we need to accomplish that task.  So many people are able to start a new exercise plan or healthy eating lifestyle, but fall back to old habits after a few weeks.  When a race or a workout gets tough, knowing your reason for why you are doing it helps you get through the rough patches.

In today’s episode, we talk about finding different types of motivation and share different ideas that help to push us to be more.  Whether the drive to continue when a job gets difficult comes from inside or outside, knowing your motivation will help you keep going.  By having multiple reasons to keep going, we can choose the option that best motivates in that moment.

Sometimes the inspiring poster is enough.  Other times we need more. Check out this episode and take some time to really think about...

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025: Beyond the Numbers - Celebrating the other wins

podcast running Mar 01, 2018

 

In this episode, we take a step back to look at the bigger picture of running.  In general, running tend to be a very numbers-oriented sport.  If you gather a group of runners together, it won’t take long before people start comparing PR’s.  Check out a runner’s social media feed and you will find lots of mileage, times, and paces.  While there is nothing exactly wrong with this it can lead to some negative thinking and undue stress.  

Today we discuss how treating running as a lifelong journey leads to constant lasting victories rather than the fleeting highs and regular lows a runner can experience when the only goal is to hit one personal best after another.  Running, and life itself, should be fun.  Step back from the details and enjoy the big picture.  

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024: Post-Race Coaching and Analysis

podcast running Feb 22, 2018

 

The big race is over.  You've been training for months, and now it's done.  Maybe you met your goal, maybe you didn't.  Now where do we go from here?

Angie just finished her second half marathon ever, and her first as a mother of 2 last weekend.  Keep in mind, our youngest child is 5 1/2 years old.  :) It took awhile, but she did it.  

Today's episode is basically a coaching call between Kevin and her, to go over how the race went, and figure out where to go from here.  After each race, it is so helpful to sit back and think about what happened, and if you can talk it over with someone, even better!  We think you'll gain some valuable insights on ways to analyze your races to help yourself continue to improve with each one.

 

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023: Shin Splints - The Runner's Nemesis

podcast running Feb 15, 2018

 

 Ah, shin splints.  The new runner's nemesis.  Sometimes they even affect experienced runners, but anyone who has had them knows how horribly frustrating and painful they can be.  

The term shin splints refers to pain in the front of the leg somewhere between the knee and the ankle, along the tibia, also known as the shin bone.  This condition can sideline runners for days, weeks, or months if not treated properly. 

In today's episode, we talk about: 

  • The 3 most common causes of shin splints
  • How overtraining can lead to shin splints
  • How footwear plays a role
  • How to treat shin splints
  • A self-test to check for a possible stress fracture
  • The important things to keep in mind when returning to running
  • Ways to avoid the condition in the future
  • And more!

We hope you enjoy this episode and gain some valuable information for you or your running friends!  If so, please share it with others!  Help us to spread the running love!

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022: How to Start (or Restart) a Workout Habit

 

We've all been there before.  Whether we are at the start of our fitness journey or we have fallen off the wagon, we all have been faced with trying to start or restart a healthy habit.  We know we need to exercise, but how do we make it a normal part of our day that we don't even have to think about?

Enter in The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.  This latest read explains the science behind habit formation, so we take that information and apply it to starting a workout habit.  

In this episode we talk about:

  • How to create a habit
  • The 3 main components of habit formation, what is known as the habit loop
  • What you need to trigger a new habit
  • How to reinforce that behavior to turn it into a habit
  • Ideas for common triggers and reinforcements
  • What to do if you fall out of a habit and want to restart
  • How to troubleshoot and change a bad habit
  • And lots more!

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021: Why Calorie Counting Doesn't Work

food podcast Jan 26, 2018

 

We've all heard it before: to lose weight, we need to burn more calories than we consume.  We need to eat less and exercise more, right?  We gain weight because we eat too much, have lack of self-control, and just don't exercise enough.  Wrong!  

Weight control is about so much more than just calories in-calories out.  Sure, calorie restriction plans can work in the short term, but then why do 95% of all diets fail?  

Easy, because it's not sustainable.  Our bodies were designed to adapt.  If you keep restricting calories, your body will adapt and you will continue to keep cutting back calories to get the same results.  You can only cut back so far!  

There's also millions of other things at play, like our hormones, inflammation, stress, sleep, and life in general.  ALL of that plays a role in how our body either gains or loses weight.  

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020: The Negatives of a Training Plan

podcast running Jan 18, 2018

 

A few episodes ago, we talked about the benefits of a training plan, and there are a lot!  However, today we look at the other side.  Are there negatives of following a training plan, and if so, what are they?  

Well, the first is that training plans don't always take into account our real life.  Stuff happens.  We are under a lot of stress, we get sick, kids get sick, family drama, lack of sleep - you name it.  At any given time, there are tons of things that can derail our training.  

As runners, we are so committed to our sport, that sometimes we forget that we are also human.  Some days, our body can't do what our training plan tells us to do, and that's ok!!  

There are also those times that we might need to take a rest day, even if we don't want to.  Sometimes, with all we have going on in our lives, rest can be more important than one more run. No, really, we're serious! :)

In this episode we talk about: 

  • Some...
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