For the next series of episodes, we will be discussing Matt Fitzgerald's new book, How Bad Do You Want It?
Spoiler alert: We loved it. Matt breaks down a very important topic in sports psychology: how our brain mind can either improve or inhibit our running and athletic performance.
Until about the 1990s, sports performance research was limited to the physical domain. In other words, what physiological factors could be affected in order to improve our performance as athletes. Things such as VO2max, lactic acid threshold, heart rate training, glycogen storage and usage, and other "measurable" factors were what all of the research and training focused on.
However, in the 1990s, a new model of performance enhancement came into play: the psychobiological model. This model explores the connection between the brain and the body and how our thoughts can either improve our performance or hold us back.
And as always, we...
In this episode, we continue to tell you a little bit more about who we are and how we got to where we are today. We both have very different stories and running journeys and are very different runners, but we also have a lot in common. We both have a love for running (which was not always the case!) that is constantly challenging us to be better versions of ourselves.
Angie started out like a lot of runners, and started running just to lose weight and get in shape. She actually used to hate running. Her journey has looked completely different from Kevin's, and she talks about all of the challenges she has faced along the way as well, and how they have formed her into a much different runner than Kevin.
Through it all, even though we have very different journeys, very different goals, and very different outcomes, we talk about what running has meant to us, how it has affected us as a couple, as parents, and as human beings.
In this episode, we tell you a little bit more about who we are and how we got to where we are today. We both have very different stories and running journeys and are very different runners, but we also have a lot in common. We both have a love for running (which was not always the case!) that is constantly challenging us to be better versions of ourselves.
Kevin started running in high school, ran with a Division I team in college, then moved on to coaching himself to first and second place finishes in races of all distances, including 5k, half-marathons, and an overall 1st place finish in a full marathon. It wasn't all smooth sailing though. Kevin talks about his running journey, including his set-backs and struggles, and how they have formed him into the runner and coach that he is today.
Stay tuned for part 2 with Angie's story next. Our running stories and journeys are so different. We hope...
In this episode, we dive into strength training for runners: the why, what, and how. There has been a big push in the running community towards strength training as a regular part of our running routine, and there’s many good reasons why this is happening! As runners, we like to run, but we can’t forget about all of the muscles that stabilize us when we run. These muscles aren’t always properly strengthened through running alone. We need to add in other exercises to support our running, prevent injury, and ultimately make us better runners.
Strength training does so much for us, so we break down the reasons why it’s so important, just in case you aren’t on board yet! We also talk about which muscles are best to focus on, as well as specific exercises that you can start doing today (with no equipment) to help...
So, what’s the deal with carbo loading? Is it what we should be doing as runners? If so, what’s the best (and worst way to do it?)
Then there’s the new buzz in the running community about fat-adapted training, ketogenic diets, and becoming a “fat-adapted” athlete (or person in general). What’s that all about?
There are a lot of runners out there that have the mindset, “I run a bunch, so I can eat whatever I want.” Is that really the right mindset to have or could you really boost your performance and feel better while running by making some changes to your eating habits?
Listen to today’s episode to hear all of this and more. Overall, the key is what kind of running you are doing and what your goals are. Elite marathoners trying to win the race will have different fueling needs than someone who has a goal of finishing the race. We will give you the general guidelines...
In this episode, we dig into the concept of quality vs. quantity, and how that topic can relate to running, our health, and our relationships. It’s a topic of debate in all of these areas, so we break it down and give you actionable steps to improve each area today!
Most training plans are broken up into 2 overall philosophies: Quality vs. Quantity. We talk about the difference between each approach, and which approach we believe in, based on our research, human physiology, and our experience with runners on all levels.
We give you our general guidelines on minimal weekly mileage for certain race distances, and talk about why your weekly mileage depends on your goal. If you are looking to just finish a goal race, then you can get away with the minimal mileage guidelines, but if you are looking to hit a specific time or personal best...
Back pain. It affects 80% of people at some point in their lives. It is the most common form of pain that people experience, causing people to miss work, lose wages, and change their lifestyle to avoid exacerbating the pain. They have to give up things that they love to do because the pain limits their movement capabilities, or they are just unable to perform certain activities because they cause too much pain. So what can you do to prevent it? Here is my favorite exercise for preventing low back pain by strengthening your core muscles.
Your core muscles are made up of the muscles in your back, abdominals, hips, and shoulders, and they are responsible for stabilizing your body and your spine when you perform all of your daily actvities, from walking, to sitting, to running and jumping. Your core muscles stabilize your spine, so when they are weak, your spine is subject to more outside forces, which can lead to wear and tear...
These are so good!! We have pancakes every Sunday, so today I thought I would mix it up and try a new recipe. We were all glad that I did! The soaked oats give it an awesome nutty flavor and more hearty texture.
Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes
Makes about 12 pancakes. I usually double the recipe and have leftovers to eat throughout the week!
Are you looking for some healthy snack options for you and your kiddos to help you ditch the granola bars? Check out these peanut butter power balls, made with just a few real food ingredients. If you don't want to use peanut butter, feel free to substitute another nut butter (almond or cashew)! It's easy and fun for the kids to help make them too because they are a no-bake recipe. My 6 year-old and 3 year-old made the batch pictured above. Enjoy, but be warned...they're addictive!
In a large bowl, combine:
Mix all ingredients, roll into balls, put onto plate or baking sheet and freeze for one hour. That's it! No baking required! Enjoy!!
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