Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 4: The Final Stretch

This last installment in this series is all about static stretching. It’s my favorite of all mobility training. Maybe it’s because it calls to the inner gymnast in me. Maybe because it feels so good! But static stretching is the icing on the cake of any workout for me, as long as I take theContinue reading “Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 4: The Final Stretch”

Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 3: Foam Rolling

It’s the fitness recovery task we love to hate. Let’s face it: the older we get, the more help we need to recover from our workouts. And our bodies beg the question: why does foam rolling hurt so good?  In Part 1 of this series, we talked about why foam rolling is thought to beContinue reading “Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 3: Foam Rolling”

Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 2

Dynamic Stretching: The Warmup So in part 1, we talked about the ways that dynamic stretching, foam rolling, and static stretching work together to help improve and maintain your flexibility and prevent injury and when it’s best to do these activities. In part 2, let’s delve further into dynamic stretching.  Dynamic stretches are designed toContinue reading “Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 2”

Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 1

Static vs. Dynamic Stretching vs. Foam Rolling: The Great Debate of Sports As many of us prepare for fall running race season, I wanted to visit this topic to educate my team! This is part one: the why. I love to geek out on the science of things! If you understand it better, you canContinue reading “Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 1”

Survival Guide for Marathon Training

I’ve written a variety of posts about training for a race of this magnitude, and I figured it was time to put them all in one place so you can easily find the relevant information on my blog! I’ll be updating throughout the season as I add new information. Find your Why First, you mustContinue reading “Survival Guide for Marathon Training”

Marathon Running: A Simulation

Marathon training season for fall races is nearly upon us. The first weekend in June is always met with a mix of excitement and fear. I get to see my team, the Pink Nation! My running will have a definite purpose. I get to usher in a new generation of marathoners as a coach (that’sContinue reading “Marathon Running: A Simulation”

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

That’s right, fellow runners. We are about to enter fall marathon training season! And if you’re lucky, you are part of a marathon training team like mine. There is absolutely no way I could have run any of them without the help of the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team.  Meeting with my team again eachContinue reading “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

The Power of the Marathon

Ultramarathons aside, in the world of running, the ultimate test of mental strength and physical fitness is the marathon. Why is running the marathon such a powerful testament to a person’s will and mental toughness? One reason: the pain. We’ll revisit this point in a bit.  In my wildest dreams, 26.2 miles is a distanceContinue reading “The Power of the Marathon”

The Virginia Capital Trail

Last week, I shared my excitement with you for the re-naming of the Ashland to Petersburg Trail, which will now be known as the Fall Line Trail. This is the developing north/south corridor trail in the metro Richmond area, and I can’t wait for it to be finished! Its companion in the RVA is theContinue reading “The Virginia Capital Trail”

Post Marathon Blues. Yes, it’s a Thing.

I had an incredibly enjoyable final long run of taper the Sunday before the marathon, spending the first 6 of my planned 8 miles with one of my sole sisters. The marathon training team had 12 on the schedule which I cut, also giving me the opportunity to see the continued evolution of what remainsContinue reading “Post Marathon Blues. Yes, it’s a Thing.”