Thursday things, Shalane, Desi, Meb, what music do they run to?

I saw an article this week about what elite runners listen to while they’re running.

playlistYou can click on the image to read it.  I knew Desi Linden was a class act but when I found out she starts her run with Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey I was even more enamored.  Best. Song. Ever.

Do you have longer forefoot bones in your big and second toe?  Because if you’re a runner, you probably do.

fast feetIf you like reading scientific studies based on running, click on the image above.  Some Japanese Scientist compared the length of the forefoot bones in runners and non-runners and the results are pretty interesting.

Our weather here was a bit cooler this morning.  I took full advantage and went for a 6 mile run.  I would have liked to go further but this week running has been a bit of a struggle for me.  That’s okay, it happens from time to time and I’ll get through it.  If I don’t finish the amount of miles I set out to run, I don’t beat myself up over it.

I know that this generally happens to me right about this time every year.  As soon as the weather starts to get warmer I notice that I slow down and I am thirstier than normal.  It makes perfect sense but it always takes me a few weeks to adjust.  Patience.

I haven’t mentioned this yet but my Motiv ring which is about 5 or 6 months old had lost it’s battery life.  Not completely, but the charge is supposed to last for at least 3-4 days and for the last month I’ve had to charge it daily because it goes down to less than 15% every 22-24 hours.

oh no

It was super annoying so I contacted the support staff at Motiv and they agreed it was an issue so they sent me a postage paid return label and I sent the ring back.  I am still waiting on the replacement.

Except for this issue, I’ve been really happy with the ring and all the updates that they’ve made to the app, I just hope this replacement holds it’s charge the way it’s supposed to.  I’ll give you an update once I’ve received it and had a chance to use it for a while.

Read any good running articles lately?  Please share! 

Which elite runner’s playlist was your favorite?

Lumo Smart Shorts, I want them!

This week I started getting serious about my training again and I’ve been researching and choosing some races to run.  As always, I’ve been keeping up to date on the latest in running news and I found some interesting articles and a sweet new product I wanted to share with you.

I always knew that running made me happy and I don’t need any proof, it definitely makes me feel good and I’m positive of that. As it turns out running does make you happy and now there is scientific proof. This article explains the science behind why running makes you happy.

Running makes you happy
Click here to read the article

Ever wondered what an elite marathon runner eats in a day? How many calories they consume? If they eat ice cream? Well you don’t have to wonder anymore because this article is all about what Meb Keflezighi eats as he consumes 3,000 calories in a day.

What Meb eats

Click here to read the article

I am constantly trying to improve my form. I find that when I start running I tend to have pretty decent form but as I get tired and especially during long runs, my form suffers and that can and has led to injuries for me.

I was researching some info about perfecting form when I stumbled upon this, and holy shit y’all this is the best thing I’ve heard about all week! Seriously, if these things work like they say, my Garmin will get very dusty pretty quick.

Let me tell you about the Lumo Run Shorts! Actually the shorts are for men and for women they offer capris but that’s not the important part, the important part is that these shorts are ridiculously smart!

lumo run
The lumo shorts measure your cadence, bounce, ground contact time, braking, pelvic rotation, and your stride length. Seriously! And unlike the Garmin you don’t have to wait til you get home to evaluate your run because these shorts have auditory coaching through your headphones so you can correct your form WHILE YOUR RUNNING!

And all of this is accomplished through a small device located in the waistband of the shorts.  And in case you’re like me and you’ve washed at least, or more, than 7 iPods, the sensor is waterproof and machine washable!  Oh, and a single charge lasts up to a month.  Hollah!  (My Garmin is getting worried..)

The capris are available for pre-order right now and very affordable at $119, the shorts can be pre-ordered for $99.  And you also get the sensor with the charging unit.  For $149, women can get 2 pairs of capris with the sensor and charging unit and for $129 men can get 2 pairs of shorts with the sensor and charging unit.  They also offer a his and her’s option and additional options for multi pairs of shorts or capris.

This offer is good until the 21st of October and the product is expected to ship on March 31st. I pre-ordered a pair this morning and I am so excited about them but you’ll have to wait until April of next year for my review.  This is one product I can hardly wait to get!

What do you think about the new Lumo run Shorts?
Would you order a pair?
Have you heard any running news lately that you’d like to share?

Food for the (runner’s) brain.

As you may or may not know, or maybe you don’t even care but it’s my blog so I’m telling you anyway, I’m a bit injured right now and it sucks, I won’t lie. I’m doing everything I can to recover and not to be a bitch in the process.

Doing everything I can also entails reading everything I can and arming myself with the information that I need to be a better and stronger runner. I don’t want to wind up in this boat again. If you’ve ever been in my position or if you just want to learn more about keeping yourself healthy and strong, you might enjoy these articles. These are some of the things that I’ve been reading about lately:

How to stay fast after 40…Oh, Lordy, this article really made me feel old at first, but hey, reality is reality, right? If you’re under 40 you can skip this one.

Fast over 40From the article:
“Overtraining in younger athletes generally results from an extended period of running too hard, too long, or a combination of both. In masters runners, a single instance of two hard workouts in a row without adequate recovery can do the same. That’s because aging slows healing in muscles and connective tissue, reduces some hormonal production (including Growth Hormone [GH or HGH], which activates fitness adaptation), and is inevitably accompanied by a loss in nervous system efficiency. Blast your body while it’s still struggling to recover from a previous workout, and we masters don’t bend, we break.”
Read more here

When I am able to run again, I want to be faster and definitely stronger, this article had some great exercises for the hamstrings, some I’m already doing but others that I have been trying to incorporate into my strength training.

exercise to be better runnerFrom the article:
“If you’re a dedicated runner, you’ve probably got quads of steel. But to run farther and faster, it’s just as important to strengthen your hamstrings, according to a new study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Why? It all comes down to your running economy—or how efficiently your body uses oxygen.” Read more here

I loved this next article a lot. It’s all about improving your running efficiency which is something I, (and I’m sure other runners), often overlook. This article is especially interesting to me because as someone with scoliosis, I’m already dealing with imbalances and poor form but I think this article would be a good read for any runner.

imrpove efficiencyFrom the Article:
“It’s not uncommon for runners to acquire muscle imbalances that create more work for the body when we ask it to run or move (inefficiency). In fact, even runners that strength-train regularly can fall victim to muscle weakness if they’re not addressing the imbalances directly.” Ream More Here

As runners, we know that core work is essential to our running and this article was great. I guess trying to achieve the longest plank isn’t all that helpful and I wasted quite a bit of time doing the wrong kind of planks!

Your doing the wrong planksFrom the Article:
“Stuart McGill (a top authority and researcher of low back pain and function) recommends holding a plank for 10 seconds, tops, followed by a brief, 1-to-2 seconds-long relaxation of the muscles.” Read more here

And last but not least, if you could buy workout clothes that actually tracked your workout like your fitbit or your garmin, would you buy them? I’m not sure what to think about this but coming soon there is a company that will be offering workout clothes that’ll actually tell you if you need to sweat a little more…

Athos Smart Workout WearRead more about Athos Smart Workout wear here

I love reading articles about the latest trends in running and fitness. Do you have any links to any great articles you want to share with me?
Do you read a lot of articles or books or magazines when you’re injured?