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2nd March
2013
written by John

Hi everyone,
I just wanted to mention if you need a great gift for the runner in your life I got the place for you. At Justrunnners.com they carry a variety of Steve Prefontaine posters that are made out of a cloth material. The posters are a huge 4ft x 2.5ft and have a quote from Prefontaine on each poster. They also carry Steve Prefontaine t-shirts that are made of a moisture wicking material. The shirts would be a great for that next long run. They also carry many other Steve Prefontaine items that would be great for any runner.

For more running tips please Click Here for more information.

If you have any questions or topics you would like for me to talk about Email them. Until next time, have a Great Run.

Thanks,
John
Buy Steve Prefontaine posters.

28th May
2011
written by John



Do you running shoes stink? Well if you answer is positive then you are not alone. Most avid runners do encounter this problem one time or another with their running shoes. As a result, here are a few measures you can take in order to remover the bad odor from your shoes and keep them fresh and fragrant.

1- First thing you need to do is to examine the shoes and sniff out the root-cause of the bad odor. This odor is usually omitted by a bacterium that lives in the shoe. If the insoles are wet and dirty, then you may need to clean and dry them in the open air. This will also grant a permanent halt to the bacterial growth.

2- Use a special product such as the Gran’s Remedy or any other product you can find in the market place. If you can’t afford one, then you could poor baking soda into the shoes, and leave it in for a couple of hours to soak up the bad smell.

3- Keep your hygiene in check. The main cause of the bad odor might not be the shoes themselves, taking good care of your hygiene by cleaning your feet thoroughly both before and after a workout can prevent the smelly odor from ever developing in the first place.

For more running tips please Click Here for more information.

If you have any questions or topics you would like for me to talk about Email them. Until next time, have a Great Run.

Thanks,
John
TheRunnersGuide

7th May
2011
written by John


When running or doing any other type cardiovascular exercise, the most important element that ensures success and enjoyment is learning how to breathe properly. Obviously oxygen is key to life and without it living organisms can no longer thrive, the same thing is with your running workout. Fortunately learning how to breathe when running is not that complicated, you just need to follow these sensible guidelines:

1- For starters, you need to be breathing in from the nose and out from the mouth. This breathing pattern guarantees the constant delivery of oxygen to your working muscles and cardiovascular system.

2- You should aim at breathing more deeply and using your whole diaphragm in the process; most runners who tire too soon whilst running are chest breathers, hence you should get into the habit of breathing from your belly instead of your upper chest. If you find this method hard, then you may need to enroll in a Yoga class and learn a bit about Pranayama breathing techniques.

3- Use your breathing to relax your body and let go of any tension build-up you may feel while running. See, learning to breath properly will not only prompt your running performance, it will add fun and enjoyment to the training itself.

Keep up the good work!

For more running tips please Click Here for more information.

If you have any questions or topics you would like for me to talk about Email them. Until next time, have a Great Run.

Thanks,
John
TheRunnersGuide

1st May
2011
written by John

Improve running motivation for weight loss and other benefits

Though the effectiveness of running for weight loss is obvious and a well-know fact, still finding (or re-finding) the motivation to keep the training consistent proves sometimes difficult and a real struggle. For that, here are 3 ways to keep your running motivation for weight loss on track:

1- Keep writing and rewriting your weight loss goals on a daily basis. The act of constantly repetitive exposure to your goals can entice and motivate your mind to stay on track, or to get back on the right path whenever the motivation withers away. No wonder the law of attraction had so much success.

2- Reward yourself for obvious improvement. You should also treat yourself nicely whenever you take notice of any positive progress. Many people regard weight loss as hard labor and a real punishment, that’s the wrong way of looking at this matter. Instead you should reward yourself for the progress you have made and be grateful. However, you should never indulge yourself in unhealthy eating as a way of rewarding, since this can definitely compromise your weight loss efforts.

3- Tell a friend or a family member about your resolution to lose weight. Getting support from other people may be the only thing you need. Many people live in a closed prison of their choosing and refuse any help from the outside world. This can be sometimes totally justified since no one like to mocked or laughed at. However, asking for others help is a leap of faith you need to make and see how it will turn out.

For more running tips please Click Here for more information.

If you have any questions or topics you would like for me to talk about Email them. Until next time, have a Great Run.

Thanks,
John
TheRunnersGuide

23rd April
2011
written by John

The first step you need to make toward achieving success in any running session or any other training program is to start off with a decent warm-up. This warm-up is meant to get your cardiovascular system and body muscles well ready and prepared for the activity ahead. Otherwise, you tire really soon and may experience discomfort, headaches or even run the risk of injury.

Therefore, just like a car, your body needs to be approached properly and introduced incrementally into the exercise. There is no rush here since a proper warm-up does not last that long anyway. Here are 3 things to keep in mind before you break into your running pace:

1- For starters, you should start off by first breathing deeply and preparing your lungs for the exercise. Doing this will also enrich your bloodstream with oxygen which is essential for the exercise.

2- Do some brisk walking, and a couple of quick stretches. However don’t ever stretch a cold body since it may lead to pain or injury. Running Stretches DVD

3- And as you feel your body well warmed and geared up, you can start breaking incrementally into a comfortable running pace. Don’t jump head on from the get go, instead you should opt for a more gentle approach and increase the intensity up incrementally.

For more running tips please Click Here for more information.

If you have any questions or topics you would like for me to talk about Email them. Until next time, have a Great Run.

Thanks,
John
TheRunnersGuide

16th April
2011
written by John

Here are the 3 things you need to do so you can start a running habit under 4 weeks:

1- Commit your decision on paper:
In order to take yourself seriously, you need to write down you running goals on paper and plan way ahead every running session throughout the upcoming 4 weeks. Doing so will compel your unconscious mind to move toward your desired outcome.

2- Commit to 30 days
The golden rules of building any kind of habit is start now and never deviate. And according to many peak performance experts such as Wyatt Woodsmall and Tony Schwartz, the best time-frame in which you can turn a human activity such as running into a habit is roughly 4 weeks. 4 weeks is not a long time and a small price to pay for the longer term results you will definitely get.

3- Hold yourself accountable
After making the first 2 steps, you need to hold yourself accountable to the training by doing the training no matter what is happening around you. The best way I found to do that is to ask a friend or a family member to hold you accountable for your actions, so whenever you deviate from the course, he or she can help you to get back on track.

However don’t be a perfectionist and try to do everything right from the first go. It’s better to do the right things instead of doing things right, hence you should allow enough wiggle room for error and be gentle on yourself when you do slip and fall back. For more running tips please Click Here for more information.

If you have any questions or topics you would like for me to talk about Email them. Until next time, have a Great Run.

Thanks,
John
TheRunnersGuide

14th February
2011
written by John

As marathon runners are training hard and in some cases running to raise money for a cause, DonationTo.com makes it very easy for marathon runners to create a donation web-page and accept donations online.

Whether it is running to help fight breast cancer or any other fundraising, DonationTo.com enables users to personalize their page with beautiful images or video to clearly promote their cause. In addition to having a beautiful donation page, users can also keep 100% of all donations collected, regardless if they hit their goal. This unique feature enables marathon runners to fundraise more effectively.

See an example of a DonationTo page here: DonationTo.com/pinkBow
To learn more about how you can create your own DonationTo page visit here: DonationTo.com/Raise-Money-For-Marathon

Happy running and fundraising !!

1st July
2010
written by John

I have tried other athletic compression socks and they tend to fail in two important areas. They are the fit of the sock and how I feel the next day after a hard workout. I have been wearing the Sigvaris recovery socks for a while and they do an excellent job in those two areas.

First, the fit is outstanding. They fit your foot and calf like a glove, nice and comfortable. Also, they don’t fall down to your ankles after a couple of miles. I also wear them around after a workout and they feel very comfortable. The socks use a patented dri release and latex-free yarn with embedded Freshguard treatment virtually eliminating orders.

After a hard workout I slip the Sigvaris socks on and wear them for a couple hours or more depending on the workout I did. The socks promote lactic acid flush-out and relieve the onset of muscle soreness. The next day after a a hard interval workout my legs feel fine. I am able to run a recovery run with less pain and more bounce to my step.

I highly recommend these socks especially if you have trouble recovering from workouts or want to feel better after a long run. You can go to www.sigvarisusa.com to get more information or pick up a pair.

If you have any questions or topics you would like for me to talk about Email them. Until next time, have a Great Run. Sign up for my newsletter for more tips.
Thanks,
John
Click here to order the Running Stretches and tips DVD.

TheRunnersGuide
Marathon Pace Chart

23rd January
2010
written by John

In this video I talk about the symptoms of over-training and some simple solutions to prevent you from do this before your next marathon race.

If you have any questions or topics you would like for me to talk about Email them. Until next time, have a Great Run. Sign up for my newsletter for more tips.
Thanks,
John
Click here to order the Running Stretches and tips DVD.

TheRunnersGuide
Marathon Pace Chart

17th January
2010
written by John

In this video I talk about the two most important training runs for your marathon training. I discuss how often to do long runs for the marathon and incoporate marathon pace runs. I also go over what you should do on the other days.

If you have any questions or topics you would like for me to talk about Email them. Until next time, have a Great Run. Sign up for my newsletter for more tips.
Thanks,
John
Click here to order the Running Stretches and tips DVD.

TheRunnersGuide
Marathon Pace Chart

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