I plan on doing some pretty crazy things in the year following the marathon.
I plan on doing some pretty crazy things in the year following the marathon.
How to Make Running Feel Easier, Instantly
Running may be about putting one foot in front of the other, but how you do it can make your workout seem that much easier. Brian Beckstead, cofounder of zero-drop Altra Running shoesand dedicated ultrarunner, recently gave us some advice on how to improve running form. These four tips will definitely help you the next time you head out!
- Balanced-forward posture: Leaning just slightly forward from your ankles can help your body stay in line. “Think big breath, line that back up, shoulders come back, chest forward, and lead from the ankles,” Brian says. “It’s a great position to be in. It allows for you to open up your lungs, it allows for your back alignment to be straight, it really kind of builds a foundation for good running.”
- Easy arms: ”Don’t overdo your arms when you run,” Brian says. Keep your arms pumping at your side, never crossing over. “If your arm comes in front of your body, what happens to your balance-forward posture? It goes backwards. That’s bad. So shoulders back, keep those elbows back too. Keep them nice, light, and compact.”
- Midfoot strike: Constant heel striking can cause lower back pain and other issues. Brian advises keeping a slight bend in your knee and landing closer to midfoot. “Use the knees to absorb the shock,” he says.
- Nice cadence: ”Cadence has a lot to do with your arm motion,” Brian explains. “If you’re taking these big arm motions, you’re taking big, long strides. And if you’re taking big, long strides, you’re almost always going to overstride and do that heel strike.” Keep your strides normal and easy, not feeling like you are taking big leaps with your feet. “You’re not doing big gallops, you’re going nice, light, short, and quick,” he says.
I’m strangely calm and relaxed and that scares me more than being in panic mode. It’s the proverbial “calm before the storm”.
Tomorrow morning I’ll be at the Expo so if any of you are doing the marathon and see my “firstsubtwo” bib give me a holler! After that me and my buddy are driving down to Laughlin for the bowling tournament. I’m looking forward to get in a short run there and a nice massage.
Saturday I have a bowling tournament at noon and then it’s back to L.A. to rest up for Sunday. Probably a little too much going on this weekend but I’m sure there was at least one Spartan warrior who dealt with more over the course of three days so…I’ll consider myself lucky.
This is the fun part y’all!
I’ve never actually had to carbo-load for anything before but I’ve read researched it in the past for the heck of it. Since I’m familiar with it I was shocked that I forgot an important part of the process yesterday; and that is the part where you deplete your existing glycogen stores.
I was looking forward to gorging on yummy pastas and breads today but I haven’t depleted my current “camel hump”. I SHOULD have gone for a run this morning but I wasn’t quite up to it. Let’s hope I can get a good run in after work and tomorrow the feasting can begin.
You can’t win if you don’t play. Good luck!
MY NAME IS JOHN! J to the OH N! I used to crossfit on the weekend!
and that is the extent of my rapping ability. Thankfully I’m a marginally better runner.
So the thing is, some of you are following me and probably aren’t quite sure of who I am or why I’m here. To make it easy feel free to click here to read my original introduction post. If you’re not a fan of clicking things then let me sum it up a bit:
I am NOT a runner. I hate running. It hurts and makes me tired and since I’m old now my knees hurt for about twenty four hours after a long run. Regardless I got the notion in my head to be the first person to do a sub two hour marathon. The current official record is about 2:03:23. And that was by a KENYAN! I may have some Kenyan blood in me about 85 generations back but that hardly qualifies me as a runner.
If you have that “WTF” look on your face right now then let me explain; this was never a “realistic” goal. A kickass accomplishment to be sure but never at all within reach for me. The whole point was to train to set a world record and hopefully teach myself some much needed discipline and get into better shape. Whether or not that happened is debatable but something very important did happen and I’ll actually discuss it after Sunday’s marathon.
So if you ever wondered why you were following me, there it is! Feel free to hit that “unfollow” button now. I promise not to get offended or cry or Tumblr-stalk you and beg you to come back. I was never in this for the followers and I’m honestly shocked to have almost a hundred of you cool ass people.
I also haven’t forgot about my giveaway/promo once I hit 100. I was hoping to hit the century mark before the marathon but honestly it doesn’t matter when, or if, I hit it. The giveaway will happen one day.
It’s quitting time for me and after work I want to put in a few miles so time to suit up. Five more days…
Running is an energy draining exercise which calls for a healthy diet! A runner needs to maintain a diet that will help maintain his/ her strength in addition to supplying more nutrients to allow a runner to perform well. Here is a list of best foods for runners!
Normally, James Buzzell avoids crowds. Being surrounded by strangers makes the former turret gunner anxious: Where did they come from? What are they up to? How the hell do I get out of here? He does not like being in situations where he can’t control the variables, because he knows if you don’t pay attention to 100 percent of the variables 100 percent of the time, people die. But there he was, at the starting line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Half-Marathon in New Orleans with more than 5,000 other people, not worried about something awful happening. In fact, he was laughing.
Well…down to the wire. Not much to say really except that I wish I had six more MONTHS of training instead of six days. If you’re my friend on Endomondo then you you know I haven’t gotten NEARLY enough training sessions in. The only upside is that I haven’t had any injuries and in general I feel great…physically.
As I always knew, the mental aspect is the toughest part of the marathon. I wish I could say I had a laser focus on the finish line but it really hasn’t quite sunken in yet. I’m about on pace for a six hour finish. Not quite the sub two I was hoping for but as long as I don’t encounter death or paralysis as a result of this I’m happy.
The day before the marathon I have to be in Laughlin for a bowling tournament so I’m in a little conundrum. I have to resist the urge to get hammered in Laughlin, I have to focus on bowling well Saturday morning, I then have to shift gears and focus on being ready for the marathon, me and my buddy have to book it back to L.A. so we can get enough sleep Saturday night, and did I mention we have to “Spring forward” the morning of the marathon?
This week I’m going to do nothing but short runs to keep my lungs strong. 3 - 6 miles a run should do the trick.
Wish me luck peeps!
My lazy ass really wanted to post this the day of the race but the runner high, post run feast, and rousing game of Risk between me and my buddies derailed those plans.
As such, this entry won’t be as in-depth as I originally intended so I’ll try to just stick to the facts.
I celebrated a buddy’s bday the night before and it was a pain in the butt because I had to self-police my libations and if you know me, then you know I love libations. It was all for the good though because I woke up early feeling rested and downed a delicious protein shake and did some stretches. To my shock, my buddy woke up on time too and we left for the race together…ON TIME!
We hit a little snag on the way there but made it to Chinatown in time to meet up with two other friends and we all got to start the race together. My plan going into the Firecracker was to JUST work on my marathon pace and find my rhythm. That meant my running buddies were far ahead of me from the start.
I shocked myself when I managed to run non-stop the first mile at a pretty decent pace and even made it up two-thirds of the first elevation. After that I thought it best to take a walk and I actually regret that decision a little. The Firecracker is a very hilly course in the beginning and despite my surname, I hate hills! The rest of the race was a “run/walk” for me but my lungs eventually opened up and I only made a stop at the first water station.
I finished at the back of the pack with a very unimpressive time(inbox me and I’ll send you a link to it.) but since I wasn’t concerned too much with time it didn’t phase me too much.
The post-run beer garden was a fun little affair. Got to enjoy a few Michelob Ultras with my friends and then spend the rest of Sunday nerding it up.
I only had minimal soreness for about half a day and was able to do a 10 mile run on Tuesday. I’m hoping to put in my 15 miles today and possibly 10 on Saturday if my legs don’t fall off!