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Variety is the Spice of Your Running Life - Part 1

As a runner, you are constantly confronted with a basic problem: there are literally dozens of different workouts to choose from, which differ dramatically from each other in nature, intensity, and duration. How is it possible to know which workout is the optimal one for a particular day?

Take tomorrow, for example: are you really sure that your planned workout is the absolute-best option? Might it not be preferable to carry out a more prolonged session at a lower average intensity? Would… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on June 5, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Training thus far...

Wanted to update. First, it's good to see so many people joining. Twelve on Tuesday! That's awesome.

So, training. Eric has really shifted me away from what I thought running was about, which was pushing myself...the wrong way. Granted, at the time, I had no idea I was approaching things backwards. Eric is pushing me to run stronger, not harder. When I first looked at my running schedule, I was sort of let down by the puny run times. One hour? Fifteen minutes of barefoot jogging?… Continue

Added by Dustin Hucks on June 4, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Running with the Tarahumara Indians - Part 2

Once we had arrived in the canyon and got that first run in our legs, life started to slow down a bit and for the first time I was able to thinking about what was about to happen. For years now I had been researching as much as I could about the Running People of the Copper Canyon. Now I was about to trek 30 miles in their company. You could tell Caballo Blanco was getting a little anxious for the trek and how the Indians would react to us.

We left Batopilas early in the morning and… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on May 27, 2009 at 11:52pm — 7 Comments

Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Christopher McDougall

Question: Born to Run explores the life and running habits of the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyon, arguably the greatest distance runners in the world. What are some of the secrets you learned from them?

Christopher McDougall: The key secret hit me like a thunderbolt. It was so simple, yet such a jolt. It was this: everything I’d been taught about running was wrong. We treat running in the modern world the same way we treat childbirth—it’s going to hurt, and requires… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on May 25, 2009 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Combo Workout for Strength and Running Form

I have been getting quite a few question regarding strength training and good running form. First of all, the majority of strength work that I have my athletes do is running. This is accomplished quite simply by doing very short, steep hill repeats. They do not need to be a max effort, nor should they. Your run effort should just be strong. In my workouts I say, "train, don't strain" and this type of training run should refect this. Hard and strong, AND consistent. Too many runners will run too… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on May 22, 2009 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Running Free

My story begins in college. I started running because I loved team sports. I played field hockey and lacrosse. My injuries also began in college. I sprained my ankle a few times and to solve the problem I was taped before every practice and game. My therapy was a bucket of ice water.

I didn't start running again until after I had my kids. At this point I ran to have some time to myself. Running helped with the stresses of raising 5 kids. I also liked having a goal so I started doing… Continue

Added by Margot Watters on May 22, 2009 at 5:57pm — 1 Comment

A Tale of Two Cities

As you might guess from my photo, I'm more of a cyclist than a runner these days. But that wasn't always the case -- I hope to rediscover running later this summer, as soon as I compete in the National Senior Olympics in cycling in August. Until then, Coach Eric and I are working on a long-term build to deliver me to the starting line(s) in Palo Alto fit as a fiddle ...

There was a time, however, when running was my focus. Here's a running story from my running past (1994) ago that I… Continue

Added by Keith Peters on May 19, 2009 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Why I'm here...

So, first blog post.

I'll jump right into the why and how I'm here. To the point is good, yes?

I joined the service in '99, and during bootcamp realized that while everyone else dreaded the one to twice daily five mile runs, I really dug them. I actually looked forward to them because it was a vacation from being there. I wasn't being smoked on the quarterdeck, being bellowed at by red faced DIs, or doing pushups unitl I couldn't breath. Running was escape, and I was good… Continue

Added by Dustin Hucks on May 19, 2009 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Could ONE muscle be the culprit to your IT Band issues?

I have executed well over a thousand one-on-one training sessions with runners of all abilites. Seeing good and bad, it has become very evident to me that the number one culprit in biomechanical and gait disfunction, IT band issues, knee pain, and over all lack of run stability is a poor firing glut meduis. This is your smaller glut muscle that is located to the side of your gluts. This is a very important muscle for runners because it helps your lateral stability when on one foot,… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on April 28, 2009 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

It's All About the feet: An Extract from Born to Run

Well, I was planning to write a post today on the importance of foot strength for improved running performance and injury prevention. And then Chris sent me an extract from Born to Run. So, I will let his words speak for me - E

At Stanford University, California, two sales representatives from Nike were watching the athletics team practise. Part of their job was to gather feedback from the company's sponsored runners about which shoes they preferred.

Unfortunately, it was… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on April 23, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Running with the Tarahumara Indians - Part I

The Race Director, Caballo Blanco, called us the Dream Team! Most likely because of the unbelievable running talent all crammed into a 1960 school bus headed for the depths of the Copper Canyon. For me, Dream Team meant something else. I was living my dream of running and learning from the famed Tarahumara Indians. I have "tried" to study these runners for years, finding tidbits here and there, hearing stories about the '94 Leadville race. So when Chris McDougall asked if I would be interested… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on April 18, 2009 at 10:30pm — 17 Comments

Barefoot Recovery - Be like a Kenyan

Yesterday I received an email question from one of my new athletes. She is training for her first 50 miler at the Big Horn. Her question was about her slow pace on her easy days. Specifically, it went, "should I be running this slow?" My answer was a big fat YES! I explain to her that this slow pace had several purposes:

- to allow for adequate recovery between harder, key workout days

- to allow your weekly mileage to be higher and more consistent without added too much… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on April 18, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

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