In the summer of 2010 I had the opportunity to participate in the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego, CA. I was part of the Team in Training group, which raises funds for research against Leukemia. Each participant makes a commitment to raise funds and in exchange we are provided with a coach that trains us during a whole season. One of the things that I liked the most about the training was all the tips that I got to improve my performance. There are many things that can influence your performance besides your physical condition. Nutrition is one of them. Here are some of the things that I learned from my coach that helped me get ready for the Big Race. Read the rest of this entry
“Man dies during Mud Run competition” read the headline of a news website on March 10, 2012. I was in shock when I read the news article. Obstacle mud runs have become a new genre of athletic event. These races range from 5k to 10k trails with obstacles and mud in between. Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, Rugged Maniac and Muddy Buddy are a few examples.
As a past participant in both Mud Run and Warrior Dash, I have found that people enjoy the camaraderie and adrenaline rush of these events. Some people make groups and start training six months in advance. These are the ones who take the race very seriously. Others do it just for fun, walking instead of running and completing only the obstacles that they can master. However, after knowing that a man recently died in one of these races makes you wonder about both the security of the event and overexertion injuries that can occur during competition. Read the rest of this entry
When it comes to finding ways to stay active, it’s important to stay motivated and to enjoy what you’re doing. A great thing about running or walking a 5K is that you gain awareness and raise money for good causes.
There are many places you can go to run a 5k worldwide. A 5K is approximately 3.1 miles, so it can be a bit intimidating to some people but don’t let that stop you from at least trying it because you will meet a ton of fun people and you might end up liking it and enjoying the community. Read the rest of this entry