Our good friend, Carolyn Day, recently sent a concerned email regarding her marathon training. She was due to compete in the New York Marathon in 5 weeks, had gone on "only one 20-mile training run", and had a significant amount of business travel upcoming that would make a second 20-miler difficult to accomplish. Apparently, the training plan she was following (a popular training schedule used by many runners) prescribed and highly recommended two, 20-mile training runs prior to race day.
My wife is an every day Bikram Yoga junkie. I prefer other forms of exercise and sweat, but after attending a half-dozen or so Bikram classes over the past 5 years, I feel qualified to pass along a beginner's perspective of what to expect, what to do, and what not to do at your first Bikram Yoga class: (*Click HERE to view all the cities we cover)
1) What to Bring and What Not?
If you are about to run in the Chicago Marathon (or any marathon for that matter) and are wondering, "What race day items do I need for a marathon?", keep reading. All of the following long-distance running items should make your pack and prep list. These are Marathon Must-Haves:
1) Body Glide - the single most important product for a happy race.
With the recent time change, my 630am bike rides have become somewhat colder. Keeping my upper body warm is easy--layers, arm warmers, etc.--but until recently I struggled to keep my legs warm, especially during the first 30 minutes of the ride. The crisp morning air would pierce into my knees and create stiffness and an annoying (not severe) amount of knee pain.
I tried wearing leg warmers, which are helpful for those bitter cold winter days, but I find them restrictive and too warm after 30 minutes in the saddle when the temps are above 45F.
If you are like me, getting in a good workout is like lubricating a joint or oiling a hinge: it's necessary and it makes everything else around it work that much better.
Over the past few years (and after thousands of bike and run miles), I've battled with a mild case of Restless Leg Syndrome. Typically for me, it presents at night, when I'm in bed and just dozing off. Suddenly, this difficult to describe tingling/spasm feeling pierces my leg around the knee causing a jerky, unconscious reflex of my entire leg. Only my right leg is affected.
March typically brings a bit warmer temps and, thanks to the earlier time change this year, another hour of daylight. As run, swim, bike and other races begin to show up on the calendar (St. Patty's Day is usually good for a few), we athletic-minded types start to exercise in earnest, again.
Injuries are more prone to occur at this point in the year because we remember how far, how fast and how long we were exercising at the end of last year--after several months training.
In today?s modern and technology-crazed world, it?s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest gadgets. Millions of digital watches, GPS trackers, electronic mile-pacers, heart rate monitors, I-pods, Walkmans, etc. are sold every year?each uniquely marketed to help you train better, run faster and/or make your workout time pass quicker.
Although these gadgets do offer training benefits, it is VERY easy to become addicted and completely reliant upon them. Sure, there are certainly worse addictions: ice cream?chocolate?crack.
As the largest triathlon in the world, the Accenture Chicago Triathlon is a popular race among beginners and veterans alike. Many of our members will be sweating along (and in) Lake Michigan in a few weeks, so we thought we would give some "insider" advice. Our staff has a collective 10+ years of Chicago tri experience. Here are some less obvious helpful hints to make it a great day:
CHICAGO TRIATHLON TIPS
Recently I read an interview of California-based Dr. Herman Falsetti--a board certified cardiologist and former Team Physician of the U.S. Postal Service Team, USCF Olympic Team, Ironman Hawaii and other impressive teams/events.
The subject matter focused on hydration during workouts...what to drink, when and how much. Like many experts, Dr.