A beautiful day for a early Spring Run in Lakes Park, Fort Myers! Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
You hit the ground running.
Running five times a week.
You’re feeling good and setting new personal bests along the way.
Then it happens …
After a few weeks, you start to notice that little niggle has developed into an ache in your shin, or a stabbing pain in your knee or burning at the back of your heel.
It’s upsetting, even common, but it can be fixed.
When diagnosing this pain, it’s important to acknowledging that you aren’t in pain because you’re running, it’s how you are running.
When starting any new activity, you should gradually ease into it. Every structure within your body has a specific capacity to resist stress and load.
When too much stress is applied without enough time for your body to adapt, pain will occur. As running is essentially repeating the same movement over and...
A Beautiful Early June 'Walking, Running or Biking' Day in Lakes Park. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
The amount of water you need to drink on a daily basis is often the subject of widespread confusion and debate.
We all know that proper hydration is important but how essential is it to your fitness?
More specifically, how does hydration status affect athletic performance, recovery between workouts and is it sport specific?
First, it is widely accepted and understood that water is a medium for numerous physiological process in the body.
Therefore, it makes sense that exercising in even a mildly dehydrated state puts extra strain on the body and in turn affects exercise performance, outcomes and recovery.
Also, being poorly or inadequately hydrated impairs the body’s cooling system. If we cannot effectively cool our bodies, our core temperature, heart rate and perceived exertion all rise as well.
This means that exercising at any given intensity will feel more...
"A great afternoon run in Lakes Park, Fort Myers, Florida..."
Fabulous temperatures, coupled with New Year’s Resolutions, inspire many an athlete to take their running to task and try a 5K, a new distance or set a new personal record.
Whatever your goal, heed a few top tips and running strategies to ensure your running success: