Category Archives: Training

Listening To Your Body With Objectivity

This is part two of my two-part series on how to listen to your body. If you missed part one, or want to review my advice, you can find it here.

We’ve all heard that listening to your body is key to staying healthy throughout a training cycle, but just how do you listen to your body, and what do you listen for?

Listening To Your Body

I think it’s important to listen to your body physicallymentally and objectively. In my first article, I shared my tips for listening to your body physically. In this article, I’m focusing on how to listen to your body mentally and objectively. Continue reading Listening To Your Body With Objectivity

Say What? How To Listen To Your Body

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Listen to your body” before. It has been frequently referenced in training books and articles over many decades. Ask someone how they stay healthy throughout a training cycle and they often respond with “I listen to my body”.

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You may be wondering where that phrase came from. The phrase was coined by the late George Sheehan, considered by many to be one of the greatest running philosophers. But many people that speak of the phrase don’t quite know what it actually means.  One of the gaps I see in a lot of advice is between the message and how to actually implement it into your training.  So how do you actually apply that advice?
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MedStar Sports Medicine Wants To Help You Run Your Best Race

Whether the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run or 5K will be your first race or one of many, every runner can benefit from learning more about preventing injury, training through injuries, fueling for a race, and recovery. That’s why we are grateful for the support of MedStar Sports Medicine, and the educational seminars they are offering just for Cherry Blossom participants.

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I attended the first seminar on injury prevention, and learned about the benefits of doing a dynamic warm-up and specific strength training exercises for runners. The next seminar on February 7th will discuss common running injuries and options for training through them. Find out more and register here. Continue reading MedStar Sports Medicine Wants To Help You Run Your Best Race

There’s Nothing Wrong With Run Walk Training

5 years ago, if you would have asked me if I wanted to go for a “jog“, I probably would have laughed in your face. I was trying to be active by doing small at-home workouts and dancing, but I really had no desire to get out and start running.

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That was until my dad and brother started running together and ran a half marathon. They, along with a group of friends from my church camp, inspired me to start running. But I didn’t know HOW to start running….because I truly couldn’t run 30 seconds without stopping to breathe. I wasn’t motivated enough to just go outside and run around the block–I needed something to push me. I needed a goal. So I signed up for a race, and things just took off from there! Continue reading There’s Nothing Wrong With Run Walk Training

Benefits Of Joining A Training Program

Running is a simple sport, right? You just put on your shoes and go! And I’m guessing you’ve probably said or heard that before. Well despite what many people think, running isn’t always that simple. I mean, the act of running is simple in theory – one foot in front of the other…repeat. But the execution of running and more importantly, staying healthy and training for a goal race, is what can be complex. But it doesn’t have to be.

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Training programs have been designed specifically for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run to eliminate the guesswork and complexity so that you can focus on your training. More on that below in a bit. But first, let’s talk about why you should join a training program in the first place. Continue reading Benefits Of Joining A Training Program

Mapping Your Fitness Journey

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions involves living a healthier lifestyle by eating well and exercising often, no matter whether you are new to a fitness lifestyle or have been running your entire life. But have you ever gone to the gym and did only what you felt like doing for the day, run endless miles without ramping up in mileage or varying your run type, or perhaps just did the same things as you have been doing, and eventually found yourself wondering why you didn’t get the results you wanted?mapping-your-fitness-journeyIf this has been you at some point, you might be surprised to learn that the likely reason you’re not getting where you want to go isn’t because you’re unmotivated or clueless about how to get there. It may just be that you didn’t go into it with a plan to get where you want to go and what to do next; a plan that included steps to get there, challenges to avoid the dreaded plateau, or a timeline of when you could take it to the next level. I’ve been that person, the one who crosses a finish line at a race wondering why I didn’t get the time I wanted when I thought I had put in enough work to make it happen. That’s called guesstimating, and I have learned that it doesn’t work well for reaching goals. Continue reading Mapping Your Fitness Journey

New Year’s Resolutions For Runners

Happy New Year! Do you have big running goals for 2017? Whether the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run is your spring goal race or one of many awesome events on your calendar, we want you to be healthy and strong when you line up at the start so you can be smiling when you reach the finish line.

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Since it’s that time of year, we’re sharing our New Year’s resolutions for runners  to help you make 2017 your best year ever.  Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions For Runners

Runner Spotlight: Deborah Brooks

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Shh…don’t tell anyone Supergirl’s secret identity!

I met Deborah Brooks when I was running past a water stop during my first half marathon. She is a Moms Run This Town (MRTT) Chapter leader in McLean, VA where she has successfully raised a husband and two teens.  She currently coaches Girls on The Run and hopes that she is helping to inspire the next generation of female runners. As a lifelong vegetarian, she is passionate about healthy living and exercise. She loves to showcase her vegetarian creations each week on her “Confessions of a Mother Runner” blog’s Meatless Monday link up. You will find her running with her crew or sweating it out at the gym training for the next crazy race someone talked her into. Continue reading Runner Spotlight: Deborah Brooks

Bring Some Good Luck to Your Race

Good Luck Box is teaming up with the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run to bring you an extra shot of luck the week before the race. What is a Good Luck Box? It’s a selection of handpicked items from running experts to give you the edge before, during, and after an upcoming race. Boxes are tailored to the recipient and their race. In the case of the Cherry Blossom box, the contents will be specially chosen with a cherry blossom theme. Continue reading Bring Some Good Luck to Your Race

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Cherry Blossom Training – One Month To Go!

We are now exactly one month away from the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run!  Are you excited?

Whether you’ve been running 2 days a week or 7 days a week, every training run has been preparing you for the big race, and these last few weeks are crucial!  Check out a few tips on what you can do  in this final month to ensure you’ll be smiling at the finish line on April 3!  Continue reading Cherry Blossom Training – One Month To Go!