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Q. How do you perfect the art of the snot rocket. I always end up with it all over me. — R.A.
OK, truth be told, I’m with you, R.A. I’ve never figured this one out, so I had to turn to the experts at Runner’s World who have a VIDEO with 5 Steps to the Perfect Snot Rocket. How awesome is that?
Just be sure there’s nobody around you when you blast off because while runners have a high tolerance for gross bodily functions while running, covering someone with snot is unforgivable.
Veteran runners love to dole out advice to newbies. I asked some area runners (some long-time runners, some fairly new to the scene) to share with us the best running-related advice they’ve ever received. Here’s what they had to say:
You can run too fast. But you can never run too slow. — Benjamin Reitz
I received the following email & after I answered him, I thought it might be useful info to post here for any other runners new to the Erie scene:
Tonight is Tuesday Night Race League which is an informal racing league that gets together on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the summer months to run in places all over Erie county. Some race (I don’t) and there are usually two distances given…a shorter & a longer. People of all abilities show up and are welcome at TNRL. It is free and informal (no bibs or shirts or anything…there are times you’ll need to write your own time down). More info on TNRL and the schedule can be found here. Tonight TNRL is at Highmyer park in Harborcreek
Information on local races can be found here. As you’ll see…there is no shortage of events to chose from. I don’t know that every single race is listed here (it’s up to organizers to send to the Erie runners club to get their event listed), but…the bigger ones are on the list. The official Erie Runners Club events are typically the most well attended and best run (managed).
If you have questions about any of the races, let me know, I’ve been running here in Erie for nearly 20 years. There’s probably not a race course or area of the county that I’m not familiar with (OK, maybe far west county — I’m an east county girl, born and raised).
See you at the races!
Body glide, no issues. But, if you already have chafing, aquaphor or diaper cream works well. — Pat Krott
I also use body glide. It’s the best! No issues when using that! — Jessie Zahner
Body Glide …. and compression shorts ….. that’s all you need. — Ramon Patron Jr.
Calluses. Develop calluses and chafing is no longer a problem. — Jim Lang
Aquafor…..helps prevent chafing, and works magic on fixing things if you missed an are. — Christine Vassen
Glide, glide, glide. And don’t wear cotton clothes. — Leslie Cooksey
Chamois Butt’r or Body Glide. Chamois Butt’r is the “balm.” ;D — Mike Lawrence
I use baby powder. I have not chafed since I started using before races and long runs. — Jameel Gavin
Copious amounts of baby powder in the boxer briefs!! For a cooling effect the medicated Goldbond is awesome. Speaking of briefs, I love Under Armour Heat Gear boxer briefs — goood support, moisture wicking, and durable. One of the pairs I have have been through 4 tough mudders, 2 muddy vikings, a beast on the bay, and a bunch of runs. I have a bunch of other brands too, but UA nailed it with their style. Also…band aids on the nips — depending on how much running (and sweating) I do, my shirts (and kind) chafe my nipples. In winter, I use a compression base gear, but in summer, just use a with old Band-Aids. — Matt Kleck
Aquaphor rules, hands down, even in rain. Lube up! — Sean Donachy
Old school: Vaseline for the arms/sides, Band-aids for the nipples for my marathon on Saturday. (For clarity, as a guy, I don’t wear a sports bra). And I have bloodied singlets on long runs without Band-aids (not to mention the discomfort that gave me a new appreciation for the difficulties that half of the human race deals with). — Michael Morris
* You don’t need a gym membership or weights so strength train. Use your own body weight. Check out these exercises that will challenge your whole body (and there are links to more, too).
* The Art of Running Shoe Maintenance has some interesting tips (some I’ve never heard before) to keep your running shoes in top form.
* Beware of signing up for any races directed by The Shadiest Man in the Racing Business. (Can you imagine signing up for a marathon, doing all the training, booking the hotel, and then find on race morning that there is no race???)
* Runners are often Type-A people who don’t love to sleep because..you know, it’s just not that productive and they’d much rather be doing 10,000 other things and maybe go for another run, but making time for serious Zs is just as important as your weekly long run (maybe more). Need more convincing? Here are 25 things that happen if you don’t get enough sleep. (and having made an effort to increase my own sleep time, I can tell you it makes a world of difference).
I recently received this question from a reader:
I just started a jogging program, fast walk for 1.5 minutes and then run/jog for 1 min. It is a total 30 minute workout. My legs feel like dead weights from the knees down. I run every other day. What is causing this and how do I correct it?
I’ve had this problem from time to time and it’s usually the result of overtraining or nutrition (or likely a combination of both), but I reached out to the Erie area running community to see if they had any other ides for our reader.
Here’s what they had to say:
Her questions raise a lot more questions. How long has this person been walking/running? What is their body type, age and what kind of shoes are they wearing? Need the right shoe to for sure. Maybe start there. — Ginny Sackett
Editor’s note: Good point on the shoes! If you’re not wearing proper running shoes, get thee to Achille’s Running Shop in Erie to get professionally fitted.
When is she running? Maybe she should have a banana before she starts. Has she just started? We all know you have to work up to any distance, even a couple city blocks. — Linda Huegel
Honestly, I used to have that problem big time and found out I was anemic. Maybe ask her to get her iron checked. It literally got so bad in high school that I went from running the mile in like 6 minutes to struggling to run 10 minute miles. I had no idea what was wrong but they told me because I went to have surgery but my iron was low. She should def go get checked out. — Jessie Zahner
The beauty of time intervals is we don’t have to go a set distance, but for a beginner sometimes people think 1 minute on means all out. Maybe they could go a little easier in the jogging. — Greg Cooper
I agree with Greg Cooper. He or she may be doing too much too fast. She may want to decrease her training depending on the extent and duration of pain. Ice her legs to reduce any inflammation. She also may want to try an exercise of standing on the edge of curb or slightly elevated place and while holding on to something sturdy, gently lift herself up on her toes and come down far enough where her toes are pointing up (not too far) and do several repetitions a day and gradually increase her training. Leg wraps and compression sleeves may help as well. — Dave Lesher
* Don’t be fooled by the claims on the front of the package. Check the nutrition facts. Here are 16 supposedly healthy foods with more sugar than a Snickers bar
* Tight shoulders are common among runners, particularly among runners who have desk jobs. Here are some tips to help you loosen up.
* Completely unrelated to running, but Outside online wrote a fascinating piece on Iditerod racer Lance Mackey: The world’s toughest athlete.
* Again, not running related, but…cycling is good cross-training and I stumbled upon this offer for a free e-book from Vello Mom — Road Biking for Beginners. You have to join their mailing list to get a link to the book (a 22-page PDF). I haven’t read it all the way through, yet, but it looks worth reading.
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By heather.cass | December 31, 2013 1:43 am | Comments Off
One of the most surprising things I learned when I experimented with a paleo-like diet a year ago was how my cravings for carbohydrates and sweets completely went away after abstaining for them for a few weeks. I could sit in front of a plate of cookies or a basket of bread and have zero desire to eat them. I just didn’t want them anymore.
I was amazed at how long I stayed full when I ate meat and veggies (yep, with oil and butter). And… I didn’t have any trouble keeping weight off even when I reduced my mileage substantially.
I felt like I won the lottery. I could eat steak and broccoli with butter (and stay satiated for hours…no need or craving to snack), run half the miles I used to, and fit into the smallest size I’d worn since my 20s.
Then I got talked into a marathon (still not sure how that happened). The increased mileage (and the resulting cramps and fatigue) forced me to add some recovery carbs back into my diet. It started with “good carbs” like sweet potatoes, but soon veered off into the land of sweets, crackers, chocolate and diet soda again.
Sugar is a slippery slope, my friends. It’s insidious — it’s in nearly everything we eat. If not the real thing, then some form of it — honey, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, aspartame, sucrose, etc. (By the way, your body metabolizes bread/pasta and alcohol much like sugar).
So here I am at the end of the holiday season, having scarfed down more than my share of Christmas cookies, candies and hot drinks full of delish (but sugar-filled) creamers, and I feel like hell. I’ve gained 12 lbs. since my pre-marathon-training “eating clean” days and my runs suck. Whether that’s due to the extra weight or the “poison” I keep putting in my body, I don’t know. But, I know it’s over now.
Time to detox.
And you can join me — us, actually — a bunch of the Team Adrenaline gang are jumping on Doc’s Detox wagon and committing to give up sugar (in all forms), alcohol and caffeine for 6 weeks in an effort to “reset” our systems.
Yeah…caffeine. I’m giving up my beloved 6+ cups a day. Consider yourself warned, my friends. It won’t be pretty.
“Detoxes are not designed to be sustained over long periods of time. This particular detox is designed to eliminate cravings, increase energy, increase focus, and create an awareness of how your body reacts to certain chemicals.
This detox will not require you to purchase any pills, drinks, or gadgets. It doesn’t require you to deprive yourself of food or cause you to starve. This detox will cleanse your system from the holiday excesses. It will help your nervous system, digestive system, and immune system hit the Ctrl-Alt-Delete button as you start the new year.
Detoxes are not diets (see the recurring theme, here?). As a result, detoxes are not something you “dabble” in. Detoxes are all or nothing. Why? If you are trying to rid your body of certain chemicals, it means it has to be out of your system 100% to get the full desired effect. The degree of challenge is determined by your degree of dependency on the particular chemical you are detoxing.
The New Year Detox is not about weight loss. It’s about cleansing your body of the holiday excesses, eliminating chemical dependency, and improving the function of your nervous system. You will lose weight, but that’s not the purpose of this detox.
The New Year Detox starts January 1, 2014 and ends February 12, 2014.
You’ll be amazed at how wonderful you’ll feel come mid-February…and maybe you will have broken a few bad habits that you never need to pick up again (unless you get talked into a marathon or something).
* What’s for dinner? Need inspired? 11 athletes share their favorite meals.
* Car versus deer versus runner. (This is the kind of crap that would happen to me.)
* Did you know funny guy Will Ferrell is an avid runner & marathoner? Yep, Buddy Elf goes long.
Video of the Week
Next time you have to run on a treadmill, may you do so with the enthusiasm of Meatball, the Corgi on the playground carousel:
T-shirt of the Week
This is a DIY Santa shirt…perfect for Saturday morning’s ERC Snowflake 5K!
When you’re just getting started in a sport, it’s hard to learn all the lingo. Running and walking, like any sport, has it’s own special language and local phrases. Each week, I’ll define a term or phrase that will help you not only walk the walk (or run the run), but talk the talk.
Have you ever heard the phrase “run the tangent” and wondered what it meant? Mark Remy explains it best in his funny-but-true book, The Runner’s Rule Book (a great stocking stuffer, by the way):
Race courses are measured on the tangents—that is assuming the shortest line around corners and bends. This means that the best, fastest possible way for you to take a turn involves “running” or “cutting” the tangent: You start near the center of the road, then aim to hit the corner right on the corner before swinging back out. (If you ever want to see this done beautifully and at incredible speeds watch the criterium bike race in downtown Erie.)
What this does not mean is that you should hop the curb, run on the sidewalk, or otherwise leave the course itself to shave a few seconds off your time, or avoid the rest of us suckers who are following the rules. In a race, hopping curbs is cheating and, it does matter.