The Importance of Cross-Training

The Importance of Cross-Training

What is one thing that has been proven to prevent injury, promote recovery, improve fitness and enhance motivation in runners? Cross-training. Strength training, flexibility training, and endurance cross-training, such as biking or swimming, are the perfect supplement...
Staying Healthy

Staying Healthy

For a couple of years after college, I lived and worked in the mountains of south-central Colorado at 9000 feet at a conference center. I had charge of a herd of 20 horses and a small staff of wranglers. We led rides into the mountains, and I teamed up with a...
Two Heads May be Better than One

Two Heads May be Better than One

When it comes to running, I am a lone wolf. I may occasionally run with a friend but never regularly. For the most part I enjoy running alone. I train alone, I run races alone, and I always run my daily run alone. Running is my ME time. I have never joined a running...
Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Think back to your 3rd grade self. You’re between 8-9 years old. You’re learning so much in school! You’re starting to read independently, learn multiplication and division, and you might even be able to walk to the bus stop by yourself.  Now think...
Do something different

Do something different

I love running in races in Iowa. I know it sounds a little strange, but I do. I get to sleep in my own bed. I get to eat my own food. I know a lot of the people and the organizations putting on the events. It’s comfortable. But, one thing that I promised myself...
Crushing the Long Run

Crushing the Long Run

Crushing the long run By now you’ve probably hit some high teens or 20-mile long runs. How’s that going for you? I’m sure you’re crushing it! From my humble beginnings—never doing a single long run—I suppose I’ve come a long way. I now hold the long run sacred. The...