Friday Five: Reading About Running—Oct 25, 2013

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

A post-marathon curation of miscellaneous articles on running:

Want To Run Faster? Make Sure You Recover, Competitor
Maximize your training and progress with optimal recovery practices.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Marathon? New York Times
There’s not much rigorous research on recovery after strenuous exercise, and this aspect of competition is rife with unsubstantiated dogma.

Neuromuscular Fatigue after a Marathon, Runner’s World
Even after that soreness is gone, you may not be back to full strength when you try to contract your muscles, because the signal from your brain gets disrupted somewhere before it gets to the muscle.

Massage After a Marathon Puts Runners on Road to Recovery, Broadview University
Finishing a marathon isn’t easy. It takes months of mental and physical preparation. If the training isn’t a feat in itself, the actual event is a 26-mile expedition that pushes runners to their brink.

The Dos and Don’ts of Marathon Recovery, Epicurious Runner
I’m not a marathon pro, but I’ve run a few of them and I have done my fair share of things wrong. You learn from your mistakes, right?

Friday Four: Reading About Running—Oct 11, 2013

marathon start line running

A slightly abbreviated, marathon week, edition of my weekly curation of miscellaneous articles on running:

Marathon Training – 5 steps to Your Best Race, Canadian Running
Running your best marathon requires preparing both your body and your mind for the challenge.

The Slow Lane, Flathead Beacon
There is a disagreement over whether the fact we’re getting slower is a good or bad thing.

Twenty Six Point What?, Runner’s World
Everybody knows the distance of the marathon. Right?

5 Marathon Race Day Essentials, Salty Running
Important items for an enjoyable marathon

Friday Five: Reading About Running—Sept. 27, 2013

Running Indoors

My weekly curation of miscellaneous articles on running:

Seven Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Running, Strength Running
It isn’t hard to get started running, but once you get into the swing of things, it’s easy to injure yourself or ignore little things that make you a lot better. Coach Jason Fitzgerald shares some of his secrets.

10 Reasons Why Runners Are Nicer People, Saltmarsh Running
What makes runners nice people?

Secrets of Uninjured Runners, SKORA
We have all known the endurance athlete who never seems to become injured. There is also the athlete who has been running for three years and has spent more time injured than able to run. What does the healthy runner know that the other does not?

41 Quotes From Runners That Will Help You Power Through Your Last Mile, Thought Catalog
Some great inspiration for runners.

The Impact of Running: It’s Not So Much on Your Knees, Babble
The impact of running may not cause knee arthritis like commonly believed.

Friday Five: Reading About Running

Build Mental Muscle. Image by Comrade, via

Image by Comrade, via

My weekly curation of miscellaneous article on running:

How to Build Mental Muscle, Runner’s World
New research reveals that if you really want that PR, you have to train your brain—hard.

How to Eat a Gel on The Run, Coach Caleb
The vast majority of runners are taking gels as their fuel source during long runs and races. Here is how to make that work, so you don’t choke on the gel or drop the packet.

Does Music Help During A Run? The Results Are Mixed, Competitor
Insights on the effects of music on the running experience and performance.

Why you should throw away those cushy running shoes — for your knees and fashion sense, National Post
Fashion statement? Check. Combination of rubber and plastics technology and savvy marketing? Check. Good for running? Not so fast…

How to find time to run, Walk Jog Run
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can seem an elusive task. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.

10 Steps To Running A Marathon—You Really Can Do It!, Refinery29
Motivated now, but wondering how you’re possibly going to make it 26.2 miles to the finish? The truth: it’s going to be tough. But with the right preparation, you can do it! Here’s how.

Friday Five: Reading About Running

Photo courtesy of Numo Cruz on Flickr

Photo courtesy of Numo Cruz on Flickr

My weekly curation of miscellaneous article on running:

I Never Thought I’d Be a Runner, Runner’s World
[T]he magic of a marathon isn’t in the 26.2 miles on race day; it’s in the nearly 500 miles of training that happens in the months before.

Why Magnesium is good for runners, Runner Unleashed
How many of you have magnesium daily? Did you know it is an important mineral all runners should have a healthy supply of?

A Message To Non-Runners, Medium
This is a message for those of you that have always wanted to run.

The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of High Mileage Training, Predawn Runner
One of the bigger areas of debate among runners and coaches is the tradeoff between quantity of miles (or kilometers, of course) and quality of miles.

The Everyman: Confessions Of A Runner, Competitor
Do any of these sound familiar to you?