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Many people don't do a lot of stretching after finishing the Sun Run. For those people, the best advice would be to squeeze in a Yoga session on your way home after the run. Yoga and Running go hand in hand. If you want to download a 20 minute Yoga mp3 session go to www.yogadownload.com Scroll down the categories section to "Yoga for Athletes" click on it and a session titled "Yoga for Runners" will appear. If that's not your cup of tea, they also offer a FREE 20 minute trial class on-line. Something to consider when you are at home and too sore to move the next day. Tilman von der Linde ,...
So here's the deal. I was asked to become a member of the Ask the Experts Panel at the 11th hour back in January after completing the production of 10 video segments for the 2009 Sun Run. After accepting, I set a reasonable and achievable goal of writing 25 quality posts for the Sun Run - Ask the Experts Blog by April 19 as it is the 25th anniversary of the event. I started writing after returning from Europe in February and reached the 25 post mark at the beginning of April. However instead of stopping there, I reset my goal to write 40 blog posts and crushed that mark yesterday. How you do...
Some athletes will continue training right up to race day because they are afraid that they will loose their level of fitness if they start a tapering period before a race. Resting before a race is a tested recovery strategy that can improve your level of race readiness by as much as 5%. So if you haven't started tapering for the Sun Run yet, it is time to do so. Typically tapering allowances for shorter distances such as a 10K takes a few days to a week. The tapering period should follow your last longest run and basically means reducing your training load by 30 to 85% before the race...
After the Easter Bunny made the rounds over the weekend, I was left with a load of chocolates to last me till Christmas! Have a craving for Chocolate? Running will help! A study published in the September 2008 edition of Appetite, suggests that if you are burning a lot of calories through sport, you can also eat chocolate. Eating chocolate helps to improve your mood and in turn will improve the effectiveness of your training sessions. The study also showed that chocolate cravings were significantly reduced after running and after other forms of physical activities. Meaning that if you have a...
Looking for a Blessing before the Sun Run? Faithfulness, dedication, courage and self-respect are what those who have been training for the Sun Run have practiced week after week since the beginning of January. So since this is the start of the "Tapering Week" take the time to both honor yourself and give thanks in your own special way for being able to make it to this point. On Sunday morning @ 8AM the Christ Church Cathedral at the corner of Burrard and Georgia, will be holding a Special Service for all those who are on their way to the starting line. Tilman von der Linde , RMT. Muscles in...
Rather than stuffing your face the night before the Sun Run, Carbo loading is best done over several days during the tapering week before the race. Although it is time to eat, Carbo loading is definitely not an excuse for the foodies to eat everything in sight either. Why Carbo Load? Carbohydrates are converted into glycogen and are mainly stored in both the muscles and the liver. In the muscles they provide the best and most readily available source of energy. While the liver acts as a storage reservoir to maintain good blood glucose levels for the brain. Eat Healthy - Carbohydrates take...
For the last 8 years, I've volunteered as one of the medical staff for the Sun Run. Hopefully you won't need us out there, but we'll be there....on bikes, in tents along route, and at the finish line. Hopefully you won't need us! This year, as I've been for the past 3, I'll be at the first medical tent you'll come across, in English Bay near the flagpoles. Be sure to smile and wave as you pass by on your way to the Burrard Bridge. The common occurances I see in this early stage of the race are due mostly to the crowds of people...the chances of tripping over other people or curbs is high when...
Can you hit the wall in a 10K? Absolutely! Hitting the wall can happen anywhere if you mismanage your pace and burn up your energy stores too soon. To be able to BEAT THE WALL you have to Understand the Nature of the Beast. Psychology of Sport and Exercise (vol.9.issue 2. March 2008) published an abstract from Springfield College which identified the 2 main characteristics of the Wall Phenomenon as being Physical Fatigue and Cognitive and Motivational stresses. Another interesting discovery made, was that a larger number of the 43% of the study participants who reported hitting the wall, were...
Hi gang, Only 10 days to Sun Run! Time for some Event Day Mental Imagery… “The Start Line is sweet...The Finish Line is sweeter.” “Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at this hour, they were at their very best.” – H.Jackson Brown, Jr. It’s helpful to relieve any tension you may feel about what happens on Event Day by taking a look at Sun Run 2009 Race Details: The mental exercise of familiarizing yourself with the route and event day logistics will help you to gather yourself, feel fully prepared and enhance your...
Although some runners may hang their heads when they have to start walking, there is no need to do so. Normal walking speed for a fit individual is between 3 and 5Km/h while Fitness or Power Walkers can reach speeds between 5 and 9 Km/h at the upper range of the natural gait limits and is almost equally efficient as jogging and less impactful on the joints. Over-striding and exaggerated arm movements are common among walkers who press for speed and if left unchecked may result in physical fatigue and or injury. Walking poles will reduce the impact on the knees and maintain a good arm swing...

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