How Running at Altitude Affects Conditioning

Completing a marathon is an amazing feat. For many, it’s the challenge of a lifetime. And training for a marathon is difficult enough. Now imagine running those 26.2 miles at altitude. Each year, scores of athletes do just that, taking to some of the world’s highest, driest locales for the ultimate running challenge. There’s the Madeira Island Ultra Trail, a non-stop, grueling marathon that few have the wherewithal to actually complete. Then there’s the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon, the highest marathon in the world.

It takes a seasoned, well-trained athlete to take on such immense physical feats—running at altitude can have a dramatic effect on the human body. Continue reading “How Running at Altitude Affects Conditioning”

Using the Anti-Gravity Treadmill to Improve Running

In a sport like running—one so ancient and fundamental—each millisecond, each minute body movement, counts. The race against time, against ourselves, requires close attention to all that goes into that next bounding step, from gait to conditioning to recovery. And analyzing and improving running is something the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® is particularly well suited for. Continue reading “Using the Anti-Gravity Treadmill to Improve Running”

Women Who Run | Cornstalks and Critters: Marathon Training in Kansas in July

“The sun flickered like a strobe light as it rose behind the cornstalks. I had no one to dance with, so I cranked my tunes and ran faster.” –  My Facebook Update, July 1, 2010

As week two of marathon training comes to a close, I’ve made a point to notice at least one thing I enjoy about each day’s run. Marathon training is hard work, but it should also be fun. This week I entertained myself with things I saw along the trail: Continue reading “Women Who Run | Cornstalks and Critters: Marathon Training in Kansas in July”

Fall Marathon Training Kicks Off in the Heat. A Few Thoughts on Hydration

This week marked the beginning of Fall Marathon Training, my second attempt at a marathon. This time around, I’m taking a more conservative approach, hoping to make it to marathon day injury-free. As I ran along the trail in the early mornings, grumbling because it was humid and already 70 degrees, I thought about how my approach to hydration has changed since last summer. Continue reading “Fall Marathon Training Kicks Off in the Heat. A Few Thoughts on Hydration”

Me On The AlterG

Since becoming a part of Spring Valley Chiropractic in February, I have had the privilege of the AlterG antigravity treadmill at my disposal.  Between then and now I had been training for a half marathon that I completed in April.  My time for the Big D Half Marathon was 2:42:08 averaging about 12:30/mile.  Not bad for my first endurance event.  Lately I have been doing my entire running on the AlterG playing around with factors such as body percentage, speed, and inline.  Here are two examples of workouts that I have done: Continue reading “Me On The AlterG”