Try these running intervals and strength circuits designed to improve your overall running strength and speed in one efficient workout. Download a free PDF of this workout with no email address required.
The unofficial start of summer is barbecue season. Family and friends get together over the grill to throw back a few drinks and enjoy the time off. If you’re wondering how all of this fits into your healthy lifestyle, I’ll show you how to stay on track during the summer barbecue season while still pushing forward towards your goals.
It seems pretty straightforward, you want to run so you put on your shoes and start running. But there a few things to consider when buying and wearing running shoes. Check out this guide for the DOs and DON’Ts of running shoes so you don’t make any critical mistakes.
If you think you don’t have time to do a strength training for runners work out, try this four-minute full body Tabata-style workout as part of your warm-up before your next run.
Learn why calorie counting, calorie burned numbers on your tracker and calorie needs calculators aren’t always accurate. If you’re pulling out your hair counting calories but not seeing the results you desire, it may be time to simplify your tracking and fine-tune your next steps based on outcome.
Five important lessons I learned from my own fitness instructors, trainers and coaches over the years. These fitness professionals opened my mind to new ideas and concepts that eventually changed my life for the better. Sometimes the simplest changes or mindset shifts can make the biggest impact.
Fartlek is not just a funny word. It’s Swedish for Speed Play. It’s running sprints like you did as a kid to catch up with your friends or to prove you can make it to the field first. It’s like a dog chasing a squirrel then stopping to smell the fire hydrant. It’s unstructured paces and distances based on feel. Learn to run faster by having fun with speed.
You already suspected your desk job was ruining your life (kidding!), now it’s ruining your running too? Sitting can cause all kinds of muscle imbalances and poor recruitment patterns from tight muscles, weak and underused muscles and poor posture. Learn how to counteract the ill effects of sitting on your running performance with foam rolling, stretching, strength training and stress management.
Does your ego dictate your pace? Running to impress your friends, social media followers or your own ego can lead to stress, burnout and injury. Learn to run according to your goals and abilities so that next time you hit the streets for a run, you can leave your ego at the front door.
Forget doing 100 crunches a day, runners to need to build core strength and stability in all planes of motion.Try this challenging six-moves plank circuit for runners before your next run. How many times can you complete it with perfect form?
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Get back to the basics to discover how eating healthy can be easy and budget-friendly.
What kind of runner are you? We runners come in all shapes, ages and backgrounds. Our running preferences are as diverse as our shoe sizes. Some of us love the open air freedom of a trail run to clear our heads, while other prefer to run by the numbers on the local track. Whatever your running preferences are, the tie that binds us is the pull to the pavement…or the trail…or the track.
Enjoy the benefits of strength training for runners with these short and efficient workouts. Work them in your schedule before an easy run as part of a warm up or repeat in a circuit style for a full body workout on a non-running day. Run stronger, faster with reduced chance of injury.
Are you considering running the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon? Learn more in my race recap about our Disney World running experience in Orlando Florida at the expo, the hotel, shopping and race day. May the course be with you.
A running journal can help you become a better runner with goal setting, progress tracking, race preparation and more. If you've only tracked your progress by reviewing your Garmin data history, a journal can help you take the next step in your running journey. Get organized and clear with your running goals using a journal.
Treadmills get a bad rap, but they have a lot of benefits including protection from the elements, a safe place to run early in the morning and late at night and most of all, they provide an easy way to control time and speed. Treadmills are perfect for speed interval training. Try this treadmill sprint interval workout that doesn't suck.
Welcome to Lea's Beans, a personal blog where I share more insight into my life and experiences. I call it Lea's beans because Lea-Bean is my dad's nickname for me. If I am going to be named after a food, a bean is a pretty good choice. It's at least better than Lea-Potato.
If your home gym dreams are bigger than your budget or available space, I'll show you how to build a portable gym on a small budget that can be tucked away in a closet when not in use. Build strength, stability, a strong core, and cardio fitness with this easy to assemble home gym for under $100.
If you think you don't have time for strength training, try this 6-move bodyweight leg and core workout to build strength in-between runs.
A meal plan seems like the perfect solution to your nutrition problems. It tells you exactly what, how much and when to eat. But meal plans disregard one important factor: that you have a life to live. Reach your goals by developing healthy habits for sane and sustainable eating in the real world.
Am I a real runner? Take this practical test to get instant results to find out if you're a real runner or not.
Try this short and effective intensity pyramid workout to improve your running pace. Interval workouts are an effective way to add in bouts of higher intensity activity to your workout to send the signal to your body to continue to get stronger and faster.
How are those new year resolutions coming? Remember those big dreams and goals you had back in January? It's not too late to get back on track. My resolution reboot will get you back on track in five easy steps. Don't wait for a new year, a new month or a new week to start working towards your goals. The time is now.
Store bought granola can be loaded with added sugar and other processed ingredients. Make this easy healthy granola at home for all the flavor but none of the junk. Perfect topping for a yogurt and berry parfait to refuel after your next run.
Try these quick dynamic stretches that move the joint through the full range of motion to warm-up before your next run to improve performance and help avoid injuries. It just takes a few minutes to warm up to maximize your running potential.
Learn more about macro cycling, what it's all about and if it can help you reach your weight loss and fitness goals. Macro cycling is not for everyone, but for some people ready to get to the next level it can be an effective strategy to reach body composition goals.
Runners use a seemingly illogical calculating system to make sense of their favorite sport. A mile doesn't always equal a mile and a treadmill minute is longer than a microwave minute. All the math rules go out the window. If you thought math was logical, you never talked numbers with a runner.
If you think you don't have time to do a strength training for runners workout, I can show you a few quick and effective resistance band exercises to do before you run in order to warm up, build strength, and activate your glute muscles, all which can help prevent injuries.
Are you working out hard but not achieving the results you desire? This post discusses why more exercise is not always better, the signs of overtraining and how to find balance in your exercise routine for best results and optimal health.
Is your relationship with your GPS running watch healthy or toxic? Determine if you're in a codependant relationship or if you're just friends with benefits.
Runners need to strength train for optimal performance and to help ward off injuries, but the way a runner needs to strength train is different than a bodybuilder or a powerlifter. Learn the five components of an effective strength training for runners program to maximize your time in the gym so you can get back to running as soon as possible.
If you've been trying to rely on willpower and motivation to reach your nutrition and health goals, I have good news for you, there is a better way! Learn how to set up your environment for best chance of success.
Run coaching is not just for elite athlete and school kids in a track program anymore. With online coaching, adult recreational runners can train with a coach to run their first or fastest race and avoid common running mistakes.
Try this tabata-style four-minute workout for when you don't have time to run. It's a quick and efficient way to build strength, speed, and anaerobic capacity.
Five things to expect when you are trying to lose weight. Learn to manage your expectations for a sane and sustainable experience. Get started on the right foot for weight loss.
Just in case you have tax refund money laying around and have no idea how to spend it, I am here to help with 10 fun fitness finds.