Happy Holidays, friends! I want to thank each one of you for taking time out of your busy lives to follow along with Lea Genders Fitness. This blog is my passion project, my dream and my creative outlet. It means a lot to me that you read the the things that I write and that I can potentially help you with your running and strength training questions.
To finish out the year (oh boy, did it fly by) I thought I would do a round-up of my most popular content in 2016, in case you missed anything this year. If you came here from Pinterest, you are in good company, a large portion of my traffic this year is from Pinterest. I hope you will stick around, subscribe and let me know what else I can offer you in your running and strength training journey.
Top 10 Popular Blog Posts in 2016
and the most popular post of 2016...
Here's to a strong and fast 2017! If you are wondering how my year went on a personal level, I did a 2016 Year-in-Review post over on my Running with Ollie Blog.
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I am a NASM personal trainer and RRCA adult distance running coach that specializes in strength training for runners. I offer in-person training in the Shredshed, online training and Fit to Run bootcamps. If you are interested in a more in-depth running or strength training plan, please contact me. Have questions? I'd love to help.
While I am a certified personal trainer, I am not your personal trainer. Since I don't know your exercise abilities, injury background or medical history, please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. This is an opinion blog. No information in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice or prescription. Please see your doctor and/or registered dietitian for any health concerns.
If breathing is a limiting factor in your running performance, take a closer look at your running form and try these breathing techniques to improve stamina and endurance.
If you think running sucks but wished you loved it like other people claim they do, then this article will teach you how to make running suck less. Make these small tweaks to your running plans and you’ll be on the road (pun intended) to sucking less.
Looking to celebrate Global Running Day in Fort Worth? I’ve rounded up all the best events in cowtown. Lace up your shoes and celebrate by joining one of these great events.
Learn how to determine the proper paces for your running workouts to achieve the best results, plus try this countdown interval workout to improve speed.
Are you considering running the Runner’s World summer run streak? Read this first. Five questions to ask yourself before committing to at least a mile a day and bonus tips for completing the streak.
If you’ve ever gained weight while marathon training (it happens!) you know that the training for performance goals is different than running for weight loss. In this post we explore how your running training and nutrition can vary based on your desired outcome and how to choose one goal at a time for best results.
Ever wonder what it takes to become a real runner? Well, if you lace up your shoes and go for a run, then congratulations, you qualify. But there are certain rites of passages most runners experience on their journey. Fast or slow, long distances or short, as runners we usually have these uncomfortable experiences in common. Can you relate?
Fitness is coming along with the final season of Game of Thrones! Use this Game of Thrones inspired treadmill workout to stay motivated to get fit enough to go up against the White Walkers as they invade Westeros.
What’s your runners personality-type? We all come from different backgrounds and experiences, but as runners, we connect on some level. Take the quiz to find out your motivation and discover your runners personality type.
Are you making any of these training mistakes? 10 common mistakes that can sabotage your next running PR. Run smart to get the best results.
Check out my unbiased running shoe review for the zero drop Altra Torin Knit 3.5
Learn all about foam rolling: How to choose the correct foam roller, mobility tests to determine where you need to foam roll, advanced foam rolling techniques that go beyond the basics, learn how long and how often to foam roll for the best running performance and injury-prevention results!
If you are experiencing pain leading up to race day it can be a hard decision after months of training: To race or not to race? Take your ego and emotions out of it and ask yourself these questions to decide if you should race or rest.
If you want to run faster follow this 12-week speed work plan to progressively increase speed without increasing injury risk. Learn about the different types of speed work, how to perform them, and how to safely integrate them into your training schedule.
Check out my Spotify alternative rock running playlist for some motivation that will be music to your ears.
If you love a runner, she’s probably not like other girls. Give her a unique Valentine’s Day gift on February 14th that shows you love her as much as she loves to run.
To improve in running, sometimes we have to set aside our ego and take a step back and unlearn poor movement patterns to run forward more efficiently. Running is a skill, and skills can be learned and improved with frequent drills, practice and exercises. Follow along as I experiment with the Pose Method of running.
What’s inside your runner’s survival kit? I polled my social media followers on the items they couldn’t run without. From chapstick to running partners, you’ll love these answers. These running necessities will keep you running long and strong. What did I miss? I’d love your input.
Running injuries seem common, but they are avoidable with proper training, programming, and rest. Are you making any of these mistakes that may lead to a running injury? This post outlines how to get a running injury. If you avoid these training missteps (pun intended) you increase your chances of running injury-free.
Follow these five tips to become a better runner to run stronger and faster, with a reduced chance of injury and watch out for these common mistakes that runners make
You might be a runner if you act in any of these strange ways. Runners behave in a way that seems odd to non-runners, but is perfectly acceptable in the running community. You know you’re a runner when you can relate to these weird behaviors as part of your normal running life.
You’ve been training for months and now the big race day is around the corner. This article is about the 10 ways you can prepare for a successful race day after your running training is complete.
The ultimate guide for runners. If you’re a runner, these are the gifts you’ll want to buy for yourself. Save big with coupon codes, discounts and enter to win prizes valued up to $400 in the giveaway.
Gather the family for this fun Thanksgiving-themed running interval workout guaranteed to burn the turkey (you’re the turkey) this holiday.
What to wear to run the Dallas Marathon in any temperature. Dallas winter weather can be unpredictable. Use this guide to help determine what to wear no matter the weather race weekend. We can’t can’t control the weather, but we can be prepared for it.
Make this one running form correction to instantly improve your running efficiency. Most runners don’t consider their arm movement during a run, move your arms with intention to increase your running performance
Learn about pre and post run nutrition for runners to achieve optimal performance. What should I eat before, during and after my runs? Learn more about healthy carbs, fats and protein meal and snack ideas, and meal timing guidelines. If you eat to run, you never have to carb load again.
Are you wearing your running shoes into their afterlife? How to tell when your running shoes are walking dead and should RIP. A practical guide to when you should replace your old running shoes.
If you can run a 10K and have been consistently running for last six weeks, you’re ready to start training for a half marathon in eight weeks. Follow these exact steps to build your half marathon training schedule like a running coach, or download my free half marathon training plan for free.
If you are considering running the BMW Dallas marathon, the time is now to start training. You don’t need me to convince you that running is awesome, this is post is about the five reasons to the run the Dallas Marathon that have (almost) nothing to do with running.