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Athlete Resiliency: Bringing Yourself Back to Life after a Sub-Par Race Performance

As athletes, I think we are fairly resilient people. The nature of running almost requires this quality as a pre-requisite to enter the club. On any given training day, there are a number of things to potentially overcome: scheduling conflicts, an upset stomach, nagging injuries, or mechanical failures. If we are able to mentally pick ourselves back up and salvage the positive aspects of these situations, we ultimately become better athletes, and people, in the long run.

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Running in the Heat

It's that time of year where the weather is hazy, hot and humid. Regardless of what the temperature is outside we still have to get in our runs. The treadmill is always an option, but if you're racing during the summer then chances are it'll be warm during one of your races. It could even be in the 80s during your fall marathon. The best way to prepare for a hot race is to train through the heat.

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Focus on The Things You Can Control, Not On The Things You Cannot

Thing about your next race or competition. Think about your goals for this race and what you want to accomplish. What needs to happen for you to consider this race a success?

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Running on Trails

Are your legs sore from the pavement? Are you tired of dodging cars? If so, then it might be time to change things up with some trail running! From basic flat, old railroad tracks to technical, narrow, steep paths, trails offer a great change to your running routine. Your experience and ability with off-road running will determine what type of trail is best for you.

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Marathon Training Schedule - The 5 Cornerstones

Your 26.2 was launched in 2011 by renowned coach Jesses Kropelnicki, founder of the nation's leading triathlon and nutrition services websites, QT2 Systems and The Core Diet. Your 26.2 is a running-specific subsidiary whose mission is to take the guess-work out of marathon training. Our well-established and proven training, racing, fueling, and nutritional protocols have improved marathoners across the world, and the Your 26.2 program will continue to help athletes attain PR times year after year.

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Running Through the Winter Weather...

Running during the winter months can be quite challenging, both mentally and physically, especially for those of us living in New England and other cold climates. If you have chosen an "A race" that falls during the spring, then your build weeks are going to fall in the dead of winter. That means a lot running in the cold, and quite possibly the dark. You must be prepared to brave the elements of ice, snow, and below freezing temps as you head out the door.

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Do I really need to lift weights?

Is weight lifting beneficial to endurance athletes? Does it translate to speed, or simply result in added weight? While there really isn't a simple yes or no answer, a quick response might lead you to believe that they are simply not necessary. The better question to ask, however, is can lifting weights properly help you achieve your PR this summer?

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Injured, or Just Sore?

The answer to this question is probably one of the hardest to answer for any athlete. More often then not, it is very difficult to answer this question without a visible injury, x-ray, or MRI. Now, before we get started, let's make sure that we know the difference. Muscle soreness is caused from overuse and the breakdown of the muscle fibers.

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How Often Should I Replace My Running Shoes?

Over the past several years the use of technology in the running industry has become very advanced, with particular regards to footwear. While the offerings may vary from one manufacturer to another, the end product is generally the same; highly specialized running footwear, for every runner. For many runners, there are still many questions regarding how to minimize the risk of injury. Despite the onslaught of technology, in the running shoe industry, this footwear still breaks down! So, the age old question, "how often should I replace my running shoes?"

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Should I try to stay in tip-top shape all year?

Is it in your best interest to stay in top shape all year round? Unlike most of the questions that have been addressed here before, the answer to this can be a simple, NO! It is important to take care of your body at all times, but this does not mean that you need to stay in tip-top shape all year long. Even the top athletes in the world take some time off. This time off is necessary to allow your body to recover and heal from the all of the physical stress you have put it through during the last season. It is also a great time to catch up on sleep and deal with other stresses in your life.

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As athletes, I think we are fairly resilient people. The nature of running almost requires this quality as a pre-requisite to enter the club. On any given training day, there are a number of things to potentially overcome: scheduling conflicts, an upset stomach, nagging injuries, or mechanical failures. If we are able to mentally pick ourselves back up and salvage the positive aspects of these situations, we ultimately become better athletes, and people, in the long run.

It's that time of year where the weather is hazy, hot and humid. Regardless of what the temperature is outside we still have to get in our runs. The treadmill is always an option, but if you're racing during the summer then chances are it'll be warm during one of your races. It could even be in the 80s during your fall marathon. The best way to prepare for a hot race is to train through the heat.

Thing about your next race or competition. Think about your goals for this race and what you want to accomplish. What needs to happen for you to consider this race a success?

Are your legs sore from the pavement? Are you tired of dodging cars? If so, then it might be time to change things up with some trail running! From basic flat, old railroad tracks to technical, narrow, steep paths, trails offer a great change to your running routine. Your experience and ability with off-road running will determine what type of trail is best for you.

Your 26.2 was launched in 2011 by renowned coach Jesses Kropelnicki, founder of the nation's leading triathlon and nutrition services websites, QT2 Systems and The Core Diet. Your 26.2 is a running-specific subsidiary whose mission is to take the guess-work out of marathon training. Our well-established and proven training, racing, fueling, and nutritional protocols have improved marathoners across the world, and the Your 26.2 program will continue to help athletes attain PR times year after year.

Running during the winter months can be quite challenging, both mentally and physically, especially for those of us living in New England and other cold climates. If you have chosen an "A race" that falls during the spring, then your build weeks are going to fall in the dead of winter. That means a lot running in the cold, and quite possibly the dark. You must be prepared to brave the elements of ice, snow, and below freezing temps as you head out the door.

Is weight lifting beneficial to endurance athletes? Does it translate to speed, or simply result in added weight? While there really isn't a simple yes or no answer, a quick response might lead you to believe that they are simply not necessary. The better question to ask, however, is can lifting weights properly help you achieve your PR this summer?

The answer to this question is probably one of the hardest to answer for any athlete. More often then not, it is very difficult to answer this question without a visible injury, x-ray, or MRI. Now, before we get started, let's make sure that we know the difference. Muscle soreness is caused from overuse and the breakdown of the muscle fibers.

Over the past several years the use of technology in the running industry has become very advanced, with particular regards to footwear. While the offerings may vary from one manufacturer to another, the end product is generally the same; highly specialized running footwear, for every runner. For many runners, there are still many questions regarding how to minimize the risk of injury. Despite the onslaught of technology, in the running shoe industry, this footwear still breaks down! So, the age old question, "how often should I replace my running shoes?"

Is it in your best interest to stay in top shape all year round? Unlike most of the questions that have been addressed here before, the answer to this can be a simple, NO! It is important to take care of your body at all times, but this does not mean that you need to stay in tip-top shape all year long. Even the top athletes in the world take some time off. This time off is necessary to allow your body to recover and heal from the all of the physical stress you have put it through during the last season. It is also a great time to catch up on sleep and deal with other stresses in your life.