Running

Train to Run APPLETREE – Week 3

Posted by on August 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm

We are two weeks in and ready to progress towards the finish line of the APPLETREE Sunset 5K/10K or Half Marathon. Remember, for those new to running, if you need to progress more slowly, that’s okay. You know your body better than anyone so if you need to adjust the programming to fit how your body is feeling, be sure to listen to your body.

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Train to Run APPLETREE: Week 2

Posted by on August 14, 2018 at 7:46 am

Hopefully, you’ve survived week one of the APPLETREE Training program and are now ready to progress. For those new to running, fifteen seconds of running at a time isn’t too bad, but as we increase this week, if you need to back off a bit that’s ok too. You could make the increase for as long as you can and then drop back to 15 seconds of running and 45 seconds of walking for the remainder of the 30 minutes. That’s true for the additional two programs – remember that you all know your body better than anyone so if you need to adjust the programming to fit how your body is feeling, be sure to do that.

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Train to Run APPLETREE

Posted by on August 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm

Vancouver is hosting the Inaugural APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon and Sunset 5K/10K on Saturday and Sunday September 15th & 16th with a “Run through History” theme and the Columbian newspaper is the Media sponsor for this event. The start/finish line will be on Officer’s Row in front of the historical Grant House and will travel through the Fort, past the Pearson Museum and Airport, past the oldest Apple Tree on the Pacific Coast, along the water front and through downtown past the Columbian newspaper which is one of the oldest locally, family-owned newspapers in the country operating since 1890. Since Kids 17 and under can register for the 5K for FREE and with a distance for everyone in the family, we want to provide training guidelines and a program to make sure everyone is ready for race day!

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Running Clubs & Performance Tips

Posted by on June 11, 2018 at 3:25 pm

GF1Last week, we reviewed a progressive Learn to Run Program to help get you ready for the local Boston-qualifying APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon and Sunset 5K on Sept 15th & 16th that will have thousands of runners and walkers participating from around the Northwest and across the country.

We are so fortunate in Clark County that we have many opportunities to run or walk on trails away from traffic including the Salmon Creek Trail, the Discovery Trail, the Padden Parkway Trail, the Columbia River Waterfront Trail, the Frenchmans Bar/Vancouver Lake Trial, the Lacamas Lake and Round Lake Trail System, the Battleground Lake Trail system and the Washougal Waterfront Trail.

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Learn to Run on Global Running Day

Posted by on June 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Global Running Day is this Wednesday June 6th, a day designated for runners to reaffirm their passion for running and also a good day for beginners to begin a life-changing commitment to running. With the weather so nice lately, you’ll notice a lot of people out running on the Waterfront, Salmon Creek, Padden Parkway and Discovery Trails so Vancouver definitely has the running bug!

 

 

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Mind Games Get You Through a Workout….

Posted by on August 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm

….or race!

Have you ever struggled to get through a workout? We’ve recently had a number of local athletes complete an Ironman Triathlon which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. Can you imagine how mentally tough you need to be to get through the training to prepare you to race and complete these types of distances?! Can you imagine swimming and biking for that long and then having to start a marathon in the middle of the day?! It is physically and mentally grueling and Ironman athletes report that they have to play mind games all day to get to the finish line.

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Running Circuit Workout

Posted by on April 17, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Running Circuit Workout….great option!

Runners, cyclists, & triathletes love to be outdoors, are a highly motivated group and often have little issues adhering to their running or cycling programs. But trying to get them indoors to complete a strength workout can be difficult! You wouldn’t think that these athletes would have any difficulty with compliance but when it comes to the weight room, I hear the same, common excuse “I’d just rather be outside running or biking”. I’ve tried educating them on the importance of strength training. I’ve tried bribing them with the reported benefits. I’ve had to even threaten them but to no avail. So rather than beat my head against a wall, here is a resistance training program that will please any outdoor warrior while still obtaining the critical benefits of muscular strength, endurance and balance. Read more on Running Circuit Workout…

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Running Program Week 11

Posted by on October 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

471451_Girlfriends_run_17_t760x500It’s Race Day – Steps Leading Up to Your Race

If you’ve followed along with this running program series, you’ve learned about proper running progression, correct running technique, important strengthening exercises for your core, hips, and feet as a runner, key stretches and muscle release techniques and more.

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Running Program Week 10

Posted by on October 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Foam Rolling to Release Muscle Aches and Pains

Over the last two months, I’ve focused this column on running programs. Well, the running community is probably a little stiff right now with thousands completing the Portland Full and Half Marathon on October 5th and the Girlfriends Run for a Cure on October 12th as well as many other local runs.  So we’ve probably got a number of people feeling a little tight and walking a little funny. So I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to discuss the merits of Self-Myofascial Release using Foam Rollers – a perfect way to help release tight areas for runners and athletes of all kinds!  I’m a firm believer in the importance of body work such as massage as well as daily foam rolling if you are extremely active. It’s the support your body needs to be able to continue doing what you want for years and years! You can purchase a foam roller at most fitness equipment retailers as well as many department stores.

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Running Program Week 9

Posted by on October 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm

During the last 2 months, we’ve discussed general running guidelines to help you design a running program to prepare you for the local, popular runs including the Girlfriends Run for a Cure that will have thousands of runners and walkers participating from around the Northwest in the next few weeks.

Last week, we reviewed the importance of running technique and discussed how muscle tightness can affect your running mechanics.  So this week and next, we will focus on various mobility and release techniques to keep you running strong and injury free. Today, I’m going to start with wall stretching which is a very relaxing way to release and since most runners are super tight to begin with, they are more likely to do it since it’s not so painful!

Complete the following stretching program after each run or workout.  Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds – ideally longer.  And remember, hold each stretch to the point of tension – not pain!

stretch wall hamstringsHamstring on the wall: Lie on your back with your hips close to the wall and your legs positioned straight up against the wall. To make the stretch less intense, move your hips a few inches away from the wall.  To make the stretch more intense, keep your hips positioned right up against the wall and wrap a towel around your feet and lightly pull your legs a few inches away from the wall.  Feel your stretch in the muscles at the back of your upper leg.  Hold this stretch for as long as you feel comfortable – minimum 30 seconds each leg and ideally longer.  Try to relax and breathe in to the stretch.  Feel free to read a magazine or watch T.V. while holding this stretch.  This is a great stretch to do after a run because it assists in the recovery process as blood is flushed from the legs back to the heart. Read more on Running Program Week 9…