Stretching Before Exercise or Running: Why You Should Stop It, According to Research

I have vivid memories of sitting in a circle with teammates as The Coach cycles us through our stretches before practice/gym. “Ok, legs together and down. Touch your toes, and keep those knees straight! Now hold.” I never wondered why we stretched, or if it actually worked. I just assumed that Coach knows best, and … Read more

How to Test Your Running Fitness Accurately Using the “Solo Race” Method

With no large group races happening for over a year now, how are runners supposed to know if our training is working? More importantly, how are we supposed to brag to everyone on social media without that post-race shiny medal selfie!? I can’t help you with the medal part (or the need for external validation that I clearly relate to), but I have a practice that will allow you to test your running fitness accurately across your season without needing a big race to do it: The “Solo Race Test.”

How I Overcame Injury and Took Control of my Fitness

Colin running race

… and why everyone should have a coach. I’m sweating, the treadmill says 7.5, and I’m feeling good! Just a few minutes left in this run… maybe I’ll push it up to 8.5 for a fast finish, then do some stretching. The machine whirs faster as the belt speeds up, my legs respond with extra … Read more