Author: Alexi Harding

About Alexi Harding

Alexi Harding is a financial executive and senior managing director at the Opes Group. In his spare time, he thoroughly enjoys running whenever he gets the chance. By constantly pushing himself, Alexi has been able to participate in multiple marathons and philanthropic initiatives. More specifically, Alexi has run under the Team Continuum banner at the NYC marathon and particularly enjoys helping those who need help most. Every runner has a story. This is Alexi's.

MapMyRun’s “Runners: Is One Side of Your Body Weaker Than the Other?”

As humans, we naturally have a dominant hand. This is the hand that we write with, shake hands, eat with, etc. But sometimes that can extend to other areas, like sports. More specifically, runners can have a dominant side, meaning that some runners have one strong side and one side that’s a bit weaker.

MapMyRun’s blog recently wrote an article on the topic.

Here’s an excerpt:

“If you’re a runner, hopefully you’re already wise to the advantages of doing regular strength workouts. But, while strength training is key for doing well in any activity, there’s a type that’s especially critical for runners: unilateral strength training.

According to Lauren Loberg, DPT, board-certified clinical orthopedic specialist with TRIA Orthopaedic, the top benefit of performing unilateral strength exercises — like single-leg squats and deadlifts — is you’re training your body to meet the demands of your sport. After all, running is a single-leg activity, so it only makes sense that you would benefit from moves that shore up your single-leg strength, stability and coordination.”

To read the full article, click here!


MapMyRun’s “3 Common Strength Training Mistakes Runners Make”

MapMyRun has another fantastic blog detailing some of the most common strength training mistakes runners make. As a runner (or an athlete in general), it’s important to remember that your body has a limit and you can not overwork that limit. If you are training too hard or too often, then you need to correct your regimen accordingly.

MapMyRun’s blog offers some advice on how to avoid those mistakes. Here’s an excerpt:

“Strength training is such a critical piece of a runner’s training that it shouldn’t be considered cross-training: It’s just how runners prepare to run fast.

When you consider the enormous benefits of lifting weights, it’s a no-brainer to include it as part of your training. Here is a short list of positive results:

  • Reduced likelihood of injuries
  • More power and strength
  • Higher levels of neuromuscular coordination
  • More mitochondria and a faster finishing kick
  • Better running economy”

To read the full article, click here!

MapMyRun’s “9 Ways to Tackle Downhills on a Run”

If you’ve ever had issues tackling a downhill run, then MapMyRun has you covered. Here is an excerpt:

“Running uphill seems like the greatest challenge the trail presents … until you start to run down.

Between the eccentric stretching of your muscles, the massive load your legs are under as you pummel down the trail and the technical obstacles that might lie in your way, descending quickly becomes just as tough as ascending. And the aftermath can be even more painful. If you’re considering a trail race — like the Under Armour Mountain Running Series, for example — you can prep all you want for uphills, but if you ignore the downhill component, you’re asking for trouble.”

To read the full article, click here!

MapMyRun’s “5 Core Exercises for Runners to Eliminate Back Pain”

As runners, working on your core is incredibly important. And MapMyRun, as usual, has a few more tips and tricks on how to work on your core in order to eliminate back pain. Here is an excerpt:

“Low back pain doesn’t discriminate. It affects 80% of people at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. So it makes sense that runners (and other exercisers) are no stranger to back pain. A study published in January in the Journal of Biomechanics proposed that one culprit may be weak deep core muscles.

Researchers had 80 runners without low back pain run across a floor with sensors embedded in it to measure the force under runners’ feet as they ran. The runners also sported reflective markers so the scientists could see how different parts of their bodies moved as they ran.”

To read the full article, click here.

Important Information For Brooklyn Half 2018

Hello all,

I trust you’re all ready and eager for the Brooklyn Half on Saturday! I’ve received an email from NYRR about the race, offering some advice and timing information. I’ve provided some of the basics below:

  • Dress for wet weather. We will collect all discarded clothing and shoe coverings at the start and will provide heat sheets to all finishers at Coney Island.
  • Take time now to make your travel plans for race day and read about race-day essentials. Please take public transportation to the start and check MTA’s The Weekender and the PATH’s alerts and advisories for the latest mass transit updates. There is no parking at the start.
  • On race morning, please do not wait inside the subway stations near the start. This will create congestion for other runners arriving on trains behind you.
  • Please note that umbrellas are prohibited in the corrals and anywhere on the course. You will not be able to bring an umbrella through security screening or run with an umbrella. Review the list of prohibited items in our Rules of Competition.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to your wave start, allowing time to clear security checks and drop off your bag, if necessary.

To read even more information, click here!

MapMyRun’s “12 Things Only Runners Will Understand”

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m back and I’ve got a great deal of content to share!

Firstly, I have a new blog from MapMyRun. Titled “12 Things Only Runners Will Understand,” the article highlights some of the most common issues or scenarios that runners are familiar with that non-runners wouldn’t understand.

Here is an excerpt:

“Running is a hard sport and those of us who wake up and get out of bed day after day to pound the pavement are indeed a rare breed. This can make some of the things we do a little hard to understand for the non-runners among us.

Whether it’s runner’s high or weird tan lines, here are 12 things only runners can truly relate to”

To read the full article, click here!