Alexi Harding

Run with Team Continuum

Anyone who is familiar with me knows that I run with Team Continuum during the TCS NYC Marathon. This year, I plan on running with the team again to show my support for those battling cancer. It’s an exceptional team with many kind and talented members.

If you are looking to get in a good run and make a difference in the world, consider running with Team Continuum. Click here for more information.

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Register For The NYRR 5th Avenue Mile

If you’re looking for a marathon event this September, look no further than the 5th Avenue Mile!

NYRR has set up yet another enticing event that is sure to leave runners of all experience levels satisfied. The event features everything from youth programs to “Olympic-caliber professional men’s and women’s races.”

For more information, click here!

NYRR Offers Marathon Training

Hello all,

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written to you, but I’m back with an interesting update. The New York Road Runners are offering fully customized training courses on running marathons. Whatever your needs are, NYRR is here to help!

To read more on the training program, and to sign up, click here.

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.