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Like the previous drill, heel walking targets the muscles of the lower leg, ankle, and

foot.  More of the emphasis, however, is on the shin.  This drill plays an important role

in the prevention of shin splints (one of the most common complaints of distance

runners).



You might think that marathoners don't need high knee lift, but they do!  This drill will

help strengthen your hip flexors, improve your flexibility, and lengthen your stride.




Butt kicks are a great way to stretch the quadriceps (the muscle in the front of the

thigh).  The quads are important for lifting your knees and increasing your speed.

Quads are often the first thing to go at the end of marathons, causing runners to come

shuffling across the finish line because they have a hard time lifting their feet off the

ground.  This drill will keep that muscle flexible and ready for action




For Quick Skips, don't worry about the distance that you cover.  This drill is all about

maximizing turnover and minimizing the amount of time that your feet spend on the

ground. 



 

You might think that running 100 meter strides won't prepare you for running a 5k, 10k,

half marathon, or marathon, but we promise that it will.  Take each stride as an

opportunity to focus on your running form.  Over time, those form improvements will

carry over into your training runs, your pace runs, and (most importantly!) your races. 



More Exercise is Better

Written by Coach Tom McGlynn February 23, 2010

This is for all of you wondering why we run through the winter, the cold and rainy days, and all the aches and pains.

More exercise is better so let’s keep running.



Pre-Race Sleep

January 31, 2010

Everybody’s been there: sleepless on the night before a big race.

Countless articles and anecdotal stories have been shared on this topic. Certainly, Focus-N-Fly’ers probably have an entire wing to add to the library. However, it takes a little bit of time to become comfortable and game plan your race “eve” strategies. When you do this game planning, here are some key pieces of info to keep in mind:



To Gu or Not to Gu

Written by Dena Evans April 08, 2009

Call me old school. Or maybe, I’ve been reading too much Michael Pollan.  But I have had a hard time getting used to the “food-like” products marketed toward distance runners, marathoners in particular.    Whatever happened to old-fashioned energy consumption?  That is, what’s wrong with food and drink?  Am I the only one who feels this way?



To pass along to your non-running friends!

From CNN.com

Story Highlights

  • Stanford University study finds that running did not damage joints in aging runners
  • Runners still need to take precautions: Don’t run with injuries, wear proper shoes
  • Aging runners less likely to die from certain ailments, study says

Full story here.

 



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