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Overnight Relay Training

Overnight Relay Training

Like most people, I didn’t even think about training when I ran my first Ragnar Relay. That was partially because I was recruited to the team so late in the game; but also because the whole idea sounded so absurd that I wouldn’t have known where to start if I wanted to develop a training plan. Unlike most major races, you may not known how far you’re going to run in an overnight relay until a … Read entire article »

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2012 Del Sol Ragnar Relay Team

2012 Del Sol Ragnar Relay Team

We’ve just filled our Tennessee Ragnar Relay team and we’re happy to officially announce that we’re headed to the desert in February! We’ll be traversing the beautiful scenery of the American West as we travel from Wickenburg, AZ, through the Sonoran desert, around the Phoenix metropolitan area, and across the finish line in Tempe, AZ. It’s a 200 mile running party and we can’t wait to participate! If you’re an overnight relay veteran, then you know … Read entire article »

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Medicine Ball Core Workout

Medicine Ball Core Workout

If you’ve been strengthening your core with our basic core strengthening routine for the past few months, then you’re probably ready to kick things up a notch. A simple way to do that is to add a medicine ball. Medicine balls are versatile, store easily and retail for about $15-$30 depending on the weight and quality. Just about any exercise you do with your body weight can also be done with a medicine ball. In … Read entire article »

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Improving Aerobic Capacity

Improving Aerobic Capacity

Aerobic capacity is the maximum capacity of a person’s body to transport and use oxygen during exercise. It is also referred to as VO2max and it’s explained in our previous article. In order to improve your aerobic capacity, you have to stress your body’s systems for delivering and processing oxygen to the limit. The key is to stress those systems to the limit, but not beyond. In other words, you have to practice running right … Read entire article »

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Wall Inversions

Wall Inversions

Since running primarily engages the lower body, tightness and stiffness in the hips & glutes is often experienced. These are some the largest, most powerful areas of the body; and it is key to keep these muscles supple and balanced in order to avoid strain on any of the weaker surrounding areas, such as the lower back. In the physical practice of Yoga, we are looking to create strength where the body is weak, as … Read entire article »

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Saving on the cost of an overnight relay

Saving on the cost of an overnight relay

With the rapid growth in popularity of overnight running relays in recent years, there has been an influx of runners looking to join in on the fun. Many of those new to the experience aren’t aware of what goes into a successful team adventure. With an average team registration fee of around $1200, the cost per runner is about the same as most marathons. That’s only part of the total cost, though. Additional team fees … Read entire article »

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Basic upper body strengthening routine for runners

Basic upper body strengthening routine for runners

While some runners ignore strength training completely, there’s a bigger tendency to ignore strengthening the upper body even among those who regularly perform exercises to strengthen their legs and core. Aside from the fact that it’s just a good idea to maintain a strong, balanced body overall, upper body strength training actually does specifically help runners. Your arms are part of your overall running motion, so a good base of upper body strength helps keep your … Read entire article »

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