Hey Folks! I’m sorry to announce that this site is going to be shut down. Hardly out of the gate, ModRunning.com got strapped by ridiculously high hosting and contact management fees. When we began, we decided to go with a boutique hosting provider and, ultimately, that ended up biting us in the end.
All is not lost, however!
We have backed up the content of this site! There are many competitive hosting and contact management providers out there. At some point in the future – perhaps when things slow down again (winter time?) – we will spin ModRunning.com back up with a whole new look and functionality.
Once our current hosting provider pulls the plug, ModRunning.com will be forwarded to http://facebook.com/RunningForBeginners so it will live on, in a sense. You can certainly browse the content for answers of just ask away and let the Running For Beginners community help out! This is encouraged!
Until ModRunning.com is reborn, we wish you the best, that you run swiftly and without pain or injury, and that you truly enjoy all that running can be for you.
I recently had a conversation with a running beginner on Facebook and was asked about her beginners running program and how frequently she can schedule her runs. This is a great question! While folks who have been running for years don’t think twice about running frequency, this is a very important component of the beginners running program.
Suffice it to say that this response definitely does NOT fit all. This runner has conditioned herself in such a way that may or may not match others who are beginning running. Please keep that in mind.
Anyway, regarding a beginners running program and running frequency, here was my response (edited slightly for added value): Continue reading →
A fellow runner and I were talking the other day about how difficult it is for some people to garner some exercise motivation. We runners are challenged with this every day, especially when it’s cold, dark, or rainy, or even when it’s blisteringly hot! While searching around, I came across this article that I thought might help you increase motivation for running!
Keep in mind that you need not be running longer distances like a half-marathon or a full marathon, as mentioned in this article, in order to need some motivation for running from time to time. Sometimes it’s difficult enough just to find the energy to pull all the clothes off the treadmill in order to start that new running program. I get it – life happens. Whether it is a marathon or your first mile, the need to increase motivation for running is the same. Read on… Continue reading →
Jogging and running both revolve around the same principles. In fact, jogging is essentially where you’ll start as a running beginner - running, but slower. The optimal mechanics, form, and techniques differ minimally between jogging and running. Of course, it simply takes better cardiovascular efficiency and, perhaps, more fast-twitch muscle fibers to run faster. Don’t worry, you’ll get there!
Check out this great video clip that introduces some basic jogging and running techniques.
Running stretches are a core component to better running. And by “better,” I mean a whole host of improved experiences including speed improvements, reduced soreness, faster recovery, injury prevention, and the list goes on and on. In an effort to bring you more information about running stretches, I searched and found the following article. It stood out to me, in fact, because it only focused on stretching after running. Check it out and read my comments below:
Why You Should Stretch After Running
Running is a vigorous and a tough all over body workout. Many injuries can be caused by failing to stretch after a running work out and it is even more important to stretch after running to ensure that your muscles have Continue reading →
A friend forwarded this amazing slow-motion video exemplifying a very important running technique:
What running technique am I referring to? It’s called the “mid-foot strike”.
Play this again and again until you can see exactly how the first two runner’s feet land on the pavement as compared to the third runner. While all three women are amazingly strong runners, you can see that … Continue reading →
I am always looking for motivational running tips and tricks and I ran across this article – someone dealing with the exact opposite of running motivation: demotivation, due to weight gain.
I was able to run 3 miles 3 times this week!!
I have been going to the running track while my son is at pre school.
I even got a new pair of running shoes last night because mine were junky and didn’t provide much support. My ankles and back were pretty sore.
I ran across this article recently and it caught my eye. Give it a quick read and continue below for my comments…
Two Simple Techniques to Improve Your Running Efficiency
Much of the activity of running requires less effort than you think. One of these is the leg swing, a movement that makes up a considerable amount of the action. Many runners use a kicking action to bring their foot forward for the next stride yet this use a tremendous amount of unnecessary effort. Once your foot is off the floor it requires no effort at all for it to swing through. Try the following exercise to appreciate how to run more efficiently. Continue reading →