Inspired by the Marathon? 3 great programs to get your training going!

If you’re one of hundreds of thousands of spectators that were amazed at this year’s Boston marathon… why not begin the journey to do a marathon yourself!?

It takes time and a lot of dedication… but if you set your mind to it chances are you WILL be able to do one.

To get you started (or a little inspired) here are 3 programs to check out to get you started… and if you want a little tech assistance, don’t forget to check out some Apps to boost your fitness level as well!

1. Hal Higdon

http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51135/Marathon-Training-Guide

Check the navigation bar on the right – you are VERY likely to find  a program that fits your needs! According to Higdon:

Among my most enjoyable activities is helping runners train for the marathon. I estimate that I have assisted a half million runners reach the finish line of 26 mile 385 yard races. Even that estimate may be low given the number of people who have purchased copies of my best-selling book, Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide, who have signed up for my interactive training programs or who, like you, have surfed into this Web site.

So… quite legit and great resource to get you going. GO FOR IT! You’ll n

2. BAA (Boston Athletic Association) 

http://www.baa.org/programs/training-programs/marathon-training.aspx

What better place than the people in charge of running (pun intended) the Boston marathon itself? They keep it simple with 3 programs (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) so if you’re suffering from too much information-itis, this is a great place to get some basic training programs from.

3. Not quite ready for a marathon? Try the “Couch-to-5K” by Cool Running training program!

http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

So, you’re not a runner, but still want to give the whole running thing a try? Not to worry – the Couch-to-5K program will get you there!

With a combination of walking and running, this program will have you running your first 5K (3.2 miles) in no time!  Another great place for inspiration if you’re new to running.

3 awesome apps to boost your fitness level

In a world where there are hundreds of thousands of Apps, we took a leap of faith and picked 3 of our favorites. Heck, one of them is not even a fitness App, but it will hel you get through those long winter runs.

What are some of your favorite Apps and what do you like about them? 

 

1. MyFitnessPal

This app has over 2 million food items in its database, allowing you to easily keep track of the calories you consume on a daily basis.

It is extremely easy to use – simply open the app, pull the bar code scanner, scan your food item, and voila, you’ve databased the food you just ate!  MyFitnessPal does all the math in the back, giving you calorie breakdowns and a lot more great information to make it extremely easy to keep a food log of everything you eat.  Find out more here:  http://www.myfitnesspal.com/mobile/iphone

App screenshots:

                           

 

2. MapMyRun / MapMyRide / MapMyFitness

This app uses your built-in GPS to track all aspects of your daily activity – whether you’re going for a walk, a bike ride, a run, skiing – you name it! It tracks your movements and gives you duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and even makes a map of the route you traveled.  You can synch it with your music on your iPhone or Android, take photos of the places you go to… but more importantly it allows you to keep track of your activity and also challenge yourself to do similar workouts / routes faster, bringing a little “gamification” to the table.  Find out more here: http://www.mapmyfitness.com/

App screenshots:

                     

 

3. Spotify

That’s right, the music provider Spotify is also an incredible fitness tool that will help you stay motivated and perhaps even make a tedious workout just a little more exciting!

The great thing about Spotify is that your music is on the cloud. In other words, you don’t need to download songs to your phone so it hugs very little memory. Additionally, you can play ANY song you want and can choose from hundreds – if not thousands – of curated playlists by other users that allow you to find your style and choice. Want to find a Workout Music playlist? it’s there.  Want some techno Workout music? You got it. Prefer some easy-listening Yoga Workout Music? Boom, you can find it there.

While it doesn’t track any stats for your workout, it will help you stay motivated on those long runs / rides. Give a try if you’re not using it today!  Find out more here: https://www.spotify.com/us/

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Defy the Darkness: 5 Tips for Jogging After the Sun Goes Down

Working long hours? Unable to get out for that jog until after dark? Keep these 5 tips in mind to stay safe and get the most out of your work out.

1. Be prepared

This means be seen and have ID. Wearing bright and reflective clothing will help keep your from being accidentally struck. In the case that you are struck not accidentally (because you’re wearing bright clothing) but on purpose, having ID will let whomever struck you know who to call. Also, should you not be struck at all, keeping that ID handy will let you stop at your local for that mid-run beer, so you can you know, stay hydrated.

 

Man running on the road at night in Emigration Canyon near Salt Lake City, Utah

Source: http://www.konarunner.wordpress.com

2. Have a plan

Exploring a run route for the first time at night leaves a lot to chance and can put you in disorienting or dangerous situations. Familiarize yourself with the route before running it after dark. Or risk meeting this dude.

man-in-overcoat-running-at-night-in-fog-lee-avison

Source: http://www.fineartamerica.com

3. Tell somebody where you’re headed

Let someone know where you’re headed and when you expect to be back. Or, better yet, run with a buddy. Or with 100 buddies.

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Source: http://www.runningwithhaynes.com

4. Situational awareness is key

Running after dark is not the time for earbuds. Keep your wits about you and be aware of your surroundings at all times, but especially after dark. And what better way to run after dark than by wearing night vision goggles?

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Source: http://www.walrusnyc.com

5. Run against traffic

Hey. It is easier for you to see vehicles than it is for them to see you. And it is easier to see them when they’re coming toward you. And it’s way easier to cross the street to run against traffic than it is to recover from being run over by this guy who came at you from behind.

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Source: http://www.barewalls.com

So don’t be afraid to get out there and run after dark! I mean, this magnificent dude is getting after it, and he’s doing it on one foot. Just do it the right, safe way.

Midnight Run

Source: http://www.philrhodes959.blogspot.com