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Rethinking RICE: The Old Standard Method May Not Actually Be the Best Treatment for Acute Injuries

Jul 12 2017 - 6:10pm
Sports injury RICE protocol

In my years working as a rehabilitation therapist, the standard treatment for acute musculoskeletal injuries was RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Without fail, we recommended this protocol to reduce inflammation and pain. Inflammation, we were taught, increases pain and delays healing. But a new school of thought may be turning the RICE protocol on its head.

How to Select the Best Running Shoes for Women with Flat Feet

Jun 1 2017 - 12:21am
Woman Running at Dawn

Flat feet or fallen arches can come with a lot of other issues and for runners with flat feet it means four things: they have to take extreme care with stretching, training, knowing warning signs of problems, and selection of running shoes. There are a lot of considerations when selecting the right footwear so I decided to consult the experts regarding how to select the best running shoes for women with flat feet.

How One Woman Broke Marathon Barriers for Women and Is Still Running 50 Years Later

Apr 18 2017 - 9:18pm
Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Switzer made history in 1967 as the first official female registrant to enter and complete the famous Boston Marathon, although she was not the first woman to run the race. In 1966, Roberta Bingay Gibb, ran the marathon without being registered. Women runners were rare because many people had the misconception that women were the weaker sex and physically unable to run long distance.

This is How Hiking Can Make Our Brains More Positive and Keep Us Happy

May 31 2016 - 8:43pm
Hiking and weight loss

Getting out into nature can do more than just make us feel better, it can actually cause our brains to grow in functionality. Exposing ourselves to fresh air, problem solving without technology, and being disconnected from the world can help our brain to reach its maximum potential.

Running 101 For Newbies - What You Need to Know

Nov 6 2015 - 6:52pm
Running 101

Running was the one thing I had always wanted to do and never thought I had the talent. I remember running a race at school when I was about 10 and finding myself so out of breath I couldn’t cross the finish line. That was perhaps one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. Then when I was 13, I had a coach who really encouraged running and I bought my first pair of running shoes. I ran cross country, but, still didn’t believe in myself enough to give running a real shot.

Get Lost on Your Next Run: America's Most Scenic Running Trails

Jan 12 2015 - 2:22pm
Scenig running trail

The world is a beautiful place and it has many scenic places for runners. Each season holds its own grandeur and allure, and the different ecosystems that exist on our planet provide even more variation in scenery and captivating views - which is simultaneously great news and hugely beneficial for runners.

What It Means to be a Runner

Jan 3 2015 - 4:17pm
Marathon runners

“This year I am going to run my first full marathon." "I’m going to make sure I run every single day." "New Year, new me: Couch to 5k, here I come!” Sound like any resolutions of yours? If so, there are a couple of things you must know before you start your New Year as a runner and attempt to adopt the running lifestyle, because there is so much more to being a runner than simply running.

50 Marathons Finishes & No Signs of Stopping

Dec 23 2014 - 2:07pm
Marathon Running

1310 miles. That distance is just a couple hundred miles shy of the length of US Highway 101 that stretches from Oregon through California. And as of the finish line at the 2014 Kiawah Island Marathon, it is also the total amount of "race miles" (not including miles of training!) run by South Carolina marathon runner, Ferris Stewart. This successfully finished marathon marking Stewart’s 50th marathon.

2015 New Year's Resolution: Run with a Purpose

Dec 9 2014 - 4:49pm
running a marathon

There are a number of reasons why a runner chooses to run. Weight loss & physical fitness, stress relief, and cardiovascular endurance and strengthening are all excellent examples of excuses runners use when explaining why they love to run. But when superficial benefits cease to be enough for a runner, races supporting charitable causes easily add to the multitude of reasons and benefits obtained from running.

Christmas Shop for the Runner in Your Life

Dec 1 2014 - 6:20pm
Christmas Shop for Runner

The Christmas season is here, which means it’s time to start holiday shopping for your favorite runners! To the non-runner, unfamiliar with popular and essential running gadgets and accessories, this might seem like a dauntingly impossible task, a recipe for disaster and an unhappy runner on Christmas morning. Fortunately for you, however, you now have an escape from this terrifying fate.

Compression Socks - Worth all the Hype or Just Another Running Trend?

Oct 20 2014 - 2:19pm
Compression socks

Compression socks initially made their debut as medically necessary apparel for diabetics, airline pilots, and women fighting unsightly varicose veins. In more recent years, these knee-highs have transitioned their reputation into a fashionable, performance enhancing accessory for athletes and runners alike. When speaking of their medical benefits, critics can attest to their necessity and effectiveness, however, when it comes to their role in providing an athletic edge to runners, said critics are skeptical to say the least.

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