Running Shoes Infographic

Interesting information, although obviously biased towards “normal” running shoes made by the major brands. Nothing about the minimalist running shoes here.

Running Shoes Infographic: How to Choose the Best Running Shoes

I’m updating the website, sorry for the inconvenience

I’ve had a few issues with the hosting of the site that have taken longer than I’d like to sort out. Apologies for the lack of updates over the last few months. I’m working on updating a few things now and hopefully Jogger Tunes will be back shortly. For those subscribed to the RSS feed, apologies if you receive several test posts in the next few days. I’ll try to keep the disruption to a minimum.

Jill Bruyere on hot to run faster

Jill Bruyere share’s training tips in How To Run Faster:

The biggest and most important thing you can do to get faster is to train consistently. Figure out how many days per week you can fit in your schedule and stick to it. And, be realistic. Only you know your time constraints, so do what you know you can and will accomplish each week.

Training consistently is key. At the beginning of 2011 I decided I would do a half marathon in May and set out on a 3 day per week training routine. For the most part, I followed it almost without a hitch, but after the half marathon I didn’t do anything for a full week. I sort of allowed myself a week’s rest, then did a run exactly a week after, and haven’t gone on another one since.

I’m getting up early tomorrow to start again with the routine, but I’m not happy I dropped the ball. Once you’re used to it it’s easy, but one slip and it gets harder to get back into the habit.

Make every minute count

Liz Plosser at Runner’s World:

Runners are a time-crunched crew. Too often, we push back our speed, fitness, or weight-loss goals when life gets in the way. The focused workouts in these pages are designed to make you faster, stronger, and fitter in however many minutes you can spare.

This article has a good collection of workouts ranging from 20, 30, 45 minutes to an hour (or more) and are broken down into categories.

The first series under the title “The busy runner’s guide to getting faster” is designed to improve speed. The second is called “The busy runner’s guide to staying fit”, which includes a section on stretching with photographs to show you how. This is cool. Then there’s the “The busy runner’s guide to loosing weight”, and finally the article ends with a recommendation for how to schedule a week depending on what the goal is (speed, fitness, weight loss) and how many days a week you can run.

Where have I been?

Apologies I haven’t posted anything in a couple of weeks. A lot has happened since:

  1. Work (ie. my day job) got hectic and has taken most of my time.
  2. I ran a half marathon 2 weeks ago and wanted to post about it, but haven’t had the time (see 1)
  3. I decided I don’t want to just post any running playlist unless I truly enjoy it.

Number 1 seems to be under control now, so I’ll have time to post often again.

Number 2 is still in the back of my head, I have a post almost ready about it that should be published soon.

Number 3 is the one I want to address. When I started this site I wanted to share my running playlists with everyone, and I did so often at the beginning. I gave them a star rating and was publishing every playlist I made. However, giving it more thought, I don’t think there’s any point in sharing my 1, 2 or even 3 star playlists. They’re obviously not great (in my opinion, at least) and I don’t run to them. A few I only ran 2 or 3 times before sharing and haven’t used again.

This is pointless.

I only want to share my favourite running playlists here, so I’ll probably post them less often.

Quote of the Day – Glenn Cunningham

In running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.

- Glenn Cunningham, American runner in the 1930s

via: Runners World Newsletter