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Run Slow to Run Fast February 18, 2008

Posted by Lisa Sabin in fitness, running.

2 energy systems are used during exercise, aerobic (with oxygen) and anaerobic (without oxygen). Building an aerobic base is the foundation for running faster. It is important to train both systems to run fast, however if the aerobic conditioning isn’t there, your performance will suffer.

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Longest Run in 4 years February 13, 2008

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, fitness, marathon, running.

The sun peaked over the horizon. Most sane people were still snoozing, when we started our run. Michelle excitedly pushed toward 8:30 pace, as I struggled for the first couple of miles. My GPS revealed a 155 HR, but I didn’t feel strong. I knew I had a long day ahead of me. We slowed our pace a bit when Andrea mentioned that we were starting out a little fast. There weren’t any complaints from me.
We ran down Madison to McGilvra to include part of the Seattle Marathon course. I have run this course in reverse countless times with groups I coached for Seattle Half Marathon or Mercer Island Half Marathon, over the years.

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10 tips for first time marathoners February 7, 2008

Posted by Lisa Sabin in fitness, healthy lifestyles, marathon, running.
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If you are a runner planning your first marathon, here are 10 tips you don’t want to miss. 

Almost anyone can run a marathon, with proper training.  It is the ultimate test for many.  26.2 miles will take you to your edge both mentally and physically. 

There is a vast difference between a first time marathoner and a veteran.  The first time marathoner may think they can run 26.2 miles, but they don’t know what it feels like.  They don’t know what to expect.  They haven’t put themselves to the test and passed the test.  The veteran runner knows how their body responds to training.  They know they can complete a marathon, because they’ve  already done it.

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Replace your Running Shoes February 6, 2008

Posted by Lisa Sabin in fitness, healthy lifestyles, running.
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If you want to stay on track with your running and fitness goals, the replace your running shoes on a regular basis.

Running in old, worn out shoes is a major cause of injury for runners.  Shoes break down and need to be replaced.  They lose shock absorption, stability and cushioning over time.  Continuing to run in old shoes increases stress on the joints, which can lead to overuse injuries.  Injuries such as shin splints, and tendonitis start as a nagging ache or pain, that can develop into a debilitating injury.  If the problem isn’t caught early, an annoying pain can become chronic injury. 

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Runners – don’t forget the carbs February 4, 2008

Posted by Lisa Sabin in fitness, nutrition, running.
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With all the carb free diets out there, it’s easy for runners and other athletes to fall into the trap of not getting enough carbohydrates in their diet to support their level of exercise

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Not Quite Ready To Run June 12, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, Fitness Goals, Recovering From Injury, running.
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It’s been about 7 weeks since my last run.  I am finding that I am nervous about running again.  My podiatrist said to take it slow and start out with 20 minutes, on a soft surface. 

I’ve just had this feeling that something is not quite right.  I am not normally a cautious person.  I get really excited about training and running.  I’ve been sidelined with injury 3 times over the course of my “running career”.  I’ve been seriously running since 1994.  This year is a big year for me.  I really want to run the Boston Marathon in the Spring of 2008. 

Participating in a repetitive sport can cause imbalances. Some muscles are weaker and others are stronger


Total Immersion Swimming-Trying It Out June 2, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in Crosstraining, fitness, Recovering From Injury, running, Swimming.
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Zappoman has some written a 3 part article about a swimming technique called total immersion. The author of the book, Terry Laughlin breaks down swimming for triathletes. It’s all about getting comfortable in the water. Some of the old habits I have from swimming the “Lisa Sabin” way have resulted in slow swim times, hurt bicep tendon and frustration. I am really first and foremost a runner. The only time I swim is if I am injured or gearing up for a sprint distance triathlon.

Now I find that I am eager to try using the total immersion technique….


Happy Feet! June 1, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, Cortisone, Fitness Goals, Injury Prevention, Plantar Fasciitis, Recovering From Injury, running.

My feet are happy! Cortisone is something that should not be abused, but there are times when it’s just what you need to get the healing process started!

Wednesday I went to my podiatrist to get a cortisone shot in my left heel. I must be getting tougher because the shot didn’t hurt that much….

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Coming Back From Plantar Fasciitis May 25, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in Plantar Fasciitis, Recovering From Injury, running.
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I am keeping my fingers crossed! I talked to my coach today and she suggested going out for a run to see how my heel is doing. I went for an easy run on the Burke-Gilman Trail. I stayed on the grass or gravel and avoided the pavement.


Plantar Fasciitis Update May 22, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in Plantar Fasciitis, Recovering From Injury, running.

I have committed to taking the month of May off running in order to rid myself of this evil plantar fasciitis. I’ve been suffering since September. If you’ve been following my blog you know I’ve tried decreasing mileage, massage, ice stretching, orthodics, everything short of drugs!

Well, I have used ibuprofen, which is a drug. But, I haven’t taken the next step of getting a cortizone shot. I’ve had one before and they are really painful. I’m saving cortizone for the last resort.

It’s been 4 weeks this Thursday, since I last ran…..more….