3 Simple Tricks To Improve Running Form

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By Jason Fitzgerald

 

1. Perfect your foot strike

Whether you strike heel, midfoot, or forefoot first, your foot should land directly underneath your body.

 

2. Run tall to run right

Simply put: Imagine a string is attached to the top of your head and an imaginary giant is pulling it upward toward the sky.

 

3. Know your cadence

To determine cadence, count the number of times your foot lands in one minute, then double. Ideal cadence for easy runs should be at least 170 steps per minute.

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5 Tips For Summer Running

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While surfing the net in search of health tips, I came across an interesting to-do list for runners venturing into the summer heat. Below, @jason_devaney1 gives a few pointers on how to remain active and healthy when running  during the dog days of summer.

 1. Hydrate

Hydration is never more important than during a hot summer run. Your body heats up as you work out, and some people can lose five or 10 pounds of sweat during a long run. You can do one of three things: Drive your running route ahead of time and stash some water and sports drink in various spots, bring a fuel belt, or leave cold drinks at your house and run a loop past it every few miles so you can drink up.

2. Dress Lightly

Now is clearly not the time of year to be wearing running pants or heavy base layers. A pair of light, breathable running shorts, along with a top made of a wicking material, is all you need. Throw on a hat and sunglasses to protect your scalp and face from the sun, and wear sunscreen—particularly on your nose, arms, neck, and legs (the back of my calves always burn). If you’re wearing a tank top, be sure to get your shoulders.

3. Be Prepared

You should be prepared for every run, whether it’s 20 degrees and snowing, 85 and sunny and everything in between. Being prepared means bringing identification (try a Road ID), cash and/or a credit card and a phone. You never know what can happen out there. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very serious … if you start to feel ill, call for help or flag down a motorist.

 4. Cool Down

When you return home from your summer run, you’re most likely drenched with sweat and feeling overheated. Grab a drink of cold water and hop in the shower. Turn the water as cold as you can stand it and let your body cool down. Or, if you’re feeling particularly bold, give yourself an ice bath and bring your body temperature down to a normal level again.

 5. Ease Into It

After months of running in colder temperatures your body won’t be used to pounding out 15 miles in the hot summer sun. So don’t jump right into it. If you have a long run scheduled and the forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s, head out before sunrise when it’s not as warm. Or wait until the evening. Try to run along shady paths as much as possible. After a few weeks your body will adapt—but don’t become complacent. If it’s too hot or if you’re not prepared, it’s better to wait a day than to to go put yourself in potential danger.

 

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Broccoli City Festival (LA)

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Super Excited for our LA Edition of #BCFEST!

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The Power Of Determination

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Some of the best motivational stories derive from sports: Zach Hodskins, a student athlete born with one arm, accepted an offer to  pursue his dream of playing college basketball with the University of Florida as a preferred walk-on.

Thank you, Zach, for showing us once again that no goal is unattainable through faith and hard work.

 

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Google, Adidas Create “Talking” Sneaker That Nags You Into Exercising

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Forget Google Glass; the tech giant is in the footwear business now. Or at least it was at the SXSW series of film, interactive, and music festivals in Austin on Monday. Together with Adidas, the technology giant unveiled its concept “Talking Shoe,” a smart sneaker designed to get people off the couch and exercising. But Google didn’t just see fit to give the shoe the usual moving parts (an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a pressure sensor, Bluetooth connectivity). The sneaker also boasts a personality, one that is alternatively cheering and jeering depending on your level of activity. Peep the video [Read more…]

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Nike Flyknit Lunar1+

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Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ construction reduces our typical footwear waste by an average of 80%. That looks good in any color.

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Lycra joins Levi’s, Nike in move aimed to shrink carbon footprint

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Next time you see a group of oversized January dieters jumping around in undersized lycra, try not to be so offended, because the makers of the stretchy fabric are taking steps to go green. Swiss company INVISTA, owner of the Lycra brand, announced last week that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which counts high profile brands including Nike, Marks & Spencer and Levi’s among its members. SAC last year unveiled the Higg Index aiming to help clothing companies identify opportunities to reduce the environmental and social impacts of their products. INVISTA has said it will now help SAC further refine the index, providing data and resources to the group so that its partners can better calculate the environmental impact of the lycra they use in garments.Bob Kirkwood, INVISTA Apparel executive vice-president of marketing and technology, said environmental stewardship is a core principle of its operations around the globe. “INVISTA pursues its sustainability vision through its commitment to manufacturing processes, our products and the environment- while seeking to minimize waste and improve the environmental, health and safety aspects of its products and processes,” he said.

“As a global leader and integrated supplier for the textile industry, we look forward to working with the SAC to advance environmental stewardship and sustainability.”

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CARMELO ANTHONY “PLAYING FOR THE CITY THAT MADE ME” DOCUMENTARY SERIES EP 1

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In conjunction with today’s official launch of the Melo 9, Jordan brand has released a short film, “Playing for the City That Made Me,” exploring the profound connection between Carmelo Anthony and his New York City hometown. To watch [Read more…]

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HOPS on the Sophomore

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The video embedded below, which took over the sports Internet on Wednesday, shows Victor Dukes — a high school sophomore in Jonesboro, Ark. — quite literally taking flight to throw down a vicious one-hander while looking down at the rim and injuring some poor wannabe defender in the process. Watch and see [Read more…]

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Leading By Example

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According to a report from Sports Illustrated, at least seven NFL players have gotten rid of their personal firearms following this month’s horrific episode when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend dead, then turned the gun on himself.

One player reportedly turned in multiple weapons to his franchise’s security detail, “telling his team’s personnel that he didn’t trust himself with the guns.”

Firearms have again entered the public debate after the Belcher tragedy, with normally-non-controversial commentators like Bob Costas noting correctly that if the linebacker hadn’t possessed a gun, “he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

Studies show that having a gun in the home increases the chances of homicide two to three times, and gun death rates are seven times higher in states with high household gun ownership rates. The presence of a firearm in the home also increases the risk of homicide for women by five times and two-thirds of women killed with guns each year die in domestic disputes.

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PBS: The Impact of Twitter on Journalism

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Foot Locker’s Week of Greatness with Kyrie Irving

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving is the newest member of the Foot Locker Team Approved, and helped Foot Locker kick off its #weekofgreatness campaign.To view commercial [Read more…]

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TIME Magazine Names Nike Flyknit as One of the Best Inventions of 2012

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In the company of such mind-bending creations as NASA’s Z-1 Space Suit, The Curiosity Rover and Google Glass, TIME Magazine has named the Nike Flyknit Racer as one of the best inventions of 2012. Noting the construction techniques that not only made the sneaker lighter but also more form-fitting, they also point to its Eco-friendly ambitions as to why the $150 trainer is such a useful creation.

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Nike+ Kinect Training For Xbox 360

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We’re quickly approaching every diet and workout regimen’s most troubling part of the year where holiday eating and cold weather combine to derail everyone’s best of intentions. Get a head-start on that New Year’s resolution that you know you’re going to make or even supplement your usual training with Nike+ Kinect Training for Xbox 360, which puts some of the best training tools and movements directly in your living room. Using the Kinect sensor, the game works with you to create a personalized workout program that monitors your progress, tests your development every four weeks, and gives you a great excuse to play video games with your girlfriend. With the help of the sensor, you get real-time feedback on the positions and movements to make sure you’re doing them correctly without slouching or wimping out. You can also participate in challenges with your friends and others around the globe. The Nike+ Kinect Training for Xbox 360 is available now at Nike’s online store.

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Unveiling the KD V

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Check out the inside story on the KD V, Kevin Durant’s fifth Nike shoe. The number 5 acts as inspiration: 5 players united on the court, 5 sides of the nation’s pentagon, 5 corners of a star, and what that means to #35. [Read more…]

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Nike X-Ray Bones Athletic Pants

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Ladies, now you can equip hype for sports with these new “tights” X-Ray Bones at Nike. [Read more…]

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JORDAN CP3.VI: Cut Through L.A.

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“For the CP3.VI launch, we created a live “frozen” moment using a chain of Chris Paul doubles in Venice Beach, CA. What unfolds is a unique traction story of how CP3 cuts through L.A.” to watch video [Read more…]

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Aspire to Inspire

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“Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.” – A Dream, Jay-Z
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