An inspirational and motivational blog for runners.

5 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Triathletes

Friday August 15, 2017

The season of IRONMAN triathlons is here! You’re either participating in one of these exciting challenges or you have a friend who’s a dedicated triathlete. A small gift will boost the spirit of the triathlete, whether you’re buying it for yourself or a beloved triathlete in your life! Here are 5 gift ideas from Inspired Endurance.   Triathlon T-Shirt Triathlon is a fun race – so why not have some fun with the outfit? We recommend this lighthearted t-shirt as a source of encouragement to any triathletes. There are also many other triathlon t-shirts online and you can certainly find the most fitting one.   Triathlon Jewelry Inspired Endurance carries an exclusive collection of high-quality triathlon jewelry. For your triathlete, we have anything from pendant necklaces to tri-charm bracelets. Each piece is made of genuine sterling silver to assure our product’s quality. Our official IRONMAN® M-Dot Pendant is the most popular jewelry piece among our customers, while the Sporty Gal ..More…

5 Best Recovery Foods for Runners

Friday August 9, 2017

After a long run, recovery is key. Focusing on recovery means you can get back to pounding the pavement sooner and more efficiently. When your body is in recovery mode, you are building up muscles. Being smart about what you consume after running is one of the most important steps to gain muscle strength and endurance over time. Eating the right recovery foods is the simplest way to a quick recovery. When it comes to post-run foods, stick with the ones that are high in protein and simple carbs to regenerate your energy. Foods that are rich in nutrients and minerals are also essential in maintaining your physical potential. Always try to avoid processed foods and stick to real, whole ingredients. At Inspired Endurance, we have put together a list of 5 best recovery foods for your post-run meals. With the right combination of nutrients, proteins, and carbs, you will be able to maximize the benefits of your long runs! ..More…

How to Treat Knee Pain After a Long Run

Friday July 31, 2017

Did you know that runner’s knee accounts for around 20% of all running injuries? Runner’s knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), is a common problem among athletes who have to bend their knees frequently. If you run long miles, you’re putting a lot of pressure around your kneecaps. The physical stress can cause sharp or persistent, dull pain below the kneecap and the pain usually comes and goes.   What Causes Runner’s Knee? Surprisingly, PFPS tends to affect younger runners and it’s twice as common for women than men. It can happen if you run long distances consistently, or if you fall on your knee directly. If you have weak or unaligned quadriceps muscles, it can also result in PFPS as your kneecap is not supported properly while you run. It’s hard for doctors to identify the knee pain even with X-Rays or MRIs because there’s no obvious structural injury. You’ll usually notice pain around your kneecap during ..More…

What’s the Difference Between Running and Jogging?

Friday July 27, 2017

Speed is not the only difference between running and jogging. With the two, your body burns calories and uses muscles differently. We’re going to explain what happens when you jog and run, and they’re each beneficial to you.   What’s Jogging? Jogging is a form of running at a moderate, steady pace. According to BBC Sport’s conditioning coach Mike Antonia, jogging is at a speed of 6 mph or lower. At this pace, you would still be able to hold a normal conversation without running out of breath. Although jogging occurs at a slower pace, a 130-pound woman still burns around 270 calories by running at a speed of 6 mph for 30 minutes. Did you know jogging is also known as “easy aerobic running”? Not only is jogging good for a warm-up exercise, it’s also helpful in building up your endurance and burning calories over a longer period of time. Since jogging has a steady pace, it’s less strenuous ..More…

Summer Recipe Ideas for Runners

Friday July 17, 2017

Runners rely on a balanced diet to perform at their best. When summer comes around, you would want to indulge in good meals and ice creams. At Inspired Endurance, we picked 5 summer recipe ideas to satisfy your appetite and fuel your runs at the same time. Caribbean Salmon Quinoa Bowl Salmon provides a good source of protein and an abundance of healthy omega-3 fats, which will boost the absorption of vitamins. Quinoa, the popular superfood, also contains a high-quality protein that helps with muscle growth. The diced mangoes in this summer recipe add the perfect tropical touch. View Recipe   Tomato Watermelon Salad Tomatoes and watermelon together? Yes, please! This salad recipe from Runner’s World provides a hydration boost for runners because both ingredients are rich in water content. It’s a refreshing recipe that goes well with your daily meals or summer barbecues. View Recipe   Blackberry Banana Overnight Oats Overnight oats make for an easy and delicious breakfast ..More…

Are You Running Too Much?

Friday July 12, 2017

Running is a healthy exercise for many, but running too much can have the opposite effect. Do you constantly feel fatigued? Has your performance been slipping recently? Chances are you may be experiencing the overtraining syndrome (OTS). OTS occurs even in the best athletes if they don’t take proper rest from their rigorous training routine. It’s a maladapted response to excessive exercise and it can affect both your body and your mood.   What are the Symptoms of Overtraining Syndrome?   Increase in Resting Heart Rate Track your heart rates when you wake up in the morning, when you’re running, and when you slow down. If you find your rest heart rates higher than usual, it’s a sign that you’re overtraining. Lethargy and Muscle Soreness If you feel drained even after 8 hours of sleep and can’t seem to recover, you’re probably running too much. Sometimes you may even find lingering muscle soreness that just won’t go away – that’s ..More…