An inspirational and motivational blog for runners.

Summer Recipe Ideas for Runners

Saturday 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?

Saturday 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…

Tips on Training for Fall Marathons

Saturday July 7, 2017

Do you want to enjoy summer and have lazy beach days? Not if you signed up for a marathon or a half marathon in the fall! Some fall marathons start as early as the first week of September. Runner’s World recommends at least 10 weeks of training for a half marathon and 16 weeks for a marathon, which means your time is now. Whether you’re running 26.2 miles or 13.1 miles, it’s important to start training early so you can avoid running injuries and perform at your best.   Start Building Your Mileage If you’re a beginner, start your marathon training by building up your mileage. Start your first week running 2 – 3 miles per day at a slow pace. For every 3 days, take a day off to rest your muscles. Run slower than your natural pace to prepare your legs for longer miles. Add in an extra mile to your slow run each week until you build ..More…

5 Fun Marathons in the U.S.

Saturday June 28, 2017

There are upwards of 800 marathons in the United States every year. Marathon runners can enjoy a variety of options, but which one should you choose? Weather, destination, and terrain are just some of the variables to consider when you’re picking the right marathon. If you’re looking for marathons with fun themes, we’ve done the research for you! Here are 5 diverse and fun courses in the country.   Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series If the weather is a concern, the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series in San Diego may be the perfect run for you. San Diego is the original location for this fun run that has spread to locations across North America. San Diego is still the most popular location, though. The city is known for its nearly impeccable weather year-round. In addition to the ideal Southern California climate, this Marathon will energize you as you run through San Diego’s many diverse neighborhoods from Balboa Park to Hillcrest. ..More…

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Saturday June 23, 2017

Many may think running is the easiest form of exercise. But did you know that runners get injured almost as frequently as football players? Running seems rather straightforward, but it can lead to serious injuries if you don’t have proper training, warm-up exercises, and the right shoes for your feet. So before you lace up your shoes and head outside for a run, here are five tips to help prevent yourself from getting running injuries: Warm-up Run Before you begin stretching, you should always start off with a good warm-up that lasts between 10 to 15 minutes. This will help flush out built-up lactic acid in your muscles and help prevent delayed muscle soreness. Begin your warm-up with a gentle three to five-minute walk, followed by a five-minute combination of walking and running. Once you’ve completed the five-minute run to walk ratio, increase your speed gradually into a slow run for another five minutes. This allows your body to loosen ..More…

How Does Usain Bolt Run So Fast?

Saturday June 19, 2017

Crowned as the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt is a star runner who has become an international sensation. Fans cheered upon his appearance and screamed his name at the 2016 Olympics. His signature “To Di World” pose became such an iconic move that even Obama had imitated it once. The world famous Jamaican sprinter has a top recorded speed of 27.89 miles per hour. He broke the fastest timed record during the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, at the age of 22.   So how does Usain Bolt run so fast? He’s noticeably taller than other Olympic runners. We’d generally assume that a 6’5 man weighing 200 pounds is less likely to outrun someone of a smaller frame. However, height might not affect a sprinter’s speed at all, according to Telegraph. Rather, the ability to generate high muscle forces in each ground contact is a key factor to being an elite sprinter. In other words, Bolt’s explosive ability ..More…