Feeling tired? Here’s 12 reasons why

Just a break from marathon races and news, let us address something that not only runners have to face almost everyday. Tiredness, apparently, you don’t just get tired because you just did an activity or because you just ran. It can also be triggered psychologically, if you’re feeling extremely lethargic these past couple of days or if you ever find yourself in this situation in the near future, look inside yourself and see whether one of the following is the culprit.

  1. You’re bored.
  2. You have allergies.
  3. You’re over-caffeinated.
  4. You’re multi-tasking.
  5. You’re anemic.
  6. You have poor posture.
  7. You have an underactive thyroid
  8. You have undiagnosed heart disease.
  9. You’re not exercising enough.
  10. You’re dehydrated.
  11. You’re pre-diabetic.
  12. You have sleep apnea.

Read the explanations here: 12 Reasons You’re so Tired — And How to Get Back on Top

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Missoula Marathon

Missoula Marathon. Click on the image for more information.

Missoula, a quaint little county in Montana is hosting their own marathon, it’s a two-day event where runners, walkers, children and disabled can participate. You can register for the marathon here.

The Missoula Marathon is the brainchild of a group of local, dedicated members of Run Wild Missoula who want to share the area’s beauty and Missoula’s unique feel with runners from all over. Run Wild Missoula is a non-profit, 501(c)3 running club.

Leadville Trail Marathon Races

It seems like the entire country has the marathon fever! Last one was in Hawaii and now in Colorado, the Leadville Trail Marathon that is happening from June 26 to September 5.

This means that your summer can be joyfully spent with like-minded individuals and be fit in the process! You see, summer’s not all about the beach. 🙂

View more of the race schedule here.

Kona Marathon by UCC Coffee

I ran the rock, bumper sticker on sale on Kona Marathon site

Love running?

Love Hawaii?

If you said yes to both questions then have I got a great activity for you! This June 26th, UCC Coffee is presenting a marathon called Kona Marathon.

The Kona Marathon and Family Fun Runs was founded in 1994 by Jim Lovell, founder and proprietor of JTL Timing Systems and Jon Kunitake, founder and operator of Kunitake Coffee Farms in an effort to revitalize road running in West Hawaii Island. The results were tremendous. The Kona Marathon and Family Fun Runs has grown over the past few years into West Hawaii’s premiere road race offering what no other event can. We are proud to have UCC Coffee as our title sponsor for this event.

There are 4 different distances you can choose from, Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K. You can register here.

Get validated!

This has nothing to do with running, but this is for all of you out there who just can’t find it in them to just start and do it because of all those insecurities. I assure you, it’s worth your time and hopefully, it will be enough to boost your confidence and start running!

Parts of running shoes

Mizuno wave from ZBSports

Mizuno Wave

I’ve always believed that to be able to use something more effectively or buy the right one for you, you should have a deeper understand of how something works first and of course, its parts. The Jogging Machine created a great post on the parts of a running shoe, namely the outsole, midsole and upper.

Outsole

As the bottom of the shoes, it contacts with ground closely and directly. Therefore, it should be waterproof, anti skid as well as anti abrasion.

The rubber and construction provides you a safety shoes.

Firstly, the rubber should be durable and somewhat stiff, if possible, a lighter weight and more flexible would make the outsole perfect.

Secondly, flex grooves and split heel make up a solid construction. The grooves on the forefoot of the outsole allow the foot to flex and roll naturally. As for the split and flared heels, it makes the heel-to-toe running motion more efficient.

Midsole

Placed between the outsole and the upper, a midsole is the most important parts of running shoes in that it ensures the stability of shoes and protects our feet.

Sometimes while running, the vibration from the ground can reach to our body 8 times stronger than normal walking. Without a midsole, the vibration coming along with running would injure us. In order to protect our feet, some famous sports shoes like Nike shoes, Adidas shoes were applied with advanced technology. And there are two types of cushioning are commonly used in running shoes: EVA and PU, which could reduce excessive inward rolling of the foot and increase shoe`s stability.

Upper

Mainly refers to the parts above sole. What matters are its ventilation, appearance and convenience.

This is the part that closely contacted with your feet; we can take it as a protection cover.

The materials and construction of the upper should provide stability, comfort and fit room for feet to flex. Furthermore, the appearance of the running shoes often plays a vital part, for people are hard to resist the temptation from beautiful things.

Don’t you feel more empowered now that you know?! 🙂

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Running barefoot versus running shoes

Steve Magness posted an interesting article about the link between injuries and impact forces and how running shoes companies want you to think that they’re inhibiting it.

The problem is, once again, we underestimate the human body! It’s an amazing thing, and we never give it the credit it deserves. The body adapts to the surface that it’s going to strike, if you give it a chance. The body adapts to both shoe and surface adjusting impact forces via changes joint stiffness, the way the foot strikes, and a concept called muscle tuning.

An example of this can be seen with barefoot running, the diminished proprioception (sensory feedback) of wearing a shoe negates the cushioning of the shoe. Studies using minimal shoes/barefoot have shown that the body seems to adapt the impact forces/landing based on feedback and feedforward data. When running or landing from a jump, the body takes in all the sensory info, plus prior experiences, and adjusts to protect itself/land optimally As mentioned above, it does this through a variety of mechanisms. Thus, you stick some cushioned running shoe on the bottom of your foot and the body goes “Oh, we’re okay, we don’t need to worry about impact as much, we’ve got this soft piece of junk on our foot. (source)

I can see his point, our ancestors never had those fancy, schamncy Chaco multisport shoes and they’re running fine, of course their life expectancy isn’t all that, but that’s not the point.

Running barefoot has been all the craze lately, what with the release of vibram and all, it’s very interesting to see where this will go, I don’t think running shoes companies will go down without any fight, though, if they’ll go down at all!