Santa Gets New Shoes

Chris Dick submitted this short story to the ‘Carman Valley Leader’ newspaper contest.  Good luck Chris! New Shoes for Santa. I have known Santa for an infinite number of years now.  I work alongside him everyday actually!  We spend many hours going over what the hot trends are and what we think everyone around the…

Coach Andy Tough Interview

  Stride Ahead Sports would like to sincerely thank local track Coach Andy Tough for taking the time to answer some questions about himself and his club  stride ahead*Tough Track for our newsletter. This is the very interesting full length version of the abbreviated interview questions and answers we included in the Feb. 2016 newsletter’s…

Sticks & Foam Rollers

A rolling stick and a foam roller are both used for muscle massage and Myofascial release.  Massage results in smoother muscle movement and the release of adhesions in the fascia, (fascia is the connective tissue that wraps around the muscles).  Sticks and rollers are used to facilitate relaxation of trigger points or ‘knots’ in the…

Avoiding Injury

Injury Prevention   As our spring running season continues on, a number of us may start to feel some tender spots developing from the accumulated miles we have put on while enjoying the warmer weather. There are some things we should be aware of to help prevent injury. The most obvious one is wearing worn…

Starting your Spring Training

Many people like to start or substantially increase their running programs in the spring and summer. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start putting in the miles. Start your season with easier runs to build your endurance.   Warm up for a run by walking or jogging easily for 5…

Running outside vs inside

Outdoor vs. Treadmill Running  It has been shown through many scientific studies that the human body adapts to training in a specific manner. The body responds in the obvious ways such as when training faster you can race faster, train long and slow and you increase your endurance.   It also adapts to things like…

Heart Rate and Running

A very good way to measure the intensity of your workouts is with a Heart Rate Monitor.  Knowing what intensity level you are working at will tell you what effect it is having on your body.  Different target Heart Rate (HR) Zones generate different benefits and knowing this will help get you the maximum benefit…