Gender differences in athletic training

Did you know that performance advice for athletes are mostly based on studies done on young white males, but are generalized to all other populations? How should those of us, from demographics who are not typically studied, approach the mainstream training advice? . So I’m training for a marathon this year. It’s been a while since I was on a training regimen, and I had coaches back then to push and help me do my best. These days I’m on my own to figure out my workouts, fueling, hydration, etc. There's a lot of new info! Below are notes from the various emerging research on gender differences and performance. At the end of this post I reference resource persons and podcasts where I learned these. Note this is specific to female … [Read more...]

Finisher in his first race!

Finisher for his first scored race (1.5 mile)! … [Read more...]

Running for tots

It is really cute to watch kids run a race. New York Road Runners has a Rising New York Road Runners program that helps get kids out and active. At the end of popular races, they also have kids compete in age bracket-specific competitions. (Think of the two-year-olds trying to run 50m and try not to smile!) They even get their very own very funny sports commentator rattling off race highlights. I'm biased, yes, but aren't these cute: … [Read more...]

One More Mile and the Cookie’s History!

Establishing healthy habits in kids is no easy task. But it’s more important than ever, considering the gamut of health problems caused by inactivity – from poor mental and emotional resilience to disabling and fatal diseases. Like other families, we’re constantly challenged to stay active. How do we encourage kids to make a habit of integrating movement into daily life, a basic skill that affects so many aspects of mental, emotional and physical well-being? It’s an exercise in creativity to make physical activity routine, while at the same time creating memories and strengthening our relationship with them. And how do you make that habit stick? While we love organized sports, it's a significant commitment. The kids are … [Read more...]

The bane and beauty of running

It's said that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. I've followed my dad’s footsteps in this one, and for running it certainly holds true. I run. I run for that “me" time. I run for that clear-headed exhaustion at the end. I run for the physical and health benefits. And I run to eat cookies. This winter I was out the door pre-dawn at least five days a week. I love when the city is mostly asleep and the darkness makes it picturesque. It’s just me, the fruit stand and coffee cart vendors, bus drivers and deliverymen. From mild mornings to the cold rains and driving sleet, these tranquil moments belong to few. I love running in below zero temps before sunrise; it is so reviving when that polar chill cuts through my base … [Read more...]

#Scene on the running route #JoggingNYC

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