October 07, 2015

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Pronation

Much like alcohol and skinny jeans, experts have warned of the evils of pronation, and its equally evil twin, supination. Running shoe companies have built their reputations by promising to cure these terrible afflictions and hooded mystics have crafted all types of devices to slip into your shoes to correct these maladies. But maybe it’s time to slow down and really take a look at what pronation and supination are, and how they really affect runners. View full article →
October 05, 2015

The Long Road Back - Part 4: The Runner's Toolbox

Well, this article is the final installment of our 4-part series on getting back into running after a long layoff. Hopefully, you have been able to take something away from each of the first three articles that you can use. If you are just joining this series, each article can be read independent of the others, but you can check out the first three parts Part 1: Check your ego at the doorPart 2: Baby Steps, and Part 3: Where are you going? at Stridetek.com. View full article →
September 28, 2015

The Long Road Back - Part 3: Where Are You Going?

This marks the third installment of a 4-part series on getting back into running after a long layoff. This series began with Part 1: Check your ego at the door, which discussed mentally preparing to start running again, and continued with Part 2: Baby Steps, which actually got you out the door and putting one foot in front of the other. This third article discusses which direction you will take your running. View full article →
September 23, 2015

The Long Road Back - Part 2: Baby Steps

This is the second installment of a 4-part series on getting back into running after a long layoff. This series began with Part 1: Check your ego at the door where I listed 4 things to remember as you make your way back to being a runner. If you followed that advice, you are properly dressed and shod, and now have the right attitude as you head out the door for your first run. View full article →
September 15, 2015

The Long Road Back - Returning to Running After an Injury or Extended Break - Part 1: Check Your Ego at the Door

I have always loved running and have always seen myself as a runner. And like many runners, I have had to take an extended time off from running, but my goal was always to return to running, if not racing. In my case, peroneal tendonitis kept me on the sidelines for almost 14 months. What follows is the first installment of a four-part series on returning to running after having taken a long break (either by choice or by injury). For purposes of this series, I am referring to a layoff of a year or more. View full article →
September 13, 2015

VIDEO: Good Form Running - 5 tips for proper form to reduce injury, get faster, and save energy!

Running mechanics seem like a natural movement that is inherent to us as human animals; however, because of a lifetime of wearing ill-fitting shoes, previous injuries, flexibility and other factors, we may need to provide our bodies with some guidance to run with reduced injury, increased speed, and more efficiency.  Chris Thornham, a triathlete and owner of Flo Cycling, shares 5 tips to good form running.

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September 03, 2015

Plantar Fasciitis – Dealing with Heel Pain in 7 Easy Steps

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common, but painful of the running maladies. In short, the plantar fascia ligaments connect the heel bone (calcaneus) to the forefoot (metatarsal bones). When these ligaments are stretched, they can begin to pull away from the heel bone, creating tears. These tears are the cause of the pain. So let’s take a deeper look at what’s causing this foot pain. View full article →
August 26, 2015

6 Ways to Incorporate a Workout Into Your Morning

“Working out in the morning is not for everyone,” or at least that is the excuse I have given myself in the past as I hit the snooze button for the 3rd time. I have never been a morning person. Sometimes it takes more strength to throw off the covers and get out of bed for a workout than it does to max out on bench press.

However, the end of summer is upon us and instead of waiting for New Year’s Day to make a change, we are hoping to inspire you snoozers to turn over a new leaf and look forward to your morning workout.

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October 02, 2014

5 Bonus Fall Running Tips You Forgot!

Yes fall is upon us and while that usually just means pumpkins and turkeys, for many it also means Great Pumpkin Races and Turkey Trots.  With the break in the weather from a summer of sweaty runs, thousands are getting their running shoes laced back up for the best running season of the year.  There are helpful lists of tips everywhere about how to run your first 5K and training for a marathon and it's crucial not to forget these bonus tips for fall running as well! View full article →
September 02, 2014

Use StrideTek to Help Prevent Hiking Injuries!

Do you live or travel close to the trails? Are you considering hiking or are a seasoned pro? There is no doubt hiking provides so many benefits to the mind, body, and soul so of course it is an excellent and fun way to stay active.

Not only does hiking improve your bone density, cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness, but it also reduces risk to a host of issues including heart disease and high blood pressure. When you are hiking your mood and quality of sleep increases and your sense are awakened improving creativity. So how could this be bad for you? Hiking is a wonderful outdoor activity, but as with most sports there are risks, especially relating to injuries.

In order to start smart or keep going strong it is important to think about injury prevention. Let us start with the most common injuries:

                  • Blisters, cuts and scrapes

                  • Sore knees and hips

                  • Dehydration

      Prevention of blisters has a lot to do with choosing the correct equipment. Choose the correct shoes and socks for your sport. Blisters are created by friction so choose moisture-wicking socks and make sure to break in your new shoes with shorter hikes at first. Also, consider packing moleskin in your pack so once you feel the familiar sting of a blister coming on, you can take a break and treat the area right away. For the inevitable cuts and scrapes, be sure to have a first aid kit stocked with bandages, antibiotic ointment, and other essential treatment items.

      Prevention of joint soreness starts with preparation. Hikers need to condition their muscles for the uphill and downhill climbs. Stretching before and after every hike is a must! Keep the hardest working muscles in the best condition to be able to finish strong. Also be sure to slowly build mileage and length of time on the trail. It is important to go slow on the trail as a fall at fast speed can be much more detrimental than once at a steady walk.

      Prevention of joint soreness also has a lot to do with choosing the correct equipment. Knees and hips are especially vulnerable joints causing overuse injuries especially when attempting steep inclines and declines. After choosing the correct shoes, choosing hiking poles and knees straps can definitely help, but also consider starting at the bottom with appropriate sports orthotics for your hiking boots. The patented technology of the StrideTek Crosstrainer orthotic insole is made to help you avoid pronation which causes numerous joint and muscle issues.

      Prevention of dehydration is equally if not more important. Drink water in the days leading up to a hike and bring at least 2 to 4 quarts of water each day of your hike. Sports drinks and salty snacks are also helpful in replenishing lost electrolytes. Avoid direct sunlight and hiking during the hottest part of the day and take frequent breaks in the shade.

      John Muir had it right when he said “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks”. Use these tips to stay safe on the trails to enjoy each and every step.  Find your stride!