Running Tips for Peak Performance

Do you love to run and want to improve your performance in races?

Are you wondering what you need to do to train for a half marathon or a marathon?

If you have questions about how to go about improving your running and race performance, and you want solid information that you can use in your running training program, then this website is for you.

Running Training Tips is a free online library of running tips to help you achieve peak performance in your races.  It includes everything you need to know for your running training program.

If you are looking for running training advice to improve your endurance, to train more efficiently, and to race faster, you will find information on this website to help you.

Here you will learn about the most important aspects of running:

– training techniques

– conditioning

– racing tactics and strategies

– improving your health

– avoiding over training

– controlling your weight

You’ll find lots of advice about topics like nutrition that will help you stay healthy.  You’ll find some running training schedules – for beginners as well as more advanced runners.  And, there’s information about when things go wrong and you need to deal with sports medicine injuries.

The information found here is based on experience and extensive research from exercise science journals.  It’s not necessarily what you’ll read in the popular media!

The information on this website is up-to-date and scientifically proven in the lab.  More importantly, it’s also proven on the track, road or cross-country.

There will be information for many distance events – from 5K to the 26.2-mile marathon, and everything in between.

You will find this information useful whether you are a beginning or experienced runner, an elite distance runner, or a jogger running a few miles each day for health and fitness.  The training distances and intensity will vary from runner to runner, but the training principles stay the same.

I add new running tips and information frequently, so please drop by often to keep up with new developments and news in distance running training.  Or, even better, sign up for our free monthly e-zine to keep you up-to-date with the latest running information, using the form below.

Running to Lose Weight: Is Running the Perfect Activity?

Fifty eight percent of runners are running to lose weight as one of their three main reasons for running. This should not be surprising, I suppose, in a country where more than 50% of the population is either overweight or obese.

It would seem, from looking at elite runners and marathoners, that running encourages leanness and would be an ideal method for losing weight. And if you ask most runners if running helps them control their weight, most will emphatically say “yes”.

For many years we’ve been told that exercise, particularly running, is a powerful tool in any weight loss program and should be considered an integral part of it. But just how effective is running for weight loss and weight control?

Is running the panacea that will help us shed those excess pounds?

Just how much running does it take for us to lose weight? And is running the best aerobic activity for weight loss?

Are there better ways to lose weight?

What about other widespread beliefs – like runners burn as much after our workouts as we do during our training due to an elevated resting metabolism. Is this true?

You’ll be very surprised at what the research has to say about these questions. So surprised that you may find yourself making some lifestyle and running adjustments after reading this section.

To Run or Not to Run

One of your first considerations, if you’re thinking about running to lose weight, is how many calories you burn when running. And how many calories you burn depends up 2 factors: your current weight and how fast you run.

I’ve put together a chart to help you see how many calories you will burn based on your weight and running speed. And, in case you’re wondering, I’ve included some other aerobic activities to see how running compares with other types of exercise. Click here to see the calories burned running chart.

But this chart only gives you part of the picture. There are many other considerations to consider and some research studies to help you understand what works and what doesn’t.

To help dispel the myths and get past the hype about running to lose weight, I’ve put together a list of

5 Facts about Running and Weight Loss and an additional 4 facts about running, health and nutrition

Once you’ve had a chance to look at the chart and review the facts about running to lose weight, health and nutrition, you’ll be able to make a better assessment about how running can help you in your weight loss or weight control program.