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There is no race or long run that does not benefit from postural elegance. Head aligned with your spine, a moving inclination that leaves you leaning slightly, just a little forward of your feet in a fashion that encourages efficient forefoot-strike and quick leg turnover. This gait allows gravity to pull you continuously forward. At the same time, your arms are held comfortably crooked at your side, hands relaxed, shoulder blades held back and down leaving your chest up and able to access the volume of oxygen necessary to fuel the mechanics of your perpetual movement.
Do you perform well during training or practice but choke in competition? Pre-race jitters are common among athletes. Whether you are a newcomer to your sport or a seasoned veteran, this phenomenon can get the better of you.
Runners can become frustrated and downright miserable when injury or chronic aches and pains prevent them from being on the road. Yoga can be a tremendous aid, both in preventing injury and in eliminating the aches and pains that accumulate from running and our daily lifestyle.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, ramp up your boxing, release your inner Ali
BY STEPHANIE JOANNE PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYNN CAMPBELL
There's nothing like the motivation of a workout partner to push you beyond your toughest physical threshold. Even when you want to quit, somehow, that friend's encouragement helps you dig deep and elevate that little reserve you have left.
If it's the start of winter and you come across a cyclist who looks like he just emerged from a funeral, treat him gingerly. He is mourning the loss of summer rides in the fresh air, open highways and the beloved pain of steep training ascents. Instead, he is adjusting to saddle time over the dull hum of an indoor bike trainer arranged in a dingy basement illuminated by dull fluorescent lights and a flatscreen tuned to marathons of House Hunters International. Yet winter doesn't have to be the end of outdoor cycle training. With a few accommodations, the season can be great for pumping up your cardio on two wheels.