Motivational Necklaces

InfiniteJoggers is now selling necklaces. Right now we have a bar necklace that says “Brave” a round necklace that says “13.1”,”26.2″ and “Run”. We also will do custom orders. To order your necklace today email us at Infinitejoggers@gmail.com, or comment below with your email and we will send you an invoice.

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3 Drills for Trail Runners

In trail running you use different muscles than road running. Different muscles are used in the feet, knees, ankles, and legs. Trail running challenges your stability and balance. Without proper training for trail running you can end up with sore ankles and knees followed by unwanted injury. It is important to do these 3 drills mentioned below so you don’t get injuries from trail running.

The first drill is stair hops. This is going to help build leg agility and strength. Start this drill by finding a picnic table, stairs, or bench. Place feet hip distance apart and use your legs to hop up onto your desired platform, landing on the balls of your feet. Do 3-5 sets of 5 jumps 1-2 times a week.

The second drill is the 4-square drill. This drill helps build ankle and foot agility, and knee strength.  Start this drill by drawing a square on the ground, roughly 2ft x 2ft. Jump with both feet together from the center to outside of the square and back to center. Repeat and do all 4 sides of the square. Once you have mastered 2 feet, try using just 1 foot. This also works great with an agility ladder

The third drill is bounding. Bounding builds great strength in the legs, improves uphill running technique, and corrects improper running form. Start this drill by taking long strides while running, focusing on getting the knees up high and exploding of your back leg. Run for about 100 meters. Repeat this up to 3-4 times.

Another helpful hint for trail running is doing uphill sprints. This helps build explosive power in your legs for running up mountains and also helps strengthen your knees, ankles, and legs for running downhill.

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3 Yoga Poses for Runners

Often times injuries caused by running are due to a lack of taking care of your body before and after the run. Proper stretching is crucial for injury prevention and optimal performance. In this post I am going to tell you one of my go to post running routines. This yoga routine is made with runners in mind. The benefits you receive from doing these few poses are; flexible muscles, injury prevention, and a better stride. These poses help loosen up all the muscles that get tight and over worked from running.

Runners lunge (low lunge): Start thes pose off with your left leg back, and your right foot forward. As you bring your right foot forward into a right angle keep your left knee on the mat. Make sure your right knee does not go over your toes. Once you are in this position you are going to push your hips forward and if able bring your arms straight up towards your ears, do not tighten your shoulders. Hold this pose for 5 breaths and then switch legs.

Why do runners lunge? Runners lunge opens up the hips, IT band, hamstrings, quads and calves. It’s also key for promoting a wider and better range of motion in lower body, which can help prevent plantar fasciitis, and knee pain.
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Downward facing dog: Start in plank pose, make sure your shoulders stay directly above your wrists. Next you are going to move your hips towards the ceiling without moving your hands or feet from there position. Don’t worry if your heals can’t touch the ground, over time your calves will loosen up and allow for this to happen.  Hold for 5 breaths.

Why do downward dog? Downward dog lengthens the back and stretches everything from the arches up to the shoulders, especially the hamstrings and calves which are keys muscles for running. Downward facing dog can also help prevent injuries such as plantar fasciitis.

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Squat (Garland Pose): Begin by standing with feet about mat width apart, bend your knees and get in squat position. Bring your hands into your chest for prayer pose, then press your elbows against the inside of your knees, once there try and keep all of your weight on your heels. Hold for 5 breaths.

Why do the Garland Pose? The garland pose stretches out the feet, calves, inner thighs and lower back these are the muscles that tend to tighten up from running. It’s the ideal pose for opening up the hips and groin area. This pose can be a bit challenging, you can achieve the same benefits from doing a shallow squat instead of a deep squat.

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I hope you enjoy this post. Feel free to leave any comments or questions below and i will be happy to answer them! Happy running 🙂

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A Runners Diet

As runners we have the hardest time knowing what to eat and how much to eat. Running makes your  appetite increase immensely. I’m here today to talk about some general rules that will help you as a runner know when to eat and what to eat.

Fasted Workouts

I have to come to love “fasted workouts” i get up early and get my run or work out in before i eat breakfast. If you plan on exercising for longer than an hour this isn’t a good idea. If you are looking to hit a PR i would suggest having a pre workout meal. Fasted workouts usually mean you fatigue easier. I also like fasted workouts when i am trying to drop a few pounds, it helps keep my metabolism going and my body guessing; its good to switch things up.

Losing weight

Losing weight as a runner can be tough. Track your calories, drink plenty of water, and switch up your workouts. High intensity, yoga, long run, sprints, plyometrics, hill repeats, fartlek, tempo runs, etc. These are good for helping you lose weight, train for you upcoming race, hitting a pr, and help with injury prevention.

Hydration

Always stay hydrated, especially on those hot days. Staying hydrated helps keep body temperature regulated, keeps joints lubricated, and helps eliminate waist. The general rule of thumb is to drink about half your body weight in oz each day.

Pre Workout

Your pre workout meal does not need to be complicated. I like foods that are easy on my system, stuff that is low in fat and in fiber, and high in carbs. There is nothing like running with an upset stomach.

Types of food 

Limit high fat foods,  and eat your carbs. I know, i know when i say carbs you probably all cringe. Just make sure they are healthy carbs. 55% of your diet should be carbs, 25% should be protein, and 15-20% should be healthy fats.

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7 Reasons to Hit The Trails

1: Increased Balance: Trails are often uneven and covered in obstacles, such as rocks, tree roots, mud, and even the occasional wildlife.  In order to prevent stepping on or even falling over such hazards, a far greater level of bodily awareness is required than typically needed when running on paved roads. The greater bodily awareness combined with the constant shifting of your body weight to avoid such obstacles while running will help increase your overall balance and stability.

2: Stronger Core and Legs: Through constant shifting of your body weight all the stabilizing muscles in your legs and core are working so hard, which typically on a paved run they don’t have to.

3: Ankle strength: The varying terrain combined with numerous obstacles of trail running forces greater proprioception and muscle engagement, specifically stabilizing muscles, in the foot and ankle. Often times the monotonous, one direction movement of road running leaves these stabilizing muscles and ligaments underworked.

4: Disguised Hills: The types of hills you find on trail runs all tend to be different in length or steepness, good for your leg and lung strength, and most the time you don’t even realize you are running a hill.

5: Good to Switch Up Your Routine: Do you ever dread going on your run when you have been training every day for the past few months. its good to switch it up and try something new. It will help you stay motivated, to make it to race day!

6: Fewer Injuries: Not only are trails generally softer so less impact on you poor knees, but you are constantly watching your foot placement, adjusting your stride length and doing a more active style of running.

7: New Gear: this is the best reason of all, who doesn’t love new gear!

Which Running Event Would You Choose?

Hey friends, i need YOUR help. Take a few minutes and comment below on which race you would rather do. thanks!

If given a choice between 2 running events which would you choose, option A) pay 75$, for a traditional race and receive a basic swag bag, option B) pay 100$ for a traditional race and get 50$ back to purchase gear at a vendor village?