Training

Start Running

Start Running

Start running. Today. It couldn’t be more simple.  A pair of running shoes, shorts and a t shirt and you’re off.  Some cold weather gear including base layers, insulation and windbreakers if you’re dealing with cold weather conditions. Start running today.  Don’t make it your New year’s resolution…save that for less important things.  With Christmas around the c ...[Read More]

6 Reasons to Run

6 Reasons to Run

I could add a 7th:  You meet the nicest people through running.  And even though we drive our spouses crazy when we obsess about our running exploits, runners do make great friends. There are psychological benefits of running.  I know when I’m out on a long run and get into that ‘zen state’, there is nothing better.  And when I’ve finished those hill repeats or track speedw ...[Read More]

Nutrition for Endomorphs

Nutrition for Endomorphs

Most of us screw up our nutrition.  As active runners we have different and specific nutrition needs.  That gets compounded by body type.  Mesomorphs, athletic types looking to stay lean have different nutrition from Endomorphs with larger frames and lower metabolism.  I’m an Endomorph and nothing frustrates me more that getting nutrition advice that doesn’t work.  Through my research, ...[Read More]

The Right Running Shoe Fit

The Right Running Shoe Fit

How do you get the right fit for your running shoes?  You’re going to spend a lot of time basically destroying your running shoes.  A good fit is essential.  How do you get that right fit? In the running shoe store that I frequent, the staff are super knowledgeable.  They are runners and can answer all my questions.  Plus they let me try on multiple pairs of shoes and run around the store to ...[Read More]

Carbs: Good or Bad

Carbs:  Good or Bad

Carbs.  Good or bad.  One year Carbs are bad…eliminate or significantly reduce them from your diet.  The next year, add them to your diet to balance against the protein.  For runners and anyone who exercises heavily this isn’t a casual conversation.  Every year at the Reggae Marathon Pasta Party the night where we are ‘carbo loading’ before Race Day, I have some conversatio ...[Read More]

Exercise to Watch TV

Exercise to Watch TV

Do you exercise to watch TV?  We know runners who run to eat cupcakes!  Yes, you know who you are! Lots of reason to exercise.  Health benefits are usually the #1 reason for exercising.  A lot of took up running to lose weight.  Running is therapy for other runners.  Getting into the zone out on a long run is similar to meditating.  Yes, I know meditation purists will beg to differ.  Running to be ...[Read More]

Coconut Oil – Good or Bad

Coconut Oil – Good or Bad

Coconut Oil.  Good or bad? I love coconuts.  All of us at Reggae Marathon love coconuts…we give them out at the conclusion of the races.  Excellent and refreshing! Coconut trees grow wild across the island especially near the coast and our beaches.  We grew up with a coconut tree on our property and it was a treat to get a fresh coconut.  The refreshing water of the coconut first then the je ...[Read More]

Insect Protein – The latest in Nutrition

Insect Protein – The latest in Nutrition

Insect Protein.  Would you eat protein made from insects?  One company in Germany is doing just that.  Using a blend of insects and plant based protein to create the right balance of amino acids.  Issac Nutrition worked with the University of Applied Science in Muenster, Germany to create the product.  Their first offering, a vanilla flavoured bulk protein powder. This appears to be the start of a ...[Read More]

Pre-run fuel up

Pre-run fuel up

I call it my pre-run fuel up.  The food I eat before I go running.  This is a major topic of discussion.   A couple of the issues: What should we eat?  Each of us digests food differently.  What is good for one runner will upset the stomach of another.  Bananas work for you;  not so well for me. How much time before running should we eat?  Again, it can be very individual depending on the type of ...[Read More]

3 Months to Go

3 Months to Go

Sunday, December 2 is the date for Reggae Marathon 2018.  That means we have 3 months to go.  A week-long vacation in Negril combined with a nice Sunday morning run is just the thing.  Ackee and Saltfish with Blue Mountain Coffee to start the day…a Cold Red Stripe with Jerk Chicken watching the sunset to end the day!  Sounds perfect. We received a number of questions recently about Reggae Ma ...[Read More]