The goal behind using a mantra in a run varies. If you struggle with knowing that you’ve still got a lot of miles ahead of you then you might benefit from a mantra that keeps you grounded and in the moment. If you struggle from negative self-talk, then positive self-reassurance might help!
“For how long should I hold each stretch?” is another common question. In this article I’m going to give you a simple set of rules to follow so you can avoid asking yourself these questions and even help your fellow runners out whenever they ask these questions.
Clinician Vladimir Janda, famous for his lifetime of work treating muscular pathologies, describes K tape’s function as applying moderately contractile tape over the affected muscle, joint or soft tissue. This appears to cause gentle, passive, and constant contraction tension of the epidermis (have a look at the illustration below to better understand this concept). This affects muscle strength (Murray 2000) and can change blood flow in the taped muscle of injured subjects (Kase and Hashimoto 1998).
Hill running can be very low impact in comparison to flat runs on the pavement over several miles. It’s a great way to get a lot of work in for almost less time and a lot less pounding on the body. It is also a great place to watch our form in action. It’ll teach us to stay upright and to keep our feet and arms moving, and before we know it, we’ll be up and over the hill.