dinsdag 21 juli 2009

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Runner attacked by bird

Running for Beginners usually features articles that should motivate you in your running journey. This article is more of the opposite kind, it’s a bit de-motivating unfortunate. But it’s a  runner story none of the less, so I thought I should share.

Stuart Urquhart was in for a scare when he went out for a run in Helford, UK.  A buzzard, a big bird which can weigh up to 1kg,  attacked him and left him with three 6cm (or 2in) long gashes on his scalp!

Despite Stuart’s injuries, Stuart isn’t planning to stop running.

Let’s hope something like this never happens to any of us!

To read the full article, click here:

zondag 19 juli 2009

Prevent blisters

If you ever had a blister during a run, you know how painful they can be!

According to Spencer Casey, senior manager at the New York Running Company in New York City, the cause of blisters is friction. Casey recommends trading cotton socks for sweat-wicking ones, like the Nike Dri-FIT. Cotton traps moisture which causes friction which cause blisters.

Casey also suggests to put baby power on your feet before you start your run.

I hope these tips are helpful! If you want to read more about the prevention of blisters, check out the following article:

Local runner reaches his 100,000 miles goal

Robert “Raven” Kraft told himself 34 years ago that he wanted to run 100,000 miles. He ran eight miles everyday and today he reached his goal! Congrats to Raven!

This story makes me want to set a long term running goal as well. I better start tracking my runs from now on!

Check out the following article to find out more about Raven and his 100,00 miles goal:

zaterdag 18 juli 2009

Celebrities who run: Shia LaBeouf

Running for Beginners is proud to present another celebrity runner: Shia LaBeouf. It’s not a secret that Shia LaBeouf is frequent runner. And the results are worth it! Sha LaBeouf looked pretty fit in the last Transformers movie.

Check out some pictures of Shia LaBeouf running here:

vrijdag 17 juli 2009

Free Excel running log

Minh at Digital Citizen shares an amazing Excel spreadsheet that works as a running log. The Excel running log is very user-friendly, it includes instructions and the cells with formula are locked so you can’t mess anything up. The spreadsheet is based on two runs a day.

The best thing about this Excel running log are the graphic displays of your runs.

To see screenshots of the Excel running log or find out more about it, you can visit the the Digital Citizen’s website:

donderdag 16 juli 2009

Running nutrition: bananas

Bananas are excellent food for runners. Bananas contain three natural sugars: sucrose, fructose and glucose. So bananas give you an instant boost of energy!

Research has even proven that two bananas provide you enough energy for an intensive 90-minute run.

Read more about the benefits of bananas here: