Thursday, February 27, 2014

Link Dump

I've been absolutely hoarding running and fitness articles. I'm truly the worst. I see all these great links come across Facebook and Twitter, and I bookmark them for later. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this!
And this isn't even the entire list!
Anyway, I finally got a chance to read some. Here are a few that are definitely worth the bookmark.

Stretches & Exercises

Hip Strengthening Exercises: this article has some great, simple exercises for hips. I try to keep my hips strong to keep my IT Band from acting up, and it really helps. I've got a collection of these links, because I'm always looking for more and better exercises for my hips. See also: The Best IT Band Routine EVER.

Yoga Stretches for Recovery: A nice video of a 10-minute yoga routine for post-run recovery.

Hamstring Exercises: Many women face injury from weak hamstrings. These are some great, simple exercises to keep your hammies healthy and happy!

The New Core Curriculum: Ah, a core curriculum I can get behind 100%! Your core is NOT just your abs, and it's so important to have core strength to keep you upright and in perfect posture during your runs. This video is easy-to-follow and effective!

Running Tips & Tricks

 26 Tips to Run Your Best Marathon: Obviously I haven't run one yet, but I want my first to be amazing. These are helpful, if not a teeny bit overwhelming.

8 Things Runners Should Know About Coffee: Ah, my favorite beverage, my perfect pre-race pipe-cleaner. This short read is super interesting!

5 Mental Barriers, Smashed!: The mental part of running is so important, especially when facing new, longer distances. I've become much stronger mentally this year, but I still have improvements to make.

Run the Tangents: Nothing is worse than running an extra half mile at the end of a long, grueling race. I'm so bad at running tangents; this article helps.

The Magic of Mantras: Relentless Forward Progress. I Can Do Hard Things. Transcend. Each running mantra helps me at a different point in my training, and science supports their use! Here are some of the best from some of the most talented runners around.

Dear First Time Marathoner: From Runladylike's useful and apropos to my current mindset!

In other news, this week I did T25 and a three mile fun run on Wednesday, after doing four fast-ish miles on Tuesday. Ouch! I'm resting today. I need to remember not to push it, and just to have fun!
I've loved this store ever since my sister worked there years ago.
Afterward I used the opportunity to spend half my gift card from my MIL. I'll do a review on the item I bought sometime soon! Here's a hint: I've been wanting one since Ragnar, and it's freaking amazing.

Share a must-read link in the comments!
Have you read any of these articles? What are your thoughts?



  1. This is such an awesome post, Ali! You have given me way too much material to read tonight :) Thank you so much for including my first-time marathoner post in this incredible list. I love that you are sharing such great content for all of us to read and learn from. Happy running! xoxo

    1. I hope you find something else useful and intriguing in the list! Thanks for writing so much great content...there is always something of value in your posts!

  2. Bookmarking this post :)

    I love that RW mantra article! I'm so glad they included Jurek's "this is what you came for" mantra. Even if I wasn't obsessed with Scott I think I'd still love that one. It perfectly describes both the good and the bad times in a race!

    1. Agreed, that mantra is kind of like a kick in the butt. Like, hello, stop complaining, you did this to yourself! This race is the whole point! haha

  3. Wow, thanks for the link dump!

    Not sure if this will peak your interest, but I enjoyed it. :)

    1. Anything and everything marathon-training related is my MUST READ right now. Thanks for the link!

  4. Thanks for sharing! I am now bookmarking THIS so I can explore the links this weekend. :) I like this link:

    1. Oh, that article is going to be super helpful as I continue to learn to use the weights!! Thanks!

  5. These links look awesome! Thanks Ali!

  6. Thanks for all the links! I will definitely be checking some of those out! I'm also an article hoarder - I bookmark and then forget!
    I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I saw some of your photos on IG :)

    1. I hope you find these helpful!

      The weekend was SO fun! I was excited to come back to your announcement!