How to Run Every Day: Benefits and Best Practices

Runners unquestionably love their sport — so much so, that many of them often wonder if it’s possible to run every day. Thus, the practice of “run streaking” was born — in an effort to stay wholly dedicated to their running, thousands of people have committed to running a minimum of one mile every single… Continue reading How to Run Every Day: Benefits and Best Practices

Building a Functional Core: The Muscles Involved and How to Engage Them

Whenever someone talks about their core, what’s the first thing you picture? Probably that ever-coveted six pack, right? While you wouldn’t be wrong in envisioning that ideal set of abs as the core, you also wouldn’t be entirely correct,either. There’s much more to the core than what you see on the surface. While “core” often… Continue reading Building a Functional Core: The Muscles Involved and How to Engage Them

Heart Rate Training: What It Is, and Why You Should Do It

When people tell you to “listen to your heart,” it’s usually meant figuratively. But with certain kinds of athletic training, you can interpret the phrase quite literally. People associate heart rate with the intensity of your physical activity, using the number of beats per minute (BPM) as a metric for tracking your effort — the… Continue reading Heart Rate Training: What It Is, and Why You Should Do It

Common Types of Calf Pain with Running (and What to Do About Them)

Calf pain is a common gripe for many runners, whether it be soreness, dull or sharp pain, temporary or chronic issues, etc. Part of the issue is the pain itself, and part of it is frustration in not knowing what exactly it is and how to mitigate it. Because the concept of “calf pain” is… Continue reading Common Types of Calf Pain with Running (and What to Do About Them)

Trunk Lean: What It Is, and Why It Matters in Your Running

A startling 80% of runners experience some kind of injury from training in any given year, and people don’t necessarily realize the myriad of complex biomechanics that go into running. Even minor, seemingly insignificant biomechanical deficiencies can build up over time and cause issues long-term. If left unchecked, they can then snowball into larger errors… Continue reading Trunk Lean: What It Is, and Why It Matters in Your Running

Mindfulness and Meditation: Building Mental Resilience for Athletes

The mind is a powerful tool, and building your mental game is an important facet to becoming the best athlete you can be. After all, you can be as physically capable as you want, but if you lose focus, can’t keep your head in the game, or succumb to feelings of defeat before you even… Continue reading Mindfulness and Meditation: Building Mental Resilience for Athletes

Why Pacing Matters and How It Affects Your Running

We’ve all probably heard the phrase “pace yourself” in one way or another — but the words take on a lot more weight in the context of efficient running training. One of the keys to successful running is in understanding your body’s capacity for various types of running training. There are plenty of variables (e.g.,… Continue reading Why Pacing Matters and How It Affects Your Running

How to Start Running: A Beginner’s Guide for Successful Running Training

As runners, we all have to start somewhere.  And for a lot of us, that “somewhere” is heading out our front door in an effort to stay active, lose weight, or try that “running thing” everyone seems to be raving about. Or at least, that everyone seems to be doing.  And that’s as simple as… Continue reading How to Start Running: A Beginner’s Guide for Successful Running Training

The Top 5 Reasons Why We Love To Run

If you haven’t guessed yet, running is kinda one of our favorite things here at Competitive EDGE — it’s a huge part of why we exist! In fact, way back in 2001, Dr. Kevin Vandi inadvertently started laying the foundation for Competitive EDGE by starting his own running journey… He set out to run the… Continue reading The Top 5 Reasons Why We Love To Run

Choosing a Running Shoe: Common Questions and Answers

Running shoes are a vital piece of running equipment, yet finding the perfect pair for you can be surprisingly… complicated. If you’ve ever searched for the best running shoes, you know exactly what we mean. A simple Google search yields endless results — dozens of brands, various types of shoes, countless modifications. On one hand,… Continue reading Choosing a Running Shoe: Common Questions and Answers

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