Pardon Our Dust!

Hello, fellow Midpack Runners!

I wanted to make you aware of a few changes that are coming down the pipe.

Most of them are minor and cosmetic. You can already see some of those changes with the decluttering of the footer, and widget areas. And the addition of the About the Author box following each post – added in preparation for some great guest posts coming in early April.

Based on reader feedback, I’m also going to be making a few more impactful [...]

Yin Yoga For Runners: Saddle

Yin Yoga Essentials for the Active RunnerPart I:Toe SquatsPart II:DragonFlying LowPart III:Cow FacePart IV:SaddlePart V:Frog

About the asana
Hi, this is Tim with MidpackRunner.com. I’m here today with another stretch for the active runner.

This time, we’re targeting the quadriceps and the lumbar spine. This asana is called saddle in yin yoga. I’ve also heard it called camel, so you may be more familiar with it under that name. We’ll be holding this asana [...]

Yin Yoga For Runners: Cow Face

Yin Yoga Essentials for the Active RunnerPart I:Toe SquatsPart II:DragonFlying LowPart III:Cow FacePart IV:SaddlePart V:Frog

About the asana
Hi! This is Tim with MidpackRunner.com.

I’m here today with another stretch for the active runner. Today we’re going to be looking at a stretch that will target the IT bands, the glutes, and some of you may even feel this in your hip flexors and low back. The asana is called cow face, and [...]

Put Some Pep In Your Step With A Coffee Smoothie

There’s nothing like a great cup of coffee. And I’m not just saying that because I’m in Seattle (although, it doesn’t hurt).

According to Dr. Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic, coffee offers a whole host of beneficial health effects. In fact, coffee has been associated with a lower risk of type II diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, certain types of cancers, and strokes.

And all that’s not even counting the benefits of caffeine on your ability to face that meeting Monday morning. [...]

Yin Yoga For Runners: Dragon Flying Low

Yin Yoga Essentials for the Active RunnerPart I:Toe SquatsPart II:DragonFlying LowPart III:Cow FacePart IV:SaddlePart V:Frog

Transcript
Introduction
Hi! This is Tim with MidpackRunner.com!

I’m here today to show you another stretch for the active runner. This time we’re going to be targeting the hip-flexors and the quadriceps.

This one we call Dragon Flying Low. It’s a lunge position so, again, you’re going to a lot of stretch. This one, unlike the last one, you [...]

How Are You Being A Bad Ambassador For Your Sport?

I was enjoying this interview with Johnny B. Truant, when a particular statement made me gasp in disgust. Talking about people who complain about their fitness level, but aren’t working to change it, he remarked that “you’re fat because you choose to be fat.”

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When did that kind of condescention become acceptable?

Now, I don’t mean to single poor Johnny out. I’ve heard this sentiment expressed in the fitness community for years and, to [...]

Yin Yoga For Runners: Toe Squats

Yin Yoga Essentials for the Active RunnerPart I:Toe SquatsPart II:DragonFlying LowPart III:Cow FacePart IV:SaddlePart V:Frog

Transcript
Introduction
Hi! This is Tim with MidpackRunner.com

I’m here today to show you a yin yoga stretch that will target your toes, your ankles, your plantar fascia. We call it a toe squat.

Now in yin yoga, the goal is to stretch the connective tissue. So, as we get into this, we’re going to want to hold this pose [...]

Yin Yoga Essentials for the Active Runner

Watch the full seriesPart I:Toe SquatsPart II:DragonFlying LowPart III:Cow FacePart IV:SaddlePart V:Frog
Flexibility is one of the key elements of top performance. However, it’s also one of the areas ignored most frequently in the course of training.

This video series will show you a set of yin yoga poses, or asanas, that target the muscles and connective tissues most abused while running.

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin yoga is a style of yoga [...]

The 4 ‘S’s of Elite Performance

When you think of an elite runner, what traits come to mind?

They’ve got speed and stamina. They’re strong and sflexible. These are the 4 ‘S’s of elite performance.

Now, I’m taking a few liberties here. For one thing, I’m putting aside the semantic difference between stamina and endurance.

The other issue you’ve surely already noticed.

If you’ve been feeling that something was slightly off about the word sflexibility, you’re right. It turns out that the s is not silent as [...]

Run Like An Astronaut With The Alter-G

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to run in low orbit? A new device aimed at safe, gradual rehabilitation offers such an experience without having to leave Earth.

Many runners have experienced the crushing defeat of a long-term injury. The standard advice for the injured is to apply R.I.C.E. (that’s Rest, Ice, Ccompression, and Elevation). While most of us would gladly accept the I.C.E., the suggestion that we take a few days, weeks, or even months break from [...]