The purpose of the hill……

by Gina Shell If you are wondering how you can increase your intensity, try running hills.  Some runners will sprint up hills for speed work.  Others will choose a hilly course to train.  I know when members of my running group were training for a marathon, the long runs always involved a hilly course that…

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March 3, 2018

Last Minute Carb loading Is Important to Running Success…..

by Gina Shell Runners need carbs. Pasta always has been known as the pre-race feast for runners, especially marathoners, to carbo load. Most marathons offer a pre-race spaghetti dinner the night before. Local restaurants in a “marathon city” will also offer night before pasta specials to runners. Carbo loading should not stop with the pasta…

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February 23, 2018


by Gina Shell You can more easily relax when you eliminate outside distractions. This condition is true for any sport. Why do you think NFL teams stay in a hotel before a game (even a home game)? They stay in a hotel to try to stay as far away as possible from anything that can…

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February 9, 2018

Running and the Common Cold… Should I?

by Gina Shell Regular exercise may be the way to prevent oneself from getting a cold. Moderate activity is all you need. We can help boost our own immune system by improving our overall fitness. Runners have only half as many upper respiratory infections as the general population. If you have a strong training base…

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January 5, 2018
recognize overstress running symptoms

How to Recognize Overstress Symptoms

by Gina Shell A stress reliever for many years for me was running. Nothing beats the fresh crisp air, light drizzle, or even an occasional snowflake.   After a hectic day at school or work, a good run always was the key. A group of 10 to 12 would meet at the YMCA for our evening…

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December 8, 2017
Why running rest matters

Why Rest Matters…

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November 17, 2017
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