Posts Categorized: Sage Advice

Coming Soon: Racing Wisely

Thanks to all of you for sharing with such self-effacing good humor your stories of race-day disasters! Several of them are featured in my new book, Racing Wisely, which will be available in mid-August. (Sign up for my newsletter, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook, to be notified the moment the book is available.)… Read more »

Sage Advice: Moving off a Plateau

Last night, I spoke to a fantastic group of women at Great Outdoor Provision Company in Chapel Hill. Most were beginner triathletes and triathletes-in-training preparing for the Ramblin’ Rose races, a series of beginner-friendly triathlons and running races staged by Endurance Magazine. (In the photo, my face, captured midsentence, echoes the terrified expressions some of them… Read more »

Sage Advice: Compression Socks vs. Legs up the Wall

Myron wrote me wondering about the difference between legs up the wall and compression garments, wondering whether there have been any studies comparing the two. Here’s my answer. I haven’t heard of any direct comparison, but I can speak from personal experience to the benefits of both. Obviously, compression garments are useful for wearing when… Read more »

Sage Advice: Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training

Aspiring teachers sometimes write me to ask for advice on choosing a teacher training. While I can’t make individual recommendations without knowing the teacher-to-be and the offerings in his or her area, there are some general themes to my answer. Be clear on your intention. As with any undertaking, clarity about what you’re doing is… Read more »

Sage Advice: Frequency

Leticia, a runner, wrote to ask how often she should practice yoga to see benefits. This is covered in detail in The Runner’s Guide to Yoga, which should be available almost any day now, but here’s my answer. I’d say consistency across the week is more important than how long you practice each day. One… Read more »

Sage Advice: Prerace Nerves

I’ve gotten a host of good questions from readers this morning and hope to cover them in the next few posts. One, via Twitter, is especially germane for me today, as I approach a challenging trail race on Saturday. Ainhoa asks, “Do you have something for managing stress, let’s say pre-race for instance.” Yes! Both… Read more »

Sage Advice: Shin Splints

A reader asked me for advice to share with a yoga student on shin splints. Here, my yoga books are less germane and The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery is more useful. Shin splints usually result from an imbalance between work and rest—too much mileage, too soon, and sometimes on too hard a surface. Things to check… Read more »

Sage Advice: IT Band Boilerplate

I get questions from y’all sometimes, and they are usually interesting and often good fodder for a blog post. IT band problems are so frequent that I created a boilerplate response in Evernote, ready to whip out at a moment’s notice. Here it is. Caveat: I am not a PT or medical doctor. Just a… Read more »