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Register Now!: Zappos.com Rock n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon 2012

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Is running a marathon or half marathon on your bucket list?  Are you looking for a race that’s full of bright lights, excitement and memorable sights and sounds? The Zappos.com Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon is the race you’ve been looking for!

NOW is the time to register before the registration fees go up September 4th.

Now get out there and start training! CLICK HERE for more info..

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Who’s Up for Rocking Run?

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Today is National Running Day! Throw on your running shoes and start training for the Zappos.com Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and ½ Marathon. Our friends from Rock n’ Roll Marathon got a taste of the Zappos VIP treatment when they toured our office. They also took a couple of photos of the flier around the office to get everyone excited for this year's marathon!

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Zappos HQ gets ready for the Rock n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon! Left: The VIP Throne Right: Tony Hsieh's desk inside "Monkey Row"

Don’t miss out on this unique nighttime marathon experience! Register today at www.stripatnight.com.

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Zappos.com Rock n' Roll Marathon Registration Now Open!

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Registration is now open for the Zappos.com Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon. This is YOUR chance to experience Vegas like never before!

Don’t miss out - CLICK HERE to register today!

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Motivational Monday: Physical Roadblocks in Training

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Happy Monday runners! This week is “Injury Prevention Week”, and I’d like to share a few tips with you to make sure you get back right on track after a setback during your marathon training.

Signs of an injury

Inflammation

Loss of function

Pain – IF IT HURTS STOP!

How to treat them

Don’t stretch an injured muscle

Ice –Do not ice for over 15 minutes

Compressions

Elevation

Massage

How to get back into running

after sickness:

-Start with low-level exercise, around 30 minutes, to avoid the illness from returning.

-If you are still feeling ill, don’t run more than every other day to avoid a decrease in resistance

of your immune system

After injury less than 14 days

-You can get back to where you left off in the same amount of days you took off

-Be sure to start off running every other day to get back into the swing of things

-Increase the length of your runs in a quicker period of time by slowing down your pace

-Always consult your doctor or therapist and follow their recommended workout plans

Longer than 14 days

-The longer you take off the harder it is to come back

-Take off 20% per week if you have done no exercise

-Jumping too quickly into where you left off will potentially cause injury; be patient and your

muscle memory will have you back to your running routine in no time!

-Always consult your doctor or therapist and follow their recommended workout plans!

Just because you didn’t run today doesn’t mean the entire week is blown. Tomorrow is always a new day!  Happy running!

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Motivational Monday: Running Form

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There are about  three months left before the Zappos Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll  Marathon, and quite a few of us here at Zappos HQ are ramping  up our training.

For those of you out there training right along with us, whether it be for the Vegas marathon or some other marathon, I’m going to be giving you some tips every Monday to help you along in your journey.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned runner, check out my Motivational Monday posts as you go through your own training program!

The first edition of Motivational Monday is on running form, check it out!

Running Form:


Proper running form should start from your head and finish at your toes.  The goal of good form is to minimize the energy you expend and lessen the chance for injury.  Although there is no one single “perfect” running gait, use the following as guidelines for proper running form:

Head: Keep your head slightly tilted down, looking at the ground in front of you, 10 to 15 feet ahead. Your facial muscles, jaw and neck should be relaxed.  

Shoulders: Keep your shoulders relaxed and do not allow them to “slouch” forward. Hunching over will restrict the breathing passage, allowing less oxygen to get to your working muscles.

Arms: Arms should be bent at a 90-degree angle and relaxed. As you run, swing your arms forward, try not to swing them across your chest.  Brush your hands past your waistband on the downswing, bringing them back behind your body. The arm movement should move in conjunction with your legs.  Run with your legs, and let your arms go along for the ride!

Hands: Your thumbs and index finger should gently touch with your hand cupped, as though you are holding a potato chip that you don’t want to break. Clenching your hands is taking excessive energy away from your legs and undue stress to your upper body. Again, don’t let your hands cross over the middle of your chest- remember arms move forward for forward motion.

Torso: You want to keep your torso erect as if you are a puppet hanging on a string from above. This will allow your chest cavity to be open, which will allow easier breathing.  

Hips: The hips should be facing forward, with no rotation. Your foot should strike  with a heel to toe motion, directly under your hips.

Feet:  Try to keep your feet low to the ground and touch the surface as light as possible. The lighter your feet touch the less pounding your body will incur (especially your joints.) Visualize yourself as if you are “running on eggshells”- this will help you stay light on your feet.
Try to change only one thing at a time and only for a brief period. To make your new effort a habit, practice will make perfect

Happy Running!