This past Summer, two breakout runners from the Boulder-based, Zensah & Brooks supported Roots Running Project competed for their first time in the US Olympic Track & Field Trials. Alia Gray & Noah Droddy’s advice & inspiration was something we wanted to share with all aspiring runners.
“Put yourself in the company of good people, whether that be training partners, coaches, or sponsors. You may be the one on the start line, but it will take a village to get you there.”
– Noah Droddy
We asked, they answered:
Have you ever run for a larger crowd?
Did the big stage inspire you to run faster or shell-shock you?
Are you already thinking about 2020?
(Alia) How do you deal with an injury flaring up so close to race day?
If you could do the race over again, what would you do differently?
What advice would you give any aspiring professional runners?
Jared Fetterolf, Zensah Athlete, is a competitive Ultra Runner. He has competed in Ultra marathons across the globe and has recently been crowned the Badwater Ultra Cup champion for 2016, with the lowest combined finish time of the Badwater Cape Fear, Salton Sea and Death Valley 135! We caught up with Jared after his recent finish of the Badwater 135 to ask him a couple of questions:
Many of us experience Plantar Facsiitis, heel and arch pain; especially during exercise. Here are some quick tips to help alleviate your pain and achieve your goals!
About the arch: The arch of your foot is comprised of the metatarsal and tarsal bones along with supporting tendon and ligaments. The posterior tibialis is responsible for maintaining a healthy, supportive arch during all activities & exercise .The posterior tibialis tendon is a muscle that originates behind your shinbone, runs inside your ankle, and attaches to many of the tarsal bones inside your arch. Your arch has to support the entire weight of your body hence it can affect other areas of the foot and even your legs and back. (Source)
Orthotics will ease the stress on your posterior tibialis tendon by supporting your arch and stabilizing the heel. These can be purchased over the counter as suggested by Runner’s World or customized by a certified podiatrist.
Cold temperatures will alleviate arch discomfort by reducing the blood flow to that spot. Less blood flow corresponds to reduced inflammation, muscle spasm, and pain. A great trick for your arch is to freeze a water bottle and roll it on your arch.
Zensah Arch Support Sleeves
Zensah Arch Support Sleeves
The Zensah Arch Support is designed to help support weak and flat arches. It does so with targeted compression that helps to soothe heel, arch, and foot pain. The compression arch sleeve helps support and lift the arch by anchoring it to the dorsal (upper) area of the foot.
Zensah Athletes Looking to Go to Rio Range from Long and High Jumpers to Hurdlers.
Zensah®, the premium athletic apparel brand, announced today that several athletes including Garrett Huyler, Norris Frederick, and Jarret Eaton will represent Zensah® at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, OR taking place from July 1-10.
After a workout your muscles are taxed and hungry for muscle building nutrients. Putting the right foods in your body is vital for repairing damaged muscle and restocking your glycogen stores so you can be ready to work out the next day. Here are some clean and healthy foods we suggest eating after a workout to ensure a speedy recovery. Your muscles will thank you!
1. Eggs –
Eggs are one of the best complete protein sources out there and will help you repair damaged muscle after a workout. They also provide an excellent mix of B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B12, and B6. Hard-boiled eggs make a convenient and portable snack. Continue reading →