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Some great visuals for explaining proper running form using "hip proprioception" aka awareness of the hips! Thanks to my PT, Brad Ott of Rebound Sports for passing it along! It's All in the Hips Foot strike, the darling of minimalism, is overrated. Good form starts with the pelvis and the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Katie Mackey
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Major publications such as the Wall Street Journal are starting to pick up on the controversy surrounding Indoor Nationals, and bring up the interesting situation that we as track athletes find ourselves in this year, especially with no Outdoor World team to make. The article TFAA also released yesterday gives... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Katie Mackey
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Alexa Severtsen of InHealth Sports Injury and Performance in Seattle has a unique approach to massage that has improved many areas of my overall health and wellbeing! She takes a few minutes to explain how massage therapy not only increases the body's resilience to injury, but also allows her to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Katie Mackey
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In Africa Every Morning A Gazelle Awakens Knowing That It Must Outrun The Fastest Lion If It Wants To Stay Alive. Every Morning A Lion Wakes Up Knowing That It Must Run Faster Than The Slowest Gazelle Or It Will Starve To Death. It Makes No Difference Whether You Are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Katie Mackey
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What are the physiological effects on the body from training at altitude? Altitude is a physiological "stressor" due to the lower barometric pressure, and your body adapts to this stress. Lower barometric pressure means there is "less" oxygen around. Although the perecentage of oxygen in the air is the same... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Katie Mackey
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What a crazy weekend! I could not have predicted how much one indoor championship race weekend could imitate a lifetime tv drama and change the way I view a sport I’ve grown to love so much! My personal goals for the weekend coming in were simply to compete to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Brooks steps up to challenge Nike's hold on Northwest's elite running scene Seattle's Brooks Sports brings new running team to the track scene Two years ago, Brooks Sports, of Seattle, began creating a mid-distance training group, the Brooks Beasts, that has gone from concept to major player in a part... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Race video (flotrack pro) and post race interview (runnerspace) from season opener yesterday at Husky Classic! Link to post-race interview: http://www.runnerspace.com/video.php?video_id=104594#ooid=BiaHVvazpcrxN8Xl2PnTflVRPqjAM9Ok Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Katie Mackey
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Goal for 2014: Run like a Pronghorn I've always been infatuated with these incredible runners- they're fairly unassuming until you see them blitzing across the plains at full speed, with a VO2 max of 300 (Prefontaine's was reportedly 84.4) they can run a mile and a half in just under... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Katie Mackey
Keep taking those iron supplements and get that ferretin tested several times a year! New research shows that anemia can be linked with higher blood lactate levels: Iron Deficiency Shown To Hurt Fitness The Mineral That Improves Your Fitness Even a small shortage can hurt your performance By Markham Heid... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Katie Mackey
Can positive emotions can override the biological effects of adversity? Interesting article! How Happiness Boosts the Immune System Researchers have struggled to identify how certain states of mind influence physical health. One biologist thinks he has an answer By Jo Marchant and Nature magazine When Steve Cole was a postdoc,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at Katie Mackey
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The Achilles Tendon, my nemesis. If you're a runner I bet you've experienced that familiar sharp pinch directly below the calf before...I wish Costco sold new achilles in bulk! That would have been extremely handy these last couple months as I've been rehabing and coming back from an left Achilles... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Katie Mackey
Fun glimpse into the personalities that make up our training group!! Luckily, I was so quick on my feet they even decided to start the feature with my quote... Driven. Quirky. Confident. Dynamic. Genuine. Beasts. Get to know the Brooks Beasts. From Deb Maier's award-winning dance moves to "Being Cas... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Katie Mackey
Get a sneek peak behind the scenes at our last track workout before the 5th Ave Mile and 5k Road Champs!! With lots of slow motion to make us look way cooler and more intense... It's time to head to the office and get to work. Join Deb Maier, Jessica... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Katie Mackey
I'm super excited about the Flotrack series this week...meet the Brooks Beasts!! The paradigm between shoe companies and athletes is changing. Meet the Brooks Beasts. After years of great success, Brooks decided to (literally) bridge the gap between those who design the shoes and apparel and those who represent the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Katie Mackey
Katie Mackey, Brooks Beast athlete, the RBR Interview, by Larry Eder By Larry Eder on November 13, 2013 10:45 AM| Katie Mackey had a very good year in 2013. She raced both the 1,500m and 5,000m in the US Championships this year. Her interview was done last Spring and her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Katie Mackey
Here's some great ideas for bodyweight and resistance band exercises to do while on the road or at home (our team did many of these exercises while in Teddington last month, when a gym wasn't readily available): 50 BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES YOU CAN DO ANYWHERE Posted by Laura Schwecherl on March... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Katie Mackey
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I thought this article had some great advice- something I feel has made a big difference in my overall recovery this year has been adding in sports drinks, gels (with caffeine) and amino acids both during and after workouts. Combine this with a diet rich in fruits, veggies and healthy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Katie Mackey
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At the beginning of this month was the Brooks Coaches Camp, where high school coaches from all over the country came to receive the Inspiring Coaches award. Coach Danny Mackey did a presentation on "Periodization in Training", interesting stuff- thought I'd share a little of it! Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at Katie Mackey
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This past weekend was definitely one of the highlights of the year, an elite mile associated with one of the most historic road races in the country- Falmouth! The race is an exciting event held at twilight, fans lining the track. With only one women's elite race, it was a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at Katie Mackey
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The last of my European races took me to Ghent, Belgium where I raced an 800m- setting a new pb despite the windy conditions and not quite dipping under the 2:02 barrier but getting as close as possible with a 2:02.00. I hope to finally get under before this season... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at Katie Mackey
Interesting article on the NYT Health and Science Blog today about how exercise and diet can actually affect the behavior of your genes: How Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS John Cumming/Getty Images Exercise promotes health, reducing most people’s risks of developing diabetes and growing obese. But... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Katie Mackey
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Ever wondered like it's like inside a Diamond League Event like this weekend's Sainsbury's Anniversary Games? Well, this being my first one internationally I'm here to spill the scoop!! From the moment I arrived in downtown London at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, I knew that this meet was slightly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at Katie Mackey
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This Wednesday was the Morton Games in Dublin, Ireland- hands down one of my favorite meets of the year! Not only is it an amazing experience to run on a track so full of history, the Clonliffe Harriers always take great care of the athletes during and after the meet-... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Katie Mackey