About Andrea Parker: Andrea is an award-winning writer and former professional steeplechaser with a penchant for reading, tutoring and baked goods. She is a multiple time US National Championship athlete and a nine-time Big Ten champion for the University of Michigan Wolverines.

Wanted: No Quick Fix

By: on July 5, 2013

The other day I read the results of a few studies editorialized in the New York Times that spoke to the benefits of shorter, harder workouts and getting fitter faster—perfect for those who are short on time, which is apparently all of us! The article highlighted several studies done on small samples of people who performed short spurts of...

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Heating vs. Cooling: Which is best for an injury and when?

By: on July 1, 2013

A common question I get from active friends is when should heat or ice be used for injuries and when it is used, how should the treatment be implemented. It’s actually pretty straightforward -- check out the simple table below-- as heat and ice therapies are the most common treatments for injuries across the board. A solid rule...

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Hydrate Properly and See the Results!

By: on June 5, 2013

We all know that we need to be well hydrated. It’s pretty hard to forget the graphic displays of varying levels of diluted apple juice serving as hydrated vs. under hydrated urine back in health class, no? As athletes who perspire somewhat excessively, we lose a lot of necessary things like minerals (sodium especially) and electrolytes through our sweat,...

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Summer Running – How to Beat the Heat

By: on May 24, 2013

Sweat: it’s good for the soul. Summer running and racing season is quickly approaching and though many people are thrilled for the spring thaw and warm summer temperatures, some of us loathe excessive heat or simply don’t perform as well in heat. Being based in Scottsdale, AZ, I get the pleasure of 100+ degree days beginning...

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Marathon Runners too Strong for Terrorists

By: on April 17, 2013

“It just doesn’t make sense,” said the mother of a 29-year-old victim of the Boston Marathon bombings. No, no it doesn’t .  But when does a bomb exploding in a civilian-heavy area seem like the norm?  Luckily, not in the United States, but the out-of-the-norm happened on Monday, April 15, near the finish line of the legendary Boston Marathon in...

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Jumping and Splashing — It’s an Olympic Event – I Swear!

By: on March 28, 2013

The steeplechase is one of those track events that unless you’re at least on the periphery of the track world, you really don’t fully comprehend the event. You might very well be waiting for snappily dressed riders to take the track atop beautiful stallions and commence a race henceforth. Not so much the case. When I tell people I’m...

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The Importance of Stretching – Or Not

By: on February 6, 2013

Growing up in childhood team sports, before practice began, your coach probably insisted you all gather into a circle and go through a series of stretches. My guess is that you stood, legs apart, and dropped your arms down to touch the ground. Maybe you sat on the ground and tried to touch both feet. Likely you did these,...

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Winter Running: When Training Loses Its Appeal Because Your Buns Are Cold

By: on January 30, 2013

It’s cold outside, warm inside and the idea of making an appearance in those frigid temperatures is less than appealing. Nothing quite stings like winter running, but you don’t have to live on the treadmill between December and March (or April, depending on where you live!) if you’ve got the right attitude, approach and winter running gear. I hail from...

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