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Running: good for fighting colds, also good for the knees?
by on Thursday, October 27, 2016

Running is good for a lot of things. We already know that, right? Well, here's a little on the positive aspects of running.

How exercise may help us fight colds

Have you ever noticed that fit people are sick less often? You're not imagining things.

[quote]Working out could help us fight off colds and other infections, according to a timely new study. The study, which found that re ...

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Race report: Shooting for 21 years
by on Monday, October 24, 2016

As most of you probably know, one thing I take great pride in is my consistency. I may not have the great peaks that some runners around me have had but I keep plugging away all the time. The best representation of that is my streak of consecutive years having run at least one sub-17 5K.

I never broke 17 minutes in high school. My first ever sub-17 didn't come until I was about a month shy of my 19th birthday. However, once I went sub-17, I haven't looked back. No, not every 5K I've run sin ...

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Improving stride rate
by on Thursday, October 20, 2016

Stride rate? Check.

Two weeks ago, we covered the fact that running speed can be broken down into two factors: stride length and stride rate. Last week, we discussed stride length. That means it's time to discuss stride rate this week.

When thinking of stride rate, much like when thinking of stride length, we can think of two phases: when your foot is on the ground and when your foot is in the air. The d ...

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Improving stride length
by on Thursday, October 13, 2016

Long stride? Check.

Last week, we covered the fact that speed can be broken down into two factors: stride length and stride rate.

This week, I'd like to discuss stride length and how we can improve it.

There are essentially two phases of your stride to think about when increasing stride length. One is very limited, the other is technically unlimited but practically there obviously is some kind of limit.

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Speed = stride length * stride rate. Period.
by on Thursday, October 6, 2016

This guy has both parts of the equation covered

Some time ago, I heard a very good coach who I greatly respect say there are three factors that go into speed. Stride length, stride rate, and ground contact time. I've heard a lot of similar comments from other runners and coaches.

I'm sorry and it pains me to say this about some people who I greatly respect but they are wrong. It's even more simple. Speed, if we're ...

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Recovery aids and racing shoes
by on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Once again, some of the best things I've read this month have come from Alex Hutchinson's excellent Sweat Science blog. The two I'll share this month are one on Curcumin as a recovery aid and how the weight of your shoes affects your performance.

The Curcumin Cure for Muscle Soreness?

I used to take antioxidants nearly daily to aid in recovery. My belief, supported by the best knowledge at the time, was that enhanced recovery would allow me to train harder. That would allow me to ge ...

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Deal with the little issues before they become big
by on Thursday, September 22, 2016


Have you ever found something not feeling quite right and ignored it? What was the result? Chances are you ended up injured not too long after.

Pay close attention to these things. It's true that we can't always cut back our training every time something is a little off or, especially as we age, we'd never be training at full capacity. However, we can and should at least pay attenti ...

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Fitness first, details later
by on Thursday, September 15, 2016


I've recently been writing a lot of Seattle Marathon training plans and a common theme has been coming up, especially for beginning runners or those who have been out of running for a while. The most important first step isn't some magic bullet, it's building basic fitness.

A lot of these plans I've been writing haven't been all that exciting. Some involve workouts only once every two weeks, if at all. Most involve fairly ...

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Relax and let the speed come out
by on Thursday, September 8, 2016

He knows what he's talking about

If you watched the US Olympic Trials coverage on NBC, you may have noticed Ato Boldon repeatedly say that the fastest sprinters would "relax and let the speed come out". I was hoping he would use that line again in the Olympics but I didn't notice it the way I did at the Olympic Trials.

Why was I hoping for the repeat? Because that advice Boldo ...

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Hootie Hustle - 5K
by on Thursday, September 1, 2016

The weather for race day seemed like it wouldn’t be very promising to set a PR. Ryan and I had discussed this and I decided that, like Ryan said, we don’t need to worry about time just place. I figured I would do my best to get and stay ahead of as many people as possible and then pass as many as I could while gutting it out to the end.

My wife Debby came out to support me and that was nice to have her drive (and be there for me) so I could refocus my race day nerves and anxiety. She h ...

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