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Personal and Team HillRunner.com race report: 2014 Al's Run
by on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

As always, this is one of my highlights of the year. The great people who are willing to sign up to run as members of Team HillRunner.com always amaze me. While our numbers and depth were down a bit this year, the greatness of the people I was surrounded by on Saturday never disappointed.

This year, we definitely had some turnover on the roster. I counted 5 team mebers from last year who were not on the roster when I picked up packets a week before race day. Woody and Laura made it to the rac ...

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Ask me anything: Strains
by on Thursday, September 11, 2014

Some time ago, I posted an "Ask me anything" post, soliciting questions. I'd like to continue doing this on occasion so, if you have any questions, keep an eye out (or ask any time if you don't want to wait). One question I received was about strains:

[quote]During the last year I have tweaked/strained my left calf twice. I couldn't tell you the muscle group but the long and short of it is I have had to ice and park myself for a few weeks and t ...

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Age related performance decline/strength training and mental training
by on Monday, September 8, 2014

So I'm still a bit behind but I'm getting back on schedule. However, I wanted to ensure I didn't rush my writing about these topics.

Interestingly, within my coaching, I wanted to focus on going a little deeper in a few areas next year. Two of those areas are addressed below. I wanted to focus more on strength training and the mental aspect. I'll explain more below but I did find it interesting that, as I was thinking about these aspects of training, I came across these.

First, one of my f ...

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Race report: 2014 UW-Stout Jamie Block Alumni Meet
by on Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First, I realize the blog has been a little silent recently. I just got overwhelmed with things going on. From end of summer vacations to commitments to runners I'm coaching and various other things, I just didn't have the time. The blog should return to its normal schedule next week.

It's always fun to go back to my old hangout and see how well I can hang with the guys who are running the same routes and, in at least some cases, the same meets I once ran now over 15 years ago. This year, I h ...

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Pain tolerance, sleep and nonlocal fatigue
by on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I came across some interesting topics in the past week. Here are three of my favorites:

Pain tolerance

I remember for some time hearing about how runners are tough. We can withstand more pain than the average person. The question I always had was whether this was simple correlation or there was some causation involved. Do people who are more tolerant to pain choose running or does running increase our pain tolerance?

Recent research has suggested that running does increase our pa ...

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Training capacity: other considerations
by on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Over the past two weeks, I went over how to define training capacity and how to find your training capacity, as well as what to do when you've found it.

This is the part 3 of a 3 part series on training capacity:

1) What is training capacity?
[url=http://blogs.hillrunner.com/?subject=training_capacity_how_to_find_it_and_what_to_do_with_it&post_id=243]2) How to find your training capacity and what to d ...

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Team HillRunner.com: 2014 Al's Run important dates
by on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Teammates,

The time has come again! Most of you probably have already heard through some form of communication that team registration is open. We already have a strong team of 6 members registered. I'd love to see that hit at least 10 by the close of registration. Please see the important dates below so you register in time.

As usual, I will be inviting all team members ...

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Race report: 2014 Hank Aaron State Trail 5K
by on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Every year, I tell myself I'm not going back to this race. Every year, it draws me back in. This year, I was going back and forth when Ed offered me a free entry if I run on the Potawatomi team. So I was back.

This course always frustrates me. I know by now it's just a slow course and I'm running for place, not time. The field is also deep. Over the past several years, at my best I would struggle to get in the top 10. In recent years, top 20 or 25 would be the best I could hope for. So my goa ...

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Training capacity: how to find it and what to do with it?
by on Thursday, August 7, 2014

Have you found your training capacity? Are you sure? If you have, do you know what to do with that knowledge?

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on training capacity:

1) What is training capacity?
2) How to find your training capacity and what to do when you have found it?
3) Other training capacity considerations.

How to find your training capacity?

So we now understand that your trainin ...

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Running form and staying hydrated
by on Monday, August 4, 2014

I'd like to focus on a couple specific topics this week. Two things that I've stated frequently at least to certain individuals but I'm not sure I have laid out my points publicly.

Running form

We all know there's been a lot of talk about foot plant (I hate the term "foot strike" but that's for another day) in recent years. In short, we've been told to focus on landing mid-foot or even forefoot. However, is this where the focus should be?

As some of you I'm sure have heard me say ...

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