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Ask me anything
by on Thursday, May 28, 2015

ImageI did this about a year ago and about 6 months ago. Let's make it a tradition to do this twice a year. Here's your open invitation to ask me anything.

If you want to ask publicly, you can do so in the comments, on Facebook or you can tweet at HillRunner.com (or [url=http://twitter.com/rwhillrunner]tweet at ...

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Gluten free diet for the non-celiac and why do older runners struggle more in the heat?
by on Monday, May 25, 2015

Gluten free diet for the non-celiac

I've noticed that quite a few people over the past few years are going toward gluten free diets, even if they are non-celiac. The belief apparently is that, even for non-celiacs, there are benefits to avoiding gluten.

Well, maybe not:

[quote]A short-term GFD had no overall effect on performance, GI symptoms, well-being, and a select indicator of intestinal injury or inflammato ...

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Club HillRunner.com open for early sign-up!
by on Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Have you been looking for more at HillRunner.com? Have you been looking for a way to support HillRunner.com without signing up for coaching?

I've been hearing just these things from some of you. You'd like to see videos, you'd like more tips, you'd like a closer, more tightly knit community. Some of you have even been generous enough to say you'd like to support HillRunner.com financially but you don't feel the need to s ...

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Beet juice for the brain, pre-exercise dynamic stretching
by on Monday, May 18, 2015

Beet juice for the brain

You're late in a race. Maybe you're running a 10 miler, shooting for 80 minutes, and you just went through 9 miles in 1:11:34 after going through mile 8 in 1:03:42. Quick. How much time do you have to cover the last mile and is that faster or slower than you covered the prior mile? Right now, that's easy to answer. You know as well as me that it would be a far different story if you were trying to do the math during the race.

I'm sure we've all heard about t ...

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Another honor for Coach Conway
by on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Coach Conway - inspiration, role model, mentor - working the finish line, one of the many jobs a high school coach fills

A personal post this week. As anyone who knows me as a runner knows, my middle school track and high school cross country coach has been a huge influence on my life. To be honest, he has been inside and outside of running.

To explain what Coach Conway has meant to me would take far more words ...

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This week's post is all about pain...???
by on Monday, May 11, 2015

I hope nobody gets the wrong impression. I really don't think running should be such a painful thing. That said, I have two pain related topics for today. Gender specific injury prevention and our memories of painful events.

Gender specific injury prevention

This seems like an interesting topic to me. Let's be honest. As much as I love the sport of running because it's so open to all people, all ages, all genders, men and women are different even when it comes to running. There are ...

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Haile Gebrselassie has retired from competitive running
by on Sunday, May 10, 2015

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I will always remember both the ferociously competitive spirit and the huge smile

In case you haven't already heard, the great Haile Gebrselassie has officially retired from competitive running. He says he will keep running and will remain involved in the sport but he is done competing.

As many runners of similar age, I grew up as a fan of running watching and cheering for Geb. Actually, I was split betwe ...

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What makes a champion?
by on Thursday, May 7, 2015

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Last year, I listened to a TED Radio Hour podcast episode titled Champions. I wanted to write about it at the time but never got around to it. That episode ran again last week and I'm not going to let it slip by again.

In the podcast, the host interviewed three speakers, two athletes and a sports jour ...

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Eau Claire Half Marathon
by on Monday, May 4, 2015

If anyone wants to run a really well organized race, I would recommend this highly. I had the chance to run it on Sunday with my daughter. She had been trying to get me to run this throughout her tenure as an undergrad at EC, and we finally got it done. She wanted to run under 2 hours and I thought that was doable. Several things were against us though. It was unseasonably warm for NW Wisconsin, with a high of 83. Added to that was the fact I wasn't the greatest pacer, and her lack of training d ...

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Lactate is NOT that bad, more on carbohydrate mouth rinses
by on Monday, May 4, 2015

A couple interesting things I want to point to today. One on that old boogeyman, lactate. Another on the idea of rinsing your mouth with a carbohydrate drink after exercise.

Lactate

For decades, lactate has gotten a bad rap. While some of us have known for years that lactate isn't the boogeyman that it's been made out to be, it can actually be used as a fuel for one thing, it still has that bad rap.

To be clear, when your muscles are sore the day after a hard workout, that has no ...

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