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Crazylegs
by on Sunday, April 26, 2015

This is the largest road race in Wisconsin, with 10,000 runners. There are some similarities and differences to Al's Run. They're both 8k races, with large fields and plenty of competition. The main difference is Crazylegs has a wave start, based on predicted time. Waves of 200 runners go off every 30-45 seconds. My estimated finish time of 38 minutes put me and my son in wave G. On the one hand running around a bunch of slower runners in waves that went off earlier was a bit frustrating, and it ...

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Do you understand what's being said?
by on Thursday, April 23, 2015

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"If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself." - Albert Einstein

We all know the person who knows it all. This person has no trouble talking your ear off with big words and scientific names. You're blown away by this person's knowledge. You can't keep up with all the terminology. Unfortunately, a lot of what this person has to say is lost on you because you simply can't follow along. ...

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Running and knee osteoarthritis, pre-run static stretching
by on Monday, April 20, 2015

Two studies in this post that remind us to keep an open mind until the science is settled.

Running and knee osteoarthritis

If there is one health factor for which it seems running may be bad for us, that would be knee osteoarthritis. Do we essentially wear our knees out by running? Possibly.

Or, possibly, not.

[quote]These results, the team says, suggest that regular running does not raise the risk of knee osteoart ...

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2015 Boston Marathon prediction contest
by on Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Win some cool HillRunner.com gear!

It's Boston Marathon time! You know you're already thinking about who will win and how fast the winning times will be. Why not win something with your predictions?

We'll have two winners, one each for the men's and women's races.

How to enter:

- Pick the top 3 for each race
- Pick the winning time for each race
- Get them to me, via comments, [url=http://www.hillrunner.co ...

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Priorities
by on Thursday, April 9, 2015

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I've seen more of this than my running shoes over the past few days

I'm purposely scheduling this to appear while I'm on a family vacation. I'll have spent 3 days at Disney parks with my wife and 7 year old daughter by the time this appears. I have no idea what my training will have looked like during those 3 days or in the days following as I'm spending time in airplanes and visiting family I see very infrequen ...

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Running in polluted air
by on Monday, April 6, 2015

Just one topic this week. The reason will be more clear if you read Thursday's blog post.

This is a very interesting question, though. I think we've beaten the "running is good for you" topic to death recently.

But what about in pollution? This is a question I've wondered about frequently. I've always felt that running in pollution is probably better than not running at all and what limited research has been available has mostly confirmed that. However, there has been a lack of long term r ...

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Going to the track? Ignore the GPS
by on Thursday, April 2, 2015

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It doesn't take much to create very poor measurements on a track

Last week, one of the runners I coach decided to take her workout to a track. Personally, I think this was a good idea as there are advantages to the track that she could benefit from. However, she decided to still keep track of her pace using her Garmin. With her permission, I'd like to share some of her experience because I think she got caught in a wo ...

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Good kinesio tape? Bad antioxidants?
by on Monday, March 30, 2015

I came across a good summary of what we know currently on kinesio tape that I wanted to pass along. Also, mixed results for mega doses of antioxidants.

Good kinesio tape?

Well...maybe not. Unless you like the placebo effect. (Note: I'm not opposed to using placebos if they will ...

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Measure what matters
by on Thursday, March 26, 2015

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How useful are lab tests?

Would you believe that I, a competitive runner of 25 years, have never taken a VO2max or lactate threshold test?

It seems like everyone has taken one or both of these tests. I've been asked what my test results are and people are shocked when I say I haven't taken them.

The question I'd like to ask, though, is what we get out of these tests. What do they tell you that will help you become ...

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Remember cooling vests? How about ice baths after workouts?
by on Monday, March 23, 2015

It looks like this is going to be a chilly post...

Do you remember cooling vests? I seem to recall them first coming to prominence around the time of the Athens Olympics in 2004. With the hot marathons, the American marathon teams used them with good results. Were the results pure coincidence or was there a connection? Likely, some of both.

I still see them being used at times in pre-competition settings, especially when it's going to be warm during the competition. The theory makes ...

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